Dashboard Rotator, Meet Vue Pilot

A Better Dashboard Experience


Why

The Dashboard Rotator is a fairly old product that was built for a very basic purpose. Over time there have been requests for features that didn’t really fit with the way the software worked internally. The decision was made to rewrite the product from scratch, using modern technology, combined with a new online dashboard and API for remote machine management that could provide more useful functionality, especially for online machines.

We built Vue Pilot based on years of customer feedback and requests. We've addressed the most common problems and feature requests first, as well as a few new ones, such as:

  • Ability to keep all screens in sync with updated rotation lists. This is now synchronised with our servers in the cloud.
  • Browser dependency and stability issues are no more, Vue Pilot runs on it's own optimized version of Chromium
  • Remote management of screens. No more keyboard and mouse left attached to wall mounted screens. Simply use the online dashboard to start, stop, update and pause screens remotely
  • A URL "preview" mode that allows users to login to a website and generate an authentication cookie
  • A "hijack" mode, that allows you to remotely take over any screen and display content on it, hijacking the current URL rotation
We will will continue to release new versions in the future with the next round of most requested features

No More Internet Explorer Or FireFox

Many of you experienced an issue with FireFox or Internet Explorer when using The Dashboard Rotator. This was unfortunately unavoidable as both Internet Explorer and FireFox would often change APIs or security controls that would essentially break our communication with the software.

We resorted to recommending that people disable updates and downgrade to compatible versions of browsers to avoid issues. We could only guarantee the product will work up until the next FireFox or Microsoft patch release, at which point we need to retest the product for breaking changes. This is obviously not the best way to manage a software product.

This problem is completely gone with Vue Pilot.

Vue Pilot ships with its own bundled, light weight version of Chromium, the open source version of Googles Chrome. Now we deploy our software with a tested version of the browser of which we control the release version, ensuring stability and compatibility. No need to install any browsers, just install Vue Pilot and you’re done. This makes deploying dashboard machines incredibly simple as there is no dependency on any other software.

No More Text Files & Shared Volumes. URL Lists Are Synchronised With The Cloud

Previously we used basic text files to define the URL rotation lists.
This was clunky when trying to share lists between machines as you had to share them across some sort of attached volume share.

With Vue Pilot, everything is synchronised to our servers in the cloud. Want to add a new screen? Simply install the software, activate the machine and select one of your rotations lists that will automatically be synchronised to the machine. No more shared volumes.

Centralised Management

Need to update a rotation list? Simply login to the online dashboard at vuepilot.com and update the rotation list.

All screens using this list will be updated on their next rotation automatically. The software will synchronise its URL lists at the end of every rotation.

Cross Platform

Want to use a Linux machine instead of a Windows? How about a Mac?
We've got you covered. Vue Pilot is available for Windows, Mac and Linux

Hijack Functionality

We have these large screens all around our work places, cycling through our dashboard, however when an incident strikes, wouldn’t it be great if we could take over a screen and display something immediately important to the incident? Say for example a specific dashboard, or a news article?

With Hijack we can do this all from our dashboard. Simply login, find the machine from the “Machines” page, then enter the URL you wish to use under the “HIjack” section. When you’re done, click the “End Hijack” button to revert back to normal rotation.

Optimised For Online But Still Offline Friendly

Vue Pilot has put a lot of emphasis on online functionality, synchronisation, hijack etc, but we have not forgotten about our customers that are running screens purely offline (internal network, no internet).

Vue Pilot works completely offline, like Dashboard Rotator did, just without the cloud functionality, simply disable “Cloud Sync” in the app settings and all rotation data will be stored locally.

Keyboard Hotkeys

Control, start, stop, fullscreen mode and now pause rotation functionality with keyboard hotkeys when interacting with the client software.
No need to plug in mice to wall mounted screens, awkwardly using your leg as a mouse matt

What About My Dashboard Rotator Licenses?

The Dashboard Rotator is still supported, and you can continue using your licenses as normal.

You can view machines and manage licenses from the Vue Pilot dashboard. You can still purchase Dashboard Rotator licenses if you have no intention of switching to Vue Pilot. These will appear under the “Licenses” section of the dashboard as “v1” licenses.

Purchase V1 Dashboard Rotator Licenses

How Can I Upgrade / Migrate To Vue Pilot?

For a limited time, we are offering a full cost exchange for Dashboard Rotator customers to upgrade to Vue Pilot.

This means we will essentially credit all funds spent on Dashboard Rotator licenses towards Vue Pilot licenses. For example, if you have spent $500 on Dashboard Rotator licenses, we will credit you $500 towards your new Vue Pilot subscription.

To do this, simply:

  • Login to the dashboard and purchase your Vue Pilot licenses (this will setup a new billing account in Stripe that did not exist previously)
  • Once you have purchased your licenses, you must DEACTIVATE your Dashboard Rotator license from your machines
  • Migrate your existing Dashboard Rotator screens over to use the Vue Pilot software (Reactivate using the new license)
  • Once done, drop us an email and request the conversion and we will destroy any v1 licenses attached to your account and then credit your account with the appropriate funds.

Please note v1 licenses must be deactivated in order to claim a refund.