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A Layout is a complete screen design including content and background, which is then scheduled to a Display or multiple displays and Display Groups. A Layout is made up of 1 or more Regions which hold content and contain a Timeline of Media to show. Media is assigned to the Layout Timeline using Widgets which provide the actions for the selected Module.
Xibo has no limit to the number of Layouts you can have in the system or the number a User can have.
Layouts are administered by clicking on Layouts under the Design section of the main menu:
The Layout Grid allows you to edit existing and create new.
Click the Folders icon to toggle on/off from view.
- Click on a Folder/sub-folder to search the contents and return results based on any filters applied to the grid.
- Tick All Folders to include searching in the Root Folder and return results based on any filters applied to the grid.
Click on the Add Layout button at the top of the grid and complete the appropriate form fields:
When should a User create a new Layout? When should a User add to an existing Layout? Layouts provide vast flexibility in the system, but can also cause confusion. The recommended usage for a Layout is to only contain the design and media required for a set of related content that should be scheduled at the same time.
Scenario: You have a video showing a fire safety demonstration and a video showing an advert for an upcoming production - it would be natural to have separate Layouts for these.
If users should also have access to the content of the Layout, ensure that this is also saved to the same Folder!
Give the Layout a Name for easy identification purposes within the CMS.
Layouts can be tagged for organisation and to make it easier to find a large number of Layouts grouped by Tags. When entering text into the Tag field on the form, an auto complete helper will show possible matches to make it easier for Users to select from.
Use the drop down to select a Template to use for this Layout.
Layouts are designed for an intended display resolution and will function best when shown on a Player with a matching resolution. If they are shown on a display that has a different resolution it will dynamically resize which may result in unused screen space.
Xibo comes with a selection of default resolutions that cater for most digital signage applications. Add/edit and enable from the Resolutions page under the Design section of the main CMS menu.
A string can be entered in this field, which will be used as a code to identify this Layout when used with Interactive Actions
Enable Stats collection
Tick/untick the box to enable/disable the collection of statistics for Proof of Play Reports for the newly added Layout.
Proof of Play Settings for Administrators can be found here
Automatically apply Transitions
Default Transition settings will be applied to all Widgets on the Layout if this box is ticked. Untick to disable defaults for all Widgets on the Layout.
Transitions management for Administrators can be found here
On saving the form, the Layout Designer will automatically open.
Each Layout has additional actions/shortcuts that can be accessed from the Row Menu.
Select Design to open the Layout Designer to make edits to the content/design of the Layout.
If your Layout has a Published status, the Layout Designer will open in a Read Only Mode. You will need to ‘Checkout’ the Layout to enable editing.
Checkout from the Row Menu to put the Layout into a draft mode so that changes can be made later. Once edited, the Layout can be Published to make changes permanent and to overwrite the existing Layout. Discard will revert the Layout back to the original published state.
The Layout will play from start to finish which allows you to see how your layout will play. Make important adjustments to ensure that layout designs play as intended before scheduling to Displays.
To save time, Layouts can be scheduled for a specified amount of time, which can be very useful for important notices / promotions.
Assign to Campaign
Click to add the selected Layout to an existing Campaign.
Select to ‘jump’ to Playlists, Campaigns and Media associated for the selected Layout.
Make changes to the Layout record such as, Folder location, Name and Tags etc.
Move the Layout to a selected Folder.
Create copies of designed Layouts to easily make modifications. Choose to include all contained Media items, to use as a base for creating new layouts to save time.
Retire a Layout so it does not affect existing Schedules. A retired Layout will be hidden from new Scheduling options but will remain unaffected in existing Schedules and continue to show on Displays.
Remove a Layout and all its associated media completely from all existing Schedules. Please note: This action is irreversible!
Enable Stats collection
Enable the collection of Proof of Play statistics.
Export the Layout including all associated Widgets/Media/DataSet structures to a ZIP file, so it can be easily shared.
Enable Share options for selected Users/User Groups.
Selecting a Layout that is in a Draft status will present the following additional Row Menu options:
Select to Publish Now or select a date and time to set the Layout to Publish in the future.
Click to ignore any changes that have been made and revert to the previous Published version of the Layout.