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EZ-Stream Database Integration Software now has full support for connecting to Windows Server 2012

Written on June 19, 2014 at 2:44 pm, by

EZ-Sstream Now supports Windows Server2012

 

Great news for you database administrators out there. The EZ-Stream Database Integration Software now has full support for connecting databases hosted on Microsoft Windows Server 2012.

 

Expand your digital signage content today with an EZ-Stream software package that has design, integration, and automation all in one application.

 

Use it to display:

 

  • Conference schedules
  • Meeting room times
  • Building directories
  • Price updates
  • Tee Times
  • Manufacturing Statistics/Call Center Statistics
  • Restaurant Menu
  • University Campus Events
  • Much more…

Note: Windows Server 2012 installs .Net Framework 4.0 by default. Users will need to install the .Net Framework components versions of 2.0.and 3.5 for proper functionality.

 

Contact us today to see if we have a Digital Signage solution that’s right for your business.

 

If you have any questions about or products and services or would simply like to talk with us, give us a call at or send us an email to sales@magicboxinc.com

ClearOne Pushes Multimedia Streaming to the Limit at InfoComm 2014 the Ultimate 4:4:4, True-Color Digital Multimedia Streaming Solution

Written on June 16, 2014 at 11:30 am, by


 

Contact

Brent Johnson
Sr. Corporate Marketing Manager
801-303-3577
brent.johnson@clearone.com
 

The ultimate in 4:4:4, true-color digital multimedia streaming, control, and virtually unlimited scalability will be on display at ClearOne booth #N1827

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — June 16, 2014

 
Visitors to the ClearOne (NASDAQ: CLRO) booth #N1827 at InfoComm 2014 will see VIEW® Pro in action, providing unsurpassed high-profile, 4:4:4 multimedia streaming with lossless compression. Content can be distributed via IP to virtually an unlimited number of displays, and VIEW Pro is compatible with ClearOne’s StreamNet® technology for auto discovery and control of all networked StreamNet products.
 
“We’ve actually eliminated the need for costly hardware matrix switching and the limitations of cabling with VIEW Pro,” said Michael Braithwaite, ClearOne’s Sr. Vice President of the Multimedia Streaming Business. “The technology is pushed to the edge of the network. Using TCP/IP to stream multimedia provides enormous benefits over traditional AV streaming and distribution methods. Users have new levels of flexibility, scalability, and performance with the price that makes it a reality.”
 
ClearOne’s VIEW product line is truly differentiated in the market by providing a complete AV distribution solution that can scale to any project size, from light commercial to stadium. VIEW AV encoders, decoders, amplifiers, and Ethernet switches provide complete flexibility and scalability of networked audio and video, perfect for corporate communications, hospitality and entertainment, education, telemedicine, houses of worship, digital signage and more.
 
The included VIEW Virtual Matrix Software displays a simple snapshot of the entire system on a single screen, as well as providing simple source & destination selection and control options in Windows, Android & iOS for StreamNet encoders & decoders. Users have control access from any number of input devices, including wall touch-screens, desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices.
 

About ClearOne

 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability. More information about the company can be found at www.clearone.com.
 

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Please find the printable release in our Investor Relations area at http://investors.clearone.com.
 
 

ClearOne MagicBox’s WebSuite Platform Uses Amazon Web Services for It’s Cloud Hosting

Written on April 3, 2014 at 4:43 pm, by

With the introduction of our new cloud based WebSuite Digital Signage Platform, customers have been curious as to which hosting service we use for our application and why. This post will help discuss who we partnered with and why we think it’s a great solution.

 

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At ClearOne, we decided to utilize Amazon Web Services as our cloud-based MagicBox software application hosting provider for three key reasons.

 

  1. Reliability
  2. Security
  3. Scalability

 

Our customers need to have a service that’s always available for their digital signage messaging needs so they can update their content whenever and wherever then need to. AWS provides that consistent up-time that’s so crucial for cloud hosted software.

 

AWS also provides world-class, highly secure data centers utilize state-of-the art electronic surveillance and multi-factor access control systems as part of their secure architecture giving ClearOne and our customers confidence that everyone’s data is safe and secure.

