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Bright Author software on the Mac



Are there any plans to create a version of Bright Author for OSX?

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    Enrique Soemanta

    mac client is a must have, we're designing and editing videos on mac pro's only....windows at our company is not done lol. So please add a mac version too.

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    wes

    I would be purchasing 2 or 3 of your media players if there was a BA client for Mac.

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    Steve Campbell

    Really unsure why companies still think that pc computer are still on top of the game. Professionals in the graphics/media world who know there stuff, mainly use apple products because they don't get viruses like the PC's do. Please make bright author for mac so I don't have to use a pc to do my work related projects.

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    Lyndon

    It's not a top of the game issue, but simple volume. Most of our customers, the vast majority, are using PCs to manage and control their players.  Depending on what you're doing though. you might not need to use a computer at all. Are you just doing looping playback on the unit? The units do support an older playlist and interactive playlist format for controlling playback as well as scripting. 

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    B.J. Drums™

    You don't say?!  The vast majority of customers who use BrightAuthor (software that is only available for PC) are PC users?  Funny how that works.

    You might find that you'll have more Mac users if you offered a Mac version of the software.

    The reason I have to fire up Windows to put new content on our players is because there are no other alternatives!  I have to update content on a weekly basis for 8 units, and it is a massive waste of time not having a native Mac version of BrightAuthor.

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    Jshulse

    I've been using Brightsignnetwork.com exclusively for a couple of months now.  Today is the first day in 2 months that I have had to fire up the PC. I was doing some "house keeping" and deleting old files and presentations. I have not figured out a way to do that from the web based application. Other than that, the online option has been pretty full featured. I think as they continue to develop this out, the PC software will become a moot point.

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    Lyndon

    I meant the product, the BrightSign. Before we had BrightAuthor, the units were 99% used by PC users. I know some customers run a virtual environment on their macs to run windows on a mac.

     

    If you are doing fullscreen playback, one possibility would be to setup media rss feeds that you can add to the players. And, after you set the units up to call into an mrss feed, you would then only need to update the feeds, and you wouldn't need brightauthor again.

     

    If you are using our hosted brightsign network service, and you update to the latest firmware, again, for fullscreen projects, you can use the web interface, www.brightsignnetwork.com. to make changes to dynamic playlists without using brightauthor. This would only work for a fullscreen project. 

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    B.J. Drums™

    Our units are not networked.

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    danielbracken

    Doing anything beyond very basic things requires bright author. I work at a contemporary art museum and often have complicated video syncing needs that brightsign is often ideal for, but like most museums, we are an entirely Mac based institution. Likewise, 99% of the artists and video editors we work with are Mac only. 9/10 computers sold that are above $1000 are macs. Seems silly to ignore this market.

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    Lyndon

    If you could send me some of your sample projects, just the bpf files to support@brightsign.biz, I'll look and see if there's an easier way to do what you're doing. We have had request for a mac release, and a feature request has been logged for this already. 

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    Roland TL

    Nice to see that thread is getting some attention. 

    But sending you files is not really a good idea, because it is not solving the problem in 99% of the case. Not all of us can send you our files. And the setup keeps changing every day. If there was a simple script that solved all our problems you wouldn't have to develop Bight Author in the first place. 

     

     

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    Lyndon

    ok. I just wanted to get a feel for what type of sync projects you are creating.  But, if you don't feel it's worth it, it's not a problem. 

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    Stephanos Berger

    The workaround with BA on Parallels on the Mac is not only a hassle for streamlined signage content production (although leading media industry codes like the H264 have been integrated to BA), it's in the BA software itself, which lacks of so many standard improvements like keeping track of media file directories when working with several screen projects, or keeping track of where the schedules lie on local server directories, not to mention the surprise when jumping into a project or schedule from abroad when BA simply can't open this files due to the idiotic numeration windows does to local and remote directories (means, one has to rebuild projects and schedules entirely new, when working from a different Mac with Parallels, or BA won't open a schedule on an AFP file server accessed via VPN in our agency). And worst of all: BA can't save and reopen configs for devices. This is the real caveat - I am in immortal fear to hand a current project for a 13 stores chain to a coworker because I must take screenshots of device configs to transfer the knowledge from me to him. Simply, BA is so old school windows, we really crave for a new, improved stable version or even a Mac version, following the simply rules on a Mac: storing configs, remembering file directories, tracking projects and their relevant files. Just do this, we the Mac users grow. And think about an app to track what the devices do when on location. BA by far has outgrown its customer pain index.

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    Lyndon

    I will forward your feedback to program manager.

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    Enrique Soemanta

    amen to Stephanos Berger!!! I think there is a lot interest for a Mac application! We're busy with setting up 50 venues this year. It costs to much time to switch between the mac and parallels or vmware. Also I don't think Parallels and Vmware were built to do this day task stuff, neither do I. 

    At our company we're all using Mac systems, because we design the content by ourself. 

