Userful™ 8.6: Release Notes

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(Updated 2016.05.19)


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.

Features

  • Stable, versatile Linux-base operating system (CentOS 7.2)
  • Unified browser-accessible Control Center
  • 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 Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) to broadcast security camera or conference feeds on video wall
  • Support for variety of Capture Cards (Blackmagic Design and YUAN line of capture cards)
  • Support for much broader range of PC hardware and touch screens

What's New

Userful™ 8.6 comes with exciting new features and improvements, including:

New Hardware Support

Support for Intel® Skylake (6th generation) CPUs & GPUs

Initial Setup

Enabled post-install configuration via a “First boot” Initial Setup GUI that can be accessed from any station, streamlining installation and facilitating appliance distribution

Direct Sync Support

  • Performance improvements
  • Synchronization (improvements to video wall synchronization)

Video Wall Enhancements

  • Substantially reduced time required for calibration & station mapping/remapping
  • Added GUI option to set zone name under Video Wall Zone Settings
  • Seamless switching of content and zones, switch content sources, video wall zones and session containers
  • (reduced switching time from many seconds down to a fraction of a second)

Limited User Access

  • Access to station mapping but not to admin level functions

Control Center Improvements

  • Added feature to Power off all displays on idle stations between the specified time
  • Added option to "Set Root Password" via Control Center > System Operations
  • Added option to "Create Staff User" via Control Center > System Operations
  • Added tooltips for video wall zone settings
  • Added Thai and Ukranian translations
  • Improved Diagnostics & Warnings notifications

Core Enhancements

  • Upgraded base OS to CentOS 7.2 architecture
  • Upgraded kernel to version 4.4
  • Updated VirtualBox to version 5.0.18

Improved Failover Process

  • Automated live video wall failover allows 2 PC's to automatically back one another up


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

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.

Language Support

All features of Userful™ 8.6 are translated in following languages:

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


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.