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    Anyone using XIBO

    Just wondering if anyone has a working installation of Xibo at all? It certainly looks great but it doesn't exactly have a popular forum with the main site :s

    Xibo Open Source Digital Signage

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    I've installed it and used it to welcome delegates to a meeting but not really used it in anger.

    Would be good to have more people here using it and to develop good templates for it.

    Install was painless enough.

    Ben

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    Been using it for months now.

    Only thing which doesnt work as expected is I couldnt get the video to loop properly. So i just created a webpage with the video looping and embeded the webpage in the Xibo template.

    great peice of software, infact its the best digital signage software ive used, free or paid for.

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    I have it installed but don't use it at all....

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    I had a play. Seemed to work quite well. Other projects took priority, and funding for screens dried up. We haven't implemented it.

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    We installed it and my tech said it seemed a bit of a PITA compared to using Powerpoint. I think its something we may revisit in the future when we have nothing else to do (not that soon then )

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    I use it for the staffroom display and foyer display.

    Staffroom display really only embeds ppts, but saves me remoting in to change them and allows automatic rotation.

    The foyer has the daily bulletin (updated by office staff, they picked it up really well, surprised me ). Also has BBC news RSS feed and a live Sky News video feed.

    I'm very happy with it and compared to the thought of paying thousands for other options, I can't thank the creators enough...

    Also (perhaps more because of a small user base atm) I found their support when it was pre 1.0 very helpful and you feel (because I suspect you are) you are talking to someone who really knows it back to front.

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    We're using Xibo here - on 5 screens now.

    I have a fair bias here since I'm on the development team for it, but I'm really pleased with what it's doing now, and excited about what's coming in the 1.2 series of releases.

    Re the forum. We'd never planned to have one, but several people asked if we'd put one up as an informal place to discuss Xibo etc, but it just hasn't been used.

    All the support etc goes on over in Launchpad and you'll see there's alot of activity there: https://answers.launchpad.net/xibo

    We're in the middle of putting together an official layouts site - where you'll be able to upload layouts under a Creative Commons license, and download/use other peoples layouts as you wish. Initially that will be just by exchanging background artwork, but with the 1.1/1.2 series of releases you'll be able to import/export whole layouts too.

    Cheers

    Alex

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    Oh yes, just remember, it is free and the setup is simple enough, but for those who have never done an apache/php/sql app setup before the pre work is much higher. For me, it just slotted in along side my other web based apps using that server without any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexharrington View Post
    We're using Xibo here - on 5 screens now.

    I have a fair bias here since I'm on the development team for it, but I'm really pleased with what it's doing now, and excited about what's coming in the 1.2 series of releases.

    Re the forum. We'd never planned to have one, but several people asked if we'd put one up as an informal place to discuss Xibo etc, but it just hasn't been used.

    All the support etc goes on over in Launchpad and you'll see there's alot of activity there: https://answers.launchpad.net/xibo

    We're in the middle of putting together an official layouts site - where you'll be able to upload layouts under a Creative Commons license, and download/use other peoples layouts as you wish. Initially that will be just by exchanging background artwork, but with the 1.1/1.2 series of releases you'll be able to import/export whole layouts too.

    Cheers

    Alex
    Excellent im glad the development is still going strong here, I was worried it wasn't being developed! Teaches me to look at the launchpad links more closely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamo View Post
    Excellent im glad the development is still going strong here, I was worried it wasn't being developed! Teaches me to look at the launchpad links more closely
    Sure is! If you're interested in what's coming up, the Blueprints section is the place to go:
    https://blueprints.launchpad.net/xibo

    Anything marked for the 1.1 series is likely to be in the 1.1 testing releases ready for a stable release as 1.2.0 - there will be an upgrade path from 1.0.x to 1.2.0

    Stuff that's already implemented or being implemented for 1.1/1.2 at the moment is listed here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/+milestone/1.1.0

    The 1.0 series is "stable" so we'll provide bugfix releases as required, but there won't be any new features implemented. That means people running 1.0 in production shouldn't be too concerned about upgrading minor version numbers (1.0.1 -> 1.0.2 etc)

    Cheers

    Alex

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    Wow am I a happy bunny, just got the server installed on an existing websever and going to config a client now. Hopefully it's just as painless, brilliant stuff!

    Edit : client sorted, working quite happily with demo content. I think xibo is my new favourite bit of software, just got to figure out streaming tv etc and I'll be happy
    Last edited by TwoZeroAlpha; 3rd June 2009 at 03:59 PM.

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    We use it on a few screens here. It's really quite a nice bit of software, and quite easy to use. We had a few problems when first setting it up, but those bugs were fixed quickly enough and I've found the people responding to problems on launchpad.net (including Alex here ) to be friendly and helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexB View Post
    Also has BBC news RSS feed and a live Sky News video feed.
    Can you let me know how you've done this as I'd love to get it working but the solution seems to be eluding me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoZeroAlpha View Post
    Can you let me know how you've done this as I'd love to get it working but the solution seems to be eluding me.
    I just have 2 html files on the web server hosting xibo that look like this (sorry they are long...)
    I don't use the BBC one much as its a bit big for my liking.


    Sky
    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en-gb" xml:lang="en-gb">
    
    <head>
    	<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
    
    	
    	   	 <title>Sky News Live</title>
    	 
    <meta name="description" content="This Channel is used for the Live Events/News which will be present in the on Sky News site. " />
    <meta name="keywords" content="Sky News Live" />
    <meta name="robots" content="NOARCHIVE,NOODP"/>
    <meta name="author" content="BSKYB"/>
    <meta name="rating" content="Safe for Kids"/>
    <meta name="copyright" content="2009 BSkyB; All Rights Reserved."/>
    
    	
    	<link rel="stylesheet" media="screen" type="text/css" href="/sky-news/app/css/skynews_main.css?v=43" />
    	
    		
    	<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
    
    
    </head>
    
    
    <body bgcolor="#CCFF99">
    <!-- Custom HTML -->
    
    
    
    <a name="content"></a>
    
    	<!-- ===== start main content area ===== -->
    	<div class="panel sub clear">
    	 <!-- ===== start main content area =====-->  
    	 <div id="content"> 
    	 <div id="vidviewer" class="normal clear"> 
    	 <div class="block1">
    
    <object id="WMPlay" classid="CLSID:22D6F312-B0F6-11D0-94AB-0080C74C7E95"codebase="http://activex.microsoft.com/activex/controls/mplayer/en/nsmp2inf.cab#Version=5,1,52,701" standby="Loading Microsoft Windows Media Player components..." type="application/x-oleobject" height="314" width="320">
         <param name="FileName" value="mms://live1.wm.skynews.servecast.net/skynews_wmlz_live300k">
         <param name="DisplaySize" value="0"> <param name="ShowControls" value="1">
         <param name="ShowStatusBar" value="1">
    
         <embed type="application/x-mplayer2" pluginspage="http://www.microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=windows&amp;sbp=mediaplayer&amp;ar=media&amp;sba=plugin" filename="mms://live1.wm.skynews.servecast.net/skynews_wmlz_live300k" name="WMPlay" showcontrols="1" showdisplay="0" showstatusbar="1" autostart="true" height="314" width="320"/>
     </object>
    
    
    	
     </div>
    
    </body>
    
    </html>

    BBC
    Code:
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xml:lang="en-GB" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en-GB">
    <head>
    <title>BBC NEWS | Video and Audio | News Channel Live | BBC News Channel</title>
    <meta name="contentFlavor" content="STORY" />
    
    
    <meta name="keywords" content="BBC, News, BBC News, news online, world, uk, international, foreign, british, online, service" />
    <meta name="OriginalPublicationDate" content="2008/06/20 10:46:17" />
    
        <meta name="UKFS_URL" content="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/video_and_audio/news_channel_live/7459669.stm" />
        <meta name="IFS_URL" content="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/video_and_audio/news_channel_live/7459669.stm" />
    
    <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html;charset=iso-8859-1" />
    
    
    
