Feature Review: Slide Previews
In the November 2011 Edition of SongShow Plus, the capability to preview a slide show gets a significant boost. Previously, previewing slides was available only through the Inspector Panel, and then, you could only see the entire slide, not each individual slide step. And for songs and scriptures, the Inspector panel showed only content, but no actual slides. This all changes with the November 2011 Edition.
First, the Media Control Panel for slide shows has been enhanced to now include slide previews for a presented slide show. This includes a preview for each slide step, not just the entire slide. In this way, you can use the media control panel to present into the middle of a slide if you need to do that. You can also more easily follow were a slide show is at if it is self-running.
Here is an example of how the Media Control Panel now looks for a slide show:
Slides can also be arranged with each slide on its own row and each slide step placed on that row horizontally:
Or, if you'd like, you can have all slides shown in a single row:
This new feature is also available for Songs:
And if you typically break verses up line-by-line or by paragraph, you now get each step of the song in the Media Control Panel.
But if you're one of those who still wants to just see the song part buttons or the more abbreviated V1, V2, C, etc. buttons, that option is still available. Incidently, the option to see see just the slide titles in the Media Control Panel has been expanded to slide shows and scriptures.
So speaking of scriptures, this new feature is also available for scripture slides:
Finally, the preview feature has also been incorporated into the Program Panel as well. Here you can see a program that contains several video files with a preview of each on next to the program item title.
By default, slide previews are enabled for the Media Control Panel for both new and upgrade installations. The slide previews are not enabled by default for the Program Panel. Using slide the new preview feature does require more use of system memory and CPU. Take caution when using an older system. Also note that, just like in programs, PowerPoint slide previews for PowerPoint presentations are by-slide only, no steps within a slide.
The new slide preview feature will make is easier to navigate your presentations.
(The images in video example are from Midnight Oil Productions).