Training in touch

This morning, first day of my staycation, I joined a colleague in one of the schools I support after hours in a three hour training session to learn how we use BrightAuthor. Both Jenni and I will be supporting a range of touch screens that have gone into a new building on campus, though we are still somewhat in the dark what we are going to do with them.

The XT1144 units are capable of doing a fair bit, sadly we are only doing local networking and not subscribed to the cloud service they also offer. This service would be good as I foresee issues with two schools scheduling to the four screens and the ability to overwrite one another’s schedules with a click of the publish button.

Whilst BrightAuthor seems capable it also seems lacking at the same time, I’ll explain. If your display screen is landscape all is hunky dory, is portrait, no preview for you. I’m not sure what the issue is given windows and Mac both include graphics libraries very capable of rotation quickly, especially using gpu resources. The only options provided for us, our screens are portrait, is to publish or to pre-rotate the content before importing into BrightAuthor.

I was disappointed to learn I couldn’t use BrightAuthor: connected on the Mac as this software is actually different to BrightAuthor. As a Mac user at home it limits me as I will have to install BrightAuthor in in my windows 10 instance run under parallels, hopefully I’ve enough free space; in quickly running out of space on my Mac, may need to move parallels to an external drive.

On a positive note, my many years experience in web will come in useful as this we were told was the easiest method for developing touch based content. The other method involving adding interactive content and then creating touch zones was easy to do but time consuming. Only negative with the web is if you want to use keyboard input, you need to program it to accept input, this would need testing on site to ensure it works. Will be interesting to see if the school will want anything like this.

An interesting new path to explore.

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