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Repeat Signage touch screen presentations overview 

Normal Repeat Signage presentations just play so that you can display information in public places.  Repeat Signage Touch Screen Presentations allow your users/visitors to interact with the screen, so that they can choose what information to look at.   These are for use with touch screen monitors, using a finger to control the screen, or with normal monitors with a mouse present.

Touch screen websites

Repeat Signage touch screen presentations allow you to display a website designed to be used with a touch screen. On normal website pages, there are text hyperlinks (text that when clicked takes you to another page or website) such as:

 

Example hyperlink (Don't try to click this as it's just an example)

 

If you are using a touch screen and tried to touch this hyperlink with your finger, then it may take a couple of goes to precisely click it. Now look at the button below:

 

Next (Note - Don't try to click this as it's just an example)

 

This is a hyperlinked picture so that when you click on this image, it takes you to the desired website page. This image is large so that if someone were using a finger on a touch screen to touch it to perform the mouse click.

Repeat Signage is not website design software and you will need someone experienced in creating websites to create your touch screen website which can then be displayed with Repeat Signage. This could be someone within your organisation or use a local website design company.

 

New Repeat Signage V4 picture based touch screen Flash

You can select pictures, PDF files, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, and easily display the content to your users with customisable touch screen buttons for navigation.  With Repeat Signage V4, all of our Flash Banner control options are available to you to display pictures and documents interactively to your users.  There are currently 4 different Flash display options: BANNER 01, FADER 01, ROTATOR 01 a nd PAGE FLIPPER 01.

 

For example, you can display PowerPoint files (or pictures, PDF files, Word, Excel, etc) with navigation buttons.  The picture below shows our BANNER 01 option full screen with previous and next buttons on either side of the presentation:

In the picture below, the touch screen area is surrounded by a logo, Flash Clock and title text and this uses our ROTATOR 01 option to show a series of pictures on a conveyor belt and with large arrow navigation buttons for users to interact with:

 

 

and our PAGE FLIPPER 01 option allows product brochures in PDF (or Word, Excel, PowerPoint, picture formats) to be displayed as a book that users can interact with:

 

We have also added a left bar with a logo and clock again to complete a design.

 

In the above examples, there are 'previous' and 'next' touch screen buttons.  You can design your own using our Repeat Icons system or select your own picture files.

 

There are over 4,000 icons in our collection for you to use and you can optionally  build up icons by combining them and adding text.  There is also a button template system for you to quickly get started:

 

 

Repeat Signage Corporate edition with custom template and database support


These new picture based options can also be used by collecting information from databases and mailmerging with custom templates.

Click here for a walk through on how this can be used with our Corporate edition.

 

Hardware required

 

Ideally, you need a touch screen and computer to display your presentation (plus Repeat Signage).  In the UK, 22" touch screen monitors (such as the Ilyama T225CMTS touch screen) are available from around 200+VAT.  When you play a Repeat Signage touch screen presentation, then by default the mouse cursor is hidden and you then touch the screen with your finger to control the touch screen presentation.  If you don't have a touch screen monitor, then see below.

 

What if I don't have a touch screen?

 

Not a problem.  You can let users interact with your touch screen presentation using a mouse instead.  Just make sure there is no keyboard present for users to use.  By default the mouse cursor is hidden.  However, you can go into the Settings on the main screen and then choose to display the mouse cursor.  Your user can the interact with your presentation using just the mouse. 

 

Show the mouse cursor when playing touch screen presentations

 

Showing the mouse cursor is useful for use with non-touch screen monitors or just for testing on your designer computer.  To get the mouse cursor to appear when touch screen presentations are played:

 

- On the main Repeat Signage screen, click on 'File' then 'Settings' and click on the 'Touch' tab

- Put a tick in the 'Show mouse cursor whilst touch screen presentation is playing' tick box and then click on the 'OK' button.

 

Designing requirements

 

When designing a touch screen website using website design software, make sure you do the following:

1.  Design all pages to the number of pixels to that of your touch screen area in your Repeat Signage Touch screen Presentation is sized at, such as 800x600 pixels. 

2.  The site should be completely self contained with no external links to other sites unless those sites have also been designed for touch screen user.

3.  Don't use any type of popups or option any pages in new windows as these will appear above the Repeat Signage touch screen.

4.  Use finger end sized pictures to hyperlink between pages or very large text hyperlinks.

5.  Do a quick draft first and test with a touch screen monitor.   A 21" widescreen, full HD, touch screen can cost from as little as 200+VAT in the UK.

6.  If designing and testing on a non-touch screen, then enable showing the mouse cursor when playing.  See 'Show the mouse cursor when playing touch screen presentations' above.


Security issues

 

IMPORTANT - A keyboard should NOT be attached to the touch screen's computer as this will allow the user to close the touch screen presentation and have access to your system.  Also, you will need hide the computer base unit attached to the touch screen or disable any USB ports.  Computer base units my need to be locked away in cages and you may also need a security bracket for the touch screen in public areas.   Exposed USB ports would potentially allow a user to attach a keyboard to control the system and USB drives which could be used to introduce viruses or copy information.   Also, do not allow access to DVD/CD drives.

 

Touch screen Flash .swf files

Professional website and general designers who produce Flash for websites can also produce Flash files that users can interactive with.  For example, add buttons that when clicked, display a video to the user.  Games can also be created in Flash.  Repeat Signage can display these full screen allowing the user to interact with them.


