After you have created your custom presentation in Presentation Integrator, and you're ready to test it, or if you're part of a team and want to make your custom presentation available to other designers, you will need to publish it to Management & Control Services (MCS).
When you're ready to test your presentation, you publish it to MCS. Once a presentation has been published, you can download a copy (by opening the presentation with Presentation Integrator), modify it, and save it locally. However, to make the changes available to users, you must publish it again. When you publish a presentation, the file moves from your computer to MCS, and no local copy is retained. If a presentation is in use when you publish it, none of the changes to it will take effect until the next time the user accesses it.
When you add resources to a presentation (such as images or Web documents), so that they can be downloaded to clients, they are automatically published to MCS when you publish your presentation. These items also become available to other designers who might edit the presentation on a different computer.
The next step is to start MCS and run Presentation Manager to assign your presentation to end users.
MCS serves as a data repository where you can store your custom presentations and access them from any computer with access to MCS. Although you can save a presentation on your machine, if you are working with a team and want to make your presentation available to other designers, you can publish it to MCS for that purpose. After you publish the presentation, it is automatically moved from your computer to MCS no local copy is retained.
When you add an image to a presentation (to either the background or to an internal header or footer), a Web document to the Resources pane, or an external header or footer to a presentation, those images, Web documents, and external headers and footers are automatically published to MCS so that they can be downloaded to clients. These items also become available to other designers who might edit the presentation on a different computer.
Since the path to these files is not retained when the files are published to MCS, each filename must be unique.
After an image, Web document, or external header or footer is published to MCS, it cannot be deleted using either Presentation Integrator or MCS.
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