Feature Preview: SongShow Synchronization
SongShow Plus 8.3 includes a new feature: SongShow Synchronization. This feature lets you more easily share media files across multiple projection and workstation machines. Unlike the Package-to-Go mechanism, which creates a package file containing the media content you want to share that you then have to send to someone, and that someone then has to get that file and restore its contents; the synchronization mechanism uploads and downloads files in place without the need for a separate backup file. This makes the collaboration process more fluid. As an example: if you need to put together a slide show that will be used in this week's service, simply go to your workstation machine, create the slide show and add media files as necessary. Once you're done with that, run the synchronization process. Your changes will be uploaded to a cloud server. Later, you or someone else can then run the synchronization process on the projection machine, which will download any of the files that you added or modified.
The synchronization mechanism works by accessing what we call repositories. By default, any church with a current SongShow Plus Upgrade Subscription will have one repository available to it with certain amount of storage and bandwidth allocated to it. You can subscribe to additional storage and bandwidth as well as additional repositories. For instance, you my want to have repositories designated by departments, such as corporate, youth, children, etc.
The primary benefit of using SongShow Sync service over other similar services is its integration with the SongShow Plus application. Also, SongShow Plus requires the user to initiate a synchronization process, so you can be confident that the files you are using aren't suddenly modified or deleted by someone while you're using them in a worship service. There are also tools in place to help you resolve situations where two or more users have modified the same file.
For those of you who have multiple people working on your media team, this new feature will help make the collaboration process easier and more fulfilling.