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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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    Larry Monteleone

    I want to use brightauthor on a mac OS, can you help with that? Look at all the responses above mine, there is quite a demand for it.

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    Steffen Rasile

    Another request for a mac version

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    Daniel Sherwin

    Another Mac user requesting BrightAuthor for Mac.  Hey RokuLyndon, are you real sure you havent had a lot of requests for a mac version or were just assuming that?  Seems to me there are quite a few in this forum alone.

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    VMS

    This is another request for the Mac version.

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    David Bradshaw

    I run AV for an art museum which produces a large amount of digital media in its exhibitions. have used Brightsign products for several years, and have quite a few units. I also have other brands and models which are used for certain applications for which Brightsign doesn't apply. A certain percentage of these instances pertain to ease of use and immediacy. This is often because of lack of Mac authoring ability.

    VM software is an expensive, resource-heavy, and convoluted workaround to an already complicated process. When under the gun, I sometimes find the most efficient workaround is by bypassing Brightsign players completely.

    I have read through these comments, and people are making some valid points. I can't believe that the response is still that there have been few requests, and there has been no reasoning put forward from Brightsign since those first posts in this thread almost 5 years ago.

    It seems clear you would sell more units, but you would also clearly serve your existing loyal customer base much better.

     

     

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    Zach Poff

    This is partially in response to David Bradshaw above, and also to help others who may not know: It's possible to do simple video syncing and looping with BrightSign players without using BrightAuthor. BA just creates a script file (autorun.brs) and converts your media files to a bizzare obfuscated form (in the "pool" folders). I found old scripts for multichannel sync in the forum that work great. All you need is a text editor, so it works on Mac, Windows, or Linux. I put complete info on my website, including downloadable scripts that I've used in countless multichannel installations.

    http://www.zachpoff.com/software/brightsign-video-sync-scripts/

    I'm posting to help frustrated people, but it's not a solution for the real problem: We need BrightAuthor for the Mac!

    -Zach

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    Toby Julian

    Please add me to the list of those requesting BrightAuthor for Mac. I get existing and potential clients asking me all the time.

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    Toby Julian

    An App for iPad but no Mac BrightAuthor...? 

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    Norman Garland

    Us too Zach!  We have been writing sync and control scripts for BrightSign players for years because so many of our customers are Mac-based or don't want to use BrightAuthor. 

    Our SyncKit synchronisation and control scripts for BrightSign players are a far simpler alternative to using BrightAuthor software to create presentations. In addition to this we believe the sync scripts are more reliable as they allow for extra error correction between each media clip than BrightAuthor does. Pixels' scripts run on all models of BrightSign media players including the new 4K, XD2, HD2 and LS models.  For more details see:

    http://www.pixels.uk.com/index.php?_a=viewDoc&docId=33

    Best Regards

     

    Norman Garland

    Pixels UK Ltd.

     

    Tel: +44 (0)1582 515253

    Mob: +44 (0)797 314 6466

    ngarland@pixels.uk.com

    www.pixels.uk.com

     

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    Dustin King

    Just want to through my hat in the right for another vote for a Mac Version.

     

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    Spencer Martin

    Totally 100% vote for a Mac version. The fact that I have to use a second computer just for Bright Author is really hurting my workflow, especially when I design content on a Mac.

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    Richard J Rubasch

    We've been plodding along with the PC only version for too long.  Although we can do some simple updates to the files on a Mac, the full fledged authoring tool would be great to have on our primary Mac systems.  Oh, and by the way, I personally would be willing to pay for this software.

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    Steffen Rasile
    I talked to someone at senior level support and they told me there is no plan to create a Mac version in the future and there has never been any plan to start development.

    BrightSign is not interested in helping out us Mac users.

    It is a very difficult product to use, and it doesn't seem like it is going to get better any time soon.
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    Ed

    Done years of switching between mac and windows, i'm fed up with BrightSign. But there is hope. Found out there is a system for us Mac users (and android, windows, iOS, linux) at digitalsignage  (.com). Looking into this for a short time now and it looks very promissing.

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    Mike Hellings

    Yet another Mac user requesting software. Will be forced to move to another solution soon. 

     

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    Adam Simmons

    Add me to the list of those that want a Mac version.  I'm using my school's players, and love the functionality, but would jump on the first thing that did what Brightsigns do, if they were easier to use with a Mac, that the current hacked solution for these players.

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    Larry Monteleone

    IT's been over 2 years since this post was started.  The lack of action from BrightSIgns speaks volumes.  I believe it is time to move elsewhere

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    Allan Hughes

    I started a similar thread to this one in early 2010 after purchasing a pair of units. I own three units now and all are  classed as 'legacy' products, so even if a Mac version were ever to appear, (not going to happen) I expect my units would not be supported.

