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Digital signage guide

Introduction to NoviSign Digital Signage Software

The NoviSign solution enables you to create and broadcast sophisticated and striking digital channels to engage your customers and to keep them instantly informed. You can choose to use the numerous formatting online tools to easily compose your digital channels, or you can store digital channels that already exist in NoviSign’s Digital Signage Software. You online Studio account (the CMS) includes several templates for easy preparation of these projects. Once you complete your digital projects, you can store them as playlists to be broadcast whenever you wish. In addition, playlists can be grouped together to manipulate multiple projects at once.

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The figure above depicts the broadcast flow through the Web of all NoviSign digital channels, comprising ads, notices and campaigns

There are five simple stages in the NoviSign process:

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[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-top” title_tag=”p” custom_icon=”16158″ title=”Registering” title_color=”#474747″]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-top” title_tag=”p” custom_icon=”16156″ title=”Composing Digital Channels” title_color=”#474747″]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-top” title_tag=”p” custom_icon=”16154″ title=”Creating Playlists” title_color=”#474747″]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-top” title_tag=”p” custom_icon=”16152″ title=”Connecting to the Network” title_color=”#474747″]

Hardware

The first step is getting your digital signage player. NoviSign runs on AndroidChrome OS and Windows media players.

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Setting up Hardware for NoviSign

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16498″ title=”Specifications for a screen and player” title_color=”#7a7a7a”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Screen” title_color=”#474747″ icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-circle-o” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#efefef” custom_icon=”16469″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet” text=”Choose an LED or LCD screen that will fit your space with HDMI video input.”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Player” title_color=”#474747″ icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-circle-thin” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#efefef” custom_icon=”16471″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet” text=”You can use a Windows-based platform or Android-based platform as your player hardware device.”]

Android-based device option: Get an Android TV player such as the models below or one of the recommended players that can be found on our site:

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[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Power” title_color=”#474747″ icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-circle-thin” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#efefef” custom_icon=”16473″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Network” title_color=”#474747″ icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-circle-thin” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#efefef” custom_icon=”16475″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Screen” title_color=”#474747″ icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-circle-thin” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#efefef” custom_icon=”16475″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16185″ title=”Mount the screen on the wall” title_color=”#7a7a7a”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16183″ title=”Mount the mini PC behind it” title_color=”#7a7a7a”]

Windows-based device option: Choose a mini PC with a Windows operation system.

Now you are ready to prepare your message

Registering – Setting up NoviSign digital signage is quite simple from registration to the final published product.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16488″ title=”Login to your online Studio account (https://app.novisign.com)” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]

You must register. Registering offers you instant access to the NoviSign digital signage software dashboard without any obligation. If you should decide to join the NoviSign family, you have free 30-day trial of NoviSign digital signage software services for evaluation or after beginning use, for one month.

Digital signage software
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16187″ title=”Click Sign Up” title_color=”#b7b7b7″ text=”The Sign Up window opens.”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16185″ title=”Sign Up procedure” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Enter your email address. The email address will be used as your user name.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Select a password. The password must be composed of at least 8 letters and numbers.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Enter your first and last names. Your company name is optional.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Check the box next to “I agree to the terms of service”. It is preferable to read the terms of service before checking the box.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Click Join.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

Note: Once you have signed up, every time you enter the NoviSign digital signage software home page and sign in, you will be directed automatically to the NoviSign digital signage software online Studio, directly to the My Creative screen.

Sign up form

The four main work areas of the digital signage software online Studio appear in the header, next to the NoviSign logo:

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ title=”Creative” text=”This is where you begin. Here you choose your layout and compose your digital channels with any of the many options NoviSign offers: video, images, YouTube, social widgets, etc. This is also where you store individual images, videos, YouTube selections, etc.”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ title=”Playlists” text=”This is where you store component sections of an ad campaign or content ready to be assigned to your players.”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ title=”Screens” text=”This is where you keep an inventory of your screens. Each screen here represents a screen in the real world. Here, they are connected with the NoviSign cloud server for publishing. This is also where each screen can be assgined one or more playlists. Also, from here you can take the screen key (unique identifying key) which uses for pairing a physical signage device with this screen in your Studio account.”]
Creative tab
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ title=”Groups” text=”You may want to group your screens together to easily setup broadcasting of a group of screens. For example, you can group all the players near the point of sale (POS). Drag a playlist to them once instead of assigning the playlist for each one of them separately.”]

In the NoviSign digital signage software dashboard you can choose to compose individual slides, add videos, music, YouTube, social widgets, RSS feeds, etc. and aggregate them into creatives and playlists or import already prepared creatives or playlists.

