Remote Control Plugin for FrontFace Player PCs

The digital signage software FrontFace for Public Displays offers different ways how to control which playlists are shown on the screen: By using so called timers, you can schedule when a playlist is supposed to be shown on the screen. Also recurrence patterns (e.g. every day at 5 pm) can be defined.

The other method of controlling playlists is using events. In order to start a playlist when an event fires, you first need to set up an event source. The “Calendar” event source plugin which is already included with FrontFace provides a simple calendar that you can use to manage appointments. Once an appointment becomes due, the event fires and the associated playlist is started on the screen. There are also other event source plugins available that can be used to integrate external Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino (Notes) calendars as event sources.

Generally speaking, you can integrate anything that produces events as event source, e.g. triggers from 3rd party systems, sensors (e.g. a photoelectric barrier), and many more. With the free FrontFace Plugin SDK you can easily implement your own event source plugins or let someone with programming skills do this for you.

Remote Control Plugin in the Display Assistant

The Remote Control Plugin and the Calendar Plugin are configured as event sources in the Display Assistant

The recently released event source plugin “Remote Control” for FrontFace now offers a new way to easily start playlists on demand. The “Remote Control Plugin” works hand in hand with the “Remote Control App”, a little Windows application that is optimized for use on tablet PCs but which can also be used on any regular PC.

The Remote Control App allows you to start playlists on FrontFace player PCs with a single click from any PC or tablet remotely. Furthermore, the app also allows stopping playlists and to make onscreen text notification appear on demand.

FrontFace Onscreen Text Notification

An onscreen text notification displayed by the FrontFace player application

Similarly to the “Calendar” event source plugins, the Remote Control App also supports text placeholders that can be filled with “live” content. A typical use case is a reception desk where the Remote Control App is installed on the reception PC. The desk clerk can then make personalized welcome messages appear on the large screen controlled by FrontFace with a single click. In combination with the “Calendar” event source plugin you can welcome visitors both with pre-scheduled welcome messages as well as with ad hoc welcome messages where the name of the visitor is entered manually at the point of time when it is actually needed!

FrontFace Remote Control App

The FrontFace Remote Control App with two pre-configured buttons that can start playlists

The Remote Control App is so simple and intuitive to use that anyone can use it- even without prior training! Simply click on one of the previously defined buttons to start the desired action on the player PC (e.g. start off a playlist). Furthermore, you also execute different maintenance actions, e.g. shutting down the player PC remotely.

Just give it a try and see how easy this is! The Remote Control Plugin is available for download as free trial version. The package includes a detailed manual as well as the Remote Control App.

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.6.8

FrontFace for Public DisplaysThe latest maintenance update of FrontFace for Public Displays, the software solution for professional digital signage applications, again offers a lot of new features and helpful improvements. Here is an overview of the most important changes:

  • Significant performance improvements of the Display Assistant when dealing with projects that are stored on a network folder
  • New overlay layouts for even more design options
  • A new version of the Clock plugin that now also supports “timer” and “countdown” mode
  • Publishing to a single player PC that is registered within a player PC group is now supported
  • The publication protocol is now more readable and supports an abbreviated and a verbose mode
  • The selection dialog for plugins in the Display Assistant has been improved and now also shows the version number of the plugins in use
  • Searching for updates and new versions (online) has been added as a new feature within the Display Assistant
  • The onscreen notification feature has completely been redesigned (CAUTION: If you are currently using the onscreen notification plugin, please contact mirabyte technical support before installing this update!)
  • Playlists that only have one single page that use a hot folder which contains a single video, XPS or PDF file can now also loop infinitely
  • Various minor improvements, optimizations and bug fixes in the Display Assistant and the FrontFace Player Application

For existing customers that are eligible of getting free updates and support, this update can be downloaded for free. Prospects may download the full-functional free trial version!

For more information, screenshots, plugins (extensions) and video tutorials, please visit the FrontFace for Public Displays Webpage.

