YCD Beefs Up HTML5 Support On C-nario Suite

newYCDlogoI don’t tend to write about minor version releases for software, as only existing clients and almost-there prospects really care. But news from the Israeli firm YCD Multimedia caught my eye.

Version 3.7.1 of its C-nario Digital Signage Suite (you may remember YCD bought C-nario) adds some important features for supporting HTML5 content – which is growing increasing important and prevalent in this business.

The newest release has:

1.    Device control API – allowing HTML5 content to communicate with content and elements (“devices”) in the C-nario system, opening up opportunities for localization of content, data links to / from connected devices, multi-player gaming, high resolution interactives and more.

2.    HTML5 Failover & Recovery provides graceful handling of errors or issues resulting from intermittent internet connections. During playback, if an error in a user-provided URL is detected the system will automatically “fail over” to backup URL or stored content. Once the monitored URL no longer returns an error, the system can automatically “recover” to the original URL.

Device control is a BIG, often under-appreciated must-have in signage, and the failover and recovery bit is essential for web-driven content on any substantial, scaled network. A big 404 error message on a screen doesn’t look so hot.

Dave Haynes

Dave Haynes

Editor/Founder at Sixteen:Nine
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for more than a decade. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He's based near Toronto.
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1 Comment

  • Jeremy Gavin says:

    What YCD has done with the failover process is a great example of what needs to happen across the digital signage software landscape. I am glad you highlighted this.

    As a company who’s only focus is the creation and delivery of dynamic content, we’re underwhelmed so far with how many software solutions are not prioritizing development resources to not only support a ‘browser instance’ that can show HTML, but to treat it as real media that needs thought put into how it is packaged and downloaded to the media player, its assets stored on the player/cache; with additional thought put into how it will update, what happens with a lack of internet connection.

    We have a responsibility as content creators to try to tackle the same questions, to create HTML content that is responsive to various zone sizes and that manages bandwidth and fail-over within the content itself. As I always say though great content is no good without great software, its a two-way street and seeing that YCD is putting attention to handling HTML-as-Media is something I’m sure we’ll hear more on from many of the other talented software firms in our industry.

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