This article provides the instructions to create and configure a Google Slides card, which is ideal for displaying information from a Google Slides presentation file on a TV, by simply configuring the card with:

  • a shareable public link to a file on Google Drive, for G Suite accounts without administrative authentication controls.
  • a shareable private link to a file on Google Drive, for G Suite accounts with administrative authentication controls.

If your organization has administrative controls enabled for your G Suite accounts, then an Appspace account owner/administrator must configure the Google Slides card theme to input the Google authentication credentials in place. A user who wishes to display his Google Slides file via the card, must then make the file shareable and publish to the web, before adding the link in the card. 

Note
An improved Google Slides card is made available in May 2019. The card is now an Appspace supported card, which will be periodically updated by Appspace with new templates and features.

Existing Google Slides card templates (prior to May 2019) which were categorized as Community Cards will be removed from the Appspace console.

The new card also has the following features:

  • Improved security via card authentication.
  • Ability to customize the slide duration.
  • New custom template and themes.
Important

What’s in this article:

Prerequisites

Configure Google Slides Card

To configure the card, follow the instructions below:

  1. Configure Google Authentication (Optional)
  2. Create a Google Shared Link
  3. Create and Configure Google Slides Card

Configure Google Authentication

Important
You may skip this section if your Google Drive does not have a G Suite account with administrative controls.

Follow the instructions below to configure the Google Slides card theme with the G Suite account authentication. Appspace Account Owner role required.

  1. Navigate to System > Cards from the Appspace menu on the left navigation bar, and click the Themes tab.
  2. Select Google Slides from the Filter By drop-down menu, and click the Duplicate icon of the Base Theme.
  3. Enter in a name for the card theme, and click the Authenticate button.

  4. Select or enter in your G Suite credentials, and click Allow to enable Appspace to access the Google account.
  5. Click Save once the card is authenticated.

Follow the instructions below to create a shareable link to your file on Google Drive:

  1. Follow the steps outlined in the Publish a file to the web section, from this Google Help site: https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9308870
  2. Click the Publish button, and close the window.

  3. Follow the “Share a single file” instructions in the “Step 1: Find the file you want to share section, from this Google Help site: https://support.google.com/docs/answer/2494822
  4. In the “Step 2: Choose who to share with & how they can use your file section ensure you select one of the following options:
    • Share a link to the file – Select this option to get a shareable link to a secured Google file, to be used in an authenticated Google card.
    • Share a file publicly – Select this option to get a shareable Google file, to be used in an unauthenticated Google card.
  5. Copy the shareable link to the Google file and proceed to the next section below. 

Create and Configure Google Slides Card

Follow the instructions below to create and configure the card. Account Owner, Publisher, or Editor (author) role required.

  1. Click the QUICK ACTION menu on the top right and select Create Card, and proceed to step 3 below.
    Or click Library from the Appspace Menu navigation bar on the left, and proceed to step 2 below.
  2. Select the desired folder in the library, and click the ADD button, and select Create Card.
  3. Select Google Slides from the Filter by template menu, and select a desired card template.

  4. Enter in the Google Slides shareable URL obtained earlier.
  5. Select the interval duration between slides. Default is set to 8 seconds.
    If Manual is selected, user input (such as a mouse) is required to switch the slides, use the laser pointer, and jump to a specific slide.
  6. Once customizations have been made, click Next.
  7. In the Save tab, enter in the Title, as this is a mandatory field.
    Optionally, you may enter in the ArticleCaptionContent ExpiryContent Tags and even upload a custom thumbnail for the content.
  8. Click Save to complete, and you may now proceed to add the card into a playlist channel.

Important
Ensure the Google Slides card duration in the playlist channel is set to match the total duration of the entire Google Slides presentation. Example: If the presentation contains 5 slides, with each slide duration is set to 8 secs (default), ensure the playlist channel duration is set to a minimum of 40 secs or more.

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