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Jul 10, 2019
Jonathan Hogins wrote
I was very excited about v7 when I saw that you could decide for each cue whether the stage should mirror the main, but after upgrading I found a number of showstopping issues, most pressing of which is the lack of native PPT playback. The workflow of developing the sermons in PPT and playing them back during the service in exactly the same form as they were authored is extremely important for us. Neither of the import options gives us the ability to properly keep our transitions. Please put this feature back in for v7, even if you only support PPT 2016

Other issues include:
* The main display can overlap the editing window, making it impossible to move to the next slide or get back to the app
* Alt+f4, esc, or otherwise trying to close the display window does nothing
* No announcement loops

Thanks for your support.
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Jul 11, 2019
Ryan Zeeck agent wrote
Hey Jonathan!

What happens when you try to import the PPT as a Presentation? What is not right with it?

Other issues:

*This is strange, I have not seen this before. Can you go through this article to make sure your Display Settings are correct in Windows and in MediaShout? www.mediashout.com/screens

*Here are the Keyboard Shortcuts in MediaShout 7: https://support.mediashout.com/672345-Keyboard-Shortcuts-in-MediaShout-7

*This will be coming in an update in the next few days. We'll send out an email when this is ready.

I hope this is helpful!

-Ryan
Jul 11, 2019
Wes Chan wrote
I'll echo Jonathan here. We have one older gentleman who, when he is up on his given week, will create the lyrics slides in PPT and import them into MS. In addition to transitions not working (we're expecting a fade but we get a cut), the background image from the first slide is copied onto the rest of the slides in the deck, even though other pictures are set to be the background image on slides later on in the deck. This happens regardless of if we import as PowerPoint Presentation or Import PowerPoint as images.

We've had him try creating his PowerPoints in 2016 as well as 2007 and we run in the same issues. We've also tried installing 2016 and 2007 on the computer running MediaShout with the same results.

I also just saw the update for 7.1.1 come out so I'm planning on installing that this weekend and seeing if that resolves anything.
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Jul 12, 2019
Ryan Zeeck agent wrote
Hey Wes,

Can you send me your PowerPoint file so I can take a look at it here on my system (Ryan@MediaShout.com)? Also, have you tried with multiple different files?

Thanks!

-Ryan
Jul 14, 2019
Wes Chan wrote
Done! Just emailed them to you.
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Jul 15, 2019
Ryan Zeeck agent wrote
Hey Wes,

I have received them. I will do some testing first thing tomorrow and get back with you with my results.

Thanks!

-Ryan
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Jul 16, 2019
Jonathan Hogins wrote
Here is a link to our pptx from last Sunday. You can use it as an example of the features that we use. Fancy transitions are not strictly necessary, but the flow and graphics should all work.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J4fhNxByjwVHkAsCQyvdiG6Qa6LOJxXi/view?usp=sharing
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Jul 16, 2019
Ryan Zeeck agent wrote
Hey Jonathan,

Have you updated to the latest build of MediaShout 7? www.mediashout.com/download

I brought that .PPTX file into MediaShout 7 as a Presentation and it converted it pretty nicely. Slide #7 had the biggest issue where that Timeline graphic did not get carried over. The good thing about bringing it in this way, it is all editable within MediaShout now. So you can add that graphic in on that slide and adjust it, as needed. All of the other pages looked really nice. Page 10 & 12 I had to make the text box bigger to fit all of the text, but that was really it.

Are you seeing something more than this?

There are a couple things here and there that they will continue to work on to make that better and better. But, we are really happy with the way it is currently working.

I hope this helps!

-Ryan
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Jul 20, 2019
Jonathan Hogins wrote
Thanks Ryan. Actually you're right - this one worked far better than other tests. What resolution do you have your main set to? It looks like the import really messes up the scaling at most resolutions, especially with images. I couldn't find a single resolution where the slide text came in at the same visual size as it was in PPT.

Here is a list of issues for your devs:
* Scaling of images is very strange, and is highly dependent on main screen resolution
* Font sizes are visually not consistent with PPT
* Text box sizes can be off. At some resolutions they span off the side of the cue.
* No transitions
* No in-cue animations

Attached are a couple screenshots showing the original PPT and the MediaShout output.
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Jul 20, 2019
Jonathan Hogins wrote
Btw, I found the "toggle main monitor" key (F2). This works well enough, but it would be awesome to have something in the UI. Remembering this hotkey is going to be a challenge. Thanks for your support!
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Jul 22, 2019
Ryan Zeeck agent wrote
Hey Jonathan,

I had mine set for 1280x720. It may be worth it to check what Resolution PowerPoint is building the presentation in. https://support.mediashout.com/943559-PowerPoint-Presentation-Configuration-settings

I will pass those along for you! Thanks so much.

I will also make sure I mention the idea of having a toggle button in the UI of the program as well.

God Bless!

-Ryan