Tightrope Releases Updated Version of Carousel Digital Signage System
Tightrope Media Systems has released an updated version of its Carousel Digital Signage System – Carousel 6.0. The updated version includes several new features improve the Template Editor, the utility of Alert Bulletins, and the functionality of the Remote Data Adapter.
The Template Editor in Carousel 6.0 has been completely rewritten to increase its utility. Editing of the template is now a drag-and-drop process; text blocks are simply dragged into position, into shape, and into size. Blocks can be easily duplicated, rotated, ordered, and also positioned within the template using the new “snap-to” guides which allow the user to align the blocks relative to one another. Tightrope has also added basic HTML formatting for text blocks, block shadow, block gradient, and block reflection, enabling users to quickly create bulletins.
“The template editor in Carousel is now simply fantastic and up to the same standards we have set for all of our software”, says Steve Israelsky, CMO of Tightrope. “The existing tools are much easier to use and we have added a tremendous amount of functionality. Our creative department absolutely loves it, and I am sure our customers will as well”.
In addition, Carousel 6.0 has the ability to preview the content on “full screen” during the creation process, allowing the user to see exactly how the bulletin will look before it is published. Tightrope also added the ability to automatically create backgrounds. A user can import a background from a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop, onto a multi-zone channel layout, and Carousel will automatically break up the image in accordance with the pre-established zones.
Carousel’s Remote Data Adapter (RDA) enables bulletins to be called and/or generated by XML data strings. In Carousel 6.0, player status can be polled with the RDA, bulletins can now be selected via pre-defined tags, and bulletins can also be assigned to multiple zones by name or tag. The triggering of alert bulletins has been reduced to milliseconds, and any bulletin can be moved or copied into the full screen alert zone.