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Release 6.2


12/2012
  • Content Manager now supports (and requires) Apache Tomcat 7, and Java 7.
  • 5+ new features, 10+ fixes

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+6.2

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Support for this Release ended on February 21, 2015.

Release 6.1


10/2012
  • The new visual effects, including soft-shadow, soft-outline (glow), gradient-fills, and texture-fills that were added in Release 6 are now also available for text in Thai, Hindi, Kannada, Arabic, Hebrew, and other "Complex Writing Systems" languages.
  • Support for Flash clips with multi-touch, and support for interactive Flash clips co-existing with Scala buttons.
  • More streamlining of the Designer user-interface when working with elements and effects.
  • Playback Audit reports can now include auditing of individual ScalaScript pages.
  • In the Scala Hosting Server, added the ability to Delete from Database to remove database information about obsolete networks.
  • Simple Download Logs button to gather all Content Manager logs.
  • Support for administering user roles / workgroups via ActiveDirectory / LDAP.
  • 55+ new features, 65+ fixes

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+6.1

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Support for this Release ended on February 21, 2015.

Release 6


12/2011
  • New visual effects, including soft-shadow, soft-outline (glow), gradient-fills, and texture-fills.
  • Support for H.264 and MPEG-2 video streams.
  • Support for select high-definition video capture cards.
  • Improved visual performance of playback.
  • In the Player Configuration tool, simplified selecting from the list of available players.
  • Additional watchdogging in the Player.
  • Streamlined the Designer user-interface when working with elements and effects.
  • The Message editing screen now features an automatically updating preview.
  • Content Manager has been enhanced with numerous management and performance improvements for large networks.
  • Content Manager now integrates with LDAP / ActiveDirectory, for authentication.
  • Content Manager is now certified for use with Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4 and up, and Chrome 10 and up.
  • Content Manager is now certified under Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Under Windows Server 2008 R2 or under 64-bit Windows 7, Content Manager can be installed as a 64-bit application.
  • Content Manager now offers more flexible Player bandwidth controls.
  • 140+ new features, 180+ fixes

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+6

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Support for this Release ended on October 12, 2013.

Release 5.1


03/2010
  • Scala 5 is now supported under Windows 7, and under Windows Server 2008 R2 (the matching server operating system).
  • New transition effects, and improvements in the Transitions panel including searching by name, recently use transitions, and a transition visualizer.
  • Improved playback audit reporting features for integration.
  • Reserve disk space feature on Players.
  • In templates, you can make sounds into data fields.
  • Support for displaying templated messages on IAdea media appliances.
  • Simplified pairing of IAdea media appliances.
  • 95+ new features, 225+ fixes

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+5.1

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

Release 5


09/2009
  • Support for a variety of Media Appliances (hardware MPEG players, Photo Frames, etc.)
  • Support for Audio Only channels and Players.
  • Performance optimizations for playback on Ultra Low Cost PCs.
  • New transitions engine with 3D effects.
  • Approvals notification by email, with thumbnail and hyperlink back to Content Manager.
  • Improved Player Health within Content Manager.
  • Improved Playback Audit Reports in Content Manager.
  • Media Item and Playlist duration in Content Manager and Designer.
  • Better thumbnail quality in Content Manager and Ad Manager.
  • Ability to choose playlists in Templated Messages (combine the scripting power of Designer with the media management of Content Manager.)
  • Proof-of-Play analysis, reporting, and searching within Ad Manager.
  • Flexible rate-cards in Ad Manager, for digital screens and static faces.
  • IPv6 support.
  • 120+ new features, 140+ fixes

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+5

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

Release 4


12/2008
  • New branding (Scala instead of InfoChannel)
  • Scala Ad Manager 5: This new product, sold separately, is a sophisticated management system for scheduling ads onto advertising-based networks. It offers a rich set of features for searching and selecting venues by criteria, managing contracts and leases, and various other aspects of operating a digital signage or traditional signage network.
  • New scheduling and planning features in Scala Content Manager 5, including time triggers, playlist shuffle, "play N items" from a playlist, and "Play fullscreen" options.
  • Web Services for Scala Content Manager 5, to allow other applications to interface with and control Content Manager.
  • Playback Audit Reporting EX Module 5: This new module, sold separately, lets you generate proof-of-play reports showing what media played where, when, and how often.
  • Multi-Network support for Scala Content Manager 5: This feature, sold separately, lets you run multiple independent networks from one installation of Content Manager.
  • Usability improvements for Scala Designer 5, including:
    • Zoom support
    • Better mouse-wheel support
    • Easy selection of recently-used scripts and media files
    • Ease In and Ease Out control for transitions
  • Improved Flash playback, including much higher performance, support for interactivity, alpha channel, and "FlashVars".
  • Improved User Guides and Quick Start Guides for Scala Content Manager, Scala Designer, and Scala Player.
  • Photoshop plug-in to export your Photoshop projects as ScalaScripts.

