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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.4.6

FrontFace for Public DisplaysThe latest version of our professional but yet easy-to-use digital signage software “FrontFace for Public Displays” again brings a lot of exciting new features and innovations!

Here is an overview of most important new features and improvements:

 

  • New Content Type: “Hot Folder” (a.k.a. Dynamic Playlists)
    Hot Folder Content TypeThe new Hot Folder content type allows the integration of dynamic, file-based content into your playlists. By specifying a (shared network) folder that serves as hot folder, the FrontFace player automatically scans this folder for displayable content (pictures, videos, XPS and HTML files) at runtime and shows it on the screen. With this feature you can update your playlists without having to re-publish them using the Display Assistant – Simply add, remove or update files within the hot folder!

 

  • Optional Station Logo Available in all Screen Layouts
    TV Station LogoFor all screen layouts you can now define a so called “station logo”. This (transparent) PNG image is then shown permanently in the upper right corner of the screen while the playlist is running in order to mimic the effect of a station logo as known from various TV stations.

 

 

  • New Screen Layouts with Transparent News Ticker Overlay
    Transparent Overlay TickerThe new screen layouts with the transparent news ticker overlay allow placing the new ticker bar over (!) the actual content of the playlist instead of below the content. By selecting transparent or semi-transparent colours for the news ticker tape you can create stunning effects with these new layouts!

 

  • Support for LED Video Walls (Using Screen Capturing)
    Support for LED Video Walls (Windowed Mode)Many LED video walls come with a special driver software that captures the content of a fixed area of the screen of the PC which controls the video wall. This technique is called screen capturing or screen scraping. FrontFace now also supports this method by providing optional command line switches which start the player application in a windowed mode instead of the full screen mode. The size and the position of the player window can be adjusted freely.

 

  • New Transition Effects: “Slide Up” and “Slide Down”
    New Slide Transition EffectsThe transition effects for scrolling the content into the view from the right or the left side of the screen are available in FrontFace for Public Displays since version 1.0; but why are similar effects for scrolling the content from the upper or the lower side of screen not included? We have asked this question ourselves and have now also included these effects as well. By using all four slide effects in combination, you can achieve great-looking visual effects on your screen!

 

  • Support for Player Groups (Deployment of the Same Content to Multiple Player PCs)
    Player PC GroupsIt is now possible to also set up player groups in the Display Assistant. You can easily assign playlists or complex schedules to Player groups. This helps to save a lot of manual work when working with multiple player PCs in a network that are supposed to mostly show the same content.

 

 

  • Additional new features and improvements:
    • You can now skip specific player PCs or player PC groups when performing a publishing operation in the Display Assistant.
    • The user manual (PDF) for integrating live TV channels into playlists has been revised and updated.
    • Possible conflicts in the scheduler are now reported during the publishing process.
    • The behaviour of scheduled triggers regarding their priority has been improved further.
    • The digital signage screensaver feature (for use in combination with interactive kiosk software) has been improved.
    • The support for removable USB and SD drives for performing offline updates of player PCs has been enhanced further.
    • Playlist pages that are marked as ”hidden” or that have a time-based visibility are now highlighted in the Display Assistant for a better overview.

Download the free trial version of FrontFace for Public Displays and try out the new features by yourself!

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FrontFace for Touch Kiosks 1.3.0

The latest version 1.3.0 of FrontFace for Touch Kiosks, an intuitive and easy to use software solution for touch screen terminals and kiosk PCs now comes with many new features and great improvements. Especially the Touch Kiosk Configurator, an application for configuring the kiosk system as well as for maintaining and the content, has been vastly improved and is now even more intuitive to use!

With FrontFace for Touch Kiosks you can create your own touch screen terminal applications such as information terminals for hotels, trade fairs, museums, companies or for the point of sale without any programming knowledge.

Here is an overview of the most important new features and improvements in this latest version:

  • Videos can now also be used a wallpapers (running as infinite loop). This makes your menus and front-ends even more vivid and interesting for the user!
  • Projects can now be easily be imported and exported. This allows you to work on several projects for different terminals at the same time.
  • The software now comes with four new demo projects (digital company blackboard, hotel and tourism information system, real-estate portal and digital menu board for restaurants) which you can use to instantly try out the great features of FrontFace.
  • The Print2Screen functionality has been improved in the same way as with FrontFace for Public Displays: You can now also update existing Print2Screen content with a single click!
  • You can now set a custom background color for Print2Screen pages. This gives you many new ways to create stunning content without having to stick to white “paper” as background.
  • The background color of your menus can now be customized which is e.g. very helpful for screens like the language selection screen that do not have any wallpapers.
  • The new “circle” theme that comes with FrontFace allows you to use round buttons in your front-ends that are aligned on a circle. Furthermore you can also integrate your logo in this new theme!
  • The preview feature has been massively improved and is not much faster than before.
  • The “home” button can now also be activated on the content viewer pages for a quick navigation option back to the main menu screen.
  • Many themes now allow disabling the integrated button artwork so you can create your own, custom button style by supplying a custom button artwork using transparent PNG files.
  • The Touch Kiosk Configurator application has been massively improved and is now even more intuitive to use.
  • Global settings like font style, color and font size are now available for most of the integrated themes.
  • Updating content on the terminal PC using a USB thumb drive is now supported and works also in combination with FrontFace for Public Displays when being used as digital signage screensaver.
  • A problem with video files residing on a network shares has been fixed.

