Auto load

You can create a sequence of sign updates using just a single machine by defining multiple RemoteSign files that automatically load each other.

The duration that each file is displayed can be set up to 1 hour.

You can use the feature to produce what looks like a single sign that updates itself by only changing the text that is to change each time. For example, you may want to change a train arrival status from 'on-time' to 'delayed'. You can also use this feature to define a sequence of sound files that are to be played by defining sound files that are to be auto played when files are loaded. The sample files sequence1.rsf, sequence2.rsf and sequnece3.rsf provided with the program are chained together. Load sequence1.rsf for a demonstration. Logan.rsf also demonstrates how a sequence can be set up to show periodic changes to the sign.

In order to define a file sequence do the following:
  • Define the files (or at least the next file in the sequence). This is usually best done by saving the initial file as a new file (give it a new name when saving), then change whatever text you wish to have change when the new file loads. Save the changes.
  • Load the first file again.
  • Open the text entry screen (press Enter from the main RemoteSign screen)
  • Check the box 'Show advanced settings'



  • In the 'Automatic load of next file area' check the box 'After'
  • Click the 'Browse' button and select the next file you created earlier.
  • Set the number of minutes and seconds that must elapse before the next file is loaded. (Allow sufficient time for the current file to finish animations and plus some time for the viewer to read it)
  • Save the file by clicking 'Save'


You can load any other .rsf file, or even the same file again.

When does the count down start?
The countdown will start when you close the text entry screen
or
When a file is loaded as the result of an auto load
or
When a file is loaded as the result of a remote {LOAD} command
or
When a file is loaded when RemoteSign starts, because it was the last file that was saved previously.

When you are working in the text entry screen another file will not be loaded automatically in the background. This is done on purpose so that you do not lose text or other changes you may be making.

Portability

The next file can be anywhere, however if you place the files you wish to chain together into the rsf folder then you could share your files with someone else without having your folder structure encoded in the files. For example if you set the next file to be loaded as c:\mystuff\coolsigns\menuprices1.rsf  then that will only work on a system that has menuprices1.rsf in a folder called c:\mystuff\coolsigns

A better approach is to place your files in the rsf folder that is contained in the RemoteSign program folder. When you select a file from that folder then just the file name is used - in this example it would only store menuprices1.rsf  since RemoteSign will always try to load from that folder first, your sequence of files will able to be used no matter what the folder structure is.

Unregistered copy limitation

If you are using an unregistered copy of RemoteSign, then you may see registration reminders after a certain number of automatic file loads. Once you register, these will no longer appear.

This feature is available in RemoteSign version 2.0 and higher

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