Introducing the Screenly App Store

Many Screenly users have requested an app store with applications like a clock, weather, and an RSS reader. We’ve delivered

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Look great out-of-the-box

Our apps look great out-of-the box. You do not have to spend time tweaking various configurations in order to make the app look great.

Location-aware

If there is a location element, such as in a weather app, the app will try to auto-locate your location. We do, however, allow you to override the automatically generated location. That feature can be useful if the location detection fails or if you want to display the result from another location.

Sometimes it is useful to override the geographical location for apps Sometimes it is useful to override the geographical location for apps

Load quickly on the Raspberry Pi

Let’s face it. The Raspberry Pi is a remarkable device but isn’t as powerful as your desktop computer. As such, web content must be designed with this in mind. All our app are designed for the Raspberry Pi and will load swiftly.

Have good readability

One of the things we run across frequently with content for Screenly is that people try to squeeze in too much content in a given view. We call this information overload, and it has been scientifically proven. It’s far better to have a simple message per slide. This is something we have taken into account with our apps. They will all be simple and easy to read from afar.

Serve as a good sample app

Last, but not least, our apps are designed to serve as sample applications. That is, there will be numerous use cases for applications that we have not thought of. Perhaps these are internal metrics or perhaps it is an app that you want to sell to other users. In either case, the goal with all our apps is to serve as best-practice examples of how to not only design the look but also how to design the technical side of web assets.

Looking forward

For the beta, we have decided to make these apps free to all of our users. In the future, these apps will be available for free for our paying customers and the app store will be more tightly integrated into our regular web interface.

We’re also curious about what you think. We have created a poll that allows you to vote on what kind of apps you want to see in the app store.

Getting started

To get started today, all you need to do is to:

  • Visit app-store.srly.io
  • Select an app and configure it to your needs
  • Copy the URL and add it as an asset to Screenly

If you don’t have Screenly yet, you can sign up for a free account here.

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Written by Viktor Petersson
CEO and Co-founder of Screenly. Viktor loves taking ideas and turning them into products and services. You can frequently find him on the speaking circuit around the globe. He spent a big part of his adult life as a digital nomad. Viktor is also passionate about DevOps and IoT security. You can find Viktor on Twitter under @vpetersson.
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