Manage Projects - The Project Portal

What is a Project Portal?

The Project Portal is displayed when you first launch present4D VR-Suite. From this screen, you can create, download, launch, and share your projects.

The Project Portal represents the set of projects associated with a particular present4D license. It can also be accessed by the Project Portal Menu Manage Project Portals. Additional Project Portal can be purchased for your License so you can share projects with specific users.

The present4D VR-Suite Project Portal is a powerful tool to share projects with clients or with others in your organization. If you give someone access to your Project Portal, they can view all the presentations that are displayed. To share only certain presentations with each client, setup individual Project Portal for them. Related link: Manage Project Portals.

Manage Projects

Manage your Projects in the Project Portal. This screen will be shown after launching present4D.

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  1. Not on cloud server This icon shows that the presentation is only on your device. It is not available on the cloud server.
  2. Update available If there is an update available for a Project, you will be prompted to download it when you start the Project.
  3. Start the Project Opens the selected presentation.
  4. Delete from Cloud The project is deleted from the cloud - be careful. Related Link: Delete a Project from the Cloud
  5. Duplicate the Project Make a copy of this Project to work with a variant or to rename it.
  6. Delete from Device The Project is deleted from this device but the version on the cloud server is not deleted. Related Link: Delete a Project from the Cloud
  7. More Options Click to access the options duplicate and delete.
  8. Download Download this Project from the cloud server.
  9. Enter Portal Key Enter your own Portal Key in format xxx-xxx to see your own Project Portal. If you change to a different Project Portal, you then have access to the projects associated with that Portal.
  10. Manage Portals This Button is only visible if you have entered your License Key. Read hot to Manage Project Portals
  11. Page Navigation Each page of a Project Portal can contain a maximum of 9 projects. Use these arrows to navigate to additional pages.
  12. Create a new Project Use this button to create a new project.
  13. Enter your License Key Enter your 32-digit License Key here. Using a licensed version of present4D allows you to create your own presentations, import media files without branding and copy presentations to the cloud or via cable to other devices.
  14. Reload settings If you upload a new Project the new settings will not be downloaded automatically in case you previously made individual changes on your device. The project settings will only download if you enter a different Portal Key or press this reload button.

Open a Project

Find this button at Manage Projects.

All Projects which you create on your computer are available to be opened from the Project Portal. Projects that are shared with you will appear in the Portal, but they must be downloaded before you can open them. Once a project is downloaded the Cloud Symbol is removed and the Play Button becomes available.

Duplicate a Project

Find this button at Manage Projects.

If the Project is downloaded you can make a copy of the Project to have a backup or if you want to edit a copy without changing the original Project. Just click on the Gear Symbol and select the Duplicate Icon.

Delete a Project from Device

Find this button at Manage Projects.

In the Project Portal Menu click on the Gear Symbol and and choose the Trash Bin to delete the Project from the device.

Delete a Project from the Cloud

Find this button at Manage Projects.

In the Project Portal Menu click on the Gear Symbol and and choose the Cloud Trash Bin to delete the Project from the Cloud.

Create a new Project

Find this button at Manage Projects.

  1. Press + create in Project Portal
  2. Enter a name for this presentation. If using non-VR mode, you can type the name on your keyboard.
  3. Choose if you wish to create and bring in your content with the Step-by-Step method or with the Advanced Import method.
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Step by Step Method

Choose Create a new Project The first step to creating a present4D Project is to select the content that will make up your presentation and the order in which it will appear. The step-by-step process to add Locations and other content is described in this chapter: Add 360° Locations.

Advanced Methods

It is possible to import complete Projects delivered by FARO® Scene, ScanPlan or Zone3D. Just follow the instructions of the Import dialog

Experienced users who are already knowledgeable with present4D folder structure may want to gather all their content together externally. In this case, use the Advanced Import method to inform present4D where to find your content and create the new project.

See also: Import - Advanced

Enter a Portal Key

Find this button at Manage Projects.

Enter your own Portal Key in format xxx-xxx to see your own Project Portal. If you change to a different Project Portal, you then have access to the projects associated with that Portal.

