Must Have Apps for Deskless Workers

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This article will go through the apps that our team has deemed best for Deskless Workers and how you can get the most out of them! We will also explain the options available in the app settings and what they mean.

 

Table of Contents:

 

article_divider_new_version.pngBroadcast

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1. What is Broadcast?

Broadcast is used to share your live streams from screen sharing services like Zoom and OBS. This is a great way to stream live town halls and other meetings!

Please note this is a premium add-on feature that requires a Pro plan or higher to use. Please find the pricing plans here. If you already have a ScreenCloud account, please reach out to your Customer Success Manager or reach out to ScreenCloud Support (at the end of this article) for more information on enabling this.

 

2. How to use?

Streaming Channel URL:
This is a unique web address that carries live streaming information to use for broadcasting. 

Streaming key:
This is a unique code used to identify the source of your live stream, this is used to integrate your live stream within a website or software. For example, you would use this key along with your Streaming URL when trying to set up live streaming with services such as Zoom.

Live streaming page URL:
This is a unique web address that you can share and use as a landing page to host your live stream. For example, you could share this page directly with your teammates or audience members. 

 

3. FAQs

How many streaming channels can I have? 
You can create up to 10 streaming channels. We recommend giving them each unique names to help keep them organized!

How are live Broadcasts displayed on my Screens?
In order to display your live Broadcasts, you will need to schedule the app at the desired broadcast time. You will schedule this via your Channels.

 

For more detailed instructions on setting up Broadcast, please visit the Broadcast set up guide.

 

article_divider_new_version.pngCount-Up Timer

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1. What is the Count-Up Timer?

The Count-Up Timer app is like a digital stopwatch for your screens. It can be used to count the days since the last accident or incident at your organization. The app can also be customized by creating a title, selecting your clock style, as well as applying your own custom brand theme! 

 

2. How to use?

The Count-up Timer app allows you to choose between two different styles and create a label for the app.

Label:
The title of the event that you are counting up from.

Style:
Flip: Shows days, hours, and minutes
Minimal: Shows only minutes, which turn to hours, days, etc 

 

3. FAQ’s

How can I apply my own theme/branding?
Themes are applied via Channels. You will need to add your app to a Channel with your applied theme in order for this to apply to your app.

 

For more detailed setup instructions, please see the full Count-Up Timer app guide here.

 

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1. What is the Countdown Timer app?

The Countdown Timer app is used to countdown special events such as office birthdays, upcoming holidays, or a company retreat!

This is a great app to use to help communicate important events to employees who may not be on-site to hear about these events. 

 

2. How To Use?

The Countdown Timer App has a few options when it comes to customizing your app set up.

Style: 
Flip: This style shows your date, days, hours, and minutes, all in a flipchart style.
Minimalist: This style shows just the number of days left as well as the title of your countdown.

Date Formats:
You can choose between American, European, and Asian date formats to better fit your location! 

Show on Screen:
Choose here which countdown information you want to display. Days, days hours, and minutes, or just days and hours.

Language:
The Countdown offers language support for English, Spanish, German, French, and Dutch. 

Label:
The title of your countdown.

Completion Message:
This message displays at the end of your countdown. 

 

3. FAQ’s

How many Characters can I have in my title:
You can have up to 50 characters in your title. Anything above that will not be displayed.

How can I theme Countdown with my own colors and font?
Themes are applied via Channels. When the app is added to the Channel, it will have the theme the Channel current has applied to it.

 

For more detailed setup instructions, please see the full Countdown Timer app guide here.

 

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1. What is Engage?

Engage app was created by our team here at ScreenCloud to help organizations connect by sharing photos, which are then shared on screen! Similar to Instagram, your team members can add a caption along with the photo!

 

2. How to use?

Engage can be found in both the Apple Store (iOS) or the Google Play Store (Android). If you have not set up an Engage account prior, you will be prompted with a Sign-up Screen.

Once your account is set up following the on-screen prompts, you will then set this up with your ScreenCloud account.

Once you assign this to your Screens, any photos posted to that stream from members of your organization will appear! 

 

3. FAQs

Can I approve photos before they are posted?
Currently, there is no way to approve/deny photos before they post. However, this is on our team's roadmap for future enhancements!
You do have the option to go in and remove images that have been posted.

How do I create multiple Streams?
In the Engage app on your phone, press the + sign at the very top right of the app from the home page. This will allow you to name and describe your new Stream.

 

For more detailed information on the setup process, please visit the Engage app guide.

 

article_divider_new_version.pngGoogle Slides

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1. What is the Google Slides app? 

