1.8.0-rc2 Released

We are proud to announce the release of our second release candidate for the 1.8 series of Xibo. The codename for this series is “Tempel”.

This release builds on the enhancements in 1.8.0-rc1 by fixing 43 issues/features. We are nearing our first stable 1.8 release and would appreciate anyone willing to try out 1.8.0-rc2.

Highlights:

  • Improved Date/Time selectors
  • Tag Improvements for Filtering/Viewing
  • Tags for Campaigns
  • Various filtering and User Interface improvements
  • HLS Video Streaming Widget for W10+
  • Finance Widget templates for Stocks and Currencies
  • 21 bug fixes and stability improvements

Signage Players

This series contains new features relating to the communication between the CMS and the Players. To use this release you must use Xibo for Windows 1.8.0-rc2 or later or Xibo for Android R58 or later. The release notes are available in the manual and the download is available on GitHub.

Please Note: This is a release candidate and should not be used in production.

Xibo in the Cloud

1.8.0-rc2 is available on Xibo in the Cloud in all of our locations!

1.8.0-rc1 Released

We are proud to announce the release of our first release candidate for the 1.8 series of Xibo. The codename for this series is “Tempel”.

This release builds on the enhancements in 1.8.0-beta by fixing 80 issues/features. We are nearing our first stable 1.8 release and would appreciate anyone willing to try out 1.8.0-rc1.

Highlights:

  • New Weather Templates
  • New Twitter Templates
  • Metro Twitter Module
  • Google Traffic Module
  • Weather/Twitter widgets scale as if they were images for more consistent behaviour when placed into differently sized Regions.
  • Scheduling: Dayparting
  • Scheduling: Week/Day Recurring Events (recur only on specific days of the week)
  • Scheduling: Leave “repeat until” empty to “repeat forever”
  • Performance improvements
  • Better filtering on the Display Group page for Nested Display Groups
  • New API routes for updating DataSets via JSON objects
  • Shell Commands can kill the command that they started
  • 80 bug fixes and stability improvements

Signage Players

This release contains new features relating to the communication between the CMS and the Players. To use this release you must use Xibo for Windows 1.8.0-rc1 or later or Xibo for Android R58 or later. The release notes are available in the manual and the download is available on GitHub.

Please Note: This is a release candidate and should not be used in production.

Xibo in the Cloud

We’re very pleased to expand our 1.8 offering from London to our other 2 locations – North America and Singapore. This means 1.8.0-rc1 is available on Xibo in the Cloud in all of our locations!

1.8.0-beta Released

We are proud to announce the release of our first beta for the 1.8 series of Xibo. The codename for this series is “Tempel”.

This release builds on the enhancements in 1.8.0-alpha3 by fixing 48 issues/features.

Highlights:

  • Docker support – see the manual for instructions
  • Overlay Layouts – regions persist over Layout changes
  • Announcement System for CMS notifications and news
  • Layout Designer tool box
  • Visual refresh including clearer buttons
  • Report fault wizard improvements
  • Better support for custom fonts and additional standard fonts
  • 22 bug fixes and stability improvements

Signage Players

This release contains new features relating to the communication between the CMS and the Players. To use this release you must use Xibo for Windows 1.8.0-beta or later or Xibo for Android R58 or later.

The release notes are available in the manual and the download is available on GitHub.

Please Note: This is a beta release and should not be used in production.

1.8.0-alpha3 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce the release of our third development preview for the 1.8 series of Xibo. The codename for this series is “Tempel”.

This release builds on the enhancements in 1.8.0-alpha2 by fixing 49 issues/features.

Highlights:

  • Dynamic and Nested Display Groups
  • CMS Caching to speed up larger installations (reduce database server requirements)
  • Behind-the-scenes adjustments to improve reliability and testability

Signage Players

This release contains new features relating to the communication between the CMS and the Players. To use this release you must use Xibo for Windows 1.8.0-alpha2 or later or Xibo for Android R58 or later.

The release notes are available in the manual and the download is available on GitHub.

Please Note: This is a development preview release and should not be used in production.

1.8.0-alpha2 Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce the release of our second development preview for the 1.8 series of Xibo. The codename for this series is “Tempel”.

This release builds on the enhancements in 1.8.0-alpha by fixing 43 issues/features and an upgrade application capable of upgrading from any 1.7.0 release or later.

Highlights:

  • Xibo Message Relay (XMR) for push messaging between the CMS and Players
  • Update application capable of upgrading from 1.7.0 or later
  • Predefined Commands for scheduling and using on a Layout
  • API improvements
  • Xibo for Windows Player

Signage Players

This release contains new features relating to the communication between the CMS and the Players. To use this release you must use Xibo for Windows 1.8.0-alpha2 or Xibo for Android R58 or later.

 

The release notes are available in the manual and the download is available on GitHub.

We have much more planned for 1.8.0-alpha3 which we hope to release at the end of February 2016.

Please Note: This is a development preview release and should not be used in production.

1.8.0-alpha Development Preview Released

We are proud to announce the release of our first development preview for the 1.8 series of Xibo. The codename for this series is “Tempel”.

Our goal for 1.8 series is to adopt the latest standards and encourage integration with other systems through a REST API and an improved stable code base. To help us towards that goal this “alpha” release is being made available as an early preview – primarily for community testing.

This release is for fresh installation only, you cannot upgrade to this alpha version. In this release you can test the following new features:

CMS

  • Xibo CMS API
  • Display Manager showing detailed Display Status Information
  • Improved support for date formats and international dates
  • An improved RSS parser
  • A Finance module for currencies and stocks
  • Ability to reference Library images in more Modules
  • Friendly URLs
  • Permission inheritance
  • Transfer Ownership on User Delete
  • Duration Estimate for Layouts
  • oAuth API access (authorization_code and client_credentials)
  • Improved scalability in all areas of the system
  • Slim PHP
  • Twig Views
  • Swagger Documentation for the API
  • Improved XMDS/XLF documentation
  • Security by design with a separate /web folder
  • Pluggable logging system via monolog
  • Improved HTTP via Guzzel
  • Preliminary PHPUnit test runner
  • and our new architecture which we hope is more efficient, easier to customise and more stable!

Signage Players

This is a CMS only release and you should use the 1.7.4 Windows Player or any version of Xibo for Android with this release.

The release notes are available in the manual and the download is available on GitHub.

We have much more planned for 1.8.0-alpha2 which we hope to release at the end of December 2015.

Please Note: This is a development preview release and should not be used in production.

Moving to PDO – Notice to server admins

We have recently taken the difficult decision of migrating the Xibo code base away from the PHP MySQL extension and over to PHP PDO. Despite this being a significant development effort the end user will not notice any changes.

This change will be rolled out over the next few releases with core functions/inserts/updates/deletes covered from 1.5 series, and all queries covered from 1.7 series.

The advantages to PDO are many – the key ones for us are:

  • Potential to support different RDBMS (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, etc).
  • Prepared SQL statements that protect against SQL injection.
  • Support for Transactions.

As a server admin, all that needs to happen on upgrade will be to check that the PHP PDO extension is enabled on your web server installation. PDO ships with PHP 5.1 which is already an Xibo requirement.

For more information on PDO please refer to the PHP manual.