Kiosk Software - Flash and Plugins

Displaying Flash and PDF

Displaying Adobe Flash content – With the Chrome engine, use Google Chrome to install the Flash plugin from:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/?fpchrome

The new Chrome engine (used in InTiles 3.0) uses the PPAPI version of Flash. Click on “Need Flash Player for a different computer?” on the left side (link above) to select the PPAPI version.

With the Internet Explorer engine and Windows 8, Flash is integrated but needs to be enabled – you will find instructions at

https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/flash-player-issues-windows-8.html

With the Internet Explorer engine and Windows 7, use Internet Explorer to install the Flash plugin from:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Displaying PDF files – Install the Adobe Plugin.

https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Kiosk Software - Buttons Action

Kiosk Buttons – To Navigate and Much More

InTiles offers the unique feature of surrounding the kiosk browser with up to 40 multi-purpose buttons. Buttons can be used to navigate to websites, but they can do much more. Each button has an Action property that can take one of several values:

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Kiosk Buttons Content

Kiosk Buttons – Appealing Look and Feel

When building an interactive kiosk, your aim is to attract users with an appealing look and feel. InTiles provides you with 40 buttons around the kiosk browser to achieve this aim.

Each button has a Style property that defines the type of content and the layout. The first 5 styles include:

  • InTiles Kiosk Software - Button StylesText with an image – horizontal or vertical layout
  • Image only – with or without margin
  • Text only

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InTiles Kiosk Software - Buttons Size

Kiosk Buttons – Flexible Height and Width

Each of the 40 multi-purpose buttons surrounding the kiosk browser can be resized using one of 3 ways. Understanding how this works is key to building the kiosk interface you want.

The first two are straight forward:

  • Auto – Automatically adjusts to the content.
  • Pixels – Uses the absolute value height/width in pixels.

The third is a bit more challenging:

  • Weighted – Once all the Auto and Pixels buttons have been assigned their space, what’s left on the panel is divided among Weighed buttons according to their height/width value.

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Kiosk Software - Language Selection

Making Your Kiosk Interface Multilingual

You can give your kiosk users a choice of up to 5 languages. When the user selects a new language by clicking on a language button, all the text displayed and all the URLs associated with buttons take on a new value.

This is a great feature even if you only need one language because it allows you to change any of the text presented to the users.

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InTiles Kiosk Software - Digital Signage

Digital Signage Combined with your Kiosks

Digital signage and kiosks can be merged into one powerful tool when displaying web content on buttons. By setting a button’s Style to H (for HTML) and its Action to No Action, you have a fully functional mini web browser able to display live web content including HTML5. This might be ideal for libraries, high schools, colleges, and churches.

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InTiles Kiosk Software - Kiosk Mode

Kiosk Mode – What Is It?

When you first run InTiles, it will not be secure yet. You have to click on the Reboot in kiosk mode button located at the bottom of the settings window.

This will disable undesired key combinations such as Control-Alt-Delete and set InTiles as the default application at startup replacing the usual desktop. Let’s see how this kiosk lockdown is achieved.

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InTiles Kiosk Software - Under the Hood

Kiosk Software – Under the Hood

InTiles was built using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Microsoft latest technology. WPF is what makes it possible to build a kiosk interface that is both visually stunning and extremely flexible. Looking good is not enough for a kiosk browser, it needs an engine to display the web content. InTiles has two to choose from.

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