Setup dashboard on a TV screen

Setup dashboard on a TV screen

Setup dashboard on a TV screen

TV mode is a special UI mode optimized for viewing the content on a big screen such as an office TV.

TV mode is a special UI mode optimized for viewing the content on a big screen such as an office TV.

TV mode is a special UI mode optimized for viewing the content on a big screen such as an office TV.

Quick setup

  • Log in to your dashboard and click the Settings menu (☰) on the top right.

  • Click Dashboards settings (⚙).

  • Under the TV mode tab, choose your viewing preferences (color theme and rotation settings)

  • Click Switch to TV mode to start using the TV mode

  • Clicking any part of the UI exits the TV mode.

In TV mode, excess UI elements are removed, and the screen title and the board name are shown in a more visible font. That way, the UI will be more readable from a distance. Auto-rotation is turned on so that a screen will automatically switch to another on a set interval (once per minute by default). You can change the interval at the account settings:

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After activating the TV mode, make sure to switch your browser to full-screen or presentation mode so that the browser address bar gets hidden too.

Notice that the TV-mode link is not available when you’re running the dashboard inside the Trello or Jira UI. To switch to TV mode, log in to the web app first.

Overriding the account settings with URL parameters

If you want to use different settings in the TV mode vs the normal mode, you can add URL parameters to the share link:

  • theme=blue / dark blue / black

  • interval=x (where x is the number of seconds between rotation)

Constructing a share link

You can create a public share link to your dashboard. It is a link that allows anyone to access the dashboard in a read-only mode without having to log in.

This link can then be entered into the device attached to the screen or configured to a digital signage system.

You can launch Screenful directly to TV mode by adding the parameter ?mode=tv at the end of the URL.

Common questions

Is there a way to specify the frequency of rotation in TV mode?
Yes, you can do so under the Account ► Settings tab.

Alternatively, you can use an URL parameter interval to set the frequency. The value is in seconds. For example parameters ?mode=tv&interval=60 rotates screens every 60 seconds. 

Can I create a direct link so that I can skip the login screen? 
You can skip the login screen by constructing a shareable link to your dashboard.

You can launch Screenful directly to TV mode by adding the parameter mode=tv in the end of the URL

My share link was disabled, can I activate it again?
Notice that if you disable a share link, it will be disabled permanently. If you enable sharing again, a new share link is always generated and all previous links generated by the same user remain disabled. If you have configured the share link to be used in the TV screen, you’ll have to update that link.

Can I include my own content to the rotation?
You can rotate your own content along with Screenful dashboard by using a digital signage software such as ScreenCloud or truDigital.

What hardware would you recommend when using Screenful in big monitor / office TV?
You can use any hardware that runs a modern web browser. A mini-computer such as an Android dongle or a Rasberry Pi can be used for rotating Screenful dashboards. Just make sure your chosen hardware can run 24/7 without interruption.

What is the recommended colour theme when using TV mode?
We recommend using either Black or Dark Blue. You can select colour theme in Account ► Settings.