Digital Signage Software Update Boasts Major Graphic Enhancements, Improved Accessibility and Support for Modern User Interactions
Four Winds Interactive (FWi) today announced the availability of FWi Software Platform Version 4.5, or Tahiti, a major release of FWi’s software platform for creating and managing content across digital signs, interactive kiosks, mobile devices and more. Highlights of the new features in Tahiti include major graphical enhancements such as transitions, effects, animations and layering; improved accessibility through text-to-speech; and support for modern user interactions like swiping and pinching.
“We started working on Tahiti more than 18 months ago and we’re all very excited about the results,” said David Levin, President & CEO, Four Winds Interactive. “By re-architecting our digital signage player software, we were able to achieve stunning improvements in visual presentation without sacrificing any of the flexibility our customers love. We worked new functionality like gesturing into existing features such as Live Data and the results provide an unparalleled user experience. Combined with major enhancements around our Cloud backend, Tahiti represents a huge leap forward in our product’s capability.”
With the Tahiti rollout, FWi provides more robust and dynamic aesthetic capabilities directly within the software. FWi users can now easily incorporate a variety of visually stunning effects to their communications, including a diverse selection of text effects; rounded region corners and drop shadows; Open Type Fonts (OTF); more than 40 transitions between templates, regions and content items; and video layering.
Digital signs and kiosks can now offer improved accessibility for those with visual impairment or reading difficulties using text-to-speech. Users can configure settings such as pronunciation, pitch, volume and more to their liking and as each setting or audience requires. For touch screens, Tahiti supports modern interactions and gesturing that most end users have become familiar with through the rise of smartphones and tablets, including horizontal and vertical swiping, pinching to zoom and more.
Multiple signs playing video content can now be synchronized without overtaxing your network. Users can arrange signs together in a video wall or panorama to create a seamless moving picture, or group displays near each other in the same space. By synchronizing video (and optionally, audio) content, users can create large-scale, coordinated advertising or entertainment experiences.
“In the past few years, hardware capabilities have increased tremendously, and so have users’ expectations of what a screen can do,” said Dave Shapiro, Chief Technology Officer, Four Winds Interactive. “Taking advantage of the latest graphics technologies required significant changes to the architecture of our software. Major revisions are always a little scary, but they also give you a chance to improve on past decisions and produce a design that will be more viable in the long term. I am confident we did exactly that, and look forward to seeing our software meet our customers’ needs, expectations, and dreams.”
About Four Winds Interactive
FWi has created the most powerful digital signage software on the market today. In addition to running your digital signage network, you can drive your interactive kiosks, desktops, Web and mobile content from a single, flexible and powerful software platform. FWi’s customers use our software to communicate more effectively, solve wayfinding challenges, enhance safety, increase sales and create a better experience for their audiences. For more information, visit www.fourwindsinteractive.com.
Source: Four Winds Interactive