Run multiple PowerPoint presentations from one computer with MAWi

How to run multiple PowerPoint presentations on a single PC controlled by MAWi

With MAWi platform you can play multiple PowerPoint presentations on different digital signage screens, running on the same PC, in two ways:

 

1. Using our own plugin for PowerPoint Viewer – MAWPowerPointLauncher

 

Benefits of using the PowerPoint Viewer option:

 

– PowerPoint Viewer is freeware and no additional licensing is required. (Office 20XX is required for the Full PowerPoint Suite option)

 

– Light-weight and easy installation – installed automatically with MAWi Client.

2. Using the full PowerPoint Suite.

Benefits of using the full PowerPoint Suite option:

 

– All objects such as videos and other embedded content are supported.

 

– All the transitions in your presentations are available.

 

– Runs in real full screen (no black borders are showing).

In this guide, we will show you how to use both ways to run multiple PowerPoint presentations with MAWi.

We encourage you to read a case study on one of our customer’s installations who used our solution to run different slideshows from a single PC  on six display screens.

Utilizing PowerPoint Viewer

The Native PowerPoint Launcher allows you to run different slide shows on different monitors from one computer, in full screen mode, in any resolution and orientation settings. You can run the same PowerPoint presentation on all screens or a different presentation on each screen.

In the following guide we will demonstrate how to open different PowerPoint presentations on each display screen, using the new feature in MAWi

Requirements

PowerPoint Viewer is a mandatory component for MAWi to be able to run multiple presentations on your digital sigange TV screens, and it’s installed automatically when you install MAWi Client component.

In case it wasn’t installed, please follow the steps below:

Install PowerPoint Viewer 2010 from the following link:

 

http://monitorsanywhere.com/PPT/

 

Make sure you install both the PowerPointViewer and the Service Pack2 (SP2) from this link.

Make sure that your presentation is set with the following configurations:

 

In PowerPoint please go to Slide Show tab and select

“Setup Slide Show”

 

– Under Show type > Select – Presented by a speaker (Full screen)

 

 

– Under Show options > Select – Loop continuously until ‘Esc’

In order to set the presentation to run in full screen you’ll need to configure it with the right screen size. If you have a wide screen you’ll need to set the screen size to 16:9 configuration and if you have square screen you’ll need to set it to 4:3.

 

Watch YouTube Tutorial here:

Where is Page Setup in Microsoft PowerPoint

You can download this demo presentation to preform tests on your system:

MAW-Demo-PPT (16:9, wide screen).

After you’ve successfully installed PowerPoint Viewer we can go on and set the configuration in MAWi:

1. Add a new Playlist

2. Enter a name for the new Playlist

3. Add a new item to the Playlist

4. Upload your presentation

5. Set it to run with MAWPowerPointLauncher app

6. Save > Finish

7. Select your screens

8. Drag and drop the new Playlist onto the selected screens

9. Press Play Now

Utilizing full PowerPoint Suite

Here we will guide you on how to run PowerPoint presentations on different monitors from one computer, using the Full PowerPoint Suite and Internet Explorer (IE).

 

You can run the same presentation on all screens or a different presentation on each screen.

Requirements

For this option to work, the full Microsoft Powerpoint needs to be installed on the same PC where MAWi Client is running.

Run this REG key with administrative privileges on your PC:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Monitors AnyWhere\Desktop.Client\AppPublish\PPT_within_IE.reg

Click Yes, and then ok when asked.

Test if it works:

 

Open internet explorer (not Edge) and drag and drop a .ppt or .pptx or .ppsx file within the browser.

If everything goes well, it will open the presentation within your browser

If it didn’t work:

 

In some rare cases, IE may ask you if you want to open or save the file. If that is the case, please click on Save

On the new View Download windows, right-click the file, un-tick Always ask before opening this type of file and click Close

Try now to drag the PowerPoint file again within IE.

If you still having issues, contact the Monitors AnyWhere support team.

After you’ve successfully configured IE to run presentations we can go ahead and set MAWi to play it:

1. Add a new Playlist

2. Enter a name for the new Playlist

3. Add a new item to the Playlist

4. Upload your presentation

5. Set it to run with Internet Explorer and tick the

    ‘Open in full screen’ check box

6. Save > Finish

7. Select your screens

8. Drag and drop the new Playlist onto the selected screens

9. Press Play Now

For more guides:

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