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  • Page 1 SHARP Digital Signage Software PN-SS01 PN-SS02 PN-SV01 OPERATION MANUAL...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    ●Importing/exporting a program ....................... 50 Conditional Content Basic Screens for SHARP Digital Signage Software Conditional Content Editor ..... 52 ●Launching SHARP Digital Signage Software Conditional Content Editor .......... 52 ●Basic Screens for SHARP Digital Signage Software Conditional Content Editor ......52 Creating Conditional Content ......................
  • Page 3 Contents Creating a timetable ........................62 ●Registering a program in the timetable ....................62 ●Registering panel control in a timetable ....................63 ●Adjusting a timetable ..........................65 ●Saving a timetable ............................ 66 ●Opening a timetable ..........................66 ●Checking a timetable ..........................67 ●Deleting a timetable ..........................
  • Page 4 Contents Schedule Reception/Program Display FTP Server ............................98 ●Launching the FTP Server ........................98 Client Scheduler ..........................99 ●Launching Client Scheduler ........................99 ●Client Scheduler menu ..........................99 Distributing content directly by using USB memory or another external storage device ..104 Program Viewer ..........................
  • Page 5: Precautions On Use

    Thank you for purchasing SHARP Digital Signage Software. SHARP Digital Signage Software comes in three versions: The Standalone, Network, and Viewer Versions. This manual covers all three versions. Where editions differ in terms of usage restrictions and functionality, this fact is clearly indicated.
  • Page 6: Trademarks

    Names of products and other proper nouns are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective copyright holders. How to read this manual This manual describes SHARP Digital Signage Software Version 3.0. ●Icons indicates reference information, related details, and restrictions.
  • Page 7: Definitions

    Definitions / System operation precautions Definitions This chart provides definitions of terms used in this manual. Term Definition The PC that is used to create and distribute programs, timetables and schedules. Controller PC Also referred to as a “Server PC”. A PC that displays content according to a schedule. Target PC Also referred to as a “Panel PC” or a “Client PC”. “Panel” refers to an LCD monitor connected to a target PC. Material (i.e. files) such as movies, still images, and audio files that are played on the panel. Content (files) These are usually prepared by the user. A list that plays multiple content in a desired order. Playlist Contains information such as content data, order of play, and duration, etc. Refers to a sub-screen that is used as a display unit when a single panel is divided into Frame multiple frames.
  • Page 8 Be aware that there may be some delay before content is actually displayed depending on the time taken to launch applications that display content and the time taken to load content files. Backups This software does not have a backup function. You should make regular backup copies of content files, etc., during operation. Daisy chain configuration This software cannot send different panel control commands (monitor power supply ON/OFF and panel input commands) to individual SHARP LCD monitors (PN series) connected in a daisy chain. Still images The Network Version of SHARP Digital Signage Software can send different panel control commands (monitor power supply ON/OFF and panel input commands) to SHARP LCD Monitors (PN Series) connected in a daisy chain. (Refer to Panel Management and Option, p. 78) Date display This software displays the date in YYYY/MM/DD format.
  • Page 9: Features Of Sharp Digital Signage Software

    Features of SHARP Digital Signage Software / Program distribution workflow Features of SHARP Digital Signage Software SHARP Digital Signage Software is SHARP’s original content distribution and display software. Easy-to-use user interface Programs can be laid out in editable time schedules similar to newspaper TV guides or calendar-style monthly schedules.
  • Page 10 Program distribution workflow Network Version Program Editor Lay out your chosen content and create a program. (  p.28) Timetable Editor Assign the hour of the day that your program will be shown. (  p.60) Schedule Editor Assign the dates when daily timetables you have created will be shown. (  p.70) Schedule Distribution Tool You can distribute to a target PC Distribute schedules and programs you have created...
  • Page 11: Installing/launching

    Installing/Launching This section provides installation instructions and information regarding the necessary operating environment, as well as instructions on how to start and close down SHARP Digital Signage Software. Be sure to read this before using the software. Required operating environment...
  • Page 12: Installing Sharp Digital Signage Software

    Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software You must log in as an administrator before beginning the installation process. ●Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software 1. Start your PC 2. Close down all applications. 3. Launch the SHARP Digital Signage Software setup program (setup.exe). Double-click the setup.exe file to launch the setup program. If a security warning saying ‘The publisher could not be verified.’ is displayed during the installation, click [Run]. If using the “SHARP Digital Signage Software CD-ROM”...
  • Page 13 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software 5. Software license agreement will appear. Read the entire software license agreement. 6. If you agree to the terms of the agreement, select the “I accept the terms of the license agreement” option button, and click [Next].
  • Page 14 The installation will start. 11. Click [Finish]. The installation is now complete. If the following screen appears, click [Yes] to restart your If you are using the Standalone or Network Versions, a shortcut to SHARP Digital Signage Software will be created on your desktop. If you are using the Standalone or Viewer Versions, Client Scheduler ( ) will launch and appear in the Task Tray.
  • Page 15: Setting The Environment Of The Target Pc

    Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software ●Setting the environment of the target PC Once the installation is complete, change the settings of the target PC before using this software. A description is given below, using Windows XP/Vista/7 as an example. Auto login settings If the target PC is to be used without an operator, Windows auto login should be enabled. If using Windows Vista, use the following procedure to enable auto login. 1. From the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [All Programs], [Accessories], and then [Command Prompt].
  • Page 16 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software Welcome Center settings (Windows Vista only) These settings do not apply to Windows XP/7. Under default settings, the “Welcome Center” is displayed when Windows Vista is started. Clear the “Run at startup” check box, to stop the “Welcome Center” from being displayed when a program is displayed in Program Viewer. The “Welcome Center” will not appear from the next time the PC is started. If “Welcome Center” is closed you can display it using either of the following methods. • F rom the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [Control Panel], [System and Maintenance], and then [Welcome Center]. • F rom the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [All Programs], [Accessories], and then [Welcome Center]. Screen saver settings Disable the screen saver so that it does not display on the monitor when a program is displayed in Program Viewer.
  • Page 17: Power Control

    Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software • If using Windows Vista/7 1. Right-click on an empty area of the desktop and from the menu that appears, click [Personalize] and then [Screen Saver]. The [Screen Saver Settings] dialog box will appear. 2. Select “(None)” from the “Screen saver” list.
  • Page 18 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software • If using Windows Vista 1. From the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [Control Panel], [System and Maintenance], and then [Power Options]. The [Power Options] dialog box will appear. 2. Select “High performance” and click [Change plan settings]. 3. Select “Never” from the “Turn off the display” and “Put the computer to sleep”...
  • Page 19 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software 2. Clear the “Start Sidebar when Windows starts” check box. 3. Click [OK]. 4. Restart your PC. The Windows Sidebar (Gadgets) will no longer appear from the next time you start Windows Vista. Active desktop settings (Windows XP Only) Turn Active desktop settings off. These settings do not apply if you are using Windows Vista.
  • Page 20 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software Taskbar settings (Windows XP/Vista only) Adjust the Taskbar settings so that the Taskbar is not displayed when a program is being displayed in Program Viewer. 1. Right-click on an empty area of the Taskbar, and from the menu that appears, click [Properties]. The [Taskbar and Start Menu Properties] dialog box will appear. 2. Under “Taskbar appearance” on the [Taskbar] tab, clear the “Auto-hide the taskbar” and “Keep the taskbar on top of other windows”...
  • Page 21 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software •If using Windows Vista 1. From the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [Control Panel], [Security], and then [Turn automatic updating on or off]. The [Change settings] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the “Never check for updates” option button. 3. Click [OK].
  • Page 22 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software Personal firewall settings If you plan to distribute content over a network, you must free a TCP/IP port for this software to use when the distribution port is assigned to a personal firewall. If you have installed the Viewer Version, a unique FTP server will be installed, and started as a service. The default TCP/IP port numbers are 20 and 21. If you change the port number, you must also change the FTP settings for the controller PC ( F p.80), and the FTP settings for Client Scheduler on the target PC ( F p.101) to the same port number. Firewall settings for Status Monitoring Tool (Windows Vista/7 Only) If using Windows Vista/7, use the following procedure to change these settings. 1. From the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [Control Panel], [System and Maintenance] (for Windows Vista) or [System and Security] (for Windows 7), and then [Administrative Tools].
  • Page 23 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software 5. Select the “Custom” option button, and click [Next]. 6. Select the “All programs” option button, and click [Next]. 7. From the “Protocol type” list, select “ICMPv4”. 8. Set “Protocol and Ports”, “Scope”, “Action”, and “Profile”...
  • Page 24: Uninstalling Sharp Digital Signage Software

    If the problem persists even after doing so, we recommend uninstalling, then reinstalling this software. Uninstalling this software will not delete any programs, schedules or content files that you have already created. You will be able to use these files again upon reinstalling this software. 1. Start your PC. 2. Close down all applications. 3. Launch the SHARP Digital Signage Software setup maintenance program (setup.exe). Double-click the setup.exe file to launch the setup maintenance program. If a security warning saying ‘The publisher could not be verified.’ is displayed during the installation, click [Run]. If using the “SHARP Digital Signage Software CD-ROM” 1) If the setup program is launched automatically, proceed to step 4. If the setup maintenance program does not...
  • Page 25 Installing SHARP Digital Signage Software 5. Click [Yes]. The uninstallation will start. If the Server Scheduler or the Client Scheduler has been started, a message will appear. In this case, click [Yes]. The Server Scheduler and the Client Scheduler will be forcibly terminated and the uninstallation will continue. 6. Click [Finish]. The uninstallation is now complete.
  • Page 26: Launching And Closing The Launcher Window

    Launching and closing the Launcher window Launching and closing the Launcher window ●Launching the Launcher window 1. On the desktop, double-click the short cut. The Launcher window will launch. The Launcher can also be started by going to the Windows Taskbar and clicking [Start], [All Programs], [SHARP Digital Signage Software], and then [SHARP Digital Signage Software]. ●Closing the Launcher window 1. Click on the Launcher window. The Launcher window will close. ●The Launcher window The Launcher window is the window from which operations are started.
  • Page 27 Launching and closing the Launcher window 3) Timetable creation/editing ( F p.60) This button launches “Timetable Editor”. Timetable Editor lets you create one-day timetables by assigning programs you have created to be shown at desired times. 4) Schedule creation/editing ( F p.70) This button launches “Schedule Editor”. Schedule Editor lets you create schedules by assigning timetables you have created to be executed on desired dates. 5) Schedule distribution ( F p.84) This button launches “Schedule Distribution Tool”. Schedule Distribution Tool lets you send the schedules you have created to specified panels. 6) Panel control ( F p.78) This button launches the [Panel Management] dialog box. When distributing programs to multiple panels using the Network Version, you can register and control panels from this dialog box.
  • Page 28: Program Creation/editing

    1. Click on the Launcher window. “Program Editor” will launch. As soon as Program Editor launches, four pre-defined frames and two scroll messages for creating new programs will be displayed in the main window. Programs are completed by setting program content in this window. • Program Editor can also be started by going to the Windows Taskbar, and clicking [Start], [All Programs], [SHARP Digital Signage Software], [Tools], and then [Program Editor]. • The first time Program Editor is launched, the [Content Preview] window will appear. ( F p.36) • If QuickTime Player and PowerPoint Viewer are not installed, a message will appear. ●The main Program Editor window 1) Title bar 2) Menus 3) Toolbar...
  • Page 29 Program Editor The main Program Editor window 2) Menus Menu options are as follows: Relevant Menu option Description page Create New Program Opens a new program. Open Program Loads a saved program. F p.47 Save Program Overwrites the currently edited program. F p.45 Save Program As Saves the currently edited program under a different name.
  • Page 30: Creating Programs

    Program Editor Creating programs Creating programs ●Valid content files File types that can be used as content are as follows: Content name File type Background, MPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, Frames 1-4 WMV (Windows Media Video – file type playable with Windows Media Player), Flash (file type playable with Flash Player), Conditional content (.dcv) for background, frames, MOV (file type playable with QuickTime Player), PowerPoint, HTML, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG Scroll messages 1-2 Scroll messages created in Scroll Message Editor, Conditional content (.dct) for scroll messages Audio WAVE, MP3, AU, AIFF, WMA (Windows Media Audio – file type playable with Windows Media Player), MOV (file type playable with QuickTime Player), MIDI, Conditional content (.dca) for audio Audio files cannot be positioned in the layout. They are used as audio or music (background music) that plays while a program is displayed. Content files are recognized by their file extensions. Certain file types require the installation of corresponding software. File extension Content type Required software .avi...
  • Page 31: Positioning Content (layout)

    “X” and “Y” are usually set to “0”. (Default) 3. Set the “Screen Size”. The screen size is the size of the background. Select the “Preset Screen Size” option button, and choose a size from the list. This is usually set to the size of the panel (i.e. panel resolution). • If the size you want is not in the list, select the “Custom Screen Size” option button, and enter a size. • To change the preset screen sizes in the list, edit the “ScreenSize.dat” file found in the folder where you installed this software (the default directory is, C:\Program Files\SHARP\SHARP Digital Signage Software) specifying sizes in order of “width” then “height” as in the examples below. 1280,1024 1920,1080 1024,768 When you start Program Editor the screen size on the first line will be selected. • If you want to combine multiple panels and have them displayed as one panel, click [Calculate screen size for Multi display] and set the screen size simply by selecting the model name and direction.
  • Page 32 Program Editor Creating programs 4. Set [Frame Layout]. 1) Check the checkboxes beside the frames, scroll messages, or PIP that you want to display. You can also click the button at the top right hand corner of a frame or scroll message to hide it. 2) Set “X ”, “Y ”, “Width”, and “Height” coordinates for each frame or scroll message. • Only “X ” and “Y ” coordinates can be adjusted for the PIP frame. To adjust the size of the PIP frame, click the [PinP] tab, and specify a “Value” for the...
  • Page 33 Program Editor Creating programs Using the grid Using the grid makes it easy to position items accurately. Items can be dragged with the mouse and aligned on the grid. The grid can be set with the following procedure: 1. From the [Option] menu click [Grid Setting]. The [Grid Setting] dialog box will appear. 2. Set the “Frame Layout”. Check the “Frame position in Grid” check box to use the grid. Clear the check box to position frames in 1 pt increments. 3. Set the “Interval” for the grid. Enter a whole number between 2-100 pt. (The default value is 8 pt) • Show or hide the grid by checking or clearing the “Show Grid” check box. Even if the grid is hidden, if...
  • Page 34: Setting The Background/frames 1-4

