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New Feature: Battery Status

May 21, 2019

We're excited to announce that we've added the ability to view charge level of the battery in devices that have them.

To check the status of the battery, click the device on the dashboard to navigate to its device page. You'll see a battery icon on the top right near the device name, and hovering it will show a tooltip with more detailed information.

Battery Icon on Device Page
Battery Icon on Device Page

You can also view the detailed battery information in the edit dialog for the device.

Battery Info in Device Edit Dialog
Battery Info in Device Edit Dialog

If the battery level is below 50%, the battery icon will also show up next to the device in the list on the main dashboard.

Battery Warning on Dashboard
Battery Warning on Dashboard

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or issues when using CloudShow, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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New Feature: Content Expiry

May 2, 2019

We're excited to announce that we've added the ability to expire content files automatically. You can now set an expiry date and time on images, videos, and other content types. When the expiry date passes, the content will be automatically removed from the configuration on all devices. This feature is great for making sure that things like limited time promos get removed automatically.

Follow these steps to set an expiry date on a file:

  1. Click the "Content" link in the header bar to go to your organization's Content management page.
  2. Click the edit icon next to the file you want to set the expiry date on.
    Edit Content Item
    Edit Content Item
  3. In the "Edit Content" dialog, enable the "Expire this content..." checkbox, then choose the date and time you'd like the content to expire.
    Edit Content Dialog
    Edit Content Dialog
  4. Click the Save button, and you should now see a green clock icon next to the item on the Content page.
    Content Expiry Icon
    Content Expiry Icon
  5. After the content has expired, the file will be highlighted in red on the Content management page. Expired content will not be automatically deleted, so you can always remove the expiry or extend the expiry date if you like.
    Content Expired
    Content Expired

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or issues when using CloudShow, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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New API Endpoint: setDeviceTemplate

April 11, 2019

We're excited to announce that we've added a new API endpoint (setDeviceTemplate) for changing the template on devices.

To use this endpoint, you'll need an API token that has read/write permissions. You can view and configure tokens on the Organization > API page.

To perform a quick test and view more details about the setDeviceTemplate endpoint, navigate to Organization > API > Documentation > setDeviceTemplate.

Testing the Endpoint
Testing the Endpoint

If you have any questions, concerns, or issues when using CloudShow, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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New Feature: Live Previews!

April 3, 2019

We're excited to announce that we've added a new "live preview" feature for previewing device configurations. Using this, you can see exactly how every screen and frame will look on the device itself.

To view the live preview for a device or template, navigate to the device or template's configuration page, then click the "Live Preview" link at the top of the page. You'll be prompted to confirm the action.

The Live Preview Link
The Live Preview Link

You can also view the live preview for a device by clicking the magnifying glass next to the device on the Dashboard.

The Magnifying Glass Icon
The Magnifying Glass Icon

Here's a live preview from one of our sample devices:

Sample Live Preview
Sample Live Preview
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New Feature: Recycle Bin for Deleted Devices

March 26, 2019

We're excited to announce that we've added a new "recycle bin" feature for handling deleted devices. Now, when you delete a device, it will move to the built-in "Deleted Devices" group so that you can easily restore it in the future if needed. Devices in the "Deleted Devices" group do not count towards your active devices with regards to billing.

To delete a device, navigate to the device's configuration page, then click the "Delete Device" link at the top of the page. You'll be prompted to confirm the action.

The Delete Device Link
The Delete Device Link

If you navigate to the Devices page, you'll see a new built-in group called "Deleted Devices." The device you just deleted should show up there. Note that the main Dashboard does not show the "Deleted Devices" group.

The Deleted Devices Group
The Deleted Devices Group

To restore the device, you can either drag the device from the "Deleted Devices" group and drop it on another group, or you can click "Undelete Device" on the device's configuration page.

The Undelete Device Link
The Undelete Device Link

To permanently delete the device, click the "Permanently Delete this Device" link on the device's configuration page.

The Permanently Delete Device Link
The Permanently Delete Device Link
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Playlist Capability Added to Audio Player App!

March 19, 2019

We're very excited to announce a feature upgrade for the Audio Player app! You can now configure a playlist of audio files to rotate through.

To get started with the Audio Player app, first upload some audio files on the Content page.

Content Page
Content Page

Next, add the Audio Player app to one of your devices.

