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SignagePlayer / Re: Black bar at bottom of all screens
« on: January 04, 2019, 10:27:37 AM »
We have this as well - One option is to zoom the picture size on the TV itself and then move the screen divisions in a bit to display correctly.  This also works to hide any upper and lower navigation bars on android TV boxes.

Another option if your item is a full screen image is to turn off respect aspect ratio - this will stretch / skew the image to fully fill the screen division.  If your image is already close to the right shape it will not be distorted all that much.

I wish digitalsignage.com still offered the media droid 90 - it did not have any of these issues and was relatively cheap.   

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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SignagePlayer / Re: iOS Status Bar and 24 day lockup in the version 5.0 app
« on: December 21, 2018, 09:06:41 AM »
We have this same issue on Android and was able to modify an ap to automatically reboot the player on a timed schedule.  This resolved our issue with daily/weekly/monthly lock ups.  I wonder if such a thing exist in the iOS world?

We also found an app that can auto hide the various task and navigation bars as DS does not always seem to do this well.

Have a great Holiday!

- Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patrtios / Email to my TV  "Its just your TV and an Email Address"
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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SignagePlayer / Android Players for sale
« on: December 21, 2018, 08:17:33 AM »
Greeting,

We transitioned a number of screens to windows devices and now have several gently used android sticks and android tv boxes.

They are loaded with watchdog and the signage player. 

These have been unregistered and come up to the DS user and password login screen when powered on.  Log in and you are ready to go.

We have 16 1g/8g quad core sticks and 27 2g/16g quad core TV boxes.

We also have a Media Droid 300 brand new in the box with the TV capture dongle.  These are nearly $700 new and I will take any reasonable offer.  This was purchased directly from Digitalsignage.com.

Info on the android players:

All bloatware has been removed.

They are set up to automatically restart on a time schedule - usually every 4 hours.  This timer schedule can be easily modified and resolves most of the known DS player issues.
 
They are set up to minimize any visible command / on screen navigation icons on power up.

For menu boards and your more basic digital signage campaigns the 1g/8g quad core work great.  We ran a layered google drive based scene with a few RSS feeds on these and they worked just fine.

For more sophisticated presentations we use 2g/16g quad core TV boxes and they seem to be able to run just about anything.

Buy one or buy them all - any reasonable offer accepted.  We have a lot of time invested getting these to work as well as they do and I would just like to see them continue to get used.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or needs.

I hope everyone has a great Holiday!

Sincerely,

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV  "It's just your TV and an Email Address"
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705





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SignageStudio / Re: Video feed no longer working
« on: December 16, 2018, 02:15:55 PM »
Go back to a pre 6.0 android load.

I have about 60 screens that got wonky after they auto updated to 6.0

We currently using the older studio and player 5.0.4 software until all the bugs are addressed.  Live chat can give you a link to the older stuff if you do not have it.

- Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705


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I only use android players (2g/16g Android 7.0 or better) and it affected all of them when DS 6.0 was loaded.  Ron P in Live Chat is awesome and got me back up and running. 

In the last few days I noticed that some of my long standing concerns such as players locking up / failures to restart on errors seem to be resolved?  Maybe?  No formal notification from DS but one particular screen that always seemed to have issues now has run for 2 full days without a lockup.

We are still deciding what to do in November - Moving nearly 200 distinct signage clients in 3 states to a new vendor is not what I want to do.   I am just looking for a little consideration from DS.  It has been a difficult year for us.

Sincerely,

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to My TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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I have the same issue with android - ended up going back to the version 5 player and using the version 5 studio.  Ron P in live chat can give you the links.  The biggest issue is that you have to do it at the players location.

We had nearly 100 affected players in 3 states so I got lots of windshield time that week.

Hope this helps!

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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Report bugs and errors / Re: Transition between videos on timeline
« on: August 10, 2018, 07:32:30 AM »
I put a 2 sec blank .jpg immediately before a video and a immediately after it on the timeline.  I also use .flv for all of my video's.  This seems to work better for both smoother playing and smoother transition.

We had to reload the 5.0 Studio and use it for our existing clients and we use 6.0 studio for clients that need larger and faster RSS feeds.

