Webpages

Enables FreeWorship to display websites as a Service Item. Simple.

Webpages

Why did you make it?

Often churches or events want to display a website, whether it be a resource for the attendees or showing off a new page of their own. We have so often seen churches simply minimise the projection software they use, and drag a browser window across to the projection output. We don’t like this at all; it looks unprofessional, can be distracting and can be difficult to navigate as it’s only on the main output. That’s why we also included controls to zoom and navigate around the webpage in the central pane, that don’t affect the main output.

Possibly my least favourite moment at my Christian Union at University was the moment the band wanted to spontaneously play a song which they didn’t have the lyrics for. I was not on projection, but they were using FreeWorship. To my horror, I watched them Google the lyrics, load the website in a browser and drag that across to the main output for people to follow. At that moment I realised the importance of this feature.

Why should I really bother though?

The ability to display websites as a form of media is very useful as you can point people to where to find content or where to share content quickly and easily
Dragging windows onto the main output appears unprofessional and is not good practise
Windows solely on the main output are difficult to navigate. FreeWorship has included specific controls to aid presentation

Video Enhancer

Video Enhancer

Enables the user to adjust the brightness and contrast of any video that is being displayed within FreeWorship.

Video Enhancer

Why did you make it?

So many times people turn up on a Sunday morning with a video that has been ripped off YouTube and is completely unwatchable. Often it’s completely washed out on the projector and the impact is lost. However, normally it’s only a very simple adjustment that is required, it’s just that a tool do so is not available. What we’ve included in FreeWorship is the ability to adjust the contrast and brightness of any video, to give you the best chance of rescuing a video at short notice.

Why should I really bother though?

Unwatchable videos lose their impact and message

Video editing software is expensive and is unlikely to be available or quick or simple enough to be used on a Sunday morning

Even videos that may be perfectly watchable could be improved by adjusting the contrast or brightness by a small amount. This can often give the appearance of a far more professional media team

Drag & Drop

Drag & Drop

Allows the user to drag and drop files and images straight into the service list, without needing to download or find the file location

Drag & Drop

Why did you make it?

The amount of people that find opening an image by downloading it and then navigating to it in an explorer window too taxing. We ended up agreeing (and didn’t want any more emails on the matter), so we made adding content to FreeWorship as easy as we possibly could. That should keep everyone happy.

Why should I really bother though?

Because life on earth is short and you don’t have time to waste downloading an image and navigating to it

You don’t have to keep track of file locations; though we would always recommend keeping folders organised, any last minute content on a memory stick can be dragged straight into the service list with your usual default display settings

There’s something satisfying about dragging and dropping

Easy to use and to teach; familiarity for your teams

Twitter Alerts

Twitter alerts allows a user to search for a hashtag or keyword on Twitter, and then display moderated tweets, with or without images, overlayed on the main output.

Twitter Alerts

Why did you make it?

Basically we needed it. We have done events that traditionally always used text-ins to talk to the host. How old fashioned!! Nowadays everyone is on Twitter, so we joined the hype and made a feature to enable an event to use a hashtag and the automatically pull those tweets into FreeWorship to then display as an Alert.

Why should I really bother though?

The way a hashtag spreads is incredible and Twitter is cross platform enabling anyone to contribute

Prevents typos for an operator pulling content in from another source and is quicker than even copy and pasting from another program. Plus since FreeWorship’s alert manager is a seperate window, you can keep it open the whole time so you never miss a tweet

Using Twitter enables pictures to be shared as well as text; keeping all the content in one place makes it so easy to share highlights with people

FreeWorship doesn’t just display anything; the feature provides the facility to moderate the content, to ensure that only tweets you want to display are shown

It looks pretty cool and that’s what church is about right?

Child Lock

Allows the primary user, programmer, administrator to prevent other users adjusting a number of critical display settings whilst operating FreeWorship.

Child Lock

Why did you make it?

People never like to leave things alone, or how they found them. This setting makes sure you don’t lose yours! All too often, even if not intentional, users change backgrounds, transitions or other style attributes. This can lead to inconsistent content presentation or worse, simply unreadable songs. We have first hand experience of this, so knew we had to include something to allow you to lock it down.

