Release Notes

Userful 10

Introduction

Video walls and digital displays are vital tools for a variety of business needs—from process automation and operational productivity to improved customer engagement and internal communication.

A visual networking platform is used to seamlessly deploy, connect, and manage the displays and video walls throughout an organization.

Since 2015, Userful has been a visual communications innovator and today offers the world’s most advanced Visual Networking Platform. It is a software-based solution that meets the flexibility, security, and central management needs of corporate IT as they integrate complex AV applications over the IP network. Display any source on any screen at any time for communication and collaboration enterprise-wide.

Userful 10.6 - January 26, 2021

Userful 10.6 brings a number of exciting new capabilities to the Visual Networking Platform.

*Important Notice*

Users upgrading to 10.6 may encounter one of the following issues.

Zone Numbering

When creating a new Zone, there are occurrences where the numbering for the Zone does not automatically increment. To correct this, please manually input the Zone Number.

Role-Based Access Control and LDAP Authentication

We are investigating issues with user accounts not allowing logins after updating. Users with accounts created in Role-Based Access Control and with LDAP authentication should wait for updates on this issue before updating.

Blackmagic Capture Firmware Upgrades

We are investigating issues encountered after updating to the latest Blackmagic driver and applying the accompanying firmware updates for some models of capture card. Users should be prepared to completely power off their servers after updating to allow the cards to be re-enumerated on the PCI bus of the system. Waiting for updates on this issue before upgrading is recommended.

Userful On-Premise

uClient ubiquity

uClient support comes to On-Premise servers! The Userful uClient Adapter is now supported with Userful On-Premise servers as a replacement for Zero Clients.

LED wall support

You can now use a Userful On-Premise server to power a multi-controller direct-view LED wall with flawless synchronization.

Forward-and-Store

You can use a Userful On-Premise server combined with uClients to deliver display signage video walls that consume minimal network bandwidth and server utilization. Find out more here.

More capture feeds

Through the magic of software optimizations, we have doubled the amount of Blackmagic Capture sources that a Userful system can process, with no hardware or other configuration changes needed.

  • Smooth playback of 1080p sources was capped at roughly 12, now 24 per server

  • Smooth playback of 4K sources was capped at 2, now 4 per server

These numbers are very general and can vary depending on server type and use case, and require servers with adequate PCIe capacity. please speak to a Userful Sales Engineer for assistance planning your deployment.

System Monitoring

We've added a helpful new tab to On-Premise servers that allows for at-a-glance monitoring of system resources and load, helping you to identify bottlenecks in a server that is not performing properly.

Other On-Premise Improvements

  • Added an option to view individual source names in Command & Control

  • Added a list of upcoming events to the Events screen

  • Mute and volume audio controls in Display and Zone Settings

  • Adjusted how UCC and C&C Web Browser sources handle persistent sessions to make them more consistent with each other

  • Made documentation available to an offline On-Premise server

  • Updated the base OS and applications to CentOS 7.9 (Chrome, Firefox, LibreOffice, etc.)

  • Updated Blackmagic driver to 11.7

  • Updated Nvidia driver to support the new 3000-series GPUs

General Improvements and Enhancements

This release adds stability and improvements to our media engine, media player, cloud-based management GUI and on-premise control center GUI. It also enhances the security of Userful Cloud deployments.

Userful Cloud and uClient

The Display5 CMS for Cloud has been improved.

We've added a new "Lite" licensing tier for Cloud devices. Cloud servers licensed as "Lite" will only have Signage Player licenses.

With uClient version 2.0 for WebOS and the uClient Adapter, the Userful uClient Adapter now supports pairing with On-Premise servers, touch screens, DPMS sleep/wake, and USB webcams. Much work has been done on stability and synchronization as well.