Ron P in chat can send you the link to re-setup  5.0 - Install it in a different location so you can have 2 separate desktop icons for the studio versions.

- Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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We have been asking for a timeline resource or an automatic feature that could clear the cache automatically.  (Been asking for YEARS!)  I would love to have a simple timeline resource that could be dropped into a timeline that tells the player to clear the cache.  Or,  have a timer in the stations tab that could be set to clear it every few hours.

We use google drive and a google drive scene for almost everything we sell.  Clearing the cache fixes nearly every issue that we have. 

With well over 100 separate screens it is nearly impossible to keep everything "cleared".

PLEASE!  PLEASE!  PRETTY PLEASE?

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
636-368-7705
mr.paulwheeler@gmail

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Report bugs and errors / Re: Weather is never accurate!
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:38:53 AM »
We finally gave up on "pretty" weather scenes.  They were never up to date.  Then they would not layer correctly.  I do not have time for this.

What we have now is just a simple yahoo weather RSS feed that we scroll at the bottom of the screen.  Not pretty but it updates every 30 minutes and is accurate.  No fancy sunshine graphics and storm clouds but if it works it can be sold - if it does not work then I can not sell it.

So much does not work recently - we really need DS to step up and fix the basics.  The new stuff is really "nice and techie fun" but are useless if the basics do not work.

Local Business Patriots has been an enterprise user for many years.   I am trapped by DS as they are the only one that offer the Google Drive integration that I need. 

Sincerely,

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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We spent a lot of time and money only to have composite / component in and nowhere near HD out.

When it was suggested that we go with a PC and an AVermedia capture card we had what we needed only to find out it would not launch on start up.  The only solution was to send a stop/start command from the DS studio (not a good option as our end users do not have access to the studio - LOL).

No known fix from Digialsignage.com  - so - we spent 13 hours on a weekend to have my team figure it out.  (we wrapped the day around an informal company BBQ - it was fun)

I can provide a digitalsignage loaded, tested, and ready, small factor Window 10 PC with an Avermedia card that launches DS and TV capture correctly on power up for $700.00.   HDMI in / HDMI out.  Simple as that!   Login to your campaign and run with it.

If it works for you keep it - if it does not then send it back for a refund. (what a concept!)

We use these to display an instantly update-able RSS feed above live cable TV capture.  Simple but well received by our clients.

Contact me with needs or any questions:

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
636-368-7705
mr.paulwheeler@gmail

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SignagePlayer / Re: powerpoint cut short
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:05:29 PM »
I can not get powerpoint to show even one slide - how are you doing what you are doing? 

We could have a lot of fun if we could ppt to play from a google drive folder.

Thanks!

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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We used to use the media droid 90's directly from DS but they stopped selling them.  We have had very good luck with cheap 25 dollar android boxes.  1g/8g seems to be able to run our basic campaigns just fine. 

I just purchased 20 MXQ S805 Smart TV BOX Android 4.4 Quad Core for $20 each.  There are several versions of these boxes - some have an on off button and some just launch when connected to power.  Never know what bloatwhere is going to be on the device but most if not all can be uninstalled to free up some memory.  If you want to get really fancy with auto restarts and timed cache dumps you can root them

Also the mini android sticks work well and most can be powered off of the USB port on the TV.  That is nice because the client can fix most lock ups simply by turning the TV off and back on.

Call me if you have any questions.

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705


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This is also happening to me - I had to make the screen division much "taller" than normal so all the text would show.  Do not know why as it used to work flawlessly.

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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Robert,

We just went through this - we had promises of HD TV capture but could only get 420p with the mediabox 300 and the dongle.

The resolution we came up with was a small factor PC / an Avermedia PCI card / and a fix to the digitalsignage launch scripts.

In total it came out to be less money than the NUC/Dongle and renders the TV screen division in full HD.  Works Perfect.

We are selling quite a few of these.  I can set you up with something that is ready to go.

Contact me to see if this might work for you.

I hope everyone is having a great start to the summer!

Paul Wheeler
Local Business Patriots / Email to my TV
mr.paulwheeler@gmail
636-368-7705

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