Composing Slides (creatives):

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16498″ title=”Click the button” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]”Create from Template”

The Template screen appears.

Here, you enter the project name and description, you determine the layout dimension, and you select the template you prefer.

Note: You have both landscape and portrait options. For example, the wide screen at 16:9 is landscape; that at 9:16 is portrait.

Creative Composer
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16187″ title=”You select the dimensions of the screen you prefer in the drop-down window next to the Template screen name.” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]

Note: You have both landscape and portrait options. For example, the wide screen at 16:9 is landscape; that at 9:16 is portrait.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16185″ title=”When done, click the Create button.” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]

The Creative Composer screen appears.

The Creative Composer screen, your dashboard for creating the digital channel and its content, has three parts:

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Activity buttons in the left-hand pane” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”The Editor (dashboard) where the digital channel is put together” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”The Properties panel on the right” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16183″ title=”Go first to the panel on the right. If you did not give the digital channel a name in the Template screen, do so now. Otherwise, the name automatically appears under Creative Properties.” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]

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Signage Templates
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The Fill properties window appears.

The top row enables selecting:

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[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”A solid color” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Various gradients” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

To select a gradient, click on the gradient boxes that you prefer. In the diagram above, the third box has been selected.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Click on the small box to the left under the color bar and select a color.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Click on the small box to the right under the color bar and select a color.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

In this example, there are two variants of blue, each displayed in the small boxes under the color bar. In addition, the opacity, which can be modified, is 100%.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16329″ title=”click” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]Close

You can view the background color of your digital channel in the Editor

Studio Creative Composer

You are now set to add all the information to your digital channel. NoviSign’s digital signage software offers a wide array of easily performed activities for creating a successful customer.

The array of activities are displayed in eleven buttons in the left-hand pane of the screen.

This user guide will illustrate only several of the options in the Activity array, as many of the activities follow the same principles.

Widgets
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16360″ title=”Adding a logo” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]

Drag the Photo button onto the Editor to the location where you wish to place the logo.

Media Library

Choose media window opens.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Click Upload.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Navigate for the file on your computer and select it.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

The Uploading Files window is displayed. Note Finished in the bottom left-hand corner.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”click the button” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]Close[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”clickThe Choose media window again appears but with the new uploaded image. The information about the image (type, date, and name) and a copy of the image are marked in gray. ” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

Click this gray line.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”The information is now marked in orange, and the logo appears in the box on the left side. Click OK or click again on the information line.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
Upload to my Library
My Library

The logo appears on the Editor dashboard. You can now drag and drop the logo size it according to your preferences.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16373″ title=”Adding a shape” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]

Drag the Shape button onto the Editor to the location where you wish to place the shape.

Adjust the dimensions of the shape as you wish by dragging the circles in the corner to enlarge or shrink it or by dragging the squares to change the proportions.

Note: The Properties panel on the right has changed to Shape Properties, enabling you to select a number of different shapes.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16381″ title=”Adding text” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Drag the Text button onto the Editor to the location where you wish to place the Text.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Add text as you would in Microsoft Word.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”The text in the selected font, size, and style appears in the Editor.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

Note: The Properties panel on the right has changed to Text Properties. You can select font, size, italic, bold, underline, color, and position, etc. In addition, you can cut, delete, copy, and paste.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16388″ title=” Add New Playlist.” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]

Creating Playlists

After you have created a number of digital channel images, you will want to collect them into a playlist so that they can be broadcast together.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Go to the My Creative screen.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

You can view the playlist by clicking on the Play arrow in the small screen to the right.

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=” Select the images you wish to add to a playlist.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”Enter a name and a description for the playlist in the boxes next to New Playlist.” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” text=”Note: You are now in the Playlists work area.” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”If you wish to add another digital channel, click the Add creative button” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”click the create button ” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” text=”Note: This button is not activated until you enter a name for the playlist.” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]

The My Playlist screen opens with the new digital channel. Connecting to the Network

[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” title=”You have completed all the packaging stages. You must now connect to the network to broadcast!” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” title_tag=”h6″ custom_icon=”16415″ title=” Send to digital signage player” title_color=”#b7b7b7″]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Connect your media player to the TV via HDMI and WI” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Install the NoviSign app” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Log-in to your NoviSign account” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”][evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Select the magnifying glass icon that is located on the right side of the search bar” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
[evc_icon_with_text type=”icon-left” icon_library=”fontawesome” title_tag=”p” title=”Choose your screen name and click let’s roll” icon_size=”15″ icon_color=”#dd1f5e” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-square-o” custom_icon=”16483″ custom_class=”sadel-custom-bullet”]
Digital signage app