Closing touch screen presentations - IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ

You will not want a keyboard attached to the system when a touch screen is being used for security.  It also stops users using Ctrl+Alt+Del on the keyboard to close Repeat Signage down and have access to your computer.  When you want to close the touch screen, then you will need to reattached a keyboard and type in the close password.  Just type in the default 'closeme' and you when then be prompted to close the presentation.  Repeat Signage monitors the keyboard buffer for the password.


New keyboard control

You may also people using your touch screen presentations to be able to type information in.  A new keyboard control is on the designer's insert menu to allow this.  Currently, there is only one design of keyboard and it is displayed all the time, rather then being hidden when not in use. 


Alternative to using the keyboard control

If this design of keyboard is wrong for your application, then you can use text label controls to add keyboard buttons and arrange them to your own design. Each button can have a click action associated it with it to send keyboard characters to the touch screen area.


Alternative to using the keyboard control

If this design of keyboard is wrong for your application, then you can use text label controls to add keyboard buttons and arrange them to your own design. Each button can have a click action associated it with it to send keyboard characters to the touch screen area.   To create a letter 'a' button for your keyboard:

- On the designer screen menu, click on 'Insert' then 'Insert text label'
- Type in 'a' in the text box and click on 'OK' to insert your new control onto the screen
- The new control is highlighted and is too long for a keyboard style button, so go to the menu and change the height and width both to 50 pixels
- To make this more like a button, then we are going to change the background colour.  Double click your new control to open the properties
- Click on the 'Colours' tab and in the background colour section, click on the 'Choose' button. 
- Select 'GRADIENT' from the list.  You will see that the gradient is made up of two colours, usually white and black
- Change the black colour to light grey/silver colour by clicking on the 'Choose' button which is next the black colour on the right side of the window.  Now select a light grey colour and click on OK.
- Now we need to set a click action, so click on the 'Click action' tab and change the 'Click action' combo to 'SEND TEXT CAPS SENSITIVE' and then put an 'a' in the 'Text to send' box
- Click on OK.

When you are happy with the button design, then right mouse click and select 'Duplicate' to copy it and then you can modify that button to 'b' and keep going.  Unfortunately, there is no short cut at the moment.


Using other Repeat Signage controls in touch screen presentations

You can control the size of the touch screen area in Repeat Signage so that other controls such as text, pictures and RSS feeds can be displayed on screen. 


Touch screen modes

You have 3 ways in which you can design touch screen presentations:

Full screen touch screen area without a virtual keyboard)

Create a full screen touch screen area (click on the touch screen control, then right mouse click, then click on 'Size' then 'Full screen').  This will just allow your users to interact with your touch screen website and navigate between pages.  Without a keyboard control on screen, then user will just be able to look at information but not enter information.  A good example of this would be in a school reception area, when the school's website has be modified to use button navigation (see above) rather than hyperlinks.  Parents, teachers and students can then look at information happening in the school.  Touch screen monitors are not expensive anymore.  A 21" widescreen, full HD, touch screen can cost from as little as 200+VAT in the UK (August 2011).  One of these touch screen monitors, a resonable specification computer base unit and Repeat Signage, would all that would be required, plus a bit of website design work.

Non-full screen touch screen area without a virtual keyboard

With the touch screen area not full screen, you can also put other Repeat Signage controls on screen.  For example, you could 'frame' the touch screen area and have logos, contact numbers and other information that will be shown all the time, regardless of which touch screen website page is being displayed.  You would also have an RSS feed control displaying a news feed for your organisation, or news such as from the BBC website, along the bottom of the screen.

You can also use text label controls and picture controls with click actions set (this is the action that happens when a user touches or clicks them) so that a specify page is navigated to when touched.  These can be arranged anywhere around the touch screen area.   You can even use text label controls to design and layout your own keyboard styles.

Non-full screen touch screen area with a virtual keyboard

With the touch screen area not full screen, then add a Keyboard control to the screen.  This takes up quite a large area when you have resized the keyboard so that the button are the right size for your users finger to touch them easily (there size really depends on the monitor size).  You can also use other controls such as  RSS feed controlspicture controls, etc, to frame and create an overall design around your touch screen area and virtual keyboard.

Other options

You also have the option of making the touch screen surface read only.  (To change this setting: Open the designer, double click the touch screen area and this click on the 'touch screen surface' tab).  Users will not be able to interact with the displayed website page.  This can be useful if you create a number of 'buttons' (Text label controls or Picture controls) around your touch screen surface and assign click actions to them so when these are touched they take the user to page of information.  This is useful in allowing external site pages on the Internet, such as on news website pages, to be displayed so that they can be viewed but not interacted with.

Scroll bars

By default, scroll bars are not displayed as in many cases you will design pages to fit your touch screen area.  If you want to display larger pages, then you can enable the scroll bars.  (To change this setting: Open the designer, double click the touch screen area and this click on the 'touch screen surface' tab).

 
Keeping the touch screen presentation on top of all other programs

You should set touch screen presentations to be on top of other programs.  On the computer that will be playing your touch screen presentation, change it's playing settings as follows:

 

- On the main Repeat Signage screen, click on 'File' then 'Settings' and click on the 'Touch' tab

- Put a tick in the 'Keep player on top of other applications' tick box and then click on the 'OK' button.

 

Playing touch screen presentations in the trial version of Repeat Signage

 

You can only play touch screen presentations for 10 minutes without a licence for Repeat Signage.



Working with Repeat Software

If you would like to help us test this software or have specific touch screen requirements, then please contact us at support@repeatsoftware.com.