Building a Slideshow

Important: This document only applies to Showbooth Go. The functionalities referenced in this document are not supported by Showbooth Player.

What you need

Slideshows are built using a regular File Manager (like Finder for Mac) and a Text Editor capable of editing plain text and/or JSON files.

For local installation (or to test the slideshow you are building), you might also need a WebDAV Client to upload your files to Showbooth Go on your Apple TV. More about this in the installation section.

For remote installations, you'll need a way to send files to your server (FTP, SFTP, or other, depending on your server).

And of course, you'll need your media files (images and videos).

Organization

The most basic slideshow is just folders containing images and videos.

The default behaviour is that Showbooth will play all folders in the order of the that they appear in the filesystem (alphabetically). For each folder, all images will be showed, but only one video will be randomly chosen. This behaviour is customizable.

Each folder should have media from one topic (for example, each product has its own folder).

You can group your folders inside another folder, and in that case, Showbooth will only choose one folder (randomly) inside each group to show per slideshow cycle. This makes your slideshow a bit more dynamic, because each cycle will be a bit different.

You should group folders that belong together (for example, variations of the same product) to ensure that the slideshow won't show almost identical products in a row.

Also: Don't forget to watch our tutorial video on building a simple slideshow.

Test Your Slideshow

Always test your slideshows installing it locally on your device before installing it on a production environment.

Sample Slideshow

You can download our sample slideshow to take a look at how it's build and you can use it as the base for your own slideshows.

Article last updated on June 27th, 2018.