I have just narrowly avoided having the Church Board force EasyWorship on me, by convincing them that it won't do what our pastor is asking for. I love OpenLP, in particular for the model of Christian co-operation embodied in it (as well as the features, obviously). I still have a slight concern that they'll force me to change to a commercial software package despite my protestations, so, I'd like to demonstrate that we can meet the requirement whilst retaining OpenLP
I'm wondering, therefore, if anyone can assist me with the pastor's requirement? What he wants to do is run his own presentation by himself, for himself (basically, his speaking notes) to a 3rd monitor (flat screen TV) on the back wall of the auditorium, at the same time as the main presentation is being displayed front-of-house. I've made two suggestions that I'm certain would work:
1. Plug his laptop into the 3rd monitor and run his presentation from that
2. Save his notes as images (.jpg or similar), save them to a USB, plug the USB into the TV/3rd monitor and use the TV remote to control his "presentation"
Both of these seem pretty simple and effective solutions to me, but everyone seems hung up on being able to do it all from the main Worship PC. So, ideally, what would be required is to have OpenLP running two separate presentations on different monitors, each controlled from one of two places (sound desk and pastor's bluetooth mouse).
Since I'm pretty sure this wouldn't work, the other possibilities I thought of were:
1. have OpenLP running on two monitors (PC and Projector), controlling the main presentation on the projector, while the Pastor's presentation runs separately on monitor 3
2. have both presentations running from the desktop, with one displaying on the projector and the other on monitor 3, which would mean, I guess, "blanking to desktop" from OpenLP during the sermon.
One issue with either of the above (assuming they would work at all), is how to get the desktop and bluetooth mice/mouses to control one presentation each
I'd really welcome any other/better suggestions or advice on how to execute or improve my own.