    Program Editor Creating programs ●Setting the background/frames 1-4 Set content, order of play and duration for content in the background and frames 1-4. “Content Folder” tree Playlist “Content File” list 1. Click any of the [Background] or [Frame1] – [Frame4] tabs. 2. From the “Content Folder” tree, select the folder where the content files you want to use are located. Confirm that the [Content] tab is selected. If the tab is not selected, click on it.
  • Page 35 Program Editor Creating programs [Viewer Path] tab Displays the content file specified with “File Path On Viewer PC.” You can specify an EXE file. Enter a path that can be referenced by the target PC. For an EXE file, “Parameters” can be added. • When displaying large content files that are not frequently updated, save the files on the target PC in advance, and only enter the paths that refer to them. This will help reduce the time it takes to send program contents. • Specify the absolute path of the target PC or the relative path from My Contents folder ( F p.100). • The following parameters can be used: %L : X coordinate of top left corner of frame %T : Y coordinate of top left corner of frame %W : Width of frame %H : Height of frame...
  • Page 36 Program Editor Creating programs Content preview You can preview content files in the [Content Preview] window. Click [Content Preview] from the [View] menu to preview the files. Previews for the following types of files will not be displayed immediately. To preview these files, click the relevant icon displayed in the [Content Preview] window. (Click the text string if previewing a scroll message.) • Files with a size of 2 MB or higher • Video files • PowerPoint files (Preview displayed in full screen mode) • Scroll message files (Preview displayed in full screen mode) Playlists Playlist content is played in order starting with the content file at the top of the list. “Duration” displays the length of time taken to play a particular content file. “Total Duration” displays the length of time taken to play the entire contents of the playlist. There are cases where the total duration is different from the actual duration (for example, when “Play Next Content” is set in the play setting, or when using conditional content) Clicking the buttons on the top right of a playlist performs the following actions: Icon Menu option Description Show the properties of the Displays the properties of the currently selected content file. For more content details, refer to p.37. Moves the selected content file one place forward (up) in the list. Move the content to upwards (Cannot move multiple content files.) Move the content to Moves the selected content file one place backward (down) in the list.
  • Page 37 Program Editor Creating programs Background color when content is not displayed When content is not being played, frames can be filled in using a specified color. Click the color swatch to display the [Color] dialog box and change the background color. Properties of content From the playlist, select a content file, and click to display the [Properties of Content] dialog box. The following settings may be adjusted: 1) Content File Path Displays the path to the content file. • Clicking [Attached Files] will allow you to add a file or files from the [Attached Files] dialog box which appears. • Clicking [Change] will allow you to change the file via the [Open] dialog box that appears. If using HTML content, make sure that images, movies and other files referred to in the HTML code are transferred to the same location, or a subdirectory of the same location, where the HTML file itself is stored. Make sure that all attached files referenced in the HTML file are defined by their relative paths.
  • Page 38: Setting The Scroll Message

    Program Editor Creating programs 5) Layout • “Keeping aspect ratio”, “Not keeping aspect ratio”, and “In original size” option buttons You can select “Not keeping aspect ratio” when the content type is a still image or Flash. You can select “In original size” when the content type is a still image. • “Temporarily, move frame” check box To change the screen position of the content temporarily, check this check box and click [Position Setting]. The position and size of the frame can be specified for each content. The screen position must be set within the background frame. 6) Picture Transition When the content type is still image, the effect at screen switching can be set. Select the effect from each pull-down menu. If you check the “Via background” check box, the effect of displaying the background color at the time of screen switching is added.
  • Page 39 Program Editor Creating programs Clicking the buttons at the bottom of the “Content File” list performs the following actions: Icon Menu option Description Create New Scroll Launches Scroll Message Editor and allows you to create new scroll Message messages. Launches Scroll Message Editor and allows you to edit the scroll Edit Scroll Message message selected in the “Content File” list. Delete Scroll Message Deletes the scroll messages selected in the “Content File” list. add blank scroll A hidden section can be added to the playlist. Like other content files, message the duration and order of play can be set for hidden sections. For more details about Scroll Message Editor, refer to p.40. 4. Click Scroll message files are added to the end of the playlist.
  • Page 40 Program Editor Creating programs Creating scroll message files Create a message to be displayed in a scroll message. 1. Click the [Message1] or [Message2] tab, and then click under the “Content File” list. Scroll Message Editor will launch. 1) Title bar 2) Menus 3) Toolbar 4) Settings window 1) Title bar A file name will be displayed. When Scroll Message Editor launches, the title bar will read “Untitled”. When a file is saved, it will change to the name of the file. When content of an opened file is changed, the title bar will display an asterisk (*) after the file name.
  • Page 41 Program Editor Creating programs 2) Menus Menu options are as follows: Menu option Description Create New Scroll Opens a new scroll message file. Message Open Scroll Message Loads a saved scroll message file. File Save Scroll Message Overwrites the currently edited scroll message file. Save Scroll Message As Saves the currently edited scroll message file under a different name. Exit Exits Scroll Message Editor. Cuts the text string selected in the “Scroll message edit box”. Copy Copies the text string selected in the “Scroll message edit box”. Edit Pastes a text string that has been cut or copied into the “Scroll Paste message edit box”. Undo Undoes the last action performed in the “Scroll message edit box”.
  • Page 42 Program Editor Creating programs Checking the [Use HTML tag] check box allows you to use the following HTML tags in the “Scroll message edit box” to define the font color, size and other styles. Explanation Defines the text. Takes the COLOR, SIZE and FACE attributes which respectively define the <FONT> text color, text size and typeface. <B> Defines bold text. <I> Defines italic text. <U> Defines underlined text. <S> Defines strikethrough text. <BIG> Defines bigger text. <SMALL> Defines smaller text. 3. Set the “Message Format”. Set the display direction of text, font and text color. 1) Next to “Orientation”, select the display direction of text. 2) To change the font, click [Select Font] and choose a font from the [Font] dialog box. • You must have the same font installed on the target PC. • Depending on the type of font used, text size may not be acquired correctly resulting in scrolling being interrupted. 3) Set the “Text Color.” In the [Color] dialog box that appears when clicking the rectangle in which a color is displayed, the color can be changed.
  • Page 43 Program Editor Creating programs 5. Set “Scrolling.” Set the scroll direction and speed of scroll messages. 1) Select the “Direction” from “Leftward,” “Rightward,” “Upward” and “No Move” option buttons. • If the “Vertical” option button is selected in “Message Format,” the “Leftward” or “Rightward” option button cannot be selected. • If “No Move” is selected, scroll messages are displayed at the center of the specified range line by line. (The portion that is outside of this range is not displayed.) 2) Drag the “Speed” slider to the left or right to set the scroll speed (10 steps available). • Even if the scroll message speed is set at the same value, the actual scroll speed may differ depending on the performance of the PC.
  • Page 44: Setting Audio And Music

    Program Editor Creating programs ●Setting audio and music Set audio and music (background music) for program display. If two or more content files containing audio are set in different frames, both will play. 1. Click the [Sound] tab. 2. From the “Content Folder” tree, select the folder where the content files you want to use are located. Confirm that the [Sound] tab is selected. If the tab is not selected, click on it.
  • Page 45: Setting The Pip Window

