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I'd like to see a feature similar to the channel "Respect content length" such that if I place videos as the resource in a catalog, the videos will play full length, then play the next item int the catalog category. Right now, we can only control the time between items. This works fine for scenes with images, not not good for video's, flash files, etc.

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New features and suggestions / Paragraph Justification
« on: June 07, 2010, 11:16:41 AM »
It is very difficult to porduce quality custom content without some paragraph justification support. I mentioned this a few months ago and could really use it in the custom date and weather components. Let's face it, "December" takes up a lot mor room that "June"

| Wednesday |

vs.

| Monday      |


I would like to see:

|   Monday   |


Jim



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General discussion on the mediaCLOUD / Need Sports Video RSS Feed
« on: May 25, 2010, 12:46:21 PM »
Anyone have a link to a mRSS feed that works with MediaSigange?

Jim

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Report bugs and errors / Campaign sector for stations bug
« on: May 18, 2010, 07:04:25 PM »
Studio 2.0.185

If you try to change campaign the selector switches automatically. Have to be fast or lose track of what station was playing in the first place.

http://www.screentoaster.com/watch/stUkpQRExIR15bQl5fU19YX1RW

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Report bugs and errors / Studio version 2.0.175
« on: May 16, 2010, 04:06:12 PM »
Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10

In Scene editor, I cannot delete a resource in a scene. The X is there, but it cannot be clicked. I have checked all the user privileges and all boxes are checked.

Also in both operating system, when the mouse is rolled over a resource's "pins" to move or resize, the mouse dissapears, making it difficult to know what is going on.

In privileges, if you change teh default preivilige, the icon that signifies the default does not update until you log out and log back in.

Jim

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General discussion on the mediaCLOUD / Lesson Learned - Scheduled Timelines
« on: February 22, 2010, 02:05:44 PM »
Just wanted to post to possibly help the next person who tries this.

As you know, much is made of the caching engine for MediaSignage. It works great when the device loses its internet connection after booting. But there are some issues when there is never an internet connection.

The mediasignage player (1.9.102 at this writing) does not do a 100% job of displaying content as you would like when it will not have an internet connection after initial registion during setup (which is required). MediaSignage has the functionality to export and import the player data, but I found this to be problematic.

Reading and watching everything I could, one would assume you could just export from the studio and import to the player and all would be fine. That was not the case this weekend. I created a campagin for a venue that I knew would not have internet access. I created a scheduled campaign with one timeline scheduled 24 hours and set the priority to low and scheduled several other timelines to play at various times throughout the day with priorities set to high. I ran the campagin and even pulled the internet cable and watched it run.

After setup at the venue, I found that regardles of the time, only the first high priority timeline would play and repeat, no matter what time it was. All other content was ignored. I tried everything, to no avail.

I hope to do a lot with mediasignage, but some of it is for venues that do not have internet access. Do not make the same mistake of setting everything up at the office, disconnect and turn it on at a venue without internet access and expect to see what you worked so hard to accomplish.

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SignagePlayer / AirPlayer data
« on: January 27, 2010, 02:17:57 PM »
Where are the cached player resources download on the windows version of the media player?

Is the cached automatically cleaned?

It appears that using the export and import feature (when not network access is available) exports all the resources for the company, not just the resources assigned to a specific timeline or specific station. This seems like a waste od disk space.

I am concerned because some media players, like that built into the Samsung CXn serries have very limited internal disk space. Even the black box, with 80GB will soon fill up with the Media RSS cache if not cleaned regularly.

James

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New features and suggestions / Support for AVI file type
« on: January 21, 2010, 10:07:18 AM »
I've tried several suggestions for different conversion programs to convert .avi files to supported file types for mediasignage, but they all display jumpy and in poor quality. I've tried SuperC, QuickMediaConverter and others.

I need help from someone who knows what converter program to use and all the settings to get a 2MB .avi file (that runs perfectly and smoothly on the media player using VLC) as an FLV or SWF file. I need to convert it to FLV or SWF to run on MediaSignage with the same smoothness and quality as VLC shows it.

Of Course, if Media Signage would support .avi file types, all this would not be necessary.

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Report bugs and errors / New look for Forum
« on: January 20, 2010, 06:15:51 PM »
I like the new look.

I want to let you know that with IE8, I do not get a back, forward button when I open this forum from the link. Mozilla seems to work fine. I an still use the ALT -> or ALT<- to get around, but the buttons would be nice.

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I been looking at this for several revisions. In the station menu the STARTED time is not deciferable to me. At firat I thought it was a clock time that the player was started, but it was always off by hours AND minutes, so it was not a time zone issue. I do not understand it. Is the number in the "started" column a clock time, or is it the length of time since the player first logged in with the server?


How does one interpret "2.03:07:26"?

I am now guessing that it is a timer, not a clock. That the "started" is when the player FIRST logged in and the "restarted" is when it was updated.

Am I on the right track?

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Report bugs and errors / XPe desktop issues
« on: January 20, 2010, 05:56:40 PM »
I have a Blackbox from MediaSignage that I use for testing. When it does not autostart a program, it boots to a black screen. I need to use CTRL-ALT-DEL to pring up a task manager to get things done. I have another XPe machine that boots to the desktop GUI.

I've noticed that when I stop and start the player, or send changes, the XPe withthe GUI restarts okay, but leaves the Start menu with clock, etc. on the screen.

I do not know what the difference is between the black screen boot and GUI boot, or how to go from one to the other.

I guess I need to set up the other machinse to black screen boot to get rid of the issue?

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Report bugs and errors / Memory Leakage
« on: December 28, 2009, 05:58:32 AM »
Running 1.8.185

I am running a two-timeline campaign that develops odd behavior (missing components, etc.) then the player reboots after a few iterations.

Running task manager while it is running, I've noticed that PF Usage just keeps rising and rising each time the timeline changes. Then it gets to max memory and halts. It looks like PF USage drops way down and the player reboots again.

I've also modified one timeline to have the conent of the two timelines run in one channel and it does the same thing.

James

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New features and suggestions / Weather Component
« on: December 27, 2009, 01:38:07 PM »
Please add the ability to justify the data listed in a weather component. It is impossible to line up the day of the week (Sunday and Wednesday) in the middle of a label when the number of letters change and all we get it left justified.

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Report bugs and errors / Portrait/Lanscape issue
« on: December 19, 2009, 04:10:50 PM »
I have a demo monitor that is set up to rotate to Portrait mode so I can show menu boards and such. I found that I needed to change the SCREEN to 270 to get portrait to show correctly. But when I try to show a landscape designed campaign on the same monitor, it would not change back form portrait to landscape. It still showed in portrait mode.

I had to go the the landscape designed campaign and select "0" for orientation to get it to show up correctlly.

James

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New features and suggestions / Seamless Content updates
« on: December 19, 2009, 02:13:28 PM »
I wish we could have a smooth transition for one update to the next without seeing the "Signage presentation will resume momentarily". I'd like the player to just download the content while the previos content is playing and then transition to the new content like it does from one scene to the next.

I'd also like the monitor standby feature to work the same way. Wake up and get the content before the Monitor turns on so we don't need to see that message.

James

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