Getting Started with Prompter
In this article we cover the fundamentals of Shoflo's Prompter view
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Written by JP Chatt
Updated over a week ago

Note: Prompter View is releasing as a free trial to all teams, but will transition in to a premium, paid product in the future.

Prompter view is a full-screen view designed for script content. It allows you to display the contents of one column while maximizing the use of your display.

Prompter view is composed of three main areas: the left drawer (which contains the element list & navigation), the center pane (which contains the content of the target column), and the right drawer (which contains all your settings and styles). In addition, hovering your mouse near the top of Prompter displays the header which contains the quick navigation menu, IRT and Time of Day clocks, remote prompter, fullscreen and the other view options for your show.

How do you turn it on

Prompter view can be accessed in three ways:
1 - by clicking on the eye icon at the top right of your rundown and selecting Prompter View
2 - by clicking on the fullscreen icon inside of Featured View
3 - by clicking on the column edit menu and selecting the 'Take to Prompter View' option

What can you do in it

Prompter view is a fully functional view in Shoflo meaning you have full access to editing as well as the new prompter specific viewing options.

Text Size & Line Height

The text size and line height sliders, found in the Styles tab of the right pane, are used to adjust the size of the displayed text and the height of the blank space between each line.

Scroll Speed & Auto Scrolling

Autoscrolling, as the name suggest will automatically move the text on the screen. You can activate auto scrolling by tapping the spacebar. The speed at which the text scrolls can be adjusted by using the slider in the Styles tab of the right side menu.

Note: When Single Item mode is turned off, Auto Scrolling will continue to scroll into the next elements' script.

Prompter Column Selection

This option at the top of the settings tab allows you to choose from which column in the rundown that you want the prompter to display content.

Font weight

This setting toggles the font weight between regular weight and bold and applies to all content in that column.

Read arrow

This setting toggles the display of the read arrow, which is the small white triangle to the left of your content. This is perfect for giving your presenter a solid reference point for reading content.

The Read arrow can also be moved up and down and via drag and drop.

Force CAPS

When Force CAPS is turned on the text in the chosen column will be displayed in all capital letters regardless of its true formatting.

Mirror Text

When the Mirror Text option is turned on the text on the screen will be mirrored on the vertical axis. This is so that Prompter view can be used with an existing prompter system.

Single Item Mode

Single Item mode displays the contents of one cell at a time. This mode is meant for a speaker notes scenario in a DSM. Scrolling in this mode will terminate when the contents of that cell runs out.

Display Item Info

This setting toggles the Item title from being displayed above the cell content. The Item Title will appear in a grey box.

Full Screen toggle
In the upper right of the right pane is a fullscreen icon. When clicked, this will take your browser window to the full width and height of your display, and thus removes the UI elements native to your browser. This provides a clean, clutter free viewing experience.

Remote Prompter

Remote Prompter allows you to work with talent from around the globe. You can have your prompter Operator in New York City and the Presenter in Los Angeles, but still, be able to use a prompter.

The option to activate remote prompter is found at the top right of Prompter view by hovering your mouse near the top of the display.

How a Prompter Operator would add a viewer

The remote functionality of Prompter View works similarly to our Guest Pass feature. You would create a URL from within Prompter View and then share it with your talent i.e. viewer. When they load this URL they will see the same thing the Prompter Operator sees (minus the controls).

To create the URL you would click on the remote prompter link in the top panel in prompter view. Click the toggle to enable the URL (note a user needs to have Admin permissions or higher in order to toggle this on). Then copy it to your clipboard and share it via email, text message, or any other messaging tool you choose.

Remote Viewer

After opening the remote prompter link created by the prompter operator in a browser, the remote viewer will be able to see what the operator sees. Once in this view, the only controls available to the remote viewer is in the top menu that appears when the mouse is hovered near the top. To the far right of the header, the remote viewer has the option to go full screen or click the cog wheel to toggle on/off the timers and horizontal mirroring.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many prompter operators/viewers can I have using Shoflo's Prompter?

While the number of remote prompter viewers is unlimited, the number of prompter operators you can have working in Shoflo is dependent on your license.

Is Prompter View free?
Prompter View is a free trial for all teams to experience. During this trial we will collect feedback on Prompter View before transitioning this to a premium, paid product in the future.

How do I change which row is displaying content in Prompter View?
Hovering over the left pane will reveal all of your rows for your current show. To the right of some rows is a little pilcrow icon. This icon only appears in rows that have content in the column & cell for that row.

How do I change shows in Prompter View?
Hover over the left pane and at the very top is a dropdown that when clicked, lists all of your currently active shows for that event. You can click on any show to be routed to a Prompter View for that show. If you have a column named similar to the column you have selected in your current show, we will auto select that column for you.

Does Prompter View work with Perfect Cue?
Yes, Perfect Cue is recognized by your computer as a keyboard. Since Prompter View uses the left and right arrow keys as keyboard shortcuts for advancing the displayed content, it works with Perfect Cue out of the box.

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