A profile is the name we give to combination of a layout and the media content that goes with it.
With a standard d|sign system, most of the content will be text, images and video that you enter into the system, and the Profile editor is where you do this.
Using the profile editor you can make as many profiles as you want, edit and update your content and generally define what a viewer will see on screen. You can make profiles for days of the week, portions of the day, for specific events, just for general viewing or any combination of the above.
The Profile Editor also helps you maintain, review and preview all of your content from one easy to use interface.
The scheduler is where you tell the screens in your system which profile to show, and when. Using the scheduler you can simply and instantly change what is showing on all of the screens in your system, or send a different profile to each screen.
You can also schedule profiles to appear in the future, at desired intervals - such as every 30 minutes and weeks in advance, so you don't have to worry that your content is getting updated when you are on holiday.
A Display Client is the software that manages the output on the screen that your viewers will see. Every d|sign system has at least one display client license but you can have as many as you like.
Each client license allows you to display a set of unique information. If you want 10 screens showing 10 different profiles then you need 10 display client licenses, however if you only want the same information on your 10 screens, you only need 1 display client license, and you can do that by distributing the display output or installing the license on 10 different computers.
The Journal function of d|sign allows you to add content to the system that is date specific. Whilst you can schedule all the profiles, and therefore all the content that appears in d|sign, the Journal is a function that will append information to your existing content automatically according to the date.
This is great for systems where the main body of your content only changes on a week to week basis, but some content needs to change every day, frequently used for restaurant menus, in the education sector and conferencing where some messages need to change often to notify of room changes, abscences and other day to day messages, and perfect for sales and call centre environments which may have different targets or statistics every day.
User Permissions provides a way for larger organisations with multiple screens to delegate screens or groups of screens to individuals or groups all of whom have their own username and password to access the software.
All of this is done with one or more people still having full control over all users and screens, and this is great for orgainsations that have screens in different business divisions that want to add their own content but still have content added and control maintained at a central location.