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Digital Signage Software Playlist Priorities

A digital signage planning tool allows you to create and schedule playlists. A playlist is a list of multimedia files that you want to play together on your digital signage screens in your school, office or factory. In this article, we will show you how to set digital...

PowerPoint Business Hours Template

The template includes 10 unique slides so you can choose the one that best fits your business. The business hours templates are fully editable, so you can easily make changes if your hours change. If you have multiple locations, you can use DataPoint to automatically...

Data Presentation – What is It?

Our business is data driven presentations. But what is a data presentation exactly? Let me try to explain that to you with a real life situation. When you are travelling, you arrive in the airport and the first thing that you will do when you enter the airport...

Important update for iPoint users

With this message we would like to announce a change of behavior of our Digital Signage iPoint product. iPoint is great in displaying PowerPoint presentations in your digital signage playlists next to images and videos. Previously in iPoint, each PowerPoint...

New Display Options for Player Names in the iPoint Scheduler

Our iPoint Scheduler application is the heart of our iPoint Digital Signage software system. Next to the server component and the player software, the scheduler application is used to create playlists, assign playlists to the digital signage players and to monitor...

PowerPoint Weekly Schedule Template

Managing staff schedules is tough. So we created this free PowerPoint weekly schedule template to help you make sure all your positions are filled and your team knows their work schedule. The PowerPoint weekly schedule template consists of 3 different slides so you...

Digital Signage Advertising Tracking

You are running an advertising system or digital signage system for your customers or you have a shop and you show commercials of your vendors. Then they will ask for proof of play. You can provide this proof by setting up digital signage advertising tracking. They...

How to use Variables in DataPoint?

And again we can introduce a great new feature of DataPoint; the use of variables in your custom sql statements. Let's explain what this is. You want to create a nice data driven presentation. A sales presentation on a given product for distribution to your sales...

Spring PowerPoint Template for Digital Signage

Spring is in the air and we are all happy to have the long winter over. (Except for those winter sports people - you know who you are!) To celebrate the change of season, here is our free Spring PowerPoint template for you to download. This Spring PowerPoint template...

Case Study: As Belgium Town Hall

As is a small town of about 8,200 people in the province of Limburg in Belgium. As is also the home of PresentationPoint. The town hall of As helps clients every day. They used to have an "open" waiting room concept but this didn't offer much privacy for their...

How to Use the DataPoint Data Cache?

PresentationPoint added a new cool feature to its DataPoint product.  Your data driven PowerPoint presentations can now benefit from a local data cache in PowerPoint. All data is retrieved from the servers each time you open a data driven presentation, internet web...

Introduction to Digital Signage

https://youtu.be/9aBYxtM1E4Y To help people better understand the basics, we have put together this video and article "Introduction to Digital Signage." What is Digital Signage? Signage is the design or use of signs and symbols to communicate your message to a...

YouTube Ideas

Looking for ideas for your own YouTube Channel? Here are 30 YouTube ideas to get you started. https://youtu.be/UseiHaz0Nw4 Why YouTube? Why would you even want YouTube ideas anyway? Why is YouTube so important? YouTube is bigger than ANY television station. YouTube...

Easter PowerPoint Templates

  One of the great things about digital signage is that you can change you look for holidays and seasons. Here are 11 free Easter PowerPoint templates we created to help you celebrate Easter. These Easter PowerPoint templates include: 2 countdown slides 1 digital menu...

How to Put the Data File in a Network Share?

Displaying real-time information in a running slide show is what our DataPoint add-on does. So you set up a link to your data file(s) like a text file, Excel file, or simple Microsoft Access database, and you run the slide show. But how can you update your data file...

The importance of Screen Calibration

For the Mr Perfects and Professionals among us! We were recently working on a project of a customer and they sent in a Photoshop design of what they wanted to see on the information screens. That's typical, most users send in a PowerPoint presentation already, while...

Free Mother’s Day PowerPoint Templates

Without Mothers, none of us would be here. To celebrate the powerful importance of mothers in our lives, we are releasing our free Mother's Day PowerPoint templates.   These templates can be used for: office screen savers digital signage presentations digital menu...

Tell Us How You Use Our Software

We write about a lot of cool stuff here. But do you want to know what is REALLY amazing to us? How creative our customers are! We craft our software and then our customers use it in ways we hadn't thought of. Now we want YOU to send us YOUR pictures, videos or...

How do you get the PowerPoint onto the TV after you make it?

This is without a doubt a great question. Fortunately, we’ve come up with three comprehensive solutions that you can take to your advantage in order to make this happen. It’s a great way to use PowerPoint presentations on a television in a lot of different venues such...

St Patrick’s Day PowerPoint Templates

St Patrick's Day is coming in March and soon we will be seeing a flood of people wearing green ties, hats and other clothing to celebrate Irish tradition. Now you can add a little luck of the Irish to your own workplace using these free St Patrick's Day PowerPoint...

PowerPoint Text To Speech using DataPoint

We listen to our customers. That is for sure. This is a typical sample. After that we released our update notification sound earlier, a user was requesting PowerPoint text to speech capabilities. Believe it or not, less than 2 weeks later, it was implemented and...

