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The new MediaZone Pro digital signage software and hardware system offers content creation, management and scheduling functionality supporting an efficient workflow from a Windows 7 motif interface.

Keywest Technology is unveiling MediaZone Pro, a complete digital signage software and hardware system providing all of the creative and management tools necessary for professional digital signage applications, at infoComm11, Orlando (booth 4448).

MediaZone Pro makes it easy to build digital signage content screens with a simple drag-and drop-interface, as well as organize media, create playlists, change them on the fly and manage playback schedules for multiple players from a Windows 7 ribbon control motif interface.

“MediaZone Pro represents a major advance in digital signage creation and management,” said Keywest Technology president Nick Nichols. “It embodies lessons learned over 10 years of delivering digital signage systems to the thousands of customers worldwide. We have listened closely to our customers and integrate those lessons learned into the design of this powerful new digital signage tool so that we can offer a rich digital signage content development and management environment as well as a streamlined workflow with MediaZone Pro.”

Major advances include: replacement of Keywest Technology’s separate legacy MediaCreator character generation software with a built-in text editor; a redesigned scheduling workflow; player grouping functionality, which allows schedules to be associated with a group of players; five independently controllable media zones for content element display in addition to a separate background layer; and automatic checks by players for updated content.

“The first thing people will notice is the MediaZone Pro’s new GUI, which delivers fast performance and an efficient workflow,” said Nichols.

The new graphical user interface (GUI) is divided into five separate workspaces: the Ribbon, where commonly used functions are accessed; the Media Browser with media thumbnails; the Zone Manager where various media files can be assigned and viewed for individual zones; the Template Manager where templates are modified as needed and zones are populated with media; and the Attributes Window for professional content management.

MediaZone Pro supports a variety of different, popular media types, including MPEG, QuickTime or Windows Media movies, Flash animations, graphic content, HTML, as well as RSS data feeds and crawls.

To schedule and manage media playback on individual MediaZone Pro players, the system schedules and transfers files via FTP file over a standard network connection without using a server. For larger scale deployments where dozens or more media players are required, MediaZone Pro can operate as a client to Keywest Technology’s InfoZone Pro server. In this configuration, the pair offers sophisticated push-pull network control of individual players or player groups, remote monitoring via a browser, and batch updates of selected players or player groups.

MediaZone Pro is bundled with Keywest Technology’s ultra-thin media player that comes with a three-year hardware warranty. MediaZone Pro software may be purchased separately. MediaZone Pro will be available in the third quarter of 2011.

About Keywest Technology
Keywest Technology is a leading designer of digital signage content, kiosks and software, offering solutions from simple single sign playback to large multi-sign networks. Based in Lenexa, Kan., the company is dedicated to making digital signage technically as easy as a day at the beach.

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Source: Keywest Technology

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