quite a few people have been asking how to increase the resolution or size of the layout designer in xibo, which has a default size of 800×450 (16:9 resolution. media is scaled to the correct res on your display).
the accepted way of changing the designer resolution is to go to Management > Resolutions from within the xibo web interface and edit the resolution that you want. when i tried this, for some reason, it did not work for me. an alternate way of changing the resolution is to edit the database which i will show you how to do below. i assume in this howto that you already have phpmyadmin installed and working.
one thing to note is that this method will only work for new layouts that you create, all pre-existing layouts will use the old 800×450 editor size. you can manually change the size on each of the old layouts, but if you do, then you’ll have to redo the position and size of your content again. i will not go over that part at this time, but can later if people show enough interest.
Tagged: designer, layout, Xibo
some people over at the xibo launchpad page have been asking how to use different media types, or audio/video/image extensions, with their digital signage setup. since this is a pretty easy task, i thought i’d give everyone a quick howto.
caveat: before i go into details, i should mention that you’ll need to test the default programs that xibo uses to show the files types that you are adding. for instance; if you are adding the ability to upload mp4 files using the windows client, you should first attempt to play the file with windows media player to ensure that you have the proper codecs installed and everything is working correctly. the same goes for ubuntu and the python client.
there are basically 2 ways to do this; through mysql’s command line interface or by using a tool like phpmyadmin. for simplicity, i’ll be showing you how to do this in phpmyadmin. (learn how to install it here)
Tagged: media types, Xibo
if you’re are using phpmyadmin on a publicly accessible server, then you might want to change the way you access it to keep unwanted hackers away.
for this howto, i am using a ubuntu based server with cli only and i assume that you know what you’re doing. if you dont already have phpmyadmin installed, simple enter sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin into your terminal.
the first step is to use nano or your favorite cli text editor and edit /etc/phpmyadmin/apache.conf