Presentation Mode Tutorial
Get the Latest SOS DatabasePermalink to Get the Latest SOS Database
The search and browse filters located in the Search Panel of Presentation Mode use an SOS database that is located on your SOS computer. The database contains meta-data for NOAA-managed datasets and Site-Custom datasets. Most sites have automatic updates to their SOS database once per week on Mondays. However, if you have added a new Site-Custom dataset or NOAA added a new dataset during the middle of the week that you would like to access immediately from the database, you must refresh your SOS database.
To do this, simply run the DatasetUpdate Catalog menu option. This may take a few minutes. Once the update is complete, your SOS database is now up-to-date and any new datasets should show up in the Search Results View when filtering. If you have translated Site-Custom datasets, you need to run the DatasetUpdate Translations menu option after running the Update Catalog menu option to make sure your translated datasets get into the SOS database.
Create a Presentation PlaylistPermalink to Create a Presentation Playlist
From the Menu Bar, click PresentationNew (or you can click the New Shortcut if in Presentation Mode). Use the Search Panel to narrow the list of datasets in the Search Results View to find datasets of interest. Click and drag a dataset from the Search Results View to the Presentation Playlist View. Datasets can also be added from a reference presentation playlist in the Reference Presentation View or by navigating to a desired dataset by clicking the Add Dataset from File button. Use the Remove Selected Dataset button to remove datasets from your presentation.
Modify a Presentation PlaylistPermalink to Modify a Presentation Playlist
To modify (add, delete, or reorder) the datasets in an existing presentation playlist, first open the presentation into the Presentation Playlist View by clicking on PresentationOpen (or you can click the Open Shortcut if in Presentation mode). Add datasets from the Search Results View, Reference Presentation View, or Add Dataset from File button. Use the Remove Selected Dataset button to remove datasets from your presentation. Click and drag a dataset to re-order it within the list.
Override or Extend Datasets in a Presentation PlaylistPermalink to Override or Extend Datasets in a Presentation Playlist
Datasets in a presentation playlist can be overridden or extended so that you do not have to create a new copy of the dataset, and thus, you can have alternative versions of the same dataset (i.e. only one folder for the dataset with its playlist.sos file, with any overrides or extensions only specified in the presentation playlist file and not in the dataset playlist.sos file). There are 3 use cases:
- Extend the dataset. For example, add your site’s logo to a dataset, or add a new audio track to a dataset
- Override global attributes. For example, change the frames per second to a different value
- Override the files specified for the Audio, Label, or Caption Elements to use different files
To perform overrides or extensions, double-click on a dataset in the Presentation Playlist View, which will open the dataset in Dataset Mode. Then, modify attributes to make an override and/or add Elements to extend the dataset, as described in the Dataset Mode Tutorial section. When you are done modifying the dataset, click Presentation in the Mode Selector to get back to the presentation playlist.
Save a Presentation PlaylistPermalink to Save a Presentation Playlist
Once you are done editing a presentation playlist, click PresentationSave (or you can click the Save Shortcut if in Presentation Mode). If you want to save the presentation under a different name, click PresentationSave As and then give the presentation a name with no spaces or special characters. The .sos file extension will automatically be added to the end of the file.
Export a Presentation PlaylistPermalink to Export a Presentation Playlist
Exporting allows you to package everything in your presentation playlist (including datasets) into a single folder in /shared/sos/media/site-custom/. Once packaged, the presentation can be easily shared with other SOS sites and NOAA.
To export, simply click on PresentationExport. A file browser will appear and you will need to either create a new folder for the presentation or choose an existing folder. Choosing an existing folder will delete the contents of that folder before exporting, but you will be prompted if that folder is not empty. Once saved, a sub-folder for each dataset in the presentation playlist is created that contains any Elements that have been modified or added. NOAA-managed data will not be copied, but will be referenced with an absolute path.
A presentation.sos presentation playlist file is also created in the main folder that references each of the sub-folders that contain the datasets.
Export Presenter NotesPermalink to Export Presenter Notes
Click PresentationExport Presenter Notes to create a PDF file that contains the Presenter Notes for the presentation playlist that is open in the Presentation Playlist View.
Generate a Summary of a Presentation PlaylistPermalink to Generate a Summary of a Presentation Playlist
Click PresentationGenerate Summary to create a PDF file that is a list of every dataset name currently in the Presentation Playlist View, along with their thumbnails. Presenter Notes, if available, are appended to the bottom of the list.