Appspace Channels is your primary content delivery medium when publishing content to a desired audience. Appspace 8.1 introduces a completely redesigned user interface with streamlined workflows, new operative functions, and boasts significant improvements to the performance and overall user experience.

This article provides you with an introduction to all the new features available, and instructions on navigating the new Channels module.

New & Improved Features

Redesigned User Interface

The Channels dashboard is now considerably faster, highly responsive, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.

Updated Channel Creation Workflows

We have not only improved existing workflows, but also added new functionality in Channels, such as:

  • The channel creation workflow has been streamlined for all channel types. The creation process will follow the same workflow and UI, whether you create it from Channels or via the + Quick Actions menu.
  • Create any type of channel easily – all in one place. Just click the + Create dropdown button to create Playlist Channel, Advanced Channel, Live Channel, Channel Group, and even to Import channels.
  • A bird’s eye view of All Channels, Playlist Channels, Advanced Channels, Live Channels, Channel Groups, and also Published Channels from the sidebar.
  • The side bar also has a Settings option that allows you to upload and preview your own Device App Templates.
  • Ability to sort and filter channels based on the following:
    • Channel Group – Display channels that are assigned to a channel group, or not assigned to a channel group.
    • Published To – Display channels that are published, not published, or published to users or devices. 

Improved Functionality

User interactivity improvements include new click operations and improved Search and Filter functionality:

  • Clicking the channel ellipsis allows users to perform the actions such as Copy, Edit, Delete, and Export.
  • Ability to select multiple channels to perform the following batch operations, such as Copy, Edit, Delete, and Export.
  • Improved search functionality, where corresponding results appear in the search field as soon as you type a keyword.
  •  Multiple filtering options throughout the dashboard, allowing you to filter by:
    • Name (ascending and descending order), or Duration (recent or oldest).
    • Location using the locations drop-down menu on the sidebar. 
    • All Channels, Playlist Channels, Advanced Channels, Live Channels, Channel Groups, and Published Groups on the sidebar.
    • Channel Publishing status such as Users, Devices, Me, Published, and Not Published.

Channels Interface & Navigation

Dashboard

  • The Channels dashboard is accessed via the ☰ Appspace menu on the console sidebar. Here, you’ll be able to view, create, and manage channels within the Appspace console. Appspace has three channel types:
  • The dashboard includes the +CREATE button to quickly create a Playlist ChannelAdvanced Channel, Live Channel, and Channel Group, or Import a channel.
  • The channels navigation tree displays all channels created in the Appspace platform, categorized by the following:
    • All Locations – The All Locations drop-down menu displays a list of locations created earlier, allowing to filter channels and channel groups (in the menu below) by geographical location.
    • All Channels – Displays a list of all channel types available in the selected location.
    • Playlist Channels – Displays a list of all playlist channels for the selected location.
    • Advanced Channels – Displays a list of all advanced channels for the selected location.
    • Live Channels – Displays a list of all live channels for the selected location.
    • Groups – Displays a list of all channel groups for the selected location.
    • Published Channels – Displays a list of channels that have been published for the selected location.
    • Settings – Allows you to upload and preview your own custom Device App Templates.

Search & Filters

Search

The Search field is used to search channels or channels groups based on the name. The corresponding results appear in the field as you type a keyword, and when you click on a name in the search result, the channel editor window is automatically displayed. Icons next to each result indicate channel type (including channel group).

If the channel or channel group is not displayed in the search drop-down menu, then click the Enter or Return button on your keyboard, and the search results are listed on the dashboard.

List or Grid View

The List View or Grid View icons on the far right of the dashboard display the channels in a list or grid layout.

  • In List View, you may sort the listed channels by Name, Type, or Last Updated in ascending or descending order, by clicking the corresponding column header.
  • In Grid View, you may sort the listed channels by using the Latest or Name filter options in ascending or descending order.

Filter Icon

Click the Filter icon to display the filter bar. The following two filter tabs are displayed: Channel Group and Published To

  • The Channel Group filter tab has two options: Any or Not in a Channel Group
  • The Published To filter tab has the following filter options:
    • Not Set
    • Users
    • Devices
    • Me
    • Published
    • Not Published

Channels Creation Workflow

The channel creation workflows have been streamlined into a single workflow, ensuring that you’ll always encounter the same UI and workflow, no matter where you start creating a channel from, within the Appspace console.

Channels can be created from the console, using one of the following ways:

  • Channels dashboard – Click the +CREATE button, and select a channel type.
  • Console dashboard – Click the +QUICK ACTION button on the console toolbar, and select Create Channel.

There are three channel types in Appspace:

Playlist Channel

playlist channel is the most commonly used channel type. It is simple to build and manage, and is ideal for displaying interactive messages on digital signage, room scheduling tablets or boards, kiosks, multi-screens, and even as wallpaper on collaboration endpoints. Playlist channels with cards offer a dynamic and robust messaging combination.

Users can build and manage interactive messages for digital signage, room scheduling tablets or boards, kiosks, multi-screens, and even as wallpaper displays on collaboration endpoints. For more instructions to create a playlist channel, refer to the Add a Playlist Channel article.

Once a channel is created, the channel includes the following tabs:

  • Edit – add content to this channel. Sort and rearrange display order for the added content.
  • Preview – preview the content in the channel. Due to browser limitations, not all transitions and media formats will display correctly.
  • Publish – configure publishing details for the channel.
  • Analytics – empty when channel is first created. Data will be populated once the channel is assigned to users or devices and has been published.
  • Settings – configure the channel details, permissions, and approvals.

Live Channel

live channel is ideal for streaming TV channels by simply configuring it to show a live video stream and EPG data, while an advanced channel offers the most flexibility. 

Users can stream TV channels by simply configuring them to show a live video stream and EPG data. Refer to the Add Live Stream Channel article to get instructions to configure live video streams, including broadcast TV, on workplace displays.

Once a channel is created, the channel includes the following tabs:

  • Edit – configure live streams and EPG sources.
  • Publish – configure publishing details for the channel.
  • Settings – configure the channel details, permissions, and approvals.

Advanced Channel

Advanced channels are useful when building complex digital signage solutions, kiosks, and interactive display on industry-standard devices.

Users can build complex digital signage solutions, kiosks, and interactive displays on industry-standard devices. Advanced channels offer features such as scheduled content playback, multi-zone layouts, custom resolutions, and advanced interactive experiences that can be viewed through the Appspace App. For more information on how to create and configure advanced channels, refer to the Add Advanced Channel (Sign) article.

Once a channel is created, the channel includes the following tabs:

  • Overview – provides an overview of updates made to this channel. Also turn on automatic sync.
  • Edit – add content to this channel. Sort and rearrange display order for the added content.
  • Action – actions that’s are triggered an event, created based on event-driven scripting.
  • Preview – preview the content in the channel. Due to browser limitations, not all transitions and media formats will display correctly.
  • Publish – configure publishing details for the channel.
  • Settings – configure the channel details, permissions, and approvals.

Channel Group

Channel group helps you to organize the channels that have been created in playlist channel, live stream channel, or an advanced channel. You may organize these channels into different channel groups as desired.

The channel group includes the following tabs:

  • Edit – add the desired channels to the channel group.
  • Publish – configure publishing details for the channel.
  • Settings – configure the channel details, permissions, and approvals.

Import

You may import a channel or a channel group into an account, and you must have a public code. The public code for a channel is a URL that is automatically generated when a channel is selected for export. Once the public code has been generated, you can use it in the cloud to import the channel into the desired account. The public code for exporting and importing can be made one time use, active for 7 days, active for 30 days, or never expires.

Input a channel or channel group name and select the location, and a Library to save the channel to.

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