What you will need:

iDevice (iOS 6+ for full functionality)

picoPrompt App from the App Store on iTunes

picoScroll free app from the App Store on iTunes

Optional: iScroll/iGlue Combo from Teleprompting Techniques (www.telepromptingtechniques.com)

Optional: Free App picoServe for PCs from Teleprompting Techniques (support@telepromptingtechniques.com)


 1. Settings to get you Started
 2. Text Acquisition and Editing

2a            Text Input with the Editor

2b            Edit a File Locally

2b.1         SmartEdit

2b.2         Local changes without using SmartEdit

2c            Text Search

3. Mark-Up Commands

3a            Macros

4. Font Size, Style, Default Font Selection

4a            Default Prompter Display Font

4b            Download Font Mapping

4c            Font Mark-Ups

4d            Marker Commands

4e            Justification

4f            Colour, Foreground,Background,Backdrop

4g            Bullet Points

5.  Load Text Using Cut and Paste

5a            Quickload

5.b            Create a File from Cut and Paste

6 .  Load Text Using FTP

6a            FTP Download

7. To Configure a Peer to Peer Network

7a            To Set Up a Network Name

7b            To Configure an iDevice for a Peer to Peer Network

8. picoPrompt/WinPlus FTP News Interface

8a            Recommended Settings

8b            Operation of picoPrompt/WinPlus Interface

9. Detailed Descriptions of picoPrompt Settings

9a            Scroll Control

9b            Settings for Use with No External Scroll Controller

9c            The “i” symbol

9d            AutoFlip Controls

9e            Default Colours

9d            Default Font

9e            Font Mapping

10. Layout Control

10a            Mirror Mode

11. Cue Marker

12. Synchronised Playout           

14. Script Sync

14a            Items to Sync

15. Script Refresh

15a            Update on Go to Top

15b            PiP Start/Stop

15c            Script Sync

16. Special Functions

16a            PicoSmartStart

16b            AutoLoad to Prompt

17               Text Editor

18            FTP 1 and 2 Configuration

1.       Simple Settings to get you started

Scroll Control

Enable Gestures   ON
Reverse Gestures  OFF
Scroll Speed (0-25)   1
Use WiFi         OFF
IP Address      (Blank)
Port Number   (Blank)
Auto Connect ON

Countdown and Pause Control

Starting Value (0 to 15)   10
Pause Mode Controls  ON

 Auto Flip control

On Application start  ON
On prompt file  ON
On Orientation change  OFF

Default Colours and Font

Foreground  White
Background  Black

Default Font   Ariel 45

Font Mapping

Font 1        Ariel 30
Font 2        Ariel 45

Enable        OFF


Layout Control

Mirror Mode    OFF (change this to ON if using with glass and hood)
Camera Mount Mode    OFF (change this to ON if using with glass and hood)

Cue Marker

Enable   ON
On Right   OFF

Help Features

Hide Run Order Help    OFF

Additional Settings

Macros        See detailed description in main handbook

Synchronised Playout

Enable    OFF
Master Device   OFF
Use WiFi  OFF

Bluetooth ID:     picoprompt

Port Number   (Blank)
Server IP Address  (Blank)

Script Sync


Enable     OFF
Master Device  OFF
Use WiFi    OFF
Bluetooth ID   picoprompt
IP Address     Blank
Port Number 8012

Items to Sync

Send Font on Sync   OFF

Script Refresh

Hand Controller

Update on Go to Top   OFF
PiP Record Start/Stop  OFF

Script Sync

Trigger Script Sync   OFF

Special Functions


picoSmartStart on Flip    OFF
Auto load to Prompt       OFF

Text Editor

Editor Settings

Enable Formatting    ON

Colour Scheme    Default

Font Size        30

FTP Server 1

IP address: gate.ftpcontrol.net
Username: picoprompt
Password: ????
Directory: ????    (Please contact Teleprompting Techniques support to set up a test directory and password)
Script filter *.*


As above but with alternative configuration provides quick access to alternative server.


