multimedia 2006 software user manual(19.2).cdr

multimedia 2006 software user manual(19.2).cdr
General information ----------------------------------------------- 1
Screen layout and overview --------------------------------------- 1
Beginning Text Messaging ----------------------------------------- 2
Select communication mode -------------------------------------- 2
Create text ------------------------------------------------------- 3
Extra Text ------------------------------------------------------- 3
Advanced Text Messaging - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------- 4
Inserting Bitmap files -------------------------------------------- 4
Inserting the real-time clock ------------------------------------- 6
Inserting a Count Down Timer ---------------------------------- 7
Inserting a Count Up Timer - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------- 8
Insert the temperature - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------- 8
Insert a variable -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------- 9
Inserting symbols - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -------------------------- 9
Pre-define message show days and times -------------------------- 10
Pre-define power on/off times - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------ 11
Adjusting sign brightness - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------ 12
Setting the password ------------------------------------------------- 13
Send messages to sign using RS232 communications ------------ 14
Send messages to signs using RS485 communications ------------ 15
To download to all signs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------- 15
To download to a group of signs - - - - - - ------------------------ 15
To download to an individual sign ---------------------------- 15
Send messages to a sign using TCP/ IP communications ------ 16
Remote Access over the Internet - - - - - - - ------------------------ 16
Setting up the software ----------------------------------------- 16
Send messages to several signs using Multimedia Download ---- 18
Setting up GSM communications -------------------------------- 19
Setting the LED Sign equipment number(unit address) ------- 20
Makeing and Editing Fonts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------ 21
CTRL+ F3 Do not use unless you have a
specific setup requirement - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------ 24
General Information
The Multimedia LED messaging software allows you to send messages from a PC to your sign. After you install the
software and run it , then you should see as below:
Screen layout and overview
A--Font: From 5 rows to 31 rows in Height
C–Function Menu: Includes:
“Preview”: to preview the message before sending to the sign;
“Multimedia Download”: used for TCP/IP or RS485 communications
to multiple signs;
“Image Edit”: used for creating images;
“Font Make”: used for creating fonts;
“Language Editor”:used for creating or changing the text used
in the software .
“Language”:select the language used by the software.
“Fonts”:select the font used by the software.
“Run when windows start”:when selected,the software will run
when you turn on your pc.
B–Color: 12 color s available .
In this menu, you can set parameters, such as
communication mode, Brightness, power
on/off time, password, screen number, etc.
E–Insert Bitmap: Insert graphics created in “Image Edit”.
F–Insert date/ time: Insert real-time clock or date into
the message.
G – Insert countdown : Insert countdown time and date into
the message.
H–Insert temperature: Insert temperature.
( Note: need s factory fitted hardware to work)
I – Insert variable : Insert variable.
J – Insert symbol : Insert pre-defined symbols.
K – X-Port Tool : Used for searching for Ethemet signs ans setting/
editing the IP Address of the sign.
L – Download Fonts : Download fonts to the sign(Note: After you update
firmware or create new Fonts , you must download them to the sign.
M – About : Get information about this software.
N – New Line : Click it to stat a new line. (Note: You must set this
function under “Environment Setup” in “Options”)
O – Align : Include Align Left/Right/Cen ter.
P – Download : Send messages to sign.
Q – Save as : Save *.mld message file onto the pc.
R – Open : Open *.mld file previously created and saved.
S – Messaging window : Type the messages you want to show on
your sign here.
T – Align line : Measure whether of not length of message on software
is greater than the real length of the sign.
U – Start Show Time/End Show Time : Pre-define message start and
end time. (Note: the sign needs to be set in the “expand mode”under
“Led mode”and“play on time”under“select play mode” in “Option”.
V – Mode : 28 different display modes available.
W – Speed : 5 speeds available.
X – Stop Time : 10 stop times available.
Y –Circle :Allow you to repeat the current message file 1 to 9 times,
so you can save memory space in the sign and have
longer messages.
Z–Show days: Pre-define show day(s) of the message(Note: the sign
AB – Prior/Next record : Make switch between message files.
needs to be set in the“ expand mode” under“ Led mode”
and“ play on time” under“ select play mode” in“ Option”
AC – Insert/cancel record : Insert or delete message files.
AD – Post/cancel edit : Save current message file or cancel changes
to the message file.
AE – Insert Extra Text : You can insert text in other languages , or show
text in a different font .
