Desktop Alert

Overview

The Enplug Desktop Alert app allows you to push on-demand alert messages to Windows Computers. Use this feature in conjunction with the ScreenSaver app to complete the Enplug experience on Windows.

Here's a sample: 

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Note: Every actively running instance of the Desktop Alert will require a license. If you have no available licenses on your account, alerts will not appear on desktops. 

 

Contents of this guide

Software Requirements

Configure Desktop Alerts

Send Desktop Alert

Schedule Dekstop Alerts

Create Desktop Alert Templates

 

Software Requirements

To use Desktop Alerts, you must install the Enplug Computer Desktop software on your computer and configure it to connect to your Display Group. Check out this guide for more details. 

 

Configure Desktop Alerts

1. To access the app, click on “Apps” > “All Apps”, then select “Desktop Alert”.

2. Select a template to get started, or select Blank Canvas to create your own alert from scratch. mceclip0.png

3. Name the alert

4. Change the alert size and position on the computer screen. 

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5. Select an existing alert component to edit it. The edit menu will open at the top of the screen.

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6. To add new elements to your alert, select a button on the left:

a. Choose "Text" to add words. You can customize the color, size, and font. 

b. Choose "Date" to add a date to your alert. Customize the date format as desired by selecting Format.

c. Select "Shape" to add shapes. You can customize fill and outline colors. 

d. Choose "Countdown/up" to add a timer. The count-up timer can be used as a "days since" timer. Once you place the timer on your alert, select the Tools.

e. Choose "Image" to upload images from your computer, browser, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, or Google Photos.

File Types: Images should be .JPEG, .PNG, or .GIF

f. Choose "Button" to add an action button to the alert. Link the button to a URL to open a web page, or to close the alert.

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7. Now you're ready to send or schedule your alert. 

 

Send Desktop Alerts

1. When you have completed the configuration for your alert, select "Save".

2. Check the plus sign next to the Display Group(s) to which you want to deploy the alert.

3. Click Save Changes to finish adding the alert to your Display Group(s).

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4. As soon as you "save changes", the alert is sent to the computers in this Display Group. If the computers are turned off when the alert is sent, they will receive the alert when turned on.

Interested in scheduling an alert for later? Check out the Schedule Alerts steps below.

 

Schedule Desktop Alerts

Using the Schedule for Later feature when creating alerts is highly recommended. By using the schedule feature, you can ensure that alerts appear on computers only during relevant times and plan them in advance.

For example, If you push an alert to a computer that is turned off, it will receive the alert when turned on. If the alert was only relevant during a specific time period, you may not wish for it to appear on the computer after that time period. Follow the steps below to schedule your alerts. 

1. When you have completed the configuration for your alert, select "Save".

2. Check the plus sign next to the Display Group(s) to which you want to deploy the app.

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3. Select the "Schedule" tab.

4. Toggle on the "Schedule for Later" feature.

5. Select a Start date and time. 

6. Select the End option "On Date" to choose a specific date and time for the alert to no longer appear on a screen.

7. Check the box to "Delete when expired" to automatically remove the alert from the Desktop Alert library after the End date. It is best practice to use this option to keep the Desktop Alerts library free of expired alerts. 

8. Click "Save Changes" to schedule the alert. 

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Tip: Access the scheduling feature from the Desktop Alert library. Click in the "Displays" column next to the alert you wish to modify.

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Create Desktop Alert Templates

This feature allows you to create your own alert templates to be used by other users in your organization. 

This is an Enterprise feature. Contact your Account Manager if you are interested in adding this feature to your account.

1. Once you have created a new alert, you will see it in your Desktop Alert Library.

2. Click on the "Convert To Template" wand.

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3. You will be directed to a setup page where you can edit your sign, if necessary.

4. Click the "Go to Template Mode" button at the top of the page.

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5. In Template Mode, select and name which properties users will be allowed to change.

6. Select "Save" and wait for your template to complete conversion, then select "My Templates" to view your list of templates.

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7. To make any changes to your published template:

  • Select the template name from the "My Templates" list mceclip13.png
  • Switch between Template Mode and Edit Mode with the buttons on the top of the screen
  • Select "Save" when finished

10. Your template is now available for company use! Users will now see the new Alert template on the "My Templates" tab when selecting a template layout.

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