Slide Options

The Slide Options inspector lets you change settings of selected slides in the Storyboard/Timeline. You can make changes to multiple slides at once by selecting several slides in the Storyboard/Timeline before adjusting settings in the Slide Options inspector.

The Slide Options inspector opens automatically when you double-click a slide in the Storyboard/Timeline.


Enabling animation will apply a Pan & Zoom effect (also known as Ken Burns effect) to all layers (images, movies, or titles) of a slide. Animation can be turned on with the Enabled checkbox in the Slide options, or menu commands available in the Slideshow > Animation menu and various context menus. The Stage will then display the selected slide twice: the start position of the animation on the left side, and the finish position of the animation on the right side. FotoMagico will render the motion between those two positions in real-time.

  • Use the mouse or jog wheels in the Stage to apply desired position, zoom, and rotation values to your image for both the start and finish state of the animation.
  • The Layer Options contain a control for fine-tuning the timing of the animation. Refer to Fine Tuning Animation for more details.


The duration determines how long the animation takes. If the Continue type is set to “After Duration”, then it also determines how long the slide is shown before the slideshow advances to the next slide.

Drag the duration slider from 0s to 60s. You can also enter a duration longer than 60s by typing the value into the text field next to the slider.

The image duration cannot be shorter than the transition duration of the preceding slide. If you need a shorter image duration for a given slide, you need to decrease the amount of time for the transition of the preceding slide.
If you apply a very short duration for a given slide, chances are the succeeding slide won't get preloaded quickly enough. In this case, the slideshow will advance to the next slide as soon as the media files of this slide have been loaded into video memory. The amount of time that is necessary to preload the media files can vary, depending on the speed of your computer.


The Continue type determines how and when the slideshow advances to the next slide. There are several options:

  • After Duration - The slide will be shown for the specified duration before advancing to the next slide. Set the slide duration with the Duration slider or by entering numeric values in the text field.
  • At Mouse Click - The slideshow will pause at the end of this slide until you press the mouse button to continue. Even though the slideshow is paused while waiting for the mouse click, audio continues to play in the background. In this case you may want the audio loop endlessly.
  • At Audio Marker - The slideshow advances to the next slide as soon as an audio marker in the currently playing audio item is passed.
The continue type is also displayed in the Storyboard/Timeline above each slide as the duration time, "Click" or "Marker".
If you choose continue "At Audio Marker", make sure the audio item contains enough audio markers, or your slideshow might get stuck. Read more about audio markers in Adjusting Timing in the Timeline.


If you give a slide a name, it will be displayed in the Storyboard/Timeline above the slide, instead of the slides index number. The name does not have any effect for playback. It is simply an authoring tool you you to structure your slideshow, akin to chapters, but at a more fine grained level.

Use chapters to structure your slideshow into macroscopic blocks. Then use slide names to structure each chapter into smaller sub-sections.
When you start creating a new slideshow, it may help to first create the structure of your story with a couple of placeholder images, chapters, and slide names. Once the structure is in place, you can start to replace the placeholder with your real images.


Use the text field to enter teleprompter notes for the selected slide. These notes will be displayed in the teleprompter or during a live presentation. For more information, see Using the Teleprompter. You can also use the notes field to enter notes or text to yourself about the slides during authoring. For example, “Replace this image with an updated photo.”

Using teleprompter notes helps you to remember your live narration during the slideshow.

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