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Internet Explorer Plugin available for “FrontFace for Public Displays”

ie-logoThe digital signage software FrontFace for Public Displays comes with a powerful, built-in browser engine that allows the seamless integration of Web pages into FrontFace playlists. The Web browser of FrontFace is based on Chromium and supports apart from HTML5 and CSS3 also JavaScript and even plugin technologies like Flash or Silverlight.

But there may be some rare cases where the integrated browser engine does not or only partially support specific but yet required Web features like special ActiveX controls for Web cams, etc.

In order to still be able to integrate these Web pages into your FrontFace playlists, you can now use the new Internet Explorer Web Browser plugin!

This plugin allows the integration of Web pages into FrontFace playlists using the Internet Explorer browser engine. It renders Web pages exactly the way as the Internet Explorer does and supports all features that are supported by the IE.

The plugin is available for free (currently as beta version, since it is still being enhanced with new features). You can download it in the download area of the FrontFace for Public Displays product Web page (click on “Show all available plugins…”). A PDF manual is also included.

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FrontFace for Touch Kiosks 2.0.0

FrontFace for Touch KiosksFrontFace for Touch Kiosks is an interactive touchscreen kiosk software that allows you to easily present any kind of content or functionality on interactive kiosk terminals in a professional way.

Typical use cases include employee information systems, info terminals for hotels and tourism, interactive museum exhibits as well as digital product catalogs and POS information systems.

Here are the most important new features and improvements of the latest version 2.0:

  • Fully reworked user interface of the Kiosk Assistant application for managing content and menu structures in a convenient way, plus many improved details.
  • The integrated Web browser has been further enhanced in concerns of security aspects.
  • Not only static PNG images are supported as menu icons on the front-end: It is now possible to also add animations as menu icons.
  • Apart from the integrated onscreen keyboard you can now also select the built-in Windows onscreen keyboard as alternative.
  • Color pickers throughout the Kiosk Assistant now store any user-defined custom colors within the project.
  • When sending exotic content formats such das XPS using the e-mail content sharing feature, these files get converted automatically to common formats such das JPEG before being sent.
  • The new demo project “Digital Product Catalog” has been added.
  • Stretching options for content files (images, videos, XPS or PDF) can now also be defined per file instead of a global setting.
  • Paging through multi page PDF and XPS documents has been improved.

Customers that are entitled to access updates and support can download the new version for free!

Prospects may download the fully-functional free demo version from the mirabyte Website!

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Free Kiosk Mode for all Windows PCs

frontface-ldt-enThe new version 1.3.0 of the free “FrontFace Lockdown Tool” is now available! The Lockdown Tool helps administrators to easily configure Windows-based PCs as protected, public kiosk terminals or for other special use applications such as digital signage player PCs that are supposed to be run unattended 24/7!

While the Windows operating system has all the features and configuration options that are needed for these special use cases, it takes a lot of manual work to configure a PC for such an application due to the fact that the required settings are “hidden” all over the system, e.g. in the Windows Registry.

The FrontFace Lockdown Tool provides all the relevant settings in a single application with an intuitive user interface. Apart from custom configurations, it also comes with ready-to-use configuration profiles for a protected kiosk mode and for digital signage applications that can be applied with only one click!


The new version 1.3.0 now also features a command line interface that allows integrating the Lockdown Tool into batch configuration scripts that can then be used for a fully automatic configuration of Windows-based PCs.

The FrontFace Lockdown Tool is optimized for the use with the kiosk software “FrontFace for Touch Kiosks” as well as the digital signage software “FrontFace for Public Displays” by mirabyte. However, it can also be used with any other, custom Windows application!

The Lockdown Tool is freeware and is already included in the installation packages of “FrontFace for Public Displays” and “FrontFace for Touch Kiosks”. But it can also be downloaded separately on the product Website. The software does not require an installation and can even be launched directly from USB thumb drives which makes it a perfect tool for system administrators!

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.6.5

FrontFace for Public DisplaysThe new version 3.6.5 of our professional digital signage software “FrontFace for Public Displays” is now available. This version again brings a lot of new features and improvements that we would like to share with you!

