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How to use a Canvas

A canvas is the basis for displaying and organizing contentimages, videos, documents, and so onon your video wall. Each canvas is extremely large and extends well beyond the physical screen area. Use hand and finger gestures to drag and resize the visible portion of the canvas. 

Info Panel and Canvas Viewer

Each workspace has an info panel and canvas viewer at the top of the screen. The info panel shows the name of the canvas and the canvas viewer. The canvas viewer is a map of the canvas. It shows a small-scale view of the current viewing location relative to the entire canvas. 

Pin the Canvas



Normally, you can move and resize a canvas. The Pin feature lets you pin or lock the visible area of canvas so that it cannot be moved or resized. To pin the canvas, tap the Pin button in the system menu on the right-hand side of the screen; tap it again to unpin the canvas.

This menu is located on the far right of the

multi-taction screen.

Fit to Screen

This feature chooses a zoom to achieve a ‘best fit’ on the screens available. In technical terms, it expands or shrinks the viewport to include all items on the canvas. Tap the Fit to Screen button to zoom the canvas in or out so that all content is visible on the screen. 

Anchor list

Anchors are fixed areas of the canvas, defined by users. You can define any area on the canvas as an anchor. You can then jump to an individual anchor or launch a presentation, displaying each anchor in sequence. 

To manage your existing anchors, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Anchor List button to show all existing anchors.

  2. In the Anchor List widget, tap an anchor to jump directly to it.

Using the touch screen

Hand gestures

The hand and finger gestures recognized by MT Canvus are generally the same as the gestures for using smart phones or tablets. For example, use the familiar pinch and spread gestures to zoom in or out:

  • You can also use your finger to drag or swipe items on screen.
  • Tap the screen with your finger to ‘press’ buttons and open or close menus.
  • A ‘long press’ (tap and hold) is equivalent to right-clicking with a mouse.

Infrared Pen/ Annotations

The pens supplied with MT Canvus have a touch-activated infrared LED in their tip. Use the pens to annotate screen items such as images, or to draw directly onto the canvas itself. You can set the color and weight of the pen stroke.


Finger menu

To open the finger menu, tap and hold any empty area of the canvas.  

The standard finger menu includes these items:

    • Notes: Create a new note. 

    • Annotations: Set the color and line thickness for annotations drawn on the canvas with an infrared pen. You can also select an eraser to delete annotations. 

    • Files: Open items saved in the MT Canvus file system. These can include images, movies, and PDF documents, plus snapshots and notes. 

    • Browser: Open a browser to display web sites, search for videos or documents, and download images or files.

    • Search on internet: You can search the internet for web pages and images.

    • Toolbox: Open a submenu of useful tools to manage the content on your canvas. 

    • Undo and redo: Undo the most recent changes to the canvas. Or tap Redo to cancel the previous Undo action. 

Managing your Canvases 

Password Protect a Canvas

  1. Tap the About button in the Canvus menu
  2. In the About dialog, tap the Password button. 
  3. In the New Password dialog, enter the new password for the canvas and tap OK.
  4. Pay attention to any password rules. Re-enter the password and tap OK. 
  5. Close the About dialog. 


USB menu

You can import images, videos, PDFs and other documents onto your canvas from a USB memory stick or similar device (for example, a USB portable hard drive). You can also export items from the canvas onto the USB memory stick. 

  1. Insert USB drive.

  2. Open the USB menu.

  3. Tap the USB memory stick that contains the files you want.

  4. When the USB folder opens:

    • Import: Drag items from the USB device onto the canvas or into the main Files folder or your personal items folder.

    • Export: Drag items into the USB folder from the canvas, main Files folder or your personal items folder. 

Note that items are copied, not moved. 


Save or Export a Canvas


You can export a canvas to or from a USB drive. You may want to do this for backup purposes. 

  1. Close the canvas you would like to export, and open another canvas.

      • You cannot export an open canvas.

  2. Insert a USB drive.

  3. Open the USB menu to display the target USB memory stick.

  4. Tap the USB memory stick to open the USB folder.

  5. Open the Canvas List widget. Then tap and hold the canvas you want.

  6. Drag the canvas to the open USB folder.

  7. Wait while the canvas exported. Depending on the amount of screen content, the export may take several seconds. 


Import a Canvas
  1. Open the source that contains your exported canvas.

  2. Drag the exported canvas onto the existing canvas.

  3. When prompted by MT Canvus, confirm that you want to import the canvas. 



Collaborating

Workspaces

Workspaces enable you to split the viewport into separate sections so that two or more users can work independently on the screen without interfering with each other’s work. By default, there is a single workspace that extends across the entire screen.  You can split a canvas into three areas and define each area using anchors or designating separate canvases for each workspace. 

Anchors

Screen Sharing




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