That being said, a lot of users don’t fully know what the software can do; decluttering the interface by removing the options to adjust settings can help more basic operators get to grips with the software quickly.

Why should I really bother though?

You can’t trust anyone

Getting the right settings takes time, and people often forget to back-up a service. This prevents any unwanted alterations in the first place

This ensures the service will appear as programmed

Helps preserve content/brand consistency

Declutters and simplifies the interface for less able users

Eases introduction to the software

SongSelect Integration


SongSelect integration enables users with a SongSelect subscription to stop wasting their lives typing in songs, and simply download them from the CCLI database straight into FreeWorship. These are then stored offline in FreeWorship for future use.

SongSelect

Why did you make it?

SongSelect is a growing service and one that we really like. It can be really difficult to find reliable lyrics online; they are usually littered with typos or include a million endings that were never actually intended to be sung by the congregation. This makes creating songs a time consuming process that is better spent fine tuning a presentation or training.

Why should I really bother though?

SongSelect makes it painless and fast to create Service Lists and create a database

No more last minute googling for a song which the worship leader has sprung on you at the last minute

It makes sure there are no embarrassing typos

It ensures the formatting is consistent and reduces the chance of spurious characters or line breaks

CCL Reporting

Enables easy compiling of CCLI reporting by tracking the songs that have been used and storing them, with the required information for reporting. The user can then select which to report and it’s as easy as that!


CCL reporting

Why did you make it?

We hate Admin. We hate time wasting. We love accurate data. Seriously though, accurate CCL reporting is important, and we want to empower users to do this easily.

Why should I really bother though?

Keeping track of the songs used in services can be tricky with different operators, worship leaders and spontaneity. Keeping it all within one program that tracks it all in the background without any user input ensures it is always being done

Gives you more time to do what you actually want to do which is creating beautiful media rich services

You have to do it so make it easier

Advanced Bible Search

Toggle between searching within any of the installed Bibles for a keyword
or reference. The keyword search can be used with a single word or a whole phrase, and uses a specially developed search algorithm to prioritise results.

Bible SelectionPassage Locate

Why did you make it?

Frequently speakers love to reference Bible passages that they haven’t prepared. Sometimes it can be really useful to display these for the congregation, but the reference may not be immediately known. Typing in two or three words can often be enough to locate the passage and within 5-10 seconds, it’s on the screen. We knew this would be useful especially for churches with a more spontaneous style of service.

Note this can also be used by speakers with bad memories and an inability to write down a Bible reference, but will need it on the screen in about a thirty seconds.

Why should I really bother though?

Enables faster and easier locating and displaying of Bible passages, especially spontaneously

Can help speakers who forget a Bible passage but need it on the screen

Can really help if the speaker is frustratingly paraphrasing verses, but you know think the congregation would benefit from seeing the nuances in the text. Note use this feature responsibly

Google Slides Integration

Google Slides integration quite simply enables FreeWorship to display Google Slide presentations. FreeWorship allows you to load a presentation from a Google Drive and controls it, allowing you to display the content as you normally would, but with the benefit of having it integrated into your service and into a single presentation software, with all your other media.

Google Slides SelectionGoogle Slides Presenting

Why did you make it?

We don’t like PowerPoint. It is restrictive for us to work with and requires churches to have expensive software. The number of previous versions that users are still using makes it very difficult for us to troubleshoot and develop reliability, which is essential for our users. We see the benefits of Google Slides as being:

Free to use – As far as we know, it always will be free to create and use Google Slides. This means you can save the money you would spend on PowerPoint and instead get FreeWorship Pro with a vastly larger feature set.

No more memory sticks – just pull the presentation off the internet. No more running back home at the last moment.

Cross platform – You can edit a Google Slides presentation on your phone, tablet, Mac, PC whatever you want. It enables any user with an internet connection to create a presentation for church

Constantly updating for all users – removes the multiple version issue and provides us with consistency

Potential for offline use – there is the potential for us to develop offline usage as you can download Google Slides, however, this is a while off

More reliable – the processing is still done by Google so there is no issue with converting presentations from one version to another, plus it will look identical to how you intended every time

Why should I really bother though?

Most churches have an internet connection now, or will do in the near future. We don’t see this as a barrier and in fact we see most churches moving to cloud storage and share files. This is an easy way to start that process