ID: Give the rectangle a unique ID or name. An ID is given automatically and will be numerically ordered when more than one are added. If an ID is already be used by another element, a warning symbol will appear next to the input field.
Position: The x and y coordinates for the rectangle.
- Anchor: Use this grid to “stick” the element to a section of the movie window.
Size: Adjust the rectangle’s size (width and height) in pixels.
Scaling: Scales the rectangle along the x and y axes. Doubling the value on either axis, for instance, will double the size of the element. If a scaling modifier is enabled, this scaling setting will be ignored.
- Center: Use this grid to determine how the rectangle scales. The default is set to the center so the element will scale in or out from its center. If you anchor the scaling to the upper left corner, for example, the scaling will center from this point.
Angle: Use this parameter to adjust the angle of rotation of the rectangle. It will use the Center grid (above) as its axis. For example, if the center is chosen, it will rotate around its center. If the bottom left corner is selected, the rectangle will rotate around that corner.
Visible: Select or deselect to keep the rectangle visible or invisible. Visibility or invisibility can be changed and toggled with actions.
Alpha: The transparency of the rectangle. A setting of 1.000 is opaque. Lowering this number will increase the rectangle’s transparency.
Hand Cursor: Select to have the hand cursor show when the mouse rolls over the rectangle. This makes it more obvious to the user that the area or rectangle is interactive.
Background: Select, Enabled to show the background of the rectangle.
- Color: Use the color picker to choose a color for the background.
Border: The border or outline of the rectangle.
- Width: Defines how wide the border will be.
- Radius: Increasing this number will round the corners of the rectangle.
- Color: Choose a color for the border.
Hotspot Proxy ID: Enter the corresponding hotspot ID. The ID should come from the hotspot’s ID field in the hotspot editor. Using hotspot proxies gives you the ability to link skin elements to specific hotspots.
Limit Output: This option lets you selectively choose which element should not be used for either the Flash or HTML5 outputs.
In order for an object to act as a button, it needs to have a function or action applied to it.
Double-click in the Actions area or hit the plus sign to the right to open the Action Settings.
- Source: Choose what event will cause the action to occur.
- Action: Choose what will happen when the event occurs. For instance, if Pressed and Pan Left are chosen for a button’s action, and a user clicks on that button and holds down the mouse button, the object will pan left.
- Go to, Skin Actions, for details on all actions.
Depending on which action is chosen, different parameters that are associated with that action will appear. For example, for the pan actions, you can define the pan speed.
Also check out some Actions Examples.
Adding modifiers allows you to make elements move, scale or rotate when the movie is being is panned, tilted, zoomed or loaded. A good example of a use of a modifier is for a loading bar that scales in relation to how much of the movie has been loaded. (See the skin editor tutorial on building a loading bar for an example on using modifiers.)
Double-click in the Actions area or hit the plus sign to the right to open the Modifier Settings.
- Target: Choose from the menu how the object will be modified. The element can be modified to Rotate, and Scale and Move along the X and Y axes.
- Source: Choose what causes the selected Target Value. For example, if you had a radar image, you would want that image to move in relation to the panning movement of the movie. Therefore, you would set the Target Value as Rotate and the Source Value as Pan.
- Factor: Set the level of the Target Value. For example, if the loading bar should only scale to its original size, the Factor should be set to 1. If the the loading bar should scale to twice its size, the Factor should be set to 2.
- Offset: Set from where the Source Value begins. An offset of 0 means it starts from it’s original position. Or, in the case of Scaling, an offset of 1, for example, will start the scaling later so a portion of the loading bar is seen from the beginning of the load time.
- Go to, Skin Modifiers, for more details on all modifiers.