Template Designer

QL Content Manager lets users create and manage sophisticated templates quickly and efficiently using the built-in Template Designer (no additional software to install). Templates are used to create dynamic multi-zone layouts that enable users to display many different content and data elements on screen at once. Templates are saved in the media library and added to playlists like any other piece of content. The system will also allow you to play a template within another template without issue.

Template Designer features:

  • HTML5 WYSIWIG designer application that offers an easy to use and friendly interface.
  • Users can design templates with a solid color background or use a bitmap image.
  • Templates can be duplicated across groups/networks via copy/paste.
  • Templates automatically adjust to the Player’s screen resolution. Any bitmap image selected as a background is dynamically resized to match the template dimensions.
  • Users can create templates that span multiple screens (video wall applications).

Users can add the following content zones to any template:

  • Static text zone.
  • Display the current time in a zone. Time is retrieved from the Player PC itself so local time at the Player’s location will be displayed.
  • Display the current date in a zone. Date is retrieved from the Player PC itself.
  • Geographic shape (rectangular/oval) with support for borders, solid color background, gradients, transparency.
  • Display live data (Media RSS/RSS/XML or self-hosted data) in one or more zones (one data field per zone). Multiple feeds are supported in a single template.  Display records from multiple feeds simultaneously without using a data grid.  Links to images are supported in Media RSS and XML feeds.  Images are resized automatically according to Player’s resolution.  Ideal for weather forecasts, traffic information, news with images, financial and sports-oriented content.
  • Display live text data (Media RSS/RSS/XML or self-hosted data) in a grid (show entire database or select fields in a grid). Multiple data grids/RSS feeds are synchronized. Links to images are supported in Media RSS and XML feeds. Images are resized automatically according to Player’s resolution.
  • Template image zone. Can contain any image file and when the image is dragged into the template it will become the topmost layer. Only text and template image layers can be positioned on top of media and playlist zones.  PNG files with transparent backgrounds are supported.  Transparency is retained when the bitmap is dragged onto the ticker area.  Bitmaps elements are imported and stored with the template itself. These images are also shared with the ticker designer.
  • Media zone. Can contain any type of media. Users can add multiple media items in succession (similar to a playlist but self-contained inside the media zone).  Media zones will loop by default, but you can set them to play through once and pause at the end.
  • Playlist zone. Can contain any playlist (assuming playlist does not contain a template itself).  Zone content is managed at the playlist independently from the template.  Playlist zones will loop by default, but you can set them to play through once and pause at the end. Playlist zones also allow you to use the re-order feature that previously only existed in the schedule manager, to re-order to playback of items from several different playlists in each playlist zone.
  • By default, empty templates are set to 15 seconds and dynamically adapt to the longest media or playlist zones as they are added. If there are multiple content zones, the shorter zone(s) will loop until the end of the longest zone.  Users may also set the template to a fixed duration in which case content zones will either loop or play once and pause until the template reaches its conclusion.