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

You can use standard software like Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create your digital signage content. PowerPoint, in particular, is very easy to use. There are many free PowerPoint templates designed just for digital signage. Photoshop is the gold standard for creating stunning high definition poster images. We also offer PowerSignage2Go which is our digital signage content creation service.

WHAT HARDWARE DO I NEED TO DISPLAY DIGITAL SIGNAGE?

With your PowerSignage subscription we provide you a virtual private server (VPS), with 20GB storage for your personal use. Your VPS is hosted at our data center and runs our digital signage content management service (CMS) software.

For each signage TV point you need a Windows-based PC stick. On each PC stick you must install our PowerPlayer client software. PowerPlayer converts your PC stick hardware into a media player capable of displaying digital signage presentations on your TV in full HD.

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

None. All PowerServer CMS management software 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. When define a signage presentation you can upload one or more image files. Each image file becomes a media page of the presentation. You can define the display order of each image. You also specify how long to display each image file. You can also import images into PowerPoint where you can define image order, display time and create visual transition effects.

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.

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What hardware do I need to display digital signage presentations on my TV?

You need a Windows-based PC stick for each signage TV point. On each PC stick you must install our PowerPlayer client software. Your PC stick should run Windows 10, have 2GB RAM, 32GB flash, Intel HD graphics controller, HDMI and WiFi (or Ethernet) interface.

How do I connect my PC stick to my TV?

You plug your 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?

You must configure your PC stick to resume its last known power state. So if it was running at the time power is lost it will automatically turn on, boot the system and play any assigned digital signage presentation. This is a PC stick feature. If this feature is supported it is normally enabled via the PC stick’s BIOS. Please refer to your PC stick vendor’s documentation. Note: Not all PC sticks support this feature.

How do I run PowerPoint digital signage presentations on my PC stick?

You upload your PowerPoint signage presentation to the PowerServer CMS. All available signage presentations are stored centrally on PowerServer CMS. Login to PowerServer CMS (via a web browser) and assign the uploaded signage presentation to one or more PowerPlayers or a PowerPlayer group. PowerPlayer software, running on your PC stick, will automatically download and display any assigned signage presentation from the PowerServer CMS.

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.

What software is used to display PowerPoint signage presentations?

Our client software uses Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer to display PowerPoint signage presentation files.

Does PowerPlayer support Wi-Fi?

This depends on your PC stick. But most PC sticks include an integrated Wi-Fi adapter. Some PC sticks include an integrated (wired) Ethernet adaptor.

Does PowerPlayer signage support PowerPoint's transition effects and embedded video features?

Yes. PowerPlayer uses Microsoft PowerPoint viewer to display signage presentations. The viewer does not support running macros and external programs, opening linked or embedded objects and Information Rights Management (IRM) presentations.

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.

Setup Kiosk Mode with PowerPoint

Make Presentation Self-running with PowerPoint