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Slides in Digital Signage


Slides are the building blocks for your playlists, this is where you add all your content

Slides in Digital Signage are the building blocks for your playlists. Slides can contain a single image or you can combine several images, videos, and plugins on a single slide. Slides can be interpreted as pages just like in Powerpoint. Slides in Digital Signage are a part of your playlist, meaning any playlist has one or more slides with content.

You can access the slide options by pressing the pencil icon in the slide thumbnail.

  • Duration – Specifies the duration of the slide
  • “Play forever” – use this option if your playlist has only one slide or your playlist is for touch workflows.
  • Slide name – Optionally give the slide a name
  • Entering transition – Choose a transition effect for the slide for some eye candy. If the transitions are not smooth, there are 3 key factors that play a role when a transition is rendered:
    • Transition effect itself (some transitions are more complex and require more processing) – try the “Fade to black” transition.
    • Playlist complexity (high-resolution images, several plugins, and several zones all contribute) – try reducing complexity.
    • Player performance (is your player an entry-level Android device or a mid-level device with an Intel I5 processor) – try a more powerful player.
  • Transition duration – How long the transition takes (0.3 – 7 seconds). The slide duration must always exceed the transition duration by 1 second. If your transition duration is 3 seconds, that means the slide has to be at least 4 seconds.
  • Pause playlist background music for this slide – This option is only available if you have added background music to your playlist.
  • After this slide play – This option overrides the default behavior of playing the next slide, it is used when creating touchscreen interfaces.
  • Slide conditions

The slide thumbnail contains several indicators:

  1. Delete slide
  2. Slide number or name (You can add a name for each slide)
  3. Edit the slide
  4. Slide condition” – Green means one (or more) slide condition matches, so for the moment, this slide would be played. Red means none of the slide conditions match at the moment and the slide is skipped.
  5. “After this slide play” option is turned on
  6. Transition” option is turned on
  7. Duration of the slide
Slide Indicators for playlists

Slide stash can be used to store your slides for later use.

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If you already have image files you want to create slides from (say you uploaded a PowerPoint or PDF file), creating the slides one by one is very tedious.

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​In the editor, each object is represented as a layer in the layers tab. You can grab individual objects and drag them higher to bring them in front of other objects.

Slide background music makes your content a bit more interesting, so why not capture more senses and set the scene of your playlist with background music? You can add music to playlists or slides.

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You can add audio files or multiple audio files in your slides. Simply open your assets, find and add your audio files just as if you were adding a photo or video.

When you add an audio file in a slide you’ll notice that the box has a dashed border, meaning the icon and text are not displayed on your TV.

Slide conditions are an advanced functionality to display individual slides at a specific time of day, within a time range, or on one or more specific players.

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Why can’t I drag the object to the topmost layer?

Some objects are not part of the canvas when playing the slide in the player – often this is because of how web standards work, but in the case of a video and ticker plugin, it’s for performance optimization reasons. All the plugins: video, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, website, ticker, playlist, and MediaRSS are actually external applications that are positioned exactly over our application. For some plugins like video and tickers, you can actually update the setting “Always on top” to “No” if you want to position some elements above them, but beware that performance will likely suffer.

What does the exclamation mark mean?

It’s possible to lose objects if you move them off the canvas and release the drag. If you see an exclamation mark next to an element in the editor, that means the element has been moved off the canvas. You can fix it by pressing the blue Center object button.

Why are animations slow and lagging?

Animating elements requires rendering the canvas 24 times per second, as opposed to just 1 time per slide. The specifics come down to your player’s hardware acceleration support, but there are still a few things you can do to improve the playback. In general sliding animations (slide in left/right/top/bottom) require more resources than zooming, spinning, and fading animations. Therefore try experimenting with different animations and also increasing the animation duration will give the player more time to play the animation, thus making it smoother. Since the device needs to render the entire canvas for each frame of the animations, other items in the slide can also contribute to the slowness. If possible, try keeping the item count and complexity low, so the player has an easier time rendering other elements on the slide.

If your animations are still sluggish, then you can also consider creating the slides with animations in external software and exporting them as a movie file. For example, keynote on OSX supports exporting a presentation with animations as a video file.

If none of the tips work, and animations are a must for you, then you should look into upgrading to a mid-tier player device.

Why do animations start stuttering?

Computers will slow themselves down when they get hot in order not to overheat, therefore if you see the animation performance degrade, make sure that your device does not overheat!

Exit animation options are not visible

If your slide is set to ‘Play forever’, then you can only set entrance animation effects as the slide will never end and exit.

What type of audio files are supported?

We recommend using .mp3, however, .wav .ogg .m4a, and .flac files are also supported, but converted to .mp3

Can I play multiple audio files on Slides in Digital Signage?

You can add multiple audio files in a slide and they will all play at the same time.

Can I play music in a playlist?

Yes, you can either add your background music per slide or per playlist, to add background music to a playlist go here: Background Music

Is it possible to play Internet radio streams?

We don’t have support for the radio streams in a plugin, but you can stream any radio that allows you to. Learn more.

Can I add a time of day and screen condition?

Yes, you can add a condition saying start at xx and stop at xx every day, and then add the screens you want the specific slide to play on.

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