Userful™ 9.5: Release Notes

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(Updated 2017.11.10)

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Introduction

Userful™ is a converged software appliance (operating system and application software bundled together for easy deployment and maintenance) for AV & IT professionals that lets you centrally control large numbers of displays, content sources and desktops from your web browser. Userful's appliance enables an ordinary PC to do extraordinary things, like driving a whole building of desktops, digital signage, touch screens, virtual machines and video walls all from a single Userful host over a standard Ethernet network. From high-performance video walls, to virtual desktops, to Power-over-Ethernet touch screens -- it's never been easier.

What's New in v9.5

Userful™ 9.5 comes with exciting new features and improvements, including:

New Hardware Support

  • Added support for 7th Generation Intel® "Kaby Lake" processors
  • Added support for Nvidia GTX 1080Ti graphics card

Session Management

  • Added Web Filtering to restrict access to inappropriate and malicious web content

New Source

  • Integrated Multi-Window source under Ultimate license to subdivide displays/video walls to show multiple content streams running simultaneously
  • Integrated RTSP Streamer source to play video feeds over the network

Video Wall Enhancements

  • Added support for high bit-rate 8K resolution content
  • Added "Direct Decode" option to enhance performance for 8k video playback under Performance Settings
  • Added UI option for content optimization under Video Wall Zone Settings
  • Improved video wall calibration UI to enhance its usability

Control Center (UI) Improvements

  • Added UI option to support 3D graphics content on Web Browser source and certain third party CMSs
  • Added UI option to calibrate colors for standalone displays under Display Settings
  • Added UI option to upload files to "/shared-files/signage" folder under Control Center > Storage
  • Added a link to Video Tutorials under Control Center > Support
  • Optimized UI for smartphones and tablets
  • Updated non-English language translations

Core Enhancements

  • Performance improvements to Userful's core video wall engine
  • Added feature to download Userful logs if the Internet is not available
  • Updated Firefox to version 52
  • Updated Chrome to version 59
  • Updated VirtualBox to version 5.1.24
  • Updated Rise Vision Player plugin
  • General stability improvements


Miscellaneous new features, GUI improvements and bug fixes. For a comprehensive list see the changelog.

Key Features

  • Stable, versatile Linux-base operating system (CentOS 7.3)
  • Unified browser-accessible Control Center
  • Session Launcher
  • Media playback
  • Ability to preset video wall zones
  • GPU-Assisted Decoding of video playback and interactive content
  • GPU-Assisted Acceleration for 3D rendering – vastly improved performance for dynamic content (HTML5, WebGL, and Flash)
  • Intuitive browser-based Layout Manager with the bezel correction ability
  • Integrated color calibration for color correcting video wall displays
  • Support for Artistic Video Wall layouts that can be configured using a free layout of display position and rotation (including an intuitive browser-based drag and drop GUI for positioning and any degree rotating displays)
  • Support for wide range of interactive video walls including Cloud desktop, Linux desktop and touch screen Kiosks
  • Integrated various Content Management System (CMS) to create and schedule the signage content (Dynamic HTML5 pages, presentations, tickers, widgets (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feeds)
  • Support for Streaming Protocols (RTP/RTSP) to broadcast security camera or conference feeds, or for delivering content over IP network on video wall
  • Support for variety of Capture Cards (Blackmagic Design and YUAN line of capture cards)
  • Support for broad range of PC hardware and touch screens


License Agreement

This product includes commercial software that is licensed, not sold, and is governed by an End User License Agreement (EULA). By installing, copying or using this software you acknowledge that you have read and understand this Agreement, and agree to be bound by this EULA's terms and conditions. The EULA terms can be viewed online or from the file included in your download.

Trial Version

Userful™ will operate as a trial version until you purchase an appropriate license for your system. You may purchase the license from your Userful representative or from Userful.com – see the Licensing Guide for details.

Limitations of Trial Version: The Userful™ trial software is fully functional, but will display a brief license reminder on all attached displays every 10 minutes or so. Customers who are considering buying the software and are presently evaluating it can do so in the trial mode. Such customers will receive limited technical support lasting up to 30 days after which an appropriate license should be purchased. For more details, check our Licensing Guide.

Applications

Userful™ 9.5 main video wall applications are:

Language Support

All features of Userful™ 9.5 are translated in following languages:

  • English (en)
  • Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR)
  • French (fr)
  • German (de)
  • Italian (it)
  • Japanese (ja)
  • Korean (ko)
  • Nepali (ne)
  • Persian (fa)
  • Romanian (ro)
  • Russian (ru)
  • Spanish (es)
  • Simplified Chinese (zh_CN)
  • Traditional Chinese (zh_TW)
  • Turkish (tr)
  • Thai (th_TH)
  • Ukranian (uk_UA)


The language selected must be specifically "Brazilian Portuguese"; if simply "Portuguese" is selected as a system or session language, then all Userful user interface strings will be in English.