Feature Review: Mobile Control
Another new feature in the October 2010 Edition is the capability for you to remote control your SongShow Plus machine using a mobile device. Specific interfaces have been designed for use with the iPod, iPad, and certain Android devices, but any recent mobile device with a web browser should work.
The first interface I will discuss lets you present a pre-built program from an iPad. Using this interface, you can present the program that is open at the time on the SongShow Plus machine, or any other program that exists in the Programs folder.
When you go to the home page for SongShow Plus mobile control, you will see this.
As you can see, you have access to most of the media databases available in SongShow Plus. For this example, I will highlight the Programs feature. Clicking on the programs option gives you the option to select the Current Program, or from a list of other programs that exist in the Programs folder.
I will use the demonstration program for this example. Upon selecting the program, you will see a list of all items in the program. Clicking on one of the items expands it to its slide list.
Here, you can then click each verse of the song to present it to the screen.
For slide shows in a program, you get a list of all slide titles and text content for each slide:
Scriptures in a program can be accessed in a similar way:
One interesting aspect of this feature is that you can have more than one person presenting media items. For instance, one person can have an iPad open to a program containing just songs, while another person can have an iPad open to a program containin just the sermon notes. The person responsible for songs controls the machine during the music and the other person controls the machine during the message.
There are yet more interesting interfaces for SongShow Plus mobile control which I will discuss in the next few days.
To use the mobile control interfaces, you must first enable the capability in the SongShow Plus Utilities window. By default, this feature is disabled. When enabled, SongShow Plus will host a small HTTP server which is used to receive commands from mobile browsers. By default, this server will run on port 80. If you have another web server running on your projection system, you will need to change the default port that SongShow Plus uses to something else, like port 81. Other than that, the setup for this feature is fairly straight forward.
The mobile control interfaces represent the first step of our plans of moving us torward web-based interfaces for presentation control and content collaboration.
Note: Mobile Control requires a professional level license.