The Desktop Control Panel for Digital Advertising Media (DAM)
This software is updated often so make sure to watch your emails for changes.
Features so far:
- See the types of ads (1, 2, 3, 4, A, S, V, H, T, N, and P) on an Ad server (This will only work if you use our File Naming Convention shown here)
- See what ads will be billed for if using the DAM Naming Convention
- Set the display type Single Screen, Dual Screen, Radio and Multimedia Stream modes.
- Set the ShoutCast Radio Stream if in Radio Mode
- Test Radio Streams
- Activate Ad Servers
- See how many times an ad was displayed since the last software update or reboot of the Ad Server
- See the software version each ad server in your network is running
- See the last time your ad server checked for new ads
- See if your ad server is working or not by comparing it’s last update time
- More to come…
To connect to your Ad Servers follow these simple steps
1- Click on “File” & “login“
2- Type in your Server’s Computer name without the server number. An example would be “DEMO” for a system named “DEMO-01”. The system will default to the first server(-01) in your network. If you don’t know this name look at your running ad server status bar at the bottom.
3 – Once the status reads “Folder Set” it will connect to the “01“, the first system in your network. You can select the Ad Server in your network by clicking on the drop-down arrow if you have more than one system.
4 – Now you can Synchronize the ads in the selected server so you can see what’s going on. There are two types of Syncs, (Sync List and Sync Ads). Sync List does a quick download of settings and just the list of ads on the Ad Server. While Sync Ads downloads the settings and the actual ads themselves. If you do a Sync Ads you can click on the file list and display the ads on the screen. Select one of them and wait until it completes which will read ” Download Complete“
You have now synchronized with your ad server and can see what it sees and the status of the ads and the system you are synchronized to. You should see a count of ad types in the system and an estimate of how much you will owe on the 1st of the month.
If your Ad Server is not updating at the proper time you will see the label “Last Update” in RED and Blue if OK. If you get a red color this could be from a bad internet connection or power outage at your location where your ad server is located. Call or visit the location from time to time to make sure they are happy and your system is working properly.
Screen Mode Settings:
You have two types of layouts which are Split Screen and Full-Screen modes to run your ad server in. Most of you will use the Split Screen mode to take advantage of having a Sponsor. When you have a sponsor you basic have a FREE business making 100% pure profit from ad sales.
You also set the screen resolution of the software to match your TV capabilities and to fill the screen for best viewing.
Custom Screen Settings: To use the Custom Screen settings you must select the first set at 1024 x 768 split or full. Only in the mode will the system check to see if you created a Custom Screen Setting file on the Ad Server itself. Click here to learn how to create a Custom Screen setting file.
Have your Ad Server check for new ads and settings from 1 to 12 hours. The longer you wait to check for updates the least amount of internet bandwidth is used. A larger number is better for mobile applications using broadband mobile access cards.
Each Ad Server can provide streaming information such as Radio and Music for the hosting location. This is great for ambient music, talk radio, live news, remote DJ service and more as long as it is a Shoutcast Stream URL.
We have provided some Shoutcast Stream URLs in the dropbox for you to use and test. You can also just type in a known good URL and click on “Test” to make sure it works. When you save the settings this URL will be locked into the Ad server for streaming.
To update the Ad Server click on “Update Ad Server Settings“
Remember to connect speakers to use the Radio Mode
The latest DAM Live software you can use the Desktop Control Panel to send a video URL directly to a system on location. This is done by pasting the URL to a YouTube or any other video that’s being streamed in the “Media URL” at the top of the screen. You can click on Start to test the video. Click Stop to stop the video from playing. Click “CLR” to clear. click on Go Live to send to the Ad Server and about 30 seconds later your system will stream the video until you stop it or it ends on its own. It will go back to normal operation after that. The live formats are listed on the Billboard TV page here.
The Reset Ad Server button is used to force a digital signage system to stop a streaming video and or just reset and check for Ad changes. This is a cool way to make Ad updates and have them instantly update at the location without waiting the full hour default time.
An example of using this for stoping live streaming video would be when you stream an event like basketball, football or some news event, but you don’t know how long it would last. Logging in to your server and then clicking this button will stop the stream.
Note: if you still have the “S_” tag image uploaded to your Ad server the system after resetting it will restart the streaming so make sure you remove these two files first before clicking on Live Stop. Learn more about TV Mode here
Setting the Sponsor (Branding) Text and Scrolling Text areas for each system.
When the Desktop Control Software is synchronized with a system you can change the two areas that display text.
Step 1: First “Get Server Settings” to make sure you have what is on the system shown in the software window.
Step 2: Double click in the black areas where the text is to make changes. You can delete what is there and write something new or just edit the text shown and when done click OK. Do the same for both areas of text.
Step 3: To update the Ad Server click on “Update Ad Server Settings“
That’s it, the next time the Ad Server checks in the text areas will be updated also.
To Generate a Full Report of all your Ad Servers in your account, click on “File“, “Report (HTML)” or “Ctrl+R“. Make sure you have logged in to your Ad Server account first as shown above.
An HTML webpage will be created and displayed in a few moments. Depending on how many Ad Servers you have in your account they will be listed with information about them.
If you have Ad Servers in your system that has not been activated there is a one-time $50 fee for each.