for Windows is a full-featured suite of flexible, easy-to-use
software programs that provide the tools to create, revise and transmit
messages displayed on AMS message centers. Its Message Editor,
Site Manager and Message Emulator
programs help you create, preview and send messages to your display(s).
Windows bitmap (.BMP) graphics files and preprogrammed animations can
be incorporated into your text messages. The Counter feature lets messages
count up or down in any increment, showing elapsed time, or the minutes,
hours and days to an event.
Manager provides real-time status of messages being transmitted.
Diagnostics provides many helpful utilities and analysis
for Windows allows users to compose messages that incorporate
many of the features available in AMS message centers:
or Proportional Spacing
Date and Time
- Up and
Down Counters by Minute, Hour and Day in any increment
Computer and Remote Keyboard Messaging
for Windows dramatically reduces the time it takes to
create, modify and send messages; and it eliminates the tedious, time
consuming use of the Remote Control Keyboard. Using Message
Editor with pull-down menus and function keys is much faster
and easier than pushing buttons one at a time on the Remote Control
for Windows almost eliminates "lost" and accidentally
erased messages. Stored messages on hard disk or diskette can be conveniently
retrieved, transmitted and displayed again instantly. You'll lose no
more messages by pressing the wrong key on the Remote Control Keyboard!
messages stored on disk can be easily modified to create new messages.
Elaborately designed messages that have already been created and saved
on disk or diskette can be used as models for new messages, making
it unnecessary to reinvent the design and further reducing the time
and effort required to create a new message.
messages can be typed in more than one language, English and Spanish,
for example, and then displayed in a convenient, alternating sequence.
Easily incorporate the international characters and special symbols
using the Windows Character Map.
for Windows will transmit one message or a list of messages
to one AMS message center or to a group of message centers. Unique lists
of messages can be maintained simultaneously for as many message centers
as you have. Each message center can have its own message list.
for Windows will send messages to AMS message centers
that are locally attached by cable or connected to a modem in a distant
location. It will send messages to signs that are connected to an Ethernet
network, and it will send messages by radio wave from a transmitter
to a wireless receiver.
several Messages is much easier, faster and less error prone using AlphaNet
for Windows than using the Remote Control
Keyboard. Click here
for a step-by-step comparison of the two methods of running multiple
for Windows has a Message Scheduling feature that allows
you to type messages ahead of time, giving each message a specific start
and stop day and time. Once messages have been sent to the AMS message
center(s), the messages turn on and off at your predetermined times
without human intervention. Daily, recurring messages, such as "Lunch
Time Specials" and "Coffee Break Specials" or train and bus schedules,
can turn on and turn off at the appropriate times each day. Safety-oriented
messages, such as "Lift With Your Legs, Not With Your Back" or "Don't
Forget To Wear Your Goggles" can be displayed at different times, instead
of at the same time, to achieve maximum effect and variety.
Message Previewing -- The Message Emulator is an important
feature for those who edit messages being sent to a message center
in another location. When you are composing an elaborate message,
it is helpful to see the message running. First, you type your message.
Second, you transmit your work to the display. Third, you watch your
message. Fourth, you make any necessary adjustments to the message.
Fifth, you transmit the message to the sign again. If you can't see
the sign, because it is in another part of the building or at a remote
site, then checking your message formats and animations is time-consuming
or impossible. The Message Emulator allows you to preview the
message on your computer screen.
for Windows allows you to create your own animations.
An animation is a sequence of graphic images (pictures) that you have
created, played rapidly.
for Windows manual is comprehensive, well-written and
easy-to-use. A printed copy and an Adobe Acrobat file copy are provided.
Tutorial exercises, Feature Reference Tables and instructions for installing
the software on hard disk are included.
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