Create Side Menu with Layer Genie

This tutorial will show you how to create a flyout side menu with the Layer Genie extension.
You can take a look at the results by clicking here.

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Step 3

We now have the menu, now we need to add items to it. Like mentioned before I used rollover images for this, offcourse you can also use links or any other object for this.

On the <img> tag of this picture we are going to add Layer Genie. But first you need to create an popup, this is an simple layer with some content, you can fill it with whatever you want to.

Here are the settings I used in Layer Genie:


Select the correct layer, this is the layer you just made, the popup.
I made it member of Menu Group 2, this way the popup disapears when an other layer of the same Menu Group appears.


Here you select the effect you wanna use to let the popup appear.
The effect I have choosen for the Layer Genie button is Use IE4+ Transition -> Random Bars Horizontal.


Here select the effect it must have if the layer will be hidden again.
I used the Reversed Display Type, this way it uses the same as set by Display.
The Auto-hide Options is the action on wich it will automaticly hide, I didn't use both of them.
The onMouseOut option will hide the layer on the mouseout event, the After Delay of: you can use to let it automaticly hide after an self set number of seconds.

The IE only tab I haven't used, but take an look at it, it let's you apply an shadow on a layer.

Step 4

The close button in the popups are made with the Hide Layer(s) Genie event. Apply the event on the image of the close button. The popup I created is member of Menu Group 2, I selected in the Main tab the All Members of Menu Group 2, this closes all layers that are member of that group. In the Hide tab you can select the effect to use.

Now you know how the menu is made, you can add as many items as you want and adjust the settings if you want to to fit it in your page.


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March 18, 2003 by Mark Morse
Checked the demo for this tutorial and on the mac, it failed completely in NN4+, partially failed in IE 5 and worked as advertised in NN7. Interestingly enough, I couldn't post a review in NN7. Had to go back to IE5 to post the review. This stuff may work on a PC but is problematic at best on a Mac.

Persistent Sliding Menu

December 8, 2003 by Paul shadwell

I would like to do something similar to this but using a menu that slides up from a persistent layer stuck to the bottom of the page.

The idea is that I have a bar at the bottom of the page that acts like a frame, however, when there is new news to display the bar will change with text saying new news. When the viewer hovers over it it slides up to say, 5 times it's hieght to reveal a scrolling window of news highlightes.

Is this possible using your extension?

Paul J Shadwell

RE: Persistent Sliding Menu

December 8, 2003 by Marja Ribbers-de Vroed
Hi Paul, Yes, that should be possible. But you might try this with the free Slide Layer extension as well. Look for it in the 'Extensions' section here at DMXzone/ Regards, Marja

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