App Guide: Noticeboard

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Within the ScreenCloud App Store, we offer an easy way to get text, notices, messages, and quotes on your digital screens. It’s called the Noticeboard app.

The Noticeboard app is the easiest way to get your messages up onto your screens. The Noticeboard app allows you to create a cool noticeboard using one of our theme options, or by creating your own. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to create a custom digital noticeboard using the tools available. 

With the Noticeboard app you can create any notice or sign you like! Features include:

  • Choose from a variety of different templates including ‘neon’, ‘chalkboard’ and ‘cowboy’
  • Change font, text color and positioning 
  • Upload custom images, as backgrounds or overlays

Table of Contents:

Step-by-Step: Here's How It Works

Example Noticeboards

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Select and install Noticeboard from the ScreenCloud App Store

Head to the ScreenCloud App Store and select Noticeboard (or follow this link). Select ‘Install this app’ in the bottom right-hand corner. This will log you into your ScreenCloud account, or prompt you to set up our free trial in order to use Noticeboard and the other apps within our App Store.  

  • Once logged in select ‘Add this app’ from the top right-hand corner:

Install noticeboard ap

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2. Choose from a Custom or Preset noticeboard theme

In Noticeboard you have two options: use a preset theme or create a noticeboard from scratch using the custom theme.

  • To choose from Preset or Custom, use the 'Type' drop-down on the main screen:

Custom noticeboard creation

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3. Using a Preset Noticeboard Theme

Add a message

  • Use the ‘add message’ box to write in any text of your choosing. This may include instructions, a quote or a signpost. 

Theme

This is where you can choose how you want your noticeboard to look. 

  • Within our preset themes, first you have the Chalkboard theme which creates an authentic chalkboard effect with text displayed over a chalkboard:

Chalkboard noticeboard effect

  • Lightbox provides you with a white background, with black separating lines just like in a real lightbox! The text you add fills each line of the lightbox effect:

Lightbox noticeboard effect

  • The theme Cowboy provides an authentic ranch-style background, with a text overlay:

Cowboy effect noticeboard

  • Neon gives your text a glow:

Neon noticeboard effect

Text Align

  • Just as it says - move your text to the left, right or center. 

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4. Creating a Custom noticeboard theme

  • If you want to create your own noticeboard design or upload an image to use as a background, ensure you select 'custom' from the Type drop-down. When you select custom you will see more options available:

Noticeboard custom theme

These are the following:

Message

  • Enter a message of your choice. 

Text color

  • Choose your text color or enter a hex code.

Background

  • Choose your background color or enter a hex code.

Font

  • Select your font.

Text Align

  • Move your text to the left, right or center. 

Upload image

  • This allows you to add an image to your sign, as a background or to fill one side of your notice. 

Image layout

  • This allows you to select where to place your image and how it looks with the other elements on the page. 

Text Format Options:

  • Center text - this places your text in the centre of the image and gives it a background, with the color you have chosen using the ‘background’ setting. 
  • Center text no background - this centers your text but removes the background, so that the text is placed directly over the image.
  • Image then text - This places your image on the left hand side and your text on the right hand side, creating a split screen. If you are using portrait mode, this will place the image at the top, then the text at the bottom.
  • Text then image - This places your text on the left hand side and your image on the right hand side, creating a split screen. If you are using portrait mode, this will place the text at the top, then the image at the bottom. 

Image size

    • This is only applicable if you are using a specific image layout. If you have chosen ‘image then text’ in the image layout, or ‘text then image’ this will split your screen into two halves. In either, if you choose ‘fit’ your image will stretch to fill the entire background of the image half. If you choose ‘contain’, you will see a border around your image within that half of the screen. 

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5. Example Noticeboards

Example noticeboard template

Settings used: 
Theme: Custom
Text Color: #ffffff
Background: #e4b467
Font: Alfa Slab One
Background image uploaded
Image layout: Center text

Example noticeboard 2

Settings used:
As above, but with ‘Image layout’ changed to: Center text no background

Noticeboard example 3

Settings used: 
Theme: Custom
Text Color: #ffffff
Background: #e4b467
Font: Alfa Slab One
Text align: Right
Background image uploaded
Image size: Contain
Image layout: Image then text

Noticeboard example 4

Settings used: 
Theme: Custom
Text Color: #ffffff
Background: #e4b467
Font: Alfa Slab One
Text align: Left
Background image uploaded
Image size: Fit
Image layout: Text then image

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6. Preview your results

Once you have created your Noticeboard you have the opportunity to preview before it gets added to a playlist. This allows you to check that you’re happy with what the content looks like, the text positioning, colors and so on. 

  • Click ‘Preview App’ and a small popup will display your noticeboard creation:

Noticeboard app preview screen

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7. Add to a playlist

  • Once you’re happy with your Noticeboard, select ‘Add App’ and give it a name. This will help you to spot it later and tell it apart from other noticeboards:

Noticeboard add to a playlist function

  • Next, go to ‘Playlists’ and drag and drop your Noticeboard from the app selection bar on the right-hand side to the playlist of your choosing:

Noticeboard playlist function

Once it has been added to your playlist you can change the time duration and move its positioning using the same drag and drop motion. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My preview Noticeboard isn’t working - what do I do? 

  • Sometimes it may take a few seconds for the ‘preview app’ feature to work, as it picks up your custom features and images. Please leave the preview open for 30 seconds. If it still doesn’t appear, close the preview and re-open it. 

Can I use Noticeboard as part of a zoned digital signage display?

  • Yes, when setting up a zoned display you will see the option to ‘Add App’. Any Noticeboards you have set up will be found in this list. 

Can I use Noticeboard in portrait mode?

  • Yes, just ensure you choose portrait mode before creating your noticeboard to ensure that the text is the correct way around. 

Can I separate the lines of text?

  • At current, you cannot add indents or lines between the text. 

How long is the Noticeboard app shown for?

  • Noticeboard is a static display, therefore it is shown for the time duration that you set within your playlist. This can be edited at any time by selecting the appropriate playlist from the ‘Playlists’ sidebar and changing the time duration next to the Noticeboard of your choice. 

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If you have any additional questions or concerns on the Noticeboard app, or any other questions or feedback about your ScreenCloud Membership, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.io or give us a call at +1-415-449-5426, then follow the prompts to reach support. 

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