Latest Release of BrightAuthor Digital Signage Display Software

BrightSign will introduce the latest update to the BrightAuthor digital signage management, control application software that is available at no cost to BrightSign digital controller unit customers.

BrightSign, the company that is setting the standard for feature -rich digital sign and kiosk controllers that are affordably priced and easy to use, announced today that it will demonstrate Version 2.0 of BrightAuthor software at its InfoComm Booth #N2460 this week.


BrightAuthor, the central interface for BrightSign single -site and networked digital signage displays, is a PC -based application that makes creating, updating, managing and monitoring digital signage displays so easy, no IT department is required. During the demonstrations, InfoComm attendees will see how the latest version of BrightAuthor makes it easier than ever to create full -screen and multi -zone playlists for looping displays, and to implement BrightSign features such as day -parting and simple networking.

Combined, BrightAuthor software and BrightSign digital signage displays offer complete, end -to -end solutions for businesses and organizations to economically showcase a product, demonstrate it in -use or provide entertaining information on flat -screen or HD displays. BrightSign digital signage displays are also fully scalable with solutions ranging from a simple, one -screen implementation to a multi -screen, multi -site managed installation.

"Although many companies charge for their software solutions, we include ours at no cost," said Jeff Hastings, BrightSign CEO. "It's part of our commitment to delivering turnkey solutions for high -quality digital signage with no hidden fees. BrightAuthor features intuitive templates and tools that even non -technical customers can use to quickly make their own presentations and be assured that the project will successfully run on their BrightSign unit."

BrightAuthor's simple tools and wizards guide users step -by -step through the process of creating presentations. The preset multi -zone templates and custom layout tools that are provided help content authors create eye -catching displays without manually configuring coordinates and image sizes. New to the latest version of BrightAuthor is the ability to create interactive playlists using the graphical interface, eliminating the need to use text files and commands. The software also makes it simple to add triggers or buttons on touch screens to initiate the playback of image, video or sound content files within playlists. In addition to looping multi -zone playback, users can now create multi -zone presentations featuring interactivity.
Once completed, the presentations are faster and easier to prepare for publication because the software automatically creates the playlist file and bundles it with the selected content, ready to drop onto an SD card for BrightSign playback.

In addition to enabling manual deployment using memory cards, the BrightAuthor 2.0 PC interface includes all of the tools necessary to manage and maintain BrightSign Networks. Users can create interactive presentations, send content updates remotely, schedule updates, manage multiple groups of displays, obtain reports and monitor network health in real -time - all from the same central application. High security and fail -safe features ensure minimum down -time and maximum dependability.
BrightAuthor 2.0 has also added the ability to synchronize multi -screen displays via Ethernet connections, making it easy to create video wall applications. Other new features include support for live video and networked content feeds such as SignChannel and RSS. Content authors can simply drag and drop these sources onto multi -zone or full -screen presentations, creating new possibilities for localization and dynamic signage such as including news, traffic and weather tickers.
Availability
BrightAuthor 2.0 is available free of charge to all BrightSign users and runs on a standard Windows PC running XP or Vista and Windows 7. Presentations can be deployed to BrightSign HD110, HD210, HD410, HD810 or HD1010 digital sign and kiosk controllers via SD or, on select models, via USB memory sticks and over a network -appropriate display, media card and card reader/writer facilities.
BrightSign video players and kiosk controllers are available from the BrightSign Store with prices ranging from US$284.99 for the HD110 digital sign player to US$649.99 for the HD1010 advanced networked digital sign and kiosk controller.
To help users learn the basics about BrightSign, BrightSign now offers an online Quick Start Kit . The kit includes the latest version of BrightAuthor, a Quick Start Guide and sample BrightAuthor project files for full screen, zones and interactive presentations.

About BrightSign
A division of Roku, Inc. and based in Saratoga, California, BrightSign develops products and software for digital signage. BrightSign solid -state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call 408 -852 -9263 in the USA and +44 -1223 -911842 internationally.

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