    Program Editor Creating programs ●Setting the PIP window Set the frame size, aspect ratio, input source, and audio source for the PIP frame. This function can be used only with the SHARP LCD monitor (PN series). 1. Click the [PinP] tab. 2. Select the “Monitor Model Name”. 3. Set values for each item. A list will appear when you click on a cell in the “Value” column. If using a PN-655 monitor * I tems displayed vary according to the “Monitor Model Name”. 1) Select “Size”.
  • Page 46 Program Editor Creating programs Save program as Use this option when you want to save the currently edited program under a different name. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Save Program As]. The [Save Program As] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the program folder in which the program is to be saved. For more details about the program folder, see the following. 3. Enter a new name in “Program Name” and click [Save]. A confirmation message for creating a thumbnail will appear.
  • Page 47: Opening A Program

    Program Editor Creating programs ●Opening a program Load a program that you have already saved and use it. Editing only the places you want to change in an existing file and saving the file under a new name is an effective way to create programs. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Open Program]. You can also open a program by clicking The [Open Program] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the program folder containing the program. 3. From the “Program List”, select a program, and click [Open].
  • Page 48: Preview Program Display Settings

    Program Editor Creating programs ●Preview Program Display Settings If you check “Set Configuration before Preview Program” on the [View] menu, the “Preview program setting” screen (*a screen image displayed on the screen) will be displayed during the program preview. You can set the following conditions, and if you click the “Preview” button, the preview will occur under the conditions you have set. • Preview this program after a set amount of time has passed: Displays the program preview after a specified amount of time has passed. The very first content to be played will play from the beginning of that content, starting at the specified time and playing for the amount of time set on the Playlist. There are cases where the very first content to be played will end abruptly, and the preview will continue on to the next content.
  • Page 49: Displaying Program Properties

    Program Editor Creating programs ●Displaying program properties Change program names and program colors. 1. Click [Properties of Program] from the [File] menu. You can also display and change program properties by clicking The [Properties of Program] dialog box will appear. Information about the “Program Name”, “Duration”, “Color of Program”, “Option”, and “Data Path” is displayed. • The “Program Name” can be changed. • Click the color swatch to display the [Color] dialog box and change the program color. • If you check the “The layout edit is locked.” check box, layout editing is disabled. Check this check box when you want to prevent the layout from being changed due to a mistake during the operation of Program Editor.
  • Page 50: Importing/exporting A Program

    Program Editor Creating programs ●Importing/exporting a program Exporting a program The export function is used to write out a program so that it can be used with this product on another PC. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Export Program]. The [Export Program] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the program folder containing the program. 3. From the “Program List”, select a program, and click [Export]. The [Select the folder to export] dialog box will appear. 4.
  • Page 51 Program Editor Creating programs Importing a program The import function is used to load an exported program that has been created with this product on another PC. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Import Program]. The [Select the program to import] dialog box will appear. 2. Select a (.prg) file to import, and click [Open]. The [Import Program] dialog box will appear. A screen like the one on the right will appear while the import is being prepared. Click [Cancel] to cancel the import.
  • Page 52: Conditional Content

    Basic Screens for SHARP Digital Signage Software Conditional Content Editor ●Launching SHARP Digital Signage Software Conditional Content Editor 1. Click the [Start] button on the Windows Taskbar, and then click “All Programs” – “SHARP Digital Signage Software” – “Tools” – “Conditional Content Editor” in order.
  • Page 53 Conditional Content Editor Basic Screens for SHARP Digital Signage Software Conditional Content Editor 2) Menus The following are the contents of the [File], [View], and [Help] menus. Menu option Description Create New Conditional Opens a new file. Content Open Conditional Content Reads saved conditional content. File Save Conditional Content Saves the currently edited conditional content. Save Conditional Content Saves the currently edited conditional content under a different name.
  • Page 54: Creating Conditional Content

    Conditional Content Editor Creating Conditional Content Creating Conditional Content ●Compatible Content File Formats The following file formats can be used as content. Types of Conditional Compatible File Extensions Content .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .avi, .mpeg, .mpg, .wmv, .asf, .mov, .swf, .ppt, Background, Frame .pps, .htm, .html, .exe Scroll Messages .tlp Audio .wav, .mp3, .au, .aif, .aiff, .wma, .mid, .midi, .mov ●Configuring Conditional Contents Set project names, playback start dates, and Target PC panel attributes for conditional content.
  • Page 55 Conditional Content Editor Creating Conditional Content 1. From the “Content Folder” tree, Select the folder where the content files you want to use are located. The [URL] Tab Displays the HTML of a specified URL as content. Enter a URL that can be referenced by the Target PC. If your PC can connect to the Internet, clicking [View URL] will connect to the URL you have entered. Check that you have connected properly and that the URL has been displayed correctly. If the URL is incorrect, a dialog box like the one on the right will appear. [Viewer Path] Tab Displays the content file specified with [File Path On Viewer PC]. You can specify an EXE file. Enter a path that can be referenced by the target PC. For an EXE file, “Parameters” can be added.
  • Page 56 Conditional Content Editor Creating Conditional Content 3. Click the icon. Content files are added to the end of the condition list. For more details about the condition list, refer to Page 59. • In Step 3, you can register content files by double- clicking them or by dragging them from the Content File list to the [condition list]. • The content files from the conditions list can be copied by dropping and dragging them while holding the [Ctrl] key. Preview Content You can preview content files in the [Show Content Preview Window] window. Click [Show Content Preview Window] from the [View] menu to preview the files. Previews from the following types of files will not be displayed immediately. To preview these files, click the relevant icon displayed in the [Show Content Preview Window] window. (Click the text string if previewing a scroll message.) • Files with a size of 2 MB or higher • Video files • PowerPoint files (Preview displayed in full screen mode) • Scroll message files (Preview displayed in full screen mode) • Set PowerPoint data so that it plays repetitively by setting slide transition to advance slides automatically (automatic slideshow). • Do not use the mouse or keyboard (e.g. to click on a window etc.) during program display. Doing so may change the window display order or alter the content to be played.
  • Page 57 Conditional Content Editor Creating Conditional Content Clicking the buttons on the top right of a playlist performs the following actions: Icon Menu option Description Show the properties of the Displays the properties of the currently selected content file. content See below for more details. Set content playback Sets playback conditions for selected content. conditions For more details, refer to Page 59. Moves the selected content file one place forward (up) on the list. Move content upward (You cannot move multiple content files.) Moves the selected content file one place backward (down) on the list. Move content downward (You cannot move multiple content files.) Deletes the selected content files from the conditions list.
  • Page 58 Conditional Content Editor Creating Conditional Content 3) Background If the content is a still image file and you have checked the “Keeping aspect ratio” option button, you can specify a background color for the content. Click the color swatch to display the [Color] dialog box and change the background color. Click the box next to “Transparent” to make the background transparent. The background color for the background frame will be displayed as black if the background color is set to transparent. 4) Volume Control The volume can be set.
  • Page 59 Conditional Content Editor Creating Conditional Content Play Condition Setting From the conditions list, select a content file and click to display the [Properties of Content] dialog box. Select files from the list and right-click them. The display will remain visible even when [Set Play Condition] is selected. The following settings may be checked and adjusted: 1) Condition Name You can set the playback condition name 2) Term You can set the beginning and end dates. 3) Time You can set the beginning and end times. 4) Date You can set the playback date. 5) Day You can set the day of the week for playback. You can select multiple days of the week (e.g. Sunday- Monday). 6) Week You can set playback to occur on a certain week of every month. You can select multiple weeks out of every month (e.g. first and third weeks). 7) Panel name You can use the [OK] button to set playback to occur on the panels that include the characters you entered or to play back on the panels that do not include those characters.
  • Page 60: Creating/editing A Timetable

