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    Question Digital Signage - Help!

    Hi,
    I am aware that this topic has been discussed a lot but i`m still a little unsure.
    Our school is looking into having a screen in the entrance hall.
    What my thought are is to get a LED screen and use one of our spare baseunits plugged in through VGA to control what is displayed.
    We will be using it to show pictures, school news, videos of activities.
    The base unit will be situated nearby and updated every week.

    Will this work and can anyone suggest any good/fairly cheap software to use?
    Does it need to have internet connection or is there some software that just works standalone with the screen?

    You can tell i`m all new to this!
    Also, if there is anyone in the area (Derby) who has a set up that I could come and see, please get in touch!
    Thank you for your help!

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    how basic do you want it to be?

    you could buy a screen that will play a presentation from a memory stick, and just get it replaced weekly/daily.

    You could buy a screen with a vga connection and use the spare base unit, put powerpoint viewer on the machine and just vnc/rmtutor/impero the box to upload a presentation,

    You could go the whole hog and buy something like anders and kern's PADS system and stream TV, RSS, twitter feeds into it live as well as playing a presentation.

    You could also use Xibo which is freeeee!

    Choices, Choices!

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    No internet connection required and can all be installed run on the single pc

    Xibo Open Source Digital Signage

    EDIT: beat me too it!

    When looking at a TV make sure they are at a decent resolution - you need to make sure you are not buying a 42" TV and then finding out it only supports 1024 x786 etc

    Also make sure if its an old pc that it can support screen res's that the TV will provide - probably 1920 x 1600
    Last edited by glennda; 5th April 2012 at 04:31 PM.

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    Cool, thanks.
    Well i`m wanting it to look quite professional...
    Ideally it's going to show:
    Slideshow of pictures
    Videos of activities
    Scrolling school news
    Dinner menu
    If we get technical then BBC news, etc...

    Thank you for the info on TV's- I didn't give that a thought!

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    Good thought @glennda with the TV's.

    If you are good with powerpoint then all of the above (apart from BBC news) is achievable from a stand alone presentation... even to the point of being able to draw data from an ODBC, possibly to pull the menu for the week from a database somewhere!

    I know all the things you want are achievable easilly with PADS, but it will cost you money. I've not played with Xibo to the point of getting live TV into it, but the documentation suggests it is possible.

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    Xibo will do all of the above - I run 9 Screens around the school and its great.

    Slideshow of pictures - Use Power Point 2010 Photo Album Option to auto-generate a Powerpoint with images on a slide of there own.
    Videos of activities - with convert to flash video or use AVI/MPG (can't remember format needed)
    Scrolling school news - could be rss from twitter feed etc or just generate an RSS feed
    Dinner menu - Could be picture/webpage etc
    If we get technical then BBC news, etc... - again you can use RSS feeds from both

    I also have code to stream BBC1 and BBC 2 live on to the boxes at full screen (ideal for breaking news events such as we had with Japan tsunami

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    Is Xibo fairly easy to use?
    I have just looked on the website and it seems good but a bit technical!
    Putting a clock on & the weather an option aswell?
    Sorry, i`m new to this!

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    I started using xibo and once you get your head around its very easy to use. Took me an afternoon of playing to understand how it works.

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    Once the server is installed its easy!

    If you want to run on windows install xampp, copy xibo files to web directory and go to web http://localhost and follow instructions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    Once the server is installed its easy!

    If you want to run on windows install xampp, copy xibo files to web directory and go to web http://localhost and follow instructions!


    What's that???!

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    It's apache mysql php bundled - xibo server runs as a website so requires

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    @fs7 how many screens are you looking to run? Just one or multiple? We have xibo running really well for us, allows different content at different times on currently 7 sets of screens for us.

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    +1 for Xibo

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    Quote Originally Posted by robk View Post
    @fs7 how many screens are you looking to run? Just one or multiple? We have xibo running really well for us, allows different content at different times on currently 7 sets of screens for us.
    Just the one.

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    Right, I've had a go.. & failed
    I've followed the guide on xibo site & installed xampp. When I try to go on the local host bit it just says no website.
    Im not very tech minded with all these codes & that so if there's an alternative that would be better suited then I think that will be better.
    I have had a look into sedao, d|sign & the Samsung magic info & these all look fairly good and possibly more simple to use. The only downside is the sheer cost!



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