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I need to allow users at a meeting to browse a number of PowerPoint presentations.

My current plan is to save the PowerPoints as .pps show files, and have a Firefox install running in kiosk mode that's set to open .pps without prompting. (the presentations and their metadata come out of a web application, so having a web interface is appealing to us)

I'd love to have the kiosk close the open .pps and return Firefox to its home page after a set amount of inactivity, if possible.

Has anyone does this? Anything to beware of? Better options than I've thought of? I can be reasonably assured that the meeting participants will not be (maliciously) tinkering with any of the PCs.

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Try making another pps with links to the other ones.

EDIT: I tried it, and it works perfectly.
After the linked presentation is finished, it will return the the slide that had the link.

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The PowerPoints are already submitted, along with a lot of metadata, to a web application. I'd prefer to avoid the manual work of creating a container .pps, and I'm not sure if the container would remain open after the presentation .pps was closed. –  ceejayoz Jan 26 '10 at 22:11
    
+1 for a potential option, though. Cheers. :-) –  ceejayoz Jan 26 '10 at 22:12
    
In your solution, that should already happen - after the pps finishes playing, it will close, and it should return to Firefox. –  SLaks Jan 26 '10 at 22:12

This might be programming as you will need a timer macro in the pps to enable it to close itself after a certain period of time. Or they could also be programmed to start the FF after a period of time and close it and run itself again after a certain period of time.

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