Cards: Display Announcements & Messages

The Announcement card allows businesses to publish company announcements, employee recognition, or motivational quotes while incorporating the business branding and design quickly and effortlessly to the modern workplace.

Announcement cards is perfect not only for employees, but also for customer engagements at the workplace as it can be easily and quickly displayed on existing displays around the office, meeting rooms, and even the pantry.

The Announcement card is an Appspace supported card, which is officially created and periodically updated by Appspace with new templates and features.

Important
Please refer to our Introduction to Cards guide for an in-depth introduction to the types of cards that are ideal for your signage solutions.

Visit our Appspace Card Gallery to find the perfect card to deliver your message.

Apart from the basic card customizations, the following customizations, features, and functionality are available for the Announcement card:

  • A special tracking effect which is a combination of pan and zoom effects applied to images for motion.
  • Support for playout duration and transitions for images.
  • Formatting options such as aspect ratio, borders, and margin.
  • Text and feature media elements are animated into the layout during every channel transition.
  • New layout control and layout formatting options.
  • Ability to position and resize custom logo.
  • Playlist capabilities with multiple images and video.

This article provides instructions to configure and create an Announcement card, a simple, but augmented card customizable with animations, ideal for corporate messaging, signage, and wallpapers.

What’s in this article:

Prerequisite

Recommendations

BrightSign devices

  • It is recommended that video be added only in the feature media component and not in the background.
  • We also recommend adding only one (1) video in each card, as BrightSign only supports one video layer at a time.
  • When video is added to the feature media, border formatting will not be applied.
  • When using BrightSign LS devices, ensure all transitions are disabled when displaying images and videos in full screen.
  • When using BrightSign HD devices, ensure all transitions are disabled.
  • The cropping/formatting feature for video content is not supported on BrightSign devices due to how BrightSign handles the video layer.
  • Images and videos must be formatted in such a way that the aspect ratios all match so that they can be displayed consistently without needing to crop/reformat. Otherwise, it is recommended to run only images, or only videos that can fit without any additional formatting in the card itself.

LG devices

  • It is recommended that animations be turned off as LG devices have performance issues with transitions.

Create and Configure Announcement Card

The instructions below allow you to create annoucements.

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. To create this card, select one of the following options:

    • Click +QUICK ACTION from the Appspace menu bar on the top right, and select Create Content.
    • Click Library from the ☰ Appspace menu, and select a library or folder you wish to create the content in. Click +CREATE, and select Content.
    • To create and add the card directly to an existing channel, refer to Add Content to Playlist Channels.
  3. Select Messaging from the All Templates drop-down menu, and click Annoucement.

    Important
    If you are unable to locate the content, try using either the Search bar, the Order by, or Filter icon to narrow down the content that you are looking for.
  4. In the Edit tab:

    • Enter the Title of the content as this will also act as the filename for the content. This is a mandatory field.
    • Select the Layout of the chart.
      • Text Only
      • Horizontal Split Text and Media
      • Vertical Split Text and Media
      • Text and Media
        Note
        You may adjust the width of your layout sections by dragging the lines.
    • Enter the Headline, and Summary text fields with the preferred messaging text. Use the Text Editor to customize the text font and style.
      The Headline and Summary text can be customized to the following positions:
      • Top
      • Middle
      • Bottom
      • 50-50 Middle
    • Add a Feature media. Drag-and-drop files directly, select from the Library, or upload content.
      The Feature media can be customized with the following options:

      • Aspect Ratio – None, Fill (default), Fit, or Stretch.
      • Shape – Rectangle (default), Rounded, or Circle.
      • Margin – Size of the image margin in relation to the card layout.
      • Position – Position of the image in relation to the card layout.
      • Duration – Image displayed duration (3 (default), 6, 8, 12, 24 seconds)
      • Image Transition – None, Fade (default), Tracking, Slide bottom, Slide left, Slide top, Slide right
      • Width – Width adjustment between the text and image sections in the card layout.
        Note
        • You can add multiple images or video. Images take the default duration, while videos take the native duration.
        • The Duration and Image Transition options are only available when multiple images are added to the Feature media.
    • Customize the Background color or image.
    • Upload a Logo.
    • In the Configuration section: click the arrow to expand.
      • Select the Text transition for the card:
        • None
        • Typewriter
      • Select the Layout transition for the card:
        • None
        • Auto
  5. In the Article tab:
    • Include an Article or Caption to accompany the content item when being displayed on mobile apps, tablets, and other social collaboration apps.
    • Enter a Referral Link to link more information to the content.
  6. In the Schedule tab:
  7. In the Settings tab:
    • The Name field will be auto-populated to match the Title of the content which will also act as the filename for the content. This is a mandatory field.
    • Enter any relevant Tags for the content. (Optional)
    • Select a folder for the content in the Library Location drop-down menu to change the default folder location.
    • Select an expiry date for the content from the Auto Delete Content from Library drop-down menu. (Optional)
    • Upload an image to be used as the Thumbnail for the content.
  8. Once done, click SAVE.

Edit Announcement Card

The instructions below show you how to edit an Announcement card.

  1. Log in to the Appspace console.
  2. Click Library from the ☰ Appspace menu, and select a library or folder containing the content you wish to edit.
  3. Select and click the Announcement card to edit, and select the desired tab to edit or view.
    • In the Edit, Article, and Settings tabs:
    • In the Preview tab:
      • Preview how the content is displayed on your device.
    • In the Channels tab:
    • In the Analytics tab:
      • View the individual content analytics in this tab. For more information, please refer to the Individual Content Analytics section of the Analytics article.
  4. Once done, click SAVE.
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