Bluetooth Button for Queue Management Systems

Waiting rooms are common in government offices, medical facilities, banks, bakeries, butcher shops and other offices. Managing waiting queues effectively is critical to your customer and patient well-being. In this article, we will show you how to use a Bluetooth...

Valentine PowerPoint Template

Here at PresentationPoint, we are feeling the love in the air. So we gift to you our Valentine PowerPoint template to celebrate the season of romance. If you have digital signage in your restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, store or other facility, changing the look to...

Super Bowl Live Score

The Super Bowl is thought by many to be the United States' biggest sporting event. In this article, we will show you how to display the Super Bowl live score in PowerPoint. This can be used for: Digital Signage: Show the Super Bowl live score to patrons of your coffee...

Happy 2017

THE PRESENTATIONPOINT TEAM WISHES YOU ALL THE BEST FOR 2017 As the new year renews all the happiness and good tidings… Hope the joyful spirit keeps glowing in the your heart… Forever! Happy New...

Interview with our Founder

  SIXTEEN:NINE, an online news publication focused on the digital signage industry interviews the founder of PresentationPoint, Kurt Dupont and discusses how our software works and some real life case uses.  ...

Convert PowerPoint to JPEG (High Quality)

PowerPoint is great for designing leaflets, posters and other forms of advertising. It is a great, powerful but easy tool to generate your documents and graphics. High-end software like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator is not needed. In this article, we will learn...

Notification Sound on Data Update in PowerPoint

PowerPoint as Information Screen You are on the right track already when you display real-time data on a television or computer screen with Microsoft PowerPoint. Like a message board or information screen in your company, school or factory. DataPoint technology can be...

Does PowerPoint Compress Images?

Some people use PowerPoint for advertisements and information screens.  Typically for those type of presentations, you need to create astonishing presentations with great visuals.  For them, showing high-resolution quality images in PowerPoint are crucial! But, when...

Waiting Queue Management System in PowerPoint

Our software is often used as queue management software for banks, attractions and waiting rooms. You enter the waiting area of a building and pick your number and then wait until your number is displayed.  With the number that you got from the ticket dispenser, you...

Digital Signage at Churches

Digital Signage at Churches After researching several products from larger more technical to smaller solutions, we settled on DataPoint by PresentationPoint. We needed a solution for our new facility that would accommodate a flexible display and presentation for the...

How to Use the Find and Replace on DataPoint Connections

With DataPoint you link your PowerPoint presentation to various databases and files. Some people set up many different connections in one presentation. But at a given day, you have to change some data. Maybe the username, the name of the file or the path to your data...

New Year’s PowerPoint Templates

Ring in the New Year with these free New Year's PowerPoint templates. Normal Microsoft PowerPoint templates so they can be used anywhere Smooth animations Includes real-time countdown templates to the New Year (connect via Dynamic Time) Use these templates to:...

Working Faster with DataPoint Copy and Paste

Sometimes you use DataPoint extensively. Not just where you assign a dynamic value from your database, but more like rules and formatting, replacement texts, ticker definitions etc. A lot of work on one text box only, while you maybe have many other similar text boxes...

Christmas PowerPoint Templates

It is that time of the year again and our team at PresentationPoint are in the gift giving spirit. So here are 20 free Christmas PowerPoint templates for you to download. These Christmas PowerPoint templates can be used: As backgrounds for your Christmas digital...

How to Display Cameras in PowerPoint

PresentationPoint releases a new PowerPoint add-on called VideoPoint.  It is the first add-on to display live output from webcams and IP cameras on your PowerPoint slide show. Why would you like to display camera output to your slides, you might ask. Output from a...

Multiscreen Digital Menu Boards

What do you do when your restaurant menu is too awesome to fit on just one screen? Go multiscreen! Here are some tips on how to create multiscreen digital menu boards. Here is some software we will be using to manage this process. PowerPoint - PowerPoint handles the...

How to Display Live Election Results in PowerPoint

It's election time and people are clamoring for the latest up-to-date polling or voting information. In this article, we'll discuss how to display live election results in a PowerPoint presentation. How can this be used? This could be used by broadcasters or YouTubers...

How to Link an Internet Image to PowerPoint

Introduction In today's blog article, we will show you how you can insert and link a picture of a web site into your PowerPoint slide. Often, we are asked to display weather maps or traffic maps on an information screen.  We will show you the easy steps on how to do...

Working with Dark Sky Weather API on your Weather Display

You need a good data source if you want to display real-time weather information on your information display. A good source is the Dark Sky Weather API, formerly known as Forecast.io. You can sign up as a user to start accessing the weather API. We start with this...

Ideas to Use the DataPoint Text Formatting Tab

There is a nice feature in DataPoint that lets you be more creative with the dynamic content of your text boxes.  Look at the Excel file below.  DataPoint technology is used here to dynamically display information on your slides that is coming from Excel files, other...

