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Launching the new website

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The Xibo project has been lucky enough to have 2 designers come forwards after our plea for help with this site. As a result of their selfless work and attention to detail we have a new site design which went live today.

Bradley Morris is a freelance web application developer based in the North East of England and is responsible for the new WordPress template. Paul van Dun is a graphics designer and developer from The Netherlands and is responsible for the new logo and network architecture images. Many thanks to both of them for making this redesign possible.

We are all very excited by the new look and hope that it will generate more exposure for the project bringing us closer to our goal of making Digital Signage easy and affordable for everyone.

Upcoming in 2012

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A stable 1.2 series and a sneak preview of things to come in 1.3 development preview series made 2011 a big year for Xibo. There was a lot of work behind the scenes and not a lot of releases – we want 2012 to change this!

Our main aim for 2012 is to bring about shorter release cycles – meaning instead of getting 1 massive release a year with lots of features, we should put out a number of smaller releases, each containing a few features.

So what can you expect?

“Marketing”
To someone that has not used/seen the software before, Xibo doesn’t look inspiring, the website is lacking in key areas, documentation is lacking and marketing is lacking – however we feel that in terms of features, stability and completeness Xibo competes well with a lot of digital signage platforms.

2012 should see a turn around in Xibo’s image. There should be:
- An improved website
- Better introductory material (“marketing” material)
- More frequent updates of the website news (and a push to get these out on Twitter / Facebook)
- More frequent releases and a focus on design
- Improved “User Manual” and associated documentation
- Feature “Spotlights” to better engage people on the new things we are putting in

Server Improvements
The 1.3 series server should shortly be released as 1.4 rc1 and become the next stable release. Beyond this we will be looking to get the following addressed in 1.5:
- Templating using Smarty
- Campaigns
- Reusable region timelines
- Complete the Xibo API (and documentation)

Client Improvements
A focus on improvements to stability and library management:
- Improved file downloading in the .NET client (threaded downloads, pause/resume, status updates, information screen)
- Improved library management (detect unused files and delete them)
- Schedule accuracy improvements in the Python client (complete control of when layouts expire)
- Stability improvements in both clients

As always, if you have anything you especially want in Xibo, please do feel free to add it in the “Blueprints” section of Xibo. We do a regular review of all these blueprints – they really do get included!

If you feel you can help with any of the above, please do get in touch.

Best wishes.

Designer still needed

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Today marks the 1 year anniversary of our request for some help with the Xibo site design! A big thank you to all those that helped over the last 12 months, we appreciate every effort made.. even if we didn’t quite get there.

Given that a year has past, we thought it was appropriate to being asking again…

The Xibo site was put together as a temporary measure over 3 years ago and was always designed to be a functional home until Xibo gained a reputation and warrented a better site. We thought that time had come a year ago and we definitely do now… to cut a long story short – the current site does not showcase Xibo well at all!

What we are looking for is:
- A word press theme for the xibo.org.uk site
- A theme to match for the Xibo Wiki
- A theme for our Xibo directory or preferably a word press plug in that will do the job

We are open to any ideas, although there is one point we are very keen on… the Xibo logo should remain the same. We feel that the logo has achieved a certain amount of brand identity, and therefore don’t want to lose it.

Any offers, questions or suggestions will be well received on info@xibo.org.uk.

Many thanks!

Version 1.3.2 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.3.2 (Codename “Faye”) is released, this is a feature preview release in the 1.3 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a development preview release of Xibo. This release is working towards the release of Xibo 1.4.0, the next stable line of Xibo. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

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:1.3.2 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.3/1.3.2.

There is no update to the Python client for Linux, the version released with 1.3.0 will run against 1.3.2 server. All the details for getting and running the client are available in the wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Install_Guide_Python_Client

Version 1.3.1 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.3.1 (Codename “Faye”) is released, this is a feature preview release in the 1.3 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a development preview release of Xibo. This release is working towards the release of Xibo 1.4.0, the next stable line of Xibo. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

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:1.3.1 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.3/1.3.1.

Also released is the updated preview of the Python client for Linux. All the details for getting and running the client are available in the wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Install_Guide_Python_Client

Version 1.3.0 Development Preview Released

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We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.3.0 (Codename “Faye”) is released, this is the release in the 1.3 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a development preview release of Xibo. This release is working towards the release of Xibo 1.4.0, the next stable line of Xibo. This should NOT BE USED IN PRODUCTION.

