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How do I create a sequence of signs?

How do I create a sequence of signs?

Background


Sequences are a convenient way of assembling signs into a running order that is played in a loop.

For a given location, it’s often the case that parts of the signage can stay the same for a long time (e.g. generic / brand messaging) while other parts need to change more regularly (e.g. special offers, specific campaigns).  Sequences allow you to easily move signs in or out without having to edit signs or animations.

Creating a Sequence in Director


It is assumed that you have at least two signs in your account:

  1. Log into SignStix Director.
  2. Navigate to Content > All Sequences.
  3. Click the plus (+) button near the top and choose 'New Sequence'.
  4. Enter a name for your new sequence e.g. ‘MainSequence’.
  5. Add signs to your sequence as follows:
    1. Click the plus (+) button in the 'Sequence entries' section to add signs to the sequence.
    2. Each time you click a sign, it will be added to the end of the sequence.
    3. Click 'Close' when you have finished adding signs to the sequence.
  6. Back in the sequence panel, you can adjust your sequence as required:
    1. Re-order the sequence by dragging signs into the desired position.
    2. Set how the sign should 'Repeat' - see the section below for details.
    3. Click the minus (-) button to remove an entry from the schedule.
  7. Click the 'Add Sequence' button near the bottom to complete the operation.

Looping Signs


By default, when a sequence is deployed to a device/screen, each sign is played once before moving onto the next sign.  However, you can alter the degree of looping for each sign.  For example, you might want the first sign to play once, and the second sign to play five times.

To make these adjustments, use the ‘Repeat’ menus within the sequence panel:

  • ‘Don’t Loop’ means play that sign once.
  • ’2x’ means play it twice.
  • ’3x’ means play it three times.
  • ‘Wait for Video’ means wait until the video playlist has completed before moving on to the next sign.  Use this if the sign contains a video box.  By default, the video box will play whichever playlist is currently assigned to the relevant device.  However, you can choose to play a specific playlist by clicking the ’Playlist' drop-down menu for that sequence entry.  This allows you to play different videos at different points in the sequence.
  • ‘Indefinitely’ means play it forever.
  • ‘Loop Until Touched’ is available for non-interactive signs. It means that the sign should loop indefinitely until such point as a user touches the sign (in a touchscreen scenario).

 
The ‘Loop Until Touched’ option can be a convenient way of building an ‘attractor’ into an interactive experience. For example, you could deploy a sequence with two signs:

A. A non-interactive attractor sign that invites people to come over and touch the screen.
B. The interactive sign that you want people to engage with.

You would set the Repeat option for sign A to be ‘Loop Until Touched’. Then as soon as someone touches the screen, it will start showing sign B in response. This can be made even more effective by adding a timeout-event to sign B which (after a period of inactivity) will cause that sign to complete. Sign A would then be displayed again, inviting more customers to come over. 


Tutorial video coming soon!