A free, fully-functional demo version of FrontFace for Touch Kiosks is available for download on the product Website. Customers that have already purchased a license can obtain the update for free if the order has been placed less than a year ago.

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.4.0

Here is an overview of the most important new features and improvements in this release:

  • Scheduling of playlist pages:
    It is now possible to schedule the visibility of individual playlist pages. This allows you to create a playlist that contains, apart from general content, also special content that is only shown at a specific time or during specific days of the week!
    edit-page
  • Improved page layout selection:
    We recently added quite a lot of new page layouts to the software for all kinds of different visualizations on the screen. The new selection menu for page layouts gives you a better overview by grouping the different page layouts so you can pick the one that is right for you much faster!
    layout-selection
  • Improved Print2Screen dialog with integrated update feature:
    After creating a Print2Screen printout you can now choose if you want to use the content as a new object in your playlists or if you want to update an existing Print2Screen object with only one click. This saves a lot of time when updating existing Print2Screen content in your playlists!
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  • Improved performance of the “Slide“ transition effects:
    The performance of the “Slide“ transition effect has been improved and is much smoother now.
  • Improved multi-user support:
    If a project is opened by a user and has, at the same time, being opened by another user, a dialog is shown which also states the name (Windows logon) of the user which has opened the project in order to help avoiding conflicts.

General information and purchasing options are available on our product Website: http://www.mirabyte.com/en/products/frontface-for-public-displays/

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FrontFace for Touch Kiosks 1.1.0 (Interactive Touch Kiosk Software)

FrontFace for Touch KiosksWith the brand-new ”FrontFace for Touch Kiosks” you can easily create visually appealing touch screen front-ends with custom menus that provide access to various kinds of content and media, e.g. images, videos and even entire Websites (the software includes a secure browser with an optional onscreen keyboard!). Furthermore, “FrontFace for Touch Kiosks” also contains our innovative Print2Screen technology which allows you to create content with any Windows application that supports printing (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Acrobat Reader)!

For more details and a product video, please visit our Website: http://www.mirabyte.com/en/products/frontface-for-touch-kiosks/

Of course we also offer a fully-functional, free trial version which you can download.

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.3.0

FrontFace for Public Displays is a powerful, very flexible but yet easy-to-use digital signage software that can be used for all sorts of applications such as welcome boards, digital information and advertorial billboards, waiting room TV, digital shop window advertising and many more.

The latest version 3.3 includes the following new features and improvements:

  • An explicit loop count can now also be defined for Print2Screen and XPS documents as well as Web playlists (similar to the settings that are already available for slideshows!)
  • The language of the integrated browser engine (“HTTP Accept Language”) can now be set explicitly
  • The weather widget uses shorter update intervals to present even more up-to-date weather information
  • The security settings dialog of the Adobe Flash plugin can now be reached directly from within the Display Assistant
  • The selection boxes for transition effects and stretching options have been improved to be even more intuitive
  • A partner logo (co-branding) can be integrated into the title bar of Display Assistant window (for OEM partners)
  • Apart from the predefined screen resolutions for the integrated preview feature, it is now also possible to define any custom screen resolution (e.g. for special display types)
  • The wording of the weather widget has been slightly improved in all languages to prevent ambiguities
  • Multiple pages of a playlist can now be copied into another playlist of the same project
  • When using the bulk import feature for images, videos or XPS documents, the name of the generated pages corresponds to the name of the imported files (instead of page 1, page 2, etc.)
  • The context menus (right mouse button) for playlists and playlist items haven been enhanced (copy, move, delete, etc.)
  • The length of a video is now also being shown in the Display Assistant
  • The way how page names in a playlist are being shown has been improved
  • Furthermore, several minor improvements and bug fixes have been added as well in this version

For detailed information, a free trial version and the PDF user manual, please visit the product Website:

http://www.mirabyte.com/en/products/frontface-for-public-displays/

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.2.0

The new version 3.2.0 of FrontFace for Public Displays (digital signage software) includes some great performance improvements for less powerful PCs as well as some interesting new features, especially concerning the unique Print2Screen!

