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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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SignagePlayer / Re: SIGNAGE PLAYER NOT working after midnight
« on: May 31, 2018, 03:41:58 PM »
SMCMillan

I do not know why this worked for me but we added a 3 sec blank jpeg between each item on the timeline.  It reduced my lock ups considerably.

On a pc you can set the bios and or batch files to stop and restart on a schedule.  Google it - You could have it restart at 5 am and you should be good.

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


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Just a heads up:

Ran a 6.0 player with a V6 Studio and a single image stored in a google drive folder flashes.  Could not figure out how to make it stop. I will have to stay on the older player and older studio until this bug is squashed.   

I do love the V6 Studio RSS Feed font size and speed fix - awesome!

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

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Yes - I use the remote clear all the time.  Having to go into each account, and then each station, and then click on the little eraser is what I would like to have a better option for.

Also - at times - maybe 2 out of 10 cache dumps - the station ends up setting at the white connection screen and does not automatically restart.  The client has to power off and back on the player to get it going again.  Maybe watchdog is not catching it. (?)

Having an easy to add clear the cache event on a time schedule would be awesome as long as everything restarts cleanly.

Having a Dump All button that would do it for all users / stations / that are under my enterprise account would be very useful as well.

The main issue is it seems when we add an item to drive it shows up pretty quickly - when we delete an item from drive it may stay in the memory on the player for several hours or even days.  Dump the cache and it is gone.

Thanks so much!

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

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For Clarification:

Will we still be able to send a link that allows a someone to preview a campaign without having to log into the studio?
If we open a campaign in full screen preview we will be able to grab the address line in the browser and share it or not?
If not will there be some solution for this other than doing a screen grab and uploading it to youtube?   Lastly - what is the time frame for this to be resolved.

Once 6.0 player is loaded and we use studio V6 there will be no "Flashing" if there is a single image in Google Drive?

Thanks as always!

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

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New features and suggestions / Google Drive - Need Auto Cache Dump.
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:15:25 PM »
Seems like the fix to all things glitchy with google drive is to clear the player cache.

Could we have a timed item either as a resource that could be placed on a timeline or something in the station tab that would clear the cache on a schedule - every hour, at a certain time, or something?

With over 100 accounts it is difficult / time consuming to do this manually and I have not had much luck trying to automate it externally. 

Thanks!

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


 

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Just a heads up - In the new version 6 of the studio the Google Drive Scene no longer has a slideshow checkbox.   So if you have a single image in a Google Drive folder it will "flash" every 10 seconds or so.  (Because it is playing it as a slideshow).  There is no longer an option to turn slideshow off.

We need this fixed please - we commonly save single image menu boards for our clients in google drive folders and then change to different folders based on calendars and timelines.  (Breakfast to Lunch to Dinner to Weekends ect.)  On V6 the single image reloads over and over and over.............   The fix was to reload V5 of the studio and uncheck the slideshow box.

I changed the name in the directory on the studio install program so I could have both V5 and V6 on my desktop.

Heads up number 2: If you copy a campaign from an existing customer to a new one the copy feature does not work.  You will get an error message saying that you must save first.  The fix is to copy and paste to a word doc - edit it from save = 0 to save = 1.   Recopy it and then paste it into the new client setup.  This should be a quick and easy fix for the Dev guys.

Lastly:  The URL preview in the studio still is not working in either version of the studio - it does not layer correctly so if you have a full screen background the campaign contents will be covered completely by the background.  You can not even click on the "Full Screen" area as it is covered by the background.   

This is a huge issue - we use the URL preview to demo our services as well as a way to get approval on clients campaigns / changes before we go out and install the actual screen.   This has cost us several new clients in the past month or so.  It was so nice to be able to just send a clickable link to a prospect and share how one of our current clients use our email to TV service in real time.  I feel like one of my arms is tied behind my back when interacting with a new possible client.

Hope this helps

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

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SignageStudio / Re: Studio v6.0.88 is BROKEN. Why is it out of BETA?
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:20:32 AM »
I would like to thank MediaSignage for working with us to resolve our issues.

We were somewhat discouraged with the "Excitement" caused by the 6.0 release but everyone at DS stepped up to help us.

Ron and Mike in Live Chat are awesome. 

We still have a few issues that are being fixed but at the end of the day I will have a better product to offer to my clients.

Sincerely,

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


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New features and suggestions / Re: Add Google Slides support
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:04:59 AM »
I have done this with google drive and our email to TV service.

All the end user has to do is send an email with the attached images and they instantly become a slideshow on the TV's.

If a change needs to be made they just send a new email - Simple as that.

No need to get a new signage vendor - DS does this quite well.

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




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New features and suggestions / Re: Scroll Speed increase
« on: March 27, 2018, 08:52:14 AM »
I am posting to thank MediaSigange for resolving this issue.

One of our services allows persons with significant vision impairments to read emails and text messages directly on their TV's. 

We loaded the newest version of the Studio and now can create incredibly huge text along with wonderfully fast scrolling speeds!

FUN!

Recently we have also been selling this to retail clients as an alternative to the ugly and clunky "signtronix" type displays.


Summary:

We give our clients TV's an email address.

Our customers can simply send an email or text message directly to their TV and the content instantly scrolls across the screen.

They can add images to a slideshow and even change the background image simply by sending an email / text message.

Nothing for them to learn - it is just a TV and an email address.

I am still looking to partner with another Forum member to market this across a wider area - We are currently in 2 states.

Thanks so much!

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

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