Key Features

  • Unified browser-accessible Control Center

  • Media playback on a variety of displays including LG webOS

  • Ability to preset video wall zones

  • GPU-Assisted Decoding of video playback and interactive content

  • GPU-Assisted Acceleration for 3D rendering – vastly improved performance for dynamic content (HTML5, WebGL, and Flash)

  • Intuitive browser-based Layout Manager with the bezel correction ability

  • Integrated color calibration for color correcting video wall displays

  • Support for Artistic Video Wall layouts that can be configured using a free layout of display position and rotation (including an intuitive browser-based drag and drop GUI for positioning and any degree rotating displays)

  • Support for a wide range of interactive video walls including Cloud desktop, Linux desktop, and touch screen Kiosks

  • Integrated various Content Management System (CMS) to create and schedule the signage content (Dynamic HTML5 pages, presentations, tickers, widgets (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feeds)

  • Support for Streaming Protocols (RTP/RTSP) to broadcast security camera or conference feeds, or for delivering content over IP network on the video wall

  • Support for a variety of Blackmagic DeckLink capture cards

  • Support for a broad range of PC hardware and touch screens

License Agreement

This product includes commercial software that is licensed, not sold and is governed by an End User License Agreement (EULA). By installing, copying or using this software you acknowledge that you have read and understood this Agreement, and agree to be bound by this EULA's terms and conditions. The EULA terms can be viewed online or from the file included in your download.

Trial Version

ort lasting up to 30 days after which an appropriate license should be purchased. For more details, check our Licensing Guide.

Applications

Userful™ 10.6 main video wall applications are:

Language Support

All features of Userful™ 10.5 are translated in the following languages:

  • Arabic (ar)

  • English (en)

  • Brazilian Portuguese (pt_BR) †

  • French (fr)

  • German (de)

  • Italian (it)

  • Japanese (ja)

  • Korean (ko)

  • Nepali (ne)

  • Persian (fa)

  • Romanian (ro)

  • Russian (ru)

  • Spanish (es)

  • Simplified Chinese (zh_CN)

  • Traditional Chinese (zh_TW)

  • Turkish (tr)

  • Thai (th_TH)

  • Ukrainian (uk_UA)

† The language selected must be specifically "Brazilian Portuguese"; if simply "Portuguese" is selected as a system or session language, then all Userful user interface strings will be in English.

Userful 10.5.3

Userful 10.5.3 is primarily an internal release paving the way for the Userful uClient Adapter, with focus on the Android app and Userful Cloud servers.

The user experience, synchronization, and adding long-awaited CMS functionality are the core elements of 10.5.3.

The notes below describe the major and noticeable changes in the Userful uClient Adapter and Userful Cloud experiences. Other bugs mentioned are generally behind-the-scenes technical and regression fixes.

With this release, the version of uClient for Android is 1.9.0 and users will be able to update directly from UCC.

See the Changelog for detailed information.

Userful uClient Adapter

4K Output We recommend using the HDMI output for most applications. It is capable of 4K, 60FPS video output. The DisplayPort is capable of 1080p, 60FPS output.

Android 10 This device ships with an updated and secure version of Android 7.1.2. A firmware update to Android 10 will be available in 2021. Connections Wired Ethernet connections are recommended at this time for all deplyoments. Support for Wifi connections is coming in 2021.

Userful 10.5.2

This release fixes some issues we've identified in streaming and display features

Userful On-Premise

  • Sessions with a bad data connection returning to the Welcome screen

  • A green line appearing at the bottom of some displays in video walls

  • Issues with session handling when closing the Interactive Viewer

  • Timing issues in complex system-level sequenced commands

  • Live Update stream from C&C was not closing when the browser window was closed

  • Excessive logging when streaming Command and Control to Cloud

Userful 10.5.1

Userful On-Premise

  • Adds stability to Userful media engine and media player

  • Adds support for virtual displays with wider resolution e.g. Banner style video walls

  • Adds support for additional authentication context settings

  • Improves Android uClient's synchronization

  • Fixes bugs and brings improvements to your installs

Userful 10.5

New Hardware Support

Lenovo ThinkStation P330 i7-9700, HP Z1 Tower G5 i7-9700 and Dell Precision 5820 Tower servers

Nvidia Quadro P2000, DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder and Aquantia AQtion 10G Pro NIC

Virtual Displays

10.5 adds support to create Virtual Displays to support the use cases of Virtual Operation Center. This eliminates the need for new screens or video walls to be installed, just a server running at your premises allows you to remotely and securely access all sources. Learn more.

General Improvements and Enhancements

This release adds stability and improvements to our media engine, media player, cloud-based management GUI and on-premise control center GUI. It also enhances the security of Userful Cloud deployments.

For a comprehensive list see the change log.

