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Some questions

Discussion in 'Showcase Support' started by Sunka, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. Sunka

    Sunka New Member Showcase

    Hi, some questions:

    I can not find option to show only category block and slider on Showcase Home Page.
    Right now I have Category block on top slider below, and after that two, I have two blocks with items from two categories.
    On Showcase home page I need only category block and slider below.

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    Is there a solution for one slider to show items from several categories on Showcase Home page or each category must have own slider?

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    Is there chance to slider automatically scroll items, or there is just manual way?

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    Custom item fields categories/groups? Is there a solution to have categories for custom item fields? I have several categories which are totally different so I have a lot of custom item fiels, but to get order how they show on item page I have to order them all mixed in one place.
    Example, you have category with custom fields (color, height, weight, material...) and you have another category with totally different custom fields (field A, field B, field C...) to have some kind of order on Item page I have to order them all in one place. So it look like this:

    color
    field A
    height
    Field B
    ...

    With category for fields, we could add item custom fields category to Showcase category so we can have clean look and order for fields in that category
    Category 1
    color
    height
    weight
    ...

    Category 2
    field A
    field B
    ...

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    Tags - any chance to automatically add showcase item tags to thread tags when we have option set to yes to automatically create thread when created Showcase item?
     
  2. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    Set the Showcase Options >> Home Page TAB >> Home Page Layout Type >> to "Modular Layout (advanced setup required). And then don't set any of the options on "Modular Layout Options - SC Home Page" for any of your categories. This will let you display just the Slider, Cats block and any sidebar blocks you want.
     
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  3. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    You are able to choose which categories items are pulled from.
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    Category Pages have their OWN Slider settings. There is a Global Option that you can set that each Category page will use as default settings and then each Category has options to Override the default settings. THis allows you to have sliders on some categories, but not others as well as different settings for different categories.
     
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  4. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    The 3rd party JS has some limited "auto" features, however, the configuration setup that Showcase is using is NOT meant to work with any of the "auto" settings for the 3rd party JS.
     
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  5. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    This is a suggestion, not a question. IIRC, there is already an existing suggestion for this, however, Im not sure if its here or at my private dev site, so do a quick look here first before creating a suggestion thread.
     
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  6. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    A very long story short.... NO. Not going to bore you with the technical reasons (which are many).
     
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  7. Sunka

    Sunka New Member Showcase

    Thanks @Bob
    One short question

    There is no option for slider to show random items from Category?
     
  8. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    No (and yes). Let me explain. The only sort type options that are available are located in the sort type dropdown.

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    There is one sort type that is unique and that is the sort type "Featured". When set to "featured", the model fetches content that is marked as "featured" and the fetching method uses the MySQL sort type rand().

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    CUSTOMIZATION: The fetching methods in the Item Model do have other sort types available to developers (one of which is 'random', however, this is added purely for Customization purposes). I know of several license holders that have had addons created that extend showcase to do things like add RANDOM fetching to the [bd] Widget Framework Rendersers that come with Showcase as well as Sliders for Forum Home (and probably SC Home as well).

    I made the decision years ago that I would not include direct support for rand(); fetching with the exception of FEATURED content.
     
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  9. Sunka

    Sunka New Member Showcase

    So I need to feature all items and set sort order Featured?
    Only in this case slider items will be randomised?
     
  10. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    You COULD do that, however, its NOT designed for that purpose. I was simply explaining the existing functionality to you.

    What you want (the ability to fetch all items sorted by rand()) does not exist as a core feature. What does exist is fetching featured items sorted by rand().
     
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  11. Sunka

    Sunka New Member Showcase

    Another question @Bob :D

    One showcase category automatically create thread in one subforum.
    Will be something destroyed if I move that subforum into another category?

    I belive that showcase items are connected with thread IDs, and far as I know, thread IDs will be stay same even when they moved all around forum.

    Example:

    Showcase category automatically create threads in subforum B2

    • Category ONE
      • Subforum A
        • Subforum A1
      • Subforum B
        • Subforum B1
        • Subforum B2
    If I move subforum B with his child subforums B1 and B2 in new Category TWO, showcase items will still be connected with created threads in B2 subforum, and new items will automatically be created in B2 subforum?
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    No.

    This is correct. You won't have any problems doing this (as long as the node permissions allow people to view the threads).
     
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  13. OUTL4W

    OUTL4W New Member AMS Showcase

    sorry to resurrect this old thread but by chance has this been tweaked in newer versions?
     
  14. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    No. The slider configuration that is being used in Showcase (infinite carousel) is not able to utilize the auto slide functions. It would require modifications to be configured slightly different than it is, in order to use the auto slider functions.

    For XF2 versions of my addons, I use the Carousel JS that is included with Core XF.
     
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