Display types are one aspect of a display unit.
A display type allows you to configure the resolution, and orientation, of a screen attached to a player.
The “Display Types” training video is part of the “Network Setup” playlist:
Display Types: Outlines how to create and configure display types.
“Display unit” is Broadsign’s term for a screen on your network. A display unit brings together several settings for each display, one of which is the display type.
Broadsign Player software supports any resolution that your operating system, and video card, can output to.
To add a display type, use one of the following methods:
- Go to the Network Setup ribbon, and then select the “Display Type” icon.
- From the resource tabs on the left, select “Display Types”. Then, right-click anywhere in the work area. From the contextual menu, select Add Display Type.
By default, the Add Display Type Wizard contains the following pages:
- Welcome: Name the display type.
- Specify Resolution: Specify the maximum resolution of the display type, i.e. the maximum amount of pixels in width and height that fit within the display type.
To edit a display type, use one of the following methods:
- From the list panel, select a display type. Then, from the view bar, select Edit.
- From the list panel, double-click on a type.
These are the tabs of a display type’s properties:
The General Tab
The resolution of the display type is meant to be the display resolution of the profiled hardware. Any display units created using this display type should have this resolution. You can ensure that the player’s desktop resolution is automatically adjusted to this new resolution by checking the “Enforce resolution on player” checkbox. If the specified resolution cannot be set due to graphics card/screen incompatibilities, a resolution mismatch incident will be opened.
You force the player to rotate the display to the left, right or inverted to remotely switch to portrait or landscape mode. You can ensure that the player’s desktop orientation is automatically set by the player by checking the “Enforce orientation on player” checkbox.
The Log Tab
The log tab details changes made to the display type (either manually or through the SDK). The type of change made is recorded also. From this tab, it is possible to add new changes and to acknowledge existing changes made to the display type. When a change is made or acknowledged, the current user and date is recorded.
To add a log entry:
- Click Add.
- Enter the content of your log.
- Select the type of log entry:
- Click Finish.
The Display Units Tab
The display units tab lists all display units associated with this display type.
In this tab, we provide the following features:
- A list of associated display units.
- The ability to sort the display units:
- Alphabetically, by name (or reverse); and,
- Numerically, by ID # (or reverse).
- The ability to assign additional DUs to the display type. Click Assign.
- The ability to select a display unit from the list, open its properties and edit them. Click Edit. For more information, see Edit Display Unit Properties.