Scala, a provider of end-to-end solutions for the connected signage market, announces Release 4 of its connected signage software.
Key highlights of Release 4 include:
- Web Services for Content Manager
- Ad Manager Tie In to Content Manager via Web Services
- Media Playback Controls, Time Triggers, and Playback Audit Reports
- Multi-Network Content Manager Support
- Improved Playback
- Interface Improvements
Release 4 adds extensive new functionality to the entire spectrum of the Scala platform. Web Services APIs have been added to the Scala Content Manager to allow third-party applications to interface with the Scala Content Manager functionality. This addition further enhances Scala's already extensible platform.
Paramount in Release 4 is the first phase of integration of Scala Ad Manager with Scala Content Manager. Ad Manager (formerly Charting Pro) provides extensive advertising management for digital and traditional signage deployments. Included in the integration are: the ability to assign media items to contracts; channel and schedule management; automatic playlist building for Scala Content Manager based on contracted ads; generating proof-of-playback reports against contracts; integrating event triggers and time triggers with ads. Release 4 will also support indoor maps, rate cards, overlapping day parts, measurement, and media sets.
Scala Content Manager supports a reporting module that produces detailed reports on what media played where. Time triggers have been added to trigger a playlist at specific times or regular intervals. New media playback controls have been addressed to provide network managers with the flexibility to control the sequence and appearance of scheduled content.
Scala Content Manager Release 4 will provide multi-network support from a single Scala Content Manager. This function provides the necessary utilities to network managers operating multiple networks for their clients.
Additional functionality has been added to Scala Designer to make it more Photoshop friendly. A third-party utility has been added to convert Photoshop layered elements to ScalaScript while maintaining the layered characteristics of the design. Other features have been added including: zoom in and zoom out; fit to screen; and mouse wheel support to further facilitate the creation of compelling content. Flash support has been greatly enhanced to provide smoother, faster, high-quality playback including interactive support.