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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!!!

Xibo 1.2.0 has arrived!

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Xibo 1.2.0 is ready for download.

Download it here https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.2/1.2.0
Release notes are here http://wiki.xibo.org.uk/wiki/Release_Notes:1.2.0

If you’re still using Xibo 1.0 series then 1.2.0 has a host of new features – we’ll go through the main ones here:

Translations

1.2.0 adds support for translating the web interface in to other languages. We currently distribute 24 language translations – some complete and some partial translations.

Xibo will automatically select the appropriate language to display based on your browser language preferences.

We couldn’t ship translations without the help of everyone who has contributed translated language strings. Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who has taken the time to add strings to the database. If you find that Xibo is partially or poorly translated in your language, or you find that Xibo isn’t available in your language at all, you can contribute or update translations via Launchpad at https://translations.launchpad.net/xibo

We synchronise updated strings from Launchpad for each new release of Xibo, so your changes will be included for Xibo 1.2.1. There remain some parts of the interface that it isn’t possible to translate at the moment. We’re aware of this and will work towards full translatability in the 1.3 series.

Display Groups

Displays can now be organised in to groups and content scheduled against those groups. This is especially helpful where there are large numbers of clients displays.

Permissions

The permissions system has been overhauled so that users can be members of multiple groups and can have permission to schedule content on individual displays or display groups.

Updated Scheduler

New Schedule View ScreenshotThe Schedule page has been overhauled to better support large numbers of displays. A month view calendar is shown on to which you can overlay the schedule of any combination of displays or groups of displays.

Updates to the add/edit schedule interface to use AJAX make the process of scheduling content faster and easier.

New Webservice Framework

The whole webservice code has been overhauled to use PHP’s own SOAP server library. The old webservice used nuSOAP which is no longer actively developed and persistently logged spurious error messages to the Xibo log. The new webservice framework also lays the foundations for an API published by a second webservice to allow the development of remote authoring tools, mobile management tools, and integration with other systems.

Microblog Search Media

This adds a new media type which displays the output of searching Identi.ca and/or Twitter in a region in a similar fashion to RSS Tickers. There is currently only client support in the Python client for this media type. See our blogpost for an overview of what this media type can be used to do. There is documentation for the new module in the manual.

Copy Layouts

It’s now possible to duplicate an existing layout.

Maintenance and Alerts

Xibo can now send you an email if there is a problem with a client. Old logs and statistics can be automatically purged. Information on setting up maintenance is available here. It’s strongly recommended that you setup maintenance to run periodically.

.net Client Size and Positioning

The .net client can now run windowed. You can also manually select the position and size of the window that it runs in. This allows you to manually select which screen the client opens on in dual screen configurations.

.net Client 64bit Flash Support

Flash media items should now work on 64 bit versions of Windows

Schedule Lookahead

Xibo clients will now download 48 hours worth of schedule information from the server at each connection. This allows the clients to switch layouts in the absence of a Xibo server (for example if their network connection is unavailable). The .net client will also now change layouts precisely to the schedule sent from the server (within 10 seconds).

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.

Xibo 1.2.0-rc2 Released!

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A lot changed with Xibo 1.2.0-rc1 and with help from lots of people testing the release we’re now ready to release Xibo 1.2.0-rc2, the second release candidate for Xibo 1.2.0.

1.2.0-rc2 is designed to let as many people as possible test the new code so that 1.2.0 can be as bug-free as possible. We encourage as many people as possible to clone their Xibo database and test the new code on the copy. Full details are available in the Release Notes.

Many thanks to everyone who tested 1.2.0-rc1 and reported issues – and even greater thanks to those who submitted patches or researched possible solutions to problems. The new version comes with a new version of the Windows .net client which has a lot of improvements.

Please do read the release notes – they contain important information on the upgrade and information about known problems. If you haven’t taken part in the 1.1 series testing then it would also be worth looking at the release notes for those releases too as they detail all the changes from Xibo 1.0.8 to date: (Release Notes 1.1.0 | Release Notes 1.1.1)

Version 1.0.8 Released

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We are proud to announce the release of Xibo Version 1.0.8!

This release of the Xibo 1.0 series fixes a critical problem with file downloads from the Xibo server. All users are recommended to upgrade 1.0 series installations of Xibo to 1.0.8 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:1.0.8 and you can download this release from our Launchpad project page here: https://launchpad.net/xibo/1.0/1.0.8.

Xibo Server 1.2.0-rc1 Released

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It’s an exciting time in the Xibo project. We’re gearing up to release Xibo 1.2.0 – the first release in the new stable series of Xibo releases.

1.2.0 will have several new features, both under the hood and in the user interface.

1.2.0-rc1 is designed to let as many people as possible test the new code so that 1.2.0 can be as bug-free as possible. We encourage as many people as possible to clone their Xibo database and test the new code on the copy. Full details are available in the Release Notes.

Please do read the release notes – they contain important information on the upgrade and information about known problems. If you haven’t taken part in the 1.1 series testing then it would also be worth looking at the release notes for those releases too as they detail all the changes from Xibo 1.0.6 to date: (Release Notes 1.1.0 | Release Notes 1.1.1)