These are the most important changes of version 3.6.5:

  • Availability of custom color values across the entire project
    If you define any custom color values in the Display Assistant (e.g. for texts, news ticker or backgrounds) these are now available persistently in the entire project and can easily be reused. This is very useful if you have custom colors defined for your corporate identity and need to access them frequently.
  • Custom screen resolutions for the preview feature
    Custom screen resolutions for the preview feature can now also be saved persistently within the project for quick access and more convenience.
  • Improved onscreen warning messages in case of errors and problems on the player PC
    In case of any problems or errors, the FrontFace player application can now (optionally) display a small notification popup that helps you to easily diagnose any problems on the screen.
  • Web pages may now also have a transparent background
    Web pages can now also be integrated with a transparent background color. In combination with the “Overlay” page layouts, this new feature opens up a huge range of new, creative design possibilities to you!
  • Placeholders can now be used also in the news ticker
    The placeholder feature that is already known from text elements in playlists, can now also be used with the news ticker bar. You can e.g. use the news ticker for a personalized welcome message for visitors while the rest of the screen can still be used for your regular content.
  • Plaintext files are now supported as data source for the news ticker
    The news ticker can be fed with custom text that is entered in the Display Assistant or by integrating a RSS news feed. Now, also plain text files (TXT) can be integrated as an alternative to RSS feeds which allows you to easily update the ticker content without having to re-publish your project using the Display Assistant.
  • Integration of AV sources (Web cams, video grabbers) is now possible without a separate plugin
    AV sources such as Web cams or video grabber cards can now also be integrated without using an extra plugin. Only when you plan to integrate live TV channels, you still require the extra Live TV plugin.
  • Improved user interface for the Calendar event source plugin
    The user interface of the Calendar event source plugin has been improved for even more convenience. Please make sure that you update your existing projects with the latest version of this plugin using the Display Assistant to take advantage of the new features!
  • Enhanced and reworked user manual
    The user manual has been improved and some new sections with valuable tips and tricks have been added.

For more information, please visit the FrontFace for Public Displays product Website!

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FrontFace Lockdown Tool 1.2.2

frontface-lockdown-toolThe free FrontFace Lockdown Tool allows configuring Windows-based PCs for digital signage applications or as public-facing kiosk terminals with only a few clicks.

System administrators can easily set up a normal Windows PC for a specialized use case without having to apply dozens of settings within the operating system manually.

The FrontFace Lockdown Tool can be used with any Windows-based digital signage or kiosk software. However, it works perfectly fine with the FrontFace for Public Displays and FrontFace for Touch Kiosks software products by mirabyte.

The latest version 1.2.2 comes with a further-improved protection of the CTRL+ALT+DEL shortcut as well as an optional feature to create Windows system restore points. So in case of problems, you can easily revert the applied changes to the system and jump back to a previous, working state.

More information and a download link for the freeware software FrontFace Lockdown Tool can be found on the product Website.

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FrontFace for Public Displays 3.6.0

FrontFace for Public DisplaysThe latest version 3.6.0 of our professional, but yet easy-to-use digital signage software “FrontFace for Public Displays“ is now available and comes with a great new feature: Event-controlled scheduling of playlists! This new feature is perfectly suited to implement applications such as digital welcome boards.

Event-controlled Scheduling of Playlists:
Apart from the common, timer-based scheduling feature of FrontFace for Public Displays, a new way of controlling playlists has been added with this release: Event-controlled playlists. Anything that is able to raise events (e.g. sensors or external systems like an Exchange calendar*) can be used to start playlists for a specified timespan. The event-based scheduling works hand-in-hand with the traditional, timer-based scheduling of playlists so that when a playlist is started by an event for a given timespan, the player application can later on “fall back” to the previously running playlist that has been started by a timer-based schedule. This makes event-based scheduling a perfect choice for implementing digital signage applications like short news breaks, notices, call-ups or ad hoc information inserts.

