Best Practices For Scheduling Multiple Presentations

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I'm an RV newbie who has taken the plunge and in general I really (really!) like the platform. What I'd like to do is schedule multiple presentations and have them simply play in order to completion using the timing that's defined in each presentation and then loop back to the beginning. Since that is currently not possible, I'm looking for some advice from experienced users on the best way to work around this.

Here's my use case scenario:
I work for a small restaurant company with ~20 locations, each using a display to run slideshows to promote products and services. We designed our current home-brewed system to allow us to define "required" (plays at all shops), "shop-specific" and "optional" slides to run on these displays. Marketing controls "required" and "shop-specific" presentations and individual locations can add and remove "optional" slides (these might be something like "now hiring", a happy birthday message or a welcome message to a group).

It appears I can mimic my current setup/workflow through proper setup of displays, presentations, schedules and users. My initial thought was to have 3 presentations scheduled for each shop. Marketing would maintain the first 2 presentations and individual shops would control their own optional slides. When I asked about this at yesterday's webinar, it was suggested that I combine everything into a single presentation. This is not ideal. I'd like marketing to be able to edit a single "required" presentation just once and not 20+ times when they make a change.

The main issue I'm trying to get past is the timing of the presentations when each can be of variable length. It seems like it would be a real hassle to edit the timing of each schedule every time we change the number of slides in a presentation. One thing I considered was setting up a 1-1 relationship between slides and presentations and turning them on and off as needed. The problem there is more work than we'd like when making a change and there's no transition options between presentations (so the slides would just cut from one to another instead of fading or sliding in).

Sorry for being so long-winded. Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this.
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Ed,

Thanks for the kind words, and welcome to Rise Vision!

I've done some looking into this, and it does look like you're going to need to modify each presentation's length within the schedule.

I believe this idea references what you're looking for, you may want to head over to it and give it a "Me Too".
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Hi Ed,

I can understand how a play until done feature for presentations within schedules could be useful in scenarios such as yours.

I will give it some more thought but I cant currently think of any creative way around having to re-time everything in the schedule once someone adds to their presentation.

Just curious, how did you build your home-brewed content? Did you create them as html pages and time everything with javascript? If so you could always use the web page widget to display your current setup and just use rise as a delivery system and forgo creating content in the editor.

-Mat
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Thanks for the replies, guys. My current solution uses a javascript player with fixed timing per slide. It loads a list of files from required and shop-specific folders and plays them in order. I have an admin backend for moving files around. It works OK, but I don't have any scheduling capabilities (we've been discussing different messages during different meal periods) and it would be nice to tweak individual slide timing. I use an older version of Opera in kiosk mode to play the content and that has been generally reliable, but it does give me problems at times. RV has been rock-solid in my test environment and after getting acquainted with the administrative side and understanding how the pieces fit together, I'm really excited to get it in a live test in a couple of shops.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I was happy to find RiseVision. It may not be a 100% perfect fit at the moment, but I can tell during my short time here that no one is sitting still and those who make development decisions are willing to listen to, and implement feature requests. 

I think the best approach for me for now is to set up a single presentation per shop so I can get the individual slide timing I want along with transitions.
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Ed,

Sorry we weren't able to provide the exact functionality you were wanting, but we're glad to help nonetheless. We're always looking to improve, so if you'd be interested in seeing a specific functionality added into Rise Vision, we'd love you to post a new Idea thread.