There are several ways how to add new files for display to Slideshow application, but most of them require being near the device (either within the physical reach for upload via USB flash drive or on the same LAN network for web interface access – not counting remote VPN / TeamViewer / RDP, which may be quite challenging to setup or not desired for other reasons).

One of the way how to manager files on Slideshow remotely, even if your are hundreds or thousands kilometers away from the device is periodic download of ZIP file from HTTP or FTP server.

Prerequisites

  • Android device with stable access to the internet
  • Slideshow application installed on that device
  • HTTP or FTP server accessible from the internet
  • WinZip / WinRar / 7-Zip / any other software for creating ZIP files

How to do it

1. Create a ZIP file with all files (images, videos etc.) you would like to display with Slideshow app.

2. Upload that ZIP file to your HTTP or FTP server.

3. Login into Slideshow’s web interface.

4. Through menu SettingsDevice settings set Download interval to 3600 (=1 hour), or any other interval of your choosing.

5. Through menu ToolsPeriodic download add new entry. Fill the URL address pointing to the ZIP file on your HTTP or FTP server, the address should start with http://, https:// or ftp://. Set the file name to file.zip, it is important that the file name ends with .zip.

6. Reload the Slideshow application. After few seconds, Slideshow will automatically download the ZIP file from your server, unpack it and start displaying the files.

7. If you would like to add new files, just pack them into the ZIP file and upload this new ZIP file to the same location on your HTTP or FTP server from anywhere in the world. Slideshow application will automatically download and unpack it within the download interval (e.g. one hour).

If you encounter any problem with the periodic, for example you can’t see any new files in Slideshow, try checking menu InformationLog for possible problems.

You can also insert setup.csv file into the ZIP file in order to get more control over which files will be copied.

Server protected by password

If you would like to protect the file on your server (which is encouraged), you can setup password protection for your HTTP or FTP server. Slideshow supports Basic Authentication mode for both HTTP and FTP.

You can add the username and password to the URL address in Slideshow in following way:

Format: protocol://username:password@server.domain
Example: http://admin:admin123@files.slideshow.digital

Slideshow can automatically parse username and password from the URL and use it to login to the HTTP or FTP server.