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  • #373
    bigslice0904
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    Hi all,

    First time user, first time forum post. I’m taking over the slideshow responsibility at my church. I’ve been able to do basic things with Easyslides, but I know there’s much more that can be done. Is there a user guide or manual available for download?

    One other current task is to upgrade the PC. On the current PC, Easyslides has some additional song lyrics and other information that was manually entered. Is there an ‘export/import’ process that I can use to ensure I don’t lose any work when moving to the new PC?

    Thanks,
    Bryan

    #377
    montyb50
    Participant

    Hi Bryan,
    If you have an install of Easislides v4 available, you’ll find it includes a comprehensive help section, much of which, including import/export, still applies in Easyslides v5

    There used to be PDFs of each page of the help guide for v4 as well, which I did have, if I can find them I could try & get them to you.

    Regarding loading to a new PC, you can copy the “EasyslidesData” folder & sub folders (which contains all the databases, schedules, Bibles, settings, etc) onto a USB drive & then copy that to your documents folder on new PC.
    I’ve managed to get Easyslides v5 to use the USB drive as the location for the “EasyslidesData” folder, which allows me to swap it between PCs (home & church) – only problem with this is if the PC doesn’t see the USB drive before Easyslides is loaded, then it wants to create a new “EasyslidesData” folder on the main drive (unless one already exists)

    regards
    Monty

    #378
    bigslice0904
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    Hi Monty,

    A big thank-you to you for your help. I will test the folder copy on the PC at church. It is on a slightly older version (still v5, but a couple minor releases behind) and I’m working on the latest version at home, and I want to be sure we don’t lose all the extra song lyrics that were entered manually.

    As for the PDF guides…a quick search uncovered this:
    https://www.easyslides.com/downloads/v4/documents/ES40-GettingStarted.pdf and looks to be exactly what you described, so thanks again for the guidance!

    One other question – is there a way to add a gif or jpeg image into the schedule and have it displayed on screen? I tried updating infoscreen, document (using Word), etc., but haven’t had any luck. The workaround is to open it separately and move it onto the ‘live’ screen, but was hoping for something easier.

    Finally – am I able to use an ‘older’ copy of that folder in a ‘newer’ version of Easyslides? What about the reverse (copying ‘newer’ version of that folder to ‘older’ version of Easyslides)? I’m going to test this, but wanted to pose the question on forum in case others had similar inquiry.

    Warm regards,
    Bryan

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    #381
    montyb50
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    Hi Bryan,
    Yep thats the V4 guides.

    Funny enough I’ve just had to add an image file (a flyer). for tomorrow service.
    The way I do it is add the image to the “Images” folder (we have our Images folder set up with subfolders for different images – people, crosses, Christmas, etc)
    Then I have a couple of items set up in a Song database & Infoscreens, all titled with BLANK FOR IMAGE# (you have to add at least a V1 to the item, but no need to add any text or blank lines)
    Add one of these to the Schedule & then add the image to the item.
    If more than 1 image required then add another BLANK
    Others may do it differently

    Not sure what you mean about older /newer folders. The DBs in ESv4 (1 MS Access DB for all Song folders) are different to ESv5 (1 .db file per song folder “database”),
    But when you first install ESv5 it asks if you want to copy ESv4 DBs to the new install & it does it all for you, keeps the same Folder names, etc. I think some settings may be lost.

    hope tha6t helps
    Monty

    #382
    broetman
    Participant

    The easy way is to add a folder with one or more images, either by using the lowest icon (eight in the schedule pane; the one with the + sign) or just drag a folder directly from explorer into the schedule.
    Right-click on it for options ( Rotating time, fading )

    This is a (one of the) new feature of v5!

    HTH

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