Herbi Speaks Version 1.17

Version 1.17 of the Herbi Speaks app has the following new features:

 

1. Automatic playing of media when moving to a board. 

2. Pictures with transparent buttons.

3. Link to a random board after a button is clicked.

 

To install this new version, click Install Herbi Speaks V1.17.

 

The demo videos below show how to use some of these new features.

 

 

Automatic playing of media when moving to a board

 

 

 

Pictures with transparent buttons - part 1

 



 

Pictures with transparent buttons - part 2

 




 

For more demo videos of free Herbi.org apps, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/BarkerHerbi/videos.

 

Automatic playing of media when moving to a board

You may want music or video on a button to be played automatically as soon as a board appears following a link from another board. To do this, follow the steps described below.

First click with the right mouse button on a button that you’ve already added media to. Then click on the “Media (audio or video)” item. In the small menu that appears, click the “Play media when moving to this board”. When you next move to this board via a link on another board, the button’s media will automatically play.

Note that only one button on a board can be set to have its media played automatically.

Another helpful option in the “Media (audio or video)” menu is “Speak button text before playing media”. If you want a button’s media to play without the text associated with the button to be spoken first, clear this option.

(Today the “Play media when moving to this board” option is not available on buttons contained within a picture.)

 

Pictures with transparent buttons

Say you want to add a picture to a Herbi Speaks board, and then have a number of transparent buttons shown on it. For example, have a picture of a person, with buttons over the head, arms and legs shown in the picture. You can do this with the steps described below.

First click with the right mouse button anywhere on the board background, and when the menu appears, click the “Pictures containing buttons” item. This will show another related menu. The click the “Add new picture” item, and select the picture you want to add to the board. When the picture appears in the board, it is presented no bigger than 400x400. You can move or resize it in the same way that you can move or resize a button on the board.

To add or remove buttons to the picture, click with the right mouse button on the picture, and select “Add button to picture” or “Remove button from picture”. Once you’ve added a button to the picture, you can change the button to be as you need it to be, in the same way that you would work with a regular board button.

By default, a button added to a picture has a transparent background, and that background stays transparent as you move the mouse over the button. If you would like the button to have a solid background, click with the right mouse button and then click the “Pictures containing buttons” item from the menu. The change the setting for the “Picture button is transparent” item.

Finally, to remove the picture, along with any buttons it may be showing, click with the right mouse button on the picture, click the “Pictures containing buttons” item, and then click “Remove picture and all its buttons”.

When moving a picture, all buttons that the picture contains are also moved with the picture. If the picture is resized, then the contained buttons are moved to appear at the same relative position inside the picture. When moving buttons contained in a picture, the button is always kept within the bounds of the picture.

Note: The usual feedback shown when moving or resizing buttons does not appear when moving or resizing buttons inside a picture.

If you’ve added a transparent button to the picture, and beneath the button the picture itself shows the same text as the text on the button, you may choose to hide the text on the button. By doing this, the only visible sign of the button on the picture is the button border.

You might find that after adding both regular buttons and pictures containing buttons, that one of those things obscures another. So another new option is “Bring to foreground”, which will move a button or picture so that it appears on top of other buttons and pictures.

 

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