  • Improved performance of Print2Screen and XPS content on slower PCs: This optimization makes displaying content and the news ticker tape much smoother, even on PCs with less powerful hardware.
  • Transparent background color for Print2Scren and XPS content: You can now set the background color of Prin2Screen content to “transparent”. This gives you much more possibilities than just a plain white background that most printouts usually have!
  •  Multi-page Print2Screen and XPS content now use transition effects (e.g. fade transition or one of the popular 3D transition effects of FrontFace)
  •  New, free plug-in “Tag Cloud“: The Tag Cloud plug-in allows you to show words and text on the screen as an animated tag cloud. This great-looking effect can be used for a lot of create applications!
  • Text with place holders now also works with multi-line text. Simply enter a | (pipe) in the text at the position where you want to show the line break.
  • The included sample project has been reworked and new features have been added.
  • All list views (playlists, pages, etc.) in the Display Assistant now support context menus which can be accessed by using the right mouse button.
  • The user manual (English and German) has been enhanced further and updated.

General information is available on our product Website:

http://www.mirabyte.com/en/products/frontface-for-public-displays/

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.1.2

The new version 3.1.2 of our professional digital signage software “FrontFace for Public Dispalys” is now available.

Several usability improvements have been applied to the Display Assistant software. Apart from that it is now possible to a assign a custom location name to the integrated weather widget. This is helpful in case your location cannot be found in the list of available weather stations and you have to pick a town nearby.

For more information and a free trial version, please visit the product Website:

http://www.mirabyte.com/en/products/frontface-for-public-displays/

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Discstarter 6.4.0

Discstarter PackshotDiscstarter is the leading solution for HTML-based auto start menus and front-ends for CD-ROMs, DVDs and USB thumb drives.

The latest version 6.4.0 is a perfective maintenance update, which adds some minor improvements related to Windows 8 compatibility.

Starting with this version the Discstarter Designer which is used for creating and configuring your Discstarter-enabled front-ends, requires the .NET Framework 4.0. In case you have not yet installed this Windows add-on the setup of Discstarter will prompt you automatically to do so during the installation process.

The Discstarter Runtime Module (autostart.exe) which you may deploy royalty-free with your Discstarter front-ends has - as before - NO .NET dependencies. It executes on any Windows version, from Windows 95 to the latest Windows 8.

For more information and for downloading the latest version, please visit the Discstarter product Website!

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Web Architect 10

packshot-150The latest version of Web Architect 10 brings a lot of interesting and powerful new features. A lot of feedback and ideas from Web Architect users have also been incorporated into this new release.

A major focus is put on the creation of mobile Websites that make use of the powerful jQuery Mobile framework. The Web preview of Web Architect can now simulate custom screen resolutions, apply skins for a realistic “mobile” feeling and it is now possible to manipulate the user agent string of the preview browser to test mobile Websites on a normal computer. The Web preview of Web Architect supports all versions of the Internet Explorer (IE) as well as Firefox 18 (Gecko) and the WebKit engine (Chrome, Safari, etc.).

More information and a free trial version are available on the Web Architect product Website:

http://www.mirabyte.com/en/products/webarchitect/

Important information for users of Web Architect: Please read this article how to upgrade to the new version. In case your period for free updates and supports for Web Architect 9 has not expired yet you can get the new version for free!

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.1.0 (Digital Signage Software)

The latest version of our powerful digital signage software “FrontFace for Public Displays” brings a very exciting new feature which allows updating player PCs remotely over the Internet using common cloud storage services such as Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive!

The entire replication process is handled by the powerful and highly reliable infrastructure of the cloud storage service. Since most cloud storage service providers offer free plans, it is possible to use this new feature at no extra cost! And due to the fact that no extra server is required, you can reduce the complexity of your project and decrease your administration costs.

With FrontFace for Public Displays it is now possible to instantly update player PCs in the local network, via VPN, over the Internet by using a cloud storage service or using an USB flash drive (for offline scenarios)!

Here is a list of changes and new features in version 3.1.0:

  • Intelligent publishing mode (reduces the amount of data that needs to be transferred when updating player PCs up to 90%!)
  • Remote update over the Internet using cloud storage services like Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive
  • A log output is now optionally possible in the content update folder
  • RSS feeds for the news ticker can now be added from a built-in preset of common feeds
  • The Display Assistant now allows modifying the colors and the scrolling speed of the news ticker*
  • Improved text editor for entering formatted rich text
  • Improved word wrapping for vertical containers in playlist pages
  • Bugfix regarding the “one time only” trigger for scheduled playlists
  • Entries from the list of recently used projects in the Display Assistant can now be removed by using the right mouse button
  • Enhanced and simplified documentation (available in German and English)
  • An intuitive configuration/setup dialog has been added to the player application
  • Many small improvements and optimizations!

 

For more information and a free demo version, please visit http://www.mirabyte.com/en/products/frontface-for-public-displays/ !

 

*) Important: In case you want to use this new feature with an existing FrontFace project, please make sure that you have updated the screen and page layouts. For a detailed explanation, please read chapter 9.1 of the user manual.

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