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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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Introducing the Instagram, Word, PowerPoint, and PDF Apps!

November 6, 2018

We're pleased to announce a few new CloudShow apps to give you greater flexibility in what you can show on your displays! This week we've added Instagram, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and PDF apps to the list.

Instagram

The Instagram app allows you to login with your account and display a slidedshow of images that are posted to your account. Note that the Instagram API is restrictive and doesn't allow you to pull images from other user's feeds.

Instagram App
Instagram App

Word, PowerPoint, and PDF

On the Content Management page, you can now upload Word, PowerPoint, and PDF documents. They'll automatically get converted into a format that works with CloudShow, and you'll receive an email notifying you when the conversion is done. When the conversion is complete, you can add the newly uploaded files to the appropriate app for that file type. You can also use Word pages, PowerPoint slides, and PDF pages in the Image Slideshow app.

Content Management
Content Management Page
MS Word App
MS Word App
MS PowerPoint App
MS PowerPoint App
PDF App
PDF App
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Device Maps and Updated Image Slideshow App!

October 31, 2018

We've just rolled out a CloudShow update with a couple of exciting new changes! We've added a new "Device Map" page, and made some substantial improvements to the Image Slideshow app and Content management pages.

Device Maps

First off, we've added a "Device Map" page so that you can quickly see the location and status of any device in your organization. To view the Device Map, click the "View Device Map" link at the top of your Dashboard, and you'll be presented with a map that looks something like this:

Device Map

Green balloons represent online devices, red balloons represent offline devices, and clicking on a balloon will give you more details about the device. If there are multiple devices in the same area, they'll be combined into one balloon and you'll see the details for all of them when clicking the balloon. A balloon that's half green, half red indicates there are multiple devices, with at least one online and one offline.

Image Slideshow Improvements

We've also made some great improvements to the Image Slideshow app, and the Content management page. In the Image Slideshow Settings dialog, we've improved the image selector. It now shows image previews, and you can select multiple images quickly by holding CTRL when selecting the images, or by clicking the "Select All" link at the top.

New Image Selector

Content Management Improvements

Over on the Content page, you can now easily delete multiple images by using the checkboxes to select them all before clicking the delete button. You can also click the Edit (pencil) icon next to an image to see more details about the image, and replace the image with a newer version if needed.

Updated Content List
Edit Dialog for an Image
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