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New Focus on Media
Scalar 2.0: What's New
Scalar 2 gives authors more options when adding media to pages in their projects. The "media views" (i.e. "Text emphasis," "Media emphasis," etc...) featured in the old interface have been replaced with more granular options for authors to choose from when displaying media. What's more, these options, unlike in the old interface, can also be applied to inline media.
Authors now have the following choices when adding individual media objects to a page:
They can choose the size of the object to be displayed. Choices include “Small” (206px wide), “Medium” (412px wide), “Large” (620px wide), “Full” (maximum width of the page, great for adding visual impact), and “Native” (the original size of the media, up to the maximum width of the page).
They can choose how they want the media object aligned on the page. Choices include "Left" (aligned left), "Center" (aligned center), and "Right" (aligned right).
Finally, authors can dictate what they'd like to appear in the caption just below the media object. Choices include "Description" (only the description for the media object will be displayed), "Title" (only the title of the media object will be displayed), "Title and description" (the title and description for the media object will be displayed), and "None" (neither title nor description will be displayed).
Details and Citations View
Scalar 2 was engineered to better foreground information about media objects and their use. Rolling over media now reveals a series of tabs, among them "Details" and "Citations." Clicking on "Details" reveals all metadata associated with the object, and from there, access to its metadata in raw formats like RDF-XML and RDF-JSON, or in an HTML table. Clicking on "Citations" opens an expanded view of the media. This "Citations" view acts as kind of contextual hub for individual media objects. All annotations of the media are available, along with excerpted paragraphs that cite the media throughout the book. If the "Details" tab gives readers a more granular sense of the metadata associated with a given media object (often imported directly from a curatorial context) the "Citations" view gives readers the fullest sense of how that media object is then put to use by the author or authors of a Scalar project.
How Annotations Appear in Scalar
The various ways annotations can manifest in a Scalar book.
Annotations appear in Scalar in a variety of ways.
Annotations on Media Pages
When you are viewing the page for a media file that has one or more annotations, an "Annotations" link will appear below the file in the media footer. Clicking the link will reveal a list of all the annotations associated with the file. Clicking an annotation will highlight the related portion of the annotated media.
Annotations in Content
It is possible to embed a direct reference to an annotation into the content of a page. When this is done, a media player for the file is inserted into the page along with the content. After a few seconds (depending on the media type), the player will cue the media to display the annotation. Further, when the annotated portions of temporal media are played, the content of an annotation is displayed below the media footer, allowing for dynamic display of annotations as the media unspools.
Annotations in Citations Pop-Ups
Clicking the "Citations" button in the media footer for a file opens a pop-up with an expanded view of the media. Clicking an annotation under "Annotations of this media" will highlight the related portion of the annotated media.
As mentioned above, each annotation is also its own page. These pages automatically embed their associated media below the content of the annotation itself.