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Plasma screens mounts in landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) orientation

The picture above shows two plasma screens.  The first with the "welcome" message in landscape orientation which is the normal horizontal way we mount televisions and computer monitors, and the second picture is a plasma screen mounted in portrait, i.e. vertical. 

Repeat Signage supports computer screens mounted either in landscape or portrait.  Computers screens arrive in landscape orientation, for example a notebook computer screen.  If you want to rotate the screen and mount it in portrait orientation then you need to let Windows know.  What we need to do is to tell Windows that the screen is in portrait mode so that it windows is adjusted to having the Windows start bar at the bottom of the mounted screen and all your programs are the correct way around.

Changing Windows to display in portrait mode

In Windows 7 and 8, landscape and portrait mode is built into Windows.  You open the Windows Display Settings and there is an 'Orientation' dropdown list:





which gives you Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (flipped) and Portrait (flipped) options.  However, in Windows XP and Vista this isn't an option.  With XP and Vista screen rotation to portrait mode has to be done by the display driver of the computer's graphics card.  Unfortunately, not all graphics card drivers have this option.

Windows XP

 

There is no built in Windows support for rotation of screen to portrait orientation.  It is dependent on your graphics card.  Sometimes in the tray area (next to the time in the bottom right corner of the screen) there is an icon for the graphics card and right mouse clicking this allows rotation.   To get your graphics card settings through Control Panel:


- Click on the 'Start' button then 'Control panel'

- Double click the 'Display' icon to open up the 'Display Properties' screen

- Click on the 'Settings' tab

- Click on the 'Advanced' button

 

This will now display the settings specific to the video card installed in your computer.  You need to look for a rotate option.


Windows Vista

There is no built in Windows support for rotation of screen to portrait orientation.  It is dependent on your graphics card.  Sometimes in the tray area (next to the time in the bottom right corner of the screen) has an icon for the graphics card and right mouse clicking this allow rotation.  To get your graphics card settings through Control Panel:

 

- Click on the 'Start' button orb then 'Control panel'

- Make sure you are on 'Control Panel Home' rather than 'Class View'

- In the 'Appearance and Personalization' section click on 'Adjust screen resolution'

- Click on the 'Advanced settings' button.

This will now display the settings specific to the video card installed in your computer.  You need to look for a rotate option.

 

Windows 7


- Click on the 'Start' button orb then 'Control panel'

 
- In the 'Appearance and Personalization' section click on 'Adjust screen resolution'

- In the 'Multiple displays' drop down box, choose the 'Extend these displays' option and then click on the 'Apply' button

 

Windows 8

 

- On your keyboard, press the Windows key + R, then on the Run dialog type control and press return.


- In the 'Appearance and Personalization' section click on 'Adjust screen resolution'


- In the 'Multiple displays' drop down box, choose the 'Extend these displays' option and then click on the 'Apply' button

 

 

Repeat Signage presentations in portrait orientation

 

In Repeat Signage you design presentations for a specific number of pixels, so therefore you need to create vertical rather than horizontal presentations.  It is easiest to design on a screen that has already been rotated into portrait orientation.  

 

The picture below shows a 1280x720 widescreen presentation in landscape orientation:

 

The following picture is 720x1280 pixels, which is in portrait orientation:

 

 

So in these cases landscape is 1280x720 and portrait is 720x1280 pixels.  So when designing presentations for portrait screens on another computer you will need to create presentation with the number of pixels for the target portrait screen. 

 

You can design or play portrait presentations on a screen that is in landscape orientation, but Repeat Signage pads out the left and right areas:  Below shows the above hospital portrait presentation being editing/designed on a normal landscape orientation screen:

 

 

and this shows the same presentation when playing on a landscape orientation screen:

 


It is better therefore to design portrait presentations on a computer with a portrait screen.

 

Portrait templates

 

When you create a presentation, the template wizard has a number of generic and industry specify templates to help you get started.  Here are some of the generic ones: