The developers of OpenLP have strived to make it a straightforward and easy to use application. However, it is good to be familiar with a few terms that will be used throughout this documentation, and when seeking support.
First Time Wizard¶
The Main Window is what you will see when you first open OpenLP. It contains all the tools and plugins that make OpenLP function.
The Library contains a number of tabs which the plugins supply to OpenLP. Each tab in the Library is called a Library Item. You can send songs, Bibles, etc from the Library Item to the Preview Slide Controller or Live Slide Controller.
A library item is a tab in the Library. The library item contains any items from the various plugins which can be displayed on the display screen.
When the word “platform” is used, it is usually referring to your operating system, Windows, Linux, (Mac) OS X or FreeBSD/PC-BSD.
The preview pane is a section to preview your library items before you go live with them.
A service file is the file that is created when you save your service in OpenLP. The service file consist of Service Items
The service manager contains the library items in your service file. This is the area where your library items go live. You can also save, open, and edit services files from here.
The Slide Controller controls which slide from a Service Items is currently being displayed, and moving between the various slides.
Preview Slide Controller¶
The preview Slide Controller shows you a simple preview of your item. It does not send any output to the display screen.
The theme manager is where themes are created and edited. Themes are the text styles and backgrounds that you use to personalize your services.