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We currently use powerpoint in our services, every hymn is manually added to a single file to run during the service.  Our services are planned, and then run to that plan, no spontanious change of hymns etc.  We'd like to move to something with a song database with powerpoint intergrastion and OpenLP looks one of the best, however there are two things which I'm not able to do in it.

1) Single button to advance through the service.  It seems that you need to click the down key to go through a song, then right to select the next item in the service and then down through that.  Powerpoint was very easy for anyone to operate, a single key to advance the slides.  Is there anyway of doing the same in OpenLP so it's only one button to advance?

2) Is it possible to lock the service from editing it by mistake so that it's planned and then run as is without accidentally hitting the move item up/down/to start/to end?


If these aren't possible in OpenLP can anyone please suggest anything suitiable?


Many thanks




  • edited January 2012

    I too am having this same issue. I waited on the help online to see a solution when I first downloaded your product 6 months ago and fell in love with it.  For item 1 and they told me to go and adjust the setting in options.  After I did that, it would only keep cycling through the current song and not advance to the next song.  I have also been watching the threads daily for a solution to this problem.

    I am also in the same situation as my users a varied and I cannot train each one to right click on the proper part of the service.  They would be confused, and we would have bad results.

    I love you product and would love to take my church service to the next level as opposed to building power point slides. The amount of time I spend doing powerpoint slides for a few songs, I could build the whole church service.

    Please take a look at this issue and if you can truly make you whole service advance by clicking the right arrow for the whole service, email me. I will try anything you ask, just hoping for a solution

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  • edited January 2012

    Glad that these are features someone else would find very useful. We have varied operators as well and they are happy with powerpoint's simple control.


    Like dsherman I'd be happy to beta test and new version with the above addressed, just let me know if I can help.Smile

  • edited January 2012
    Hey guys, from what I gather from the merge requests, is that somebody is working on the solution to the first request. I'll let you know more when I do.

    For the second, you can hide the service manager from the view menu. In the view menu is also an option to lock the interface so the panels cant be resided or shown accidently.
  • edited February 2012

    Hi Phill,  That's great if the first request is being worked on.  For the second, it's useful to see the service manager so that without printing out the service the operator can be sure that the hymn anounced is the one about to be displayed.  So an edit lock would still be useful, to us at least.  Many thanks for the great work.

  • edited February 2012

    Thought you might like to know that the first feature in now in OpenLP. It should be in the nightly build. But beware of the warnings about the nightly build.

    You will need to change a setting in Settings->Configure OpenLP->Advanced Tab, Service Item Slide Limits.


    You can thank staffijol for this feature :-)

  • edited February 2012

    Just tried it. I am in love. Thank you staffijiol for this new feature!!!!!!!!Cool Way Cool. Especially the way you can customize it to each of your needs.  I ran into a bug on when I was cliking through on the preview back and forth, I recevied the following error:


    Traceback (most recent call last):

    File "D:\OpenLP_Code\trunk\build\pyi.win32\OpenLP\outPYZ1.pyz\openlp.core.ui.slidecontroller", line 1207, in onSlideSelectedNext

    File "D:\OpenLP_Code\trunk\build\pyi.win32\OpenLP\outPYZ1.pyz\openlp.core.ui.slidecontroller", line 611, in serviceNext

    AttributeError: 'SlideController' object has no attribute 'keypress_queue'


    Hope this helps. I am going to start pushing to use this product at our church. Love it!


  • edited February 2012

    You're welcome dsherman. Glad you like it.

    Thanks for letting me know about the error you came across. I'll have a look and see what I can do about it!

  • edited February 2012

    Hi dsherman,

    Just letting you know that I've fixed the bug causing the preview pane to crash. It should be in the nightly build by now.

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