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Text Objects
(Slide Text vs Group Text)

LiveWorship uses two different kinds of text groups because sometimes you need text to act like a song, extending over many slides, and sometimes you need text to be more like an independent object that can be combined with others to form various groups. Slide Text was designed so that individual slides, that are saved as individual objects in the library, could be mixed and matched when building a group (such as for a group of slides that are used for announcements). Slide Text has no icon (unless it is saved into the Media Library, then it will have an "S" indicator icon) on the slide thumbnail image in the Presentation Panel. Group Text is similar to a song, a block of text that extends over many slides, that is saved as one object in the library and is useful for sermon notes or quotes from a book that would extend over multiple slides. Group Text has a "G" icon in the bottom left of the slide thumbnail image in the Presentation Panel.

While it's possible to use both of these and not have a complete understanding of how they are different, Group and Slide Text can be best understood by how each are created (and how the Editor Window works) and how they are handled by the program.

 

Group Text Definition

Group Text is typed information that can be spanned over several slides (similar to song lyrics/verses) but be saved as one group. Group Text is saved into the library file and, like the collection of songs, will be available when you build another presentation. Group Text can be identified by a "G" icon in the bottom left corner of the slide thumbnail image in the Presentation Panel.
Group Text would be useful when creating a series of slides that are all associated with each other, such as a sermon/lesson or quotation from a book that would not fit onto one slide.


Image: Group Text is saved as one object
Group Text can be identified by the "G" icon

 

Slide Text Definition

Slide Text is typed information on one slide and saved as an individual object in the library. This allows Slide Text objects to be mixed and matched when building groups (as opposed to Group Text which is more like a song, text extended over several slides under one group name). Slide Text does not have an indicator icon in the bottom left corner of the slide thumbnail image in the Presentation Panel. If Slide Text is saved into the Media Library, then it will show an "S" indicator icon.
Slide Text is also different in how it is saved. It can be saved like other objects or it can be saved "within the presentation" where it was created. This is an advantage because you may have a slide that is not needed beyond the presentation and this will save space in the LiveWorship library file. By saving it within the presentation, the Slide Text object will not be available for use in other presentations.
Examples of when slide text would be preferred might be having a presentation of slides for announcements that are not related (eg. Vacation Bible School announcement, reminder to turn off cell phones, upcoming Bible study group meeting times). You would want to be able to create, edit, store and retrieve these slides individually when building presentations.


Image: Slide Text is individually saved text objects
(note that there is NO indicator icon...)


Image: If Slide Text is saved into the Media Library, there will be an "S" indicator icon

 

Creating Text Slides

LiveWorship creates Slide Text when you drag text (from a file outside the program using Browse) or Scripture text from the Scripture media library into the Presentation Panel or just begin typing on a blank slide. Slide Text can also be created when you have text in the Editor Window and you select the "Slide Text" button. Using this technique, you could convert Group Text or a Song into Slide Text.

Group Text is created (like a song) through the Editor Window. To create Group Text, select "New Group Text" from the File menu. When you exit the Editor Window, clicking the "Group Text" button will create Group Text slides.

Converting between Slide Text, Group Text and Song Lyrics

The Editor Window can be used to convert text between the Slide Text, Group Text and Song formats. Simply click with the right mouse button (or with single button Macintosh mice, hold the control key while clicking with the mouse) on a slide and select "Editor Window" from the contextual menu that pops up. The Editor Window will appear with the text from that group. See below for more information about the Editor Window, but if you select a button with a different format, the object will be converted into a different format. If the object you are converting has not been saved, you will simply change the format. If the object already has been saved to the LiveWorship library, you will be creating a new, separate object that you will be prompted to save into the library.

 


The Editor Window

The Editor Window is where text can be created, easily edited, divided into multiple slides or converted between text formats. When you create a new song or Group Text, the Editor Window will appear and you can type or paste text. You can also click with the right mouse button (or with single button Macintosh mice, hold the control key while clicking with the mouse) on a slide and select "Editor Window" from the contextual menu that pops up.

NOTE: Entering the Editor Window will cause any slide names or text attributes to be RESET. Use the Editor Window to establish any slide breaks before doing setting the names of slides (these pop up labels appear when you mouse over slide thumbnails in the Presentation Panel) or doing extensive font formatting.

You can change the text attributes, such as font, size, style or alignment in the Slide Edit Panel.


Image: Editor Window

 

Dividing Text into Slides


Image: The Editor Window is used to divide text (slide, group, songs) into slides

While you are editing text in the Editor Window, the blank lines in between blocks of text will be used to determine where new slides will be created after you exit the editor. This allows text to be quickly converted into multiple slides and very useful when you paste in song lyrics (maybe a message/sermon from a website). The setting for one blank line to indicate where slides should be divided will work in most circumstances unless you need to have one or more blank lines on a slide (in which, you would change this setting and increase the number of blank lines needed to indicate where slides are divided).

 

Example: Text with One Blank Line

Kum ba yah, my Lord,
Kum ba yah.
Kum ba yah, my Lord,
Kum ba yah.
Kum ba yah, my Lord,
Kum ba yah.
O Lord, kum ba yah.
 
Someone's prayin' Lord,
Kum ba yah.
Someone's prayin' Lord,
Kum ba yah.
Someone's prayin' Lord,
Kum ba yah.
O Lord, kum ba yah.
One blank line within the text

If the setting for dividing slides is "One Blank Line to Create New Slide", then two slides would be created:


Image: Results of having the preference setting "One Blank Line to Create New Slide"

If the setting for dividing slides is "Two Blank Lines to Create New Slide", then one slide would be created:


Image: Results of having the preference setting "Two Blank Line to Create New Slide"

 

Example: Text with One Blank Line and then Two Blank Lines

Building relationships is effective youth ministry
 
Quality youth ministry is built on the foundation of meaningful relationships.
 
 
Beyond all the hype and flashy programs, it's the relationships with kids that measure an outstanding youth group.
One blank line and then two blank lines within the text

If the setting for dividing slides is "One Blank Line to Create New Slide", then three slides would be created:


Image: Results of having the preference setting "One Blank Line to Create New Slide"

If the setting for dividing slides is "Two Blank Line to Create New Slide", then two slides would be created:


Image: Results of having the setting "Two Blank Line to Create New Slide"

 

Editor Window Buttons, Slides and Groups

Depending upon which button you select to exit the Editor Window, LiveWorship will divide the slides and create the selected object(s) for the library.

Selecting the Slide Text Button

Each slide that is created will become an individual object. Each of these objects can be saved within the presentation (only available to this presentation) or as an object within the Slide Text media library.


Image: Each text block becomes an individual object that needs to be saved individually

 

Selecting the Group Text Button

Each slide that is created will be a part of a group. When you save, this group will be saved to the Group Text media library.


Image: Each text block is divided into slides, but all the slides are still one group and saved under one name

 

Selecting the Song Button

Each slide that is created will be a part of a group. When you save, this group will be saved to the Song Lyrics media library.


Image: Each text block is divided into slides, but all the slides are still one group and saved under one name

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