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MANUAL

WINDOWS version 1.0, February 2011


01 Table of Contents
2 Network environment .............................................................................................................. 04

3 Quick guide – software installation ........................................................................................ 05

3.1 qDesigner ................................................................................................................................... 05

3.2 qPlayer and qScheduler .......................................................................................................... 07

4 Quick guide – hardware installation ....................................................................................... 08

5 qDesigner .................................................................................................................................... 09

5.1 Start Software ...........................................................................................................................10

5.2 Create a New Project ............................................................................................................ 11

5.3 Create a New Layout ............................................................................................................ 11

5.4 Add Assets To Your Layout ................................................................................................. 12

5.4.1 Insert a Text box .................................................................................................................... 12

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5.4.2 Insert an Image ...................................................................................................................... 14

5.4.3 Insert a Video ........................................................................................................................... 16

5.4.4 Insert a Clock .......................................................................................................................... 18

5.4.5 Insert a Playlist ...................................................................................................................... 20

5.4.6 Insert a Website ..................................................................................................................... 21

5.5 Take a Look at a Preview ..................................................................................................... 22

5.6 Managing the Timeline .............................................................................................................22

5.7 Send Your Project to the Player .................................................................................... 24

5.7.1 Connecting with the PLayer .............................................................................................. 24

5.7.2 Linking a Project to a Player .............................................................................................. 25

5.7.3 Planning / Scheduling a project ............................................................................................ 27

5.8 Checking for Updates .......................................................................................................... 29

6 FAQ ..................................................................................................................................... 30

7 Support ..................................................................................................................................... 30

8 Appendix 1: Setting the Wireless Network Connection of the Q-BiX WINDOWS player.... 31

9 Appendix 2: Setting the Wireless Network Connection of the Q-BiX LINUX Player .... 32

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02 Network Environment

PC
Q-Bix
designer
software
qDesigner.exe

NETWERK
NETWORK
Network Environment

qPlayer.exe

Q-Bix
Digital
signage
player
qScheduler.exe

HDMI-DVI

LCD
Screen
Digital
signage
output

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03 Quick guide – software installation

3.1 qDesigner
STEP 1 STEP 5

Go to our website www.qbixsignage.com and download the software.

STEP 2

Save the file on your computer and then run it.

STEP 3

Quick guide – software installation


Klick ‘I Agree’

STEP 6

Klick ‘Run’

STEP 4

Choose the location where you want the system files to be installed.
It is, however, recommended that you do not change the ‘Destination
folder’ that is indicated by default.

Then click ‘Next’.

Klick ‘Next’

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STEP 7 STAP 9
Quick guide – software installation

Choose the name of the folder which will appear in your The installer installs all of the required components.
START menu. It is again recommended that you retain the
default notation. Then click ‘Next’.

STEP 8 STAP 10

The installation requires the installation of a Runtime component. Click ‘Finish’ to complete the installation.
Check the box to allow this and then click ‘Install’.

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3.2 qPlayer & qScheduler
These files have already been installed on the player by your product dealer.
Please contact your dealer if you experience any problems with these components.

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04 Quick guide – HARDWARE installation

STEP 1

Remove the Q-BiX player from the packaging.

STEP 2

Screw the wireless antenna onto the back of the Q-BiX player (18).

STEP 3

Connect your LAN connection to the back of the Q-BiX player (13).

STEP 4

Connect your DVI or HDMI connection to the back of the Q-BiX player (15 or 16).
Quick guide – HARDWARE installation

STEP 5

Connect the power supply to the back of the Q-BiX player (17).

STEP 6

Turn on the Q-BiX player using the switch located on the front of it. (3).

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1 Power LED 10 Rear Surround Output


2 HDD Active LED 11 USB 2X
3 Power Switch Button 12 USB 2X
4 R/L Channel Speaker Output (RCA Connectors) 13 LAN
5 Line-Out 14 COM1
6 Line-In 15 HDMI
7 MIC-In 16 DVI-I
8 1x audio-jack 17 DC-IN
9 CEN/LFE Output 18 Antenna Connector (Optional)

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05 Quick guide – QDESIGNER

Before you start using the software, you need to be aware of a few of the terms used:

A project is a collection (playlist) of layouts. When a project has been completed, it will be sent
Project
in its entirety to the player.