AF – Insert count up : Insert count up time and date into the message.
Beginning Text Messaging
Select communication mode
Note: Before you edit and send the information to the sign, you must choose the right communication method and make sure
the sign is connected to the PC.Please see sections on connecting up your sign using various methods-RS232 , RS485 , TCP / IP
and GSM.
Click “Options”.
Click “Communication”.
Set “Baud rate”to 9600.
If you use RS232 or RS485 communications, you should select “Serial port--Binary ”.
If you use TCP/IP communication for only one sign, you should select “TCP/IP”.
If you use GSM communication , you should input the telephone number . the telephone number should be Gotone .
Click “OK”.
Creating text
Note: Before you create text, you should click “Download Fonts”, especially after you update the firmware or save new fonts
in the software.
For example, type “Welcome” in messaging window.
Copy and paste: You can copy content from WORD or EXCEL
document, and paste into the messaging window.
Set font and color: Highlight text first, then set font size under
and character color under
Set mode, speed and stop time: Set the required display mode,
speed and the time in seconds you want the message to stop for.
Align: You can align text Left/Right/Center by clicking
Add new line: Press Enter on keyboard of click
Note:Before you use this function, you should choose which mode
you want , this is under“ Environment Setup”in“Options” menu.
If you choose
, this means that, once you click
on software or click“Enter”, a new line will be on the sign.
If you choose
, then if you click
on software,
there is a new line on the sign,but if you click“Enter”, there is
no new line on the sign.
Click “Download Text”.
Download text: If the message is only text, then click it, the
inside symbols, countdown, time, temperature, etc, are all
belong to text;
Download All: Download text and bmp picture from you PC
to your sign. For picture, you only need download one time
by clicking Download All, for second time, you only need
click Download text, because the picture had been already
stored on the software and is viewed as text by system.
Extra Text
If you want to send other languages or text in PC fonts to the led sign ,
you can use “Insert Extra Text”.
Edit the text you want to send to sign
A-Font:Click" Font" ,you can set the font,size,color etc
B-Height: Set the sign’s height
C-Width: Set the sign’s width
D-Position: Adjust the text 's position on the sign.
E-Preview: So you can preview the text
After editing,click “OK”, the text be shown
as a “BMP” file.
If you want to modify the text , double click
return to the step 2 and edit the text.
Advanced Text Messaging
Insert Bitmap file
Click on “ImageEdit”.
Click “Bitmap File”.
Set the size and color for the image to the actual
size of your sign. Then click “OK” .
Click “zoom in” many times to enlarge the edit area
Draw your picture in the edit area.
Fill the background with black( or it will light all the
LEDs if it is white) .
Click “Save” to save the picture onto the PC
as *.BMP file.
In Multimedia LED,Click
to open the *.BMP file.
Click “Download All”.
Insert real-time clock
To set the time on the sign
Click “Download Time”, then click “OK”.
To show the time or date in a message
Select the time format, then click “OK”.
Click “Download”.
Insert countdown
Select countdown time or date format , then click “OK”.
Select when to start to countdown
Start to countdown from the present time
Select how long countdown lasts
Select the date the countdown ends
Click “Download”.
Insert countup
Select countup time or date format , then click “OK”.
Select when to start to countup
Start to countup from present time
Select how long countup lasts
Select which date countup ends
Click “Download”.
Insert temperature
Note: This function needs factory fitted hardware to work .
Click “Download”.
Select temperature format , then click “OK”.
Insert variable
For example, type “Stock A UP”, click
insert variable at the end of message.
Fill in blank and click “OK”.
Type “Stock B UP” , repeat step 2 and 3 then download
the message to the sign.
Click “Download Variable”.
Ent e r some va ria b le va l ues , the n cli ck “ Up dat e
Var i abl e ”, and t he n c lic k “ Dow nloa d Al l ”, fin a lly
cl i ck “OK”, an d c lo se “Var i abl e Li s t” wind ow.
Click “Download”.
Insert symbol
Click “Download”.
Select one symbol, then click “Insert”.Close
the “Insert Symbol” window.
Pre-define message show day(s) and time
Note: To use this function, you must select expand mode under “Led state”.
Click “Options”.
Select “Expand Mode”, under “LED Mode”,Select
“Play On Time” under “Select Play Mode”, then
click “Setting”. Click OK to close “Options” window.
Click the down arrow under “Start Time”.
Click “Led State”.
Select the days to show messages .
