Samsung's Magic software evolving, getting slicker

The Samsung people I know don’t spend much time trying to sell me on the 10 gallons of awesome that is their software product, MagicInfo/MagicNet. Because it’s actually pretty basic, entry-level stuff.

But that’s all a lot of end-users are going to need, and it’s now been around a few years. It’s evolving and getting enhanced. For instance, this news from Japan:

Developed by Samsung Japan, Nissho Electronics and NGC, the new digital system “Matrix” allows flexible arrangement of LCD displays of different sizes to show one image. The LCD displays with built-in PC functions and “MagicInfo VideoWall,” software are offered by Samsung Japan, while NGC, an affliate of Nissho Electronics, handles creating and selling content as well as the system.

The displays are offered in 18 sizes (from 32 to 82 inches), they can be combined up to 250 units and are connected via LAN cables and power cables.

Samsung has some very nice thin-bezel panels, and tuning the software to support large clusters of them, in different shapes, is smart. Certainly, other software platforms out there (and intermediary boxes) can do this sort of thing. But this software has that magic word tied to it: free***

Note – see comments … this advanced version has a license fee tied to it (Thanks Dmitry)

2 thoughts on “Samsung's Magic software evolving, getting slicker”

  1. Most of the “majors” have included software onboard the displays that allows daisy chaining and the setup of matrices for several years now. What was cool about that is that it allowed customers to create a multi-display matrix and power them directly with a single media player, and avoid a costly intermediary box. What this looks like is the next step forward, allowing something other than rectangular arrangements. It is most likely an attempt to compete with the flexibility and function offered by Christie’s MicroTiles, which I understand will soon solve world hunger and clean up the Gulf oil spill.

  2. To clarify, unlike Magic Info Pro, Magic Info Advanced Pro Video Wall (does that sound professional grade?) is not a free product and will be licensed. It is a LAN-based product designed to work under the same subnet so it is a local solution (albeit capable of WAN management)

    It is very intuitive with auto discovery and drag and drop user interface is pretty neat, but ultimately set-up for local management.

    Samsung partners registered on http://www.samsunglfd.com can download the BETA version of the software to play with via the parter site. Canadian release is scheduled for August (errr… Q4).

    Dmitry Sokolov

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