Underneath the Images section

Imaging is an application meant for secondary (or even tertiary) screens to display info about line items and what is currently being rung up by an employee. It is designed to be viewed by customers who are waiting by the till.

  • It works on a basic rotation effect, with about 6 different animations playing, cycling through them.
  • It’s specifically made for the HK all-in-one unit secondary screens but would work fine on any screen.


Installation Requirements

This application can run on any version of Aura from 6.3.7.0 and later. It can be run over the network the same way as Kitchen Items, and depending on how you’ve set up your secondary / tertiary screen in Windows would detect where to display information automatically.


Imaging is installed in the Aura directory (C:\Program Files\ Alphapos\ Aura) by default, and is run on tills using a shortcut to the application on the server, the same way that Invoicing does.


Setting up Imaging to work with Invoicing

Imaging needs to be setup to connect to the right screen, otherwise it will overlap Invoicing, and all our customers will see is a black screen.

  1. Open Global Settings
  2. Click All Computers > Program Settings > Imaging
  3. Set display monitor to Secondary

Setting up Images to work in Imaging

Your images can be either JPEG or PNG or BMP format, this should not really matter for Imaging’s purposes. For best results we recommend keeping the dimensions of the image the same as the size of the screen you will be using. For the HK units this tends to be fairly small but wide.


The naming of theses images does not matter, as long as they are assigned to the right item, labelled clearly and do not overwrite any other images. Keep the names unique among each image.


To link images with items

  1. Open Backoffice (make sure Imaging is not running)

  2. Lists > Menu > Items

  3. Select the Menu item you want to link to a image. Click on the Other tab

  4. Underneath the Images section, click on Select and it will open a file explorer.


  5. Browse to where your images using the NETWORK location (i.e. select SERVER from the network, then navigate to the Aura\Images directory), select the image you want to use for this item and click Open. Note that it's important to use the network location so that Invoicing will search for "\\Server\..\Images" instead of "C:\Program Files...". This way you will not have to copy image files locally.

  6. The image will now be linked and will display when ringing up this item on Imaging. When not rung up the image will rotate with other images (if there are any). The image can be cleared by clicking Clear.

  7. Repeat steps 5-7 for all other menu items that need to be associated with images.


Settings

You can change a number of settings in Imaging and tailor it to your own personal preferences.


To access these settings:

  1. In Backoffice, click Preferences > System Settings

  2. Go to All Computers > Program Settings > Imaging

 


General Settings

  • Display Monitor: Select which monitor Imaging must be displayed on, either Primary, Secondary or Tertiary.
  • Display Item Details: You can display more details about each item that gets displayed by checking this checkbox.

  • Text Color: This changes the color of the text that gets displayed in Imaging.

  • Background Color: This will change the background color behind your text.

  • Rotate Image Delay: Change the time it takes for the next image to be displayed.

  • Display Price while scrolling: This displays the price of each item as Imaging is rotating through items while there is no sale active.

  • Show Transaction Details: Shows details about the type of transaction, whether it’s paid with cash or credit card for instance.

  • Show Line-item Price: Shows the individual price for each line item on Imaging.

  • Detail Width: The percentage of space used to display detail text

  • Show Total Price: Whether to show the total price for each transaction or not.

These options can all be disabled as well so that Imaging only displays images of choice and no other details or text.


Invoice Display Settings


Invoice Item Message: This changes the way item text gets displayed.

Invoice Total Message: This changes the way item totals get displayed.

Browse Image Delay: Changes the time it takes to display the next item while a sale is active.



NB: An easy way to exit Imaging is to press ESC (Escape) on the keyboard that is connected to the system running Imaging at the time. The following prompt will appear:




Combo Stores


Imaging can be used in combo stores without much configuration. It will automatically display images that have been assigned to items within the same department as the till is assigned to under the Invoicing Settings tab in Specific Computer settings. If necessary, the department can be overridden to display images from another department using the setting Override Departments Imaging Uses found in the Imaging tab under Specific Computer settings.



Imaging can also use standby images based on the departments linked to each specific till. If there are no departments linked it will use the standard images.

The new format for the images is as follows:


imaging-{department-code}-{0-9}.jpg


This allows for 10 images per department to be displayed.


Troubleshooting


Older versions of Imaging may have issues with displaying images across a network, but there are ways to address this. 


Saving all images on a local directory on the tills should fix any network communication issues. To do this, just copy the Images folder on the Server’s Aura directory, and paste it into the same directory on the tills. If the directory does not exist then create it manually. It's important that the till path matches the server path exactly - this is especially important if one machine is 64 bit and uses Program Files (x86) for the Aura path. The till machine must also use Program Files (x86) even if it is 32-bit.


A third-party program such as SyncToy might also make things even easier. If you do not want to copy documents manually every time a new image is released for a menu item then you can always use this application to sync specific folders across a local network.