2a. Input text using the  picoPrompt editor

In the Local Files view touch Select/Edit.
Touch Create New File
Touch the screen to launch the keyboard
Type in your text
Touch Menu
Touch Save File As
Type in filename
Touch Done
The file will be listed in the Local Files view below the Running Order demarcation lines =========== or solid green bar depending on pico version.

(See Making a Running Order below)

2b. To Edit a File locally

2.b.1 SmartEdit – with iScroll Hand Control connected.

Access the text to be edited by either a two finger swipe right to left or touch the screen to pause the prompter text and touch the Pen and Paper icon at the bottom of the screen.

Make the edit.

To return to the prompt text at the point you made the edit either press Done or use a two finger swipe left to right.

If you wish to re-name a file use the method below – Local Changes without using SmartEdit.

2.b.2 Local Changes without using SmartEdit

From the Prompt view touch the i button to flip to the Local Files view
Touch Select/Edit
Touch Edit
Touch Edit file
Touch the screen to launch the keyboard
Make text changes
Touch Menu
The screen will display Local File Options
Touch Save File which will overwrite the existing file

If you want to rename or change the filename touch Save File As
Enter New Filename
Touch Done
The new File will be added to the Local Files list

2c.            Text Search

To search for a text string touch Menu when in Local File Options
Touch Find Text which will launch the keyboard
Enter the text string you are looking for into the search box
The cursor will go to the first occurrence of the text string
Touch the left arrow to move to the next occurrence or the right arrow for the previous occurrence

3.            Mark up commands which can be inserted into text to change colour, fonts, insert text breaks, provide bullet points and Macros.

Mark up commands can be inserted into the script text to define Font Style and size, Markers, Colours and Bullet Points and up to four can be saved as Macros in the picoPrompt settings bundle found at the bottom of the iDevice Settings list under picoPrompt.

3a.       Macros

There are four Macros that can be set up in the picoPrompt settings in the iDevice settings, picoPrompt can be found at the bottom of the settings list. They will be found in Additional Settings – Macros. These entries can provide a quick way of  entering repetitive commands such as inserting markers to break the script into sections.

As an example – to indicate a break point in the script: <marker=1>

4.       Font Size and Style

4a.            Default Font

The default font selects the size and style of  the prompted text if no other font has been forced using a mark up command (see below) or mapped from defined fonts in downloaded text  from a newsroom system such as WinPlus by Autoscript Ltd.

The Default Font can be set in picoPrompt settings, see picoPrompt at the bottom of the iDevice Settings, in Default Colours and Font, select Default Font and touch the Font style and size to set as default.

4b.            Download Font Mapping

When text has been imported from a newsroom system, such as WinPlus by Autoscript Ltd, two fonts are used, one to define a Slugline, usually a small font and a large font for the main prompter text. Download Font Mapping will map the imported Font 1, for the slugline, and imported Font 2, for the main prompter text, to any required the font in the picoPrompt font list in the picoPrompt settings bundle. Touch the font to be mapped (Font 1 or 2) and touch the required picoPrompt font that is offered.

4c.       Font Mark Ups

To force a font size and style to override the default font style as set in picoPrompt settings described above, the following can be embedded in the text:   <font=0>  (The number entered relates to the Font list in the picoPrompt settings under Font and is sequential starting with 0, the smallest font.)

4d.            Marker Commands

Marker commands within the text enable a remote control to jump between sections of script.

To  set a marker insert <marker=1> into the text to break the script into sections and give the ability to jump forward to next break or back to previous break using a remote hand control.

4e.            Justification

Left justify    <justify=0>
Centre justify <justify=1>
Right justify <justify=2>

4f.            Text Colour Foreground, Background and Backdrop

The following are the colour/number allocations and apply to all mark ups where colour is used. The Foreground is the Text. The Background is to create a Highlight. Backdrop is the overall Background colour.

Black                     0
Red             1
Green         2
Yellow        3
Blue            4
Magenta    5
Cyan           6
White         7

To set the foreground colour to green: <foreground=2>
To set the background colour to red: <background=1>
To set the Backdrop colour to Blue: <backdrop=4>

4g.            Bullet Point Markers

Bullet point markers are available in two sizes of spot.