A layout is one 'slide' within your project. It is possible to add multiple layouts to the same
Layout
project.

An asset is an 'object' (e.g. text, video, image...) within a layout. The number of assets within a
Asset
layout is infinite.

The entire tree-like structure (project, layout and assets) of your project can be viewed in your ‘Project Browser’.

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5.1 Start the Software
You can use the software by clicking on ‘Start’, ‘All Programs’, ‘Q-BiX’ and ‘qDesigner’. The software will then run and open up the window
depicted on the previous page:
QDESIGNER

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5.2 Create a New Project
In the software’s main window, select ‘Create New Project’ from the ‘Project’ menu. A dialog box will then appear:

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Choose a project name and set your preferred width, height and background color. Then click ‘OK’.

5.3 Create a New Layout


When you create a new project, a dialog box will automatically appear to enable you to produce a new layout. If you want to create an extra
layout, choose ‘Create New Layout’ from the ‘Layout’ menu.

In the dialog box, define a layout name, background color and running time (= slide).

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5.4 Add Assets to Your Layout

5.4.1 Insert a Text Box



Select the text box asset in the asset browser.
Drag this asset to your layout
and double-click on the text box to open the properties menu.

TAB ‘BASIC’

Name the text box here. Note: this is not the text that will be shown in your
Object name
layout.

Text Enter the text that you want to display in your layout.

Geometry Define the position, height and width of the text box.
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TAB ‘APPEARANCE’

Area Fill Color Define the background color of your text box here.

Area Fill
Define the transparency of your background.
Opacity

Font Define the font to be used in your text box.

Text Color Define the color of your text.

Opacity Define the transparency of your text.

Text Alignment Define the alignment (left, centre, right) of the text inside the text box.

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TAB ‘ADVANCED’

Rotation Define the angle of inclination of your text box here.

Reflection Define the setting for the reflection of your text box.

Reflected Check this option to switch to mirroring.

Reflection
Define the distance between the text box and its reflection.
Distance

Fading Out
Define the fade-out effect of your text box.
Reflection

Scrolling Turn your text box into a banner.

Scrolling
Define the direction of your banner.
direction

Scroll speed Define the speed of your banner.

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5.4.2 Insert an Image
Select the image asset in the asset browser.
Drag this asset to your layout.
Double-click on the image box to open
the properties menu.

TAB ‘BASIC’

Object name Name the image here.

Image source Browse to the image you want to include.

Geometry Define the position, height and width of your image object.
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TAB ‘APPEARANCE’

Area Fill Color Define the background color of your image here.

Define the position of your image within your image object (scale to item
Scale Mode
area; keep aspect ratio; do not scale).

Mask Define a mask for your photo.

Mask type Define the mask type.

Mask image
Browse to the image you want to set as the mask.
source

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TAB ‘ADVANCED’

Transparent Define the transparency of your image object here.

Rotation Define the inclination of your image object.

Reflection Define the settings to mirror the image object.

Reflected Check this option to switch to mirroring.

Reflection
Define the distance between the image object and its reflection.
Distance

Fading Out
Define the fade-out effect of your image object.
Reflection

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5.4.3 Insert a Video
Select the video asset in the asset browser.
Drag this asset to your layout.
Double-click on the video asset
to open the properties menu.

TAB ‘BASIC’

Object Name Name the video.

Media Source Browse to the video you want to use.

Geometry Define the position, height and width of your video object here.
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TAB ‘APPEARANCE’

Area Fill Color Define the background color of your video object here.

Define the position of your video within your video object (scale to item
Scale Mode
area; keep aspect ratio; do not scale).

Repeat Check this option to automatically repeat the video.

Mute Check this option to switch off the sound (1).

Volume Define the sound volume of the video (1).

Mask Define a mask for your video.

Mask type Define the mask type.

Mask image
Browse to the video you want to set as the mask.
source

(1)
= the Q-BiX player has no internal speakers. You can get sound by connecting the Q-BiX player to external
speakers, amplifiers, etc.

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TAB ‘ADVANCED’

Transparent Define the transparency of your video object.

