The Web Remote¶
OpenLP gives you the ability to control the Service. You also have the ability to search for and add or display media from the Library or send an Alert, using a remote computer, netbook or smartphone and a web browser. You can use the web remote to control the entire service away from the main computer or, have the nursery or daycare send an Alert message to the projection screen. This could also be used for a guest speaker or worship team leader to control their own slides if needed.
The Web Remote was moved to being part of the core program in version 2.9.2. The only thing you need to do is go into Configuring OpenLP, select the Remote Interface item in the menu on the left side of the Settings window then press the Check for Updates button. If the Current version number is not the same as Latest Version then press the Upgrade button. When the numbers match, press the OK button at the bottom of the settings window.
Versions before 2.9.2 The first step is to make sure the Remote plugin is activated. You can accomplish this by following the instructions in the Plugin List. The second step is to configure the settings you will use with the web browser. You can find these instructions and settings in Remote Interface.
Open a web browser, type in the Remote URL you found in Remote Interface and press the Enter key. For this example we will use http://192.168.1.112:4316. You will then be presented with the home page of the OpenLP Remote. The picture shows a service with nothing in it.
The web remote opens to the Service page and if a service is loaded, it will display the service item list from the Service.
Clicking on any item in the Service Manager will immediately take you to the Slide Controller.
You will find the following buttons throughout the web remote interface.
The Menu button is found on most of the pages in the top left hand corner of the remote interface and clicking it will display a menu of the web remote pages and a helpful setting.
Selecting any of the top five menu items will change the web remote page to the page responsible for that area of the web remote.
Selecting any of the three views will change the web remote page to the default view selected.
Enabling the Fast Switch setting will display a set of Icons at the bottom of the page to switch between pages without using the menu.
This button will move upward through the Service items to the previous items.
This button will move downward through the Service items to the next item.
This button will move upward through the Slide Controller. If the settings Slide Controller have been enabled this button will move from the first slide of a service item to the last slide of the prevoius service item.
This button will move you downward through the Slide Controller. If the settings Slide Controller have been endables this button will move freom the last slide of a service item to the next first slide of the next service item.
This button will blank the display on the projector screen. If the settings Slide Controller have been enabled clicking on an item in the Service Manager will automatically show the item on the screen.
This button will blank the display on the projector screen to the current theme. Note that this is not available for item which does not use themes, such as images, presentations and media. If the settings Slide Controller have been enabled clicking on an item in the Service Manager will automatically show the item on the screen.
This button will hide the display on the projector screen and therefore show the desktop. If the settings Slide Controller have been enabled clicking on an item in the Service Manager will automatically show the item on the screen.
If the screen is blanked, clicking on this button will unblank the display.
This button will display the Service page of the web remote.
This button will display the Slides page of the web remote.
This button will display the Alerts page of the web remote.
This button will display the Search page of the web remote.
This button will display the Themes page of the web remote.
After you click on an item in the Service Manager you will be taken to the Slide Controller interface.
You will find the verses displayed as they appear in the live view on the main computer and the first verse will be displayed on the projection screen. You can use the , or click on each verse using the mouse to display them.
Note: The remote interface replicates the OpenLP software. When displaying images, clicking on a single image in the service manager will display it immediately. The first image in a group of images and the first slide in a presentation will also be displayed immediately when clicked on in the web remote service manager.
You can send an alert to the projection screen by entering the text on the line and clicking on Send. The alert will be displayed as you have it configured in Alerts.
Using the search function gives you the ability to search for a particular media, add it to the service or display it immediately.
Clicking on Songs will display your media options to search through. Click on the media type that you want to search.
Enter the text you want to search for. You can click Search or press Enter on the keyboard. If you do not enter any text to search for, you will be presented with your entire list of media for the selected media.
Note: When searching Bibles media you must enter the exact name, chapter, verse or verses. Searching Songs will search titles and lyrics with the text used.
For this example we are searching “Songs” and the word “God”. The results will be displayed below the search button.
After finding the song you searched for, click on Send Live to immediately display your media on the Live screen. Click on Add to Service to add your media to the bottom of the Service.
The Theme page lets you select a Global or Service level theme. When the theme changes is dependent on the theme settings under Themes. To make the change take effect on the current Service Item you will need to resend the Service Item to the Live screen.
Clicking on any item in the Theme Manager will select the theme.
You can select the Theme Level, if you want to see the theme names and how many columns you want to view on the page.