In the latest releases of our digital signage software FrontFace for Public Displays and our interactive touch kiosk software FrontFace for Touch Kiosks we have incorporated, among various minor improvements and optimizations, two new major features which we would like to share with you in the following:
Migration to .NET Framework 4.6.1
Starting with the recent releases, all FrontFace products require .NET Framework 4.6.1 or higher. During the installation process this system requirement is checked and if required, the necessary prerequisites are downloaded and offered for installation automatically. On Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems, the new .NET Framework is already present so there is nothing to care about. Also on most Windows 7 systems, .NET Framework 4.6.1 is already installed.
Due to the switch to the new .NET Framework versions, the support for Windows XP and Windows Vista ends. In case you are still using these Windows version, you cannot install the latest versions of FrontFace.
The only exception from these new system requirements apply to the FrontFace Player Application of FrontFace for Public Displays which is still supported on Windows XP and .NET Framework 4.0 (Full Profile). This means that you can still run the FrontFace for Public Displays Player Application on Windows XP (Embedded) systems. We have decided to keep Windows XP support for this component because still some customers run Windows XP Embedded-based player PCs.
New plugin format and simplified installation process for plugins
Plugins offer a great way to add extra functionality to the FrontFace products in order to enhance the set of available use cases of the software. Until now, the installation process of plugins required some manual action (copying of DLL files). With this release, we have introduced a new file format for plugins (*.ffapx) and added a convenient installation wizard for plugins. This means that now even less experienced users are able to install and use plugins. For customers that want to stick to an older version of FrontFace, the manual installation process is still supported. Please see the knowledge base article on manually installing plugins in that case: Instructions for FrontFace for Public Displays or Instructions for FrontFace for Touch Kiosks
The latest versions of FrontFace (both full and trial versions), as well as the available plugins, can be downloaded here: