The Concept of the Display Utility (TERMS):
There is one xml file that has all the information for a given Display Utility (which is a categorized SET of
slideshows, each slideshow composed of as many 'slides' as you like). One DU has only one xml
file, so the "New XML" button is clicked only once in the Builder (and the "End Xml" button is clicked only after providing
all 'location's information - gif or jpg or PLAYER ADDRESS, caption text, and textarea text FOR EACH slide in
EACH slideshow aka 'location'). Anyhow, after you click "New XML" in the Builder, you click the "New Location"
Each slide SET (slideshow) is referred to in the Builder as a "Location" (because each slideshow
in the original DU were originally to be about one of several locations where pictures were taken).
When you click
"New Location" you will be prompted for the basically a NAME FOR A SLIDE SET.
(The Builder has a textarea that tells you what the next button press should be!!)
The "New Location" must be followed by at least one "New Photo" - this refers to 1 slide
(Of course, you man have many slides for a given location as needed)
Once you click "New Photo", you will be prompted for the file name of the picture (e.g. personA1.jpg)
(or the 'photo' resource may be the mp3 Player OR an flv Movie Player - directions for typing
in these file names, as needed, are in directions on the Builder web page).
Next you will be prompted for the photo caption text AND THEN,
AFTER THAT, for the text for the large textarea (this textarea is to the right of each photo - of course
the 'photo', as noted above, may be the mp3 Player OR an flv Movie Player).
After giving all that info. for a 'photo', you will either click "New Photo" again (as you will if
your Location has more than one photo) OR you will Click "End Location" (which you
will always do after the last photo for a location).
After you click "End Location", you will either clicked "New Location" or "End XML" (if
you have done your last 'location', i.e. LAST SLIDESHOW IN THE SET)
Copy the code that was produced from the textarea at the bottom of the Builder to NotePad or SimpleText
and, with the bottom textbox (Save As Type) set to "All Files", Save it As photoGallery.xml (of course you
will put this file on your desktop or on your web server - wherever the Display Utility itself is run from).
OTHER DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Common Needed text Markup (html honored by Flash DU)
for markup in the big text area:
some text tags to make surrounded text bold
some text tags to make surrounded text italic
some text tags to make surrounded text italic and bold
some text tags to put in front of text to make extra spaces (here 4 of them)
some text this tag makes a single return between the 2 pieces of text
some text these tags makes a double return between the 2 pieces of text (like between paragraphs)
some text link text more text
(this is the what is needed to make a link out of part of the text; here ONLY link text appears between the other
text - it appears bold blue and underlined and it is a link that opens the href in a separate (blank) new window)
This is all the markup normally needed for the text in the larger textarea, it auto wraps and, if a lot of text is there,
vertical scroll bars work.
Notes about another way to edit content:
If you care to edit text within the Builder in another way, you can edit the Builder text in the Builder's
own textarea (at the bottom) before uploading the new photoGallery.xml file to a particular folder
(corresponding to a DU instance).