Userful 10.4.1

  • Fixes the Userful Manager issue where some functionality for 10.3 servers doesn't work as expected

  • Fixes the Report a Problem issue

Userful 10.4

LDAP and SAML 2.0 integration

LDAP and SAML are being used in the enterprise to centrally control access to functionality and applications within an organization. Integrating these mechanisms with the Userful system enables IT administrators to utilize existing user directories, minimize administration and maximize security. Please refer to the following links to learn more about LDAP and SAML integration.

Role-based Access Control - Resource Permissions

System administrators now have the availability to control grant or remove user access to specific resources within the Userful system. See User Accounts and Role-Based Access Control for more information.

Source Name Overlays

This feature adds the ability to display the name of its source on a video feed within a control room, which is especially useful when working with a large number of sources. Find out more here.

Custom Content Overlays

Through Picture-in-Picture and Command and Control GUI users are now able to layer graphics with transparent backgrounds on top of other content. This is extremely helpful in cases where signage requires custom text or a logo on top of the background or to brand a video.

Command & Control Layout Switcher

Similar to source and preset switchers, users are now able to use the Layout Switcher to access and switch between available control room layouts on a dedicated web page.

For a comprehensive list of changes, see the changelog.

Userful 10.3

  • Userful On-Premise uClient solution for LG webOS displays

  • Role-Based Access Control to configure and manage user groups and permissions

  • Option to configure the IP Camera for the Launch Camera viewer

  • Ability to view the user activity log

  • Ability to configure Command & Control layouts as events

  • New hardware support including new Blackmagic Decklink capture card and Nvidia Quadro GPUs

Miscellaneous new features, GUI improvements, and bug fixes. For a comprehensive list see the changelog.

Userful 10.2

Userful v10.2 brings Events and Scheduling that provide you the ability to create and schedule events within the Control Center GUI.

Miscellaneous new features, GUI improvements, and bug fixes. For a comprehensive list see the changelog.

Userful 10.1

Command and Control Module

Userful 10.1 brings the Command and Control Module that provides operators with drag and drop GUI for control room video walls to iteratively re-size and arrange sources in real time within the video wall canvas

Control Center (UI) Improvements

  • Added card view for in the Mapping page

  • Updated Settings page

  • Updated Support page

Core Enhancements

  • Improved the Failover process to enhance its usability

  • Updated nhci driver to version 0.9.56.86

  • Updated Google Chrome to version 73

  • Updated Firefox to version 60.5.0

  • General stability improvements

Miscellaneous new features, GUI improvements, and bug fixes. For a comprehensive list see the changelog.

Userful 10

Userful 10 comes with exciting new features and improvements, including:

New Hardware Support

  • Added support for 8th Generation Intel® "Coffee Lake" processors

  • Added support for Nvidia 20 series offload cards (e.g., RTX-2080)

New Licensing Tiers

  • Introduced "Enterprise" software license including all the high-end features like Preset Switcher, Interactive Viewer, Picture-In-Picture and Multi-Window source etc.

  • Renamed the existing license tier Professional to “Professional+” thereby increasing the video wall zone limit to 6

Screen Capture

  • Added Screen Capture feature to view the actual playing content from GUI

New Source

  • Added Persistent Session source to keep the interactive sessions (e.g. Web Browser, Linux Desktop etc.) alive even after making the changes to a session

Video Wall Enhancements

Control Center (UI) Improvements

  • Updated the UI for smaller screen devices

Userful Cloud Enhancements

  • Added two new event types: Stop and Play Video Wall Zone

  • Added permissions control to allow remote partner access to the servers

  • Added UI option to open Control Center in an integrated view

  • Streamlined Userful Cloud interface

Core Enhancements

  • Updated base OS to CentOS 7.6

  • Improved the Failover process to enhance its usability

  • Updated SMSC driver to version number 2.11.15

  • Updated nhci driver to version 0.9.35.84

  • Updated Nvidia drivers to 410.73

  • Updated GStreamer version to 1.14.1

  • Updated master pdf editor to version 5.1.68

  • Updated Google Chrome to version 71

  • Updated Firefox to version 60.3.0

  • Performance improvements to Userful's video wall engine

  • General stability improvements

Miscellaneous new features, GUI improvements, and bug fixes. For a comprehensive list see the changelog.

Older Versions

Older versions of Userful are not supported.