“Calendar” Event Source Plugin for Appointment-controlled Playlists with Placeholder Support:
By using so called “Event Source Plugins”, external systems that raise events can be easily integrated into the FrontFace software. By default we include the new “Calendar” event source plugin which adds a calendar to the Display Assistant that you can use to manage appointments. These appointments can then trigger a playlist of your choice once they become due. It is also possible to set the value of placeholder texts used in your playlists by an appointment in the calendar. So you can really easily implement e.g. a digital welcome board that welcomes visitors at your company’s site with a personalized welcome message! While the normal, timer-based scheduling is used to show playlists with general information during the time when no visitors are expected, the event-based scheduling pops up the personalized welcome message every time an appointment of the internal calendar is due. Further event source plugins will be released shortly on our Website for facilitating many other interesting use cases!

Plugin SDK is now available Free of Charge:
The FrontFace Plugin SDK allows developers to implement their own, custom functionality which can then be hosted in FrontFace for Public Displays or FrontFace for Touch Kiosks. By using the Microsoft .NET 4 Framework and the WPF technology, plugins can be developed in programming languages such as C# or VB.NET. Apart from normal plugins that can be used to integrate external data sources or systems into playlists or kiosk applications, the SDK now also provides the necessary interfaces to implement custom event source plugins so that you can also control playlist scheduling from external systems. The FrontFace Plugin SDK is now available free of charge and can be used both this trial version and the full version of any FrontFace product.

Other new Features and Enhancements in this Release:

  • Page shortcuts are now being checked for duplicates in the Display Assistant. A page shortcut allows calling up a certain page (also if marked as hidden) of a playlist when a specific key on the keyboard is pressed.
  • The overall usability of the scheduling in the Display Assistant has been improved.
  • Interacting with the Web browser engine of FrontFace by mouse, keyboard or touch now works in all cases as expected.
  • The overall compatibility of the built-in PDF viewer has been improved further.
  • Placeholders (for text elements) can now be used in playlists that are either scheduled by a timer or by an event.
  • The user manual of FrontFace for Public Displays has been reworked and now also includes a section that explains how to implement a “digital welcome board”.
  • The logging and tracing functionality of the FrontFace Player Application has been enhanced to simplify debugging in case of a technical problem.

*) An event source plugin that allows the integration of Microsoft Exchange calendars will be available shortly as a separate download on our Website. It is not included in the default setup package of FrontFace.

A fully-functional, free demo version of FrontFace for Public Displays is available for download on our Website. The update to this new version is free of charge for all customers that have a valid updates & support period for their licens!. The update can also be downloaded on the product Website.

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FrontFace Lockdown Tool – a free utility that helps configuring and protecting Windows-based PCs for use as public kiosk terminals or digital signage

The FrontFace Lockdown Tool by mirabyte Software is a free utility for system administrators that need to prepare and lock down Windows-based PCs for use as public kiosk terminals or for digital signage applications

(Hamm, 22.09.2014) Due to the high flexibility and the broad range of available applications, the Microsoft Windows operating system is often preferred not only for common office and workstation PCs but also for special-use PCs, such as public kiosk terminals or embedded PCs that are typically used for digital signage applications.

FrontFace Lockdown Tool

FrontFace Lockdown Tool

Even though there is also a special embedded version of Windows available that offers more configuration and security options than the normal, end-user version of Windows, it is still a lot of work to configure, lock down and protect a PC for a specialized use case. Also, quite often, the embedded version of Windows is not available since it can only be purchased in combination with special hardware and only from selected vendors.

mirabyte Software has now released a new, handy configuration utility for system administrators that makes it really easy to configure a Windows-based PC for this kind of specialized applications: The FrontFace Lockdown Tool! By simply selecting either one of the predefined configuration profiles that are available for “interactive kiosk terminals” or for “digital signage player PCs” or by creating a custom profile from the list of available settings, it is possible to configure a normal Windows PC within seconds for special-use applications.

This covers features such as the automatic logon without password entry at boot time as well as starting a dedicated application instead of the normal Windows Explorer / Desktop shell. Yet many other important settings such as the deactivation of the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut and the Windows Task Manager, but also screen saver and power management settings as well as various security and protection options can be easily configured within the graphical user interface of the FrontFace Lockdown Tool.

