Version 1.6.1 Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.6.1 (Codename “Pons-Winnecke”) has arrived and is available for download. This is a bug fixing release in the stable series of Xibo and we recommend that everyone upgrade.

The release notes are available in the manual  and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.6/1.6.1.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to everyone involved in the Xibo Project Community. We couldn’t release Xibo without the help we get from people who reported bugs, submitted patches or donated money.

Version 1.6.0 Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.6.0 (Codename “Pons-Winnecke”) has arrived and is available for download. This is the first release in a new stable series of Xibo and we recommend that everyone upgrade.

The last stable release of Xibo first aired in Feb-2013, since then there have been 3 development preview releases and 2 release candidates! In its life time 1.4 Series has been downloaded over 200 thousand times.

1.6 has been a long time in the making, but during that time we have developed 13 new features and fixed 130 bugs.

Some of the highlights include:

* A new manual
* A new HTML 5 preview in the CMS
* A theme engine for the CMS, along with a new default theme
* A new file upload tool for uploading multiple files at the same time
* A CSV importer for DataSets
* Ticker based DataSets and improvements to the features on Ticker Items
* An updated text editor
* Embed a simple Clock or Date using the Text Media Items
* General improvements to the presentation in the CMS
* Started to switch to PDO for future support on other databases
* CMS support for Transitions in the Ubuntu Client

The release notes are available in the manual  and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.6/1.6.0.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a big Thank You to everyone involved in the Xibo Project Community. We couldn’t release Xibo without the help we get from people who reported bugs, submitted patches or donated money.

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Version 1.6.0-rc2 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.6.0 Release Candidate 2 (Codename “Pons-Winnecke”) is released. This is a release candidate for the first stable 1.6 release, 1.6.0. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

This is a bug fix release that resolves issues found in the Release Candidate 1. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has tested Xibo and reported problems.

The 1.6.0-rc1 Windows Display Client should be used with this release and an updated RC2 Ubuntu Client is provided on the project page.

The release notes are available in the manual here and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.6/1.6.0-rc2.

Support for Ubuntu 12.04

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions we get over on Launchpad Answers is “Does the Python client run on Ubuntu 12.04 yet”.

Until the release of 1.6.0-rc1, the answer has always been no. However thanks to the work of several contributors to the Berkelium project, Eng Chong Meng, and to Jianjian, we now have a version of the client that runs on Ubuntu 12.04 and hopefully has the pesky text rendering bugs from the 1.4 series client resolved.

If you have an Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit PC you’d like to install the client on, please see the getting started guide in the manual.

Since Ubuntu 10.04 is no longer officially supported by Canonical, we’ve dropped support for it from the Python client installer as of version 1.6.0-rc1. However, there’s no reason that if you’re otherwise happy with 1.4.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 that you can’t upgrade to 1.6.0 by the following method:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. cd /opt/xibo/pyclient
  3. bzr pull lp:xibo/1.6

That will update your installed client to version 1.6.x (whatever the latest 1.6 release is at the point you run the command). It will replace your libbrowsernode.so file in the client directory with a version that’s not compatible with Ubuntu 10.04.

To resolve that, issue the following command in the terminal:

  1. cd /opt/xibo/pyclient/client/python
  2. cp /usr/local/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/libavg/libbrowsernode.so.0.0.0 libbrowsernode.so

You should then be able to run the client as normal.

Going forward, the Berkelium project has now been abandoned in favour of Chromium Embedded Framework. If you have the skills to port libbrowsernode to use Chromium Embedded Framework instead of Berkelium then please get in touch as we feel that’s where this client’s future lies.

Version 1.6.0-rc1 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.6.0 Release Candidate 1 (Codename “Pons-Winnecke”) is released. This is a release candidate for the first stable 1.6 release, 1.6.0. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

The Xibo Team have been hard at work over the last year to enhance and improve the successful 1.4 series of Xibo. We have gone through 3 development preview releases in our 1.5 series and enhanced the CMS (content management system – Xibo Server) and the 2 display clients with a host of new features and improvements.

  • A new manual
  • A new HTML 5 preview in the CMS
  • A theme engine for the CMS, along with a new default theme
  • A new file upload tool for uploading multiple files at the same time
  • A CSV importer for DataSets
  • Ticker based DataSets and improvements to the features on Ticker Items
  • An updated text editor
  • Embed a simple Clock or Date using the Text Media Items
  • General improvements to the presentation in the CMS
  • Started to switch to PDO for future support on other databases
  • CMS support for Transitions in the Ubuntu Client
  • Many bug fixes
  • and much more!

The release notes are available in the manual here and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.6/1.6.0-rc1.

Typhoon Haiyan – Spread the word

This is a repost from Dave Haynes Blog on Sixteen:Nine.  We would encourage any Xibo Digital Signage users to take the free content below and help spread the word on your digital signage.

Typhoon Appeal


“In a little more than 24 hours we have turned around great 15-second creative spots for digital signage and digital out of home networks in multiple countries, all driving donations to national Red Cross organizations that will reliably send aid to the millions affected by the nightmare typhoon that hit the Philippines.

We’ve got spots for the US, Canada, the UK (coming today) and even the undamaged parts of the Philippines, including Manila. We have different orientations and for Canada, we have French and English versions!

What we now need are networks to step forward and run the spots. These will work on ad networks, corporate networks, pretty much anything with a video window.

If you are an industry association, please let your members know they can find the ads here or on the portal site, http://www.doohgood.com/typhoon-haiyan. I contacted one industry association Monday (won’t shame them), but more than 24 hours, no response. Zip.

Honestly, I’d be embarrassed if I was a member.

Associations have mailing lists that can get a request around to a lot of people quickly. If you need narrative, send me a note. I’ll write it.

If you are a display or software vendor, let your end users know.

All this great work by creative teams only works if it gets on screens. They stepped up in a brilliant way. Your turn. Please.

If you are running them, let me know.

You can can sit and look at the pictures and video coming back from places that were all but blown and washed away, and shake your head. Or you can take a few minutes and try to make a bit of a difference by driving donations. If you do, thank you.”

 


Version 1.5.2 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.5.2 (Codename “d’Arrest”) is released, this is a feature and bug fix 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 highlight of this release is Phase 1 of a move to PDO which will make Xibo more secure and portable – for more information about this please see our PDO article. This release also includes a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. This will be the last feature release in the 1.5 series as we feel the improvements made in 1.5.0, 1.5.1 and 1.5.2 warrant a new stable series – we will now be working towards a 1.6.0 release candidate!

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.5.2 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.5/1.5.2.

Version 1.5.1 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.5.1 (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 file upload widget, improvements to DataSets, CSV import, centrally parsed tickers and numerous bug fixes. For a complete list of changes and instructions for trying out this preview, please refer to the release notes.

Please note: This is a CMS only release and the 1.5.0 clients should be used with it.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.5.1 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.5/1.5.1.