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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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    Spencer Martin

    @Sr. Suppport & Kwinkelman

    Ah, ok. Is a network account free or is there a cost associated with managing presentations that way?

     

    Thanks,

    Spencer

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    Kwinkelman

    Spencer -

    I think the network access is part of your BrightSign account but I do have an annual cost of $99. Very reasonable!

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    Kwinkelman

    Support - Thanks for the info! I need to research how to do the presentations using the webui. Is there a video tutorial for that?

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    David Wolfe

    >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. 

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

    All of this misses the point. Yes, we know that we can create Presentations that call HTML content from other services for display on our BrightSigns. And Yes, we know that we can pay BrightSign for a Network subscription service that allows us to manage our presentations, schedules, and displays in a browser on whatever platform we choose. And yes, we even understand that we have the option to hand-code and script our BrightSigns on whatever platform we want. But this discussion thread (which—by the way—is almost constantly in the top 5 most popular on your forums) is about the need for BrightAuthor on the Macintosh. That is, the need for a simple-to-use GUI application, running natively on the content-creation platform of choice for the majority of content creators, and enabling a single workstation to immediately, directly, and simply create content, insert it in Presentations, and upload it to BrightSign Players.

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    Larry Monteleone

    David Wolfe, very well said.  I don't think anyone could have explained this issue better than that. 

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    Larry Monteleone

    As of one week from today, this thread was originated 5 years ago.  The writing is on the wall.  BrightSign is not interested in support it's mac based consumers.  Very unfortunate and kinda disrespectful

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    Pablo K T Castro

    Dear Brightsign

    I work as a technician in several museums. I love your products and I have made the museums buy them several times. But every time we have to prepare an SD card, it is a hassle. We use mostly macs!

     

    So please make a mac-version of Brightauthor!

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    Nelson Parreira

    Please a Mac Version

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    Shaun PRICKIMAGE

    Another mac user fumbling around with PC ;(

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    Chris Hafner

    Let me throw this in... I am Technology Coordinator for a Mac only school system that works with a large number of other mac only schools. Having a Mac version of your software (Or a full web configuration utility of some sort) would open you up to at least several several dozen private academies I work with in the northeastern US. I highly recommend looking into the Mac a bit further. IBM has just moved about 60% of their workforce to Mac and other companies like Cisco are doing the same. I'd hate to see these great products loose out to something inferior because your Mac compatibility is limited. Further, I suspect that my evaluation will not continue without a mac version of the software (and I have 39 buildings that may all need signage in the future). 

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    Ethan Gussow

    Pleas make a Mac version. Almost every other part of our production workflow is Mac-based and having to use a PC for Brightsign is a time-consuming problem.

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    danielbracken

    Hilarious, are you guys deleting posts of people trying to suggest other options besides your crappy windows only software? 

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    David Bradshaw

    They just deleted a post with a link to haw to make a looping video player on a raspberry pi. It did not offer anything for sale, it was merely informational. That they would find this a conflict in some way with their business model is very telling and embarrassing for the Brightsign company.

    In addition to may raspberry pi options, there are cheap media players on Amazon and elsewhere which cost less than a pi, and will seamlessly loop video over hdmi quite reliably.

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    Allen H. Porter

    Trolling here?  Its a BrightSign forum.  Alternatives are fine but I don't come here to listen to trolls.

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    John Vargo

    Not only is it in direct conflict with their business model, but its also completely off-topic. Take your nonsense somewhere else.

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    danielbracken

    Sorry John, completely disagree. It's totally on topic, as this thread is titled "Bright Author software on the Mac" and has thus become "the complete disregard brightsign has for the mac", so makes sense that when someone posts, "hey, would be nice to have a mac version" and for 5 years brightsign completely ignores these requests, I think it's fair that someone replies with a suggestion for a better option. So if there's any complaining to be had about nonsense, I think it would be that brightsign has ignored these hundreds of requests for a non-windows only option for years. 

     

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    Chris Hafner

    How interesting. At least this thread is getting some attention one way or another. Look, there are some really great competitive offerings from a Mac administration standpoint. It's just that I belive other hardware to be generally inferior. I really like BrightSigns hardware platform and wish they they would at least respond with some sort of statement like: "Sorry, this isn't in our forecast" or, we plan on developing further "x" solutions for q2 2016. I mean, we're looking to invest quite a bit of money regarding digital signage. Not on the scale of a large corporate enterprise, but large for an institution of our size. Without some form of official comment we will be moving on with other products despite a really good demo period.

