How to Create a Digital Signage Slide
In signage.chapman.edu, it is incredibly easy for individuals to create and edit their slides. Every Chapman community member can log in and create a slide using their Chapman credentials.
There are two methods to building a slide in signage.chapman.edu:
First, is using the slide builder template as noted in the instructions below. It is a simple form with style options that allow you to easily create a slide.
The second method also uses the slide builder form but instead of using the style options, you will load a pre-designed image into the background image space. This method requires a designer with knowledge of Chapman branding and design standards. For more information on designing for this space, please visit this article: How to design a full image background slide for Digital Signage.
Building a Slide Using signage.chapman.edu Slide Builder.
Step One: Sign in to signage.chapman.edu. All individuals with Chapman login credentials can access the system.
Step Three: Select the ‘New’ Button. Look for the green “new” button.
Step Four: Choose Template and Name. When naming your slide, make sure you are descriptive but short. This information gets displayed publicly on the wayfinder in the red bar that shows on all screens (Ex: Commencement Schedule 2018).
There are four templates to choose from:
- Standard: This should be used for the majority of your slide creations. the other templates are for very specific usages.
- Directory: This will display a list of the faculty members located in a certain building. Obviously this is one per build and the location data is pulled from the faculty directory.
- Schedule: This slide allows you to present multiple, manual-entered events that appear in a scrolling pattern. It is a singles slide that displays a multiple event list.
Step Five: Build out your Slide. Once you select your template you will be presented with a simple form to fill out. The example below is the Standard template.
While the form is pretty straight forward, please take note of these few items to look out for:
- The header should be short and action oriented. Overall, please try to reduce the amount of text on your slide as you build.
- Some of the items will refresh the preview as you tab to the next item, but other will require you to click the “refresh Preview” link below the image.
- Images must be no bigger than the dimension listed. If you need to crop them down, you can use dimension.chapman.edu
- Videos need to be loaded into the system as an mp4 (and not embedded from a third-party webpage, such as YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Keep videos less than a minute and soundless. The first time the slide is loaded on a sign may take a few minutes due to the larger file size of videos.
- The hide/show option is used if you want to keep a slide, but essentially turn it off. it will not show on the live slide if marked off.
- The date range option lets you schedule your slide so it goes live on a certain date and a turns off on another.
- The last step will be selecting the Sign you want it on. As you will see, there is an approval process involved. Creating and submiting a slide does not guarantee it will go live.
Screenshot of Standard slide form