Use dynamic text to create TICKETING screen design
  • 15 Sep 2023
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Use dynamic text to create TICKETING screen design

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Article Summary

Now that we know how to create basic display content templates, we can make data-driven content. A good example is ticketing counter displays. Our goal is to create a screen design that will include a ticketing counter number stored as part of the display configuration.

To achieve that, we will utilize the custom fields functionality. We will use the Ticketing custom field. This particular field is one of the fields that need to be configured before creating the content - in this case, ticketing counter numbers. Changing any custom field values is done in the Custom fields tab under the left sidebar's Assets category.

The same approach described in this tutorial section can add dynamic Check-in counter numbers, Baggage belt numbers, and gate numbers to your designs. 

Topics covered:
Templates tab - Designer:
  • Dynamic text-driven by display asset values, 
  • Date & time feature

Sample screen:


A) To categorize your screens or add any other attributes, use Custom Fields. Here you can create a new field called "Ticketing" for your displays with your custom values.

  1. Under Assets on the left-hand menu, open the Custom Fields tab.
  2. Click on the New Custom Field button in the lower right-hand corner.

B) Configure your new Custom Field.

Under Add New Custom Field, fill in the attributes.

  1. Name your custom field "Ticketing."
  2. Under the Values section, create your list of values for the new custom field, tick the green icon to confirm.
  3. Once done, click on Save in the lower right-hand corner.

NoteAll your new custom fields are automatically visible on your display configuration on the Displays tab in the Asset values section.
C) Assign a ticketing counter number to your display using the predefined asset values on the Displays tab.
D) Design new content in the Templates tab - see how to do this in the Create basic STATIC content tutorial.

E) Add Dynamic text to your canvas.

  1. Click on the Text icon in the top menu and choose Dynamic Text.
  2. Place the element on the canvas.
  3. On the right-hand menu, click on the blue Data Source Editor button to edit the Dynamic Text.

F) Dynamic Text Editor will allow you to compose text from data & custom fields using the list on the right side of the editor. You can also include any static text.

  1. Drag and drop the Dynamic Text part from the custom field list on the right-hand side.
  2. Write any static text you want to display before the dynamic text.
  3. Click on the OK button to confirm the settings.
G) Style your Dynamic Text using the right-hand sidebar.

  1. Check the created dynamic text.
  2. On the right-hand menu, you can edit the dynamic text settings to your content.

    Note: If you need to use different fonts or colors for different text parts, you must create multiple static/dynamic text elements. 
H) Add a Date & Time element.

  1. Click on the Widgets icon in the top menu and select Date & Time.
  2. Place the element on the canvas.
  3. On the right-hand menu, configure the placed element's settings.
I) Preview the designed content template. 
You can click Select display configuration to see how the final design looks with the dynamic text loaded from the ticketing counter asset value assigned to the display.

  1. Click on the Preview icon on the top menu.
  2. Click on Select Display Configuration to choose the display where the content will be assigned and see how the dynamic text will be shown.
  3. Once the display has been selected, the assigned ticketing counter number will be displayed.
  4. Click on the OK button to close the window.

    Note: The correct ticketing counter number will be visible in preview only if the selected display has the asset value Ticketing assigned (see tutorial step C).
J) Click on the Save & Publish button in the lower right-hand corner when your content is final. Now it is ready to be assigned and shown on your display.

K) Further design ideas to enhance your ticketing display content:

  • Add a logo, a luggage icon, or other media from the Media library, 
  • Add static text information, 
  • Change the background color.

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