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Getting Started

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The video in the section shows the basic process to set up a simple display using a Roku device.

All that you need to set up a display is your Quickesign account, a Roku stick, and a TV. (or a Roku TV). Quickesign also runs on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and in a browser, such as on a PC.

Library/Files

When you upload content to a layout, the files will be stored in your library. Images and videos will be stored in separate folders by default. You may also further organized your library with custom folders.

Quickesign also provides a library of other images and backgrounds.

File formats allowed:

Videos: must be mp4 files. You may also add Youtube widgets on Fire TV (not supported with Roku)
Images: Png or jpg
PDF: converted to png files when uploaded
PowerPoint: convert to png slides when uploaded
Google Docs, Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, RSS Feeds, Instagram feeds, Facebook, Twitter, Live Weather, Snapshot image of a Webpage: this is all content that may be added with Widgets.

Roku Setup

Add the free Roku Channel to your Roku Device. You can then link it to your Quickesign.net account.

 

 

Screen Saver - in your Roku settings, set the screen saver to be Quickesign with a 1 minute start time. This will allow Quickesign to start when you power on the device.

 

 

Hearing a click?: If you hear a periodic click, this is the simulation of a button click to prevent your display from going to a screensaver. You can remove the click sound in the Roku settings. Go to Settings -> Audio - > Menu Volume. Set this to Off.

Model - not all models are equal. After you link, you can see model details on the screens page. If your model only displays 1280x720, you will want to use the resize tool to keep images that size or smaller. I recommend the plus editions instead of the express models. (such as the Roku Stick+ , which is a better and only slightly more expensive version thatn the Roku Express.)

 

Layouts

Here is a quick video with some example displays. There are four basic styles:

  • Simple Horizontal - Full-screen slideshow with videos, images, and widgets with a standard TV position
  • Zoned Horizontal - Screen organized in "zones" for multiple slideshows, videos, sliding text, widgets, etc.
  • Simple Vertical - vertical TV with full screen slides. Great for menus.
  • Zoned Vertical - vertical TV with layout organized with multiple slideshows and text. Most features are available for vertical layouts on the Roku now.

Templates are available if you select a new multizone vertical or horizontal layout.
Tutorial for creating a multizone layout


Scheduling Playlist Changes

Each screen has a playlist, which is 1 or more layouts that loop continuously. On the Screens tab, you will see a Schedule button.
The schedule will change what is on your playlist at the time and day (or every day) that you choose.
An example of how to use this: at 6am, the breakfast layout is assigned to your playlist. Then at 11am, the lunch menu layout is assigned.
The system will detect that your playlist has changed and the display will automatically refresh and begin playing the new layout.

 

Widgets

Weather - Choose from 3 different layouts for weather by zip code. Choose a weather format that has a similar shape to your zone.

Twitter/Facebook - Used to posts from public social sites. All that is needed is your username to add and the number of recent tweets. This will show the image and the caption.

News - Select an RSS feed or enter a custom feed. If you don't find a feed you like or can't get your custom feed to work, please contact support@quickesign.net

Instagram - Link your Instagram account to display recent posts. When you first link your Instagram account, you need to log into your Instagram account on the same computer as you are using to access Quickesign.

External - This is an external link to a file. It must be a direct link to a video or image file (not a Youtube link). Used to link to a file on your own website such as https://www.mysite.com/images/image.png

Snapshot - This allows a public webpage to display as a slide. The page will be updated periodically (hourly). Contact support if you need more frequent updates.

Calendar/Google Doc - Used to add a Google Calendar, Doc or Outlook calendar script which will display as a slide in your slideshow.

Adding a Twitter Script
Adding Twitter embedded code using the Script widget allows you to use Twitter's tool for embedding content. Quickesign also has a Twitter widget with a custom format that you may want to try for a different style. Note, use the twitter widget instead for the easier setup.

  • In a slideshow zone, select the "Script" widget
  • Select the Twitter option
  • Go to https://publish.twitter.com
  • Select the content to embed, such as a hashtag like @quickesign
  • Select Embedded Timeline
  • Click copy code
  • Return to Quickesign and paste your code in the Script box
  • Optionally, enter a Width and Height. By default this will be the size of the zone.
  • Click Add Script which will add a slide to your slideshow. Give the system a couple minutes to generate the initial image
Adding a Google Calendar
  • In a slideshow zone, select the "Script" widget
  • Select the Google Calendar option
  • On a computer, open Google Calendar You can only get the code to embed in your website from a computer, not the Google Calendar app.
  • In the top right, click Settings->Settings
  • On the left side of the screen, click the name of the calendar you want to embed.
  • Make sure this calendar is public
  • In the "Integrate calendar" section, copy the iframe code displayed.
  • Under the embed code, click Customize. There a many options you may want to customize such as changing the view to weekly or agenda.
  • Choose your options, then copy the HTML code displayed.
  • Return to Quickesign and paste your code in the Script box
  • Optionally, enter a Width and Height. By default this will be the size of the zone.
  • Click Add Script which will add a slide to your slideshow. Give the system a couple minutes to generate the initial image
Adding an Outlook Calendar
  • In a slideshow zone, select the "Script" widget
  • Select the Outlook option
  • open your outlook.com calendar
  • Go to settings
  • Search for Publish a calendar
  • Select a calendar, Can view all details, then Publish
  • copy the html
  • Return to Quickesign and paste your code in the Script box
  • Optionally, enter a Width and Height. By default this will be the size of the zone.
  • Click Add Script which will add a slide to your slideshow. Give the system a couple minutes to generate the initial image
Adding a Google Document
  • In a slideshow zone, select the "Script" widget
  • Select the Google Document option
  • In Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, open a file.
  • Click the Share Button on the top right and change the setting to "Public on the web - Anyone on the Internet can find and view"
  • Click Done
  • Click File, Publish to the web.
  • Choose a publishing option: Spreadsheet: Publish the entire spreadsheet or individual sheets.
  • Click Publish.
  • Copy the Embed code
  • Return to Quickesign and paste your code in the Script box
  • Optionally, enter a Width and Height. By default this will be the size of the zone.
  • Click Add Script which will add a slide to your slideshow. Give the system a couple minutes to generate the initial image
More info from Google's help
Adding an Icloud Calendar
You can't directly add Icloud calendars to Quickesign. You can add them to a Gmail account then add the Google Calendar script. Please see this tutorial:
Linking Apple Icloud Calendar to Google

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