The Playlist Builder provides simple functionality to create and edit
presentation playlists on the iPad rather than requiring you to work directly on
the SOS computer. The Playlist Builder provides basic functionality similar to
the Playlist Builder on the SOS website. If more
advanced playlist construction and modification is required, the Visual
Playlist Editor on the SOS computer can be used. The new Playlist Builder
also provides a way to create and edit Presenter Notes, which can be displayed
on the Presentation tab (see the Presenter Notes section for
One important aspect of working with playlists in the Playlist Builder is that
it operates independently from what is currently being displayed. In other
words, any playlists that are read in, modified, and saved by the Playlist
Builder will not alter what is being presented on the sphere.
Click on the Playlist Builder tab to access the Playlist Builder page. There
are four main parts of the Playlist Builder user interface:
An editing pane containing the list of the datasets in the current playlist
The current presentation playlist being edited is shown as a list of datasets on
the left hand side of the page. Datasets may be added, removed, and reordered,
and these operations may be performed in any combination as needed. Edits made
are only temporary until the playlist is Saved.
Datasets are added to a playlist by selecting them from the dataset search
results list in the Data Catalog tab. The Add toolbar
button in the Playlist Builder provides a quick way to enable adding datasets to
the current playlist. It works by switching you to the Data Catalog tab and
changing the Search Results list into an “Add” mode, where a green badge with a
plus sign appears by each dataset. Alternatively, you may add datasets at any
time using the Paper/Pen icon on the top left of Data
Catalog tab (see the Adding Datasets to the Playlist Builder
section for more information). Once you have selected one or more datasets and
have returned to the Playlist Builder tab, you will find the newly added
datasets at the end of the dataset list. Note that you are allowed to add the
same dataset more than once to a playlist.
Datasets may be reordered in the current playlist. This is done by selecting
the horizontal lines “handle” to the right of a dataset’s name, holding it
down, and dragging the dataset to the desired position.
Datasets may be removed from the current playlist by using the red badge with a
minus sign shown to the left side of each dataset. When the minus sign is
pressed, a Remove button appears and when that is
tapped, the dataset is removed from the current playlist. A remove operation may
be cancelled by selecting the minus sign again before the Remove is pressed.
Note that removed datasets are never actually deleted from the Data Catalog or
the SOS computer, they are only taken out of the current playlist you are
Basic operations relating to presentation playlists are controlled using buttons
on the toolbar at the top right. All presentation playlist files are located on
the SOS computer in the sosrc folder, and the SOS software must be
running while using the Playlist Builder.
The functions of the toolbar buttons are as follows:
The New button is used to start a new playlist. It first
clears out any current datasets or presentation notes after asking if you wish
to save any edits. The new playlist does not yet have a corresponding file on
the SOS computer and the “new_playlist.sos” shown is just a placeholder rather
than a real filename.
The Open button opens a playlist file and reads in its
datasets and presentation notes. It first clears out any current datasets or
presentation notes after asking if you wish to save any prior edits made.
The Delete button deletes the currently opened playlist
file from the SOS computer and clears out the Playlist Builder interface. You
are always given the opportunity to cancel before doing the file deletion.
The Rename button moves the currently opened playlist
file on the SOS computer to a new filename, which must not already exist. You
may specify sub-folders relative to the sosrc folder for the new
filename, but those sub-folders must already exist on the SOS computer.
The Present button is used as a convenient way to load
and display the current playlist that is in the Playlist Builder (after edits
are saved) by automatically switching from the Playlist Builder tab to the
Presentation tab. All saved changes in the presentation you were creating will
be immediately available there, including any Presentation Notes entered.
The Save button writes the currently shown datasets and
presenter notes in the Playlist Builder to the filename in the text box to the
left of the Save button. If the name shown is the
placeholder text “new_playlist.sos”, you will need to type in an actual
filename. If you opened an existing playlist, by default it will be saved back
to the same filename. If you change the filename in the text box, pressing
Save will create that new file for you, although it will
not overwrite an existing filename.
Presenter Notes are a useful way to store notes about what you wish to say about
the datasets in your presentation (see the Presenter Notes
section for more information).
Presenter Notes may be easily added and edited using the Presenter Notes pane in
the Playlist Builder. The iPad keyboard will appear when you click in that pane
and you may enter or change text there as needed. Presenter Note changes are
only temporary until they are Saved along with the current playlist.
The Data Info pane of the Playlist Builder provides detailed information about a
dataset when when that dataset is selected from the list. Its content is the
same as shown in the Data Info popup in the Presentation tab (see the Data Info
section for more information). One possible use of the text
displayed in the Data Info pane is that you may wish to select and copy portions
of it (such as Notable Features), and then paste it into the Presenter Notes