As the digital signage display screen can be split up into different size and shape zones the editor has different matching design modes to ensure the content fits into the zones correctly.
Different page or zone formats are controlled like any other page so a banner zone on a screen can carousel multiple banner shape pages.
The current options are:
Wide Screen – This type of page will correctly fill a normal widescreen TV.
Ultrawide – Ultrawide displays are pretty much normal widescreen displays cut in half along the horizontal so they have half the height of a normal widescreen display. UltraWide Screen Info
Banner – This is a long narrow page that can be used to slot along the top or bottom of the signage screen that might be used to display a title such as the name of your organisation along with the time and date.
Skyscraper – This is a tall and very narrow page. Note that this is too narrow to correctly fill the screen of a TV in portrait mode. A combination of banner, widescreen and skyscraper page formats can all be displayed on a screen at the same time to give the classic three section webpage look of banner along the top, skyscraper to one side and a large main content area.
Portrait – Used for screens mounted vertically. Pages created in this format will look correct on portrait displays.
Portrait A4 – Normal portrait mode is quite a bit narrower than the standard A4 paper aspect ratio that you might have existing artwork or scanned artwork in. While TV screens aren’t A4 shaped you can for example fit ten A4 zones on a widscreen TV in two rows of five. That would allow your screen to display ten different A4 sized pages all at the same time.
Square – You might want zones on your screen in a square format so this sizes the editor to have equal height and width settings. Due to the shape of pixels on displays it may not look completely square.
When opening a page in the signage editor that’s been designed in one of the different modes the editor sets itself to the correct format.
The displays can display different types of page shape on the same screen, so you could have a screen that just showed lots of rows of banner pages for example.
The different sized pages and zones all operate in the same way as the normal pages so a banner zone can show different banner pages in a playlist or carousel.
Having screens with multiple zones in them can be difficult to manage. The system allows you to give each zone a name, such as ‘Page Header’ to help you identify it.
You can also use a special feature of the editor that allows you to create a special page that replicates the look of the screen, then drop pages into the zones directly in the editor. A special control page is shown below and explained in the link. Build a Custom Interface in the Page Editor