Sign of Times
A Sign of the Times: Using Drupal to build a network of digital displays
It's OK to do something quickly and just build it: then you can rebuild it, refine it -- it doesn't have to be perfect from the beginning.
Drupal is just a box of legos
1) WHY WE DID IT
commercial solution in LGRT -- sucked commerical solution is ISB -- sucked!!!! (mole video) There must be something better
investigated options bought display bought mac mini looked for recipe
used powerpoint sucked distorted slides froze unable to update
2) WE DID IT!
Here's a sign!
slideshow! (Oooh!) headlines! (Aaah!) clock! (OOoh!) weather! (Aaah!)
Version 2: for the college (and depts)
here's a sign:
3) HOW WE DID IT!
Here's how we did it!
specify the content:
events news shows up on page, signs, rss feeds, etc
Made a page view (views_slideshow) (with URL)
made a block view (events)
Layout for dimensions of sign:
made a custom theme
module: Theme Key (at URL)
browser on client
full screen eliminating pointer
script on client
showing different URLs at different times
(not 4) (WE LEARNED STUFF (HERP/DERP!))
made/tweaked content types
teasers too long, truncated teasers suck
performance module issues
they come in various sizes! (herpderp!) aspect ratios
(not 5) THE FUTURE
client -> raspberry pi
control -> web interface