Screenly's February 2019 Newsletter

An image of a computer with code and updates from the Screenly team.

Hello again from the team! A lot has happened since our last update. Take a look below to see what we’ve been up to at Screenly.

General updates

We’re making some name changes at Screenly. First, we’re now calling our Screenly Pro software “Screenly.” The software will be the same. We’re just taking the “Pro” off of the end. This change helps make our messaging clearer, and it adheres to the majority of SaaS software that goes by the business’s name.

Likewise, we’re making a change to the naming of our digital signage player. We’re no longer calling our digital signage player the Screenly 2 Player. Instead, we will refer to our digital signage player as the “Screenly Player.” As we are now making regular updates to the Screenly Player, it no longer makes sense to refer to our player by the release version.

For customers with the much older Screenly 1 Player (which is end-of-life on February 28th), we will refer to this legacy product as the Screenly Legacy Player.

New reads from Screenly

If you are following us on social media, you’ve seen some of our latest blog posts. If you haven’t, then get reading! Here are some of our favorite posts from our blog:

Also, be sure to check out one of the most exciting use cases of Screenly to date: digital signs for the blind and visually impaired.

The Changelog

This section is new to the Screenly newsletter. “The Changelog” will be a dedicated space where we post recent software and hardware updates. We’re always making changes to improve Screenly, and we want to be sure that we share these changes with you! Here are some of our most recent updates and improvements to Screenly:

  • Users can now have a separate billing email. This new feature is useful as teams can have their bills sent to the team member who manages payables.
  • Users can now give a screen a custom name at the time the user creates the screen. Previously, users would have to scroll down their list of screens to name a newly created screen.
  • Users are no longer logged out of their account if they visit instead of their custom account domain. Now, if a logged in user visits the login page, they are simply redirected to the Screens page of their account
  • We removed the limit on the number of assets you can upload at a time. If you have a bunch of new digital signage content to upload, you can now do it all at once.
  • Screenly Players (with the most recent disk image) now automatically restart their network connection if the device loses its network connection. This change helps improve screen uptime in areas with poor WiFi signal. Existing players should automatically receive this update, so there’s no need to reflash your devices.
  • Users can now view their screens in DHCP networks by the screen’s unique ID. Screens will display in the network with “srly-[unique-id]” as the hostname. This change enables users to identify screens much more easily. This change is particularly useful for large digital signage deployments.

One of our most significant updates is multi-user support. This means that large businesses and organizations can now have unique login credentials for multiple employees. This feature is useful as large teams can now distribute workloads and track changes from multiple team members. If you’re interested in multi-user support for your team and you do not have it already, reach out to Screenly Support.

What’s next at Screenly?

Stay on the lookout for some exciting changes. We are currently working on a significant overhaul of our user interface, and we will start rolling it out soon. We’re pretty excited about it, and we think you’re going to love it.

That’s all for now!

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