     

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    Nez Tokugawa

    add me to the list 

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    Yoav Dagan

    Another one here

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    Ed

    I'm no longer wasting my time on Brightsign. Digitalsignage.com has everything Brightsign lacks. The player can run on windows, android or mac (I'm using the new Intel-Stick). The designer runs on windows or mac (Mac is what I use). Great thing, in the designer you can preview what you build. Or see the preview on an existing Windows, Tablet or Mac. No need for an extra player just to preview things.That makes Digitalsignage.com a great user experiance.

    Sorry Brightsign guys. I think you were either to arrogant or to ignorant.

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    Lyndon

    Ed,

    I'm sorry you feel this way. Keep in mind, Brightsigns already supports web based services that run on multiple clients. We have partners like Insteo and Signchannel that are fully web based platforms, that work fully in any browsers for managing players, and they work with the BrightSign and work with the Mac. Or, if you're looking for a larger more comprehensive solution, you can try TightRope Media. We have several other different CMS partners that have integrated BrightSign into their offerings to provide customers with a lot of options for using BrightSigns. 

     

    Yes, our BrightAuthor software doesn't have a mac client, but customers aren't restricted to using BrightAuthor to create content and manage players. 

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    Richard J Rubasch

    I think Brightsign is taking the wrong approach.  Instead of solutions they send us to third party software that may or may not work the same with their players.  If they understood the market and its customers they would send a check for $5000 to any competent coder and have them write the BrightAuthor app for Mac.  They would have their code within 5 days and all of us who have begged for a Mac version would be customers for life.  Instead they send us to third party software and will not provide a real solution.  Doesn't make sense...plenty of other companies who listen to feedback and base their success on it.  This company apparently does not.

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    Larry Monteleone

    Ed,

    Thank you for that great alternative.  I wish I knew about digitalsignage.com sooner.  I will most likely be taking my business in that direction depending on further research. 

     

    Rjr,

    I couldn't agree with you more.  They seem to be hurting the situation rather than solving the problem. 

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    Ed

    @Sr. Support

    Wow.

    I have to hold on to myself for a moment.
    This is the first time in over three years I see a reaction that is both quick, and shows understanding of what I wrote.

    But to late and to little. Digitalsignage.com offers a free player and free designer so anyone can see for themself -at no cost at all other than some time- if the system will fit the needs. With that free system I can do so much more then I ever could with BrightSign.

    Maybe now you are on a roll anyway. One question NEVER got an answer is about the BrightSign Basic-lookalike scripting. Is there an environement to write, run and debug scripts other than in the BrightSign player itself?
    When there is a bug, the player just reboots, and reboots, and...

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    Kwinkelman

    Just went looking at the Digitalsignage.com solution, and maybe it would work for some. Yeah the player and designer are free, but we would have to purchase a PC and a 'Capture device (HD DVR) for every display we have installed. Plus figure out a way to install that hardware on or near every display. In lieu of spending a LOT of cash, we'll have to continue creating our content using BA on a PC, and then using the web interface on a Mac to manage it. Brightsign still is best for us.

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    Spencer Martin

    @Kwinkelman

    What do you mean by using the web interface on a Mac to manage it? Can you explain that a little more?

    Thanks!

    Spencer

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    Lyndon

    @Ed, 

    Most of the debugging happens on the player. You can, at the prompt type "script eebug on" so that any crash immediately goes to debugger. If the script is crashing, you can push the svc or gpio12 recessed button to exit to the debugger. You can then check variables, etc at the debugger using a serial cable or if you turned on telnet on the player and connected over telnet.

     

    There is a legacy script application that stopped getting updated before Roku and Brightsign split, so it doesn't support a number of new objects, but can be used to debug general playback. I use it for testing parts of my scripts.  I'm probably the only one that still uses it. I can send you a link to it. 

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    Lyndon

    @spencer martin,

     

    If you are using a brightsign network account, you can create setup files using the brightsign network web login, and you can then publish any presentations created in brightauthor and uploaded to the account. or, you can build fullscreen presentations and publish them from the webui.

     

    If you have a player that supports html playback, your project can be single or mulizone. You can publish your html assets using a zip file, and it will be published as a presentation. 

     

    Additionally, also available if using the brightsign networ, we'll post shortly a new way to work with html projects called brightplates. It will let you use predefined templates along with livemedia text and image content. The template will be applied to the assets from the live media feeds, and you can then publish them to groups like you can regular presentations. 

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    Kwinkelman

    Spencer -

    Sure, I just log in to my BrightSign account using a web browser, and can see the presentations. You can manage the scheduling, upload files and see your libraries, etc. You CANNOT create new content though (at least I don't see a way to) so I use it mainly to update the schedules for the presentations.

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