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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:08

SocialAds is seriously powerful. If you are power user of SocialAds you will know that its extremely flexible allowing you to use it many ways as needed for your specific requirement. On some client projects, we have also used SocialAds to show Ads on Kiosks & TV displays in Coffee shops ! 

We have a working Alpha version of SocilaAds being used to deliver ads to Android devices as well and have another one coming up to deliver Ads to Raspberry Pi & ARM based Displays & Signages. And yes a Chromecast App is also in the line up ! However all these are only available right now as custom projects & not as over the shelf Products. 

However if you want to use SocialAds now to Display ads on Television Displays or Digital Signages, there is a way to do that ! 

SocialAds delivering Advertisements to TV Screens, Digital Signages & Kiosks

Alright ! Let's get started. First we need to get our server side infrastructure setup.. Then we will go about setting up your various Client side displays. 

Setting up SocialAds for Large screen Ad delivery

The first thing to do is decide what kind of Ads you want to show. For Large screen Ads, High quality image Ads as well as videos can work well - However Audio might not always be possible in a Public location. You can also show Text Ads. In this example i am going to setup my Zones in such a way that i can have some of My client screens showing Full Screen Ads & some of them showing 3 Ads at a time on the screen. 

Lets setup the Zones

Login to the SocialAds installation & in the backend setup a Media Ad Zone with high resolution dimensions - check your client screen resolution to decide how much this might be. Also setup the File size limitation as needed. Since i am doing to be seeing this in a TV in our office, i am going to set it up to be 1280 X 768 px. This i will use on the Client devices that are going to show 1 full screen ad at a time. 

Setup the Content Page with the Zone for delivery

Now Lets setup the Page on the website where you have SocialAds that will actually render the Ads. For this, create a new Joomla Content Article & use the loadmodule position syntax to define a new module position that i am going to call 'fshdads' . Now create a new SocialAds module & publish it in this position. Configure the module to show the Zone we just created above & set it to not show the module title. You can also configure other stuff like not showing the advertise here link & switching on Ad rotation. One page is now ready to go live on the client side. 

Now you can setup the rest of the zones. I am going to make 3 more Zones now for the Clients that will show 3 Ads at a time. One Zone is Large & covers most of the screen. The second one is on its right & is a tower ad & the final one is a small text Ad zone that I will show on the bottom. Configure the dimensions as appropriate for your screen & then setup a new Joomla page as above & put the 3 module positions there as described above. If you want more permutations, you can do more . 

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Configuring the Clients

Our current assumption is that whatever device you have on the client side, it can render Web pages. Fire up its browser & open the link of the Joomla page you created in step one on it. This should show the Joomla site and the Ad in the position you defined.. But this wont work as the rest of the site is showing as well . 

Let's fix that by adding a parameter tmpl=component to the end of the url. You might need to prefix it with an & or a ? depending on how the url is . In the demo i have setup for this, the url is http://demos.techjoomla.com/tvads/index.php/shared-zone ( note that i have appended the string but Joomla's sef has made the url prettier) 

If you have chrome, you can have this fire as a Desktop App & you can set it to run on startup . Configure each client in a similar way.

For the clients, its also possible to use a Chromecast with a small hack to have a very cheap ad delivery device. You can make the chromecast fire up a html file with an iframe  that shows your page. You can see this link for that here. 

Hope this helps ! Have fun with SocialAds & do tell us innovative ways in which you are using it as well !

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SocialAds 3.0 Alpha 2 Released !
Joomla Extension Blogs - SocialAds
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:09

We are pleased to announce the availability to SocialAds Alpha 2 for testing. This is another step towards a awesome new stable release for SocialAds. This release Ads a couple of new features from Alpha I & has several bug fixes & stability improvements. 

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The Main Features added in this Alpha are Admin Ad creation & Backend ACL for SocialAds. Now as of Alpha 2 the release is feature complete as per the SocialAds 3.0 Roadmap. We will now be concentrating on doing all round improvements in the release for UI/UX , Bug fixes & Stability improvements. 

So your input now is critical. Please help us test this release & file your bugs !  Thank you all who have contributed in testing so far ! Please read on for the full change log including Alpha 1 & Alpha 2.  

You can download the release from the My Subscriptions area. To report bugs, head for the forum & post your comments.

 Join the Discussion & Post your Feedback !

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JTicketing 1.5 Alpha 1 Released !
Joomla Extension Blogs - JTicketing
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:09

We are pleased to announce the availability to JTicketing Alpha 1 for testing. This is another step towards a awesome new stable release for JTicketing. This release has 80% of the planned features of JTicketing 1.5. 

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So your input now is critical. Please help us test this release & file your bugs !  Thank you all who have contributed in testing so far ! Please read on for the full change log & testing instructions.. 

You can download the release from the My Subscriptions area. To report bugs, head for the forum & post your comments.

 Join the Discussion & Post your Feedback !

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Read more... [JTicketing 1.5 Alpha 1 Released !]
 
See Whats coming in JTicketing 1.5 !
Joomla Extension Blogs - JTicketing
Sunday, 02 March 2014 11:00

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Hello All !
If you have read our blog about SocialAds, you'll know that we are experimenting with agile methodologies. One team is currently working on JTicketing. You have been asking for quite a few features for this product for a while now and we plan to make your wishes come true with this awesome release ! We don't have any teaser screenshots for you as yet.. But we soon will ! 

Read on to see what this awesome release is set to bring you !

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