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  1. Igor, Many thanks for such a quick resolution. 10.5.5 beta downloaded without any problems. The slide styles I have tested with commas in the name work perfectly. Thanks again Peter
  2. I mention this just incase someone else hits the same problem. I had successfully exported several Styles and then found some that would not export whatever I tried. I found that the reason seemed to be a comma in the name so 6 image, rotate, text would not export. I removed the commas and all was well. If I save a Pages document my iMac is quite happy with commas in the file name so I wonder why the Style file will not accept them. Peter
  3. Thanks indeed Dave. I didn't know that either and wondered why my sections weren't visible In O&A. Peter
  4. Hu MUR It's interesting to see how small changes in the position of the centre change the motion. This is one of those slides that has taken me much longer than it probably should have done but I have learned a lot along the way. As this is only represents a few minutes in a 119 day journey I think it is time settled on what I have now arrived at. This is a much better result than I would have achieved without everyone else's input and many thanks for your contribution Peter
  5. A bow thruster is certainly tempting but they can use a lot of electricity and are not problem free on canals with lots of rubbish in the water. I decided that it all looked a bit too easy as our narrow boat was 60 ft long and the passage under the bridge is only 50 ft wide. This meant I spent another hour rescaling the boat! Your technique still makes it look a lot easier than it sometimes is but I am very happy with the result. Paul also seems to have spotted the reason for the course correction. It made me look more closely and have another go at making minor adjustments. Thanks again for spending time on this and answering all my questions. Peter
  6. Hi Tom, I have had another look at your key frames and I realised that the 5th one could be removed without seeming to change the result. That was the one I was most puzzled about as its centre has moved and I couldn't work out why. Did you include this one for a specific reason or was it just a part of your experimentation? Peter
  7. Thanks Tom and Paul for looking into this. As Paul has already said your solution Tom is indeed simple and effective. The motion is nice and smooth and I see you didn't use any modifiers which is interesting. The timing seems fine. I am after all showing something that probably takes half an hour in 36 seconds! You are right Tom it is a very tight turn for a long boat. If the wind is against you it can be a nightmare. On a bad day some assistance from a rope on the bow may be needed. A narrowboat generally turns around its centre point but it may drift sideways. In PTE it does however clearly look better moving the centre. How did you decide where to place the centre which I notice is not consistently in one place? I am still puzzled as to how it moved in relation to the boat so I am obviously missing something. Although many of the fundamentals remain PTE has changed enormously while I have been waiting for the Mac version. I am so pleased that it has now arrived and works so well. Unfortunately there is a lot I have forgotten in the interim and there many new things to learn. Thanks to you both again for your help. I also learned that the best way for me to see your changes was to download my original uploaded zip into a new folder and copy your .pte versions into that same folder. Peter
  8. I have been working on a show that is a record of a journey on the UK canals. There is a particularly tricky 340 degree turn at a place called Hawkesbury Junction. I wanted to show a narrow boat moving down the canal and making this turn. I experimented with various approaches and ended up putting the boat as a child in a Frame. The result is as shown in the attached Backup in zip. I thought that others, with much more experience than me, have probably tackled this problem before and wondered if anyone has a more elegant solution. I found that the more key frames I added the more jerky the movement seemed to be. I also thought that applying the Smooth modifier to most of the key frames would result in smoother motion but that did not seem to be the case. The movement doesn't look too bad but I suspect it could be improved if only I knew how! Another thought I had was to move the turning centre for the frame and/or the boat a long way from the image but I could not get a decent result from this. I must say I found this a very interesting learning experience even if it was rather time consuming. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Peter Moving boat_May4-2021_10-15-31.zip
  9. Thanks for spotting that so quickly Paul. I thought I had checked all the modifiers but I obviously missed that one. I think after studying a particular animation for long enough I get either punch drunk, blind or brain dead. Peter
  10. Thanks Paul, That wasn't too smart. Below is the zip backup. Test 03_Apr30-2021_17-18-21.zip
  11. Sorry I didn't expect the Pte file to appear in the middle of the text! Need to watch mu cursor position more carefully. Peter
  12. I have noticed another, unrelated, curiosity when experimenting further with the style I was struggling with and scaled key frames. I set up an animation where theTest 03.pte key frames are set up with exactly the same intervals for each image. The start positions, stationary positions and end points are also identical. When the animation is played the first and second objects almost touch when one replaces the other. In all other cases there is a much more noticeable separation. This is easily cured by increasing the x pan value for the end of the first image animation but surely that should not be necessary? I have made an mp4 version but it is 12MB so too big to upload here.
  13. Hi Igor, I had to try this a couple of times before it worked but I finally managed to save a style using the scaled key frames and that does seem to work OK. It remains however something I am not keen to use as a default. Peter
  14. Thanks everyone for looking into this. I understand Igor's recommendation I have to say I deliberately do NOT use scaling of key frames most of the time. Say I am building a sequence and decide I want to add another image to a particular slide. I use the slide options to increase the slide duration and then go to add my chosen image only to find that all my carefully timed key points have been moved. This is not what I want to happen. It looks as if I am going to have to chop and change as the situation demands which is workable but not ideal. Peter
  15. I probably spent a couple of hours investigating this before asking Barry. I do not consider it time wasted as I learned a few things along the way. This does however bear out Barry's point. It certainly sidetracked me from the project I was working on. I was very grateful for Barry's clear explanation which enabled me to get back on track. I feel sure the Igor would like to know of any issues, no matter how small they might seem. I also noticed a little + sign after the first couple of key frames within the transition time. I would like to know what these indicate. Peter
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