PowerPoint Digital Signage

PowerPoint Digital Signage Software

With digital signage, ultimately, content defines the end result of your efforts at gaining customer attention and effectively communicating key sales and marketing goals. To support this activity, most digital signage products provide proprietary content authoring tools. But remember in the end what you are actually creating is a digital signage presentation. So why not look at one of the premier tools used for creating high impact presentations: Microsoft® PowerPoint®. PowerPoint digital signage software offers a perfect blend of multimedia content creation, a wide range of digital signage design templates, low cost and ease of use.

Here is a small list of PowerPoint’s features that make it ideal for creating digital signage content:

  • Flexible screen layout options
  • Wide range of free and low-cost digital signage design templates
  • Supports ordered, multi-page signage presentations
    • Control how long each “page” is displayed
    • Support for a wide range of page transition effects (fade, swipe, etc.)
  • Offers a wide range of font choices and color palette selection
  • Support for high definition videos, graphic images and audio
  • Wide selection of display object animation effects
  • Embedded excel charts and tables
  • Supports landscape and portrait orientations with up to 4K UHD resolutions

And again, let’s not forget ease of use. PowerPoint is also a software tool that most business people already own and know how to use. Converting PowerPoint to digital signage is normally a case of designing for a wide screen TV and making your presentation self-running.

PowerPoint Digital Signage Presentations
PowerPoint provides everything you need to create cutting-edge multimedia digital signage. You can easily create a signage presentation that displays a compelling mix of high definition video, pictures, a wide range of colors, text fonts, animation and page transition effects. Use PowerPoint to create digital menu boards, interactive kiosks, lobby and retail displays.

Here’s an example of a PowerPoint digital signage presentation used in a hotel lobby:

PowerPoint as a Multimedia Container
Using PowerPoint does not preclude using professional content creation tools like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to design exacting (down to the pixel) signage presentations. You can easily import Photoshop or Illustrator page content into PowerPoint. In this way use PowerPoint as a kind of multimedia container, organizing the imported “pages” into a ordered, seamless signage presentation with very cool page transition effects.

PowerPoint Licensing Cost
It’s clear that PowerPoint offers a compelling content creation tool for cutting-edge digital signage. Great multimedia support, easy to use. So far, so good. But what about operating cost? Won’t I have to purchase a PowerPoint license for each TV point? This sounds expensive. All valid concerns. And there is a simple answer: use the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer. With some minor exceptions the viewer can display your PowerPoint digital signage presentations without modification.

PowerPoint Hardware Requirements
Some of you are thinking: don’t you need a Windows PC to display PowerPoint digital signage? Yes you do, but there is a new generation Windows PC that is ideal for digital signage display: the PC stick. A PC stick–also known as an Intel compute stick–is a small (pocket-sized) Windows-based device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, capable of displaying digital signage in full HD.

Along with their small size comes a low price. You can purchase a variety of compatible PC or compute sticks between $89 to $149 from stores and online retailers like Amazon. These PC and compute sticks include a Windows license, a flash hard drive, USB ports and WiFi Internet capability.

To display PowerPoint signage presentations on your TV, install the appropriate digital signage player software on your PC or compute stick. It’s the stick’s hardware/digital signage software combination that transforms your TV into a networked signage TV point capable of displaying PowerPoint presentations.

Content Management Service
One of the common complaints against PowerPoint-based digital signage software is the lack of a full-fledged content management service (CMS) that supports PowerPoint files. This is a valid concern. Without a CMS you are reduced to updating your signage content by manually copying presentations files onto each PC/TV point. And how do you support things like signage display schedules or remote management? Without a CMS you can’t.

PowerSignage –  PowerPoint Digital Signage Solution
PowerPoint’s lack of a CMS was the primary reason we developed PowerSignage™. PowerSignage is a cloud-based digital signage service designed to display PowerPoint files on a standard TV. With PowerSignage simply upload PowerPoint signage presentations to our CMS. PowerPoint digital signage files are automatically downloaded from our CMS (via PC or compute stick) and displayed on your TV points. PowerSignage supports the native PowerPoint file format: there is no need to convert PowerPoint into video or export it as a set of image files.

PowerSignage features:

  • Very affordable digital signage solution
  • Create digital signage content using PowerPoint
  • Uses low-cost PC/compute sticks for digital signage player hardware
    • Includes digital signage media player software
    • Converts stick into a digital signage media player
  • Hosted cloud-based service–no PC server required
    • Cloud storage for uploading signage presentations
  • Complete digital signage content management service (CMS)
    • Display signage 24 x 7 or schedule by date, time and day of the week
    • Assign signage presentations to individual TV points or groups
    • Supports location- and role-based digital signage management
    • Supports remote management of signage TV points
  • Supports landscape or portrait signage display, up to 4K UHD resolution
  • Supports signage based on PowerPoint files and HTML (live web)
  • Fully managed CMS, no IT support headaches
PowerSignage - PowerPoint digital signage

PowerSignage uses PC and compute sticks for digital signage player hardware. Install PowerPlayer™,  our digital signage software, on your PC/compute sticks. PowerPlayer automatically downloads PowerPoint signage presentations and display them on your TV. And to keep cost down PowerPlayer uses the free PowerPoint Viewer to display signage presentations, so there is no need to purchase a PowerPoint license for each TV point.

In Summary
PowerPoint is a compelling content creation tool for digital signage. Through its flexible layout manager, wide multimedia support and page animation/transition effects you can create effective digital signage presentations with minimal effort. Add to this the wide variety of free and low-cost PowerPoint digital signage templates and you have an exceptionally powerful tool for creating professional, great looking digital signage.

Additionally, PC and compute sticks have dramatically lowered the hardware cost of supporting a Windows-based solution like PowerPoint digital signage. Finally, we have PowerSignage, an affordable CMS for managing your PowerPoint digital signage workflow.

While PowerPoint has some limitations it is an ideal digital signage software solution for a wide range of small to mid-sized organizations. For more information please download and review our Using PowerPoint for Digital Signage PDF document or visit our website at www.powerdigitalsignage.com.

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