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Snowflake Configurator Manual


This is the manual for using the Snowflake Configurator, which comes pre-installed with Snowflake, Snowflake MultiTeach® and Snowflake Entertainment. This Configurator enables easy and fast customisation of Snowflake. Please note that not all configuration options for Snowflake are available in the Configurator, but can be changed via the provided configuration file for Snowflake. (This applies mostly to advanced settings.)

Features


  • Blazing fast way to easily change the configuration of Snowflake Business and Snowflake MultiTeach┬«
  • Live on the fly preview for the changes in the settings


Settings & Description



This part is divided in tabs and then in respective sub sections. To find a certain setting, search for the name here. (Ctrl + F in most browsers.) The names here are the same as in the Configurator.

Apps


Apps Config

Here you can change settings for individual apps in live view mode.
You can alter the settings file and save it. The preview app will reload and display the changes that are made.

Corner Menu


Corner Menu Tab

Select which Snowflake menu layouts should be accessible from the corner menu (if the corner menus are enabled).

  • Grid menu:
Grid Menu

  • Carbon menu:
Carbon Menu

  • Rotating menu:
Ring Menu

  • Sliding menu:
Slider Menu

  • Modern menu:
Modern Menu

General

General Settings regarding the main menu corner menus. More information can be found here.

Annotate:
This option enables Annotate. With Annotate, you can make annotations on top of any Snowflake app. You can for example highlight items on a PDF, website or other types of media.

Close All Apps:
If this box is checked, you see a button in the main corner menu that closes all the apps.

Rotate:
If this box is checked, you can rotate Snowflake 180 degrees with a button in the corner menu, both in the main menu and in apps. This option is enabled by default.

Zones:
If this box is checked, you can access Zones via the Corner Menu.

Quit Snowflake:
If this box is checked, you can exit Snowflake via the Corner Menu in the main menu. Disable this if you want to avoid that people close the software in public spaces.

Home:
If this box is checked, a shortcut is added to the Corner Menu, that takes you to the single app zone. The button only appears if you are not already in the single app zone.

Desktop:
If this box is checked, you can minimize Snowflake via the Corner Menu in the main menu. Disable this if you want to avoid that people close the software in public spaces.

Color Overlay:
If this box is checked, the Color Overlay button appears in the Corner Menu which allows you to set a color filter over the screen.

Recording:
If this box is checked, you can start a recording of your Snowflake session from the Corner Menu.

Guided Access:
If this box is checked, you can set a PIN to lock Snowflake from the Corner Menu.

Mute/Unmute:
If this box is checked, you can mute audio from within Snowflake using the corner menu. Please note, that if the system audio is disabled by default, the audio will also be disabled when starting Snowflake.

Screensaver


Background Settings

Here you can edit the screen saver.

Screensaver on:
Enables/disables the screen saver.

Screensaver:
Select a screensaver app in the drop down list or select "Browse..." to select one not in the list. Press the small arrow next to the list to go to the selected app's custom settings.

Screensaver timeout:
The amount of time in seconds that it takes before the screen saver starts, after the touch screen has been idle.

Close screensaver on touch:
Enables or disables being able to close the screensaver by touching the screen.

Show Snowflake Branding:
Select if the Snowflake logo should be visible in the menu or not.

Starting zones layout:
Choose the starting layout from the dropdown above the small zone preview. The empty top option is to start in fullscreen.

