PV11 uses the Dynamic Data Editor to create time and temp messages. The time is processed on the signs computer, the temperature is taken from a temperature probe, located at or near the signs location. If you do not have a temperature probe, but you have internet you can still put the current temperature using the “Yahoo Weather” option in the Dynamic Data Editor. In this blog we will assume we have a temp probe.
Step 1: In PV go to the Content tab and click on the “Create Dynamic Image” button.
Step 2: Give your message a name and choose the format.
Step 3: The first thing we do inside the Dynamic Data Editor is “Load background image.” Navigate your computer for a .jpg file and click open. If the image is already sized for the sign (recommended) then just click Apply. You can also click the Fit to Display to re-size the image to fit the sign. Keep in mind that this will distort most images unless they are close to your sign Matrix (pixel width and height).
Step 4: Now with the background in place, we need to “Add” a text a layer. Give the Text item a name and click Add.
Step 5: You can move the text around just by clicking and dragging. To edit the text, use the Text box to type your text. For time use the macro [time] and for temp [temp]. These macro’s will tell the computer and the sign what to display and where to get the information. You can also change the font, the size and the color to work best with your sign.
Step 5.5 (optional): You can also use the Yahoo Weather option to grab the current temperature, forecast, or other weather data. Instead of adding the text with [temp], add the Yahoo Weather option. Then simply input your zip code (US codes only). To refresh the editor with the data, click the “Quick Refresh” button.
Step 6: Click the Exit button when finished. This will automatically save the .DD2 file to your Content Library.
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