Small Bullet point spot: <spotstyle=1>
Large Bullet point spot: <spotstyle=2>

Once the bullet point spot has been defined by a mark-up in the text it will remain that size until a new size is defined

The Bullet point spots can be coloured as per the above colour table above.

Example to colour a bullet point Red: <spot=1>

5.            To load text using Cut and Paste

Text can be copied from and email, web site, or other source

5a.            QuickLoad

Select and Copy the text you wish to import. It will be stored in the iDevice Paste buffer.

Run picoPrompt to the Prompt view and tap the screen using two fingers simultaneously to create a “double tap”.
If you touch Yes to “Do you wish to replace the current text with text from the paste buffer” the prompter will load with the copied text and the file added to the bottom of the Local Files list with a default File Name.

5b.            Creating a file from Copy and Paste

Select and Copy the text you wish to import.
Start picoPrompt and proceed to the Local Files view.
Touch Select/Edit
Touch Edit
Touch Create from Paste
The File will appear at the bottom of the Local Files list with a default File name.

6.         To Load Text Using FTP

6a.         FTP Download

picoPrompt offers the ability to configure two FTP sessions in order that the source of an FTP download can be changed on the fly without re-configuration. For instance one FTP session could be for script downloads from a remote FTP site using WiFi over the internet while the second FTP channel could be configured for local peer to peer text downloads which would not require internet access.

To Configure a connection to a remote FTP Server using WiFi and the internet

Example using a Teleprompting Techniques FTP Server – if you wish to check this function please contact Teleprompting Techniques to obtain a DIRECTORY AND PASSWORD to enable testing.

FTP Server 1

IP /Address               gate.ftpcontrol.net
Username                  picoprompt
Password                   ????????
Directory                    picoprompt
Script Filter                *.*

To configure a peer to peer FTP connection using local WiFi and a PC

First please contact Teleprompting Techniques at support@telepromptingtechniques.com to obtain download details for the free issue picoServe server software for PCs to facilitate file transfers from a PC or laptop to the prompting iPod/iPhone or iPad. An advantage of the Ad Hoc file transfer, direct local device to another local device, is that an external network is not required to make a connection, very useful where scripts are created on a PC and essential in areas where there are poor or no WiFi facilities.

When installed on a PC picoServe will create a directory picoPromptRoot and within this directory another called picoPrompt. Any files saved to this directory with a .txt extension will be instantly available to picoPrompt.

In order that both the PC/Laptop and iPod/iPad can recognise each other over a WiFi connection there should be a Network Connection Name and each should have a Static IP address.

7a.            To set up a Network name

The Network name is set up on the PC/Laptop. The following instructions are for Windows XP but subsequent versions of Windows should offer the same facilities.

On the desktop click on Wireless Network Connections.
Click on Advanced Settings and then the Wireless Networks tab.
Click on Add.
Enter the name you have decided to use, for illustration purposes we will use picoprompt.
Check the box at the bottom of the panel “This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) Network.
Click on OK.

The name you have chosen, in this case picoprompt will now appear in the list of Wireless networks on the PC and will also appear in the list displayed on the prompting iPad/Pod when you want to connect to a wireless network.

To set up a static IP address

Both the iPad/Pod that you are using with picoPrompt and the PC/Laptop must have a Static IP address and be on the same domain.
To set up a Static IP address on the host PC/Laptop click on Wireless Network Connections.
Click on Change Advanced Settings
Scroll the list of Networks to Internet Protocol/TCP/IP
Click on Properties
Click on Use the Following IP Address
(the following is used as an example) Enter the IP Address
Enter the Subnet Mask as
The other entries do not have to be filled in.
Say OK

7b.            To Configure an iDevice in order to create a peer to peer network

The IP address you select MUST be in the same domain as the Host computer i.e. If the IP address of the host is say then the IP address you make up to identify the iPad/Pod should be 10.0.0. ??? The ??? can be any number but must not clash with other devices including the IP address of the Host. For this exercise we will make the IP address – see below. In both cases the Subnet Mask should be

The entries for Router, DNS and Search Domains can be ignored.

