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Edit Playlist menu

Locator: Easy Player > Edit Playlist .

Playlist Overview

The Playlist contains attributes that control the appearance of the Playlist within the Eazy Player container. Each Playlist part is highly customizable (colors, fonts, sizing, etc). Any part can be shown or hidden. The Playlist controls the following parts:

  • Marquee - (#3 in Figure 1) For kiosk use you can create your own business/organization banner to display at the top of the player. Most common image formats will work (png, jpg, etc. ). The player will auto-size to display the banner. If you don't a graphics department, use the COOL TEXT website to create a cool Marquee banner image in just a few clicks (it's free, no signup required).
  • Title - (#4 in Figure 1) Allows you to display a title for a kiosk.
  • Description - (#5 in Figure 1) Allows you to display a short description or instructions for an unattended kiosk.
  • Cue Buttons - (#10 in Figure 1) The Cue Buttons are tied to individual audio files. They are touch screen enabled. The Next and Previous buttons (green buttons, #6 in Figure 1) allows users to navigate the Cue Buttons table. The player can be set for Play On Click so when the user clicks (or pushes a button) the audio starts to play.

Other common Player Elements are configured separately and apply to all Playlists.

Playlist Attributes

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Managing Playlist Cue Buttons

Each Cue Button in a Playlist can:

  • Play a Sound Item; or
  • Run a Script.

The buttons are populated in the Cue Button table (#10 in Figure 1). You need to Rebuild the Player after performing most of the actions below to propogate changes to existing Cue Buttons. The number of rows and columns in the button table is configurable in the Playlist Attributes Editor.

Adding Cue Buttons to Play Sound Items

New Cue Buttons inherit their attributes from the Cue Button Attributes specified in the Playlist Attributes Editor.

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Adding Cue Buttons to Run Scripts

New Cue Buttons inherit their attributes from the Cue Button Attributes specified in the Playlist Attributes Editor.

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Edit, Delete or Re-order Cue Buttons

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Edit Cue Buttons Attributes

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About Cue Button Font

The Cue Button Font attribute cannot be changed on individual Cue Buttons (unlike other attributes). All Cue Buttons are assigned the same font.

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Restoring Easy Player Window Focus after Starting an External Program

When you run a Script with a Step that starts an External Program, the external program will likely open a new app window which becomes the active, focused window. If you are using a remote control device to control the Easy Player , it must be the active (focused) window to receive remote controller signals. Therefore, you will need to restore window focus back to the Easy Player window. See the External Program Editor settings for automatically returning focus to the Easy Player window after invoking an External Program. You can manually restores focus to the Easy Player window by clicking on it with the mouse.

Figure 1.  Sound Mill Easy Player
Figure 1. Sound Mill Easy Player

Easy Player Elements:
1. Window Title Bar; 2. Window Menu Bar; 3. Playlist Marquee Image; 4. Playlist Title; 5. Playlist Description; 6. Playback Controls Panel; 7. Playback Time Position Readout; 8. Volume Bar and Volume/Mute Indicator; 9. Playback Position Progress Bar and Playing/Paused Indicator; 10. Cue Button - Playing Cue; 11. Cue Button - Unselected; 12. Cue Button - Selected; 13. Window Status Message Bar.