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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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    Chase

    I work at a large theme park in the southeast (you know, the one with the mouse ears and whatnot) and I deploy and maintain digital signage. We're looking to upgrade to BrightSigns (currently 30 with more on the horizon) but I can't recommend them yet as there is no Mac version of BrightAuthor and all our content creation takes place on Macs. I'm afraid this is a glaring omission from your otherwise perfect set of signage tools.

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    Jch

    To Chase Webb.. just curious.. what are you going to use if not Brightsign Players? we have about 6 here and the non mac option is a pain..

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    Richard J Rubasch

    Yet another Mac user waiting for a simple Mac Based interface to create playlists for the HD220 Box....what boxes are you guys using?

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    Darin McKinnis

    Another Mac user here asking for a Mac version.  Or, I might know a Mac developer willing to develop this Mac version and/or IOS version and put it for sale on the App Store(s).  If Brightsign would be willing to share the file format necessary.  Win-win.  Brightsign gets to make Mac customers happy and doesn't need to do the work.

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    James Pretty

    Guess what? Another Mac version request!

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    T. Coppers

    Here another user of Brightsign product that is desperately waiting and hoping for a MAC version of BrightAuthor.

    The workaround with Parallel Desktop and running Windows is only a workaround and is a really pain in ass.
    I want to help with the conversion of Brightsign to a MAC version if that is a problem. !!

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    Kevin Blakely
    Honestly, this conversation is clearly one-way. If Brightsign was going to make a Mac app available... it would have by now. I think this thread would be better served to start discussing alternative products. I will not be purchasing any more Brightsign hardware!
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    Shamus416

      Interestingly enough, BA will not run on OSX, however their app will run on IOS.  Any thoughts?

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    Steve Baker

    Kevin Blakely- I like where you headed. What other alternatives have you seen? I'm looking at dumping this entire experiment, because (I guess unlike a lot of companies) we are a mac only environment. Not having this supported, we have to have an old crappy laptop we use. It's a useless extra step. Not that it matters, but put me down for a Mac version.

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    John Vargo

    Another Mac user here. I use Parallels now and it works fine, but its an extra step I'd prefer to avoid.

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    Edd Legg

    Yes please!

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    Jerico Chua

    Please add me +1  / Mac User. Would like to be notified when it arrives.

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    Alan Butler

    Also would love OSX Bright Author.

    Really surprised there is no Mac support.

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    Scott Telle

    Yes! I would LOVE to not have a workaround just to update the content on our bright sign players.

    PLEASE consider adding a Mac utility to do this with. Thank you!

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    Kwinkelman

    Add me to the list of those pleading for either Mac support or ability to modify bright sign playfiles/schedule by accessing it via internet.

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    Alex

    Kwinkelman,

    If you want to use a brightsign network account, you can now do setup for a brightsign network account directly from the website. You can create setup files to add a unit to your account using the web, at www.brightsignnetwork.com. You can then create fullscreen non-interactive playlists from the website as well, and publish them to your unit through your brightsign network account. See more details in the web ui guide:

    http://brightsignbiz.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/BSN%20WebUI%20User%20Guide%20%283.5%29.pdf

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    Christopher Morris

    Hey is it possible we could get a Mac version of Bright Author? 

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    ^UD\_$

    Bright Author for Mac would be nice.

    Running a local instance of BSN on a player that will serve other players on the network would be nice too.

    We could then offer clients a low cost, low maintenance, and secure solution, for organizations that cannot allow internet access to players. 

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    Eric D

    Yes, need a Mac version of the software.  Hate to setup a Windows box just for this one program and sure don't want to install Parallels on any of my production Macs.

    Or as someone has mentioned - A new Brightsign Server would be perfect.  Wouldn't require internet access, would have storage for media, and could run Bright Author.  That would be great!

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    Lawrence Altomare

    Seriously, no demand for  a Mac author software?  This would be news to the numbers Mac users who author digital content on my college campus where I work.  No wonder they veto your product.

     

    This is costing you serious money.

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    Kheintzelman

    Count me in as a firm Mac supporter, and obsessive fan of Brightsign.

    Having an OS X version of BA would be really useful, to many folks.

    Just do it!

     

    K

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    ^UD\_$

    Platform Agnostic, web based solution, served from a player would be a very powerful solution.

    BrightSign Network in a box...

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    Jim Stanger

    Getting ready to purchase a fleet of BrightSign units, including units for a large multi-display video wall, and dismayed to discover there is no Mac version of the authoring tool. So many creatives use Macs it's kind of ridiculous, actually. What feature is a higher priority than being able to use the tool at all on your team's native platform? Is it worth the lost sales?

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    ^UD\_$

    Welcome to the club :)

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    Adam

    Ugh how did I not see this before we bought our pilot BrightSign XD. We had planned for about 15 to go in our offices nationwide. ALL of our content creators solely use mac. We'll need to find another option. Anyone have any good alternatives I should look into?

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    Kirby Heintzelman

    Realistically folks, you can run BrightAuthor on a Mac. I use Macs everyday, I also run VMware Fusion, as I dislike having to reboot to use Bootcamp. You can run pretty much everything you can run on Windows with Fusion. I find that most Mac users can run Windows very well, though I cannot say the reverse is true. I do both everyday, as the A/V business requires fluency with Windows. Fusion allows you to even run Windows applications on the Mac desktop. Or you just flip back and forth with a simple gesture in the case of a Mac laptop, external trackpad etc. You can also drag an drop graphics, videos or other files into the Windows environment. The BrightSign offers such a huge bang for the buck as far as performance and cost effectiveness, it is foolish to rule it out because the authoring program runs on Windows. I for one refuse to be beaten down by the Windows world.

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    danielbracken

    Realistically folks you can buy a mac mini for $500 these days. I've been following this conversation for 4.5 years and it's laughable how little brightsign has paid attention to these requests. Really, how difficult is it to make a simple mac version of bright author? Make a web interface, do something. Fusion + a windows license is around $200. No thanks. I've moved on, I assume others will follow.

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    Larry Monteleone

    It's December 2014.  There is no reason that there should not be a Mac version of bright author.  It's almost disrespectful.  I am shocked BrightSigns is not listening to their customers.  Most companies that don't listen to their customers fail for that reason alone.

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    Alex

    Hi Daniel and Larry,

    What do you want to do with your brightsign devices? Please describe a project that you want to create and we might be able to help you.

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    Shawn Makinson

    I am also using a mac for development. Sure would be nice not to be required to waste 30GB on my hard drive just to use Brightauthor. Not to mention is super inconvenient using virtual software.

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