Digital Signage: Use a Pre-built ITS Simple Sign

The ITS Simple Sign App allows you to quickly deploy a fully functional Digital Sign. The ITS Simple Sign includes six basic, customizable elements:

ITS Simple Sign app layout including date, weather, RSS feed, UM logo, rotating announcement/event info, and background image

 

Note: The ITS Simple Sign App can be the exclusive sign layout (template) or it can be used in a rotation with other custom designed templates.

Add the ITS Simple Sign App to a Sign

  1. Open Content Manager.

    Note: Refer to Log in to Content Manager for more information.

  2. If applicable, add a new content player (sign) to your location:
    1. Right-click your location location icon.
    2. Select New Content Player...
    3. Enter a Name for your sign that includes the building, floor, and general location of the sign.
    4. Click OK.
  3. Click the Apps tab.

    content manager software - apps tab

  4. Expand University of Michigan - ITS Digital Signage.
  5. Expand University.
  6. Expand Full Signs.
  7. Drag-and-drop ITS Simple Sign onto your content player (sign) in the Network Overview.

    Note: To use the ITS Simple Sign "as is", Deploy the Sign. If the App is ever updated by the Digital Signage Team, you will receive a notification upon your next deployment.

Customize the ITS Simple Sign

Note: If you wish to use the default (30-second rotation of announcements and events from the U-M Digital Signage community), go to step 8. Complete steps 5-7 only if you wish to use a Google Sheet Liva Data content item to control what displays in the Slide Show region. Refer to Manage Content Using a Google Sheet for more information.

  1. Right-click the ITS Simple Sign that you dragged-and-dropped onto your content player in the Network Overview.

    Note: Do not right-click the ITS Simple Sign listed on the Apps tab.

  2. Select Configure.
  3. Edit applicable fields:
    • Display Name: Enter a name for your sign layout.
    • Background: You can replace the default background image with a .JPG or .PNG file. Any image should match the orientation of your sign or it will be stretched and distorted. The image must be stored at a UNC path such as the ITS provided file storage location: \\dsw-common.m.storage.umich.edu\dsw-common\Customers.
    • RSS Feed: Defaults to U-M News. If using a different RSS feed, include the entire URL. Keep in mind that the stories are not filtered.
    • Orientation: Select landscape (default) or portrait.
    • Logo: You can replace the default background image with a .JPG or .PNG file. The image must be stored at a UNC path such as the ITS provided file storage location: \\dsw-common.m.storage.umich.edu\dsw-common\Customers.
    • Zip Code: The zip code drives the weather report for the digital sign. The default is 48109 (Ann Arbor).

    content manager software - apps tab

  4. Click Slide Show.
  5. Enter the Google Sheet Key in the Sheet field.

    Refer to Manage Content Using a Google Sheet for more information.

    content manager software - apps tab

  6. Accept the default ID value of 0.

    Note: If you have multiple sheets on your spreadsheet, each assigned to a different sign, you’ll need to overwrite the 0 value in the ID field with the GID for the applicable tab of your Google Sheet. The GID is the last number shown in the URL for the applicable tab of your Google Sheet.

  7. Select Custom in the Slides field.
  8. Click Preview and verify the desired layout/content displays.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Deploy the Sign.

    Note: If the App is ever updated by the Digital Signage Team, you will receive a notification upon your next deployment.

Last Updated: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017