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How can I manage and share multi-media archives with museum visitors?

Are you looking for an affordable way to manage and share your multi-media archives with visitors to your museum or heritage site? Let us introduce you to our touchscreen software package Collections…

The short answer to ‘How can I manage and share multi-media archives with museum visitors?’ is to use our Collections app.

Below we’ll take a quick look at how Collections works, you can discover more about this windows software in the video, or the many other apps available in our Lightbox 3 package by hitting this link:

Multi-media support

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Incredibly flexible design options

No programming ability required

Multi-lingual frontend

Sum it up for me?

Collections is just one app of many available in our Lightbox 3 package – Collections is designed specifically to let you share multi-media archives with visitors and comes with a user friendly manager that allows you to do just that. The Manager gives you plenty of freedom on how your interactive will look.

Essentially Collections lets you create 1. an Attractor screen that displays when your touchscreen is not in use. 2. Menu screens that link to various sets of multi-media content, and then finally the 3. Collections themselves which are sets of multi-media content for visitors to explore.

Lightbox 3 attractor museum touchscreen software

1. Attractor Screen

When Collections is inactive, a screensaver will display a slideshow of your images on loop with a call to action inviting the visitor to interact.

2. Menu Screen

The menu system lets users choose which Collection to interact with. This supports multiple layers of sub-menus.

3. Collection Screen

This is where your multi-media content is displayed for visitors to enjoy. It supports Audio, Video and Images.

How easy is it to use?

Putting an interactive together is simple to do thanks to the easy to use Content Management System. Read more details below.

Drag ‘n’ Drop your content

The Manager includes a very easy to use Library system; storing all of your media content from audio, images, videos & PDF’s. Order your content in a particular way and even add titles & descriptions, meaning if the media item is used in an application, the text will be ready to go!

Add your text
Easily input your text into the software, allowing users to better understand your Collection.
Collection Blog Layout GIF
Add your media and adjust your layout

Add your media from the library and text, you can adjust the way your entire collection looks. Change a number of settings; from text sizes to panel sizes and even provide labels for your media items.

Customise your theme
Add a touch of branding to your Collection by using a theme. Lightbox 3 themes’ opens up a wide variety of settings that allow you to adjust the appearance of your interactive. You can create multiple themes for multiple different screens.
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See how we’ve used it before…

To give you a better idea of how flexible the Collections app is, have a look at how 4 previous clients have used it, these are the W5 Science & Discovery Centre, The ABBA Museum, Chatsworth House & Rock Around the Hills.

W5 Science and Discovery
W5 Science and Discovery Centre in Belfast partnered with Almac Group in help promote careers in STEM. Using Collections they created an interactive that helps users understand what opportunities are open to them in such a career.
The Abba Museum

The ABBA Museum in Sweden used Collections to create a digital jukebox, allowing visitors to browse and listen to an archive of ABBA music.

Chatsworth House

With a custom home screen created using Hotspot and Collections for everything else, Chatsworth House were able to create a unique user experience and allow exploration of their Old Master Drawings archive.

Rock Around The Hills

With a custom home screen created using Hotspot and Collections for everything else, Chatsworth House were able to create a unique user experience and allow exploration of their Old Master Drawings archive.

That’s great but what if I need help?

Tutorials online

We have an in-depth tutorial for Collections along with tutorials for every application available in the Lightbox 3 package here.

Support

We also offer telephone and email support at no extra cost for as long as you need it!

We can make it for you

We also offer a service where we take your content then populate and brand your interactive for you. You can then use this as a starting point to add more content in future.