Pro Tips: Weather Forecast Bulletins

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Adding New Weather Forecast Bulletins To Your Carousel System
New to Carousel 6.2.2 is the ability to create a weather forecast bulletin.  The tutorial on how to create one from scratch is here.  The following instructions will guide you through uploading our weather forecast templates to your system.  Note: this is a bulletin package and will appear in your Active Bulletins section, not in Weather Templates.
You must be running Carousel 6.2.2 for the weather forecast bulletins to work
Step 1. Download our weather forecast bulletins
If you haven’t already, please download our weather forecast bulletins from the store and unzip only the “2012_WeatherForecastPackage.zip”.  You will see individual zips for each aspect ratio (4×3, 16×9, 5x8Vertical, 5×3); keep them zipped.
Step 2. Upload bulletin package

In Carousel go to the zone you wish to add your weather forecast bulletins and click on “New Bulletin”.  Switch to the “Uploaded” tab and select “Upload a bulletin package”.  ”Choose” the zip file — make sure you choose the one that best matches the aspect ratio of your zone — and click “Upload.  A message will ask you to confirm.  Click “OK”.
Step 3. Edit the bulletin
From your Active Bulletins, click on the edit template button.  Update the Location and Caption.  Ignore the Outlook Length for this bulletin.  We recommend that you upload your zone background if you want to keep the bulletin seamless with your channel design.  When your backgrounds are loaded (or if you want to skip this part), click on “Continue”.
Click “Continue”, then “Finish”, then “OK”.  If the alignment looks fine, you are all done!
If the alignment of text and images have shifted, click on the Edit Template button on the top right of the bulletin.
You may see a message that reads: “This template is not sized correctly for this zone…”, see the optional step below.

(Optional) Step 4. Resize Media for zone

If your zone dimensions do not match the bulletin dimensions, you will need to resize the media for that zone.  Please use caution though.  If you have media in your zone that mismatches the size of your zone, you may see unexpected shifting of text and image blocks in your templates.
To resize your media, click on “Configure” from Carousel’s main menu.  Click on “Zones” and select the zone you’re working with.  Click “Resize Media”.  A message will ask you to confirm.  Click “OK”.  When it finishes, exit the configuration menu.
Step 5. Nudge

It’s possible that the text and image icons shifted after resizing the media.  If so, just click on Edit Template and nudge the text and images blocks into place.
That’s it!  We hope you enjoy the new weather forecast bulletins.
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3 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of Pro howto’s, love to see more of them.

    I just finished changing our weather slides. I used Photoshop to create the main portions and then added the section as needed in Carousel. I even set slides for today and tonight’s forecast, each running certain hours. In other words, at 5pm instead of ‘today’ it displays the ‘tonight’ slide.

    Link to our slides..

    http://brimfield.dyndns.org/Carousel/Public/PublicDisplay.aspx?ZoneID=7

    Thanks for adding this feature!

  2. Jeremy Cleek
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing, Rob. Smart idea about scheduling a separate weather bulletin for the evening.

    We plan on creating many more Pro Tips in the future. Keep checking back!

  3. Stacey Vonnahme
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    The link on this page to the store for weather bulletins is no longer working.

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