Main User Interface Overview

Main User Interface Overview

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Main User Interface Overview

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Below is a screenshot of the main view of Podium in the Slide Designer tab.




Unlike Microsoft® Office® ribbon bars, where you can move between tabs and use the ribbon bar functions on each tab for one document or presentation. Podium's workflow is a little bit different, Each tab in podium has their own ribbon bar. The functions on each ribbon bar are specific to each tab, so when you're jumping over to the slide builder tab all the buttons and functionality will change according to that slide St. Louis jumping over to the 3-D text tab.



Left - Side Panel

On the Slide Designer tab you will notice on the left-hand side there is a pane for it the various types of effects and it's also broken down into two sections the top section, and the bottom section. The top section is the main categories such as Color, Filters or Transformation.



Click on Color and you will see all the color filters available in the bottom section.

Click on Filters and you will see all the image filters in the bottom section.

Click on Transformation and you will see all the transformation filters in the bottom section.


You can use the search box right below the transformation section, to search for any filter by its name.unique you don't remember the full name of the filter you can type in it partial name or even just the first few letters and then click search.  If the Next button becomes enabled that indicates there is more than one filter with the words or letters you typed in. Click the Next button to see which one is next in the list.


Depending on your screen resolution you may not be able to fit all the filters in one view, so you have to use the scrollbars to see more filters



Right - Side Panel


the right side panel of the slide designer tab shows a small thumbnail of the actual slide design that's loaded. Every time you click on a filter from the left pane the settings appear right below the thumbnail, in this example we have selected the water ripple filter hence the water ripple filter settings are shown such as amplitude, Wave length, and position. These settings change depending on the filter or transformation selected.


Any setting adjustments you do will appear in live mode in the small thumbnail, the main image is not affected unless you actually click on the Apply filter button.  The button name changes based on the filter selected.


Some filters need a starting point, such as this one Water Ripple, you can tell if it needs a starting point when there is a position drop-down in the settings and a checkmark for custom location as there is in this example.


You can actually click with your mouse in the thumbnail, to set it starting point. The default starting point in case you don't adjust it is the center as it says in the drop-down. No setting is mandatory every setting is optional. The more settings you adjust, the more unique slide design you will have.


Podium also gives information on what all the filters do, you can see what a filter does by reading the informational panel right below the settings window. In our example, you can see that a water ripple filter applies an effect to the slide, that simulates a water ripple.


Let's load some other site panels to show what some of the other effects settings can look like.


Similarly, this is the curve settings you can see that it ate curve will adjust the tonal setting of the image. As you can see, this filter doesn't require a starting point.to adjust this setting you simply drag your mouse to adjust the curve in the grid container that you see right below the thumbnail.


As you get familiar with using podium you will get to know all the settings of all the filler filters and transformations.


If you apply too many settings and you don't like what is shown in the thumbnail just click away to a different filter, this will reset the thumbnail. Keep in mind no changes are made to the main image unless you click on Apply.


In case you do apply it to the main image, you can always undo it by clicking on the undo button in the ribbon bar or by pressing control + Z on the keyboard, (control +Y is Redo)