Rotation Define the inclination of your video object.

Reflection Define the setting to mirror the video object.

Reflected Check this option to switch to mirroring.

Reflection
Define the distance between the video object and its reflection.
Distance

Fading Out
Define the fade-out effect of your video object.
Reflection

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5.4.4 Insert a Clock

Select the clock asset in the asset browser.


Drag this asset to your layout.
Double-click on the clock asset
to open the properties menu.

TAB ‘BASIC’

Object Name Name the clock.

Analog clock Check this option to use an analog clock.

Analog clock skin Define the background of your analog clock from the options list.

Time Zone Set the time zone where you are located.

Geometry Define the position, height and width of your clock object.
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TAB ‘DIGITAL CLOCK APPEARANCE’

Area Fill Color Define the background color of your clock object.

Area Fill Opacity Define the transparency of the background color of your clock object.

Font Define the font of the number representations around your clock object.

Font Color Define the color of the number representations around your clock object.

Alignement Define the alignment (left, centre, right) of the clock inside the clock object.

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TAB ‘ADVANCED’

Item Opacity Define the transparency of your clock object.

Rotation Define the inclination of your clock object.

Reflection Define the setting to mirror the clock object.

Reflected Check this option to switch to mirroring.

Reflection
Define the distance between the clock object and its reflection.
distance

Fading out
Define the fade-out effect of your clock object.
reflection

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5.4.5 Insert a Playlist

Select the playlist asset from the asset browser.


Drag this asset to your layout.
Double-click on the playlist asset ‘Empty Playlist’ to create a playlist of different layouts.
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A new layout window will then appear, enabling you to again add one or more assets.

To add more layouts to your playlist, right-click on Add Playlist’, which is in the area below the playlist screen. A new dialog box will then appear.

The example set out below depicts the structure of our main layout, containing a playlist asset with three playlist layouts.

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5.4.6 Insert a Website

Select the website asset in the asset browser.


Drag this asset to your layout.
Double-click on the website asset
to open the properties menu.

TAB ‘BASIC’

Object Name Name your website object here.

URL Enter the link to the referring website that you want to highlight.

Geometry Define the position, height and width of your website object.

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TAB ‘ADVANCED’

Rotation Define the inclination of your website object here.

Reflection Define the setting to mirror the website object.

Reflected Check this option to switch to mirroring.

Reflection
Define the distance between the website object and its reflection.
distance

Fading out
Define the fade-out effect of your website object.
reflection

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5.5 Take a Look at a Preview

If you want to see what you have created before sending it to your player(s), the menu gives you the option to see a preview of your project.

If you click on the Preview button, a dialog box will open and display your project.

To leave the preview, click on the Close button in the top right corner of the dialog box.

5.6 Managing the Timeline


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At the top of the software’s interface you will find a timeline as set out here.

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This timeline can be used to limit the lifespan of certain assets in your layout.

The example below limits the display of a clock in a layout to 10 seconds:

- Drag a clock from your asset browser to your layout.


- Select the clock with a single click on it.
- Then click on the + button in the timeline.
- A dialog box appears.

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- Define the duration (Time) of your clock.
- In the example above the duration of the clock is 10 seconds.
- Then choose between ‘Invisible’ and ‘Visible’ in the ‘Make Asset’ drop list.
o When you select ‘invisible’, the clock will disappear after 10 seconds.
o When you select ‘visible’, the clock will appear after 10 seconds.

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5.7 Send Your Project to the Player

5.7.1 Connecting with the Player

Click Displays, then Configure Displays to make one or more Klik op Scan…
connections to the available players.
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A dialog box will appear. naar (een) beschikbare player(s).
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Select the correct player and click OK.

You can also send the same layout to several players by selecting
multiple players when you conduct the scan.

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5.7.2 Linking a Project to a Player

Click Display, Schedule Editor.

A new window will appear which enables you to upload a project you have saved to the player.

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Click ‘Add’ and select the saved project. Click OK.

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Then, select the beginning and end date + time for the project. You Select the project and click the Upload button.
must define the duration of your project here. Then click OK.

You can upload several projects with different time definitions to one or more players by
adding multiple projects in the ‘Schedule Editor’ window.

