Mapping: Multi-Window

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(Updated 2018.04.10)

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Userful's "Ultimate" license provides users the flexibility to create subdivisions among displays or video walls to show multiple content running simultaneously, in a fixed layout through Multi-Window source. For example, user can play Signage Player content on one window, Web Browser content on the other window and so on.

  • Multi-Window source does not support audio.
  • Multi-Window source does not utilize Nvidia GPU so video playback may not be as smooth as Signage Player source.

Userful strongly recommends to test your use case before using Multi-Window source in production system.

Mapping: Creating a Multi-Window Source

Multi-Window Source Created

Mapping allows you to bind a specific display or video wall to Multi-Window source. To create source:

  1. Click on Mapping > New Source New Source Icon.png button. From the drop-down select Multi-Window as the preferred source type and give it a name. For example, give the name as Multi Window View.

  2. Click on Add Source button to select source(s).
    Select Source window will list only those sources already created under Control Center > Mapping. The image shown in the right lists the sources added to Multi-Window.

  3. Enter the number of Rows and Columns to create subdivisions within the display/video wall. For example, enter value of Rows and Columns equal to 3 each to create 9 subdivisions.

  4. Select Scaling option. (default: Scale to fit)

  5. Click OK to complete the process.

This will create a Multi-Window source with assigned virtual displays; equal to the total number of sub-divisions created above in step no. 3

Map Displays to Multi-Window Source

Multi-Window source with 9 subdivisions

Once the source is created, displays or video walls can be "mapped" by simply dragging-and-dropping the video wall or display icon to the Multi-Window Multi-Window.png source. Changes will not take effect until the "Apply" button is clicked.

The image to the right shows the output of a Multi-Window source with 9 subdivisions.

To change the source configuration (e.g., edit the number of rows or columns) click on the source name to open the "Edit Source" window.

Interaction with Multi-Window source

Userful™ enables users to interact with the interactive sources (e.g., Userful Desktop, Web Browser) within Multi-Window as described below:

  • Click on the virtual display icon to open the "Display Settings" dialog box.
  • Click on the Interactive Viewer icon to start remote interaction.
This will open open separate tab in the browser so that user can access or make changes to the session.
  • Select among various scaling options given at the top of the window.
  • Close the tab to stop the remote interaction with the respective source.

Please note that interaction is only possible with the interactive sources (e.g., Linux Desktop, Web Browser etc.) and not with the non-interactive sources (e.g., Signage Player, Network Streamer etc.)

Watch this video for a quick guide on how to create a Multi-Window source.

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