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    Allen H. Porter

    We have deployed Stratacache, NanoNation, Sony, Spinetix, a custom player, FourWinds, John Ryan, and a few others, all commercially (hundreds to thousands of players).  Brightsign is my favorite so far.  While having a BA version for MAC might be a good idea, I certainly wouldn't let it stop our deploying the player.  Brightsign has the best price/feature set and is 1st or 2nd in reliability that I have seen.  Spinetix is the only one to give them competition and it is three times the price with fewer features.

     

    Relying on a home grown solution might work in small quantities but I prefer the ease of use and power of Brightsign and the Sales types prefer the price.

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    Michael Bryant

    As someone at the very foot of the learning curve for Brightauthor, I would like to add my support for a Mac version. I am currently forced to use Brightauthor on an 11-year old, low-spec laptop running XP. The documentation for Brightauthor suggests that XP does not meet the minimum requirements but it seems to work reasonably well albeit at the speed of tectonic plates. Nevertheless, a Mac version would be great.

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    Chris Hafner

    In short, BrightSigns official answer is, "No, we do not wish to develop Mac native software" (See the updated post at the beginning of the thread). I appreciate the honesty though I disagree with your reasoning. Could you comment on any further development of the WebUI? Do you see the WebUI eventually replacing the native app?

     

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    Michael Bryant

    Thank you for the updated official response. I accept that the costs of developing a Mac version of Brightauthor might be high but, given the increasing popularity of Mac machines,  I wonder if it is still a commercially sensible position to ignore this market. Personally, I don't think that the  "Windows using Parallels" solution for using Brightauthor on a Mac is a very good one unless you already have Windows/Parallels on your Mac. For me, the cost of buying Windows and Parallels is probably more than a cheap Windows laptop.

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    Lyndon

     

    Our VP of Product Operations will be posting an update to this thread regarding our efforts to provide better solutions for Mac customers. I don't have anything further to add at the moment. 

     

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    Mack Mahon

    I want to do more than simply leave My name on a list in support of developing a Mac Version of software for your product, As a Marketing Director / Production Manager here is  Eastern Canada, I have been tasked with sourcing 500 Networkable Display units for Use  in a Hotel Chain, my search brought me to your product line, It seemed to fit the bill nicely, until discovering that it does not support Mac OS. It might be a good idea to inform your people in product development /IT and Marketing that 95% + of all Advertising and Marketing firms in North America Use MAC Exclusively..... Huge miscalculation on your behalf.... point incase is my situation, looking for an initial order of 500 units with the potential of 2500 more after rollout.  Time being of the essence I am forced to move on to your competitor. I fell very confident that I am not the first nor will i be the last in my field to be forced to pass on your product.

     

    M Mahon.

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    Chris Schelzel

    Love to use BrightAuthor on a Mac, too. ;)

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    Fred Miller

    Another vote for the mac version of BA.  

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    Eric

    I run 3 different Parallels Windows environments on my Mac. Only to use / support the different BA versions. But a OSX version should have the same functionality, and without any limitations, as the WIN version. So here is my vote also.

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    Brandon

    You don't need to run multiple VMs for different BrightAuthor versions, unless you really want to keep the presentations isolated, which might not be a bad idea, if you're running multiple 3.x versions or 4.x versions.

    http://support.brightsign.biz/entries/43886934-Can-I-install-more-than-one-BrightAuthor-version-on-my-computer-

    Just keep in mind that only one instance of BrightAuthor can be running at a time, and be careful not to save over an old project with a newer version if you need to open it in an older version of BrightAuthor.  We recommend using Save _project_ As rather than just saving over if you don't keep the HDx10 units to BrightAuthor 3.8 or lower as recommended below.

    I recommend keeping the HDx10 projects in BrightAuthor 3.8 or earlier and using BrightAuthor 4.x for anything else.
    BrightAuthor 4.x won't open a presentation targeting an HDx10 series player and BrightAuthor 3.8/earlier won't open a BrightAuthor 4.x presentation.
    So as long as you target your presentations accordingly, there should be little chance of accidentally upgrading a presentation.

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    Eric

    Thanks Brandon! This saves me some space and will reduce 1 VM environment for now. Still... a Mac version... 

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