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Many ToolBook customers are interested in this add-on because it allows for the playback of audio and video within Web Browsers using HTML5 technologies.
The PowerPac API consists of over 100 functions that are made available via the Actions Editor. The functions are dragged into the Actions Editor and used like any other action. Simply set the desired parameters and the PowerPac does the rest.
The PowerPac API is built around the premise that web-based projects can have the same or more functionality than their native ToolBook counterparts. The API is entirely dynamic. For example, you can collect objects by using filters and expressions and target those objects for animation, slide shows, or other manipulation.
The PowerPac includes an HTML 5 audio/video engine to enable playback of the latest sound and video files (usually mp3 for audio and mp4 for video; including YouTube videos). These components alternately can use Flash if desired. In addition, you can set time markers and end of media notifications for any media type. Thus, you can provide media that works in all devices and browsers.
PowerPac functions can be used to import stylesheets and assign class names to ToolBook objects. In this way, you can use HTML 5 code and CSS3 styles in your projects to enhance the look and feel of your pages. Plus you can use webfonts to enable consistent display across all devices and browsers.
The PowerPac handles remote windows as dialog boxes that require user input before proceeding. You are able to load entire web pages within the boundaries of simple field objects draw on the ToolBook page.
Other PowerPac enhancements provide fade in/out and other animation types include CSS3 stylesheet animations. Over 90 stylesheet animations are included with the product. In addition, you can use custom ones from other websites and load them for use.
Admittedly, a product of this nature has a learning curve. Therefore, PG Software Development is committed to providing the highest quality of technical support. We also maintain online documentation and a user forum with announcements about product updates and how-tos.
On the authoring side of things, the PowerPac includes a DHTML Export Tree Manager that enables you to flag extra resources and/or entire folders for inclusion in your exported content.
The PowerPac works with every version of ToolBook from v8.9 through v11.5.
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