Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for media player

SUMMARY

The goal of application note is to explain how to install and use the Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for media player PowerPoint addin.

2019-09-03 V1.10.10 download (nt_ia64) download (nt_ia32)

COMPATIBILITIES
  • MS-Windows 10, MS-Windows 8.X
  • MS-Office
    • 2010,
    • 2013,
    • 365.
  • Device
    • DMB400 Gekkota 4.12.10 (or above),
    • SMA300 Gekkota 4.12.10 (or above),
    • DME204 Gekkota 4.12.10 (or above).

INFORMATION


DEVICE CONFIGURATION

Check that the device WebUI is available with the scheme http://<device_ip_adrr>/ (default factory scheme value) In the device configuration Web interface, check in the Configuration > App menu that the radio button Push WebDAV is properly selected (default factory value). For further information, read the device user manual.

ADDIN INSTALLATION

To install the Qeedji PowerPoint addin:

  • Download the appropriate installer (.msi file)
    • Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for media player - nt_ia64 for your MS-Windows 64 bits
    • Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for media player - nt_ia32 for your MS-Windows 32 bits (can run on MS-Windows 64 bits as well)
    • When the Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for media player (64 bits) is not supported by your Windows OS, an error This installation package is not supported by this kind of processor. Please contact your reseller.
  • Execute the installer and choose the installation Everyone or Just for me according to your needs. Press Just me for example.
    • Note: Choose Everyone may require to run the MS-PowerPoint with the Administrator rights to be able to inactivate the Qeedji plugin.
  • Press next at each step, and take a look at the default settings.
    • Warning: one installation step is quite long and can take several minutes... (for example 2 minutes, it may depend on the computer).
  • Once the installation is completed, open MS-PowerPoint; a new Qeedji menu does appear in MS-PowerPoint. If the menu does not appear while the compatibitity criteria are fully filled, contact support@qeedji.tech.
  • For older computer, it could be requested to install first .NET framework version 4.X.Y before installing the Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for media player addin.

ADDIN CONFIGURATION

To configure the Qeedji PowerPoint addin:

  • Click on the Qeedji menu to make appear the sub-menu:
    • Settings
    • Publish
    • About
  • Click on Settings:
    • Press on the button Auto detection to detect the media players available on your local network.
    • Select the wished media players to add to your list.
    • Select then the media player on which you want to publish by activating the check box (double clicking).
    • Define the Background color with the color picker (suitable for PowerPoint medias having transparency).
    • Activate the option Force for manual transitions an automatic progression of <n> secondes (default: 10 secondes) to define the time per page for slides having no duration per page defined (Advance Slide After = 0 sec).

PUBLISH WITH THE ADDIN

To publish a content on your media player:

  • Open a MS-PowerPoint (.pptx file only),
  • In MS-PowerPoint, define the Advance Slide After for each slide according to your needs,
    • If required, you have the possibility with the Qeedji addon (Settings menu) to define the automatic time per page for the slide having no value defined for Advance Slide After.
  • Add some transition effects if required,
    • Some of the MS-PowerPoint transition effects may be not yet supported. For further information, refer to the media player release note.
  • As option, you can click on Settings to double check the list of the media players whose the content needs to be updated,
  • Click on the Publish button. Your presentation is played on the media players.

INTERACTIVITY WITH THE USER

The interactivity with the user (key pressed) is supported as soon as the PowerPoint presentation is played on the media player.

If your monitor does support the CEC:

  • Press on the RIGHT ARROW key of the monitor remote control to go to the next slide,
  • Press on the LEFT ARROW key of the monitor remote control to go to the previous slide,
  • Note: some monitors may require to select again the video input so that the CEC works properly.

If your monitor does not support the CEC properly, you can plug an USB keyboard:

  • Press on the RIGHT ARROW key of the USB keyboard to go to the next slide,
  • Press on the LEFT ARROW key of the USB keyboard to go to the previous slide,
  • Enter the slide number (for example: the number 4) then press ENTER to advance the PowerPoint presentation to a specific slide.

Warning: a Gekkota feature, activated by default, allows to displayed/undisplayed automatically the test card when pressing the key combination: LEFT ARROW, RIGHT ARROW, LEFT ARROW, RIGHT ARROW in less than 10 seconds. To inactivate this feature, set the user preference innes.player.mire.key-event.*.authorized to false.

SCREEN STANDBY

To program a monitor standby task with recurrency, for example from 8.00 PM to 7.00 AM the day after, use the device Power Manager feature (menu Configuration > Task of the device Web configuration interface). For further information, read the device user manual.

STATUS REPORT

The Publishing status report is showing whether the publishing for each media player has succeeded or not:

  • Publishing succeeded: the publication has succeeded
  • Publishing failure (Error: 503): the publishing has failed. Please double check the network connection between your PC and the device

Publishing status report example:

1/6 - Publishing on device: dmb400-00003 (192.168.1.217)
    Publishing succeeded

2/6 - Publishing on device: dmb400-00050 (192.168.1.162)
    Publishing failure (Error: 503)

3/6 - Publishing on device: dme204-FRD (192.168.1.59)
    Publishing succeeded

4/6 - Publishing on device: sma300 (192.168.1.177)
    Publishing succeeded

5/6 - Publishing on device: sma300-BJ (192.168.1.218)
    Publishing succeeded

6/6 - Publishing on device: sma300-00001 (192.168.1.219)
    Publishing succeeded

Publishing completed
    Warning - Unable to find the following fonts: 
    Arvo, Montserrat Black, Cabin SemiBold

The Publishing status report is showing also whether the MS-PowerPoint media can be rendered with the right fonts. In case some fonts can not be found on the Windows OS, a message Warning - Unable to find the following fonts is displayed followed by the missing fonts names. To solve the rendering issue, install the missing fonts on your Windows OS and publish again.

Windows fonts location:

  • The default Windows font are installed here: C:\Windows\Fonts.
  • The custom fonts installed by the user are installed here: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Fonts

ADD A CUSTOM FONT

Retrieve the appropriate custom font (.ttf most of time). Double click on it to install it on your Windows OS. Publish the PowerPoint again.

REPLACE A CUSTOM FONT BY ANOTHER ONE IN THE WHOLE POWERPOINT DOCUMENT

If you don't manage to retrieve the font, you can decide to replace the missing custom font by another one, existing this time, in the whole PowerPoint document. In this case, use the Replace > Replace the font PowerPoint tool.

DEVICE IN HTTPS

In this version, the publishing can not work on device supporting only the connection with the URL scheme https://<device_ip_adrr>/

APP NOT SUPPORTED

When the App Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for Media Player is not supported by a device (older OS), the message below is displayed

Information
The App "Qeedji Powerpoint Publisher for Media players" is not supported on this device

ERROR WITH QEEDJI ADDIN WHEN OPENING MS-POWERPOINT

In some rare cases, this message could be prompted when opening MS-PowerPoint. In this case, do ignore the message by clicking No:

Powerpoint has problems with the Qeedji complement.
If the problem persists, disable this add-on and check for updates. Do you want to disable it now? (yes/no)

ADDIN UNINSTALLATION

To remove the Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for Media Playeraddin from your Windows OS, use the Add or remove programs Windows tool, then remove the program Qeedji PowerPoint Publisher for Media player.

FONT WEB TOOL ALLOWING TO SHOW THE FONT METADATA

Web tool: you can see the font metadata for example with this Web page https://www.get-metadata.com:

  • Drop the .ttf font in the Web site appropriate input and
  • Presss on the button Start Analysing File
  • Then look for font-name value or font-family value