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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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    Martin Heuberger

    Add us please for a Mac Version. We highly recommend that.

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    Jon Waugh

    Here! Here! on the BA MAC App.  Recently purchased 5 HD1020 units and plan to purchase 25 more in the next 3 months.  Workflow - Content created in Adobe CS5 on a MAC then uploaded to BrightSign server library (tic, toc, tic toc, unproductive time on a $4K machine - playlist is 85% HD video), then we move to the PC to manage devices and playlists....the brightsignnetwork.com web interface is too clunky to manage playlists/presentations and schedules.

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    jason thompson

    Please add a Mac Version. Thank you!

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    David

    I would also like to see a Mac version and had a customer today who said no to a BrightSign player because he doesn't have a PC

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    Enrique Soemanta
    Our company needs 60 players for our 50 locations. At this moment we're doing a pilot with 4 players. Everything is working great. But an only pc version really holds me back to do a big order. I'm already searching for alternatives like spinetex and some asian devices. The really big problem is I promised the ceo We'll work with brightsign. But a non Mac supported client is breaking down our workflow. So big change I will look for another Brand then brightsign *sigh*
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    Jch

    bright author on the mac would be great, our creative services department is all mac, i had to get a special pc issued to me JUST to write brightsign content.. lets go!!!~ +1 from me for wanting it..

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    Kevin Blakely

    Absolutely, a MAC version makes perfect sense as many graphic designers and design houses are MAC based. I do have Parallels... but that's really just a work-around. 

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    Tony Wagner

    MAC user, another PC - BA hell moment today! Please hurry up and build the cloud version so us Mac users can get some work done.

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    David Barker

    Our very large museum would like to use bright sign, but find the lack of Mac support to be a major impediment.

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    Dominic Redfern

    Massive problems with Brightauthor again today. COME ON GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! you're selling heaps of product, where's the support!??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

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    Alex

    What problems are you having? Please create a support ticket and we will look into the issue ASAP.

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    Stephanos Berger

    Platform-free signage systems are arriving, guys. As long as we Mac-users get forced into crippled Windows-workarounds I'd recommend a google search term like "Digital Signage Mac OS X" - made me lucky the other day and you can even use Mac minis as players.

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    Richard Martineau

    Waiting for a Mac OSX version. In the PC version we cannot see the final production otherwise going to the site of the television and waiting for the complete production... come on  we are in 2013!

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    Cgriff

    yet another plea for Mac OSX support

    as an independent media contractor working internationally with large museums, galleries, installations, networks etc.

    I need to be in a position to properly address the eternal question from content creators and artists:

    ie: "WHAT? why do I need to deal with PC's?" 

    there is huge resistance to migrating to another OS platform in order to work with this one piece of software. They are certainly not about to purchase/learn/compensate for having to use Parallels...

    I had a meeting today with a major film theatre proposing to integrate networked digital signage, and heard exactly the same argument yet again... they are simply not prepared to invest in a PC + then have to learn Windows just to run BS Author.

    I note that this discussion now appears as #1 of the Top 5 Forum Topics.

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    Jshulse

    What would be really helpful is to give us a timeline of when we expect to see multi-zone presentations available for creation using www.brightsignnetwork.com.  I have been creating full screen presentations without firing up a PC, Parallels, Bootcamp, etc. . . for months. The only things I cannot do on www.brightsignnetwork,com are set up new units or create / manage multi-zone presentations. For the majority of users, I would suspect that this would be sufficient. I also suspect that if you are creating interactive presentations, you know a bit of coding and probably utilize a PC for those aspects of your business.

     

    Please give us a rough timeline of when these things might happen. I am extremely loyal and have been thrilled with the BrightSign units we have been running, but I am starting to have to second guess my recommendation as an easy DIY solution for content creators.

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    Lyndon

    I will check which features are expected in Q1. I believe multizone support is high on the brightsignetwork priority list. 

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    Dominic Redfern

    Sorry to be blunt Jshusle but speak for yourself there. I think we know what we are asking for, your comment is off topic.

    Its disspointing to note that whilst the rest of our requests/comments get no response, an off topic one does.

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    Enrique Soemanta

    I need a Mac version or a fully working web-version. Next week youre at a stand at the ISE in Amsterdam. I will be there too. Before we order 100+ devices we need one of these options Mac or full Web gui.

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    Jshulse

    Dominic, I do agree that we need a full web gui. With the pace of development as it is, I would fear that a Mac version would not be updated in a timely manner. I think full fledged web app would be the real solution.

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    Enrique Soemanta

    A fully web version costs less and is compatible with PC, MAC, IOS, Android etc. And no hassle with software updates / Bright author updates and compatibility with the firmware version.

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    Dominic Redfern

    Sure thing J, not trying to be rude.

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    Lyndon

    Dominic, my intent wasn't to ignore the other comments. The previous statements about our mac support haven't changed. We have a fairly long list of features customers big and small have requested. We continue to look at what we can do to provide the most functional product to the most customers including, but not limited to, fixing any problems with emulated environments like parallels or fusion, adding functionality to the web interface, adding support for 3rd part content distribution systems, and most recently adding html5 support to newer products so customers can also use tools other than BrightAuthor for working with the BrightSign. 

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    Farley

    REALLY REALLY REALLY need a Mac compatible (either native software or cloud) version for this software.  I'm having to utilize some long retired piece of crap PC in the office to setup these play files.  Not ideal.

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    Tracy Cogswell

    + 1 on the Mac compatible software request.

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    David Wolfe

    I'm a new BrightSign end user with only one device right now, so I definitely don't have the "pull" of others on this thread. I understand the challenges of balancing multiple (and sometimes competing) customer requests for software products. I would love to see a Mac-native BA for all the same reasons as everyone else commenting here--especially because all of our content is created on Macs. I would also like to see the playback platform further refined: we need tighter control over visual appearance of scrolling text, for example, some javascript bugs fixed in HTML5, meaningful error messages displayed onscreen for troubleshooting problems in general, and a realtime preview of presentations within BA, to eliminate the process of updating a presentation, publishing it, running to the display to see if it worked, running back to BA to tweak something and starting over again. What any software development team should not spend any time on is "fixing problems with [workarounds]." Workarounds are necessary only when a product doesn't properly do something that its users need it to do. Every minute of developer time dedicated to fixing workarounds (like emulated environments) is a minute they're not devoting to addressing the limitations of the product. "Supporting" workarounds, in the end, only results in delayed progress on really addressing those limitations.

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    WtIkTweetIsGeenOnzin

    Yet another on the Mac compatible software request.

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    Leigh Hatwell

    Yeah!!OSX definitely!

    The creative users ( who often use OSX) are more and more into Digital Signage. And as Bright Sign has one of the best Authoring app's and hardware out there, it would make sense to build and incredible OSX version.

     

    Thanks for your products!!

     

    Leigh

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    Ernst Mielmann

    Hi there!

    Another Apple user pleading for a Bright Author version for OSX! (If possible, NOT built on Adobe Air)

     

    Thank you!

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    Stephanos Berger

    This thread, which has been initiated by me, is open since 8 months. This tells us a lot about the user policy at BrightSign. We installed a new system this week with XD-players and still have the hassle with this crappy piece of software. Overpaid, overpaid, overpaid, because we pay the same like Windows users and don't get a working software to operate the devices.

     

    And Yes: NO Air!

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    Todd Peterson

    Add me to the list of Apple users who would love a OSX version of Bright Author!

     

    Thanks,

    Todd

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