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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    If you don't mind me asking then indie, how much do they retail for, as I can't seem to find a price on the website.

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Nice thought Geoff,

    But when I mean Open Source system I'm thinking something more in the region of being able to add content remotely, easily make changes and schedule changes, when I say PowerPoint is ok for now, I mean it runs a presentation that has already been setup, but if you want to make changes, you need to go into PowerPoint make the changes and then re-run the PowerPoint... if this is going out to the screens it all looks very messy!!

    Any other ideas... are there any other schools already doing similar things.

    Cheers,

    Matt

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Webman, pretty sure it was £900 with a TV tuner card in there. Not fantastic value for money but it wasn't me who wanted it, I was just made to set it up :P

    Oh and if anyone wants the PHP to pull entries out of MRBS i'll gladly dig it out! It's configurable so that the NTB will only display entries between a certain time. We have another "Type" setting in MRBS so any entries we don't want the NTB to display we set as "Hidden" they show up on MRBS but not the NTB display. Useful for adding comments to the day but keeping them hidden.

    It's not just for the NTB either, it's plain PHP so it could be used to integrate MRBS into your website/intranet etc.

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    Re: Open Source Digital Signage System

    Quote Originally Posted by mattpant
    Nice thought Geoff,

    But when I mean Open Source system I'm thinking something more in the region of being able to add content remotely, easily make changes and schedule changes, when I say PowerPoint is ok for now, I mean it runs a presentation that has already been setup, but if you want to make changes, you need to go into PowerPoint make the changes and then re-run the PowerPoint... if this is going out to the screens it all looks very messy!!

    Any other ideas... are there any other schools already doing similar things.

    Cheers,

    Matt
    What about doing something webbased then?

    http://podium.sourceforge.net/

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    Will this help?


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    Talking

    Heya

    Shameless plug for a project I develop on.

    Xibo Open Source Digital Signage Project

    We've been running it as a commercial product where I work, but it's now available as an AGPL v3 Open Source system.

    PHP based web interface (server can run on Linux or Windows) and a Windows .net client (a Java client is on the way for Linux/Mac machines).

    Have a look! There's not much of a website yet, but the manual gives an idea of what it looks like and how it works. Xibo Manual

    We released 1.0.0-rc1 earlier this week. There were a couple of bugs in it that are worth avoiding on a new system, so wait for 1.0.0-rc2, hopefully next week!

    Cheers

    Alex
    Last edited by alexharrington; 28th February 2009 at 11:15 AM.

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    Thanks Alex, looks very good from the manual, any plans to allow a live video Stream in to it at all?

    John

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    Hi John

    We've very much getting what we have already up to par at the moment.

    I've got allsorts of plans in my head for a MythTV integration, but I expect we'll be looking at those kind of things for a 2.0 release.

    The server is written in a very modular way - in fact that's been the bulk of the work that has been done to release the code publicly was to modularise the way content is added to the system.

    The Java client has been written ground up to be modular, so there's nothing to stop somebody developing a 3rd party module and plugin to make video streaming happen earlier.

    Cheers

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    Just trying out Xibo now. I've been asked to spec a digital signage system for my school (approx 10 screens eventually). The open source development of Xibo looks far more promising than buying into a commercial system and being stuck with it.

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    Xiob is exactly the kind of system we've all been waiting for someone to develop I think

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    Hi guys, ive been looking at xibo too.

    its absolutely PERFECT for me except. you can only import 2mb files :/
    which is almost unusable

    does anybody know of any 'free' (or near-as) alternatives. Powerpoint is my next stop, but it wont do RSS inside the slide, which is a shame.


    Currently just looping mpg movies through VLC, fullscreen. Not the best but was easy to start off with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanH View Post
    Hi guys, ive been looking at xibo too.

    its absolutely PERFECT for me except. you can only import 2mb files :/
    which is almost unusable
    Not used it myself but could that be a php file size limitation, rather than an xibo limit?
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    Not according to this screenshot:

    http://xibo.org.uk/manual/content/co..._m40eda24e.png

    32M there, probably a php/mysql limit.

    Ben

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    2mb is a PHP limit. You can set the memory and upload filesize limits in the PHP.ini file.

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    The 2Mb limit threw me for a minute, until I realised it was a PHP restriction. Just change PHP.ini and off you go...

    On a vaguely related note, does anyone know of a way to embed Powerpoint presentations without the scrollbar down the right hand side? Getting this issue in Xibo and also when I've tried embedding with PHP myself. If any signage system is going to work, it will have to be something our teachers can make content for and that means Powerpoint. I know it can be converted to a more web friendly format, but the direct playing of ppt files would be the icing on the cake for usability here!

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