Resource Panel and Properties

The resource panel is where you upload and organize your files inside. This panel can be viewed by left clicking the “Resources” button from the main Navigation menu.

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After you click on the “Resources” button from the main Navigation menu, you’ll see the Resource’s panel located by default on the right side. It contains several icons.

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-The first icon is the upload button.

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If you left click on the upload icon, you will be presented with a dropdown menu with four options for uploading your files.

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-The first option to upload files is “From local”

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This option allows you to upload supported file formats from your computer to the server. If you choose this option, a new dialog box opens, and you’ll need to select a file from your machine. You can use the “File Type” option so the search window will only display certain types of files (depending on your selection). Also you can choose the “All files” option to show all.

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You can select multiple files by holding down the Control key (or Command on Mac). After you have selected your files, click “Open.”

After you’ve selected the files and clicked “Open” you’ll see the selected files in the Resource’s panel, along with some of their properties. We will cover the resource properties later in this Chapter.

To begin the upload process of your selected files onto the server, you’ll need to choose FILE — > SAVE (upload) from the main Menu, located on the upper left corner of the SignageStudio.

 

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-The second option to upload files is from URL (i.e.: across the web).

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This option allows you to upload files from a web address. If you choose this option the URL selector dialog box will appear.

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You’ll see two fields in the URL selector window. The first field is named “URL”. In this field you enter the name of the source of the file you want to upload.

The advantage of using this option is resources are downloaded to the server from the location entered. These files will take advantage of the caching system; that is if the connection between the SignagePlayer and the server is lost.

The second field of the URL selector window is “Name”. Use this field to enter a name for the resource you are uploading to the server.

You also have the options to PREVIEW the file before uploading, click OK or CANCEL. If you choose OK, you’ll need to SAVE (upload) the file first.

 

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-The third option is for uploading files is “From shared”. This option will allow you to choose files from the online library; made public by other users. These files include a large repository of pre-loaded resources. After you choose this option a new window will appear.

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Choose any file and press OK. Next click File > save (upload) to begin the upload process.

-The third icon in the main menu of the Resource’s panel is the “VIEWS” button.

You also have the option to CANCEL the operation by clicking the Cancel button.

-The fourth upload option is “From flicker”.

This option allows you to use images from Go to Flicker in your presentation.

In the search field located on the upper left corner of the window, enter a description. In this example we entered the word “Sunset” in the search field.

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-The second icon in the main menu of the Resource’s panel, next to the “ADD” button is the “DELETE” button.

If you select a resource from the list and click on the “Delete” button a new dialog box will appear asking for deletion confirmation.

If you choose YES, that Resource will be permanently deleted from the server.

-The third icon in the main menu of the Resource’s panel is the “VIEWS” button.

This button allows you to choose between two options for viewing / displaying your uploaded resources. If you click on the “VIEWS” button you have the option to choose either to view your Resources as DETAILS or THUMBNAILS. The Details view shows the name and certain properties for the resources. The Thumbnails view shows the icons or thumbnails of the uploaded resources.

-The fourth icon in the main menu of the Resource’s panel is the “Columns” button.

This button is located next to the “Views” button and will allow you to show or hide columns of certain file properties. If you click on the “Columns” button you’ll see a dropdown menu containing several options.

NOTE: Every resource property listed with a check mark next to it represents a column. You can check and uncheck the columns.

For example, we have a resource for which the Resource’s panel will display two columns: Name and the File Type.

If we use the “Columns” button we can also add the Width and the Height.

If you click on any Resource Property the resources list located below will be sorted according to your selection. You’ll notice a small arrow that appears on the property name that defines the sorting order.

You can click again on that property and the sorting order will reverse. For example, if you choose to sort the resources by Name, you can click once on “Name” and the resources will be sorted in an ascending order; click once more for a descending order.

The Resources search box is useful to help search for a file using its name or a partial string. The search box is located on the upper side of the Resource’s panel.

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