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  1. Go to Create in the LUNA main menu and select Media Group, or select Create Media Group from the My Groups Page.

  2. Enter the name of the Media Group you wish to create.

  3. Check Yes or No to making the Media Group public.

  4. Type in a password if you want to password protect your Media Group.

  5. Select a folder from the pull down menu to store your Media Group. If you have not created any folders it will default to My Groups.

  6. Check the box if you want to make this group your Active Media Group.

  7. If you choose, write a description of the group, up to 50 characters long, which can later be used to search Media Groups.

  8. Media can only be added to one Media Group at a time- your Active Media Group.

  9. You can change which group is your Active Media Group in your User Settings, or and even simpler way is from the Active Media Group pull down menu located next to the Keyword search box.  

  10. After finding the media you would like to add to your Default Media Group, simply click on the icon in the upper right corner of the thumbnail. You’ll see a white border flash around it once it’s been added.

  11. Media will remain in your Media Group until you choose to edit it.

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Creating a Folder for Media Groups

Media Groups can be listed individually or saved into a folder. To organize your Media Groups use the Create Folders function.

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Folders can be saved in other folders and will be presented in a simple tree structure.

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While browsing LUNA and looking for content to add to your Active Media Group you might want to check to make sure you haven't already added that content. For a quick reference to see what is already in your Active Media Group, open the Active Media Group panel located at the bottom of LUNA.

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Changing your Active Media Group

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  • Using the pull down menu below your username, select the Media Group you wish to designate as the Active Media Group.

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  • In your user account settings, select the Media Group you wish to designate as the Active Media Group.

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By clicking on the title of a Media Group you can view the media in that group as a page of thumbnails. You can quickly change the size of the thumbnails and the number of thumbnails per page using the viewing tools.

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From this page of thumbnails you can also do the following with your Media Group:

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Image Removed Image Added  Edit Media Group properties (name, publicly viewable, password, folder, default, description)

Image Removed Image Added  Manage the Media Group

Image Removed Image Added  Reorder media

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Image Removed Image Added  View the Media Group as a Slide Show

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  1. Open the Media Group by clicking on its title.

  2. Click on the Slide Show icon. The Media Group will then be presented as a Slide Show.

  3. Mouse over an image in the Slide Show to view the paging controls. These controls allow you to move onto the next or previous slide, or view the image in the Detail View

  4. Audio, video and other misc. files will not be included in the Slide Show . So if you have 14 objects in your Media Group and 2 of them are audio files, you will only have 12 objects available in the Slide Show playback.

  5. You can link to this Slide Show by clicking on the Share This tool in the upper right corner, or Embed This to create an embeddable web widget of the Media Group as a Slide Show.

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Editing Media Group Properties

To edit a the properties of a Media Group go to Explore > Media Groups . As you mouse over the Media Group in question select the Edit Media Group Properties option.

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The following Media Group properties can be edited at any time:

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  1. Click on the Explore > External Media Search from the LUNA Main Menu, or when in a Media Group click on the Add External Media icon.  Image RemovedImage Added

  2. You'll be taken to the External Media Search page where you simply type in a Keyword search term, or username to search for images.

  3. To add a Flickr image to your Default Media Group roll over the image and click on the Add to my Active Media Group icon in the upper left corner. You’ll know the image has been added when you see the spinning icon and the image is then grayed out.

  4. By clicking on Go To Source you will be re-directed to the image in the Flickr application.

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About Finding Images in Flickr

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  1. Click on Explore > Media Groups to see the list of your Media Groups and the public Media Groups. You must be logged in to see your Media Groups.

  2. Click on the title of the Media Group you want to create a link to. Or, to create a link to your Active Media Group you can click on its title from the upper right corner beside the LUNA Search box.

  3. The Media Group will open.

  4. Click on Share This and copy and paste the URL into an email, for example.

  5. The links you create in LUNA are dynamic, so if you make changes to a Media Group these changes will also be reflected when a user launches the URL to that Media Group.

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Embedding a Media Group

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  • Select either JavaScript, or Forum code.

  • Select either Object Tag code or I-Frame code (*see note below)

  • You can change the width, height and border color of the widget.

  • Choose whether or not to include the image display controls.

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  1. As you customize the web widget you can preview the changes in the preview pane.

  2. When you’re finished simply copy the code below the preview pane and paste it into your wiki, website, blog or forum. The code will also include a link back to LUNA so those who you share the web widget with can easily find their way to your original collections.

  3. The embeddable web widgets you create in LUNA are dynamic, so if you make changes to a Media Group these changes will also be reflected in the applications you embed them into.

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Note

While creating your web widget you have the choice of the following codes:

  • I-Frame Code is for use with all browsers, but banned by some blog sites and 3rd-party content sites.

  • Object Tag Code is accepted by more sites, but will not work with Internet Explorer default settings. 

To enable an object tag to load content across domains with Internet Explorer, set:

Tools : Internet Options : Security : Custom Level : Miscellaneous : Access data sources across domains : Enable

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