Finally to make the connection between picoServe and the iDevice click on Wireless Networks and then View Wireless Networks. If you do not see picoprompt in the list of available networks click on the Refresh button.

Click on picoprompt and then Connect.

Go to the WiFi option of the iDevice which is running picoPrompt and after a short time picoPrompt should appear in the WiFi Network list. Touch picoPrompt to connect and a tick will appear against it.

picoPrompt is now connected to the laptop but the iDevice still needs an identification in order that picoServe knows what to connect to.

To the right of the ticked picoprompt there is an arrow to the right. Touch this and a new window will be opened.

Touch the Static window

Enter the IP Address as

Subnet Mask as

The other boxes do not need to be filled.

Finally you have to configure picoPrompt to look for the network directory.

Go to the bottom of the iDevice Settings list and you will see picoPrompt, touch this to bring up all the picoPrompt settings.

Scroll down to the bottom of the settings bundle to FTP Server 1

Enter the IP address as that of the host computer – in this case

Username: picoprompt
Password: picoprompt1
Directory: picoprompt
Script filter: *.*

Save any file you wish to transfer to the IDevice into the picoprompt directory: the path is C:picoPromptRootpicoprompt

Run up picoPrompt on the iDevice and touch Remote Files. You will see a list of files that are available in the PC Directory. Drag or touch the file you want so that it is in the select box and press Select/Edit and touch Select again if you want to prompt it.

Launch the WiFi from both the host computer and the iPad/Pod. When the list of available Wireless Networks appears on the iPad/Pod the Network Name you selected for your PC/Laptop should appear. Touch this name field to connect.

To the right of the Name line there is a select button a small right facing arrow. Touch this to get to the Network Configuration Screen. In the IP Address options press Static and you will be offered a screen to enter an IP address and Mask.

In addition the FTP, File Transfer Protocol, must be set in picoPrompt. This can be found in picoPrompt Settings.

FTP Server 1.
The IP Address is the address of the host PC/Laptop
The Username as a default is picoPrompt
The Password as a default is picoPrompt
Directory is picoPrompt
Script Filter *.*
FTP Server 2 can also be configured for a different Server if required and offers a quick way of changing servers without reconfiguring.
Note: These settings plus all other picoPrompt settings are found in the picoPprompt section of the iPod/iPhone Settings, found towards the bottom of the Settings list.

8.       Recommended WinPlus Configuration when linking to a remote FTP site and picoPrompt.

What you will need:
picoPrompt App from the App Store on iTunes
iScroll/iGlue Combo from Teleprompting Techniques Ltd
FTP enabling Dongle from Autoscript Ltd
iOS 6 or above required for full functionality

Access to a remote FTP server

8a.       Recommended picoPrompt Settings for V2.1.0 or later when linking to Autoscript’s WinPlus Newsroom Prompting system.

Scroll Control

Enable Gestures   ON
Reverse Gestures  OFF
Scroll Speed (0-25)   1
Use WiFi         OFF
IP Address      (Blank)
Port Number   (Blank)
Auto Connect ON
Countdown and Pause Control

Starting Value (0 to 15)   10
Pause Mode Controls  ON

Auto Flip control

On Application start  ON
On prompt file  ON
On Orientation change  OFF

Default Colours and Font

Foreground  White
Background  Black

Default Font   Ariel 60

Font Mapping   (See Note 1)

Font 1        Ariel 30
Font 2        Ariel 45
Enable       ON

Layout Control (See Note 2)

Mirror Mode    OFF (change this to ON if using with glass and hood)
Camera Mount Mode    OFF

Cue Marker

Enable   ON
On Right   OFF

Help Features

Hide Run Order Help    OFF

Additional Settings

Macros        Not required

Synchronised Playout

Enable    OFF
Master Device   OFF
Port Number   (Blank)
Server IP Address  (Blank)

Script Sync


Enable     OFF
Master Device  OFF
Use WiFi    OFF
Bluetooth ID   picoprompt
IP Address
Port Number 8012

Items to Sync

Send Font on Sync   OFF

Script Refresh

Hand Controller

Update on Go to Top   ON   (See Note 3)
PiP Record Start/Stop  OFF  (See Note 3)

