Try a transparent GIF object!

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Martin Wynne
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Try a transparent GIF object!

Unread post by Martin Wynne » Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:48 pm

One of the great features of HX is that Picture objects are displayed using the imported image file unchanged. :)

Which means that if the supplied shapes and callouts don't quite meet your need, you can easily create your own as a transparent GIF. Using your own drawing, or something from a clip-art library.

Here's a rather silly example of that:

http://85a.uk/gif_xplain/

There is no limit to the possibilities. In the above example I added the text to the GIF, but you could use the HX Text objects nested over any drawing.

I found that GIF as some clip-art -- the artist is obviously working in the dark, it's got a left-hand thread!

(Possibly transparent PNGs would work too, but browsers can be more iffy about displaying them. GIFs work everywhere and 256 colours is more than enough in practice.)

cheers,

Martin.

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