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DisplayPoint

DisplayPoint is a solution to meet the demands of displaying content as easily as possible on screens around your business or public space. All you need is a device that runs a modern web browser and you can centrally manage your dashboards and big screens from your desk.

Anyone can schedule and show images, movies, messages, websites or RSS feeds to a group of computers. Rather than buy some sort of application that you must install on all your computers or a server, just get a low-powered machine and a web browser.

Features

DisplayPoint is being extended regularly and I’m open to requests for features which fit the general use of the product. Some of the current features are,

  • completely browser-based
  • centrally managed by anyone with a web browser
  • content can be displayed for any duration
  • show images like a slide show
  • view movies from your own network or stream from YouTube
  • post messages to inform others of meetings, news, etc
  • import and cache RSS feeds from news sites
  • display web pages that automatically scroll down to show all content
  • set content to expire at a certain date and time
  • add multiple display devices to content groups e.g. marketing sees one content group and the engineering teams see another

Use it to cycle through the photos from the company BBQ with messages about the next team meeting mixed in. You can even use it in public areas to highlight videos and show messages specific to that area.

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Kisimi: a wiki for normal people

Kisimi is a free and simple Wiki, based on DokuWiki, with more than a few handy features that’s designed to look good and cover the basics.

Can’t find Kisimi? The wiki app is now called Doc5 and is available at www.doc5app.com

What’s a wiki?

Pages in a wiki-enabled web site have the ability to be edited by anyone using pretty much plain text. This allows content to be added by people around the world, providing a collaborative space for your ideas and documentation. Each  change is tracked and credited to the different authors which allows for easy editing and infinite versions of each page.

A site running Kisimi can be used for things like simple note taking or a place to store ideas or technical documentation. Pages can be opened up to the world or restricted to you and your friends or colleagues. You can also upload your documents and images or other files for use in your pages. You don’t have to know anything about HTML or programming, just jump in and start writing.

Features of Kisimi include Privacy and Protection of pages and files and the concept of Ownership of categories (collections of pages). Changes to each page are saved with differences immediately available via History. To learn about other features, have a read through the Manual or suggest a feature on the Feedback page.

To see what Kisimi can do, try the SandPit. Anyone can make and save changes to these pages, although until you sign in you won’t be able to Protect pages, mark your own as Private or claim Categories.

Current Release

Kisimi version 20091025 has been released and is available for download (7zip, zip, tar.gz) now. Please check back here for the documentation and let me know how things go. Kisimi source code is made available under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

If you find a bug (we’re still working on perfection), would like a new feature or want to tell us your views, please use Mende to submit a Ticket, message mike from your Kisimi account, email kisimi@wekadesign.co.nz or visit the Feedback page.

Kisimi is best viewed with a modern web browser like Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer 8 (not IE6) at a minimum screen resolution of 1024×768. Feel free to send me an email with any feedback, kisimi@wekadesign.co.nz

The Name

The name Kisimi comes from Kisimi Kamara of Sierra Leone who created the Mende language of the region to encourage literacy among his people.