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Starting SlideShow Automatically

You can set SlideShow to automatically start and run with the show and options you want. Automatically running shows require no user interaction, and ideal situation for installations in displays and kiosks.

Shows can be run continuously or one-time.  Slides can be shown in order or at random.  Slides can be timed individually or  all have the same default timing.  The show can start in the full screen mode with the controls hidden, or in the normal mode with the controls in view.

Stand-alone Web shows can also be created on removable media such as CD-ROM.  More information on placing Web shows on CD-ROM.

Auto Start Option

The Auto Start option, available from the main SlideShow screen, starts the current show viewed automatically the next time starting SlideShow.  The show will begin as soon as SlideShow is started. The show will exit when the show is complete and the 'show once' option is selected.

Starting from the Command Line

SlideShow can also be run from the command line allowing it to be run with optional command line arguments.

You can launch SlideShow from the command line (Windows 95/98/NT Run command or MS-DOS prompt):

<program_path> SlideShow.exe  [options <options file>] [fullscreen] SlideShow.exe  [options <options file>] [fullscreen] SlideShow.exe  [options <options file>] [fullscreen]

Arguments:

options <options file> : Run SlideShow with the options specified in the show instruction file (see below).

fullscreen:  Start SlideShow in the full screen mode. In the full screen mode, the browser fills the entire screen and the main SlideShow screen is hidden behind the browser.

 

Using the Show Instruction File

SlideShow can also be started from the command line with an instructions file. This options file overrides the current  settings to run SlideShow with the options called out in the  file. The instructions file consists of a list of label/value pairs for specifying the values of the options to be set.

Generic format:  

 Option”, value

Where option is a predefined system option name and value is the value for the option.

Sample format:

"ReloadInterval",10
"ReloadMode",1
"CarouselMode",2
"CarouselOperation",1
"CarouselFileName","C:\temp\Show08-11-99.txt"
"StartingAddress","http://www.beaglesoft.com”
"StartingSlide",3
"DisplayTips",#FALSE#
"DisplayWizard",#TRUE#
"BusyWait",#FALSE#
"AutoStart",#TRUE#
"UseDefault",#TRUE#
"ToolTips",#TRUE#
"AutoMode",2
"AutoDDEexe","IExplore.exe"
"AutoDDEapp","IEXPLORE"

Syntax:

Option

Description

Sample Value

Choices/Type

"ReloadInterval"

Pause time between slides

10

Seconds. Non standard values will often function correctly but will not be displayed correctly in the control.

"ReloadMode"

Type of show action: AutoReload of same slide (2), or slide changing carousel (3)

3

OFF = 1
AUTO = 2
CAROUSEL = 3

"CarouselMode"

Sequential or randomly ordered slides

2

SEQUENTIAL= 1
RANDOM = 2

"CarouselOperation"

Once or continuous show loop. A show showing once will exit when done.

1

ONCE = 1
CONTINUOUS = 2

"CarouselFileName"

Name of show loaded at startup.

"C:\temp\Show0899.txt"

Valid SlideShow file

"StartingAddress"

Address or filename of document to be displayed in browser window at startup. Usually same reference as StartingSlide.

"http://www.beaglesoft.com”

Valid address or file name.

"StartingSlide"

Number of slide to set in controls at startup. (See StartingAddress for document to be displayed in browser at start.)

3

Number of slide in current show.

"DisplayTips"

Show tip of day at startup

#FALSE#

#TRUE# or #FALSE#

"DisplayWizard"

Display the new show wizard at startup.

#TRUE#

#TRUE# or #FALSE#

"BusyWait"

Wait till done loading before loading next slide.

#FALSE#

#TRUE# or #FALSE#

"AutoStart"

Start show automatically at startup.

#TRUE#

#TRUE# or #FALSE#

"UseDefault"

Use default reload time

#TRUE#

#TRUE# or #FALSE#

"ToolTips"

Show tool tips when mouse over occurs.

#TRUE#

#TRUE# or #FALSE#

"AutoMode"

Type/Version of browser in use.

2

Browser version:
IE 2 = 0
IE 3 =1
IE 4/5=2
NETSCAPE 2=3
NETSCAPE 3=4
NETSCAPE 4=5
Other DDE=6

"AutoDDEexe"

Executable name

"IExplore.exe"

Valid executable name of browser

"AutoDDEapp"

OLE or DDE application name

"IEXPLORE"

OLE or DDE name for browser.

 

Tip:  You can create an instructions file of the current options by using the Save to file… selection under the Options menu.

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Last reviewed March 19, 2008