Mail & Proxy


Mail and Proxy

Mail settings

Server: Domain name or ip address of your server, in most cases it is something similar to smtp.<domainname>.<tld> or mail.<domainname>.<tld>
Port: Port of the mail server, usually 25 for No Security, 465 for SSL and 587 for TLS
Security: Type of security for the connection, either No Security, SSL or TLS. This setting depends on what your e-mail provider supports.
Username: Your user name for the e-mail service, will vary depending on your e-mail service provider. In some cases it is the part of your e-mail before the @, in some cases it is your entire e-mail address and in some cases it is something completely unrelated to your e-mail address.
Password: Your e-mail password
E-mail address: This is the "from" address that will be shown on your e-mails sent from within Snowflake.
Sender name: This is the name that will be shown as "from" on your e-mails sent from within Snowflake.
Reply-to address: This is the address that will be used if someone presses "Reply" to your e-mail in their e-mail client. If left empty, it will use the address specified in the "E-mail address" field
Subject: Subject of e-mails sent from the app Annotate in Snowflake (The subject line for the app Media is specified under Applications -> Media)

noteEmailing with Gmail
Note that if you are using Gmail, you need to enable the "Allow less secure apps" security setting for emailing to work from Snowflake.

Proxy settings (advanced users only)

Use system settings: Use the system proxy settings.
Server: Domain name or ip address of the proxy server.
Port: Port address of the proxy server.
Proxy Type: Two options available HTTP, SOCKS5.
Username: Your user name for accessing proxy server.
Password: Your password for accessing proxy server.

Misc


Misc Config

Window settings

Select how you want the Snowflake window to appear on the screen.

Normal Window:
An ordinary window with borders.

Borderless Window:
An ordinary window with the title bar removed.

Fullscreen:
Start Snowflake as a full-screen application, with the resolution of your current desktop as standard.

Forced Fullscreen:
Like the full-screen option, except that it uses the "Window Size" option from the configuration file as resolution.

Fullscreen Secondary:
Start Snowflake as a full-screen application on the secondary display adapter with the resolution of the primary display adapter. So you need to have two screens with the same resolution as well as the secondary display to the right of the primary display.

Fullscreen Dual:
Start Snowflake spanning across both displays. This has the same limitations with the resolution as the "Full-screen secondary" option.

Window Size:
This determines which resolution the display adapter has. It only applies when using "Normal Window" or "Borderless Window" as Window Type.

NoteHint

It is recommended that you use the native resolution of your display adapter for the best results, or a resolution which has the aspect of 16:10 ,16:9 or 4:3.

Graphics Settings

Graphics related settings.

Enable V-Sync:
Enables or disables vertical sync (delaying graphics updates to synchronize with the display and the graphics card).

Enable Antialiasing:
Enables or disables anti-aliasing. When enabled, text and image quality is higher, but the performance slower.

Antialiasing Samples:
The number of samples to use with anti-aliasing (zero samples is the same as disabling anti-aliasing).

Read back buffer:
Enable this if your saved screenshots, annotations or SF Remote just shows a black screen.

Annotation Settings

Annotate settings.

Position: Enable to show the menu on the left side or disable to show it on the right.
Email: Enable/disable the option to e-mail annotations. Remember to set up E-mail settings in the Mail/Proxy tab first.
Load: Enable/disable the option to load previously saved annotations.
Save: Enable/disable the option to save annotations.
Print: Enable/disable the option to print annotations.

Misc

Miscellaneous settings.

USB Copying Enabled:
This setting will enable so that when Media is running and a USB-drive gets connected, all media inside the application will be copied to a folder named "media" on the USB-stick.

Maximum running apps:
This option is for limiting how many simultaneous applications can run inside Snowflake. Standard is unlimited (Please note that using an unregistered version of Snowflake has a limit on how many applications you can have running, changing this setting will not affect this limitation.) Having a lower amount of maximum running apps, is a great way to ensure better performance, if you are trying to run Snowflake on a low-end computer system.

Menu drop shadows:
This setting enables or disables drop shadows behind the menu text.

Link Dropbox:
You can link your dropbox account to the filebrowser to access files on your dropbox account within Snowflake apps. To link your dropbox account click on the "Link Dropbox" button.
This should open up a dialog with instruction saying that the dropbox will open up in the browser and that you would need to give Snowflake access to your files.

On the browser Login to the dropbox account and permit Snowflake to access your files. This will give you a token. Copy the token and navigate back to the configurator.

