How to Work with Shape Layers

How to Work with Shape Layers

Shape Layers are  a useful new feature that will improve your workflow when creating content for your digital signs. Follow along with these steps for some inspiration on how you can get the new Shape Layer feature looking spiffy on your digital signs. Throughout the article we will go over a couple of the key shapes you can create using this new exciting feature. 

Locating the Shape Layer 

1: To locate the Shape Layer feature you will need to be in the media editor. Once you are inside the media editor click on the “plus button” and you will see the icon for “Shape Layer”

Resizing the shape 

1: To resize the shape, simply click on the shape and scale it to your preferred size by using the handles located on the edges of the shape

 

Making a Circle

1: On the shape layer in the layer tray click on the down-arrow icon

 

2: Click on “Add style”

3: Select “Border radius”

4: Use the slider to create a circle

A couple more tips: 

  • Border radius is a good tool for creating rounded edge rectangles, and squares 
  • Use “Add style” to select other options like “Filter”, “Box shadow”, and “Opacity”  (you can use multiple styles to create unique design assets)
  • Don’t forget “Copy style” and “Paste style” is a useful way to duplicate shapes that you have styled

Have fun creating! 

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Getting Started with the RSS News Feed App

Getting Started with the RSS News Feed App

The RSS News Feed App allows for a hassle free way to publish the latest news & posts from your favorite bloggers onto your screens. You can choose from a curated list of 15 trusted news sources that include: tech news, financial news, world news, sports news etc. or you can add an RSS feed of your choice.

Here is how to get started:

1. Once you’ve selected a template, you’ll need to add the RSS App to your Media through the app integrations drawer. To access this drawer, click on the plus (+) button in the lower right hand corner and then select the Add App button (cloud).

 

2. Once you have opened the apps drawer, click on the News Feed app. Once clicked, the RSS News Feed app will be added to your template. The sample feed is set to BBC News, but it can be easily changed.

 

3. To change RSS news feed, click on the down arrow on the News Feed layer and then click the settings icon (gear).

 

4. To change feed, click on down-arrow in “Select news feed” area

 

5. You now can choose from a collection of curated news feeds. If you want to add a custom feed select “Custom RSS”, and paste in the desired URL.

 

Let’s breakdown what these other settings can do to your RSS NewsFeed App:

  • Date Format: Controls in which sequence and order the date is displayed
  • Number of Items: How many news stories will get shown. Every time the template comes up in your playlist. For playlist tips click here
  • Item Duration (Seconds): How long each individual news story will be
  • Item Order: You can choose to play “newest first” “oldest first” “random”
  • Item Age: This is where you control how current you want the news to be

Now that you’ve selected your RSS News Feed, you can add any other media layers to your template. You could add a customer video/image background or additional text to customize the look and feel of your media item. Try it out!

Also be sure to check out our collection of RSS News Feed Templates.

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Media Overview

Media Overview

The Media page is where you manage and create new Media items within your account. To access the Media page, log in to your account, and select the Media button in the top left of the application. If you do not have any created media, you will see a message instructing you to start creating your first media item. If you have already created media, you will see your media in the form of cards.

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Fig. 1. An example of a Media card.

 

 

 

 

Each card contains a thumbnail of your created Media item. At the bottom of each card, you will see the name of the media item, and the duration time that the media item is set to play for.

To edit your existing media, double click on the media item, or alternatively, click on the item once, and then select the Edit option that will appear in the top right. From here, you can also:

  1. Add the media to a playlist.
  2. Add a tag to your media item.
  3. Share the media item with other people.
  4. Make a copy of the media item or delete it.

You can create new Media by pressing the + button in the bottom right corner and then choose a template.

For more information on Media Creation, please see the more detailed article, How Do I Create a New Media Item?

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How to Set Up and Configure an RSS News Feed Template

How to Set Up and Configure an RSS News Feed Template

Looking for a hassle free way to publish the latest news & posts from your favorite bloggers onto your screens? Our RSS NewsFeed Templates are here to save the day. Choose from a curated list of 15 trusted news sources that include: tech news, financial news, world news, sports news, and more. Along with this list of news sources we have also made it possible for users to add RSS feeds of their choice.

Watch the video below for tips or scroll down further for a step by step guide.

Here is how to get started:

1: Open the template drawer by clicking on the yellow plus button icon. The RSS NewsFeed templates are located at the top of the drawer

2: Once you have opened the RSS NewsFeed template of your choice changing and editing the feed is super easy. Just click: down-arrow icon (on News Feed layer)

3: Click: gear-icon (to edit the settings)

4: To change feed, click on down-arrow in “Select news feed” area

5: You now can choose from a collection of curated news feeds. If you want to add a custom feed select “Custom RSS”, and paste in the desired URL

Let’s breakdown what these other settings can do to your RSS NewsFeed templates:

  • Date Format: Controls in which sequence and order the date is displayed
  • Number of Items: How many news stories will get shown. Every time the template comes up in your playlist. For playlist tips click here
  • Item Duration (Seconds): How long each individual news story will be
  • Item Order: You can choose to play “newest first” “oldest first” “random”
  • Item Age: This is where you control how current you want the news to be

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Sheets App FAQ

What is the Sheets App?

The Sheets App is an integration app available in the ScreenScape Media editor.