    The main Timetable Editor window ●Launching Timetable Editor 1. Click on the Launcher window. “Timetable Editor” will launch. When Timetable Editor launches, a new blank timetable with no programs assigned will be displayed. Timetables are completed after program is set on this screen. Timetable Editor can also be launched by going to the Windows Taskbar and clicking [Start], [All Programs], [SHARP Digital Signage Software], [Tools], and then [Timetable Editor]. ●The main Timetable Editor window 1) Title bar 2) Menus 3) Toolbar 4) Tabs 5) Program/Panel Control list...
  • Page 61 Fp.67 Tests the currently edited timetable. Note that all the registered timetable data and schedule data is erased File Preview Timetable Fp.66 in the SHARP Digital Signage Software standalone version (PN-SS01). Properties of Timetable Displays timetable properties. Fp.67 Reads a timetable that has been exported from another Import Timetable Fp.69...
  • Page 62: Creating A Timetable

    Timetable Editor Creating a timetable Creating a timetable ●Registering a program in the timetable 1. Check that the [Program] tab is selected. If it is not, click the [Program] tab to select it. The program list will be displayed here. There are four categories in the list: “Program Name”, “Duration”, “Screen Size”, and “Screen Position”. The color of the icon in front of the “Program Name” represents the “Color of Program”. Click [Properties of Program] from the [File] menu in “Program Editor” to change it. ( F p.48) 2. Select the program folder containing the program. Program folder Program thumbnails 3.
  • Page 63: Registering Panel Control In A Timetable

    Switches the panel (monitor) input source. (Input “No.”) Switch the input source of the panel (monitor) to “TV input”. The channel at the TV * time of switching to the TV cannot be specified. The channel that was selected by the TV immediately before switching is displayed. *1 It cannot be used with the LB-46GX35 and LB-52GX35. *2 It cannot be used with the SHARP LCD monitor (PN series) and the LB-1085. • The commands supported by the panel (monitor) can be checked with “Table of supporting panel controls.” • To display “Table of supporting panel controls,” click the button ( ) “About Panel Support” at the lower left of the panel control command list. Or, click [About Panel Support] from [Help Menu].
  • Page 64 Timetable Editor Creating a timetable 2. Select the panel control command you want to use from the “Command Name” and click The [Add Panel Control Command to Timetable] dialog box will appear. 3. Set the “Time”. This is the time that the command will be executed. Specify times between 00:00 and 24:00. 4. Click [OK]. The panel control command will be registered in the timetable and the control command icons (Turn On Display: , Turn Off Display: , Switch Input Source:...
  • Page 65: Adjusting A Timetable

    Timetable Editor Creating a timetable ●Adjusting a timetable Clicking the buttons on the top right of the timetable performs the following actions: Icon Menu option Description Preview Program Displays a preview of the selected program at its original size. Preview Program Displays a preview of the selected program fitted to the size of the (Fit Screen) screen. Properties for Program/ Displays the properties of the selected program/panel control command. Command Deletes the selected programs/panel control commands from the timetable. Delete Program/Command Programs/panel control command may also be deleted by pressing [Delete].
  • Page 66: Saving A Timetable

    Timetable Editor Creating a timetable Adjusting the scale Select intervals of 5, 10, 15, 30 or 60 minutes from the “Scale” list. ●Saving a timetable Save timetable Use this option when you want to save the currently edited timetable under its original name. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Save Timetable]. You can also save a timetable by clicking The timetable file will be overwritten and saved with the same name. When “Timetable Editor” is started, the title bar will read “Untitled”. If you attempt to save at this stage the [Save Timetable] dialog box will be displayed. For the remaining steps, refer to step 2 of “Save timetable as”. Save timetable as Use this option when you want to save the currently edited timetable under a different name. 1.
  • Page 67: Checking A Timetable

    Creating a timetable ●Checking a timetable Check a timetable using the program preview function. All the registered schedule data and timetable data is erased in the SHARP Digital Signage Software standalone version (PN-SS01). 1. From the [File] menu, click [Preview Timetable]. A preview of the timetable will be displayed.
  • Page 68: Importing/exporting A Timetable

    Timetable Editor Creating a timetable ●Importing/exporting a timetable Exporting a timetable The export function is used to write out a timetable so that it can be used with this product on another PC. Exported timetable data includes programs registered in timetables. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Export Timetable]. The [Export Timetable] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the timetable folder containing the timetable. 3. From the “List of Timetable”, select a timetable, and click [Export].
  • Page 69 Timetable Editor Creating a timetable Importing a timetable The import function is used to load an exported timetable that has been created with this product on another PC. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Import Timetable]. The [Select the timetable to import] dialog box will appear. 2. Select a (.tbl) file to import, and click [Open]. The [Import Timetable] dialog box will appear. A screen like the one on the right will appear while the import is being prepared. Click [Cancel] to cancel the import.
  • Page 70: Creating/editing Schedules

    The main Schedule Editor window ●Launching Schedule Editor 1. Click on the Launcher window. “Schedule Editor” will launch. When Schedule Editor launches, a new blank schedule with no timetables assigned will be displayed. Schedules are completed after timetable is set on this screen. Schedule Editor can also be started by going to the Windows Taskbar, and clicking [Start], [All Programs], [SHARP Digital Signage Software], [Tools], and then [Schedule Editor]. ●The main Schedule Editor window 1) Title bar 2) Menus 3) Toolbar 4) “Timetable” list 5) Calendar 1) Title bar The name of the schedule will be displayed here.
  • Page 71 Schedule Editor The main Schedule Editor window Relevant Menu option Description page Save Schedule Overwrites the currently edited schedule F p.74 Save Schedule As Saves the currently edited schedule under a different name. F p.74 Delete Schedule Allows the user to specify and delete saved schedules. F p.75 Allows the user to display and change the schedule Properties of Schedule...
  • Page 72: Creating A Schedule

    Schedule Editor Creating a schedule Creating a schedule ●Registering a timetable in the schedule Timetable folder 1. Select the timetable folder containing the timetable. 2. Select a timetable from the “Timetable” list and click or alternatively, double-click the timetable, or from the [Edit] menu, click [Add Timetable to Schedule].
  • Page 73 Schedule Editor Creating a schedule The calendar The calendar can display dates between January 2005 and December 2020. Days on which a timetable is registered show the “timetable color” and the “timetable name”. The buttons and lists at the top of the calendar perform the following actions: Icon Menu option Description Show Previous Month Displays the month before the month that is currently displayed. Select Year Displays the year selected for the month that is currently displayed.
  • Page 74: Saving A Schedule