The ScreenCloud Google Slides app makes it easy to build presentations online that can be published to your digital signage screens. This allows you to share and review presentations from your TV monitor using easy digital signage software.  

 

2. How to use? 

With the ScreenCloud  Google Slides app you can publish any Google Slides presentation to your screen. The presentations are completely customizable with the ability to set duration per slide and make live updates.

Create your presentation:
Once you are happy with this, you’ll need to grab the URL for your presentation to use with ScreenCloud and sign in to your Google account.

Set-Up:
You can set the total duration of the app when you add it to a Channel or Playlist, and the Google Slides app will automatically work out how long to play each slide for. It also updates when you add or remove slides.

 

3. FAQ’s

Can I use a Google Slides presentation as part of a zoned digital signage display?
Yes, when setting up a zoned display you will see the option to ‘Add App’. Any presentations you have created will be found on this list. 

How long will the presentation play for?
You can set the total duration of the app when you add it to a Channel or Playlist, and the Google Slides app will automatically work out how long to play each slide.

How often does the app refresh? 
The app will check for updates when all of the slides have been played through. However, if there is only one slide in use it will update every five minutes. 

 

For more detailed information on the setup process, please visit the Google Slides app guide.

 

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1. What is the News App?

The News app is used to display news headlines and images across all of your screens. News sources such as CNN, BBC, Fox, and more can be selected. You also have the ability to customize with your brand colors if you wish!

 

2. How to use?

Source:
Select the source you want your News headlines to display from

News:
This is for the type of news headlines you are wanting to display

Next post delay (Seconds):
How long you want your post to show on screen before moving on to another headline

Revert to old design:
This is to be toggled on if you experience any design issues, such as odd sizing in certain zones

Stretch images to fill:
When this is toggled on it will stretch the images to fill the complete space

 

3. FAQs

What news sources can I use?
BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Techcrunch, Yahoo, Fox News, Google News, ESPN, CBC, Global News, CTV News

Can I display live news feeds?
Live news feeds can be displayed via our Live News app.

 

For more detailed information on the setup process, please visit the News app guide.

 

article_divider_new_version.pngNoticeboard 2.0

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1. What is Noticeboard 2.0?

The ScreenCloud Noticeboard 2.0 app is a quick way to make a text sign and customize the background.

 

2. How to use? 

Text:
Customize and arrange text using various formatting options. Add as much or as little text as you like and the app will dynamically scale it to ensure it fits perfectly on your screen.

Theme:
Get creative with themes. Choose one of our special Noticeboard 2.0 themes or create your own.

Icon:
You can easily add an icon to your display. You can also select "Upload icon" to use your own image.

 

3. FAQ’S

I'm using Noticeboard 2.0 in the ticker-tape area, but it's not scrolling

If your text isn't long enough, the app will automatically keep your text static (i.e. still) in the ticker-tape area. For example, if you've configured the app to read "Good Morning".

 

For more detailed setup instructions, please visit the Noticeboard 2.0 app guide here.

 

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1. What is Microsoft Power BI?

The Microsoft Power BI app through ScreenCloud allows you to pull over your data from your Microsoft Power BI account, and display it on your screens. 

This is a great app to help get your KPIs and other data up on your screens. Helping to ensure everyone is visually able to see this data that can often get lost in emails, or that can be forgotten after a meeting. 

Please note this is a premium add-on feature that requires a Pro plan or higher to use. Please find the pricing plans here. If you already have a ScreenCloud account, please reach out to your Customer Success Manager or reach out to ScreenCloud Support (at the end of this article) for more information on enabling this.

 

2. How to use Power BI?

Connect your Power Bi account and set up credentials via the “Add Credentials” prompt.

You will then be taken to a Microsoft login page to sign in and confirm and add your account. 

For reports, you have the ability to choose a page, add filters, and assign customization options to your digital display. You can also leave the Cycle through all pages in this report enabled which will set a duration for each page to display. 

 

3. FAQs

Is there any way to embed or share ScreenCloud in a website or intranet to show a channel or playlist displaying our secure dashboards? 
Yes, this can be done using ScreenCloud's Embeddable Channels or Embeddable Playlists feature. This is also an enterprise premium add-on feature that you can set up a trial with ScreenCloud for sharing web links or embedding your content on websites or services.
You can learn more about ScreenCloud's Embeddable Channels feature by clicking here

How can I set up two-factor authentication while logging into Microsoft PowerBI?
Two-factor authentication is supported by ScreenCloud, though this requires the feature to be activated in your Microsoft PowerBI account. if your organization uses or would like to set up two-factor authentication for your logins, click here to view Microsoft's support article for setting up two-factor authentication. This is required through Microsoft in order to log in using this method with ScreenCloud.

