Release 3.2v15 of DisplayIt! had a lot more packed inside than a typical small “point revision” does. This release includes the ability to set individual timings for each item in a “Full-Screen-Playlist” presentation. Why is that so important?
Before, every image file in the list would be shown a specific number of seconds. Same for every Flash movie, or PowerPoint presentation, and even web pages all got the same treatment as each other. Our clients asked for more flexibility, and v15 delivers!
As items are added to the playlist, they are timed according to the default timing for that category – which you can change at will. For example, images might all be set to 10 seconds as a default. You will see the timing at the left side of the image, in mm:ss format.
But now, after an image is in the list, you can click on the timing and a window pops up allowing you to set the time for just this item to whatever you want. Now, a slide show can breeze through slide after slide, but linger on a slide that has a lot of text or an important visual message. The same is true for PowerPoint presentations, Flash movies, and web pages.
The added benefit, for web pages, is that when the time is reached, they will refresh. So if all you have is a single web page, and you want it to be automatically refreshed every 3 minutes, you can do that in one step.
We also added the ability to ‘lease’ rather than purchase the software. This was in response to some start-up companies who could not afford fully paid licenses. We have not yet announced the monthly amount per media player for the lease option, but plan to do so soon.
Another great change is that all the buttons on the bottom of the DisplayIt! interface have been moved higher. This allows people using monitors with a 768 vertical resolution to see the buttons clearly.
We also moved the “Update Media Player Software” function to its own button on the Displays page. Before, when you made any change to a media player, no matter how small, you were asked if you wanted to update the software. A lot of clients got confused by this, and clicked Yes – triggering an update and restart cycle that was totally unnecessary. Now, the update function is on a red button, so it is easy to know that it is a non-typical function, and easy to avoid accidentally updating.
If you are wondering what is coming next… the key word is ‘Gadgets’ – more later….