Select Start Time, then click “Set”.
Click the down arrow under “End Time”.
Select the End Time, and then click “Set”.
Click “Download”.
Pre-define power on/off
Note: To use this function, you must select expand mode under “Led state”.
Click “Options”.
Select “Expand Mode”, under “LED Mode”,
Select “Play On Time” under “Select Play Mode”,
then click “Setting”.
Click “Led State”.
Click “Power ON/OFF”.
Select power on/off time, then click
“Download ON/OFF”, finally click “OK”.
Click “Download”.
Adjust brightness
Note: To use this function, you must select expand mode under “Led state”.
This function also needs factory fitted hardware to work.
Click “Options”.
Select “Expand Mode”, under “LED Mode”,
Select “Play On Time” under “Select Play Mode”,
then click “Setting”.
Click “Led State”.
Click “Brightness”.
After adjust brightness, and then click “Brightness”
finally click “OK”.
Click “Download”.
Set password
This sets the password used by the remote control.
Click “Options”.
Select “Allow Password”.
Click “Led State”.
Click “Password”.
Enter the password, then click “Setting”, finally
click “OK”. Click “OK”.
Send messages to a sign using RS232 communications
Connect the sign to the pc ,make the connections using the supplied RS232 cable as shown in the
picture below:
Please note: you can not remove the beige adaptor on the pc end of serial cable and plug it into modem socket
on your pc-this will not work.If you do not have an Rs232 port(many laptops do not have them
any more) then contact us we can supply you with a USB adaptor.
Select and setup communication as shown in the beginning text messaging section of this manual.
Click“Download”to send the messages to the signs .
Sending messages to signs using RS485 communications
Connect all the signs- remember to use the RS485 adaptor( supplied) in line with the PC' s RS232 port
and the signs RS485 cable:
For example,two signs connected, for more than two, just daisy chain on in the same way.
Please note: The signs should have been set up before this,please see the section on setting the LED equipment
Select and setup communications as shown in the beginning text messaging section of this manual.
In multimedia LED, click on options,and then select“Download Sign Number”.
You can download to all signs,a group of signs or an individual sign.
To download to all signs
If you want to send the same messages to all signs then tick" Download to All LED" .
To download to a group of signs
If you want to send the same messages to signs 16 to 31 then select 16- 31 in“group”and leave the
“screen number”at 16-31
To download to an individual sign
Prior to setting the“screen number”,you must set the“Group number”. For example,if you want to send
messages to sign number 20,as number 20 is included in the Group 16-31, you should set“Group 16-31”first.
Click“Download”to send the messages to the selected signs .
Send messages to a sign using TCP/IP communications
For example:if we have one PC,one Router,and one led sign fitted with an X-port(TCP/ IP or Ethernet interface)
then the connections are as follows:
Connection method:
1、Insert one end of an Ethernet cable into the PC's Ethernet socket, the other in to the Routers Ethernet port.
(Any unused port - 1, 2, 3 etc)
2、Insert another Ethernet cable into the LED sign, the other end into the Router Ethernet port. (any unused port - 1, 2, 3 etc)
3、Turn on the Router; wait for it to boot up, and then turn on the PC and LED sign power. The LED sign gets its DHCP setting
from the Router, so it must be connected and the Router switched on before you turn on the sign, or it will not get its settings.
4、Check the Router's indicator light, generally if the indicator light is flashing, the connection is correct (different Routers
have different status LEDs, so you need to look at your routers manual)
Please Note: do not insert the Ethernet cables into the Routers WAN port, this cannot be used, you must use one of the
LAN ports.
Remote Access over the Internet
You can setup remote access over the Internet using an ADSL router, to do this you need to have a static IP address from your ISP
(Internet Service Provider), you need to setup port forwarding on your ADSL router port 10001 to point to the static IP address
you have given to your sign. You can update your sign from any worldwide location using this method, you may need to adjust
communication timeouts to get consistent results.
Note: Please refer to your ADSL routers manual for further information on how to do this.
Setting up the software
Click " XportTool" .
Click “Search”.
After you clicked 'Search', if you do not find any LED signs, it could be because of a few reasons:
1.The connections between the LED sign, computer and Router are incorrect.
2.In its factory shipped state, the led sign does not have an assigned IP (it is DHCP), so you must setup the Router's DHCP
function - refer to your Routers operation manual.
