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Improved Web Page Preloading and Great Widget Gallery Additions

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Summer’s in full swing but here at Yodeck we’re still working at full speed. What’s in store for all our awesome Yodeckers? Keeping web pages in memory for starters. And we’ve got lots of Widget news for you too. Plus, check out what’s up with 4K support.

Keep web pages in memory with the power of the Raspberry Pi 4

Harnessing the Raspberry Pi 4’s cool new capabilities means we can roll out lots of new features. The first one on the roster is keeping web pages in the Player’s memory. What does this mean? Well, instead of reloading the same web page over and over again every time it pops up in the Playlist, the Player leaves it in the memory (thank you RPi4 for your beefed up memory specs!).

And what do you get out of it? Well, the first major bonus is you won’t get blocked by service providers because of repeat logins. Plus you won’t have to wait for data-heavy dashboards to reload. A heads up for you guys: this feature works with the 1GB models (RPi3 or RPi4) as long as you use it reasonably. With a 4GB RPi4, however, you can really push it with lots of dashboards and it won’t let you down.

Added benefit? This feature works even if you don’t have the brand new RPi4 player.

Read the docs

 

Get all the latest info on 4K

You can take 4K resolution off your wishlist because it’s finally here. We’re still working on 4K video playback, but if you need 4K resolution, you’re good. Keep in mind you need to have a Raspberry Pi 4 player (and a 4K screen of course!) and you’ve got to download our beta Yodeck image that supports the RPi4.

Also, the Show Editor now has 4K support. You’ll find the predefined ratio in the drop-down list, along with 1080p, to make it a breeze to set up.

Check it out

 

Welcome our brand new Widgets!

New Signage widgets by Yodeckk

Our Widget Gallery has lots more to offer you. Want something inspirational? Check out the Quote of the Day Widget. Need up to the minute traffic info? Use our Google Traffic widget and make the commute as smooth as possible for your customers, students or employees. Also, if you’ve got a restaurant or bar, you’ll love the WiFi QR Code widget as your customers will get connected in seconds.

Still not satisfied? No worries! Data dashboard aficionados, go ahead and crunch those numbers with our Power BI, Google Data Studio and Cyfe Dashboard Widgets. And we also launched a brand new World Clock Widget. Choose an image showcasing your hometown, corporate headquarters or anything your heart desires, set your local time-zone, and you can create an eye-catching graphic specifying your location as well as the time and date.

Because you’re now spoiled for choice, we’ve made it even easier for you to get a taste of the widget you want before actually using it. In the Gallery, we created thumbnails for each widget, and once you click on one simply use the slider to see what it looks like.

Check them out!

Release Notes

New features
  • Our most important new feature is a Player functionality improvement where you can keep web pages in memory when they are part of a playlist. No more getting blocked because of repeat login attempts!
  • We released the highly-anticipated new Yodeck image that supports the Raspberry Pi 4! It’s still in beta, but you can use it if 4K resolution is a must. Keep in mind that 4K video decoding is still not available, but is coming up soon.
  • Our Show Editor now has 4K support. You’ll find the new predefined Ratio in the list when you go to the Show editor. Both 4K and 1080p are there, to make it easier for users.
  • Yodeck added some handy new widgets to the Widget Gallery. Check out our brand new WikiQuotes, Google Traffic and World Clock Widgets. If you want customers to quickly connect their smartphones to your WiFi, like in restaurants or bars, just use our WiFi QR Code Widget on your screens. Also, you can display more analytics and data using Yodeck’s Power BI, Google Data Studio and Cyfe Dashboard Web Widgets.
  • Additionally, we created thumbnails for each Widget in the Widget Gallery. Once you click on the widget you want, you can use the slider to see what it looks like.
  • Admins can now enforce a password reset when users first log in.
Improvements
  • We made it easy to refresh a web page with a new option and you can also set how frequently it refreshes.
  • In addition, users now have the option to mask sensitive parts of a script (like credentials) in the scripting engine so they are not available to other users after saving the web page.
  • If the media doesn’t have a thumbnail image, it will have an uploading or encoding icon to reflect its status.
  • Users now won’t be able to upload media with the same name, except in Bulk uploads.
  • Now the Enable Subtitles field in the Video creation/editing form only appears when you’re adding a type of video that supports subtitles. Keep in mind that subtitles are not yet supported on the Raspberry Pi 4.
Bugs fixed
  • QR Tech Support tickets were slowing down the Player under specific conditions, like when there were available media to download such as YouTube videos. We fixed the issue and now the Player works fine!
  • Unlocking actions of the lock-down feature are no longer applied every time a configuration changes on a device that’s already unlocked, so now remote support connections aren’t affected.
  • We fixed a bug that caused users not to be able to type in the search bar after doing a bulk edit on monitors.
  • When an admin added a new user with an email address that already belonged to another user, an error message appeared stating it was rejected by the database. A new message now appears that clearly describes the problem.
  • We fixed a bug where a warning popped up telling users they hadn’t saved their billing information even though all details had been properly saved.  
  • Users now see a name duplication warning message when they create a folder with a name that already exists in the same tree level.
  • Translated texts that appear on buttons in the Portal no longer get cut off if they’re too long.
  • We fixed a bug where the same warning message appeared when you locked and unlocked a device. It only appears when you want to lock a Player.
  • Users no longer get a prompt asking what Workspace they want media saved in when uploading multiple videos if they only have access to a single Workspace.
  • We fixed a bug that made the purchasing wizard freeze when users clicked too fast between steps. Users will now see a loading status.

 

Improved Web Page Preloading and Great Widget Gallery Additions was last modified: August 5th, 2019 by Yodeck

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