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Quest Player Quick Start Guide

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BSW Digital's QST software (QST) has been a proven leader in cutting-edge technology and reliability of LED Displays since 1992. Technology is great but not if it is so complex no one wants to use it. QST has developed an easy-to-use, full bodied software that makes using your LED Electronic Messages simple and fun. Take a few minutes to look over this Quick Start Guide now and spend less time trying to send messages to your LED sign when your business needs you most. This Guide is broken down into 3 basic blocks. The first block covers installation of the software on the same PC or laptop you are currently using to run your LED sign. The next block introduces you to each function available to you to create unique and eye catching ads for your LED sign. Finally, the last block will demonstrate the steps used to place text and graphics ads on your LED display. There is a companion User Manual for this software that will explore the more robust features of your Quest Player software. Things like scheduling, scrolling text, multiple windows and many other “must have� features.

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Table Of Contents Your Software Package . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Installing Quest Editor for the first time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Uninstalling Quest Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Installing Quest Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Navigating Quest Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creating your first text message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creating your first graphic ad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sending your completed ad set to your LED Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Getting Started

What is in the Box? Opening the box from Quest Player will reveal just 2 items: Software CD (or a link to a web site with installation file) Dongle Okay - so what is a Dongle? The Dongle is a USB device that allows you to run the Quest Player software on any PC with Quest Player installed. The Dongle allows you full access to the feature-rich software and full control of your LED display device regardless if it is running LED Studio, DB Star XMPlayer or any of our other supported platforms. Insert the Dongle and the CD into the PC connected to your LED Display to begin installing the software.

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Getting Started

Installing Quest Player for the first time The link should take you to Quest Player Installation software. Download the software and then double click on the file name to begin.

You may see the following security Warning displayed. Please click Run to continue the installation process . . . .

If your security settings are adjusted to a high level you may get another warning - click Next to see the following dialog box:

Click Next > to continue

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Getting Started

Install Editor First

Use Default Settings by Left clicking on Next for each of the next dialog boxes.

Left Click on Finish to complete the EDITOR installation. Repeat all the steps to install QuestPlayer . . .

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The installation is now complete and you are ready to begin enjoying your sign and its messaging capabilities. Ensure your controller card has been properly set up with the manufacturer’s software and verify your sign is configured to display properly before moving on to this next step. Please refer to the manufacturer’s documentation for procedures.

When you accept the default settings of the software installation, two Icons will be placed on your Desktop. Double click on (player) . . .

. . . and then (editor) to begin.

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Setting Up Quest Player

Select your controller This Guide was written using DBStar’s XMPlayer. Please note all controllers will function identically with Quest Player

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Setting up the Player for the first time. First you have to input the values of your PC and the Sign Controller’s IP addresses.

Left Click on Tools

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Left Click on Device Configuration

This screen is critical Host:

Your PC

IP Address:

IP of your PC while networked with your LED Sign

Caption:

The Name identifying your sign

Width:

Width of your sign in pixels

Height:

Height of your sign in pixels

Ensure both boxes are checked to activate Temperature, Brightness, and power control features in your sign.

You are now ready to send your first message to the sign with Quest Player!

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There are many parts needed to create a message and all of them are important. However, since this is actually a QUICK START GUIDE let’s jump right in and create a text message. The mechanics of why you do it this way and how can you do it quicker can be found in the User’s Manual. The most common messages used with LED Electronic Messaging Centers are primarily simple text messages. Displaying a TEXT message will require nearly all the same tools and techniques you would need to show a 30 second video! Once you have mastered text the other types of messages will flow more naturally.

Sending A Message

Double click on the Quest Player (player) and the Quest Player (editor) Icons. Take a look at the panel on the bottom left of your screen. You will see New Machine and 3 other lines of text below that in a cascading array. The second line must show the Logo of your actual controller and the screen size in pixels. If this is incorrect then go back to Setting UP Quest Player (page ) and make any corrections necessary.

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Single click on the Green Plus and use the mouse to select Text ...

The Text... dialog box appears. Caption: give your text file a name MS Sans Serif: This is the default font but you may use any font loaded on your PC 25: This is the default font size - select your font size c|Red: This is the default color select your font color from the drop down menu B I U and the justification icons work the same as MS Word and other word processors. Entry Effect: Drop down menu has 3 optional effects to select for animating your entering text message Speed: Use the mouse to slide the control - enter effects proceed faster as you move the slider to the right. Stay Time: Sets length of time you will display your text on the LED Screen. Single Line Text: will display all typed text in a single line when checked. Background: allows you to add color behind your text message.

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You are now ready to enter in any text message you wish to have displayed on your LED Display. You may type in your message to read as you wish and then highlight the characters or words you wish to format with either font, color or style. Any portion of the message that is too large to fit on the screen will appear on the next cycle of text.

Sending A Message

For example: If you were to type in: This is my text message I want to display today!!! You will see it will not all fit at one time. If you set your Stay Time for 3 seconds you might see: This is my text message I want to display today !!! Each line will stay on for 3 seconds before moving on to the next portion of your full message. The actual portion of your displayed message will vary with Font size, Font type, Font style and the actual matrix of your LED Display. Launch Quest Player and Quest Editor Left click on Window (0,0,6 ,32) [the last 2 numbers are the actual screen size of your display] You should see the Editor panel on the left with a representation of your LED Display in the upper right hand corner of the Editor panel. Click on the

Then click on Text . . .

The procedure for entering text can be found on the next page. . .

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The Text dialog box opens as soon as you clicked on Text. . . Name your file here if you wish. Your message will be your caption if left blank. Set your font type, font size, and font color now or after you have entered your message. You may highlight all or part of your message to change its look. Set Entry effect, Speed and Stay Time to meet your desired effect. Leave the background color black to use less energy or add color to attract more attention!

Or Delete the message from the Caption box and type in a Unique name for easier identification later

Click OK once your message is finished.

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Sending A Message

Your first message is now ready to send to the LED Display!!!!

Your message will appear in the Preview box for 1 cycle. You may modify your message by clicking on the Modify Item . . . button.

New File Item. . . - Adds a new file of your choice to the message

New Item. . . - Opens drop down menu to select the type of message you wish to add.

Modify Item. . . - Opens the edit box for the highlighted item in your file list.

Delete Item - Deletes highlighted item in your file list.

Move item - Up arrow moves the order of play up one level. The down arrow moves it down. The playlist will display in the order created unless you use these arrows.

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Click Play to send message to your LED Display

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You should now go out and verify your message looks the way you thought it would. You can easily go back and modify or add anything you wish. Just click on Play again once you are ready.

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