How to change the backgroud a group of slides at once?

Oct 15, 2017
Ryan Cowles wrote
How do you change the background on a group of slides?
Scenario: We have text and scripture slides (cues) that share the same individual monthly theme background image. We create a slide deck based on a previous week's presentation and select a group of slides to change their background to the new theme. We do not want to do one slide at a time nor do we want to change every slide in the deck since some need to be different.

Please know that changing the background on a slide or group of slides has got to be the most difficult task in this software.

Feature request: Having a "Background" option available from a right mouse click on a slide would be really nice. I feel like this is a remedial function that all other presentation software solutions have had for years, but it's not in MediaShout 6. From this Background option, it can expand when hovered to display other background options like "Set Background," "Apply Template," etc...

As it is now, we are building three new templates each month to apply the desired single one background to all text, scripture and song slides. Not having this feature is frustrating our volunteers to the point of no longer volunteering and leading our church leadership to pursue other software solutions. As an example, our youth pastor has begun using PowerPoint.
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Oct 16, 2017
MediaShout Support agent wrote
Hey Ryan,

I'm sorry about the trouble you guys are having. I definitely understand changing the background is one of the most common and rudimentary tasks in a presentation software. While there are tons of different ways you could implement that function, they did try to make it as simple as possible. You have the Change BG button when working with a cue, or you an drag and drop to change the BG (drag from Windows explorer onto a cue). Your feature request can definitely be added by posting here:

https://support.mediashout.com/688355-Feature-Requests

I've used many different presentation softwares and honestly though I can't say there's really an easier option I can think of, so I think that is important to remember when dealing with the frustration from volunteers. Even in Powerpoint I don't think it's any easier, and even if so I would struggle to see how that one element in Powerpoint would negate how much better and easier just about every other function is that you get in Mediashout.

For now I would suggest doing it by dragging and drop it for the fastest way to change multiple ones at once. Or you could copy and paste however many cues into a new script and use the Change BG > For this entire script option and copy and paste them back. Here's a quick demo video on how I'd do those:

Oct 17, 2017
Ryan Cowles wrote
Thanks, David, for your response. I will share this information with our volunteers after trying it myself.

I will also pursue submitting a feature request to further simply changing slde backgrounds since the drag and drop solution still sounds like you have to drag and drop the background one-by-one on each side individually.

Thanks for the video as well. Your team has always done a great job of repying quickly to my questions. FYI: I have been using Mediashout since v2.
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Oct 18, 2017
MediaShout Support agent wrote
Hey Ryan,

Absolutely. It's one of those where I definitely wish I had a better answer for you but I can at least let you know where we are at with it and the best possible workarounds. We'd love to have that feature request in so our development can enter it into the list, and also users can vote it up in priority. Let me know if I can do anything else at all for you guys.

Thanks and God bless,
David
Oct 18, 2017
Ryan Cowles wrote
Suggestion submitted: https://support.mediashout.com/212850-Changing-Background-image-on-multiple-but-not-every-slide-cue
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Oct 19, 2017
MediaShout Support agent wrote
Great! I really appreciate you taking time to do that. For now I will close this support ticket. Let us know if we can be of more help for you.