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Scheduling Shortcomings

Hi folks,

I want to know if there's a way to better way to do this:

We display a looping video between 7am and 6pm every weekday in our foyer. At 6:55 a presentation runs that simply switches off Brightsign's sleep-mode (so the TV wakes up), at 7am a presentation runs the video until 6pm. Then finally a third presentation runs that re-enables Brightsign's sleep-mode. (I use 'Simple File Networking')

I have saved the schedule for these three presentations, which is a very simple, unending weekday recurrence for each presentation.

So far so good; the Brightsign and Tv behave exactly as they should.

I often get asked to replace the video on any given day with a welcome-slide for a conference etc. and my problem is that when I drag the slide presentation onto the required time slot, I have to blow away my recurring schedules where there is a conflict and set up complicated multiple schedules for multiple presentations. Then the next day I have to re-publish the whole thing again, just to revert to my original schedule.

I have used many other scheduling tools - MS Outlook's Calendar springs to mind - where I am given the option to break only this daily occurence in the schedule. That is, the scheduler simply recalculates the start and end times of a recurring schedule to fit around the required conflict.

If I'm missing a better process, then please tell me. Otherwise, could we see this in a forthcoming version of BrightAuthor, please.

PS It would also be very useful to be able to download the currently applied schedule from the Brightsign unit directly into BrightAuthor without having to dig out the location of the current autoschedule.xml hash-named file from the current-sync.xml and downloading/renaming/opening etc etc etc. It's all a lot harder than it needs to be, imo.

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    Alex

    Hi Sam,

    Once new schedule is specified, you can save it by going to Schedule - Save As. To load pre-saved schedule into BA go to Schedule - Open.

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    Sam Bennett

    Forgive me for saying so, but your response in no way addresses my query.

    I have, as I stated, saved my schedule for the uninterrupted recurrence of the three presentations. I wouldn't mind republishing quite as much if it weren't for the inconsistency of the Simple File Sharing architecture. On several occasions, the BrightSign unit has inexplicably failed to properly update its local copy of current-sync.xml after a re-publish.

    Now every time I republish, which it appears I have to do in the scenario above, I have to verify that the units have been updated, which makes the whole process clunky and unsatisfying.

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    Alex

    We have added the ability to break up the schedule to our list of feature requests (request # 17538).

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    Alfred Halbeisen

    Hallo,

    I also need this in the same way for our customer (easier scheduling). When will this be possible?

    Alfred Halbeisen mailto:a.halbeisen@punkt3.li

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    Alfred Halbeisen

    Or do you have an other idea how to easier handle welcome-Screens while a random (weekly) presentation is running?

    Alfred

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    Alex

    Ability to interrupt scheduled presentations will be possible in BrightAuthor 3.8.

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    Sam Bennett
    Thanks guys. Looking forward to it.
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    Christchurch Botanic Gardens

    Can you please confirm that this feature is in 3.8? I can't see it on the notes for the release. Also, do you have a rough schedule for when 3.8 will be moved to stable release?

     

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    Lyndon

    Yes, 3.8 has publishing a schedule with one interruption when using local networking or simple networking or standalone.

    The 3.8 beta that's published is stable. But, the software doesn't get moved to a final status unless there's a new beta release to replace it. I don't mean a new 3.8.34 to replace 3.8.33, for example. When the 4k players are shipped, there will be a new brightauthor 4.x release to go with it. When 4.x is released to beta, then 3.8 will go to final. 4k players are expected to ship in September. 

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