Matrix iPhone Page Export
The web share option creates an HTML document that represents the matrix as seen in the matrix window. All matrix organization will be represented in the web export including any label combinations. There are situations where only the data needs to be exported, so the web page can be exported with or without movies. Be aware that exporting movies can be a long process depending on the movie compression options. This is especially true when exporting the matrix totals columns.
- Share a Web Page by clicking on the Share button in the matrix toolbar and choosing Web Page.The settings dialog will open:
- Set the name of the HTML document by inserting the name in the Save As text box.
- Choose a destination folder in the Where drop down menu. If the desired location is not in the menu, click on the expose more locations button next to the Save As text box . The default folder is the /Sites folder located in the active user’s home folder. This is a convenient location to save web export files into because the Mac OS X Web Sharing feature uses this folder from which to serve web pages. Below the hard disk space indicator bar is the URL of the exported site.
Take Note of this link or click on it to open it in Safari. If it is clicked on the site will not be found until it is exported, so leave Safari open, then refresh the Safari after it is exported. The page will be available after the export and it can be bookmarked.
- The next setting is the “Use selected cells only”. This option is available when specific rows, columns or cells are selected when the export is initiated. Untick this option if you wish to export the whole matrix. If it is ticked, it will only export the selected rows, columns or cells.
- “Include HTML header and footer” should be ticked in most occasions. When it is selected, basic HTML declarations and simple CSS language is included. Items such as cell borders and colors are configured. Leaving this option unselected creates a document that is designed to be integrated into an existing web site design. This allows for specific coloring and layout options to automatically be inserted into the web page.
- Movies can be exported by ticking the “Include movies” option. This option turns on the “Export movie to “_Movies” folder” and the Export format options also. When this option is selected and the “Export movie to “_Movies” folder” is not selected, it will export standalone movies unless “Export movies as references” is selected. This is a great option for creating a quick preview of how the web page will operate or useful on a local area network.
- If you want to make the web page export portable, so that it can be moved to a proper web server, it is important to select the “Export movie to “_Movies” folder” option. This will create standalone movies for every cell in the matrix and save them in folder called by the name set in the Save As text box with “_Movies” appended to the end. The “HTMLNAME_Movies” folder will be saved in the same location as the HTML document.
- “Export movies as references” will export each cell’s movie as a reference to one standalone movie. This makes the export process much faster and works well for local area network web serving. It is not recommended for serving matrices over the internet.
- The last option is the movie format. This sets the movie format that will be exported. There are 16 default options plus the Quicktime Movie option which makes the options virtually unlimited. The movie format options will depend on the desired distribution strategy. We recommend experimenting with several formats starting with the iPhone format. The iPhone format is a great choice as it offers a really interesting distribution strategy. Since it is a portable device and a mobile phone, people are very accustomed to carrying it and are familiar with how to use most of its features. For purposes of this manual, we will not cover the movie export options. Contact a Sportstec Contacts to learn more about potential workflows.
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