How to use your Own Weather Icon Set

Real-time weather information can be shown with the DataPoint and Dynamic Weather PowerPoint add-ons. Those add-ons connect to a given weather API to retrieve the current weather condition and the conditions for the next couple of days. The condition is typically...

Manufacturing KPI Dashboard with PowerPoint

A car's dashboard gives you vital up-to-date information about your car's performance. Similarly, a manufacturing KPI dashboard gives you a visual, at-a-glance method, of monitoring your manufacturing Key Performance Indicators. There are hundreds of possible...

Live RSS News in PowerPoint

Recently DataPoint got a few new data providers. Before, we already had a RSS data provider in DataPoint, but we decided to add a new RSS data provider with more functionality. First of all, all featured photos are copied locally, only once, before they are being...

Filter Data in PowerPoint

Our DataPoint tool for Microsoft PowerPoint is great to display in real-time database information on your slides. For databases, you use an SQL statement to retrieve the informations that you want. With the SQL statement you can select the data of one or more tables,...

Live Yahoo Weather in PowerPoint

Let's bring this static PowerPoint presentation to live with real-time weather information. For this article, we will use the Yahoo Weather data provider as we have in our DataPoint for PowerPoint add-on. We will start with this static designed presentation. Look at...

Microsoft SharePoint Integration with PowerPoint

Let's dive deeper into Microsoft SharePoint and its connectivity with PowerPoint. SharePoint is a browser-based collaboration and document management platform. At this moment, you can't use PowerPoint and display SharePoint information in real-time on your slides,...

Digital Signage at Lobbies and Waiting Rooms

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare has deployed iPoint signage in some of our lobbies and waiting rooms throughout the State of Idaho. iPoint signage allows the Department to provide useful health information, help in finding the services that our Department...

KPI Reporting Using PowerPoint

What is KPI reporting? Quite simply, KPI reporting is how you report your key performance indicators (KPI's) to your management and team. Think of KPIs as the business equivalent of how health is measured for your body. When you go for your checkup, your doctor will...

Dynamic Digital Signage

What is dynamic digital signage? A dictionary defines "dynamic" as a process or system characterized by constant change, activity, or progress. So, unlike traditional signage, digital signage is dynamic. It can be changing as often as you like with regularly updating...

Hotel Digital Signage

Hotels are fast paced, ever-changing environments with new people and events every day. To keep up with hotel conferences, events and advertising, top hotels around the world are adding hotel digital signage to their facilities. Hotel digital signage displays...

PowerPoint Clock with Date & Time Display

We have 2 possible scenarios for displaying a PowerPoint clock. This is a dedicated time add-on for using a PowerPoint clock to display the time or date in a presentation. This is very easy to use and can use a clock, calendar, count down, timer etc. If you need to...

Pokémon Go Marketing Tips

If Pokémon Go has launched in your country, you have likely seen lots of young people (and not so young) rushing around town capturing game characters with their smart phones. With all this activity, you are probably thinking, "How can my business benefit from...

Event Software using Google Calendar

It is summer and in the summer people go to festivals and concerts. Let's put together event software to create an information screen for concerts where you display the upcoming events on a television screen. Information of the events is stored in a Google Calendar...

Facebook Display on PowerPoint Slides

With the last update on DataPoint, you can now link your PowerPoint slides in real-time to a Facebook page. Now you can create a Facebook display page on PowerPoint to display a page's description, address information, number of likes, check-ins, talking about and...

Weather Display with Forecast.io / Dark Sky API

We have 3 possible scenarios for displaying weather. This is a dedicated weather add-on for PowerPoint to display weather information in a presentation. This is very easy to use and it can show current weather information and forecasts. If you need to display the...

Create a KPI Dashboard Using PowerPoint

https://youtu.be/e8JGiYLzNPk   KPI dashboards are becoming increasing important to companies and organizations because they let management see key performance indicators as to the health and processes at a glance. In this video/article, we will show you how to set up...

PresentationPoint Adds 6 New Data Providers to PowerPoint

With the next release of DataPoint, PresentationPoint adds 6 more data providers to the list. A data provider is a connectivity layer in DataPoint to link your PowerPoint shapes to data sources like databases, XML, Excel and other files. Earlier this year, we added...

How to Use a Timer in PowerPoint

A timer in PowerPoint is often seen. Probably the most seen is a timer for a break in a presentation. But others use PowerPoint as an information screen and display real-time and dynamic information on it. You can use it for example on a school display system during...

Flexible Column Selection for Dynamic Tables

Every week we get the question on how you can prevent all columns of your dataset that are copied one by one in the table on your PowerPoint slide. People use DataPoint to link to data of any format and then display this information in real-time in PowerPoint tables....

Link Text files and CSV data in PowerPoint

Text and CSV files are databases in the most simplest form. You don't need a specific database server software. You just store the data in a text file. Unencrypted, unprotected, no compression and no intelligent indexing system on it. In most cases, a text file is...

KPI Dashboard: Lundins Case Study

Our clients are extremely creative and come up with ways to use our products that often astonish us. So we thought we would share some case studies as to how our clients make real-life use of our software tools within their businesses or organization. Today, we are...

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