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Panel Loops

Greg Walker 2 months ago in Panels (dashboards) updated by Kevin1 2 months ago 3

I would like to see a feature where I could create a Loop for a set of panels. The Loop would have its own Public URL, and would automatically transition from one panel’s Public URL to the next, with a user-specified delay. An option to refresh or not for each panel in a Loop sequence would be a good idea. Users accessing a Loop’s Public URL would naturally have to have permissions assigned to view the panels included in the Loop sequence.

For passive display-only panels, this should be fairly simple. It no doubt gets trickier if a user begins interacting with a panel. The Loop mechanism would need a way to pause or halt the sequence, plus a manual or timeout-based method for resuming the sequence.

For a lot of people, this would obviate the need to use Dakboard as a screensaver to prevent burn-in issues. It would also open up a lot of new use cases for AT, especially with the new iFrames feature.

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Thanks for the this great idea as well, Greg!

First of all, by Public URL, I think you mean some ActionTiles URL. We will always require authentication, we can't have publicly accessible Panels for security reasons.

We had a tab navigation POC at some point, but this didn't go anywhere. It's worth taking another shot at this.


With regards to screen burn-in, I think it's a thing of the past. My dining room Panel (Amazon Fire 10) has been constantly on 24/7 for more than 3 years. There's absolutely no burn-in whats or ever. Just for record, there's no issues with battery swelling either.

OLED displays are susceptible to burn in.  So when the OLED display prices are low enough to show up on budget tablets like the popular Kindles... burn in may be a concern again.

Yes, you are correct about the “Public” URL reference—I’m always logged into AT, so I tend to think of the URLs I encoded into my wrapper HTML as being Public. Apologies for the confusion.

Good to know about the screen burn-in and battery conditions being a thing of the past. I see display units in elevators and other public spots that seem to be on 24/7, but until it’s your own equipment, you don’t give it much thought, right?

I will of course happily volunteer to be a beta tester for whatever you come up with!