The light-weight Ticker Tape Agent software is installed on each workstation (by
the built-in Deployment Wizard or your preferred application deployment mechanism)
and checks for messages sent from the Administrator software periodically, unobtrusively
displaying them at the top of the users screen, sized to ensure that the title bar
and window controls of any other application displayed underneath it are still fully
accessible (with default settings) - the Agent is specifically designed to ensure
that it doesn’t ‘steal focus’ when it shows a message or affect the users ability
to work in any way
The user can then interact with the message if they wish, allowing it scroll across,
pause it or view in a standard dialog box. If required, it can be sent to the Notification
Area (system tray) where it remains until it either expires or is replaced or cleared
by the Administrator.
Ticker Tape is a simple way to 'broadcast' unobtrusive messages to workstations spread
across multiple disparate Sites - it's ideal for Service Desks or Administrators
wanting to proactively advise people of issues affecting them and is especially useful
where other means of communication, such as email, are unavailable due to outages.
Its intuitive administrative interface allows you to choose from a range of previously
defined ‘template’ messages, construct your own ad-hoc message or control the Agent
software across multiple Sites - and thousands of users - with just a few clicks.
Ticker Tape Agent with a ‘critical’ message
The completely free unlicensed version of Ticker Tape is identical in all respects
to the fully licensed version, other than it can only manage messages for up to three
individual Ticker Tape ‘Sites’ (however, each Site could contain thousands of workstations).
No functionality is lost and there are no annoying ‘nag’ screens to contend with!
If you wish to manage more than the three Sites, there are several very cost-efficient
license options available, allowing you to manage up to a maximum of 42 sites which
could be spread across the globe. Licensing only takes a few minutes and the received
license code can be immediately used within your existing Ticker Tape installation.
Many aspects of the Ticker Tape Administrator and Agent software can be configured
from the Administrator software itself, allowing Sites, ‘template’ messages and the
look and functionality of the Agent message to be easily defined (including its font,
size, colours, speed, screen vertical and horizontal position, whether the user can
exit the Agent software or send the message to the ‘tray’ for example)
The 'Live Preview' function also allows you to mimic a real Agent to see exactly
how the message would look at the target workstations as its configuration is altered
As well as its built-in help, information about Ticker Tape can also be found in
the Documentation and F.A.Q. areas of the Support pages.
The recommended environment for Ticker Tape is at least Windows XP - however it has
also been tested and works on Windows 2003, 2008, Vista, 7 and 8.1. We hope it’ll
work fine for you but if you do encounter any problems, it’s likely that there’s
already a knowledge base article available but if you do need any additional help,
please don’t hesitate to send us an emailor submit a support ticket - we’ll do our
best to help you.
If you have any suggestions on how to improve Ticker Tape, please let us know also
- customer feedback is important to us and your suggestions are used to guide the
future direction of Ticker Tape. As an added incentive, if your suggestion is incorporated
into a future release, you’ll be credited in the software!
If you wish to manage more than three Sites with Ticker Tape, cost-effective licenses
are available, allowing you to manage up to 42 Sites in total - an appropriate license
code can be securely purchased via our commerce partner, Share-It!, by following
one of the links below or via the ‘Help/Enter License Key...’ option in the Ticker
Tape Administrator software - a wide range of payment options are available including
credit card, faxed purchase order & PayPal.
Purchasing only takes a few minutes and the received license code can be entered
into your existing installation to immediately enable management of the additional
Sites. Click one of the following links to securely purchase a licence: