Previewing Slides within Cascade CMS
Remember that the slides will differ from how they are viewed on the digital device in several ways. First, the dimensions of that device may be quite different from those on the computer you are viewing them on. Second, the slideshows will have a navigation menu at the bottom of the page. The preview of a single slide will not show this. Last, some features do not render the same in different browsers. The digital devices will be using Google Chrome browsers to display the slideshow. If you are working in Firefox you may see a slightly different look or layout on the preview.
Previewing Current Version of a Single Slide
To view the current version of the content go to View tab within that slide in Cascade. By default you should be the Layout tab within the sub-menu. That will show you what the current slide will look like (but without the menu at the bottom of the entire slideshow). If a slideshow has not yet been republished the content may differ from the Live Version.
Previewing Live Version of a Single Slide
To view the most recently published version of the content go that slide in Cascade, then within the View tab, click on the Live tab sub-menu. This will show you what the live slide looks like. If a slideshow has not yet been republished the content may differ from the Current Version. You can view it within Cascade, or you can also click on the URL that appears above the edit fields, this will open in full screen in a separate tab.
Previewing Current Version of Slideshow
To view the current version of a whole slideshow, navigate to the “devices” folder designated for your digital device for example:
/Base Folder/ digital-signage/devices/marion-knott-studios-lobby and click on the slideshow in that folder. From the View tab, click the Live link in the submenu.
You can view it either within the Cascade window or you can click the URL link to open a new browser window to see it outside the Cascade framework. In either case you are viewing the live, published slides within that slideshow. Refer to the comments earlier in this section of the document as to reasons the slideshow may not be identical to how it is seen on the actual digital device. Also, if the browser window is below 1920 x 1080 OR if it does not support MP4 video, then a large red “PREVIEW” watermark is displayed over the screen because the slideshow cannot be previewed on your computer exactly the way it is designed to be displayed on the larger device.