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This tutorial video outlines the basic steps for creating an interactive presentation.
You can use BrightAuthor to create interactive presentations. Interactive presentations respond to interactive events, such as input from buttons or other GPIO devices, or from devices connected to a BrightSign communication port. The supported communication methods vary by BrightSign model:
Follow these steps to create an interactive playlist in a presentation:
Multi-zone presentations can include both non-interactive and interactive zones.
The Home Screen is the first media file in an interactive playlist. It is where the interactive presentation begins (within a particular zone). Home Screens usually include one of the following:
By default, the first item you drag into an interactive playlist will become the Home Screen. It is identified by the Home icon. You can change the Home Screen at any time by double-clicking the desired file in the playlist and checking the Set as initial state box.
Interactive events link files in the playlist and determine what must occur before one file transitions to another. In the user interface, files are referred to as “states,” where the current file is the “current state,” and the file transitioned to is the “next state.” We refer to creating and linking interactive events between states will be referred to as “defining events”.
The easiest way to define events is to use the Events Toolbar, which is located at the top of the playlist area.
You can also define events using the events tab:
Interactive events can start with any item and correspond to any other item in the playlist. For example, you can set the first interaction to display an image when the user presses button 1 from the Home screen. By defining a new event with the same event icon, you can set a second interaction to display another media file when the user presses button 1 again.
Make sure your defined events work in a loop. In the playlist shown below, a user can transition from the Home Screen to the other images by pressing button 1 or button 2. After a set period of time (indicated by the timeout events), the presentation will return to the Home Screen.
You can define more than one event at a time. This is useful if you want multiple states to transition to a single state using the same event type.
In the upper-right portion of the screen, you can use the Zoom control to adjust your view of the playlist area. When you switch between multiple interactive zones, BrightAuthor will remember the zoom setting last used for each zone.
If you don’t see the event you want in the playlist toolbar, click the arrow to the left of the Zoom control. Here, you can add or remove event icon buttons from your toolbar.