How often does the website or dashboard refresh to show the latest data on screen?
The refresh rate of data is done directly through Microsoft PowerBI, this is depending on the account type which is being used on Microsoft's platform. ScreenCloud functions by reloading the report on the screen and any new updates to the report will become reflected during this.
ScreenCloud does not real-time refresh the data, the report is only reloaded, and if there has been a refresh rate of data set directly on the Microsoft PowerBI report. You can schedule these refresh rates and learn more by clicking here for Microsoft's PowerBI support and setup guide article

 

article_divider_new_version.pngRSS Feed

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1. What is the RSS feed?

An RSS feed is a file that contains a summary of updates from a website. Our RSS Feed app pulls over these feeds so you can display that information on your screens!

 

2. How to use?

RSS Feed URL:
This is where you plug in the URL to your RSS Feed

Delay (seconds):
Adjust this number for long or short times between posts

Embedly:
Turning this on will help your RSS feed to return a larger set of attributes that were available, such as multiple images, caching, and other rich RSS content sources. 

Revert to old app:
Only use this toggle if you are experiencing any visual issues with your RSS Feed. 

Stretch images to fill:
This stretches all images to fill its section of the app.

 

3. FAQs

How many posts can the RSS Feed app pull in?
The app can pull in up to 20 posts!

Why can’t I find the RSS feed URL?
The owner of the website or blog that you are trying to pull from is responsible for creating the RSS Feed URL. If you are not seeing it, you may want to reach out to the owner of that site.

 

For more detailed setup instructions, please visit the RSS Feed app guide here.

article_divider_new_version.pngTeam News

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1. What is Team News?

The Team News app is a great way for employees to learn more about each other by displaying information to your digital signage screens.

Please note this is a premium add-on feature that requires a Pro plan or higher to use. Please find the pricing plans here. If you already have a ScreenCloud account, please reach out to your Customer Success Manager or reach out to ScreenCloud Support (at the end of this article) for more information on enabling this.

Our app currently is able to display:

  • Birthdays
  • Work Anniversaries
  • New Joiners                     

 

2. How to use?

Feed Id:
This ID is provided by your ScreenCloud representative/sales agent. This is how your information is pulled over.

Filter Key:
Enter this if you wish to filter content via data entered on your screen, location for example. This should also need to match the attribute set in your Screen’s data

Entries per page:
Sets the number of entries you wish to display per page

 

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1. What is the Weather App?

ScreenCloud’s Weather app allows you to display a five-day weather forecast for up to three cities across your digital screens. This helps keep employees and customers up to date with the latest weather forecasts, in Fahrenheit or Celsius, from anywhere in the world. 

The Weather app auto-updates so you can ensure that once setup, it will keep your screens up to date with the latest weather forecasts without you ever needing to refresh it.

 

2. How To Use?

The Weather App has a few options when it comes to customizing your app set up. 

  • Choose one, two, or three cities to show on-screen simultaneously
  • Display temperatures in Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • Show an accurate five-day weather forecast

Location:
You can select the weather forecast for up to three locations.

Temperature unit:
Decide whether you'll display the forecasts in Celsius or Fahrenheit 

Tickertape layout:
Default-view will display the weather icons in the ticker tape zone along with the reported temperature forecasts.
Condensed-view will display the temperature as a simple, condensed layout on your screen.

Language:
The Weather App allows you to choose from English, Spanish, German, French or Dutch. 

Label:
Create a title for your weather feed.

Results:
Click "Preview" to see what they look like. This will help ensure you've selected the desired locations.  

 

3. FAQ’s

Can I display the Weather app in portrait mode?
Yes, the Weather app can be used within a portrait or landscape display.

Can I use the Weather app as part of a zoned digital signage display?
Yes, when setting up a zoned display you'll see the option to “Add Content”. Any weather feeds you've set up will be found in this list. 

How are the forecasts ordered?
The weather forecasts are shown from left to right, in the order they were entered when you add your locations to the app. To change the order in which they show, simply change the order in which you select the cities in locations one, two, and three. 

How long is the Weather app shown for?
The Weather app is a static display, therefore it's shown for the time duration that you set within your playlist or channel. This can be edited at any time by selecting the appropriate playlist or channel from the "Playlists" or "Channels" sidebar and changing the time duration next to the Weather app of your choice. 

