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[Micronet] "Billboard" software for LCD monitors

Beth Muramoto
We've installed 2 LCD monitors connected to 2 Mac Minis (with Mountain Lion) for announcements, talks etc.

Is there a "billboard" software or app that we can use that can be easily inputted through the network (the minis have static IPs -- considering maybe using dynamic DNS) or controlled though Apple Remote Desktop versus using a bluetooth keyboard and inputting in our lobby? The minis will be way up on the wall near the monitors so I don't relish climbing up on a ladder every time we need to update etc. We've installed Office 2011. Maybe Powerpoint is the answer, but I don't know enough about what its capable of besides slideshows.

I'm new at this so any suggestions through your expertise is always very much appreciated.

Beth

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Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
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Re: [Micronet] "Billboard" software for LCD monitors

Aron Roberts
Hi Beth,

  As a starting point, there was a recent Micronet thread on a highly
similar topic:

http://micronet-at-uc-berkeley.840177.n3.nabble.com/Micronet-How-to-Manage-TV-or-Tablets-in-the-Lobby-tt4026405.html

Aron Roberts
IST - RIT

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM, Beth J MURAMOTO <[hidden email]> wrote:

> We've installed 2 LCD monitors connected to 2 Mac Minis (with Mountain Lion)
> for announcements, talks etc.
>
> Is there a "billboard" software or app that we can use that can be easily
> inputted through the network (the minis have static IPs -- considering maybe
> using dynamic DNS) or controlled though Apple Remote Desktop versus using a
> bluetooth keyboard and inputting in our lobby? The minis will be way up on
> the wall near the monitors so I don't relish climbing up on a ladder every
> time we need to update etc. We've installed Office 2011. Maybe Powerpoint is
> the answer, but I don't know enough about what its capable of besides
> slideshows.
>
> I'm new at this so any suggestions through your expertise is always very
> much appreciated.
>
> Beth
>
> --
> ***********************************************
> Beth Muramoto
> Computer Resource Specialist
> Graduate School of Education
> University of California, Berkeley
> 1650 Tolman Hall
> Berkeley, CA 94720
> Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
> Phone:  (510) 643-0203
> Fax:  (510) 643-6239
>
> The Formula for Success:  Underpromise, overdeliver.
> - Tom Peters
>
> You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage to
> say 'no' to other things."
>
> -Stephen Covey
>
> I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have
> of it.
>
> -Coleman Cox
>
> ***********************************************
>
>
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Re: [Micronet] "Billboard" software for LCD monitors

Dave Taylor
In reply to this post by Beth Muramoto
We just tackled this today at BAM/PFA. If you'd like to see it working, or come over for a chat let me know. We're using MacMinis to do this as well.  We use file sharing to put images into the "Pictures" folder, which is set to be the source folder for the slideshow screensaver that's built in to OS X.

After a minute of inactivity, the screensaver kicks in and dissolves though the slides one-by-one all day long. As pics get swapped in and out, the slideshow screensaver updates accordingly.

The screensaver is set to "Classic"

There were a few minor hurdles:
*editing a plist to change the duration from 3 to 10 sec.
*turning off the OS X keyboard assistant and bluetooth assistant, for when it starts up without a KB and mouse. 
*turn off the power save option that'll put the Mini to sleep after a set duration
*set up; file sharing, screen sharing


On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM, Beth J MURAMOTO <[hidden email]> wrote:
We've installed 2 LCD monitors connected to 2 Mac Minis (with Mountain Lion) for announcements, talks etc.

Is there a "billboard" software or app that we can use that can be easily inputted through the network (the minis have static IPs -- considering maybe using dynamic DNS) or controlled though Apple Remote Desktop versus using a bluetooth keyboard and inputting in our lobby? The minis will be way up on the wall near the monitors so I don't relish climbing up on a ladder every time we need to update etc. We've installed Office 2011. Maybe Powerpoint is the answer, but I don't know enough about what its capable of besides slideshows.

I'm new at this so any suggestions through your expertise is always very much appreciated.

Beth

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***********************************************
Beth Muramoto
Computer Resource Specialist
Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
1650 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Email:  mailto:[hidden email]
Phone:  (510) 643-0203 
Fax:  (510) 643-6239

The Formula for Success:  Underpromise, overdeliver.
- Tom Peters

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage to say 'no' to other things." 

-Stephen Covey

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. 

-Coleman Cox

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