App Selector
App Selector

In the Audio Player configuration dialog, click "Add Audio File," then choose the audio files you'd like to add to the playlist. If you need to change the order of the audio files, you can select one or more in the list and then click "Move Up" or "Move Down" to adjust their positions.

Adding Audio Files
Adding Audio Files

When you're finished configuring the list of audio files, click the green "Save" button, and you're all set! If the changes don't show up on your device immediately, click the "Reload Content Frames" link at the top of the device page to force a refresh.

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URL Slideshow Option Added to the Custom URL App

March 8, 2019

We're very excited to announce a feature upgrade for the Custom URL app! You can now configure a list of websites to rotate through on a set interval. Using this you can now rotate through websites in a single large frame, rather than trying to fit a bunch of smaller Custom URL frames on one display.

To configure the URL slideshow, first, add a Custom URL app to your CloudShow device.

App Selector
App Selector

In the Custom URL configuration dialog, click "Add Website URL," paste in the URL, then click the green "Add Website URL" button. Repeat this process for any other websites you'd like to add to the list.

Adding URLs
Adding URLs

To configure how long you want each website to be shown, specify the interval in minutes. The default is 15 minutes, but you can set it as low as 1 minute.

Setting the Interval
Setting the Interval

When you're finished configuring the list of websites and the interval, click the green "Save" button, and you're all set! If the changes don't show up on your device immediately, click the "Reload Content Frames" link at the top of the device page to force a refresh.

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Introducing Widgets!

February 25, 2019

We're very excited to announce a powerful new feature, Widgets! CloudShow Widgets allow you to overlay extra information on your content frames. You can add clocks, weather information, custom text/HTML, background audio/music, and more. To get started with Widgets just click the App icon for your content frame to open the radial menu.

Widgets
Widgets

Once the radial menu is open, click the Widgets icon and you'll be presented with a list of all the currently available widgets. Select the Widget you would like to add, then adjust it's settings and position.

Widgets
Widgets

Voila, you're all set! In the preview below you can see a clock overlaid on the News app. You can customize the look, location, size and more for each widget.

Content Frame with Clock Widget
Content Frame with Clock Widget

Try out the new Widgets feature today!

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Upload Content from Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive!

February 14, 2019

CloudShow now supports uploading content from 3 new online sources: Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive! Using the all-new upload source selector you can choose where you upload your content from.

Upload Selector
Upload Selector

Your Computer

As before you can still upload content from your computer, and CloudShow now supports multiple file uploads at once. Just ctrl+click multiple files to select more than one and upload them at the same time.

Upload from Your Computer
Upload from Your Computer

Dropbox

If you store your files in Dropbox for work or personal use, CloudShow can access them now. You just need to authorize CloudShow to connect to your Dropbox account (as read-only) then just browse to the files you need.

Upload from Dropbox
Upload from Dropbox

Google Drive

If you use Google Drive to store your media files, CloudShow can now download them into your content section. Once you authorize CloudShow to connect to your Google Drive account (as read-only) your files are just a few clicks away.

Upload from Google Drive
Upload from Google Drive

Microsoft OneDrive

If you're a Microsoft OneDrive user, you're in luck! CloudShow can now pull content from your OneDrive account into your CloudShow content. Simply authorize CloudShow to access your OneDrive files (as read-only) and you're all set.

Upload from Microsoft OneDrive
Upload from Microsoft OneDrive

Start Uploading Today!

Uploading files to your CloudShow content area is now easier than ever. Check out the new upload providers today!

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All-New App Selector!

January 30, 2019

We're very excited to announce the release of the all-new app selector in your CloudShow dashboard. When you're editing a device or template and selecting an app, the app selector gives you some new options.

All Apps

The most noticeable change is that all apps are grouped together alphabetically to make finding your app easier.

All Apps
All Apps

App Filtering

The advanced filtering in the app selector window means you can quickly filter down the apps to the ones you're looking for.

App Filtering
App Filtering

Recommended Apps

There is now a 'Recommended Apps' section at the top of the app selector window. This new section shows apps that support the files you have uploaded in your Content area. For example, if you upload some images and videos, the Image Slideshow and Video Player apps will be listed here for easy access.

Recommended Apps
Recommended Apps

Check it Out!

Check out the all-new app selector on your CloudShow dashboard today! And as always, if you would like to see an app that we're missing feel free to contact us.

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