How often are the weather forecasts updated?
The cache of the weather forecast results is refreshed every 30 minutes.

 

For more detailed setup instructions, please visit the Weather app guide here.

 

article_divider_new_version.pngWorld Clock

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1. What is the World Clock App?

The World Clock app allows you to share up to six clocks showing local time in specific cities. This keeps the pulse of different areas alive within your office, store, or restaurant.

 

2. How to Use?

You have the ability to add multiple World Clock app instances. This means you can customize time zones for separate digital screens, especially if you have offices operating across the world.

Clock Setting:
Choose between an analog, or a digital 12-hour, or 24-hour clock

Location:
You can add up to six locations. Find any city time zone in the world. If you know that there is more than one area with the same name, enter the city followed by a comma and the country or state.

Theme:
Select a custom theme. You can create a branded theme for the World Clock app. Custom themes can be added at a Channel-level.

 

3. FAQ’s

The app can’t find my city - what should I do? 
Make sure you have spelled the city correctly. You could also add the city name followed by a comma and the state or country, for example, Paris, France, to make it easier for the app to pick up the right location. 

Can I use the World Clock app as part of a zoned digital signage display?
Yes, when setting up a zoned display you’ll see the option to Add Content. Any World Clock app instances you’ve saved can be found in this list.

How are the clocks ordered?
The clocks are shown from left to right in the order they are entered when you add your locations to the app. To change the order in which they show, simply change the order in which you select the cities in Locations 1-6 in the app settings panel. 

How long is the World Clock app shown for?
The World Clock app is a static display, therefore it is shown for the time duration that you set within your playlist. This can be edited any time by changing the time duration next to the World Clock app instance in Channels. 

How often is the World Clock app updated?
The timing of the World Clock app updates in real-time to be completely accurate.

Does the World Clock app work offline?
The cache of the World Clock time-zone data is one day.

 

For more information on the World Clock app, please visit our video on YouTube.

 

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1. What is the YouTube App?

ScreenCloud's YouTube app allows you to easily stream videos to your screens. This is a great way to show informative and entertaining videos on your screens!

 

2. How to use?

The YouTube app allows you to stream either a single video or a playlist to your screens. There are also some settings to help get the most out of your video content.

YouTube URL:
This is where you place the URL of your video or playlist

Mute Videos:
Self-explanatory, this mutes your videos and shows only visuals

Toggle Subtitles:
This toggles on/off subtitles for applicable videos

Max number of videos to play within a YouTube playlist:
This is to be used if you have a large number of videos in your playlist but do not want all of them to show on screen.

This app’s duration on screen:
This will adjust the time that your video is displayed on the screen. You can adjust this if you have a longer video that you do not wish to play the entire length. 

 

3. FAQ’s

I can’t find the correct video - what should I do?
Please test that you have the correct URL or playlist URL in your browser before entering it into your playlist. Remember, if the channel owner changes the playlist or URL, you'll need to change it in ScreenCloud too.

The subtitles aren't showing on my video
When no subtitles show even when you have subtitles set to "on", this is because those videos don't have captions added to them but were auto-generated by YouTube. To ensure subtitles in your digital signage display, the uploader of the video would need to create captions/add the transcription to the video so that they can be displayed on a screen. Please see here for more information on this.

Will the ScreenCloud YouTube app cache videos or my stream?
YouTube videos are streamed rather than cached.

Can I use YouTube as part of a zoned digital signage display?
Yes, but only in the main zone. As we explain here, this prevents two videos from playing at the same time as this wouldn't provide the best user experience.

How are the YouTube videos ordered?
The YouTube videos are ordered according to the same rules as on YouTube if you're using a playlist and will be shown in the same order as you would see on the site.

How long will the videos play for?
Each video will play for the full duration if allowed, however this will depend on the total time duration you've allowed in your YouTube app settings. This can be edited in the "Maximum duration (minutes) of video can play" option. If no maximum time is set, the videos will play until the end of the playlist.

Can I skip or remove a video from the playlist?
This isn't currently supported but it's something we'll look to implement in the future.

How can I mute my video?
This can be done within your YouTube app instant. Please see here to learn how to do this.

How can I display paid for or premium YouTube videos?
This is currently not possible. ScreenCloud can only display content that is publicly available and has no restrictions set by the creator, account owner, video owner, or has any copyright restrictions which would disable it from being used in third-party platforms. Please see here for more information.

 

For more detailed setup instructions, please visit the YouTube app guide here

 

 

If you don't find the help you need, or if you have some feedback for the feature, please feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.

 

 

 

 

 

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