Script Sync

Trigger Script Sync   ON

Special Functions


picoSmartStart on Flip    ON  (See Note 4)
Auto load to Prompt       ON  (See Note 4)

Text Editor

Enable Formatting     ON

Colour Scheme           Default

Font Size                     30

FTP Server 1 and/or 2

IP address: gate.ftpcontrol.net
Username: picoprompt
Password: ????
Directory: ????
Script filter *.*

(Please contact Teleprompting Techniques support to set up a customer test directory and password on the Teleprompting Techniques Test Server)

NB: You will need a dongle from Autoscript to make the system work using the auto FTP Transfer.

In WinPlus Configuration click on the FTP Tab

Remote FTP

Username:   picoprompt
Password : ????
IP Address: gate.ftpcontrol.net
Directory: ??? (Please contact support at Teleprompting Techniques to set up a test Directory and password)

Check box FTP Passive Mode

Local FTP

picoprompt Root Directory:  C:picoPromptRoot
picoprompt Sub Directory:   picoprompt
PicoPrompt Auto Upload:   Enabled

Interval (Secs):  30

Mode: Single Script File :       Select with click
Individual Story File:   Do not Select.

Slugline Marker for Upload (character to define which stories are to be uploaded to the FTP server)

Base Filename ( a date and time stamp is added automatically)

8b.       Operation:

When picoPrompt is launched it will ask whether you want to delete all local scripts.
If you say yes picoPrompt will delete the local files and automatically connect to the server and offer you the list of programme scripts held there.
If a test directory has been set up there will be a sample script already in the directory to experiment with.
The file extension of scripts from Autoscript is .ppf  .
Drag the list of available files up or down the picoPrompt picking screen in the Local Files view and touch the one you want. It will move to the shaded select bar.
Press Select .
You will be asked whether you wish to prompt this script. If you say yes the next time you see the text it will be on the prompt screen – we call this picoSmartStart.

WinPlus is saving a copy of the script onto the remote server every 30 seconds and each save will include all running order and text changes.

At the presenter or operator’s discretion the Back to Top button can be pressed on the iScroll picoprompt hand control.  picoprompt will automatically check the files on the server and if the date/time stamp has changed will automatically call it in and replace the old text.

Around 30 seconds is the best frequency of save so that it does over use the network. This means the worst case time for changes to be called in is 30 secs, of course it could be less depending when the change has been made relative to the WinPlus auto save!

Because the script has to be repositioned after a refresh from the top by jumping forward from page to page. As an option if an asterisk is added at the beginning of the story title Slug Line when it is being created in iNews WinPlus will only incorporate those stories with asterisks in the file that is saved to the FTP site. In this way the download time is kept to a minimum and the text can be moved to the start point quickly.

Notes on the picoPrompt Settings.


Font Mapping
Font 1        Ariel 30
Font 2        Ariel 45
Enable       ON

Slug lines are traditionally in a smaller font than the prompter text to maximise the amount of screen available for prompter text and to clearly indicate the start of a new story. Winplus sends the slugline defined as Font 1 and the prompter text defined as Font 2 but does not send the font itself. The pico Font mapping settings allow the user to map the WinPlus defined Font 1 and Font 2 to any of the standard picoPrompt Fonts. When the setting Font1 or Font 2 is selected the whole range of picoPrompt Fonts are offered and the required font can be checked.

Layout Control (See Note 2)
Mirror Mode    OFF (change this to ON if using with glass and hood)
Camera Mount Mode    OFF

These should be set to ON if the prompter is to be used in Mirror Mode for use with an on-camera hood and glass system. Mirror Mode turns the prompter screen into a mirror image of the text.

The Apple default flip when returning to the Local Files View for editing or selecting a new file to prompt means the Local Files view is facing away from the user. If Camera Mount Mode is selected a further flip will automatically occur to bring the Local Files View to face the user for easy access.

