How do I put slideshows on my screen with the Presenter app?

The Presenter app makes it easy to put existing slideshows on your Raydiant screens! You can load slideshows from your Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive accounts, or export your slideshow as a PDF and upload it directly to Raydiant, by following the steps below.

Choose Your Source

Raydiant supports loading PowerPoint presentations from Microsoft OneDrive and Google Slides presentations from Google Drive, as well as uploading PDFs directly to Raydiant.

Microsoft OneDrive

Choose Microsoft OneDrive (PowerPoint) and click the "Log in to OneDrive" button. Once you've authenticated with your Microsoft account, you can select from recent PowerPoint presentations in your OneDrive by clicking "Select File", or add any OneDrive file for which you have a public link by clicking "Shared URL".

Google Drive

Choose Google Drive (Google Slides) and click the "Log In with Google" button. Once you've authenticated with your Google account, you can select from recent Google Slides presentations in your personal and shared Google Drives by clicking "Select File", or add any Google Slides presentation for which you have a public link by clicking "Shared URL".

Please note that Google Drive will show not just your own personal Google Slides presentations, but all Google Slides presentations in drives that have been shared with you.

Upload PDF

If you don't have access to either service, you can also export your PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides slideshow to PDF by following these steps, then choose Upload PDF as your source and upload the PDF directly to Raydiant. (The Upload PDF feature also works with non-slideshow PDFs, so it's a great way to display brochures, menus, or other content you've created in PDF form.)

Using a Shared URL

If you want to display a PowerPoint presentation or Google Slides presentation that isn't in your Microsoft or Google account, you can do so using a shared URL. If you have a shared link for a PowerPoint or Google Slides slideshow, you don't even have to sign in to use it—you can just select the appropriate service in the Source dropdown and enter the shared URL to display it!

You can use the steps below to get a shared URL for any OneDrive- or Google Drive-hosted presentation.

Microsoft OneDrive

  1. Make sure you have the ability to save to OneDrive or SharePoint by going to Save As in PowerPoint and clicking Online Locations, then Add a Place. Click the service you want to share your presentations with and sign in.
  2. Open the PowerPoint presentation you want to share in PowerPoint on your PC or Mac.
  3. Click the Share button at the top right and move or copy your presentation to OneDrive or SharePoint.
  4. Once your presentation has been moved or copied to your OneDrive or SharePoint, click the Share button again and click Copy Link > View-Only.

Tada! Your OneDrive shared URL is now on your clipboard, ready to be pasted into the "Shared URL" field in Presenter.

Google Drive

  1. Open the slideshow you want to share in Google Slides.
  2. Click File > Share.
  3. Set the permissions so that anyone with the link can view the slideshow. (This will let Raydiant see and display it.) Then click Copy Link.

Voilà! Your Google Drive shared URL is now on your clipboard, ready to be pasted into the "Shared URL" field in Presenter.

Setting Your Slide Timing

For Google Drive and PDF slideshows, you can set the duration for individual slides by using the "playback mode" buttons and the "slide duration" field. Unless you're using a slideshow remote to control your slideshow in real time, you'll usually want to use "autoplay" and set your slide duration to a few seconds—usually between 5 and 10. If you're controlling the slideshow manually with a slideshow remote, simply set the playback mode to "manual" instead.

To use autoplay with Microsoft OneDrive, you'll need to set your slide timing in PowerPoint for Windows or PowerPoint for Mac before uploading your slideshow to OneDrive. (Unfortunately, the version of PowerPoint that runs in your web browser doesn't currently support this feature.) You can set your slide timing in PowerPoint for Windows or Mac by clicking "Transitions" and then adjusting the "After" field:

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After doing this, you'll need to re-save your slideshow in order for Raydiant to pick up the change.

If no "After" duration value is set for a PowerPoint slideshow and "autoplay" is selected, Raydiant will display the first slide indefinitely.

Choosing Your Duration Behavior

Under "end after", you can choose when to end your slideshow and move on to the next item in your Raydiant playlist. This works differently depending on which service you've loaded your slideshow from.

  • Microsoft OneDrive: You'll need to manually set a duration for how long Raydiant should display your slideshow before moving on to the next item in your playlist. (Unfortunately, it's not possible to detect when all slides in a OneDrive presentation has played, so "a set time" is the only option here.)
  • Google Drive: In most cases, you'll want to use "All slides play"—that way, your slideshow will end when it's done, and Raydiant will move on to the next item in your playlist. However, if you want to end playback after a certain slide, you can use the "a set time" option to set Raydiant to move on to the next item in your playlist after a set number of seconds. (Please note that if your set time is longer than the duration of the slideshow, Raydiant will loop back and start playing the slideshow again from the beginning.)
  • Uploaded PDF: Just like Google Drive, you'll usually want to use "All slides play" to let Raydiant move on to the next item after it has displayed all the pages in your PDF. However, you can use "a set time" to cut off playback after a certain number of seconds. As mentioned above, if the set time is longer than the duration of the slideshow, Raydiant will loop back and begin the slideshow again from the beginning.

Using a Remote With Presenter

As mentioned briefly above, you can use a presentation remote—also often known as a "clicker"—to control your slideshow, rather than having it play back at a fixed rate. To do that, simply connect a supported remote to your ScreenRay using the remote's included USB adapter and set the playback mode for your slideshow to "manual", then use the clicker as you normally would with a laptop or desktop computer to advance your slideshow.

We specifically recommend using a wireless presentation remote; presentation remotes that use infrared for communication require line-of-sight between the clicker and the ScreenRay, which may not be possible if your ScreenRay is located behind your screen.

If you run across a presentation remote that doesn't work with Raydiant, or if you have any other questions about Presenter, please let us know at support@raydiant.com!

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