Facebook widgets

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To use the Facebook widgets, your Facebook account must be connected with your Cockpit account.
Moreover, your Elementi license must be registered into Cockpit and your target HMP must be added into Cockpit.

Introduction

These widgets can be used to display data provided by Facebook - an online social networking service that enables users to send and read messages called "posts".


Note
This page is related to Elementi 2017 Widgets.
Note
See more about Data feeds in general.


Note Note: The current version of these widgets is not compatible with multiscreen content.

Facebook widgets

Under the "Facebook" folder of Elementi 2017 Widgets, you can find seven ready-to-use widgets that automatically display data extracted from a Facebook data source:

Facebook feed widgets
  • Single Post
    Displays a single post using pre-formatted design. The posts are displayed one after another, with or without a transition effect in between, similarly to a playlist.
    Note that only post with images are displayed with this widget.
  • Multi Post
    Displays a one or more post on the same page using pre-formatted design. The posts are displayed one after another, with or without a transition effect in between, similarly to a playlist.
    Note that all post with some text are displayed by this widget.
  • Text Bar
    Displays text content using a fixed number of lines and applying a bottom-to-top & line-by-line scrolling effect whenever the entire text doesn't fit into the widget area.
  • Text Ticker
    Displays text content using a continuous horizontal scrolling effect. The font size is adjusted automatically for the text to fit into the widget area.
  • Text Roll
    Displays text content using a continuous vertical scrolling effect. The font size is adjusted automatically for the selected number of lines to fit into the predefined area.
  • Slideshow
    Displays slides composed of tweet & media layers, which are automatically filled out with data retrieved from Facebook. The slides are displayed one after another, with or without a transition effect in between, similarly to a playlist.
  • Horizontal Table, Vertical Table, and Table
    Displays slides composed of multiple cells of text & media layers, which are automatically filled out with data retrieved from Facebook. The slides are displayed one after another, with or without a transition effect in between, similarly to a playlist.


Note Note: Any formatting present within the post is discarded - you can customize how the text appears on the screen within Elementi.

Configuration

Each of the widgets above can be customized using the options provided under "Properties" tab - for more details go to the dedicated page of each widget type, linked above.

Date Properties Dialog

Data Properties

To edit the properties related to the data source, click on the Data Feed Properties button. This opens the "Data Properties" dialog, which allows changing the following:

  • Account
    Select one of the connected Facebook accounts or click "Connect account..." if none was previously connected.
  • Profile
    Select the profile to be displayed. It is possible to select the user profile or any public profile in Facebook. Use the Public pages... button to search for public profiles.
  • Timeline
    Select the data to be displayed between "All Post", "Own Post".
  • Max count
    Max number of posts to be retrieved.
  • Refresh
    Enter a number, optionally followed by s (implicit), m or h, to specify the period after which the widget should refresh the feed data (this is useful especially when the widget is running in a loop); the minimum accepted value is 60 seconds. Using "When document opens" will refresh the data only when the document is re-opened.

Note Note: At any point, the data source configuration can be tested by clicking on the "Test..." button.

Facebook channel connection

Using the Facebook widgets requires having your Facebook account connected with the Cockpit account where your Elementi license is registered. For that, follow these steps:

  1. Select the "Account" option as "Connect account...".
  2. Click the URL displayed within the "Connect Account..." dialog.
  3. Next, the Facebook sign-in page is opened;
    • follow the steps on that page to sign into your Facebook account.
  4. Next, allow the SpinetiX app to access the specified information of your Facebook account.
  5. Return to Elementi and click the "OK" button within the "Connect Account..." dialog.
  6. At this point, your Facebook account appears in the "Account" drop-down box.


Note Note: The Facebook account can be disconnected at any time from Cockpit from the "Channels" page.

Single Post Properties

Single Post properties

The following properties, found under "Properties" tab, can be used to customize the widget:

  • Data
    Click on the Data Feed Properties button (it opens the Data Properties dialog for Facebook source). This let the user select the tweets to be displayed.
  • Slide duration
    Enter the number of seconds each tweet is displayed on the screen.
  • Transition
    Click on the Transition Properties button (it opens the "Transition Properties" dialog) and select a transition effect and its properties.
  • Looping
    Select whether the widget ends after the last tweet or loops to the first one.
  • Call to Action
  • Show Call to Action
    Select whether the Facebook logo and the call to action text should be displayed or not.
  • Text
    Text to be displayed next to the Facebook logo.

Multi Post Properties

Multi Post properties

The following properties, found under "Properties" tab, can be used to customize the widget:

  • Data
    Click on the Data Feed Properties button (it opens the Data Properties dialog for Facebook source). This let the user select the tweets to be displayed.
  • Locale
    Select the locale used for displaying dates and numbers.
  • Slide duration
    Enter the number of seconds each slide of tweets is displayed on the screen.
  • Transition
    Click on the Transition Properties button (it opens the "Transition Properties" dialog) and select a transition effect and its properties.
  • Looping
    Select whether the widget ends after the last tweet or loops to the first one.
  • Show Call to Action
    Select whether the Facebook logo and the call to action text should be displayed or not.
  • Text
    Text to be displayed next to the Facebook logo.
  • Number of rows
    Enter the number of tweets to display on a single slide.
  • Delay per cell
    Enter the number of seconds to wait before displaying the next cell of the table.

Facebook as data source

Facebook can be can be used as a data source for media and for calendar events.

Facebook as Media source

Data Properties (Media)

Facebook photo albums can be used as a media source in any of the Media files widgets. If the Facebook channel is selected in the Data Properties dialog, the following options are available:

  • Account
    Select one of the connected Facebook accounts or click "Connect account..." if none was previously connected.
  • Profile
    Select the profile to be displayed. It is possible to select the user profile or any public profile in Facebook. Use the Public pages... button to search for public profiles.
  • Title
    Select the album to be displayed
  • Size
    Select the size of the images to be retrieved.
  • Max count
    Max number of images to be retrieved.
  • Refresh
    Enter a number, optionally followed by s (implicit), m or h, to specify the period after which the widget should refresh the feed data (this is useful especially when the widget is running in a loop); the minimum accepted value is 60 seconds. Using "When document opens" will refresh the data only when the document is re-opened.

Facebook as Calendar

Data Properties (Calendar)

Facebook Events can be used as a calendar source in any of the Calendar widgets. If the Facebook channel is selected in the Data Properties dialog, the following options are available:

  • Account
    Select one of the connected Facebook accounts or click "Connect account..." if none was previously connected.
  • Profile
    Select the profile to be displayed. It is possible to select the user profile or any public profile in Facebook. Use the Public pages... button to search for public profiles.
  • Max count, Refresh, Starts, Ends
    Same as File channel.

Troubleshooting

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