Welcome to the user manual for Xibo - this documentation applies to Xibo Version 1.8.1. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for using Xibo.
Xibo is a powerful Digital Signage content management system and suite of signage players. According to Wikipedia, Digital Signage is:
Digital signage is a form of electronic display that shows information, advertising and other messages. Digital signs (such as LCD, LED, plasma displays, or projected images) can be found in public and private environments, such as retail stores and corporate buildings
Various authors from Wikipedia
Xibo is a digital signage solution and is a suite of applications, including a:
- Content Management System (CMS)
- Xibo Message Relay (XMR - bundled with the CMS)
- Windows Signage Player
- Android Signage Player (Commercial Software*)
With Xibo the content is designed from anywhere using a web browser on the internet accessible CMS, scheduled to your Players, called Displays, and then downloaded automatically when appropriate. This manual will guide you through the application from installation to troubleshooting, from the CMS to the Displays.
- Commercial software provided by the project sponsors.
We understand that using complicated software like Xibo is not always straight forward and that this manual may not always be sufficient. Therefore we have a suite of other resources and a question & answer forum to help!
The official Xibo FAQ is here: https://community.xibo.org.uk/c/faq
If you would like any further help with the information contained in this document, or the software package in general, please visit: https://community.xibo.org.uk/.
2 great clients to choose from!
The Xibo client comes in two flavours - the .NET Windows Player and an Android Player. The windows player was born first and is therefore the client of choice for a stable installation. The Android client is commercial software from our Sponsor and brings Xibo to the range of Android Powered Devices.
What next? Like the sound of Xibo and want to learn more? Or already have a CMS installation running? Skip straight to our Overview to learn more about Xibo.
Ready to install Xibo on your own infrastructure? Proceed to the Installation Instructions.
Think about your target audience... Digital signs are there to service a need for information. People will only look at a digital sign if there is some information being shown that they need, or are interested in. It's important then to ensure a good mix of information and targeted advertising (if desired) to meet the business's goals. For example, combine a list of upcoming events with a list of sports results, a news feed or bus times to draw attention.
Xibo can schedule different items to be shown at different times of the day. Be sure to target content to the times when your target audience are in the building (eg advertise events for young children when parents are arriving to drop of or collect children for an existing event).
People need to be able to read what is on the sign. Be sure to take a look at your completed work and make sure it's possible to read it in the time that it appears on the screen, and that the font size is large enough etc.