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Flash clocks control

 

Supported file types Select Flash clocks from the list in Repeat signage or use your own .swf files
Playlist support Yes
Scheduler support Hourly, daily and weekly scheduling
Scrolling support Yes
Rotation support No
File locations Not applicable
YouTube videos Repeat Signage controls - Flash clock control 2014

Selection of Flash clocksDigital Flash clocks


Description

Repeat Signage has a number of built in Flash clocks.  Many of these can be customised and all of these clocks have a time zone feature so that you can display clock information from different time zones (see at the bottom of this page).  All of our clocks allow a solid background colour to be chosen.  With the digital clocks, the you can also choose solid colours and the font can be specified with some clocks.


Repeat Signage editions

The Standalone version of Repeat Signage only allows you to use 2 different Flash clock designs.  The Standard and above editions currently have 10 different designs available.  See the Repeat Signage editions for full differences between editions.


Single Flash clocks


On the designer screen menu, click on 'Insert' then 'Insert Flash clock'.  This will allow you to choose a Flash clock from the list and if your choice has options, then you can also set these.



Playlists of Flash clocks

You can create a play list of Flash clocks so that many Flash clocks can be displayed, one after the other:

1.  On the designer screen menu, click on 'Insert' then 'Insert Flash video'.  This will allow you to choose a file.  This defaults to 'On local or network drive'. 

2.  Click on the browse button and choose a Flash file and then click on 'Open' to return to the previous screen. 

3.  Now click on OK to insert the new control onto the designer.  You can then position and size your control as required. 

4.  Double click the Picture control to view the picture control's properties.

5.  Put a tick in the 'Use play list instead' tick box.  This will take you to the Playlist  tab.  Your first Flash appears in the grid for you. 

6.  Use the 'Add' button to add other files to the list. 

NOTE - You could also use 'Add blank' to add blank items which can be used to give a pause between playing your Flash clocks.  For example, you could insert a single flash file and set it to display for 2 seconds.  Then insert a blank item again for 2 seconds.  This would then give the effect of flashing the Flash file on and off the screen.

7.  When you have added your play list files, then click on the OK to close the properties screen and return to the designer.  Your play list will start playing immediately.  Then length of time each item will display for will depend on how long you specified for each play list item.

 
Scrolling Flash clocks

1.  Follow the instructions for 'Playlist of Flash clocks' above. 

2.  Open the picture control's properties by double clicking it and then selecting the 'Scrolling tab'. 

3.  Change the 'Scroll direction' combo box to an entry other than NONE, for example RIGHT TO LEFT.   Click on OK to see it scrolling. 

For more scrolling options, on the properties 'Scrolling tab', press the F1 key to see the various options.  Also see Single, playlist, scrolling and advanced scrolling for visual examples of what is currently possible.


Scheduling the playing of Flash clocks (Standard and above editions only)

The information on creating a play list above shows you how to create a play list that just loops files.  On the play list tab, there is a 'Schedule type' drop down list.  You can change this from 'PLAYLIST' to 'HOURLY', 'DAILY', or 'WEEKLY'.  The difference between this and the 'PLAYLIST' option is that when you add items you have to specify 'From' and 'To' time values. 

For example, an HOURLY scheduler can be used to play a file at the start of every hour for 1 minute (0 minutes 0 seconds to 0 minutes 59 seconds).  You have to put in files to cover the entire hour.  If you don't want anything playing for the rest of the hour, then insert a blank item that covers from 1 minute 0 seconds to 59 minutes 59 seconds.  At the end of an hour, the entire hourly schedule will loop again.  When you play a presentation, it displays items based on the current time or day.

When you add a blank item, you can decide whether to make the blank item display the background of the control (which you can specify a colour or picture for) or whether to make the entire control invisible.  When adding or editing a blank item, go to the 'Blank item' tab and either tick or un-tick the 'Entire control is visible' box.   This is useful for scheduling when you want a control invisible.

The DAILY schedule type allows you to specify files and blank items to cover the entire day.  At the end of the day, the schedule will start again.  WEEKLY allows you to schedule what happens on each day of the week (at any time), and then restarts at the beginning of the next week.  Repeat Signage uses Monday as the first day of the business week.  Another thing to note is that every control that supports scheduling runs independently of all others, so you can have lots of different controls all doing different things.

Tools have been added to Repeat Signage to help you test scheduling.  On the designer screen menu, you can click on 'View' then 'View program time for schedule testing'.  Clicking on this puts the time on the bottom right of the designer screen menu.  This is the clock that Repeat Signage uses with controls.  You can change this time using 'View' then 'Change program time for schedule testing'.  This allows you to change either the time or date, so that you can see what will be displayed at any point.  For example, you may have an 'offer of the day' for each day of the week, made by displaying pictures in a picture control.  Changing the program date to another day will allow you to test that the correct picture file, with that day's offer on, is being displayed.


Timezone


London, New York and Paris clocks

Most of our Flash clocks have a timezone property which you can see by double clicking your clock.  If this is left on 'DEFAULT SYSTEM TIME'  then it will use your computer's current date and time.  You can change the time zone to another location by double clicking your control and changing the timezone settings.  This is used to display the time at other locations in the world.  For example, you may have 3 clocks in your presentation.  One for London, one for Paris and one for New York.


Double checking that the correct time is displayed for another country

There are loads of Internet websites that will display the current time in places around the world, such as www.timeanddate.com.  You can then double check that if you add a clock showing time in France that this has been done correctly.  A few cites are listed below:

City Website page
   
London http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=136
New York  http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=179
Paris http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=195
Tokyo http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=248



Flash clocks and countdown timers on the Internet


Flash clock example

You can download free clocks from the Internet that have been created in Flash and insert them into Repeat Signage with the Flash control.  Try a Google search on 'free flash clocks' and you will come across sites like www.flash-clocks.com.   www.flash-clocks.com has some nice clocks and countdown timers (how many days, hours minutes until Christmas, New Year, etc) that are free to download.  www.flashvortex.com has some other nice designs, but you have their website address on the clock unless you subscribe.