    Schedule Editor Creating a schedule ●Saving a schedule Save schedule Use this option when you want to save the currently edited schedule under its original name. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Save Schedule]. You can also save a schedule by clicking The schedule file will be overwritten and saved with the same name. When “Schedule Editor” is started, the title bar will read “Untitled”. If you attempt to save at this stage the [Save Schedule] dialog box will be displayed. For the remaining steps, refer to step 2 of “Save schedule as”. Save schedule as Use this option when you want to save the currently edited schedule under a different name. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Save Schedule As]. The [Save Schedule As] dialog box will appear.
  • Page 75: Deleting A Schedule

    Schedule Editor Creating a schedule ●Deleting a schedule Delete unnecessary schedules. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Delete Schedule]. The [Delete Schedule] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the schedule folder containing the schedule. 3. From the “List of Schedule”, select a schedule, and click [Delete]. 4.
  • Page 76: Importing/exporting A Schedule

    Schedule Editor Creating a schedule ●Importing/exporting a schedule Exporting a schedule The export function is used to write out a schedule so that it can be used with this product on another PC. Exported schedule data includes programs and timetables that are registered to the schedule. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Export Schedule]. The [Export Schedule] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the schedule folder containing the schedule. 3. From the “List of Schedule”, select a schedule, and click [Export].
  • Page 77 Schedule Editor Creating a schedule Importing a schedule The import function is used to load an exported schedule that has been created with this product on another PC. 1. From the [File] menu, click [Import Schedule]. The [Select the schedule to import] dialog box will appear. 2. Select a (.sch) file to import, and click [Open]. The [Import Schedule] dialog box will appear. A screen like the one on the right will appear while the import is being prepared. Click [Cancel] to cancel the import.
  • Page 78: Panel Management And Option

    Panel Management and Option Panel Management and Option When distributing programs to multiple panels with the Network Version, you must first set the panels. Managing panels This function is only available with the Network Version. ●Launching Panel Control Management 1. Click on the Launcher window. The [Panel Management] dialog box will appear. ●The main Panel Management window 1) T he “List of registered 2) Buttons panel” tree 1) The “List of registered panel”...
  • Page 79: Adding/editing A Panel

    Panel Management and Option Managing panels 2) Buttons The buttons perform the following actions: Name Description Relevant page Add Panel Adds a new panel to be managed. F Below Add Group Adds a new group. F p.80 Edit Changes the content of the selected panel or group. F Below, p.80 Delete Deletes the selected panel or group.
  • Page 80: Adding/editing A Group

    Panel Management and Option Managing panels 4) MAC address Set the MAC address for the target PC if you want to turn it on from the controller PC. 5) FTP Setting Enter the “User name” (within 30 alphanumeric characters), “Password” (within 30 alphanumeric characters), and “Port number” (1-32000) that you set for the target PC FTP settings. • FTP settings for adding a panel can be set in advance. ( F p.83) • If you have installed the Viewer Version, a unique FTP Server will be installed, and started as a service. The default TCP/IP port numbers are 20 and 21. If this port number is already used by another service, change the port number. The FTP settings of the target PC Client Scheduler must use the same port number. ( F p.101) 6) Power Control If you want to turn the power of the target PC on or off at a specified time, select the “Specify to power on/off the panel through the server at the designated time”, and set the “Time to start” and “Time to end”. (Times can be specified in increments of 5 minutes) 3. Click [Add] or [Cancel]. ●Adding/editing a group 1.
  • Page 81: Controlling A Panel Manually

    Panel Management and Option Managing panels ●Controlling a panel manually Set this option when you want to control the target PC manually. When controlling the target PC manually, (when turning on the panel PC), the Wake On LAN function that operates by Magic Packets sent from the target PC must be enabled. If the target PC is outside the same LAN segment, Magic Packets may not get through depending on router specs and settings. Contact your network administrator for more details. 1. Click [Manual Control]. The [Manual Control for the Panel (Panel PC)] dialog box will appear. 2. Check the check boxes next to the panels or groups that you want to control. Select a “Control Command”. The following three control commands can be sent: • PC Power ON • PC Reboot • PC Power OFF...
  • Page 82: Launching Option

    Panel Management and Option Option Option Option allows you to check product version information and to set values for adding panels in advance. ●Launching Option 1. Click on the Launcher window. The [Option] dialog box will appear. ●Checking version information The [Version] tab displays version information. Registering a license code If you input a temporary license code when installing, you will only be able to use the software for a two-month trial period.
  • Page 83: Adding Default Panel Settings For Panels

    Panel Management and Option Option ●Adding default panel settings for panels Set default values for FTP settings that are applied to all newly-added panels. 1. Click the [FTP Setting] tab. 2. Set the [Default to Add the Panel]. • User name (within 30 alphanumeric characters) • Password (within 30 alphanumeric characters) • Port number (1-32000) The initial default values are: • User name: ftp • Password: ftp • Port number: 21 • If you have installed the Viewer Version, a unique FTP Server will be installed, and started as a service. The default TCP/IP port numbers are 20 and 21. If this port number is already used by another service, change the port number. The FTP settings of the target PC Client Scheduler must use the same port number.
  • Page 84: Distributing Schedules

    Distributing schedules Distribute schedules created with Schedule Editor to the target PC. The main Schedule Distribution Tool window ●Launching Schedule Distribution Tool 1. Click on the Launcher window. “Schedule Distribution Tool” will launch. Schedule Distribution Tool can also be started by going to the Windows Taskbar and clicking [Start], [All Programs], [SHARP Digital Signage Software], [Tools], and then [Schedule Distribution Tool]. ●The main Schedule Distribution Tool window 1) D istribution settings button 2) Tabs 3) Distribution Reservation/ Log window 1) Distribution settings button Launches a wizard for system and distribution method settings.
  • Page 85: Distributing Schedules

    Schedule Distribution Tool Distributing schedules Distributing schedules Schedules can be distributed in the following ways: • Distributed to a target PC via a network (Network Version only) • Distributed to your own PC • Distributed via USB memory or other external device The maximum total size of schedules (including programs and content) that can be distributed with Schedule Distribution Tool is 2 GB. Data greater than this size cannot be distributed. ●Distributing via a network Distribute schedules to the target PC via a network. These instructions only apply to the Network Version. 1. Click [Distribute schedule or program to the panel]. The [Selection of Distribution Methods] dialog box will appear.
  • Page 86 Schedule Distribution Tool Distributing schedules 5. Check the check boxes for all the panels and/or groups that the schedule is to be sent to. Clicking the buttons in the top right of the window will allow you to add or edit panels and groups in the same way as the [Panel Management] window ( F p.78). The buttons perform the following actions: Button Name...
  • Page 87: Distributing To Your Own Pc

    Schedule Distribution Tool Distributing schedules 11. If you selected the “Distribute now” option button in step 7, a screen like the one on the right will appear. Check that the distribution was successful and click [Close]. If you selected the “Distribute at specified date time” option button in step 7, a screen like the one on the right will appear.
  • Page 88: Distributing With Usb Memory Or Other External Storage Device

    Schedule Distribution Tool Distributing schedules 5. Check the distribution settings, and click [Finish]. The distribution will be executed. Distribution data can be packaged and saved as a single file that includes schedule information including programs, timetables, and content. Click [Save the Package], and in the [Save the Package] dialog box that appears, specify a directory to save the file to. Then enter a “File name”, and click [Save]. There is usually no need to use this function. 6. A screen like the one on the right will appear. Check that the distribution was successful and click [Close].
  • Page 89 Schedule Distribution Tool Distributing schedules 3. Select a schedule. If you would like to add the selected schedule to the currently open schedule on the target PC, check the “Add this schedule on the running schedule in the target panel.” check box. If the box is not checked, the currently open schedule on the target PC will be replaced with the currently selected schedule. 4. Click [Next]. The [Selection of the Drive to Transfer] dialog box will appear. 5. Select the drive to which you want to transfer the schedule to. 6.
  • Page 90: Displaying Break-in Programs

    Schedule Distribution Tool Displaying break-in programs Displaying break-in programs ●Distributing via a network and making a break-in display • This function is only available with the Network Version. • If ordinary schedule distribution and break-in distribution overlap, the break-in distribution has the higher priority in processing. 1. Click [Distribute schedule or program to the panel]. The [Selection of Distribution Methods] dialog box will appear. 2. Select the “Distribute the program through network and make a break-in display”...
  • Page 91 Schedule Distribution Tool Displaying break-in programs 6. Set the “Display Time of Break-in Program” area. • “Display the break-in program as soon as distribution has been completed” option button Displays the program as soon as the distribution wizard exits. • “Start the break-in program at the time specified” option button Starts program display at the set time. 7. Set a “Display Time” 8. If you want to perform panel control operations before and after a break-in program, check the “Conduct panel control before and after the program display”...
  • Page 92: Distributing To Your Own Pc And Making A Break-in Display

    Schedule Distribution Tool Displaying break-in programs 12. A screen like the one on the right will appear. Check that the distribution was successful and click [Close]. • If the set time has already passed the break-in program will not be displayed. • Once the break-in program has been displayed in the target panel for the amount of time specified in “Display Time”, the panel will return to the original program. Display will resume from the start of the program that would otherwise have been playing when the break-in program ends.
  • Page 93 Schedule Distribution Tool Displaying break-in programs 4. Set the “Display Time of Break-in Program” area. • “Display the break-in program as soon as distribution has been completed” option button Displays the program as soon as the distribution wizard exits. • “Start the break-in program at the time specified” option button Starts program display at the set time. 5. Set a “Display Time” 6. If you want to perform panel control operations before and after a break-in program, check the “Conduct panel control before and after the program display”...
  • Page 94 Schedule Distribution Tool Displaying break-in programs 10. A screen like the one on the right will appear. Check that the distribution was successful and click [Close]. • If the set time has already passed the break-in program will not be displayed. • Once the break-in program has been displayed in the target panel for the amount of time specified in “Display Time”, the panel will return to the original program. Display will resume from the start of the program that would otherwise have been playing when the break-in program ends. • Whether a break-in program has ended is checked every minute (at second 00).
  • Page 95: List Of Reserved Distribution/list Of Distribution Log

    Schedule Distribution Tool List of Reserved Distribution/List of Distribution Log List of Reserved Distribution/List of Distribution Log ●List of Reserved Distribution Click the [Reserved Distribution] tab to display the list of currently reserved distributions. There are five categories: Schedule Name, Distribution Target, Reserved Date Time, Power ON, and Power OFF. Clicking on a category will organize the reservations in ascending or descending order. Deleting reserved distributions Reserved distributions can be deleted by any of the following three methods: • Select a reservation and click the button at the top right of the list ( • Right-click on a reservation, and from the menu that appears, click [Delete the Reserved Distribution].
  • Page 96 Schedule Distribution Tool List of Reserved Distribution/List of Distribution Log Deleting the entire distribution log The entire contents of the distribution log can be deleted by either of the following two methods: • Right-click in the Distribution Log, and from the menu that appears, click [Delete All Distribution Log]. • Press [Delete]. A confirmation dialog box will appear. Click [OK]. Updating The distribution log can be updated by either of the two following methods: • Right-click in the Distribution Log, and from the menu that appears, click [Refresh the Information].
  • Page 97: Schedule Management

    Server Scheduler Schedule Management This function is only available with the Network Version. Server Scheduler Server Scheduler controls reserved distribution schedules that have been reserved with “Schedule Distribution Tool”, and distributes schedules to the target PC at the scheduled time. Server Scheduler is automatically started when Windows launches. When Server Scheduler launches, an icon ( ) is displayed (and resides permanently) in the Task Tray. Do not exit Server Scheduler unnecessarily.
  • Page 98: Schedule Reception/program Display

    1. From the Windows Taskbar click [Start], [Control Panel], [Performance and Maintenance], [Administrative Tools], [Services]. The [Services] window will appear. 2. Check that the status of “SHARP LCD Monitor FTP Server” under “Services” is “Started”. If the service is not started click “Start the Service”. • If using Windows Vista 1. Right-click on an empty area of the Taskbar, and from the menu that appears, click [Taskbar].
  • Page 99: Client Scheduler

    FTP Server/Client Scheduler Client Scheduler Client Scheduler Client Scheduler is used on the target PC. It loads the schedules and break-in programs that have been received by the FTP Server, and controls the Program Viewer to display specified programs at the specified time. ●Launching Client Scheduler Client Scheduler is automatically launched by “Startup” when Windows launches. When Client Scheduler launches, an icon ( ) is displayed (and resides permanently) in the Task Tray. ●Client Scheduler menu The menu that appears when the icon in the Task Tray is right-clicked performs the following actions: Setting Clicking the [Setting] menu displays the [Setting of Client Scheduler] dialog box. The tabs in this dialog box...
  • Page 100 • “Set limit of print screen area” check box When you are outputting multiple screens on a target PC, the Screen Capture function captures the entire desktop. Check this box to capture just a part of the screen output. Click [Area Setting] and define the area you want to capture. • “Don’t move focus while program viewer starts” check box This box is usually left unchecked. Check this box if you do not want the Program Viewer focus to move when you launch the Program Viewer. • “Hide task bar while showing” check box When this check box is checked, the task bar is hidden when Program Viewer is launched and it is re-displayed when Program Viewer is closed. • “My Contents folder”: Enter the path of the folder in which contents to be distributed in advance are to be saved. The initial default values are: • My Contents folder: C:\Program Files\SHARP\SHARP Digital Signage Software\My Contents\ (For Windows Vista/7, C:\Program Data\SHARP\SHARP Digital Signage Software\My Contents\)
  • Page 101 FTP Server/Client Scheduler Client Scheduler [Display Area] tab • “Display area for distributed program” When the display area of the program and the resolution of the panel are different, this tab allows you to display the program regardless of the display area set for the program. Check the “Always display the distributed program in the following area” check box and set the area in which the program is to be displayed.
  • Page 102 FTP Server/Client Scheduler Client Scheduler • [Test connection] Check the connection to confirm that the panel can be controlled. After the connection is established successfully, the model name of the panel is acquired and displayed. Perform operation with the power of the panel turned on. To control the panel with the LB-1085, be sure to check the connection once. The panel cannot be controlled unless a “Test connection” is performed. • “Multiple Panels” option button You can select and control panels from up to 25 panels. You can also set power control, entry method, timing, and PIP functions. In addition, you can acquire the status of each panel and other information. • [Connection Setting] A list of connected panels appears when you click [Connection Setting]. Add panels to the list the first time you use this function by clicking [Add]. Setting Description Default COM port COM1~COM256 COM1 RS-232C Baud Rate 9600, 19200, 38400 9600 Host name or IP Enter the host name or the IP address of the panel to be address...
  • Page 103 FTP Server/Client Scheduler Client Scheduler [USB Distribute] tab Sets the details of USB distribution. • “Show time of the dialog to cancel distribution” If you set a time longer than one second, the distribution cancel dialog box is displayed when USB memory or another external storage device is inserted. If you click [Yes] in the distribution cancel dialog box, distribution is canceled. Remove USB memory or another external storage device using the safe removal icon ( ) in the Task Tray. • “Normal mode” option button Select this button to perform USB distribution with “Schedule Distribution Tool” ( F p.104). • “Contents direct distribute mode” option button Select this button to perform USB distribution with “Contents direct distribute mode” ( F p.104).
  • Page 104: Distributing Content Directly By Using Usb Memory Or Another External Storage Device

