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SignageStudio / Re: Seamless updating of an image slideshow
« on: March 13, 2014, 05:54:26 AM »
I have never really done anything special, that is what I love about visibletweets.  I have always used it on vertical monitors though at 1920x1080 so maybe that is saving me.  I also like it because I can use advanced search criteria like from:@user. This would give me only tweets and re-tweets from that user. Almost kind of a poor mans moderated twitter feed because it will not include others tweets mentioning the user.

What kind of device and resolution are you trying to use visabletweets on?

SignageStudio / Re: Showing Pictures stored locally
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:45:08 AM »
I actually used the MRSS feed one time before and it worked greatfor the most part using smugmug. The only problem is if you don't have a decent internet connection it takes a a few seconds for each picture to load. Being able to look at them locally would get rid of that issue. 

I I am going to give the webserver idea a try, thanks!

I appreciate the ideas and feedback, you guys rock!

SignageStudio / Showing Pictures stored locally
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:17:37 AM »
So I was wondering if anybody had any idea on how to show pictures store locally on the PC in a screen division.  I know you are thinking why would you ever want to do this but hear me out.

I have a client that wants some signs set up for a big party. They want to be able to live update pictures on the sign without the sign ever going black to restart.  The idea being they would pull pictures off of twitter that were taken at the party and live update the signs throughout the night.

What I am thinking of doing is putting dropbox on all of the machines. Then I could share that folder with whoever is managing the pictures and they can add/delete as they like which would update the signs seamlessly and automatically.

I am just nto sure how I could point the software to look at pictures that or stored locally.  Any ideas?

SignageStudio / Re: Seamless updating of an image slideshow
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:01:38 AM »
Hey sorry I didn't catch this post but if you are still needing the steps let me know. I will check back this time.

Yes but there is still a significant grace period until it will sync. Which is the way windows should do it.  Just saying I think having a column for the local wold be extremely handy. Sometimes my players will get shipped around the country for different shows and I don't even get to touch them. This would make troubleshooting much easier.

SignageStudio / Re: Next Version of Studio
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:08:39 AM »
It is just a list of a lot of little annoying things easily worked around but still something you have to watch out for. Here are some of those things:

-When working in the scene editor using HTML 5 sometimes the websites will preview without being scaled. I guess technicly they are being scaled to the resolution I specified but not to the preview window size.  So this leads to the website taking over my screen and making it impossible to edit any other properties on that screen after putting the URL in. Even if you can get back to the campaign screen to try to sync/save the dialogue box that pops up is then blocked by the website even though I am not even on the scene editor screen.  Now that website will come up every time until I delete the URL from the scene editor. This seems to mostly happen with the website visibletweets.com  . It really works well and looks great when you get it to save though.  I have seen it happen with some other sites too. Maybe it is a characteristic consistent across these sites.

-The scheduling priority does not always work as intended. I have always had bad luck with my signs not showing what they should  then as soon as I take the lower priority timeline off it will work as intended.  The last time this happened which was about 3 weeks ago I made sure everything was up to date and we were even using 18 brand new mediaBOX-300's.  The odd thing is I have other signs that seem to never have that issue.

-When you duplicate a timeline and the name will change will change in the properties to that duplicated timeline like it should. Then when you go to change that name it will change the name of the original timeline you duplicated off of. You have to select a different timeline then go back to the timeline you want changed in order to change it. It isn't really a big issue it just leads to scheduling the wrong timelines if you don't know about it as the names are wrong. ( Nitpicky I know but you asked)

-I believe this is very much related to the last issue but if you use the scheduler and move the timelines around with the mouse it doesn't always take. You have to type in all of the values to get it to really stick. Even after I type in the numbers I still have to sometimes use the little arrows to change the value to really get the settings to take.

-Sometimes I have signs that will loose their internet connection but then when they get it back it will take hours for them to come back online.  I know that they have a connection because I use teamviewer as a back-end into all of my signs and I will remote into them to restart them and then they are fine.  This does not happen very often and seems to happen only with WiFi so it is already in non ideal situations. 