Enter the correct password and click OK.


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The default password is ‘qbix’.


Contact your product dealer
to attribute another password.

Select the correct player and click ‘Update Selected’.

When the box ‘Updated’ is checked, the project has been successfully sent to the player.

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5.7.3 Planning/Scheduling a Project

You can – after sending a project – plan/schedule an extra project.


Note: to do this, you must have saved the project you have already sent in the Schedule Editor!

You can do this by clicking ‘Save’ in the Schedule Editor.

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To send an extra project to be played at a later time, open your saved ‘Schedule’ with the ‘Load’ button in the Schedule Editor.

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You can then add a project by clicking the ‘Add Project’ button.
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Then select the start and end date + time for the project. You can also define the duration of your project here.

When a second project has been added to the ‘Schedule’, you can click ‘Upload’ again to send both projects.
Save your ‘Schedule’ for later use.

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5.8 Checking for Updates

Click Help, Check for Updates.

A dialog box will appear. Select the latest update and click Install Updates.
The new updates will be installed and the older version of the software deleted.

Your saved projects will not be lost.

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6 FAQ
My display shows the message ‘No Input’.

Æ Check whether the Q-BiX player is on. You can do this by checking the status of the green light on the front of the player. If the light is off, please
turn your player on.

When I try to send my project, I get the message ‘wrong password’.

Æ Contact your dealer if the default password ‘qbix’ does not work.

I have had a machine blackout and my presentation(s) is (are) no longer displayed.

Æ Turn the Q-BiX player on again using the switch on the front of the player. The presentation should re-appear after a few minutes.

When I schedule a project to start at a later point in time, my current presentation disappears.

Æ When you send a new presentation through the Schedule Editor, all current presentations have to be sent as well. It is also important to always
save your ‘Schedule’ using the ‘Save’ button in the Schedule Editor (see also Section 5.7.3 in this manual).
FAQ - SUPPORT

When I run a scan for available players, I see more players than are actually present.

Æ When a player is linked to the network, whether via a wired or a wireless connection, it appears twice in the results of the scan, with a different
IP address on each occasion.

A video will not play on my player.

Æ Normally, the most common codecs will have already been installed on the player. If, however, a video does not play, it is likely that the codec
which supports it is missing. In these circumstances, please contact your dealer.

I cannot connect to a player.

Æ Check the firewall settings of your computer. The firewall settings of your player have been set correctly. Note that it is important that port
10233 is open.

7 SUPPORT
You can contact the Q-BiX Help Desk by sending an email to helpdesk@qbixsignage.com

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8 Appendix 1: Setting the Wireless Network Connection of the Q-BiX WINDOWS Player
STeP 1

Make sure your Q-BiX player is on..

STeP 2

Connect a USB keyboard and a USB mouse to the USB ports (11) at the back of the Q-BiX player.

STeP 3

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click Start Task Manager and select the ‘Processor’ tab.

STeP 4

Click ‘qScheduler.exe and then ‘End Process’. Click ‘End Process’ again when your computer asks for confirmation.

STeP 5

APPENDIX 1
You will now enter a Windows environment. Select ‘Start’, Configuration Panel, Network Centre’ and select ‘Open or Close a Connection’.

STeP 6

Select the desired network, provide a security password when required and activate your chosen wireless network. Contact your network
administrator to obtain the security password.

STeP 7

Click again on ‘Start’, All Programs, Q-BiX and qScheduler.exe to make your player active again.

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9 Appendix 2: Setting the Wireless Network Connection of the Q-BiX LINUX Player
STeP 1

Make sure your Q-BiX player is on.

STeP 2

Connect a USB keyboard and a USB mouse to the USB ports (11) at the back of the Q-BiX player.

STeP 3

Press Alt+F1 and then click on the WINDOWS key + E to switch to the desktop.

STeP 4

You are now in a Linux environment. Select ‘System’, ‘Preferences’, ‘Network Connections’.

STeP 5
APPENDIX 2

Select the desired network, provide a security password when required and activate your chosen wireless network. Contact your network
administrator to obtain the security password.

STeP 6

Then click the WINDOWS key + E to switch to your presentation.

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