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Open Source Xibo and Xibo for Android

The Xibo Project recently announced [http://xibo.org.uk/2012/11/17/xibo-for-android-by-spring-signage-open-for-private-beta/] that we were opening a private BETA for a “Xibo for Android [http://springsignage.com/xibo-for-android/]” application. This has lead to some confusion, which was never our intention. Please be assured that the Xibo Project will always remain open source [http://xibo.org.uk/legal/]! We are committed to keeping the following open and free for everyone: * Xibo CMS (Xibo

Published on: 2012-12-02

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Xibo for Android by Spring Signage open for private BETA

The Xibo project has been developed and supported over the years by a small part time team in the UK who are committed to providing a full featured, free signage solution for everyone. In recent months we have taken the difficult decision of writing a client for Xibo which will be commercially available from our sponsor, Spring Signage [http://springsignage.com/xibo-for-android/]. We took this decision so that Spring Signage and the Xibo Developers could continue to finance and provide the hig

Published on: 2012-11-17

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Introducing a new region Timeline editing window

The next article in the run up to 1.4 looks at improvements to the region timeline editor and layout preview. Our intentions with these improvements are: [![](/content/images/2012/06/NewVerticalTimeLine-300x166.png "Vertical Timeline")](/content/images/2012/06/NewVerticalTimeLine.png)The vertical timeline is a sortable list * To make the region time line more consistent, easy to understand and allow it to support more media modules * Simplify re-ordering the items in the timeline * Make it

Published on: 2012-06-26

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Introducing a threaded, more robust Windows Client with improved library management

The next article in the run up to 1.4 looks at improvements to the Windows client’s connection to the Xibo server and its library management. These improvements can be categorised into the following areas: * Reduced “lag” and “display jitter” when the client is connecting to the Server * Concurrent file downloads * Clearing up old and unused files in the library * Information window showing client status, library status and log information * Replacing the splash screen Reduced display

Published on: 2012-06-05

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Introducing new features for Service Providers

[![Usage statistics in the Settings Window](/content/images/2012/06/saas-settings-view-usage-300x277.jpg "Usage statistics")](/content/images/2012/06/saas-settings-view-usage.jpg)Usage statistics can be found in the Settings Window under the Content tabThe next article in the run up to 1.4 looks at some small new features for people that use Xibo as service providers. It is difficult to tell how many use Xibo in this manner, as not many come forward – but those that do have mentioned that it wou

Published on: 2012-06-02

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Introducing Wake On Lan for Display Clients

The next article in the run up to releasing 1.4 will look at the new Wake On Lan (WOL) feature of Xibo. [![Edit Display Form](/content/images/2012/05/wol-edit-display-300x142.jpg "Edit Display")](/content/images/2012/05/wol-edit-display.jpg)WOL Settings on the Edit Display FormThere has been a lot of interest over the years Xibo has been running for a solution to be “green”, “save power” and generally not have the Xibo display screen solution on unnecessarily. The Xibo project has been very kee

Published on: 2012-06-01

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Introducing the Layout Designer Jump List

[![Layout Jump Button](/content/images/2012/05/layout-jump-button-188x300.jpg "Layout Jump Button")](/content/images/2012/05/layout-jump-button.jpg)The Jump Button icon and form showing list of available layouts.Its been a while since our last article looking at features of the upcoming 1.4 release. We have a small but useful enhancement to look at this time – Layout Designer Jump List. This little feature allows navigation between layouts a user has permissions to design, without having to jump

Published on: 2012-05-31

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Introducing an Improved Permissions Model

[![](/content/images/2012/05/permissions-212x300.png "Permissions Dialog")](/content/images/2012/05/permissions.png)Permissions DialogThe next article in the run up to 1.4 stable release will take a look at the improvements made to the permissions model in Xibo. There has been long running confusion over the permissions in Xibo and hopefully this will now be addressed. We have improved the permissions model in 1 key way – allowed users and administrators to set view, edit and delete permissions

Published on: 2012-05-06

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Introducing improved User Password Management

The next article in the run up to 1.4 stable release will take a look at the improvements made to User Password Management. Up until now user passwords and user management in general has not always been clear in Xibo – we have tried to improve the situation with 3 new features/improvements: * Users can change their passwords without having access to the user administration page * Administrators can set a regular expression to test password complexity * Administrators can override users p

Published on: 2012-04-28

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Introducing DataSets

As most of our followers are aware the 1.3 series development preview release has been a long time in the making, in fact we have been working on it for well over a year. As it is getting close to completion and ready for a 1.4 stable release (a big milestone for us!) we thought it would be a good idea to pause and reflect on the new features we have managed to cram in. The first one we are going to look at is the new DataSets feature. Overview DataSets are a new Xibo feature to design and d

Published on: 2012-04-15

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Launching the new website

The Xibo project has been lucky enough to have 2 designers come forwards after our plea for help with this site. As a result of their selfless work and attention to detail we have a new site design which went live today. Bradley Morris [http://bradleymorris.co.uk/] is a freelance web application developer based in the North East of England and is responsible for the new WordPress template. Paul van Dun is a graphics designer and developer from The Netherlands and is responsible for the new lo

Published on: 2012-04-06

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Designer still needed

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of our request for some help with the Xibo site design! A big thank you to all those that helped over the last 12 months, we appreciate every effort made.. even if we didn’t quite get there. Given that a year has past, we thought it was appropriate to being asking again… The Xibo site was put together as a temporary measure over 3 years ago and was always designed to be a functional home until Xibo gained a reputation and warrented a better site. We thought t

Published on: 2012-02-18

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Web designer needed

Xibo.org.uk [http://Xibo.org.uk] has been the Xibo project’s home on the web for over 2 years now. When we initially started the project this website was hastily put together and although we did a functional job we feel it is lacking in visual appeal when compared to the sites of other digital signage solutions. It is our intention to refresh the content on the site to showcase Xibo more effectively and hopefully entice more people to start enjoying the benefits of Open Source Digital Signage.

Published on: 2011-02-19

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C++ Developer Needed

Work on the Linux (soon to be cross-platform) client continues to progress well. As more people are coming on board and testing the app, it’s become clear that the browser embedding technology (Awesomium – which recently converted from GPL to a closed license) is beginning to hold us back and is causing problems in some areas. Thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of Berkelium [http://berkelium.org/]. It does a similar job to Awesomium but is BSD licensed and builds

Published on: 2010-05-17

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Signing OggCamp

What a weekend! Even Dan, who’s considerably fitter and (as he keeps reminding me) just slightly younger than me was feeling drained on Saturday night – but such is the lot of the conference digital signage tech! I’m a veteran of last year’s OggCamp [http://oggcamp.org/2009/start] (which took place in Wolverhampton) and a long-time listener to Linux Outlaws [http://linuxoutlaws.com] and the Ubuntu UK Podcast [http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/] so I put our names in to the hat to help out this ti

Published on: 2010-05-03

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