This article provides illustrations on navigating the Appspace App in both device mode (channel browsing) and user mode.

For each feature described, we also provide information on how to invoke the screens, device menus, app menus, virtual keyboard, search, and settings, via a remote control and on touch screen displays.

Appspace App in Device Mode

The below illustrates the default display of the Appspace App in device mode, on a TV.

The device mode is used by devices on purpose-built platforms such as Chromebox, BrightSign, and such, that have been registered as devices. Once registered, channels must be published to the device, channel browsing turned on, and viewed on a TV.

You must use a remote control, touch screen, or an attached mouse or a keyboard in order for you to use the menu-driven interface.

Sidebar menu
  • The Sidebar menu can be easily accessed by tapping or clicking the Sidebar panel. To close, tap or click the Sidebar panel or anywhere on the screen.
  • The Sidebar contains the Search function and following shortcuts: Home, Recently Added, All Channels, Live Streams (if available), and a list of all Channel Groups (if available).
Touch screen navigation
  • You may swipe up or down to scroll vertically through the channels in the Home, Recently Added, and All Channels screens.
  • You may swipe left or right to scroll horizontally through the channels listed in the channel group.
  • Tapping any input field invokes the on-screen keyboard. However, if a physical keyboard is plugged-in to the device, the on-screen keyboard does not display.
Search function
  • Tap or click the Search icon, and enter in a keyword, based on title, description, or tag to perform a search.
  • Utilizing predictive search, results are displayed as soon as characters or numbers of the keyword are entered in the search field.
Shortcuts
  • Tapping or clicking any of the shortcuts found on the Sidebar, takes the user to the specific screen.
  • The Home shortcut returns the user back to the main Appspace App screen.
  • The Recently Added shortcut displays a composite of all recently added channels and channel groups that is published to the device in chronological order.
  • The All Channels shortcut displays a composite of all channels, regardless of channel group, that is published to the device in alphabetical order.


  • The Live Streams shortcut displays all live streams that is published to the device.
  • The a list channel groups shortcuts displays all channels within that specific channel group that is published to the device.
  • If only a single channel group is published, to the device, the displayed channel tiles cascade down the entire height of the screen, and is not restricted to a single row.

Selecting and playing channels
  • Tap or click a Channel to start playing its contents, which will be displayed in full screen.
  • Once the Channel is playing, touching or clicking anywhere on the screen, or selecting OK / UP on a remote, brings up the Information or EPG data overlay.
  • For content such as images, video, or cards, the Information overlay displays the content Title, Article (if available), Scrub bar (for video content), and the previous and next content thumbnails in that channel.
  • For Live Channels, the EPG data overlay displays the live stream name, current program playing, program time and duration, and also any upcoming programs in that stream. If EPG data is not available, only the live stream name is displayed, while the other information is left unavailable.
  • For content tagged with “Productivity“, there will be a persistant black bar on the bottom of the screen, which allows user to bring up the menu.


Device Menu
  • The Device Menu provides access to Restart, Resync, Reset Content, Unregister, Log View, Device Info, and also displays the Appspace App version, IP address, and device type.
  • To access the Device Menu on touch screen displays, tap each corner of the screen once from clockwise, beginning at the top right corner, and finally tap the top right corner three times. To close and return back to the Home screen, tap the Sidebar panel.


    Tap Sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 1, 1

  • To access the Device Menu with a physical keyboard, press the ‘Ctrl + Alt + M‘ keys simultaneously. To close and return back to the Home screen, press the ‘Backspace‘ key.

Appspace App in User mode

The below illustrates the default display of Appspace App in user mode, on devices such as smartphones, and tablets.

Menu
  • The Menu can be easily accessed by tapping the burger icon, or by swiping left on the screen. To close, tap anywhere outside the menu, or swipe left.
  • The Menu displays your username, and avatar ( if uploaded on the Appspace console ), and also contains the Settings, and the following shortcuts: Recent Updates, list of Channel Groups (if available), and All Channels.
Touch Screen Navigation
  • You may swipe up or down to scroll vertically through the channels in the Home, Recently Added, and All Channels screens.
  • You may swipe left or right to scroll horizontally through the channels listed in the channel group.
  • Tapping any input field invokes the on-screen keyboard. However if a physical keyboard is connected to the device, the on-screen keyboard does not display.
Search
  • Tap the Search icon, and enter in the keyword based on title, description, or tag to perform a search.
  • Utilizing predictive search, results are displayed as soon as characters or numbers of the keyword are entered in the search field. The results will display closest 5 channels and 25 content items that match the keyword.
Shortcuts
  • The Recent Updates shortcut, is also the first screen the user is presented with once logged in. This screen displays the latest 25 recently added content published to you.
  • The list of channel groups shortcuts, displays all the channels within the group horizontally, while displays the latest 25 recently added content in the channel group published to you.
  • The All Channels shortcut, displays all channels that are published to you in alphabetical order.

Settings
  • The Settings page provides the following options:
    • Version – Displays the Appspace App version, build, and Git revision.
    • Reset Cache and Restart – Clears the Appspace App cache, and restarts the app on the device.
    • Switch to TV mode – Switches the app from User mode to Device mode. However, this option is only available to users with Network Administrator or higher roles.
    • Log Out – Logs the Appspace App user out.

  • To exit the Settings page, tap the ‘Back‘ button on the device.
Selecting and playing channels or content
A chronological illustration of content selection
  • Select and tap a Channel Group from the menu, to display all channels within the group. Channels would be displayed horizontally, while the latest 25 content items within the channel group is displayed vertically.
  • Select and tap a Channel, to display all content items in the channel. Each content items is displayed vertically, with a thumbnail, title, and a brief description.
  • Select and tap the content item to view. Navigate between all content items in the channel by swiping left or right.
  • To return to the previous screen, tap the ‘Back‘ button or the top bar.

Appspace App in Web mode

The below illustrates the default display of the Appspace App in user mode, viewed on a browser via one of the below URLs:

  • Cloud: https://play.appspace.com
  • On-premises: http://{appspace-server-domain}/play or https://{appspace-server-domain}/play
Search
  • Click the Search icon, and enter in the keyword based on title, description, or tag to perform a search.
  • Utilizing predictive search, results are displayed as soon as characters or numbers of the keyword are entered in the search field.
User button
  • Click the User icon to view the current User logged in, Change Theme in, or Sign Out.
  • Themes can be switched between light and dark options.
Selecting and playing channels
  • Click a Channel to play its contents, which will be displayed as a preview screen on the left, while the right contains the title, and article of the content. Content items will automatically be played, and would move on to the next content once playback is complete.
  • The bottom part of the page displays the other content items within the channel.
  • To return to the Home screen, click the Home breadcrumb link.
Sharing content

To share content with another user:

  1. Click the Share icon in the content preview screen, and copy the Share URL link.



  2. Paste the Share URL link to an email or messaging service to share it with another Appspace user.

To view the content shared with you:

  1. Click the Share URL link, or copy and paste it into a web browser.
  2. You may need to log in with your Appspace credentials to view the content.

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