Last updated on April 22, 2017

Introduction to widgets

Widgets are little applets that are added in Signs to represent dynamic data and visual presentation of live data sources such as weather information, news tickers, and event calendars for real-time updates.

The Appspace Widget Library contains a standard set of widgets such as Clock, Event Calendar, Media Zone, and RSS Ticker, as well as customized widgets in categories such as Background Themes, Banners, Slide Shows, Content Holders, Clocks, Tickers, and Weather. You can add single or multiple widgets to each layout, in both passive and interactive Advanced signs.


Standard Widgets

The below are the Standard Widgets currently available in Appspace:

  • Clock

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    Display single or multiple clocks with the current date and time, and a wide range of formatting options for different time zones, using the Clock widget.


  • Event Calendar

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    Display scheduled information by hour, day, week, or month with recurrence options using the Event Calendar widget. External information can also be imported from third-party services such as Microsoft Exchange and Google Calendar.


  • Flash Container

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    Embed Flash SWF files with extended scripting abilities with the Flash Container widget. Create custom functions by passing variables between the Flash Container and the sign for custom interaction and data communication.


  • HTML5 Text Ticker

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    Create smooth scrolling or fading text ticker animations with the HTML5 Text Ticker widget optimized for HTML5 accelerated devices.


  • Media Container

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    Create and manage multi-level menus containing media content and data for interactive signs with the Media Container widget. Link menu items to custom layouts and functions, or sync with external data sources for automated updates.


  • Media Zone

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    Use the Media Zone widget to build the visual foundation of any sign with media content. From backgrounds and interface elements to video playlists, the Media Zone widget is highly customizable and can be layered to form rich media interfaces.


  • Plain Text

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    Display static or dynamic text with a wide variety of formatting options including font styles, color, position, and rotation, with the Plain Text widget. The widget also supports scrolling text tickers.


  • Remote Control

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    Create interactive signs that are controlled by the Cisco DMP remote control. The remote control widget turns any sign into an intuitive interactive TV experience.


  • RSS Ticker

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    Create scrolling or fading tickers for RSS feeds with the RSS Ticker widget. Formatting options such as ticker direction and spacing can be customized.


  • RSS Viewer

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    Display live information from public or custom RSS feeds with the RSS Viewer widget. The widget has extensive formatting options, and all RSS components such as headlines, media, and body content can be displayed in various layouts.


  • Table Listing

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    Create table listings to display any type of tabular information such as event timetables, currency exchange rates, or stock indices, and bind to external data sources for automated updates.


  • Text Ticker

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    Create scrolling or fading plain text tickers, while customizing the ticker direction and spacing, with the Ticker widget.


Note

For more information on how to use these widgets, please refer to articles in the Configuring Standard Widgets section.


Widget and Player Support

Please refer to the Widget Support section in the Media player support capability comparison article.


Widget Properties

When editing a widget, the tabs and property sections that are displayed in the Widget Properties window vary depending on the type of widget being edited. However, the APPEARANCE tab and the COMMON section are displayed for every widget type. Other sections below or above this section may vary based on the widget type.

The following table describes the tabs that may be available in the Widget Properties window:

Tabs Description
APPEARANCE Describes the common and widget specific properties that affect its appearance.
CONTENT If the widget displays content, the CONTENT tab allows users to manage the content.
ACTIONS Allows users to create basic and advanced scripting actions.
PROPERTIES Allows users to perform advanced editing to Key-Value pairs within the widget.
PERMISSIONS Allows Administrators to set per user access permissions for the widget.
DATA PROVIDER Allows database information to be sent via a provider (e.g. MySQL Server) into the widget target sheet.