This section creates the final layouts to be displayed on your screens by combining already created playlists, uploaded media files, and widgets.
In the "Layouts" section, you can see a list of the layouts (shows) already created in your Yodeck account. The layout information is organized in the following columns:
- the Name of the Layout
- the Timestamp (date and time) that the Layout was created or last modified
- an Actions column, with 4 buttons for making changes
In this list, you can:
Change the details of a layout by clicking the "edit" button.
|Duplicate||Create a copy of the layout.|
|Delete||Delete a single layout. The layout will be removed, and it will not be available in the portal for future use. |
Delete multiple layouts. Click on the layouts you want to delete and press on the delete button of just one.
Move to another Workspace
You can move layouts to different Workspaces. Choose the Workspace of your choice and click Move.
*This feature is only available in the Enterprise plan.
|Search||Search for a specific layout using the search tool.|
Adding a custom Layout
To add a layout, you click on the "+ Add layout" button found at the bottom of the layout list. A new page will open, displaying many pre-designed layout templates that we have created for you and are ready to use.
Feel free to choose any of the available Layouts and start editing them by changing images and adding whatever text you'd like to use. By the way, you can create your custom Layout by clicking the button below.
Before adding any media, on the right panel, you will see some options. These options are:
The name of your Layout.
Choose the Ratio of your TV screen: landscape or Portrait.
- If you're using a Full HD(1920x1080) TV screen, choose the 16:9 (1080p) option. Also, this option is the default one well.
- If your TV screen ratio is not shown in this list, you can create a custom ratio by clicking the "Add Custom Ratio" button in the Ratio list.
- If you do not know what an Aspect ratio is, please click here.
You can choose any Media from which to retrieve the audio:
- Audio Assets
- Web pages (Live Radio Stations, Streams, etc.)
- Videos (Sound only)
Upon enabling and setting a Background Audio of your choice, all other Media in the Layout editor will be muted. As a result, only the selected Background Audio will be heard from the speakers of your screen.
Snap to Grid
You also have the option to disable or "Snap to Grid" on your screen simulator, which will alter the way you place the item by dragging it.
By disabling the grid, you can place the item anywhere on the screen simulator.
Adding a media from your library
- Click the "Insert +" to choose a media from your Media gallery.
- Choose one of the many options on the right side of the panel, such as:
Editing a media
By choosing a Media, some relevant options are shown on the right panel.
For example, if you select an Image, Video, Audio, Document, Web-page, Widget, and a Playlist, you have the option to choose the:
- "Fit": show the whole content within the area assigned (may add some space or black bars at the edges, but will not distort images or videos).
- "Crop": zoom-in so that it covers the whole area assigned (may crop some edges, but it will not distort images or videos).
- "Stretch": show the whole content, stretching it to match the area assigned (no cropping, empty spaces, or black bars, but it might distort images and videos).
Optionally, Allow Transparency of the region. This is useful for content with transparency and the "fit" option above.
Placing/Moving a media item on the layout editor
Change the size/location of media on the Layout editor.
- You can use the arrows (←↑→↓) on the screen to change your media's size and/or location.
Alternatively, in the "Layout Editor" section, you can be as accurate as you wish by manually entering the Top, Width, Left, Height measurements.
Of course, with this one, you can drag and drop the image anywhere in the editor area, and by using the 9 white squares, you can resize the image any way you like.
- Enable the "Lock Aspect Ratio" if you want the media that you are moving to keep the same Ratio across the Layout region.
If you do not know what an Aspect ratio is, please click here.
On the right panel, when you have not selected a media, under the "Content Layering" section, all the items (playlists, widgets, media files) added in the layout are listed in the order you added them, with the "top layer" representing the last item added.
This order of layering is very easily modified by dragging and dropping items in the desired hierarchy.
Layers with the Transparency option enabled will be shown in the Content Layering order with a non-solid color and small squares on the background.
In the layering setup, you have the option to hide some items by clicking the "eye"button next to the media of your choice. The hidden media will not be displayed on the player as well.
You can revert the media to your Layout editor by clicking the "eye"button again.
On the head-bar, you will notice some useful tools that you can use to help you create your Layout faster.
Some of them are:
You can Undo/Redo any actions you made while working in your Layout editor if you'd like to, for up to 30 edits.
- Send Backward
Move the media backward or forward if you have many content layers on your Layout editor.
Copy/Paste any media to your Layout editor area. You can copy and paste Media from different Layout editors across your account.
Edit the settings of the selected media by opening a new editing form of the selected media.
Delete the selected media from the Layout editor.
Delete: Delete button
By clicking the Full-Screen button, the Layout that you have created will fill your entire TV screen. In that way, you can modify the final output shown on your TV screen and make the right adjustments by moving any Media in any direction or position of your choice. It's like the usual Layout editor but in a Full-screen mode.
Adding a Shape
If you choose to add a Shape on the right panel, some options will appear. These options are:
For each shape, you have different options. For this example, I used the Circle Shape, which has more options than the other shapes.
The width (in px) your line will have.
The default one is 10px.
|Line Color||The outer line color.|
|The inner-circle color.|
The background color outside the circle.
If you want to disable this color totally, make it transparent.
Adding a Text
If you select to add a Text on the right panel, some options will appear. These options are:
|Font||Choose the font of your choice.|
Choose the size of your text.
The default is 48px.
Chose the Font weight.
Some fonts do not support the light font-weight.
|The color of your text.|
|Background||The background color.|
Space (px) between the top and the bottom edges.
The default is 120px.
Space (px) between letters.
The default is 0px.
Adding a Template
What are Templates?
Templates are pre-formatted Layouts that we have created for you to use directly on your TV screens. These signage templates come with a wide range of both static and dynamic content options. Whether you want to incorporate static elements like photos or text that remain the same each time they are displayed on your Yodeck players or incorporate dynamic content that automatically updates depending on your sign's weather, time, or location, both are options available to you. Templates use media that are not stored in your account but in the cloud to be available for all of our users. Of course, you can edit them the way you like or even create a new custom layout on your own.
Based on your TV screen orientation, you can choose from various Landscape or Portrait size Templates.
Import a Template from the Template Gallery
By clicking the layout template of your choice, a window will pop up displaying a preview of it. Then, if you like it, you can Import it to your account by clicking the "→Import Template" button or go back to pick a new one by clicking the "←Back to Templates" button.
Let's start editing our first Layout. By clicking the "→Import Template" button, the layout editor will open.
First, you are requested to name your new Layout.
Below the "Name" box, there are three buttons where all your Playlists, Media files, and Widgets can be found to add them to the layout if you do not like something in the existing one.
How do I preview a layout before pushing it to the player?
With a simple click, you can see how your playlist will display on the TV screen without the need for a Yodeck player or any hardware at all.
The only thing you have to do is to finalize your layout with the media of your choice and then click the Preview button.
A new window will appear and start displaying the playlist. If the window is not opening, please check the Tip below.
Upon clicking this button, your browser might block the pop-up. Please click the options button and click the "Allow pop-ups for app.yodeck.com" as shown below: