Become a Support Hero!

Using Xibo? Know your way around it well? Could you spare a few minutes each day to help others in the community and give something back?

As Xibo has become more popular, the number of support requests in Launchpad Answers has rocketed, to the point that the two main developers (Dan and Alex) just can’t answer every request ourselves. It takes time to replicate each person’s setup to see if the problem is general, or something local to that installation. That’s where we need the most help.

To those who do already help out with Answers, our sincere thanks. By freeing our time from answering support requests, you’re actively assisting new code for Xibo to be written and new features to be incorporated faster.

If you think you could lend a helping hand to those just starting out with Xibo, or to those who are exploring some of the more complex feaures, you can help in the following ways:

  • Sign up to be a Xibo Answers Contact. Sign in with your Launchpad ID, or create an account if you don’t have one. With this option you’ll receive email when there is activity in Launchpad Answers for Xibo.
  • Or, if you don’t want the email, drop by Launchpad Answers from time to time. Questions shown as “Open” or “New” are awaiting a response so dive in if you think you can help.

We know some of the documentation for Xibo isn’t great, and that generates a fair amount of the traffic we’re seeing in Launchpad Answers at present. We were very lucky to be contributed a compiled “manual” for Xibo, which brings together all the existing Xibo documentation in to one place. We’re currently working on getting that updated, integrated and release ready for 1.6 series of Xibo and beyond.

If you have any queries or need help getting registered as an Answers contact, feel free to contact me at alex@xibo.org.uk

Version 1.5.0 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.5.0 (Codename “d’Arrest”) is released, this is the release in the 1.5 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a development preview release of Xibo. This release is working towards the release of Xibo 1.6.0, the next stable line of Xibo. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

The highlights for this release are a new CMS theme, a theme engine and numerous bug fixes. For a complete list of changes and instructions for trying out this preview, please refer to the release notes.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.5.0 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.5/1.5.0.

Upcoming in 2013

In 2012 the Xibo Project saw some excellent growth and some equally good improvements to the platform – we are aiming for the same in 2013 and want to push forwards to offer some great new features. Here are a few highlights of the last 12 months!

  • 10,000 known displays running Xibo (we strongly suspect 4 times this figure)
  • 55,000 downloads of the 1.4 series of applications
  • 1,000 fans on our Facebook page
  • 130,000 downloads of the 1.2 series of applications
  • Launching the new Website
  • 1.4 as the most stable release yet
  • DataSets, Permissions, Campaigns and Shell Commands
  • Launching Xibo for Android to help support the project
  • More community activity on Launchpad than ever before

So what can you expect? Looking ahead to 2013 we have 3 main goals on our road map…Capture of new theme layout designer

Content Management System – a new look and better themes

We have been hard at work implementing a cleaner, more professional, easier to use theme for the content management system. It is due to be released as a development preview shortly and we hope will bring a fresh experience to the Xibo User Interface. At the same time we have been adding a workable theme engine so that you can add your own feel to the User Interface and have a sensible upgrade path once you have done so!

Improved Media Choices

Many of the basic features in Xibo were born over 6 years ago and have remained mostly the same since then – we have become aware that a lot of items are very outdated and that we are missing some basic functionality offered by our paid competitors. We don’t like this situation and we will be working hard to improve it – the following areas are first in line for some TLC:

  • Images and slideshows – easily grouping images into slide shows and transitioning between each image.
  • Tickers – more support and better support for different feeds, better user interface for designing your item template, extracting items from feeds, custom sources for feeds.
  • Videos – gap-less playback of videos in a sequence.
  • Clock – a standard clock media type.
  • Weather – a standard weather media type.
  • DataSets – data types and formula support for columns, location awareness for displays and allowing a dataset to be the source for a ticker.
  • Transitions – adding transition support for the Ubuntu Client and as much support as possible on the Windows Client.

Xibo API

The API has been developed in the background for a long time – we want to bring this development into focus so that you can start using it to build applications and extensions to Xibo. The API will support all functions of the Xibo system and should allow 3rd parties to develop anything from a layout designer to a display management application.

A note on Android

As the project has become more popular it has grown into a large community and placed much more demand on our resources (which is excellent!!) – however it became obvious that we needed a way of commercially supporting the community platform. We decided to do this by launching a low cost, yet full featured Android client (Xibo for Android).

This has been a great success and has already allowed us the time to develop many additional features for the Xibo Project. A big thank you to all our BETA testers and customers so far.

We have also been able to continue our sponsorship of the Goldstone Griffins Football Club and we hope to be able to provide more support for this local team!

Updated 1.4.2 and 1.2.3 releases now available

There was a small issue found with the installer in versions 1.4.2 and 1.2.3. It meant that people installing those versions may find their server key has been set incorrectly.

If you’ve already installed 1.4.2 or 1.2.3, you’re strongly recommended to upgrade to the versions we’ve just uploaded (with a .2 suffix on the download file) which contain a fix for this, as well as a change to some internal validations that the system does.

Once upgraded, you’re strongly recommended to check your server key appears as you expect in the server settings.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Version 1.4.2 Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.4.2 (Codename “Brorsen”) has arrived and is available for download. This is the a bug fix release in this stable series of Xibo and we recommend that everyone upgrade.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.4.2 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.4/1.4.2.

This release greatly improves the problems with time outs that some were experiencing installing Xibo! It also fixes a security issue.

Version 1.2.3 Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.2.3 (Codename “Biela”) has arrived and is available for download. This is the a bug fix release in this legacy series of Xibo and we recommend that everyone still using 1.2 series upgrade. This release fixes a security issue in the server component.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.2.3 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.2/1.2.3.