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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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    Brandon Official comment

    BrightAuthor does not specifically require Windows hardware - it will run fine in a Windows virtual machine as many Mac OS customers do.
    Also keep in mind that a single Windows/BrightAuthor machine is usually sufficient unless you have many players or content creators.

    The fact of the matter is developing a native Mac OS BrightAuthor will significantly increase our development and QA time, not to mention cost..

    As others have noted you can also use BrightSign Network for basic (single-zone), HTML and template-based (BrightPlates) authoring via web browser.  BrightPlates is also available separately if you don't want/need a full BrightSign Network subscription.

    Additional options also exist.  See this article for more details:
    http://support.brightsign.biz/hc/en-us/articles/20654508-How-do-I-publish-to-BrightSign-players-with-my-Mac-

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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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    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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    RokuLyndon


    We don't have one planned currently, but we haven't received may requests for this. Currently, we recommend users use a program like parallels or some other emulator to run the windows version.
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    digitalcutinc


    Please consider this your first request.  I think you will find that more people entering the digital display market will be creating their content on the Mac and it would be great to have your application run natively on OSX.
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    danielbracken


    This is another request for Bright Author for Mac.  There are a lot of museum's and galleries that are Apple only and it is a mighty pain in the butt to figure out ways to making things work without Bright Author.
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    Anders


    "digitalcutinc" wrote:

    ... I think you will find that more people entering the digital display market will be creating there content on the Mac and it would be great to have your application run natively on OSX....

    Agree. I have came across this.

    ...There are a lot of museum's and galleries that are Apple only...


    Agree 2.

    /Anders
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    Roland TL


    Please add me to the request list for an OSX version.
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    joesoko


    I would love a mac version.  There are lots of mac on High ed desks as well.
    I have it on my pc and makes a quick updates a hassle.
    A media conversion utility or Real walkthough for media conversion would be nice as well.
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    RokuLyndon


    I'm not sure what you mean by a media conversion utility. There are almost too many of them out there already. There are plenty of free tools, but if you're doing a log of media conversion, the best solution is to find a good tool and buy it. I use a program from ELecard called Converter Studio that works great. In some cases, the free tools work well, and sometimes they don't. It depends on what your'e converting from.
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    Bsanderson


    Please add me to your MAC client BS Author list
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    waggotamp


    Please add me to the list. I need to run it on my MAC. After all you do say 'without the PC' !!
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    udi


    Please add my vote for the BA for Mac.
    Once that is done we can vote for the all new Bright Author iPad app.
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    Feyd


    Add me please to the request!!!  <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->
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    phonographfilms


    Please add me to the Mac wish list.
    I love this product but I do not have a PC.
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    Diggers


    Please put me down for BA for Mac.
    Most video/music creators I know are on Mac so I'm sure there's a market for it if not very soon at least.
    Just had to buy Windows 7 and Parallels.
    Would have love to have avoided that if possible!
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    mrcoffee


    Consider this another request for a Mac version.

    I understand you guys say "We haven't had much request for a Mac version", and this thread already has over 10+ requests for it.  So how many people want it that didn't bother to register to request it?

    (And yeah, I just created this account to request a Mac version!)
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    Reid Bingham


    +1 on the Mac version.  We are using VMWare Fusion to run Windows on a virtual machine, but a Mac native program is definitely preferable.
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    fealey


    Hi There,

    I've just registered to show my interest in a version of BrightAuthor for OS X

    Being relatively new to this, I'm surprised it didn't already exist!

    edit: spelling/grammar
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    Allan Hughes


    Think I posted a request like this a while ago but if this is the "official" request thread, count me in also.
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    Gary Warner


    this is another request for BrightAuthor version for Mac OS X -

    I make media for and install major museum and gallery exhibitions around Australia, using solely Macs -

    I'd like to use your product line and it would be a LOT more attractive and useful to me if there was a BrightAuthor Mac interface

    that's my 2 cents

    gw
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    Josh Grimes


    Add me to the mac list as well.   This is actually the only thing that is making us consider going with a different provider.  We are in the need for hundreds of users but since Mac is not supported I do not forsee us moving forward with Brightsign unfortunately...   I feel that is also a reflection to propsective clients that Brightsign is behind or doesn't keep up with consumers needs.
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    Jshulse


    Put me down for a vote for Mac. I am a current brightsign user. All my content is created and controlled with a mac. problem is I have ot fire up parallels, which is an unecessary resource hog. I also wish I could view the status of my brightsign Network connected signs from an iOS device. Heck, the easiest solution is to make this entire thing an HTML5 enabled web application.

    All that being said, as much of a pain int the rear using Parallels is, the service and software works REALLY well.
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    jessietaylor


    m also a mac user
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    milegonzalez


    Add me too Please.
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    Ruben Nachtergaele

    I'm a sounddesigner. I work on OSX. So does a majority of audio-artists.  The company I work with for a big media-project provides multiple  brightsign players for a big project. So i manage with the Pc of my daughter ;)

     

    For an upcoming event with multiple mediaplayers, I can choose my own devices.

    please consider Osx a BrightAuthor Mac interface!



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    Chris Russell

    I'd love a Mac version as well. Currently running a Mac for all my content creation, but then have to switch to PC. We're looking to use Brightsign to replace a lot of old mpeg2 replay units at the Natural History Museum in London, and it would make life a lot simpler for us.

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    Lyndon

    Chris, are you just doing fullscreen looping playback?

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    Chris Russell

    Hi Support America - we have a variety of applications we are going to use the Brightsigns for, from simple loops through to more complex pushbutton and touchscreen programs. I am aware that for the simple loops you can just drag the files to the card, but the BrightAuthor is going to be used for the more advanced applications. A Mac version would be brilliant.

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    B.J. Drums™

    BrightAuthor for MAAAAAAAAAAAAAC.

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