Version 1.4.1 Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.4.1 (Codename “Brorsen”) has arrived and is available for download. This is the first 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:1.4.1 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.4/1.4.1.

Among other things this release addresses the issues with text scaling that have been present since the start of this project. Xibo will now perfectly scale text between the layout designer and multiple different screen resolutions.

Open Source Xibo and Xibo for Android

The Xibo Project recently announced that we were opening a private BETA for a “Xibo for Android” application. This has lead to some confusion, which was never our intention. Please be assured that the Xibo Project will always remain open source!

We are committed to keeping the following open and free for everyone:

  • Xibo CMS (Xibo Server)
  • Xibo Windows Client
  • Xibo Ubuntu Python Client
  • Launchpad Answers Support Forum
  • Xibo Wiki and Manual

The Xibo for Android application will provide our users the extra capability of running an Android digital signage player. This player will communicate with the free Xibo CMS in the same manner as the other two display clients. The principle reason this player (and only this player) will be commercial is so that we can continue to finance and support the development of the open source solution.

If anyone needs further clarification, please do contact us!

Xibo for Android by Spring Signage open for private BETA

The Xibo project has been developed and supported over the years by a small part time team in the UK who are committed to providing a full featured, free signage solution for everyone. In recent months we have taken the difficult decision of writing a client for Xibo which will be commercially available from our sponsor, Spring Signage.

We took this decision so that Spring Signage and the Xibo Developers could continue to finance and provide the high levels of support the project requires as grows, and devote more time to improving the Xibo CMS, two clients and API.

We are currently opening the Android Client up to a private beta – and welcome anyone to come over to the Spring Signage Signup Page and enrol.

Version 1.4.0 Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.4.0 (Codename “Brorsen”) 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.

It has been a little over 18 months since the last stable release and in that time there have been 5 development preview releases introducing 27 new features and fixing 108 bugs. Some of the highlights include:

The release notes are available on our Wiki here: http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.4.0 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.4/1.4.0.

Thank you

We couldn’t release Xibo without the help we get from you, the Xibo community. Particular thanks goes to everyone who reported bugs, submitted patches or donated money.

Version 1.4.0 Release Candidate 1 Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.4.0-RC1 (Codename “Brorsen”) is released, this is a release candidate for the 1.4 Series of Xibo.

Note: This is a release candidate 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:1.4.0-rc1 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.4/1.4.0-rc1.

There is no update to the Python client for Linux, the version released with 1.3.3 will run against 1.4.0-rc1 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 1.3.3 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce that Xibo version 1.3.3 (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:1.3.3 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.3/1.3.3.

There is no update to the Python client for Linux, the version released with 1.3.0 will run against 1.3.3 server. There’s also an updated Python client available. The existing 1.3.0 installer will now actually install 1.3.3. 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

Launching the new website

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

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

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

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