Developer Resources and Utilities

BrightAuthor Plugins

The functionality of BrightAuthor can be extended with numerous plugins and custom scripts. We maintain a repository of tested and documented plugins at the BrightSign GitHub page.  

BSN Connectivity Checker (ver 1.0)

This application allows you to determine whether you can communicate with BrightSign web applications from the current network location of your PC: This tool can be used to validate and debug connectivity with any of the following applications: the BrightSign Network, Simple File Networking servers, or players that have been configured for Local File Networking.

Download here.

BrightPlates Templates

The following are example HTML templates you can use as a guide for creating BrightPlates templates:

MRSS Generator

You can use the following batch files to generate MRSS manifest (.xml) files for a set of images or videos. Note that these batch files are intended for use on Windows 7 PCs. Instructions for using each batch file is included in the .zip file.

Zone Converter Tool

If you use authoring software such as Photoshop and Illustrator to create digital signage content, you can use this tool to easily convert a digital canvas to BrightAuthor zones. Use the links below to download the tool and view the Technical Note that explains how to use it.

BrightScript Syntax Highlighter Extensions

If you build custom BrightScript autorun files, you can use the following text editor extensions to make BrightScript more readable. Please refer to the BrightScript 3.0 Reference Manual to learn more about the BrightScript framework, syntax, and functions, or refer to the Object Reference Manual to learn about about the standard library of objects, interfaces, and methods.

Note: All credit for these extensions goes to their respective authors.

Notepad++

Author: Lee Dydo
Notepad++ Ver: 6.3
Plug-in Ver: N/A
Comes in two configurations: One for the default theme and one for custom themes that have black backgrounds. This highlighter supports built-in functions, global functions, and functions for every object type.
 
Installation:
  1. While Notepad++ is open, navigate to Language > Define Your Language.
  2. Click Import... and locate the downloaded "BrightScriptDefault.xml" or "BrightScriptBlack.xml" file.
  3. Click Open.
  4. Close and reopen the Notepad++ application. 
  5. Apply the BrightScript extension to an open file by opening the Language menu and selecting the "BrightScript" plug-in. The application will also use the BrightScript extension to display any .brs  files you open.

TextMate

Author: Craig Mink
TextMate Ver: 2.0.1
Plug-in Ver: N/A
A bundle that includes syntax highlighting, commands, and inch-mark line comments. This extension is also compatible with any text editor that can load TextMate bundles. Please visit this page for up-to-date changes and information.

 

Textpad

Author: Richard Nixon
Textpad Ver: 5.4
Plug-in Ver: N/A
Provides colorization for objects, comments, and syntax elements.
 
Installation:
  1. Copy and paste the downloaded "brightscript.syn" file to the System folder of the Textpad application. A common file path for this folder would be C:\Program Files\TextPad 5\system
  2. While Textpad is open, close any open document windows and navigate to Configure > Choose Preferences.
  3. Select Document Classes and click the New symbol (next to the Delete symbol).
  4. Enter a name for the new User Defined Class (e.g. "BrightScript") and click Apply
  5. Expand the Document Classes menu using the + button.
  6. Select your new User Defined Class.
  7. Click the New symbol in the Files in class... list.
  8. Enter "*.brs" into the field and click Apply.
  9. Expand your new User Defined Class using the + button.
  10. Select the Syntax menu.
  11. Check the Enable syntax highlighting box.
  12. Locate the "brightscript.syn" file in the Syntax definition file dropdown menu.
  13. Click Apply. Then click OK. Syntax highlighting will now be applied to any .brs file you open.

Visual Studio

Author: Matt Duffield
Visual Studio Ver: 2010
Plug-in Ver: 1.7
Features collapsing/expanding Sub and Function code blocks, quick info hovering for keywords, and optimization for large files. Please visit this page for more information.

VIM

Author: Dylan Doxey
Visual Studio Ver: N/A
Plug-in Ver: N/A
Features BrightScript syntax highlighting for Vim.
 
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