New features in the Online Monitors AnyWhere cloud-based CMS – Happy new 2022
First of all, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy successful, and healthy 2022!
We would like to take the opportunity and introduce to you some new features and capabilities that were recently introduced with our cloud-based CMS, the Online Monitors AnyWhere.
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Online Monitors AnyWhere content has always been triggered by time: the time when a playlist or page is set to start playing and the playback duration of a page or a video on a page.
We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve added an exciting new feature: you can now define your own events, which can be triggered from another device with an HTTP request! When this happens, the corresponding playback device will start to play the content associated with that event.
This opens up all kinds of new and creative ways to dynamically adapt the content shown to current actions and/or circumstances.
You can have a physical device, like a button or motion sensor, set off the playback of specific content. Or you can hook up a service like IFTTT to take input from a plethora of sensors or triggers from external systems and use that to trigger an Online Monitors AnyWhere event to start playing content relevant to that input.
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This is how it works
On the Settings > Events page, you can create events you like your content to respond to. For instance red-button-press. Below the event list, you see the exact HTTP request that needs to be sent to Online Monitors AnyWhere to trigger such an event. This contains the name of the event, the authentication token and the identifier (“code”) of the specific registered playback device this specific trigger applies to.
On your dashboard, drag the playlist that you like to start when the event is triggered into the relevant channel. Instead of setting its playback mode to continuously or incidentall
Lastly, set up the external device or service to send the required HTTP request when it should, in which case the associated playback device will start playing the configured playlist virtually immediately.
We hope this provides new and interesting ways for you to present your content. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
The Price list app
Creating a price list has always been possible in Online Monitors AnyWhere, for instance by using a table in a text box. But to be honest, that was always quite cumbersome.
So we went back to the drawing board to design a super-easy way to create a repeating list of items and prices. And now we’re proud to announce the end result: the Price list app!
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Ken Burns effect
Bring a bit more life into your photos by applying the Ken Burns animation while a photo is being shown. This effect slowly zooms into a specific portion of your photo. You can even configure what direction it needs to zoom in.
You can also use this effect in the Slideshow app, but then it will always zoom in to the center of the image since each image is likely to have a different logical focus point.
Playback device location
We always recommend to first registering your playback device and then configuring what channel you would like it to play. This approach has now become even more appealing since you can now configure in what town the playback device is located!
Then, in location-dependent apps, like the Weather, Time, and Date apps, you can tell them to use the playback device’s location during playback. This way you can -for instance- create one weather page and show that on playback devices in different locations, where each of them will then show the local weather forecast.