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:1.3.0 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.3/1.3.0.

Also released is the updated preview of the Python client for Linux. All the details for getting and running the client are available in the wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Install_Guide_Python_Client

Version 1.2.2 Released

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We are proud to announce the release of Xibo Version 1.2.2!

This release of the Xibo 1.2 series fixes multiple stability issues with the .NET client and introduces a media reporting service to easily check if all displays are up to date. All users are recommended to upgrade 1.2 series installations of Xibo to 1.2.2 server and clients.

Please ensure you read the release notes. They contain important information on the upgrade process, changes in functionality and compatibility between Xibo Client and Server versions, as well as a detailed list of the bugs fixed in the release.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.2.2 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.2/1.2.2.

 

Web designer needed

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Xibo.org.uk has been the Xibo project’s home on the web for over 2 years now. When we initially started the project this website was hastily put together and although we did a functional job we feel it is lacking in visual appeal when compared to the sites of other digital signage solutions.

It is our intention to refresh the content on the site to showcase Xibo more effectively and hopefully entice more people to start enjoying the benefits of Open Source Digital Signage.

The website is spread over 3 areas, the main WWW site, the Wiki and the Xibo Directory – all of which need refreshing!

Neither Alex or I are web designers. If someone out there has experience with WordPress themes and would be willing to put together a design for the Xibo site the help would be appreciated immensely. Please get in touch via info@xibo.org.uk.

Version 1.2.1 Released

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We are proud to announce the release of Xibo Version 1.2.1!

This release of the Xibo 1.2 series fixes a critical problem with file downloads from the Xibo server. All users are recommended to upgrade 1.2 series installations of Xibo to 1.2.1 server and clients.

Please ensure you read the release notes. They contain important information on the upgrade process, changes in functionality and compatibility between Xibo Client and Server versions, as well as a detailed list of the bugs fixed in the release.

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.2.1 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.2/1.2.1.

Upcoming in 2011

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Seasons greetings and a Happy New Year from the Xibo Team!

Xibo Products and Services Directory

We are proud to announce the Xibo Products and Services directory. This will be a place for companies and individuals who offer Xibo products and services to get listed on xibo.org.uk. Our hope is that this will be an important tool for prospective Xibo users to find the help and support they need in starting and managing a Xibo Digital Signage Solution.

We are now taking submissions for entry into the directory via email to info@xibo.org.uk. All submissions are to include the following information:

  • Company/Individual Name
  • Website URL
  • A short description of the Xibo related products/services offered
  • A yes/no answer to whether the following are offered:
    • Software as a Service (Xibo Hosting)
    • Custom Development work
    • Support
    • Installation
    • Content Creation
    • Hardware
    • Consulting

Alternatively navigate to xibo.org.uk/directory-submission-form/ and fill in the form provided.

New Team Member

We are delighted to welcome Matthew Holder to the Xibo team. Matt has been tireless in his efforts to get the most out of Xibo and along the way has helped us by answering questions on Launchpad, bug triage, testing, documentation and code contribution.

Look out for some exciting additions from Matt (check the blueprints for a sneak peak!) and lookout for him on Launchpad!

Stable Release 1.2.1

We are working on a minor release of our 1.2 series of Xibo which will include numerous bug fixes, particularly with the .NET client and installations that only operate with a single layout. 1.2.1 will also include the Offline Download Client, this is a cross platform python application which downloads media and schedule information from a Xibo server and saves it to a USB memory stick for transfer to a Xibo Python client running in Offline Mode. For more information on this new feature take a look at our wiki.

1.3.0 Development preview release

The entire Xibo team is working hard on the next development preview of Xibo. Nothing is set in stone as yet, but here is a taster of the new features you might expect from the release:

  • Xibo API + API Documentation
  • Xibo API Test Suite
  • File Upload Application
  • PowerPoint Viewer support for .NET client
  • Python Client update to use Libavg 1.5

There will be more about each of these to follow later in the year! We will of course also be including the usual raft of bug fixes from the 1.2 series!!

All the best for 2011!!!