The Dashboard Rotator is a tool that is used to cycle through web pages in a full screen browser
Customize the list of URL’s to display internal intranet or public web pages using either Internet Explorer or FireFox.
URL lists can be stored on remote file shares or on the localhost so multiple machines can share the same list and updating the contents is simple.
No setup is required to run the program. It runs as a standalone executable.
Common uses for the Dashboard Rotator are
FireFox is undoubtably the more stable choice for long term screen rotation, although if it is not available on the machine you wish to use, you have the option to also use Internet Explorer. Please be sure to check the requirements below for version requirements.
Super easy to use. Simply download the files, extract them to a directory and run the
Click the edit icon in the top left hand corner and edit the list of URL’s you wish to cycle through.
To set an interval time for a specific page, simply add “|<number of seconds>” to the end of the URL in the Url list. The pipe character “|” separates the URL from the interval number.
For example, if you would like to only display the Google home page for 10 seconds, but everything else for the normal interval time. I would have the following in my URL list.
If you would like to have the Dashboard Rotator automatically start when Windows starts, its simple, just call the .exe from the command line using a batch file or scheduled task.
Simply call the .exe from the command line with two arguments, the first being start and the second being the amount of seconds you want the rotation run for, so for example if I wanted to automatically start the rotation from the command line with an interval of 30 seconds, I would call the following command:
DashboardRotator.exe start 30
This will load the tool and begin the rotation.
Tip: Make sure the .exe is named “DashboardRotator”, with out a space between the two words, by default, it contains a space.
Scripts can perform the basic rotation functions although there is one major difference between this tool and a script. A script does not handle errors very well, and the inherent problem with scrolling through URL’s using a browser repeatedly is memory consumption, over a period of hours the browser will become bloated and unstable, then the process needs to be recycled.
Tearing down the browser process, and reloading does not tend to work well in scripts, this is where using a software application like the Dashboard Rotator excels as it was built to handle exceptions gracefully.
After every hour, the Dashboard Rotator tool will tear down the Internet Explorer process and free up memory. There is also a background thread that runs constantly, checking every 5 seconds to ensure the browser is running and rotating.
If someone happens to close the browser window, or the browser crashes using a script, the script will crash, using the dashboard rotator, if the browser window should happen to close for whatever reason, within 5 seconds the background thread will kick in and restart the rotation cycle.
In short, the Dashboard Rotator brings stability, and of course usability.
Things To Note
If you would like to test the tool out before you purchase, you can do so by downloading the demo version. The demo version is restricted to 5 full rotations before It will stop.Download The Demo Version