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Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 09:07
I was trying the example of "mover" and realized that I don't have any idea of what expressions are available and what they do. So my questions are:
Are the expressions listed somewhere (book, helpfile)? Or are they a standard set listed in some -- gasp -- standard programming language?
Does that "somewhere" tell me what the expressions do?
I have a vague feeling that I did run across something that did list them but I have no idea where it was!
I'm enjoying the examples you have provided very much and they have really helped me with understanding what I can do with Interactive Design. Keep up the great examples!
Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 10:30
when we designed Interactive Designer we had a huge discussion how far "scripting" support should go.
Yes, a "one click" interface is nice but has limitations. A programming environment is flexible but hard to use and especially not a designer's world. So we tried to do down the middle, flexible and handleable.
I always compare it with a spreadsheet:
- Many people only know the interface and the buttons (e.g. to sum). That's the standard interface of Interactive Designer.
- Many people know how to key in formulas (=max(), avg() etc). That's expressions of Interactive Designer.
- And few people know how to code with macros. That's ActionScript and not available in Interactive Designer. If you need that, Adobe Flash is actually a nice coding environment.
Does that explain it?
The way they work is described in the Expression Editor itself (click on one, there is a small help at the bottom of the dialog). There's a section in the help file. And there's a section in the manual.
Anything else you need to know: There's the forum! ;-)
To learn trial and error works the best. Remember your first layout in QuarkXPress, your first picture in Photoshop? Back then - at least to me - it looked like magic.
Posted: 28 Jan 2008, 11:23
Thanks for the reply. I had forgotten that there is a separate help for QID so I'll go off there and research some more.