    Click the [Version] menu. The Client Scheduler [Version] dialog box will appear. You may be asked to provide version information in the event that you need to contact SHARP regarding a problem with SHARP Digital Signage Software. If you input a temporary license code when installing, you will only be able to use the software for a two-month trial period.
  • Page 105: Program Viewer

    FTP Server/Client Scheduler Program Viewer 2. Copy the content to be distributed to USB memory or another external storage device. Copy the content to the folder set in Step 1-(3). The contents placed in folders lower than the set folder are not displayed. • In the Contents direct distribute mode, HTML files cannot be displayed. • Contents are executed in ascending order of the file names. By attaching a serial number such as “001,” “002,” …, at the head of each file name, the order of play can be set. • The play time of content is usually 10 seconds. For video, it is the time until play is completed.
  • Page 106: Key/mouse Monitoring

    This section explains the function of switching displayed programs using keyboard and mouse operations. Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool Window ●Launching the Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool window 1. From the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [All Programs], [SHARP Digital Signage Software], [Tools] and then [Key-Mouse Watcher]. The key/mouse monitoring tool launches and an icon ( ) is displayed (and remains permanently) in the Task Tray.
  • Page 107 Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool Window 1) Click the option to be edited and click [Edit]. A dialog box will appear. 2) Set the options. • “Key Setting” Set the combination of keys to be registered. • “Operation” Set the action of the registered key. • If you select “View preset program,” specify the ID number of the preset program to be displayed in “ID of preset prg.”.
  • Page 108 Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool Window • “Play program again, if no input has come for a certain time” check box When this check box is checked, the normal program is resumed if the key or mouse is not operated for a certain period of time. 1) Click [Detail]. The “Configuration for Restart Program” dialog box will appear. 2) Set the options. • “Time to restart program after last key event” Set the period of time before program display is resumed. • “Execute an application when the program restart.” check box If you check this check box, enter the path of the application to be executed in “Path.” It is also possible to enter “Option.” 3) Click [OK]. About Displays the version of the Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool. Exit Exits the Key/Mouse Monitoring Tool.
  • Page 109: Monitoring Status

    This function is only available with the Network Version. The Status Monitoring Tool allows you to check panel status and control target PC power. The main Status Monitoring Tool window ●Launching Status Monitoring Tool 1. From the Windows Taskbar, click [Start], [All Programs], [SHARP Digital Signage Software], [Tools], [Status Monitoring Tool]. “Status Monitoring Tool” will launch. ●The main Status Monitoring Tool window...
  • Page 110 Power off Turns off the target PC of selected panels. F p.113 Status acquisition of Panel Starts status acquisition of selected panels. F p.112 selected panels Displays panel status details if only one panel is selected. Property This function can be used only with the SHARP LCD F p.114 monitor (PN series). Operation environment Displays the [Setting of operation environment] dialog box. F p.116 Panel setting without status Displays the [Panel setting without status acquisition] dialog F p.113 acquisition box.
  • Page 111 Status Monitoring Tool The main Status Monitoring Tool window 3) Group tree Displays groups registered in Panel Management.( F p.78) When a group is selected, all the panels that belong to it (except for panels set without status acquisition) are displayed in the panel list. When “(Select all panels)” is selected, all panels (except for panels set without status acquisition) are displayed in the panel list. 4) Panel list Displays a list of all panels in the selected groups in the group tree (except for panels set without status acquisition). Panel icons and thumbnails change according to panel status. Panel icon/thumbnail Description Displayed when the statuses of the panel and the target PC have not been acquired.
  • Page 112: Acquiring And Displaying Panel Status

    Status Monitoring Tool Acquiring and displaying panel status Acquiring and displaying panel status ●Acquiring status of selected panels 1. Select a group from the group tree, and then select a panel from the panel list. • To select all panels in the panel list, either click [Select all panels] from the [Panel] menu, or press [Ctrl] + [A]. • To select all panels in the panel list that are not responding (including panels for which status has not , either click [Select panels without response] from the [Panel] menu, or press [Ctrl] been acquired) + [Shift] + [A].
  • Page 113: Setting Panels For Which Status Will Not Be Obtained

    Status Monitoring Tool Acquiring and displaying panel status ●Setting panels for which status will not be obtained It is possible to set panels for which status will not be acquired so that they will not be displayed in the panel list. 1. From the [Option] menu click [Panel setting without status acquisition]. 2. Select panels from the “Panel list with getting status”. 3. Click [Add]. The selected panels will move to the “Panel list without getting status”.
  • Page 114: Displaying Detailed Information For A Panel

    Status Monitoring Tool Acquiring and displaying panel status 4. A screen like the one on the right will appear. Check that the distribution was successful and click [Close]. ●Displaying detailed information for a panel 1. Select a group from the group tree, and then select a panel from the panel list.
  • Page 115: Changing Thumbnail Size

    Status Monitoring Tool Acquiring and displaying panel status ●Changing thumbnail size It is possible to change the size of the thumbnails of the screen captures acquired from the panels. 1. Click the buttons on the toolbar. (Small: , Medium: , Large: Or alternatively, from the [Option] menu, click [Thumbnail size], and select the size you want to use. Small Medium Large...
  • Page 116: Setting The Operation Environment

    • Retry count Sets the number of retries permitted when confirming a response from the target PC. Values of from 1-10 times can be selected. If there is no response, a delay of “timeout value x number of retries” seconds will occur. 2) “Acquisition of displaying program information” check box Check this box to acquire information about the currently displayed program from the target PC. 3) “Acquisition of screen capture displaying by controller PC” check box Check this box to acquire the currently displayed screen capture from the target PC. The acquired screen captures will be displayed as thumbnails. It may not always be possible to acquire screen captures of movies. 4) “Status acquisition of panel (PN series)” check box Check this box to acquire information about the panel from the target PC. This function can be used only with the SHARP LCD monitor (PN series). 5) “Acquisition of license information” check box Check the check box to view the license code and the file version of the SHARP Digital Signage Software viewer version. 6) “Auto acquisition under the following interval” check box Check this box to automatically acquire panel status at regular intervals. • Acquisition interval Set the interval at which you want to obtain panel status. Values of 1-60 minutes can be set. 3. Click [OK].
  • Page 117 PN-SS01/SS02/SV01 10D(2)

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