But we're a group of programmers so we wrote an app that launched movies and slides from a play list. So Windows itself was just the host OS and our app ran the show.
If you don't write applications I think you should hire a consultant.
I'm new to this forum som please bear with me if I'm posting in the wrong place.
I was just commissioned by my boss to set up a self-updating and low-maintenance slideshow in the waiting rooms of our 31 medical centers. Each waiting room will have a LCD display with a small Win7 PC attached over HDMI. The PCs will be networked to the Win Enterprise server at the main facility. The LCDs will show a 10-30 minute loop of still images and short movie clips about different subjects relevant to the patients, such as vaccination reminders, news, tidbits and staff presentations.
Here's my three basic requirements:
1) Each facility will have some slides and clips that are only shown in that specific facility. These local slides and clips needs to be mixed with other content. I wish to avoid the situation of first X nr local message slides and then Y nr general slides in a row.
2) Additions of new slides and clips (and the removal of old ones) should not need to be performed manually to each waitingroom PC. There should be a "local" folder somewhere on the facility network so if a staff member makes a slide with a message like "flu shots administered here wed+friday" then the member should only need to save that slide to a the folder and the waitingrooms PCs should sync that folder on the next bootup and incorporate it into the slideshow playlist automatically.
3) Each Windows machine should only need to be switched on by a staff member every morning - it should boot, log in, sync the content folders (one for local content, one for general) and launch the slideshow program, all by itself.
My question: can this be achieved using some script and the standard Windows Media Player in Win7? I very much wish to avoid purchasing a bunch of additional licenses. Just plain simplicity using automated procedures and whatever software comes in a standard Win7 installation.
Many many thanks in advance!
Daniel Nygren, M.D.