 

Lastly we chose Amazon Web Services for it’s ability for us to internally scale our applications to meet our customer’s bandwidth demands as their signage networks grow making for a seamless transition for all businesses to expand their player deployments and and increased data needs.

 

The importance of cloud computing and level of dependability of the software platforms are truly measured by the foundation on which they are hosted. With AWS we feel that we and our customs wont need to worry  over data capacity challenges and unreliable connectivity issues which to us is peace of mind knowing our customers can count on us for their digital signage needs allowing us to truly focus on delivering the best products possible.

 

For more information on AWS, please visit their website a http://aws.amazon.com/

 

For more information on the WebSuite Digital Signage Platform, give us a call at (801)703-3496(801)703-3496 or send us an email to us at tom.searcy@clearone.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Forecast Weather Via RSS For WebSuite

Written on November 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm, by

 

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The RSS feed feature within WebSuite’s crawl region is great tool to pull current news and other up to date information.

We’ve recently found a website that creates a 3-day weather forecast in RSS feed for your city. I thought I would share that with you so you can jazz up your digital signage content by adding it to one of your crawl regions in your WebSuite project.

Below are the instructions on where to find the feed and how to insert it into your project. I’ll use our Corvallis, OR location as an example.

To begin, go to rssWeather.com

 

 

Step 1. Locate your State.

 

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Step 2. Locate your County.

 

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Step 3. Locate your City.

 

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Step 4. Go to the RSS icon and click the link that says, “Subscribe to the CITY, STATE RSS Weather Feed”.

 

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Step 5. Copy the RSS URL from the browser’s address bar.

 

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Step 6. In WebSuite, go to the Layout tab and choose which overlay region you want the RSS feed to display in. Click New Content, choose RSS Feed as the Type and the past the copied RSS Feed URL from Step 5 into the URL section. Type any Prefix message you like and then choose Titles and Descriptions for the Data set.

 

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Once you’ve gotten this far, you simply need to publish your project over to your Aavelin media player and when the RSS syncs with the refresh page, your Forecast weather will display in the crawl region you chose.

 

That’s it. The forecast weather RSS feed for your location will refresh every time there’s new data from the rssWeather.com’s server. Enjoy!

 

 

Notes:

 

  • rssWeather’s name and logo are trademarks of rssWeather.com
  • rssWeather.com may change the RSS URL feed structure at anytime, so please refer to their customer support for updated RSS feed information if the feed stops working.
  • Current Aavelin desktop Composer users can use this RSS feed using our RSStoCrawl MagicWidget.Contact us for more information if you’re interested.

 

Digital Signage: The Future of Customer Engagement

Written on November 19, 2013 at 10:51 am, by


Recent research suggests that companies are delaying the installation of digital signage for their offices and stores, or are removing their existing installed digital signage solutions based on claims of high introductory costs, and difficulty in creating engaging content for their audiences.
 
Those claims sounds daunting, except they aren’t accurate. Large, full HD monitors have dropped almost 40% in cost over last several years, and are more affordable than ever. These new screens are larger, cheaper and offer a much more engaging presentation than was possible even a few years ago. The WebSuite Digital Signage Platform from MagicBox allows users to layout graphics and information that are easy to create and implement, and even a novice can create a professional looking signage array in very little time.
 
People are becoming more and more accustomed to multimedia exposure throughout the day. From television and media players in cars, to digital menu boards in restaurants, digital signage is becoming more mainstream. Customers expect to be engaged with information and entertainment, and successful businesses are using digital signage technology to capture new customers— especially a younger demographic with a higher disposable income.
 
Some worry that the technology is intimidating, and that digital signage will require too much valuable time with designing and programming content. With the Aavelin and Websuite from MagicBox, you have a scalable, complete, turnkey digital signage & video messaging system for broadcast or hi-definition applications. It’s the digital signage market’s leading system for ease-of-use, allowing you to you use your own Windows PC to create prescheduled or ad-hoc multimedia content for playback on your dedicated Aavelin player. Use Aavelin Composer Software to create, schedule, and manage dynamic digital messages in the background, leaving your PC free for other work. Control a single player or multiple units from a remote location, saving time and money. WebSuite technology provides even further flexibility, allowing you to update all of your signage pieces from the cloud using a web browser, and with Android mobile devices. .
 
