Live Delivery Platform's (LDP) Image Gallery Assets feature allows users to easily create and manage image galleries in the OU Campus system. Users can upload images into the gallery; provide a title, caption, and description information; and drag and drop images to modify the order. OU Campus will automatically generate thumbnails based on user-defined settings.
Navigate to the asset list view by selecting Content > Assets from the global navigation bar.
Click the New button.
Select Image Gallery from the menu to display the Image Gallery Asset screen.
Fill out the required fields to create the asset. For this particular asset, only the Asset Info panel and Access Settings panel are available until the asset has been created. Note: In the Asset Info section, to lock the image gallery to your site only, check Lock to site. In the Access Settings section, select your access group to limit the ability to edit (add/remove images) the image gallery to only within those in your site group. To limit the ability for those to use your image gallery, select your group.
At this stage in the creation process the ability to add images and change display options for the asset are unavailable. Once all text fields have been filled out, click Create.
The Image Gallery creation screen includes the following elements:
After a user has created an Image Gallery Asset, the Gallery Options panel becomes available.
The Gallery Options Panel includes the following elements:
To ensure that all image thumbnails are consistently sized and shaped, elect to crop the image. This will ensure all images are formatted to the dimensions defined. However, this will create a crop from the middle of the image, and may cut out elements of the image.
A user can add images to an Image Gallery Asset using the Images panel. Users can add images either by clicking the Add button or simply dragging the file from its location on your desktop to the Images panel. Users can also toggle between two different views using the Full View and Compact View buttons in the Images Panel header.
When an image is added to the Images panel, a thumbnail of each image is displayed with the following elements:
After an Image Gallery Asset has been created, images must be added to complete the asset. Image selections can only made locally from the computer. Currently, it is not possible to select images that already uploaded to the site by navigating using a file chooser. PNG files will be converted to JPG files when uploaded, which means that the alpha-channel (transparency) setting will be removed if it is being utilized, and the transparent portions will be black. To add an image to the Images panel:
Once images are uploaded, change the order of the images by selecting the image and dropping it into the Images panel in the order that is desired. Additionally, images can be deleted from the Images panel by selecting the X icon in the corner of each image item.
In order for the image gallery asset to appear on a published page of an OU Campus site, it must first be published. Once a page has subscribed to the asset, republishing the asset updates the page and republishes all subscribing pages.
When a user attempts to publish an asset, the Publish Asset dialog is displayed with the following elements:
When an asset is published, the content of the asset is saved to the database and is added to the versioning system. All pages containing the asset are updated using the latest of the file on the staging server. The current version of the page will not be published to prevent premature changes to the production server. In addition, publishing assets does not have an affect on pages that are checked out to other users or are in the workflow system until the pages are checked back in.
An asset can be published by an administrator either from the Asset Actions toolbar or from the Asset list view. It is important to remember that the ability to perform a publish on assets will become unavailable if the asset is currently assigned to or checked out to another user. To publish an asset from the Asset list view:
It is important to remember that in order to publish an asset from the Assets Actions toolbar the asset must first be checked-out. To publish an asset from the Asset Actions toolbar:
Once the Image Gallery asset is created, content contributors can use them. Assets are inserted via the WYSIWYG Editor.
Most often, the image gallery asset will be available to insert on a page while editing in the WYSIWYG Editor. Content editing might also be configured so that when clicking on an editable region button, the user is only presented with an asset chooser. Once a page has subscribed to the asset, any changes in the asset will update the page and republish it. The republishing of pages subscribed to assets can be throttled by administrators with the configuration of the publish threshold setting.
The asset will be entered into the page where the cursor was placed. If the asset is a Text Only Asset, or a Web Content Asset with no block level HTML code (such as p or div tags), the asset will preview with the content inside of a wrapper.
If the asset is a Web Content Asset with block level HTML code, a Source Code Asset, an Image Gallery Asset, or a Managed Form Asset, it cannot be previewed in the WYSIWYG Editor, but it will still have a wrapper. Note that even though the asset is not displayed in the WYSIWYG Editor, most will still render in the page preview. Source Code Assets will not always render with preview.
To delete an asset from a page in the WYSIWYG Editor, click anywhere on the asset wrapping and press the Delete key.
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