What do I need to use Presentation Player?


- A Windows based computer or media player (Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista or XP) to play your presentation on.  Usually this will be attached to a large screen.   The computer needs an Internet connection to use our service.


- The free Presentation Player client software, which you can download once you have signed up for a free accouunt.


- The free Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2010 software, whiich is used to play your PowerPoint presentations.


- Some PowerPoint files to play.  




Player computer system requirements


1.5GHz or faster processor
1Gb RAM or higher for Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/ Windows 10.  2Gb recommended.
1Gb available hard disk space


For single monitor systems a 64Mb Graphics card which supports 32-bit colours and a minimum screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.



Supported operating systems for the Presentation Player Client software


Windows XP 32-bit or 64-bit with Service Pack 3 or greater

Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit with Service Pack 2 or greater

Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit

Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit
Windows 8.1 32-bit or 64-bit
Windows 10 32-bit or 64-bit


IMPORTANT FOR XP USERS - Windows Media Player must be updated to version 11 or greater in order to display video content correctly.  Windows Vista comes with V11 and Windows 7 with V12 already installed. Presentation Player Client requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or later to be installed on Windows XP.  The setup program will automatically install this if this is not on your machine. 


IMPORTANT NOTE EMBEDDED WINDOWS USERS - The Presentation Player Client can be installed on embedded versions of Windows including Windows Embedded Standard 2009.  However, the Presentation Player Client does NOT support installations on these systems.  If you do decide to use Presentation Player Client on embedded versions of Windows and you will need to deal with write filters to ensure that when Presentation Player Client is installed that this is saved between reboots.  Please refer to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff769914(v=winembedded.60) for more information.



Designing PowerPoint presentations


There are a number of free programs that allow you to design PowerPoint presentation.  These include:


Apache OpenOffice




What we have found is that they do a basic job of producting PowerPoint files but often they display slightly differently when playered with the PowerPoint Viewer.  We recommend purchasing Microsoft PowerPoint which is part of Microsoft Office.




Setting up PowerPoint presentations for use with Presentation Player


Most PowerPoint presentations are designed for meeting use where a presenter/speaker keeps clicking the mouse on their computer to move between slides.   This is no good for an unattended player computer.   So what you need to do is to edit your PowerPoint presentations and set them to transition between slides automatically.  You also need to set them to automatically loop at the end of the presentation otherwise the presentation will just stop.