Variable Display boxes clever
With the appeal of its digital signage suite now extending beyond the print houses for whom it was originally designed, Caldera has announced the launch of Variable Display 3.0, a powerful new version upgrade that represents a major functionality boost, adding remote hardware monitoring, screen layout features and a Flash customisation service to help deliver hard-hitting campaigns.
Many sign and print companies are already combining digital screens with printed point-of-sale materials and wall coverings to deliver integrated graphic content spanning print and digital signage and now v3.0 enables users to specify and place widgets on the screen, each containing live or static content to be run simultaneously within zones within the visual area. With Caldera’s drag-and-drop interface, v3.0 can help uses to create sophisticated templates for applications, in quick-service restaurants and the plus a variety of internal communications applications with a few clicks.
Development feedback from previous versions indicated that uptime was a key concern in digital signage installations, thus Caldera has added a remote monitoring tool that observes behaviour across all networked players. Vital hardware statistics, including usage and temperature for the CPU, hard drive and motherboard, are collated within a simple interface that enables users to identify, pre-empt and resolve problems before they occur.
An online, form-based template will also make it easier for novice operators to include the visual dynamism of Flash content within their installations, adding to existing HTML5 capability. An algorithm enables simple animations to be created using templates and saved within Variable Display as an asset, removing the complications of using cumbersome external Flash creators. Animated creative content is broadly acknowledged to be more eye-catching than static for captive audiences, and Variable Display owners can now take advantage of this to improve dwell time and reactivity.
Commercially available now, Variable Display 3.0 can be downloaded from the Caldera extranet, purchased through Caldera partners, or updated via the software’s upgrade panel.
For further information visit: www.caldera.com