-I have also had videos play fine on signs but then just stop playing long after they have been already cached. I have seen videos play all day then just stop playing out of nowhere with a blank screen. I will have to restart the player and sometimes even have to re-cache the video to get it to play again. I am using .FLV files with an MP4 codec. I say in the videos that you prefer the h.264 codec but when talking to my editor he says that there is no h264 codec for .FLV files but the extension .f4v is used to for this. The problem there is mediasignage does not recognize .f4v files. So I use .flv files with a MP4 codec because I seem to have the most success with that.

- The snapshot function in the stations view will only show the primary monitor if you are using multiple displays.  Maybe this is more of a feature request than a bug.  Still I have to remote in to make sure the sign is working properly which kind of sucks.

There is a few things I can think of off the top of my head.

There are a few things I would love to see added just for convenience and time saving, along with a couple added features too. Still like I said initially smoothing things out before adding new features is always first in my book.  I will throw a few up in a post in the proper forum sometime.  You guys have a great product and I looks forward to seeing what you have planned for the future. 

SignageStudio / Re: Next Version of Studio
« on: October 14, 2013, 05:19:07 AM »
I do wish they would focus more on bugs and stability rather than new features all the time. Maybe moving to the Amazon cloud on top of their new "enhancements" we will get something more reliable and easier to work with.

I never really realized how bad it was until the other day when I was teaching someone how to use it. Half the time I was telling them things to watch out for or what to check on so that a bug or glitch doesn't bite them.

New features and suggestions / Re: Simple yet not there?
« on: September 28, 2013, 09:56:59 AM »
I agree with all points.

Though the folders would be nice, if you get a little clever with your file naming it is not really a big deal.  You can mass name content in windows by selecting all the files at once then rename them and it will numerically name all of the files in 1 go. Doing this and then just using the search function almost makes folders a non issue. Still they would be very nice. 

It would be awesome to just get an ftp log in when you sign up for media signage for uploading and managing resources. That sure would make deleting nice. I have yet to find an efficient way of deleting things.

New features and suggestions / Local time of the machine in station view.
« on: September 28, 2013, 09:44:21 AM »
I do a lot of temporary sign setups for conventions and I am always having to fight with the local time of the machine.. It would be very handy to have a column that pulls the info from the local clock of the machine.  This would make life a lot easier for troubleshooting signs not showing what they should be. Thanks!!!

I just got about 18 media boxes in and every one had a default power setting to turn the monitor off after 10 minutes.  Not a huge deal but it is a horrid default setting that should be changed. This is also kind of a heads up to people buying the new box.  I do love the new mini displayport though!!!

So I just got  about 16 new Media Boxes in all with High Gain antennas and they looks to be an upgraded version of past boxes. One major difference is the antenna ports are much closer together not allowing to use 2 high gain antennas. They are just to bulky to fit next to each other.

SignageStudio / Re: Seamless updating of an image slideshow
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:42:05 PM »
So I ended up using a media RSS feed coming from smugmug.com and it works great!  Thanks!

SignageStudio / Re: Seamless updating of an image slideshow
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:54:57 AM »
I have never given it a try but I will look into doing that. I might have found a third party flikr embedding option that can loop as well. I think between that and setting the timeline to 2 minutes or so it should accomplish my goal. This would embedd a looping slideshow that updates every 2 minutes.

I really appreciate the help!

SignageStudio / Re: Seamless updating of an image slideshow
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:38:40 AM »
Thanks for the fast reply!!

The twitter feed is not the issue.

Basically I need to be able to add pictures to a slideshow screen division without having to restart the screen. It would loop through the pictures and when I add one eventually throw it into the loop when it came around to that picture.

My first thought was embedding slideshows from picasa or flickr but they do not loop. I also had the idea of webcasting the slideshow and putting a webcast division in. I think this would work for a couple signs but most likely fail due to the bandwidth needs in order to pull it off across 6 signs.

SignageStudio / Seamless updating of an image slideshow
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:27:14 AM »
So I am setting up 6 signs for a grand opening of a local hotel. The idea is that it will have a live twitter feed which is no problem. By the way visibletweets.com works great for this!! The problem I need to solve is when people send pictures to me via twitter I need to be able to update them live without the players restarting. I was looking to options that embed a slideshow via flikr or picasa but those will not loop.

Would anybody have any idea on the best way to go about this.

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