The live log for Spark's roadmap, features, and updates.


COMING SOON!

SPARK MARKETPLACE

The Spark Marketplace will be an e-commerce store within the Spark CMS, allowing users to purchase and integrate specialty components for their interfaces. First-party items will include new widgets and content controls, while third-party features include media streams, food menu solutions, and wayfinding solutions.


OMNIBUS v3 UPDATE

v3 of the Spark platform is in production and will launch a major cosmetic update, enhancing usability, design workflow, asset management, account automation, and billing automation. This includes a new widget library that will support a variety of applications such as data integration, weather visualization, and event-based visualization. v3 of the Spark Player will support Windows in addition to Android.


MAY 2017

OMNIBUS v2 UPDATE

It's here! We've made numerous system enhancements and added new features, by popular request.

SPARK CMS

  • The interface Scheduling tool has been added, enabling interface publishing at a set time.
  • Interfaces can now be duplicated.
  • The Spark CMS is now fully available in Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
  • Visitors to sparkscreens.com can now generate their own Spark CMS account, for a free 14 day trial. Each demo account also includes a selection of new demonstration interfaces.
  • The Spark CMS login page has received a cosmetic update.

SPARK PLAYER

  • Received a general update to work with the updated Spark CMS.
  • Received improved support for portrait and landscape display modes, and 4K resolution playback.
  • Fixed reported cosmetic issues with the Web Widget and Media Widget.

DEC 2016

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COSMETIC UPDATE

Aesthetic enhancements of v2 the CMS are in production to improve workflow.


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ON-PREMISE HOSTING

Prefer not use standard cloud hosting? You can take advantage of the Spark platform on your local network, for an affordable perpetual license.


NOV 2016

CASCADE PAGE TRANSITION

A cascade animation option has been added for transitions between pages.


MAJOR VERSION UPDATE

v2 of the Spark platform received a major update to provide fixes for text alignment, device management, the core-updater, the admin app, and the launcher app.


OCT 2016

USER ACCOUNT HIERARCHY

In the Users menu, you can now create and edit roles for the users associated with your Spark account. The roles are Admin (editing & publishing), Editors (editing only), and Viewers (viewing only).


WEB WIDGET

The web widget allows the live loading and display of a responsive web page, including options for browser navigation.


SCHEDULED UPDATE

A scheduled update to all demo and production builds was issued to address device management and asset distribution tickets.


SEP 2016

MULTILINGUAL EDITING & LANGUAGE WIDGET

In the Assets menu, upload translated versions of images, videos, and apps. In your interfaces, the Language widget can be added, which is an interactive toggle for users to decide what language to view content in.


CORE-UPDATER ENHANCEMENT

A new software bundle, the Core-Updater, has been added to the device-side install files. It manages versioning and automatic updates of the launcher and administrative code sets, improving the platform's stability during complex data migrations.


CMS TRANSLATION TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE

The Spark CMS can now be used in Traditional Chinese by going to the Settings menu and switching the viewing language.


AUG 2016

VIDEO-ON-DEMAND WIDGET

Videos can now be added and sequenced within a Video-On-Demand dashboard, which allows users to browse videos by custom genres, view video information, and run their videos with playback controls. Simply create a VOD playlist in the Assets menu, and assign it to a VOD widget in an interface.


WEATHER WIDGET UPDATE

The Weather widget has been updated to allow input of latitude and longitude coordinates, allowing users to update the location of their screens when seeking temperature and climate settings.


CMS & CLIENT-SIDE ENHANCEMENTS

Updates have been made to the CMS and client-side builds to improve performance and stability.