learn how to install and use Management Portal on macOS
The Management Portal is a desktop application used for administration purposes in Projector. It is typically used by admins, finance managers, project managers, and resource schedulers.
Management Portal is supported by macOS versions 10.14 (Mojave), 10.15 (Catalina) and 11 (Big Sur), including on Apple Silicon M1 hardware. Older versions back to 10.12 (Sierra) may work, but have not been tested. Apple's macOS 12 (Monterey) is in beta as of June 2021 and is not yet supported.
There are a few limitations to using Management Portal on macOS. Please see Can I use Projector on my Mac?
If you are using Microsoft Windows and not macOS, you want this help page instead - Install Management Portal for Windows
NOTE: The process below takes 10-15 minutes. Please make sure you do this when you won't have to interrupt the flow. Do not cancel the installation steps beyond step 6 (or close the lid of your laptop, for that matter), as it tends to break the installation process.
Follow these steps to install Projector.
Go to your Applications folder. Open Projector from the Applications folder.
It is very important that you wait patiently during the following steps (8-15 minutes). Do not try to run Projector again until the installation has completed. Running prematurely or clicking cancel will break the installation.
You may start Projector from:
Do not try to run Projector from your Topics menu in Projector Web now that it is installed. Otherwise it will go through the whole install process again.
Also, do not run Projector from the Install_Projector.dmg disc image. (It is best to "eject" the Projector disc image after you've finished the installation.)
Management Portal makes extensive use of right mouse button functionality. If you are using your stock Mac mouse, you may need to configure it to emulate right click functionality. If you are using a third party mouse, you can likely skip this step.
If you are using a Mac laptop computer, you may similarly need to configure the trackpad to have right-click functionality as shown in screenshot below. You can also find this in the system preferences.
At the launch of the Apple Silicon M1 hardware (late 2020) some programs recently adapted to run natively on Apple Silicon don't perform well – for instance using macros seems to crash Excel. The solution is to set Excel to run in a legacy mode, using Rosetta, Apple's software that emulates the Intel processors.
To turn on Rosetta for Excel, first quit Excel. Then go to the Applications folder, right-click (or control-click) on Excel, and pick Get Info. Check off the box that says "Open using Rosetta." Important: Restart the Mac. After the re-start, opening a spreadsheet will happen with Excel running via Rosetta.
The Projector Management Portal offers some shortcuts via the function keys. On a Mac, the function keys are labelled F1, F2, etc. but by default control things like play/pause, brightness, and speaker volume. Hold down the Fn key while pushing F1, F2, etc. to get Projector's function key responses.
In the event your installation does not succeed. Please follow these instructions.
In Terminal, run
CX_LOG=~/Desktop/projector.log CX_DEBUGMSG=tid open /Applications/Projector.app