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Tutorial 2: Windowing
Splitting a Display Into Separately Controlled Areas
A user may set a single sign (the host or main sign) to split into many different areas or windows.
When windowed, each of these areas functions as an independent display. The size of the window
must be smaller than the size of the host sign. The size of the sign must also be divisible by 8 for
height and by 16 for width. Windowing is very similar to the concept of picture-in-picture on a
television set.
This tutorial explains how to:
1. Create a host sign.
2. Create two windows.
3. Create sequences for each window.
4. Enable and disable windows.
Creating the Host Sign
If the 96x224 sign is properly configured, skip to Creating the Windows. It is important that the
Enhanced RTD Sign Number is set on all the signs. For more information on creating a sign, refer to
Tutorial 1.
1. Go to the Venus 7000 Shell and click Configure; the System Configuration window opens. Click
the Signs tab. In this window, users may edit or delete signs.
2. Click Add Sign; the Add Sign window opens. Enter a new sign name in the text box. Enter the
height and width of the sign in pixels. For this exercise, use 96x224. Click OK.
3. The Sign Configuration window opens. The Sign tab is the active tab. Enter the number of
Rows and Columns for the sign. Rows is the height of the sign, and Columns is the width of
the sign. For this exercise use 96 for the rows and 224 for the columns.
4. Click the drop-down arrow next to Color Technology and choose the color technology of the
sign. Click the drop-down arrow next to Pixel Technology and select the pixel technology of
the sign.
5. Click Create Sign Folder; the Create New Sign Folders window opens. Click the check box
next to Create Palette Folder. This folder stores any custom colors created. In the Select
section, click the check box next to D:\V7000. Click OK. A Sign Folder stores the sequences
created for the sign type configured.
6. Click the Advanced tab. Enter the number “1” in the Enhanced RTD Sign Number text box.
This number puts a value to the sign and allows users to send sequences according to this
value. Click OK.
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