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PowerPlayer

What is the PowerPlayer hardware specification?

PowerPlayer is a pocket-sized Windows 10 min-PC stick. PowerPlayer is equipped with a quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB flash, Intel HD graphics controller, HDMI output, 2 USB ports and WiFi.

How do I connect PowerPlayer to my TV?

You plug the PowerPlayer mini-PC stick directly into your TV’s HDMI input port and select that TV input.

If I lose power will PowerPlayer automatically run and display signage once power is restored?

PowerPlayer should automatically resume its last known power state. So if it was running at the time power is lost it will automatically turn on when power i restored. PowerPlayer will boot Windows 10 and automatically play any assigned digital signage presentation.

How do I display PowerPoint digital signage presentations using PowerPlayer?

You upload your PowerPoint signage presentation to our PowerSignage CMS. You assign the signage presentation to one or more PowerPlayer/TV points. When PowerPlayer is plugged into the TV’s HDMI it automatically downloads any assigned PowerPoint signage presentation and display it on the TV screen.

PowerSignage CMS also supports assignment to TV point groups. You can assign one or more PowerPlayer/TV points to a TV point group. This feature makes it easy to push digital signage presentations to a logical collection of PowerPlayer/TV points.

Do I have to convert or export my PowerPoint presentation files to another format for digital signage usage?

No. PowerPlayer supports native PowerPoint file formats. There is no need to perform any conversions.

When I normally use PowerPoint for presentations I have to use my mouse to advance each slide. How do I make the digital signage presentation self-running?

PowerPoint has a feature that makes this very easy. With a single click you can specify the display duration for all your slides. You can also specify the display duration for each slide independently. Now each slide will display for a specified time before advancing to the next slide. And with PowerPoint’s kiosk feature you can make your presentation loop continuously. Please view our “Using PowerPoint for Digital Signage” guide for detailed instructions. We also have Youtube videos to provide you with an easy step-by-step guide.

What versions of PowerPoint are supported?

PowerPlayer supports PowerPoint 97 and later versions.

Is a Microsoft PowerPoint software license required to display PowerPoint signage presentations on the TV?

No. PowerPlayer uses the free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer to display PowerPoint digital signage presentation files on the TV screen.

The PowerPoint Viewer does have some limitations. It cannot display any PowerPoint presentation that contain macros, external program references, linked or embedded objects (ActiveX) or Information Rights Management (IRM).

With PowerPoint I can design a presentation designed for a portrait (vertical) display orientation? Does PowerPlayer support portrait signage display orientation?

Yes. PowerPlayer’s integrated graphics adapter allows you to rotate the video display by 0 (landscape), 90 (portrait), 180 (landscape flipped) and 270 (portrait flipped) degrees. So matter how you physically mount the TV your signage presentation will look proper. PowerPoint also allows you to specify the presentation’s display orientation.

PowerPoint Digital Signage

HOW DO I CREATE THE CONTENT FOR MY DIGITAL SIGNAGE PRESENTATION?

You use Microsoft PowerPoint to create your digital signage content. Combine text, pictures, background images, animation, page transitions and HD video, using PowerPoint’s drag-and-drop page layout features to create professional digital signage presentations.

WHAT HARDWARE DO I NEED TO DISPLAY DIGITAL SIGNAGE?

PowerPlayer is a Windows 10 mini-PC media player which is the only required digital signage hardware. To display your signage you need a TV display with an HDMI source input. PowerPlayer plugs into your TV’s HDMI and displays PowerPoint digital signage presentations on the screen.

WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED TO INSTALL TO MANAGE MY DIGITAL SIGNAGE?

None. PowerSignage, our cloud-based digital signage content management service (CMS), is web based. All you need is a web browser. We support Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox and any web browser that supports webkit. This includes most smart phones.

CAN I DISPLAY A SET OF IMAGES IN A PARTICULAR ORDER?

Yes. With PowerPoint you can display each full-screen image as a separate “slide” in the presentation. PowerPoint allows you to define the display order of the images “slides” as well as their display time on the TV screen.

CAN I CREATE DISPLAY TRANSITION EFFECTS WHEN SWITCHING BETWEEN SIGNAGE MEDIA PAGES?

Yes. You can use PowerPoint which allows you to define a wide range of transition effects (fade, slide, etc.).

MY COMPANY HAS A WEBSITE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO DISPLAY AS ONE OF MY DIGITAL SIGNAGE PAGES. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

You can define one or more external website as part of your signage presentation. The website is specified by a url. PowerPlayer will fetch the referenced webpage and display it. Just like any media page, you can specify the order of any of your website and its display time. However, it is important that the external website layout match the TV. If your TV is displayed in a standard widescreen orientation (landscape) then the web page should be be layed out 1920 by 1080 pixels. If your TV is displayed in a vertical orientation (portrait) then the web page should be layed out 1080 by 1920 pixels.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO CREATE AN INTERACTIVE SIGNAGE KIOSK THAT CAN BE USED AT A SHOPPING MALL?

Yes it is possible to do this with PowerPoint ‘action buttons’ which provide links to other PowerPoint slides. You can also create an interactive kiosk using a standard web page with graphic image buttons that link to other web pages. PowerPlayer supports websites that include HTML5, javascript, AJAX and CSS3. Your TV must be equipped with a touch screen, but a touch screen can be purchased as an add-on for any standard size TV.

Setup Kiosk Mode with PowerPoint

Make Presentation Self-running with PowerPoint