    <meta name="Headline" content="BBC News Channel" />
    <meta name="Section" content="News Channel Live" />
    <meta name="Description" content="Britain's most-watched news channel, delivering breaking news and analysis all day, every day." />
    
    
    	<meta name="bbcsearch_noindex" content="emp"/>
    
    
    
    
    	
    	
    	
    	
    	
    		
    	
    
    
    <!-- GEN HEAD V4  -->
    <!-- Lang: en-gb Site: news -->
    
    
    <script type="text/javascript">
    <!--
    var _SERVERLOC="THDO";
    
    
    var _userLocation = 'DOMESTIC';
    -->
    </script>
    <!--newsi library v1.28-->
    <script src="http://news.bbc.co.uk/js/newsi/latest/newsi.js?9" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <!-- SITEVERSION = 4 -->
    
    <!-- GEN JS V4 -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://wwwimg.bbc.co.uk/glow/gloader.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/shared/bbc_fmtj.js"></script> 
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/ticker/ticker.js?v1"></script>
    
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news/js/av.js?v2" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script> 
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/tools/hide_and_show/hide_and_show.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/bookmark/bookmark.js" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/js/csf_2.js" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/rss/getrss.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/radio/aod/radioplayer.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/blq/blq_core.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/linktrack/v1_1/linktrack.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    	
    		
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/site_wide_alert/site_wide_alert.js"></script>
    		
    <script src="http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/js/livestats_v1_1.js?nocache=1" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/js/nol4.js?v4" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    	
    
    
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/av/emp/properties/default.js?1.3.105_2.10.7938_7967_20090406152952" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/av/emp/properties/en.js?1.3.105_2.10.7938_7967_20090406152952" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/av/emp/swfobject.js?1.3.105_2.10.7938_7967_20090406152952" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/js/app/av/emp/emp_fmtj.js?1.3.105_2.10.7938_7967_20090406152952" language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
    	gloader.load(
    		[ "glow", "1"],
    		{
    			onLoad : function(glow) {
    				window.emp_load = new bbc.emp_fmtj({});
    				
    				glow.ready( function() {
    					if (emp_load.isEmpWrittenOnLoad) {
    						emp_load.writeAllEmpContent();
    					}
    				});
    			}
    		}
    	);
    </script>
    
    	
    		
    
    
    
    </head>
    
    <body bgcolor="#000066">
    
    							
    <!--  This is the embedded player component -->
    
    <div class="videoInStoryA">
    	<div id="emp_7459669" class="emp">
    	
    	
    	
    		<noscript>
    			<img name="holdingImage" class="holding" src="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45666000/jpg/_45666099_watchnow_generic512.jpg" alt="Watch Now" />
    		
    			<div class="warning"><p><strong>Please turn on JavaScript.</strong> Media requires JavaScript to play. </p> </p></div>
    		</noscript>
    		<object width="0" height="0">
    			<param name="id" value="embeddedPlayer_7459669" />
    		
    			<param name="width" value="512" />
    			<param name="height" value="288" />
    			<param name="holding" value="http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/45666000/jpg/_45666099_watchnow_generic512.jpg" />
    		
    		
    			
    			<param name="playlist" value="http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/emp/7450000/7459600/7459669.xml" />
    			
    			<param name="config_settings_autoPlay" value="true" />
    			<param name="config_settings_showPopoutButton" value="true" />
    			<param name="autoPlay" value="true" />
    			<param name="config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_pageType" value="eav1" />
    			<param name="config_plugin_fmtjLiveStats_edition" value="Domestic" />
    			<param name="fmtjDocURI" value="/1/hi/video_and_audio/news_channel_live/7459669.stm"/>
    			<param name="config_settings_suppressItemKind" value="advert, ident"/>
    			
    			
    				<param name="config_settings_showUpdatedInFooter" value="false" />
    		</object>
    		
    		<!-- embedding script -->
    		
    		<script>
    emp_load.getEmpEmbeddedParams("emp_7459669");
    </script>
    	
    	
    	
    	</div>
    	
    	
    </div>
    
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    </body>
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