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+4

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

Release 3.1


06/2008
  • InfoChannel Designer and InfoChannel Player are now tested and certified under Windows Vista.
  • InfoChannel is now available in Russian.
  • Publishing from InfoChannel Designer now works through a proxy server.

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+3.1

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

Release 3


03/2008
  • InfoChannel now has a new high-performance video-playback engine that plays back videos much faster than before, including 60fps video, and HD video on suitable hardware.
  • InfoChannel now supports playback of H.264 (MPEG-4) video files. H.264 offers high visual quality at a smaller file size than MPEG-2 or WMV files.
  • You can create text in languages such as Arabic, Thai, Hebrew, Hindi, Vietnamese, and other complex writing systems.
  • The new Broadcast Server module for InfoChannel Content Manager allows you to distribute content and plans to players using a multicast or package delivery network.
  • Support for playing and controlling external audio sources from the "Line Input" of your sound card.
  • When setting up a dual-channel player, you can now configure the PC's displays to be in spanning / stretched mode, which performs better and looks cleaner than using two independent displays.
  • Support for text-entry field elements from the Buttons panel. This allows you to create interactive applications that take keyboard input.
  • If your InfoChannel Player is behind a proxy server, you can now specify the proxy server's URL, username, and password.
  • Publishing individual files that are bigger than 4GB is now supported.
  • InfoChannel Content Manager is now significantly faster when dealing with larger networks.
  • In InfoChannel Content Manager, sub-playlists can be easily created by multi-selecting media items and clicking Create Sub-Playlist.
  • Text elements using variables, and text crawls now support inline and adjacent style changes for font, color, italics, size, etc.
  • In InfoChannel Content Manager, you now "synchronize players" instead of "generating plans", and the new Distribution screen efficiently manages this for both conventional and broadcast connections.

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+3

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

Release 2


05/2007
  • Support for push buttons, toggle buttons, and radio buttons.
  • Scalability and performance improvements for large networks.
  • Support for triggers (signals on the player that switch to a designated playlist).
  • Improved support libraries for Python scripts.
  • TV Tuner EX Module, for support of analog TV capture hardware.
  • CORIOgen EX Module, for integration with various genlock devices.
  • Queue EX Module, for integration with hardware queuing systems.
  • Video EXes Module (VCR EX Module, Switcher EX Module, Leightronix EX Module), for integration with various video playback decks and switchers.
  • Weather EX Module, for integration with various hardware weather stations.
  • Spanish translation of InfoChannel Designer, InfoChannel Player, and InfoChannel Content Manager.
  • German, French, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese translations of InfoChannel Content Manager.

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+2

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

Release 1.1


02/2007
  • The Publish Automation EX Module is now available as an add-on for InfoChannel Content Manager and InfoChannel Designer.
  • Added French, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese translations for all products except InfoChannel Content Manager.
  • Added Japanese translation of InfoChannel Content Manager.
  • In InfoChannel Designer, the middle mouse button toggles the visibility of the Design panel.
  • Added support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and 2000 to InfoChannel Content Manager.

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+1.1

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

Release 111/2006
  • All-new web-based rich content management and planning platform
  • Metadata support
  • SQL backend (PostgreSQL, MySQL)
  • Multiple user support in Content Manager, role-based
  • Build playlists and schedules using only web tools
  • Server/player communication via HTTP/HTTPS
  • Distribution automatically figured out based on the timetable/plan
  • Web-based easy message composition from templates
  • Dramatically better visual quality and performance
  • Multiple frames
  • Two channels per player
  • Content scaled to fit the screen
  • Portrait mode rotation
  • Global elements
  • Unlimited mixing of transitions, video, and layers
  • Improved timing consistency
  • Streamlined and more powerful Designer
  • New look-and-feel for Designer, with skins
  • Pull-down menus, right-click context-menus
  • Improved view/hide elements in Designer
  • Easy creation of templates in Designer
  • Players authorized from Content Manager, without needing dongles
  • Software updates respect Scala Advantage coverage dates

Further details can be found here: http://docs.scala.com/display/S5/Release+1

End of Support:

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Support for this Release ended prior to October 12, 2013.

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