How to Create a Custom Sequence
From the desk of Stu Harman, our support and coaching expert. In this article Stu explains how to create your own sequence of animations and images to produce personalized consultation presentations.
BiteFX provides seven animation groups in the Animation panel that are named according to occlusal topics; they are Open-Close, Guidance and Contacts, Effects of Bruxing, Interference and TMJ Effects, Effects on Molars, Treatments, and Neutral Zone. Each of the animation groups include a select number of animations related to that topic, comprising more than 70 animations in total at present. BiteFX also includes over 100 occlusally related clinical photographs and images in the Picture panel that can be used to show real world clinical examples of malocclusion and treatments.
Figure 1. Animation Panel
Figure 2. Picture Panel
The BiteFX control interface makes it easy to open the Animation or Picture panel to select the animation or image you want to show. However, even with experienced users, the simple act of opening a menu, selecting the item you wish to show and then playing or displaying the item may appear a bit tedious to your patient or audience.
In addition, there may be presentations you make that you want to repeat again and again, such as when presenting generic occlusal concepts, for example “Importance of Occlusion”, or perhaps “TMJ Disorders” and so on. If you’re like me, I don’t want to manually select the same animations and images over and over if I can help it.
BiteFX gives you the ability to create a virtually limitless number of your own custom sequences using a simple drag and drop process, and combine animations AND pictures in that same sequence. The result is a more linear and organized looking presentation (like a slide show presentation), and can save you time when creating similar presentations in the future since you can use existing custom sequences as “building blocks” for new sequences by adding and removing animations and images as needed.
Here is how I create a custom sequence - I’m going to build a custom sequence for a hypothetical patient named Mary Wilson.
- Using a commonly used paradigm, the custom sequence will consist of a combination of animations and images to move Mary forward in her understanding of her occlusal disease by explaining normal occlusion, her occlusal issues, her treatment options and the consequences of delayed or ignored treatment recommendations.
- At the bottom of the Animation panel, there is a row beneath the main menu screen with the text “Drag an animation or picture here to create a new sequence.” This is where we construct our custom sequence.
Figure 3. Image of Animation Panel with Custom Sequence Row Highlighted
Figure 4. Close-up of Unused Custom Sequence Row
- A nice, efficient way to build your sequence is to start by opening your Animation panel and add the animations you want first, and then open the Picture panel and drop in the images where you want them within the new sequence.
- A common method is for BiteFX dentists to begin by providing an overview of the masticatory system and how it works, so the first animation I will add is Open-Close No Muscles. I simply select the thumbnail and, while holding down the mouse button, I drag the thumbnail down to the new sequence row and release the mouse button.
- As soon as I add the first item, three things happen:
- The default sequence name, “New Sequence” appears,
- A red “X” appears above and to the left of that name, and
- A new blank sequence row appears beneath the newly created sequence.
- To rename the sequence, double-click on the name "New Sequence" and then type in the new name. For this demonstration, I’ve typed in the name of my hypothetical patient “Wilson”.
- I continue building my sequence with additional animations to show malocclusion, treatments and implications of ignored treatment.
- After adding all of the animations I want, I open the Picture panel to add some images. Combining animations and images is a powerful synergistic tool to help your patients understand their issues. As I drag an image into the custom sequence row, a vertical orange line appears to show where that item will be placed when you release the mouse button. If you need to re-order any of the items after adding them to the sequence, simply slide that thumbnail left or right until the orange line is where you want to re-position that item.
- You may want to consider adding pictures of the patient’s teeth, pictures of previous cases you’ve delivered to demonstrate treatment phases and to instill confidence with your dental artistry and skill, and perhaps some additional pictures to show what the consequences of non-treatment may be.
- As described earlier, whenever a new sequence is created, BiteFX automatically adds a new blank row below that sequence. When creating a sequence that contain a large number of items, some of the sequence rows may be obscured, depending on how your BiteFX window is formatted. There are two ways to increase visibility of the custom sequence rows:
- Use the Scroll Bar to the right of the Custom Sequence window to scroll up and down until you can see the row you want:
- Move the margin line using your mouse to increase the viewing area. When the mouse cursor is moved onto the margin line separating the Animation or Picture panel window and the custom sequence window, the cursor becomes a horizontal adjust pointer. While holding down the left mouse button, slide the margin line up to increase or down to decrease the viewing area of the custom sequence window.
- Once your sequence is finished and you are ready to present it, click on the first thumbnail to select it. Because the first item in my Wilson sequence is Open-Close No Muscles, that item will be displayed in the main screen, and ready to play.
Figure 5. Open-Close No Muscles Selected From Custom Sequence and Ready to Play
- After reviewing the concept with the patient, rather than opening the Animation or Picture panel to select my next item, all I have to do is click on the Next in sequence button (or hit F12) to bring up the next item in the Wilson sequence. Selecting each subsequent item in a custom sequence using this method is much quicker and more seamless than by manually seclecting each item one at a time from the menus.
- When finished, you can keep your sequence indefinitely, modify it later for future needs, copy it and change it for another purpose, or you can delete it.
- When you want to delete a custom sequence, click on the “X”.
- A dialog box will appear asking if you want to delete the sequence. Click on “No” if you change your mind, or on “Yes” to complete the delete process.
Creating a Custom Sequence Review:
- Open either the Animation panel or Picture panel.
- Drag either an animation thumbnail or image thumbnail to the blank new sequence row.
- Double-click on New Sequence to highlight it and type in the desired name of your sequence.
- Continue adding animations and images as needed.
- To begin your custom presentation, click on the first item in your custom sequence to select it to the main screen.
- To cycle to the next item, click on the Next in sequence button in the control interface.
- When you want to delete a custom sequence, click on the red “X”, and then on “Yes” in the next dialog box.
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