Custom configuration profiles may also be exported and reused on different PCs so the efficient preparation of multiple, identical PCs in a row is no problem. The FrontFace Lockdown Tool does not require an installation routine and can be run directly from a USB thumb drive which makes it the perfect tool for system administrators.

The software can be used with all existing Windows-based kiosk or digital signage applications. It also includes dedicated configuration profiles for the popular kiosk software “FrontFace for Touch Kiosks” and the digital signage software “FrontFace for Public Displays”, offered by mirabyte Software as well.

The FrontFace Lockdown Tool is free of charge and may also be used for setting up commercial kiosk terminals or digital signage player PCs. It supports Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 in all available editions (32/64 bit, as well as “Embedded Standard”).

More information and a download link is available on the product Website:

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FrontFace for Touch Kiosks 1.5.0

FrontFace for Touch KiosksThe latest version 1.5.0 of FrontFace for Touch Kiosks, the professional but yet easy-to-use software solution for touch-enabled kiosk terminal user interfaces, again comes with a lot of new, exciting innovations: Among the native PDF support which allows the direct integration of existing PDF documents, the newly included image map feature dramatically boosts the creative possibilities of the product for creating truly customized end user experiences on touch screen-based devices.

FrontFace for Touch Kiosks allows you to compose and deploy custom front-ends for touch screen computers based on documents and media files of all types (e.g. images, videos, PDF documents and even Web pages) within seconds, enhanced by a graphical menu which enables the end user to consume the provided content in a very intuitive manner.

New Features of this Release:

Support for Image Maps and freely-positioned Buttons
Starting with the latest release of FrontFace for Touch Kiosks, it now also possible to not only arrange menu buttons freely on a wallpaper image – it is also possible to create so called “image maps”. Image maps are mouse/touch sensitive “hot” zones that serve as hyperlinks to sub-menu items or content files. By using image maps, you can design your fully-customized user interface with custom artwork and buttons of any size or shape. You could even use a photo showing different objects as a wallpaper image and make these objects then act as touchable menu items of your navigation menu which creates endless possibilities for custom-styled touch screen menus!

Native Support for PDF Documents
Besides XPS documents, Print2Screen, pictures, videos and Web pages you can now also directly integrate PDF documents into your front ends. Thanks to the native PDF support there is NO need to install a 3rd party software like Acrobat Reader on the kiosk terminal PC!

New Demo Project “Hotel & Tourism”
The new sample project shows a lot of the stunning features that FrontFace for Touch Kiosks has to offer. But it also gives an idea how hotels or anyone from a tourist-business background can create a useful and professional-looking touch screen self-service terminal that gives visitors and guests access to valuable information. Even small hotels that only have a very limited budget can now create professional, fully-sized, interactive kiosk terminals that otherwise only big hotel chains and touristic organizations can afford!

Enhanced User Manual
The user manual has been reworked and explains step-by-step how to create a professional kiosk terminal front end using FrontFace for Touch Kiosks. The manual is available both in German and English language.

Heavily improved Performance of the integrated Web Browser (with GPU Acceleration)
The integrated security Web browser now has full hardware acceleration which tremendously increases the speed of browsing Web content. Even very complex Web pages that tend slow down a normal Web Brower now run much more smoothly!

Optimized Loading and Displaying of Documents and Content Files
The visual appearance of the process when a content file such as a XPS, PDF or image document is loaded has been improved to look even better and much smoother now. Even if a very complex PDF document is loaded on an otherwise slow computer, the time it takes to load feels like nothing to the end user due to the visual loading animation and effects used.

Many Enhancements and Optimizations regarding the Kiosk Assistant
The Kiosk Assistant of FrontFace for Touch Kiosks is the command center that allows you to create, configure and customize the menu structure, the content and the visual appearance of your touch screen front end. A lot of work has been put into this software application to make it even more intuitive and to allow a maximum of productivity!

Customers that already own a license of FrontFace for Touch Kiosks and who are entitled to access free updates & support may download the new version for free.

For prospects, we offer a fully-functional, free demo version which is available on the product Web page for download.

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