OnSign TV Newsletter – January 2020

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OnSign TV Newsletter #202001
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Holidays are over, but we would like to give you some reasons to keep on celebrating: 

  • Birthday App - Keep track of colleagues' birthdays and avoid that awkward three-days delay on wishing them the best. 
  • Multi-screen synchronized playback - Multi-screen Synced playback is now also available for Chrome OS, BrightSign and SSSP.
  • Additional Player Info - Download and install the latest Android Player so you can track player CPU temperature, connectivity, and battery level. 
 

ISE 2020 Amsterdam

Come and meet our team at Europe's largest AV show. ISE 2020 will take place in Amsterdam from Feb 11th to 14th. 
 

OnSign TV will be exhibiting with Qbic at 
Hall 15 - P245!

Book a meeting with OnSign TV team at ISE 2020
 

This month's featured app

We have just launched two Birthday Apps for you to display the current week's or month's birthdays. 
Entering and maintaining the birthday list is super easy:
  1. Create a two-column Google spreadsheet with names and birth dates.
  2. Link the spreadsheet to the App.
  3. Get ready for the party!

Check out the full tutorial: 
How to create the Birthday App
 

New resource usage graphs

The Resouce usage page is the go-to place when your players are not performing as expected. Now when using OnSign TV Android Player 9.7.17 and above, you will find three new graphs with additional player info: 

Temperature

Track the player's temperature history. Too high temperatures are not good and can be the reason for hardware crashes.

Connectivity

Get to know the player's connectivity history. This is a great tool for tracking how good or bad is the player's connection.
  • The green graph shows the percentage of time your player was connected during the period.
  • The blue bar is the number of successful server requests the player has performed.
  • The red bar is the number of failed requests. 

Battery

Whenever applicable, you can also monitor the player's battery level. 
Important:
  • Make sure you have the latest version of OnSign TV Android App installed  (9.7.17) so you can track temperature, connectivity and battery level.
  • Specific resource info may not be available, as not all hardware manufacturers provide access to all data.
 

Multi-screen synchronized playback

Already available for Windows and LG webOS, now, more screens can take advantage of multi-screen content playback as we have just added support to Samsung SSSP, Chrome OS and BrightSign players!
 
Note: We recommend using the same OS device in synchronized groups to obtain the best performance. 
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OnSign TV Newsletter – December 2019

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OnSign TV Newsletter #201912
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With another year almost behind, it is a great moment for a quick recap to ensure none of the features launched goes under the radar.
 

2019 Highlights

User Experience - UX


New File Browser UI: We have unified different pages into a single content folder structure and also created some additional ways of interacting with the platform, like right-click and drag-and-drop.
Enhanced Search Tools: Finding content once you have several thousand files can be a tricky task. That's why we have added search filters such as type of content, modification date, folder, etc. 

Features

Playlist enhancements: Now you can adjust default duration for apps and images added to a playlist. You can also get playlist duration while taking into account playback time and tag restrictions. Read tutorial
Default player group for new players: Now you can set a default player group, so any new player added to the network will automatically join the group. Read tutorial
Health Check: Quickly scan the network for small errors on the platform and get suggestions on how to fix it. Read tutorial
Folder permissions to restricted users: OnSign TV folder permissions follow a hierarchical architecture. Set the permissions of a folder and all files and subfolders under it will inherit the same permissions. This is an easy way to share all assets with restricted users. Read tutorial

 


NEW APPS

  • Follow Us 

  • Round Clock

  • RSS Circle

Support

Now you can install OnSign TV on LINUX devices.
Check out minimum requirements.
Multi-Screen Synchronized Playback for Windows and WebOS players: Now you can configure multiple players to playback content in-sync. This is a great tool for building menu boards and getting several players to present synchronized content in a long hall. Read tutorial
 

What's next?

There is much more coming in 2020!
To get started, in January we will expand the multi-screen synchronization support to Samsung SSSP, BrightSign and ChromeOS. 
 

We will once again exhibit at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam
Come meet us at Qbic's booth, Hall 15 - P245.

Book a meeting!

We wish you great holidays and a wonderful 2020!

 

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OnSign TV Newsletter – November 2019

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OnSign TV Newsletter #201911
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New this month:

  • Transitions support for SoC devices, BrihgtSign and Chrome OS
  • Promote social media engagement with Follow Us App 
  • Multi-screen synchronized playback available for Windows OS
  • New search rule: exclude items when searching for players or content!
 

Content Transitions

Initially, transitions were only available for Android, Mac, Linux and Windows, but now transitions are also supported by SoCs, BrightSign and Chrome OS.


New devices supporting Transitions: 

  • LG WebOS 4 and above
  • Samsung SSSP5 and above
  • BrightSign XD and XT models
  • Chrome OS version 57 and above
Animated transitions can be applied to campaigns, timeline items and playlist items. Check out the tutorial.

This month's featured App

Invite your audience to join your social media channels using the Follow Us App! 
Find it on: Create > App > Social Media tab

Enter your Social Network Accounts and the App will display a QR code shortcut to:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
 

Synchronized Playback

Now you can create multi-screen synchronized playback using the OnSign TV Windows player
Check out the tutorial.

NOTE: To ensure the best results, always use the same hardware specs for all players on the synchronized player group.

Our team is working to expand the multi-screen synchronization playback to other platforms. Stay tuned as soon we will add BrightSign and Chorme OS support to this list!

 

New Search Rule

The OnSign TV search bar just got more powerful, as now you can use the "-" sign to exclude items.

How to use? 

  1. Click on search bar
  2. Select the filters you want to apply
  3. Add "-" before the ones you want to exclude from search
All OnSign TV pages have a search box for helping to find specific items.

Examples:

Case 1. If your signage players contains multiple tags, you can search for players that contain certain tags, but not others. For instance: 
In this case, we want to have an overview of all university's players that are in public spaces, like halls, auditoriums, libraries, etc. For doing so, we excluded the ones that contain the tags "classroom" and "meeting room". 
Case 2. You want to check out all online devices, except the ones running Android OS.
On search box
is:online -os:"Android" 
Case 3. You want to list all campaigns without any publishing filter. That means all campaigns that are nor paused, nor restricted!
On search box:
type:Campaign -is:restricted -is:paused 
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OnSign TV Newsletter – October 2019

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OnSign TV Newsletter #201910
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Great news for signage integrators!
Same location signage setups can now take advantage of synchronized playback on multiple screens. Furthermore, OnSign TV has extended its interactivity campaign support to the Windows Player

Other highlights and news:
  • Assign new players to a default group
  • Advanced file search on your Content Page.
  • New permissions for restricted shared accounts.
  • New app: Round Clock
 

Synchronized Playback

You can now link several displays mounted in the same location for synchronized playback!
  1. Create a Player Group.
  2. Enable synchronized playback.
  3. Select the Lead Player and other displays will play in sync with the Lead Player loop. 
Available for LG webOS professional displays. Other devices coming soon.

Read full tutorial
 

Interactivity on Windows OS

Trigger content after the user clicks on an ad, banner or button on the screen.

For a long time, this feature was limited to Android OS, but now you can enable interactions on Windows media players as well!

Learn more:
How to create an interactive campaign
How to create interactive menus
How to create extended interactive menus
How to create an image carousel

This month's featured app

A new round clock layout is available!

On top of the traditional minimalist round clock face, this customizable clock allows for a digital clock and date in its middle.
 

Default Player Group

What? Define a default player group when setting up a device for the first time! The Player will immediately synchronize, downloading all existing Player Group content.
Result: A quicker setup process for your team! 

Read complete tutorial
 

New permissions for restricted users

Now you can add access to restricted shared accounts for two more sections at OnSign TV:
Dashboard: On this tab, you get a map overview of the device network, along with graphs on connectivity, synchronization status, and more. 
SEE TUTORIAL
Health Check: On this menu item, scan devices for possible issues that might affect your screens, such as invalid RSS news or expired campaigns. 
SEE TUTORIAL
*Sections only visible to users with player permission to INSPECT the player.
 

Advanced Content Search

Images, videos, campaigns, playlists, compositions, apps... you may be familiar with combining all these types of content to create beautiful signage on your displays. The problem is finding already existing and published content on the platform when you don't know the exact file name among your plentiful content. 

Use the search bar to narrow down the items to browse through: 
Pro Tip! If you search on the main Content Page, OnSign TV  lists every content ever uploaded.

To limit the search to a specific folder:
  1. Go into the desired folder.
  2. Select on search bar "Location – Limit search to this folder"
  3. Apply other filters, or type in the item name. 
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OnSign TV Newsletter – September 2019

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Special Edition - Playlists
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Today's newsletter is focused on one of the most beloved tools of ad managers and integrators: the playlist. Arranging content sequences, setting playback restrictions and estimating playback duration: all of it can be done on a single page: Other topics:
  • New way to unpublish content from all players with a single click
  • New RSS Layout - RSS News Circle
  • Take a look at the new shortcuts we have added to help and speed up content creation!
 

Unpublish with a Single Click

Now, you can remove any published content with a single click!
Simply right click any campaign or playlist and click on "Unpublish"!
 

New Playlist Features

Default Playback Duration

Until recently, all images and apps added to a playlist loop used to have a pre-set duration of 10 seconds. 

Yep, that was the past. Now you can set a default duration for new image and apps while adding them to the playlist!
Aside from videos, all new items dragged to the timeline will last for as long as defined in "M. Duration". In case you leave it empty, OnSign TV keeps 10s as default. 
Better yet, you can preset a default duration and still change a specific playlist item duration whenever needed.

New criteria for playlist duration estimate

While building your playlist, you may want to check its duration. To do this, simply click on the blue button "Estimate Playlist Duration".

Since each playlist item can have unique playback restrictions, you can simulate the duration considering:
  • Playback Start Date and time
  • Location: Get estimate for when a device is within a certain region
  • Tags: Enter tags that will be taken into account for obtaining the playlist duration

NEW APP - RSS News Circle

Update your signage's look with a new RSS App.
The new app features two themes: round (below) and square
 

Shortcuts

Create your playlist twice as fast by simply selecting multiple items from your content folder.
 
  1. Go to the content folder
  2. Select multiple items
  3. Right-click and click on "New Playlist"
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