On the configurator click on "COMPLETE LINK" button. This would open up the text field where you get to enter the token to complete the linking process. On successful linking you will see the tick mark to the right of the button.

Link GDrive:
The process to link you GDrive account to the filebrowser to access files on your GDrive account within the Snowflake apps is similar to that of the Dropbox linking. To link your GDrive account click on the "Link GDrive" button.
This should open up a dialog with instruction saying that the GDrive will open up in the browser and that you would need to give Snowflake access to your files.

On the browser Login to the GDrive account and permit Snowflake to access your files. This will give you a token. Copy the token and navigate back to the MISC tab.

On the MISC tab click on "COMPLETE LINK" button. This would open up the text field where you get to enter the token to complete the linking process. On successful linking you will see the tick mark to the right of the button.

Link OneDrive:
The process to link your Microsoft account to the filebrowser to access files on your OneDrive within the Snowflake apps is similar to that of the Dropbox linking. To link your Microsoft account click on the "Link OneDrive" button.
This should open up a dialog with instruction saying that the Microsoft account will open up in the browser and that you would need to give Snowflake access to your files.

On the browser Login to the Microsoft account and permit Snowflake to access your files. This will give you a token. Copy the token and navigate back to the MISC tab.

On the MISC tab click on "COMPLETE LINK" button. This would open up the text field where you get to enter the token to complete the linking process. On successful linking you will see the tick mark to the right of the button.

Conen mount settings

Connection settings for height and tilt adjustable motorized display mounts from ConenMounts.

Enable:
This enables the feature so Snowflake can connect with the mount and enables additional buttons for controlling the mount in the zones menu.

Connection type:
Choose the type of connection, the options are BlueTooth and USB.

When USB is enabled and the mount is connected, it will automatically be usable within Snowflake.

For BlueTooth, it needs additional setup. The steps are:

  1. Have a Bluetooth compatible device, or use a Bluetooth adapter.
  2. Enable Bluetooth on the system and pair it with the mount. For Windows it's done via "Bluetooth & other devices" found in the control panel.
  3. Use the Scan for devices button in Configurator to populate the drop down to the left.
  4. Use the Test device to see that the mount are able to be controlled by Snowflake. It will cause the mount to move slightly. If nothing happens, try different entries in the drop down.

Input

Input settings.

Show input markers: If input markers should be shown, if unchecked there will be no markers for inputs.

Input marker: Change the input marker graphic.

TUIO: Enable or disable TUIO.

HID: Enable or disable HID.

Snowflake Remote: Allow connection with Snowflake Remote.

Password shutdown

Allows you to shut down Snowflake without using a keyboard. Activate the option and set a password, then follow these steps while in Snowflake:

  1. Be in the Snowflake main menu.
  2. Hold the corner menu with 2 fingers for 15 seconds. A keyboard appears.
  3. Type in the password and press the enter key.
  4. If the password was correct, Snowflake shuts down.


Note that you can't see the letters that you have typed using the keyboard but they are stored in memory until the keyboard disappears.

Translation


Translation Tab

The translation of individual applications can be edited here. To learn more about translating Snowflake, see this page.

Language:
Setting for which language should be used by Snowflake. The selected language decides which translation files will be loaded.

Widgets


Widgets Tab

This tab has all the options for customising the widgets that appear in the menu. You can enable or disable individual widgets, or change any of the other settings, such as moving the widget or changing its size etc. The preview will reload and display the changes that are made live on the fly.

Help


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This dialog helps in navigating the about, the documentation and in contacting the NUITEQ support. You can also reset the custom configuration you've made using the Reset to defaults button.

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Tap yes on the dialog that appears.

Reset high scores (Snowflake Entertainment)

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You can reset the high scores for some of the games in Snowflake Entertainment using the configurator. On the apps tab, click on the game from the list on the left and use the 'Reset high scores' option on the right panel to reset the high scores for that game.

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