Script Refresh

Hand Controller

Update on Go to Top   ON
PiP Record Start/Stop  OFF

When ON Update on Go to Top will change the function of the iScroll hand control so that if the button nearest the control knob is pressed it will automatically trigger pico to check the FTP site for changes to scripts and the running order. If the date/time stamp has changed it will call the new version into the prompter. When OFF the button will revert to its normal function of restarting the prompter text from the top.

PiP Record Start/Stop enables remote start and stop recording of the Facetime camera. In this way a user can video and prompt themselves at the same time. The Back to Top Button can be pressed twice with a half second delay between presses. A successful Start can be seen when a small reference screen of the Facetime camera output appears embedded within the prompter text. A successful Stop will close the reference window and inform you that the video has been saved to the camera roll.

Special Functions


picoSmartStart on Flip    ON
Auto load to Prompt        ON

If picoPrompt is launched with picoSmartStart on Flip set to ON it will ask whether you want to delete local files. If you say yes it will automatically delete all local files, and proceed to connect to the remote FTP server and will then display the available files in the picking window.

If Auto Load to Prompt is also set to ON, when you have selected the required file, pico will ask whether you want to prompt that file. If you accept, pico will proceed to load and display the file as prompt text and save it into Local Files.

9.      A Detailed description of picoPrompt Settings and their Functions.

9a.          Scroll Control

Enable Gestures

When set to ON provides a facility to control the speed of scroll by touching the screen and moving your finger up to start/advance the text to increase the scrolling speed or down to reduce the scrolling speed, or stop.

Reverse Gestures

When set this will reverse the above movement.

Scroll Speed

This will indicate the last speed of scroll.

Use WiFi
This should be set to ON if it is intended to use a remote hand control using peer to peer WiFi. If Bluetooth is to be used this should be set to OFF.

IP Address:     This is the IP of the host if a WiFi connection is being used
Port Number:  The default Port Number is 3254

Auto Connect:  The device will automatically connect to the host and should the connection be dropped will reconnect automatically.

9b.         The following settings (*) are for use where no external scroll control is in use and the user sets an average reading speed, usable for short pieces to camera of up to a minute.

*Countdown and Pause Control
Starting Value (0 to 15):
This is the value of the countdown display in seconds to the start of scroll and can be edited in Settings

*Pause Mode Controls:

When this is ON a Pause Bar will appear when the scrolling text is paused by touching the screen. The PAUSE BAR consists of  the following Icons:

When pressed this will take the script to the designated In Point and commence to scroll automatically after a countdown of seconds as entered in Starting Value.

*In Point
This enables a start, or In Point, to be set in the script. The In Point will be cleared before a new one is set.

*Save Speed has been changed to SmartEdit and the Running man icon replaced by a Pen and Paper icon.


The Pen and Paper Icon will appear when the the prompt display has been touched to pause scrolling. When touched it will flip the display to the edit screen at the point where you wish to make a change. After a change has been made touch Done and the display will flip to the prompt output at the point where the change has been made.

This effect can also be achieved by a two finger swipe, right to left to go to the edit screen and left to right to get to the prompt text.
The scrolling text can be paused by simply touching the screen.  Un-Pause by touching the screen again or by touching the Un-Pause Icon.

*Orientation Lock
The Padlock is green when UnSet and RED when SET. This will lock the orientation to avoid accidental Flipping.

Speed Value:

The speed value that has been saved.

9c.         The iPad/Pod  i Symbol
Touch the i symbol to return to the Flipside of the screen for file management/downloads.

9d.         Auto Flip Control

On Application Start
When ON the application will automatically power up in the Local Files screen ready to select a Prompt File. After selecting the file press PROMPT to initiate prompting.
When OFF the application will power up with the prompt screen displayed. Press the i button to get to the Local Files view.

ON Prompt File
When ON prompting will automatically start after Prompt File or Prompt Running Order has been selected.
When OFF select the file with Select/Edit, press Prompt File, then press Prompt to prompt the file.

On Orientation Change
When ON, the display will flip between the Prompting view and the Local Files view on a physical orientation change.
NB: If the FLIP on Orientation is not ON  the small Apple i icon must be used to return to the Flipside of the application.

