Instagram API changes and what it means for you

Recently Instagram made some changes to its API and it has changed the way ScreenScape users can use this popular image-sharing service in their ScreenScape displays.

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What changed?
Instagram has removed the “New Media from Feed” trigger.  This triggers when a photo or video is posted to an account you follow.  Read Tech Crunch’s article on reasons for this change here.

Who will this affect?
If you use this “New Media from Feed” trigger your feed will be empty and this content will be skipped in your playlist.

What now?
If you haven’t already, please update your Zap to use another trigger such as “New Media Posted”.  This triggers when a photo or video is posted to your account.  Once updated, your content will resume playback.

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New Random Image Templates bring Dynamism to your Playlist

We released several new image templates in the Get Started collection that allow for random playback of images within a defined set.  These templates can be quite useful.  They add dynamism to your display and can save you the time and effort of having to manually orchestrate a long, static playlist to feature all your ads.

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For example, the “Chester” template as shown above will play five full screen images.  When creating content with this template, you’ll provide three image options (i.e. Option a, Option b, Option c) in each of the five image sections.  One of the three image options will be randomly selected for playback, for each of the 5 image sections, for a total playback of 5 images.

For example, this graphic illustrates a sample random selection of 1b, 2a, 3c, 4c, 5a:

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These templates will be helpful for those that would like their image content to vary each time through their playlist.  For example you might use this image pack as a “commercial break” between two dynamic videos.  Because the image pack is randomized, one instance of the template is all you need to create a dynamic block of ads. Over time all images in the pack will be featured.  However, every time the image pack plays it will pick random images from the set. Try it today.

Enjoy!

Custom Digital Signage Templates – New Configuration Options Part 2

We released the second template in a series with new configuration options that allow more control and customization of your content.  The template shown below provides a full screen image with text and a circle text background on the right.

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The following new configuration options are available in this template:

Text Width:  Set the width of the text field.
Text Height:  Set the height of the text field.
Text X Position:  Set the position of the text on the X axis (horiztonal position).
Text Y Position:  Set the position of the text on the Y axis (vertical position).
Text Alignment:  Set the alignment of the text within the text field.
Text Border:  Hide or show the border of the text field.

Circle Diameter:  Set the diameter of the circle text background.
Circle X Position: Set the position of the text on the X axis (horiztonal position).
Circle Y Position: Set the position of the text on the Y axis (vertical position).

Text and Circle Animation:  Choose the direction from which the text and circle shape animate-in from.

This template also provide the following dynamic features:

Duration:  Set the playback duration of the image.
Font Size:  Set the font size of the text.
Color:  Choose the color for the text and circle.
Opacity:  Set the transparency of the circle shape.

To find this template, search on “Horatio” in the template picker.

Here are some examples of how automotive and retail customers might use this template:

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Customize Digital Signage Templates – New Configuration Options Part 1

We released the first template in a series with new configuration options that allow more control and customization of your content.  The template shown below provides a full screen image with text and a rectangle text background on the left.

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The first new configuration option available in this template is text font size.  The default size is 40 and may be set between 30 and 400.  The other new configuration option is the opacity of the text background rectangle.  The default is 0.7 (i.e. 70% opaque) and may be set between 0.1 and 1 (i.e. 10% – 100%).  The lower the opacity, the more transparent the rectangle.  The higher the opacity, the more solid the rectangle.  Set the opacity to a level that reveals your full screen image while also maintaining contrast and legibility of your text.

This template also provide the following dynamic features:

Duration:  Allows you to set the playback duration of the image.

Color:  Allows you to choose the color for the text and rectangle.

To find this template, search on “Bassanius” in the template picker.

Here are some examples of how automotive and retail customers might use this template:

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Have fun customizing these new templates with your images and text!

ScreenScape for Not-For-Profit Organizations

Have you got a fundraiser or special event that you would like to share? Having a ScreenScape Display is a great, affordable way for not-for-profit organizations to advertise their messages and events in their community. Dazzle viewers by using our professionally designed templates for your announcements. ScreenScape makes it easy and quick for your employees and volunteers to add content to a Display – no training necessary!

Use ScreenScape’s content sharing feature to connect with other ScreenScape Displays in your area to help spread the word!

Curious to know more? Take a few minutes and watch the video below: