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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

  1. Log into SignStix Director and have at least two signs in your account:
  2. Click ‘Signs’ in the menu at the top left.
  3. Click the ‘Sequence’ button in the main panel.
  4. Click the ‘Add’ button (which looks like a target with a green plus symbol).
  5. Enter a name for your new sequence e.g. ‘MainSequence’.
  6. You now have an empty sequence, which you can populate by clicking on the signs in the bottom panel.


Note that when you add a sign to the sequence, it is added to the beginning of the sequence.  You can change the order of your sequence by dragging the title of a sign to the desired position.  To remove a sign from the sequence, click the red ‘minus’ symbol at the top right of a sign.

You do not need to ‘save’ a sequence as any changes you make are saved automatically.

Looping Signs

When you deploy a sequence, each sign in a sequence 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 ‘Loop’ menus within the sequence page:

  • ‘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 deployed to the relevant zone.  However, you can choose to play a specific playlist by clicking the video hyperlink above ‘Wait for Video’.  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 Loop 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.



Get to grips with creating a sequence with our new Video Tutorial.