If you can not see the Project Portal or the Enter Portal Key button read the following note:

Note

Autostart a Presentation
It is possible to skip the Project Portal and autostart a specific presentation. For example, you may wish to do this in a trade show booth where you want users to be restriced to only view a single presentation. Related link: Autostart this presentation: Automatic Project Start
Presentation Save Mode
If you cannot see all of the above options, your presentation may be in Presentation Safe Mode. Related link: Presentation Safe Mode To change Safe Mode, start the presentation, go into Editor Mode, and open the Settings in the iMenu. Scroll down the list of settings to find Presentation Safe Mode.
Restriction
If you can not start the Editor Mode to change this settings, because you dont have the Editor Password, the only way is delete all Data related to the Project with these settings. The easiest way is to reinstall present4D.

Manage Project Portals

Find this button at Manage Projects.

To open a Project Portal click on Portal Key and enter the desired Portal Key xxx-xxx.

The button Switch Project Portal is only shown if your device is registered with your License Key.

To go back to present4D default Project Portal, where you can access example and reference projects, enter dem-o as the Portal Key.

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  1. Portal Key - A unique, six-digit alphabetical code that is assigned with your program License Key. Entering a different Portal Key lets you access different sets of present4D Projects.
  2. Name - The name of the Project Portal in this list.
  3. Show hidden Project Portals - Show or hide Project Portals which have been set to hidden to have a better overview in this list. Related to icon 6, the Eye symbol.
  4. Right Arrow - Switch to this Project Portal to see all projects associated with this Portal Key.
  5. Pencil - Change name of the Project Portal in this list.
  6. Eye Symbol - Hide the Project Portal in this list to concentrate on where you are currently working. The Project Portals are still visible if entering the Portal Key on other devices!
  7. Down Arrow - Switch to the next page
  8. New Project Portal` - Add a new Project Portal and get a corresponding Portal Key. (With a normal License you have to pay for every additional Project Portals). An internet connection is required to add new project portals.

Project Portal on Smartphones

On Smartphones you can choose the viewing mode.

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  1. Cardboard Mode - use a cardboard headset for your smartphone to experience a project in VR.
  2. Gyro Mode - Hold the device in your hand like looking through a window. Turn yourself to rotate 360° and view the full environment. Bring buttons to the center of your view to interact.
  3. Touch Mode - Drag and drop with your fingers.

Notes Regarding Touch mode - BETA

The touch mode is currently a beta feature and will be improved in future versions of present4D. On smartphones, not all buttons are easy to click so this feature is more effective on tablets. In Edit mode the icons will move if you drive with your fingers above them. Conference Mode - To open the conference menu, drive the 360° Location downward until the i symbol is visible near the middle of the screen. This displays the Conference Menu.

Offline Usage

All projects downloaded from the server can then be launched without an internet connection. This also applies to projects downloaded to another Project Portal.

Preview Image for Project Portal

Each project has a preview image that is displayed in the Project Portal. An initial preview image is generated automatically by the program, but you may replace it with an image of your choosing.

To replace the project preview image for projects accessed online via the cloud server:
  1. Create a .jpg with 1280 x 960 pixels named exactly preview.jpg
  2. Copy it into your Project Portal folder xxx-xxx/data_mypresentation. In this example xxx-xxx is your Portal Key and “mypresentation” is the exact name of this project.
  3. Upload the presentation using the button in the iMenu (The whole presentation will be uploaded)
  4. Restart present4D.
To replace the project preview image for projects accessed locally from your computer:
  1. Create a .jpg with 1280 x 960 pixels
  2. Rename the picture exactly like the presentation and add an underbar as prefix: _mypresentation.jpg
  3. Copy the picture into the folder: xxx-xxx/ImageCache
  4. Restart present4D.

Screen Mode: Fullscreen or Windowed

The present4D VR-Suite can either be opened windowed or fullscreen.

To toggle these modes press Alt + Enter.

To change the setting permanently follow these instructions:

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  • Hold down the control key Ctrl and double click the desktop icon to launch present4D.
  • Continue to double click the mouse button until the dialog box (shown above) appears.
  • Menu “present4D Configuration“ is displayed. If not repeat step 1. until it works.
  • Check the Windowed option box if you wish to always start in a normal window
  1. Uncheck the Windowed option box if you wish to always start in fullscreen mode
  2. Close the configuration window
  3. Close present4D
  4. Restart present4D for the change to take effect.

Troubleshooting in Project Portal

I can not see the Project Portal
If present4D launches a project directly and skips the Project Portal, you have to deactivate Automatic Project Start.
I can not see all icons in the Project Portal
To make all icons in the Project Portal visible you have to disable the Presentation Safe Mode
After downloading and installation the validation does not end
Please ensure that you have a stable internet connection until this process has finished.

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