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    Re: School Info Screens

    It's really finding/writing the software to display the information where you want it. Some sort of webpage reading from a database of content I suppose.

    Then vga over cat5 modules are abundant and you can stick a lcd monitor on a wall.

    To duplicate the setup in other locations where you say have fibre linking your cabinets and not cat5 that you can directly tap into you just put another host machine reading from the same database in that location.

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    Or if you want to be really flash try something like this

    http://www.nodrm.com/index.php?p=104

    Could use mini itx rather that a mac. Have them display some sort of CMS based intranet.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Hi Guys,

    Like Mark mentioned before, we are running a similar setup using an old laptop running XP and PowerPoint, a 3,500 Lumen projector to get a nice big 8ft screen size on a big white wall in the schools foyer, a 17" TFT Screen further down the coridor, and a RJ45 VGA Extender to display the same image on the screens.

    Here's the link for the RJ45 Extender - Cheapest place I found was Maplins
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?...20Rj45&doy=7m7

    Using the software from www.presentationpoint.com I create slides in PowerPoint, and can dynamically insert text/data from a Database.Excel Spreadsheet or Text File. Using their NewsPoint software I can pull in RSS news feeds to display on the screens. They also have some free software which can be used to insert slide timings for start and stop displaying certain slides at certain times or days of the week.

    They have another free program that you can set to automatically start playing a new slide when you drop it into a certain folder, or when a certain file has been modified it will automatically refresh and show the latest infomation.

    They also have a free program that you can install to Desktops and run the same slide/infomation as screensavers on unused computers in IT rooms.

    Hope this information helps,

    Regards,

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    Re: School Info Screens

    "They have another free program that you can set to automatically start playing a new slide when you drop it into a certain folder, or when a certain file has been modified it will automatically refresh and show the latest infomation."

    I'd like to get hold of this - do you know what they are using to do this?

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    Re: School Info Screens

    I just found some reasonably price multi point vga over cat5 extenders:
    http://www.pixels.uk.com/products/DataBay/AVE300.html

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    Re: School Info Screens

    @iking

    The program we use to do this is called "Show Point" and can be downloaded from this link...
    http://www.presentationpoint.com/sof...dons/index.htm

    I have created a folder on the network and set this up in the "Show Point" software as being the folder to look for changes. I then have this running on the "Digital Signage" machine. Then from any other machine on the network I can modify the PowerPoint slides or add new content to them and as soon as I press save, the screens are refreshed. It looks far better then having the screens displaying your every mouse move to modify details from the output of the Digital Signage machine!

    If you need anymore info then give us a shout.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Many thanks - looks very handy.

    Ian

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    Re: School Info Screens

    Show Point looks very good does it work with Open Office though as I'd rather not have to pay for the licence on every screen pc I wanted to use.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    It shouldn't be too difficult to rig a linux box with a web interface to run an openoffice presentation or fullscreen firefox; it should just be a matter of permissions & telling it to run it on the local X display.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    It is the dynamic updating that is the pain in the neck.

    I have a .asp and access based one that has been knocked together if anyone wants to build it further.

    Anyone want me to upload it?

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    Re: School Info Screens

    I suppose what I like with the powerpoint idea is that you can provide a template for slides for people to use and what fonts/sizes/colours etc... to use and anyone could create new content then they could save it to s staging folder that you check the content and if it all looks ok add it to the main presentation that will get updated.

    So you can split the screen into sections as well.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    ok ... here is a basic version of what we use ...

    the following needs to be built into it.

    The background images are for my school ... I don't have the time to change these so if someone can do basic generic replacements it would be appreciated.

    Authentication. There is none at the moment as I use iis authentication to lock it down.

    More dynamic interaction ... it is very boring at the moment.

    It is based on textarea at the moment ... I did have a play with HTMLarea a while ago but was never happy with it.

    Anyone willing to take this to the next stage?

    *Please note ... this is a .zip file. The extensions needs to be changed back to .zip*
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: School Info Screens

    This is something I looked at a while back for a new Head of IT that came in. Made an ASP/DB system that included showing what week letter it was (A or B), info for today, tommorow, the week and club information. Only reason it didn't get used was because of finding places to hide machines and mount monitors and then having spare machines to run it. I'd be willing to post that up too if people want it, after a tidy up.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    sure ... I'd like to have a look. The above one was thrown together in an afternoon by a friend and nothing has really been done with it since.

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    Re: School Info Screens

    We use MediaNET which is very reasonably priced and basically runs powerpoints that we send to it from a small server app.

    Windows based, for more details contact pwright@btconnect.com

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