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News and information related to Catalyst products and services.

Happy new year! To welcome 2019 we have added some new features and improved some others.

Stock Photos, Video and Clipart

We've added the ability to import stock media courtesy of OpenClipart and Pixabay. The new options are available in the New Media menu and also in the template designer.

New import options for stock media

Browse the available media, then click an item to import into your account. Use the filter options to search various media types including photos, illustrations, vector images, and video.

Advanced filtering for quickly finding media

Media Uploads in Template Editor

No more having to pre-upload media before designing your template. It's now possible to add new media directly within the template editor.

Media Filtering

Advanced filtering options are now available for media selection dialogs and will be incorporated into other areas of the CMS as well. Click the filter icon to show the available options.

Find the new filtering options by clicking this icon

Improved AdHawk Audience Analytics

We've improved the performance and accuracy of our audience analytics tool, as well as added some new visualizations. It's now possible to view the reach and average dwell time of individual media items. This gives great insight into which media assets are generating the most viewer interest. Our AdHawk tool is available to all Plus service level devices, and it compatible with a number of sensor types including computer vision, Bluetooth, Wifi, NFC, motion detection, and others. Contact us for more info.

Audience analytics

We have lots more in store for 2019, so stay tuned and as always we'd like to thank our customers for your continued support!

We've recently added a new tool for rolling out large scale digital signage deployments called Deployment Configurations. A deployment configuration is a small file which, when copied to a USB drive and inserted into players at registration time, will completely automate the registration process. Each configuration consists of a unique device name, preassigned device group, and a selection of preconfigured device settings. Each configuration file is digitally signed to prevent tampering and configurations can be deleted at any time preventing further registrations. With this new tool, device registration can be accomplished in just a few seconds without having to login to the CMS.

Deployment configurations

Check out our KB article for more details:

We've added a couple new gadgets to add some Christmas cheer to your digital signage. Both gadgets provide a countdown to Christmas with animation.

Variation 1

Variation 2

As with any of our gadgets, it's easy to add these either a playlist, or to any of your templates.

To add to a playlist, navigate to the Media section of your Revel Digital account and click New Media > Create Gadget. Follow the wizard to create the gadget, then add the item to any of your multimedia playlists.

To add to a template just copy the gadget URL listed below the images above, then add a new Gadget zone to your template and paste in the URL.

Announcing new software for utilizing Revel Digital as a screensaver on Windows PCs. Screensavers are a great option for corporate communications, and with the Revel Digital platform it's easy to schedule content by region, department, holidays, etc. The screensaver supports the majority of our standard player features including templated layouts, emergency alerts, all major media formats, smart scheduling, and gadgets for dynamic content such as weather and calendars. Content and feature updates are automatic - no administrative intervention necessary after the initial installation and registration.

Installation is easy:

Screen Saver Settings
Click Preview to generate a new registration code

Like to add some Halloween flair to your signage? check out this SVG animation by @uchardon. We have created a gadget which can be used in your playlists or templates.

Happy Halloween from Revel Digital!

Just select the Create Gadget option when adding new media, then select the Halloween gadget. Once the media has been created, you are free to add it to any multimedia playlist. Make sure your player apps are up-to-date since this functionality is only available to recent app releases.

To add to a template, create a new gadget zone, then use this gadget URL:

We have recently switched weather data providers which may affect your weather gadgets. If you notice weather is not displaying properly you may need to adjust the location property in your weather gadget. In some instances it may be necessary to add a comma between city, state, country, etc. For example, 'Fargo ND' will not return results, but 'Fargo, ND' will with the comma inserted between city and state. We hope this change will provide more accurate and reliable weather data.