    Also there are really some problems with transferring files from the mac to windows. Movie files which are rotated 90 degrees (because BA doesn't rotate the movie in rotate template) aren't rotated in Windows. 

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    Lyndon

    we appreciate your feedback. Mac support is one of many features customers have requested, and has been prioritized accordingly. Currently, there is a long list of features that are beein requested more often than mac support. We continue to look at a good solution for mac users.

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    Lyndon

    we appreciate your feedback. Mac support is one of many features customers have requested, and has been prioritized accordingly. Currently, there is a long list of features that are beein requested more often than mac support. We continue to look at a good solution for mac users.

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    Stephanos Berger

    Thanks Enrique, your comment describes our problems literally. Leaving the Mac behind is just neglecting developments in the market. We really care about this, because  it eats up time! 

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    Stephanos Berger

    BrightAuthor did it again: My personal super-hate-dialog-message appeared - this is NOT mac-like, this is a buggy BrightAuthor or a Windows problem under Parallels! This keeps me from streamlined working, unbelievable c**p! I want a working creator, we Mac users pay the same like others! Now I can rebuild all schedules for all departments because this stupid BrightAuthor all over sudden forgets the file paths! The files are actually in the same place like last week. Explain THAT! 

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    Lyndon

     

    What version of parallels are you using? And, which version of brightauthor? Have you tried reinstalling BrightAuthor? If all the files or projects are in the same sub directories, can you edit the schedule file with a text editor and do a search and replace on the path, and then try to open the schedule again.

     

    Can you create a test proejct, and same it in the same locattion, and send me yoru new schedule file and the old one that brightauthor doesn't seem to want to open?

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    Stephanos Berger

    BA 3.0.0.10

    Parallels Build 7.0.15098

    I do know why this happens, it is in the way Windows, Parallels and/or BA treat directories. Sometimes it's U://, sometimes it's Z://, and so on. The problem is: All BrightSign Media and all presentations lie in a directory on an AFP share in our LAN. Unlike a generic Mac app, BA tries to locate the files used in presentations and schedules by the stupid numeration Windows uses (letters like U, Z, Y ...). After any Windows update or full restart of the hosted OS (Windows 7 in our case), Parallels assigns AFP shares and local HDs in a new order and numeration. Even the same occurs, when I try to open a schedule or presentation residing with all its media files on this AFP share from a different Mac. I have to rebuild everything!

    Also BA is badly programmed, because it forgets file paths. If I want to save an open schedule, BA asks me for a location because it simply doesn't remember where the just before opened schedule lies on the AFP share. Working with BA in a professional AFP file sharing environment means endless clicks over and over again thru directories.

    That's annoying and a waste of time. We have to use simple file networking due to some reasons, but with BA this is painful.

    Plus: When u open a schedule to edit and you are lucky to get it opened with no warnings, then at least the parameters and publish-to path is not the correct one, but the one from the last schedule used. Sucks.

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    Stephanos Berger

    A week is over - and again: I opened BA and wanted to add a new program to an existing schedule to have it in time on the server - but hell NO! "Presentation blahblablah doesn't exist" and no workaround! Again I have to rebuild an older schedule at least to be on the safe side to have the actual running program shown until the new one starts. BrightAuthor is ridiculous crapware, not a reliable application. I loose valuable time no one pays for. ONCE AGAIN: BRING OUT A MAC VERSION FOR PROCUCTIVE  USERS!

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    KRichardson

    Just another request for Mac support with Brightauthor here. In fact, I've already purchased 4 of your competitors players (and had a number of museums and galleries purchase at least another 20) due to the hassle of programming Brightsigns on the Mac. I'm not entirely satisfied with the quality of video from the other players though and prefer the Brightsigns so again - please find the time to support Macs!

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    Stephanos Berger

    We want a Mac version, or at least a better windows version which remembers the server paths on both ends - device and share and which also provides a working save-feature when schedules are on shares. How long will this go on???

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    Alex

    Which Brightauthor version are you using? The latest 3.2.0.12 release doesn't have problems with saving/opening schedules. Brightauthor remembers the latest path that was used to publish a presentation.

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    Dustin Hood

    BrightAuthor request for Mac

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    Aston

    here's another request.  Brightsigns are fantastic devices for art galleries. I havent been to one that uses pcs/windows for a long while.

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    Abx400

    official request: Bright Author for Mac OS 10.7.x PLEASE

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    Norman Garland

    ....and another "official" request for a Mac version of BA from your UK distributor.

    Many, many of our customers, especially those in the video and post production markets are 100% Mac-based and do not want to use PC or PC emulators.

    Norm Garland

    Pixels UK Ltd

     

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    Gary Warner

    I submitted a request for a Mac version of BrightAuthor via this forum over a year ago - in that time there have been many similar requests from end users around the world but precious little response from BrightSign - I've been recommending your products here in Australia but would be MUCH happier if there was a Mac version of the software - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

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