9e.         Default Colours
Select Foreground or Background and check the desired colour. These are default colours. If text is originated in Word or other word processors there are MarkUps available to define background and foreground colours. The text should be saved as a .txt file.

9f.         Default Font
Is the Font that will be used on the prompt output unless another font has been marked up (see  4c) or by Font Mapping – (see 9d)

9d.         Font Mapping
Font 1
Font 2
Enable ON/OFF
When enabled will map imported fonts 1 and 2 to any internal pico font. (see 8.b Note 1)

10.       Layout Control

10a.         Mirror Mode:

When ON the display will offer a mirror image of the prompt text in order that it can be used with On-Camera prompting systems which use glass or Perspex to reflect the image across the lens of the camera.

Camera Mount Mode
When ON an additional automatic flip is introduced to position the edit screen so that it faces the user when in mirror mode. This facilitates selection of a new file or small corrections to the text.

11.         Cue Marker

When enabled a cue marker will appear in the prompt display margin. The Slider adjustment will move the marker up or down the screen.

On Right
The position of the cue marker can be changed when languages that justify to the right are being used or the display is in mirror mode.

Hide RO Help
A default hint on how to use the Run Order will be cancelled with this set to ON.

12.       Additional Settings

Up to four Macros can be set to use the mark-ups to place markers, fonts changes, or colours into the text.

13.         Synchronised Playout
Enable will initiate prompting syncronisation using two iDevices and a local network with a  WiFi or Bluetooth connection

Master Device
will set a device as the controller. There can only be one designated master device in a group.
Bluetooth ID Configurable – Default: picoprompt

Port Number: 3254 is the default port.
Server IP Address is the IP of the peer to peer WiFi server.

14.         Script Sync

Note: Any devices that are being syncronised must have the same screen resolution i.e. iPad to iPad, Iphone to iPhone or iPod


Script Sync using Bluetooth will synchronise script between two iDevices which enables script updates to be sent to the on-camera prompter.
Both devices must be Enabled.

Enable must be ON on both devices

Master Device
Only one device can be set as a Master

Use WiFi
If using WiFi rather than the default Bluetooth, set up a local network

Bluetooth ID picoprompt (default)
The same Bluetooth ID must be set on both devices, the devices will auto connect

IP Address
is the IP address of the server if a WiFi connection is being used

Port Number  8012 (default)
Is the port number that is being used if a WiFi connection is being used.

14a.         Items to sync

Send Font on sync
When enabled will send the font as part of the syncing process to ensure that the format remains the same on both devices

15.         Script Refresh

Hand Controller

15a.         Update on go to Top

When enabled this will change the function of the “Back to top” button the the iScroll hand control to automatically command picoPrompt to log onto a remote FTP site and call in any scripts that have been updated

15b.         PiP Record Start/Stop

When enabled the “Back to Top” button on the iScroll hand control will start video recording using the Facetime camera. Two presses are required with a half second delay. A successful start will show a picture of the Facetime video embedded within the prompter text for reference. A successful Stop will cancel the picture and save the video to the camera roll.

15c.         Script Sync

Trigger Script Sync
When Enabled Script Sync will refresh locally held scripts from the remote FTP server

16.         Special Functions


16a.         picoSmartStart on Flip

When enabled when picoPrompt is launched the user will be asked whether they would like all local scripts to be deleted. PicoPrompt will then automatically log onto a specified remote FTP server and display all the remote scripts available.

16b.         AutoLoad to Prompt

When an available file has been accepted by touching the entry on the picking screen the user will be asked whether they wish to prompt that script. If accepted the picoPrompt will automatically load the script into both the prompter and Local Files and Flip to the prompt view.

17.           Text Editor


Enable Formatting will format the edit text into commands and text to facilitate editing.

Colour Scheme will be the colours allocated to the Command text of the mark up language and the text to be edited.

Font Size will be the size of the font used for the text to be edited on the dit screen.

18.         FTP Server 1 and 2

Hostname: Is the IP address or URL of the remote server
Username: This is the name of the network.
Password: This is the password for the network
Directory:  This is the directory where the script files will be saved.
Script Filter: Typically *.* will load any file.

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