Saving in MediaShout 7:
Once you have created your first script and you want to save it, all you need to do is go to the File Menu->Save and then give it a name and choose the location. MediaShout 7 uses a .sc7x extension for the file name. This file format not only contains your script, but also all of your media. No longer do you have to worry about keeping media files in sync between locations or accidentally deleting or moving a media file that your Script needed. Because this is a new type of file, it is not possible to open this format in older versions of MediaShout. However, because the media is contained inside the .sc7x file, you simply need to take that file from computer to computer if you want to play the presentation on a different computer.
Since saving your script is a pretty common task, we’ve also given it the Hot Key combination of CTRL+S. That way, you can save at any time quickly and easily. Additionally, MediaShout 7 includes the new Auto-Save feature that is turned on by default. Once a script is saved, it will be auto-saved about every 10 minutes so in case you forget and close MediaShout without saving, you won’t lose all your work. You can turn the Auto-Save ON/OFF in the Settings Menu.
Additionally, if you want to save your script with a new name and not overwrite your original script, you can go to the File Menu->Save As (CTRL+SHIFT+S). This will allow you to save the script as a new file and leave the original file as it was last saved.
There are other saving functions inside of MediaShout 7. For instance, your Insert Lyric Window contains a Lyric Database of lyric titles and contents. Your database is automatically updated and saved each time you edit, add, or change a lyric in the Insert Lyric Window. The other automatically saved database is your Cues Library in the Cues Library Plug-In. When you close MediaShout 7, this library is automatically saved and updated with the Cues you’ve added. It is important to note that Lyrics that have been inserted into a script, edited, and formatted should be saved to the Cues Library for future use. Think of the Insert Lyric Window as just another library of contents (like SongSelect) where you can find lyrics, but all the formatting changes are saved to the Script and Cues Library.
Exporting in MediaShout 7:
MediaShout 7 gives you a lot of Export options for whatever you may need. In the File Menu->Export you are given three options: Images, PDF, and Text. As you would expect, each has its own settings allowing you to customize exactly what you want to export.
With Export Images, you can choose the location, what cues/pages to include, what type of image (JPEG or PNG), what objects/elements, if Titles should be included, and if the Background should be included. If you have white text and you don’t include the background, then your text may not appear if it is sitting on a white background.
With Export as PDF, you have a very similar selection as Export Images, with a couple of exceptions. With PDF there is no file format type to choose, but you do have the ability to choose a layout on your PDF, so you can have 1 Page per page of PDF up to 12 Pages per page of PDF.
With Export as Text, you get a Text File that includes all of the text on each selected page. Each page is labeled and broken up with dashes to easily note the next page. This is a great tool if you need to export lyrics for your worship team or MediaShout operator to have in front of them.
Of course, all of these export functions allow you to provide a way for users to see your presentation (in a non-editable format) without needing MediaShout 7 to be installed.
Additionally, you can export your Lyric Database from the Insert Lyrics Window if you want to take that library to a new computer with MediaShout 7. And, although there is no direct way to export the Cues Library, you will actually find it to be a simple .sc7x file that you can simply copy in Windows Explorer to a USB drive to take to another computer.
Printing in MediaShout 7:
Much like the Export options above, the Printing option allows you to choose a number of different settings before going to your printer’s control screen. Settings include the Printer, which pages/cues, paper size, Portrait or Landscape, Layout, which objects/elements to include, whether the Background is included, and whether or not the print is in color or black and white. Like with the Export, if you have white text and choose not to show your background, your text may be invisible on the print preview since it will be on a white sheet of paper.
All of the Saving, Exporting, and Printing functions are designed to make it easy for you to share your presentation or keep specific copies as you need.