The app creates a connection between Google Sheets and your ScreenScape media. When values change in your Sheet, the display of those values on your screen automatically updates.

What kinds of data can I access with the Sheets App?

The Sheets App focuses on individual cell values. Cell values (not formulas) are transmitted as unformatted text strings to ScreenScape. You can then add formatting in the media editor.

In addition, a max of 30 cells from a single sheet can be linked at any one time. Only 1 sheet can be referenced at a time (note – use the formula ImportRange to read other docs into your current sheet).

Things you can’t access? Charts (use the Embed app instead); pivot tables; very large blocks of cells; cell formatting. Basically, anything that isn’t an individual cell value.

Does my Sheet need to be public?

No, your spreadsheet (and your data) can stay private.

When you add a Sheets app layer to a media item, you’ll be asked to authorize access to your Google Sheets data. The authorization allows us to securely access your private data. When asking for your permission, we restrict it to read-only access specifically to your spreadsheets.

What can I do with the Sheets App?

The Sheets Apps is crazy useful. It’s a Swiss army knife that can be used in all kinds of situations. Use the Sheets App if:

  • You want Dashboards, where the values can be driven dynamically from a spreadsheet
  • You want Menus, where the values can be driven dynamically from a spreadsheet
  • You have data on your screens that is driven by external sources and changes frequently (finance, sales, pricing, analytics, etc)
  • You have data on your screens that relies on multiple values in combination
  • your menu prices have different tax rates across different locales
  • your ads need to be translated into multiple languages
  • your sales leaderboard changes based on dynamic conditions
  • Your organization’s workflows are already established with Google Sheets
  • You want a clearinghouse for your data before it gets to your screens – you can combine, transform, translate data inside your Sheets then connect the result to a dashboard on ScreenScape
  • You have specialized data tools and add-ons built into your Google Sheets, and you want those strengths to carry over to ScreenScape
  • You need a bridge to get external data onto your screen (scenario: connect my SQL Server to a Sheet with Zapier, then connect the Sheet to ScreenScape)

Bottom line: If you can get the data into a spreadsheet, you can probably get it onto your ScreenScape display.

Does using the Sheets app put my data at risk?

No – it’s a one way street. No edits are being made to your document. We’re just accessing the Google API to read the data from specific cells.

In addition, your data is secure. The authorization you’ve given ScreenScape to access your document is private. It’s only used for this specific purpose, and it’s passed on to no one. In fact, even your ScreenScape device doesn’t have access; only the devices that have permisisons on that media item (and no others) can read the resulting data.

How should I set up my Google Sheet?

Nothing special. You don’t have to do anything extra to your Sheet document to use it with the Sheets app, like make the document Public or Share it.

Just copy and paste the URL into the app settings and name the cells that you want to pull the data from.

What are some useful Google functions that get great results with the Sheets app?

Spreadsheet ninjas will recognize some of these very handy Google Sheets functions:

Basic formulas

    • This is Spreadsheet 101, but sooo powerful.

 

    • Say you wanted to reference current menu prices from your Sheet, but different local taxes needed to be applied for prices at the various screen locations.

 

    • List the base prices in your sheet, then use basic formulas and cell references to automatically update all local prices at once.

 

    Rate change? No problem – change 1 cell value and all your screens update their prices automagically.

=ImportRange

    • ImportRange allows you to reference other Google documents.

 

    • Say you wanted a single Dashboard with all your latest Sales data. Your Finance department maintained meticulous records, but they’re spread across a dozen documents. Use ImportRange to access the docs, pull the right data together in a single Sheet, then refer to that doc from the Sheets app.

 

    • An added benefit to this approach is that you retain control over your ‘digital signage’ sheet – and Finance retains control over theirs – but the data itself has a single source.

 

    Secure, flexible and inline with your org’s current workflow

=ImportHTML

    • Pull data and headlines from multiple webpage sources

 

    Say you wanted the headlines from a site, but couldn’t find an RSS feed for it. Use your Sheet to pull the data, clean it up, and send it on to your screens with the Sheets app.

=ImportFeed, =ImportXML

    Extract data from multiple feeds and xml docs

=GoogleTranslate

    • Say you wanted to display Tweets that orginate in English… but need to show the French translation on your digital sign.

 

    • Take any text input (say, a headline from a feed) and autotranslate it to any of 100 languages and alphabets. Then reference the translated text from your Sheets app.

 

    Pro Tip: You can even detect the language of the incoming text with the function =DetectLanguage

=GoogleFinance

    Get the latest financial data along multiple dimensions, and pull the results onto your ScreenScape screen

Add-ons

    The Google community has a vast array of specialized Add-ons, custom designed for specific uses. If the data you need is really complex or specialized… try looking here to see if someone’s already solved it.

Scripts and Apps

    • Use Google Scripts and apps to automatically execute code or update your Sheets data on a predefined schedule.

Warning – for expert users only!Zapier and IFTTT

    • Use online services like Zapier and IFTTT (IfThisThenThat) to automate the flow of data into your Sheet from (litterally) thousands of external sources.

 

    Say you had a custom database built with MySQL. You want the latest database values reflected on your screens. Use Zapier to trigger a Sheets update every time a value changes in the database. Then use the Sheets app in ScreenScape to pull that value onto your screens.

Examples of formulas in action here

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