WebSuite from MagicBox has a robust and user-friendly interface that allows you to easily create high-definition graphics, text and more for your display. No need to hire a full-time designer; you can easily add eye catching graphics, directed marketing pieces, and special offers to your customers.
 
Sports bars are installing monitors in their restrooms, so customers never miss a game-changing moment. Restaurants are creating digital menu boards in the lobby to allow customers to view the menu and daily specials before even being seated. Department stores can now offer displays with maps to guide customers to specific areas, and also provide them with special discounts and offers that encourage additional sales. Digital signage is the future of customer engagement, and it’s time to stop asking how you can afford it, but instead, ask how you can afford to continue without it.
 
Visit our website at http://www.magicboxinc.com to learn more. You can also call our offices at 541-752-5654 or email us at info@magicbox.com
 

 

New Study: Digital Signage On the Rise

Written on October 25, 2013 at 9:40 am, by

Digital Signage Market Growing

 

Digital signage is on the rise and here to stay.

 

A new study from the global market research and consulting company MarketsandMarkets estimates that the digital signage market will be at 13.2 billion by 2016.

 

Wow! What a great industry to be a part of and we at ClearOne are excited to help drive that market upward with our own innovative digital signage products and services.

 

Digital signage has been a mainstay in our lives and this study confirms that the growth we are seeing will continue to be ever present in sectors like retail, corporate, university and many, many more.

 

To read more about this study, please refer to the article from Digital Signage Today or go straight to the source at MarketsandMarkets here.

 

Contact us today to see if we have a Digital Signage solution that’s right for your business.

 

If you have any questions about or products and services or would simply like to talk with us, give us a call at (541)752-5654 or send us an email to sales@magicboxinc.com

MagicBox Composer – Certificate of Networthiness (CoN) from the U.S. Army

Written on October 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm, by


 
Composer allows users to quickly and easily create and schedule digital signage content. Although Composer is designed for the ClearOne’s Aavelin line of digital signage players, the software is compatible with all players that put out a variety of video signals, including: Composite, S-Video, VGA, and DVI-D. This latest version of Composer also supports MPEG4 and DivX video playback.
 
“This is a great opportunity to continue working with our U.S. Military customers around globe” said Tom Searcy VP of Digital Signage for ClearOne. “ClearOne is looking forward to more developments in the digital signage market; providing strong solutions across a wide variety of vertical applications.”
 
Download MagicBox Aavelin Composer 4 CoN paper here
 
Questions: sales@clearone.com

Infographic – Beating the Elements with Outdoor Digital Signage

Written on October 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm, by

Do you have screens outside for your digital signage?

 

If you do or if you’re planning on deploying signage outdoors, take a moment to look over this infographic so you have a good idea of what’s in store.

 

Beating the Elements with Outdoor Digital Signage [Infographic]
Beating the Elements with Outdoor Digital Signage [Infographic]
Compliments of Digital Signage Today
Learn more at DigitalSignageToday.com/Outdoor

 

 

 

Contact us today to see if we have a Digital Signage solution that’s right for your business.

 

Please let us know your thoughts and comments on outdoor Digital Signage in today’s world and we’ll be happy to join the conversation.

We Have a New Office

Written on August 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm, by

Benton Plaza

Our  ClearOne MagicBox office has moved to a new location and we’re happy to still be in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon. Here’s our new address so please update your records accordingly.

 

ClearOne MagicBox

Benton Plaza

408 SW Monroe

Suite M236

Corvallis, OR 97333

 

Our contact information is still the same.

email: sales@magicboxinc.com

 

phone: (541) 752-5565

NOTICE: MagicBox Server Migration

Written on July 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm, by

Magicbox Server Migration

 

We will be moving our office to a new location here in Corvallis, OR on July 31st – August 5th. During the move we’ll be taking the TxStream server and our PowerPoint converter server off-line and relocating them into the new space.

 

There will be a disruption in service during the transition. We’ll get those servers back online as fast as possible so please bear with us we make this necessary move to improve services and support.

 

Thank you for your patience.