3. You have a firewall or other security hardware/software blocking the data.
Modify IP
Enter the IP in“Host”,either the one you wrote down earlier,or the new one you entered,then click“OK”.
Check the messages, display mode, show days, and so on, then click“Download”.
Send messages to several signs using Multimedia Download
Connect all the signs,either by RS232,RS485,Ethernet or a mix of all these..
Click “Multimedia Download”.
if you want to send more than one message
to sign, you should chick
Select you will send messages' *.mld' file.
(Note: before this step, you must create the message
on in Multimedia LED and save it as *.mld file onto
the pc.). Double click the 'welcome.mld' file.
Click“D: \ Program Files\ Multimedia led2006\
Click“Download Options”under“Download”.
Select“Serial Port”under“Communication Mode”,
then click“+”, now we will set up two signs
communication, the first's sign number is 01, the second
is 02, the information is sent from the COM1 port of
the pc to both signs, set up“Baud rate” to“9600”,
then click“OK”.
Here we are telling the software that we want to send“Welcome. mld”to sign 01 and sign 02,or more signs.
Note:If want to send the same message to all connected RS232 or RS485 signs,then you only to setup the
communications:COM1( or your communications port) ; Baudrate: 9600; Address:00( the broadcast to all address)
Click“Download All”under“Download”
Setting up GSM communications
Connect the GSM modem to the PC.
Click on“Options”on the software.
Connect to the COM port on the PC
Connect to the mains power socket
Note: You must get your local GSM service provider to
activate the GSM data transmission service on
your SIM card.
Click on“Communication”.
Select“GSM/Modem”,then enter your number,
finally click on“Dial/Hangup”.
Setting the LED Sign equipment number( unit address)
To do this you should only have a single sign connected as this sets the address on all connected signs
Click on“Options”
Set equipment number,and then click“Setting”.
Click “Led State”.
Click “Yes”.
The state window should then show " Serial Set sign number successfully",if it doesn' t,then check you cables
and communication port setups.
Making and Editing Fonts
Click “Font Make”.
Set parameters for font. Click “OK”.
Click “New font files”.
Draw font character in the edit area.
Click “Save”after each character you draw
or you will lose the one you have just done.
Save the new font file to the folder where the original font
files are stored on the pc .
Note: you must replace an existing font with the new one you
have just saved.
Click “Download Fonts” to download the new
font file onto the sign.
Note: The easiest way to make fonts is to modify the existing ones, then save the modified one onto the sign.
Follow steps below:
Click “Open” .
Open one of the existing font files.
Select a character,modify it, and then click “Save”.
Click “Download Fonts”to download the new
font file onto the sign.
CTRL+F3 Do not use unless you have a specific setup requirement
The CTRL+F3 functions allow you to setup your sign firmware; do not modify these parameters unless you
specifically have to as the wrong settings will stop your sign working.
Press CTRL+ F3 and the following menu appears
Please note:The information shown is not live;it has not been read from the sign so you must set all the pasrameters,
you cannot just change the one you want to modify.
The choices are as follows:
Storage location:
This is either FLASH or RAM,FLASH is per manent storage so you should
use this if you want to store many messages to be displayed over and over
again.RAM is if you want to send single messages which are changed oftensuch as a production machine updating the display with the number of parts
it has made.
Mono is for a single color sign( 1 LEDs per pixel) ,Double is for a multicolor
sign(2 LEDs per pixel) , Tri is for a full color sign( 3 LEDs per pixel).
Font Width:
Equal means that all characters are the same width,Variable means that the
characters vary depending upon which character you use,so W is wider than I
Remote Control:
Enabled allows the remote control to work, disabled turns off the function (not all
signs support remote controls)
LED Height:
This is the height (in LEDs) of your sign
LED Width:
This is the width (in LEDs) of your sign
Firmware timeouts:
Normally 1000, but if you have communication problems then you can increase this
RS232/TCP for RS232 and TCP/IP signs select this. RS485 for RS485 mode then
select this
Sign Logo:
On power up, the sign can show information about itself, including its equipment
number, the clock, firmware version etc. This allows you to turn this feature on and
Enables or disables the circle function
Char Space(Row):
Allows you to set the numbers of blank columns between each character, we would
recommend you leave it at 1.
LED Module:
Positive: for ultra-bright signs. Reverse: for normal brightness signs.
Once you have the correct information entered click “Setting”. The state window should then show 'Serial Set parameter
successfully!', if it doesn't, then check you cables and communication port setups.
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