Frequently Asked Questions
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Whats New with Presentation Manager Inspired (version 7)?
A summary of the new features in version 7 compared to version 6
- Multiple templates for dynamic Bible and song display changes
- Dual preview mode.
- Dvd player that works on all machines (except not on Window 8 - see note on DVD/Windows 8 below).
- Text mode displaying complete song / Bible chapter for ease of navigation.
- Better slide tools eg movie in movie...
- Transitions on live streams
- Advanced selective triple display
- Many minor enhancements as requested by users....
NOTE: Presentation Manager 7 can be run on same machine as Version 6 for churches considering the upgrade
What are the system requirements to run Presentation Manager?
To use all the powerful features of Presentation Manager all windows OS work namely
- Win8 ( see note on DVD)/ Win7 / Vista / XP
- We recommend with dual Core or greater processor.
- 2G RAM Minimum, 4GB Recommended
In addition, certain hardware is necessary
- A dual, triple or quad display graphics PCI Express card, or dual display compatible laptop.
- A video capture card for a live video feed. (Optional)
- Internet connection for RSS feeds, remote data access or remote playlists access. (Optional)
What is dual/triple display?
Dual display means that your computer is sending out two separate video signals at one time. Presentation Manager uses this technology so the operator can make changes to the program while the program output it is being shown to the congregation.
Most laptops (but not all, check documentation before purchasing) are dual display compatible, and desktops can with special video cards that support dual display. These can be purchased from any computer retailer.
Licensing for Presentation Manager Inspired?
Presentation Manager comes with a site license. This means that you can install and use the software on as many computers as needed on your church site.
Is there a Mac version of Presentation Manager?
The Mac version is under development. We have been disappointed with its performance to date. This is under review. For more information please visit synapxtech.com.
Can I import movies from YouTube or other movie sharing sites?
There are several sites that allow movies to be downloaded from YouTube and other similar sites. Once downloaded these movies can be placed in one of the movie folders used within Presentation Manager
Can I add my own video, image and song files into Presentation Manager?
Absolutely. There is no limit to the amount of data you can access through Presentation Manager (except the size of you hard drive). All of our data is managed in various folders of the MasterData folder in your installation folder. This is typically 'C:\synapx'. By adding folders and images/movies/song files to these folders your data will be accessible through Presentation Manager.
What if some movies don't play in Presentation Manager?
Certain video formats, for instance QuickTime and RealPlayer, require the installation of Codecs.
We suggest the K-Lite Codec Pack.
(Be careful click on the K-Lite download not the advertising download?)
Does Presentation Manager Inspired work with PowerPoint?
Version 7 does not directly support powerpoint. However powerpoint can be run side-by-side with no interference.
- When Powerpoint has the focus it has the screen(s)/projector
- When Presentation Manager has the focus it has ownership of the screen(s)/projector
Do I need a digitizer card for live video?
Presentation Manager supports most webcams and framegrabbers. Inexpensively priced digitizers are available from hauppauge We recommend the hvr 1250.
Does Anti-virus software stop Presentation Manager functioning?
Presentation Manager is constantly accessing the hard drive to load images and movies ... The software may access the internet if requesting RSS feeds. Certain settings on anti-virus packages check for this type of activity and, consequently, conflict with PM.
NOTE with Norton you need to disable heuristic scanning / remove heuristic threat. Software providers claim heuristic technologies can find viruses that have previously been unknown, and yet to be discovered and added to virus definition files. Nortons heuristics reject many good files.
PM7 has been found to work with all DVD players (Windows XP/Vista/7/8). DVD is the only streaming media that does not support overlay of other data/media or media.
DVD menus can now be activated directly on the preview/output window as well as using the control buttons on the properties page.
If you notice that the DVD menu buttons are not hilighted then you will need to build a custom graph from the DVD properties page. WHen building a custom graph you can choose the video renderer to use. We recommend the Microsoft DTV-DVD Video filter if available.
Playing audio CD's
The CDDAReader.ax DirectShow filter will allow the playback of CD Audio using the current mmAudio module. This module can find and load cda files, which is what cd audio files appear as in this filter. In order to play CD Audio the user will need to use the file dialog to browse the CD and choose the appropriate track directly off the CD itself. With the filter installed the mmAudio module will then be able to playback the audio.
Release post 7.145 install the shortcuts to windows 8 startup. The Launcher app can create these shortcuts also.