How to Display a Menu of Websites On Your Kiosk

In order to make it easy to navigate between a series of websites on your kiosk we’ve added a menu feature to KioskSimple.

This is particularly useful if you’re allowing users to navigate away from your website to 3rd party websites.

In the case of a 3rd party website you probably don’t control their content and it will be difficult for users to find their way back to your website.

In this short article I’ll show you just how simple we’ve made it to  create a menu of websites so your users can always find their way back home.

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Why It’s Critical to Set a Budget for Your Custom Kiosk Project

Why do I need to set a budget for my custom kiosk project? Just tell me how much it will cost!

I’ve heard this countless times when talking to potential customers and it’s probably what you’re thinking right now.

Many customers get uncomfortable when we begin talking about money when it comes to their custom kiosk project.  This is because there is a common misconception that the development firm determines the cost of the project.

The reality is that when you’re dealing with a custom kiosk project (custom is the key word here, meaning not an off-the-shelf solution) the majority of the cost is determined by the selections you make.

So why do we need to know your budget?

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Cashless transactions are not always cheaper: Guillaume Lepecq | Business Standard News

Interesting read on why cashless payments are not always cheaper or more efficient.

In recent years a debate has been taking place in the developed world about the utility of bank notes and coins, with several commentators suggesting that cash will disappear in about ten years.

Research by international payments industry expert Guillaume Lepecq, however, shows that the demand for bank notes and coins has continued to grow at a significant pace around the world, in parallel with electronic payments.

What explains this durability and why should the use of cash be encouraged when alternative payment systems are gaining currency? Lepecq discusses these issues with Kanika Datta

How Much Does It Cost to Build Custom Kiosk Software

I’m going to give you some examples of the factors that contribute to the cost of building custom kiosk software and some broad cost ranges on the kiosk software and kiosk hardware.

A common question I get asked in the first few minutes of a call with a potential client looking for custom kiosk software is “how much will this cost me?”

Sometimes people get irritated when I explain that it takes more than a 5-minute conversation in order to really understand their requirements.

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How to Filter Websites on Your Kiosk Web Browser

Need to filter websites your users can view on your public facing kiosk or POS?

The lack of website filtering can result in any number of issues including…

  • Malicious users installing viruses or malware
  • Credit card fraud and identity theft
  • Viewing of explicit or other inappropriate websites
  • Loss of sales
  • System downtime and much more

We’ve made it easy to filter websites your users can view using a powerful whitelist and blacklist.

The following example shows just how easy it is to filter websites with KioskSimple.

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Chrome Engine Now Supported In KioskSimple

By popular request we’ve added support for the Chrome engine (aka WebKit) to KioskSimple kiosk software for Windows.

If you prefer how your website looks in Google Chrome (or Safari) then you’ll want to download the latest version of KioskSimple today.

We’ll also cover Chrome’s “kiosk mode” and how it is different from kiosk software.

chrome engine kiosk mode

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How to Put Your PowerPoint Presentation on a Kiosk

A common question I hear is “how can I put my PowerPoint presentation on a kiosk?”  While PowerPoint does have a “kiosk mode” it’s not secure enough for an unattended environment like a self-service kiosk.

A fairly simple workaround is to take advantage of the free Google Docs service which allows you to view your PowerPoint presentation from a web browser.

Once your PowerPoint presentation is published to the web in Google Docs it’s simply a matter of using kiosk software to lockdown your kiosk and prevent malicious user tampering.


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How to Get Great Results and Save on Costs with Hourly Based Software Developers – Part 3

We work with many of our clients on an hourly basis so I wanted to share some tips on how you can save on development costs and get great results working with hourly based software developers,

In the first part of this three-part series on working with hourly software developers we addressed some frequently asked questions.  In part two we covered several tips for working with hourly based developers to ensure that your project is a glowing success.

In this third and final part of our three-part series we’re going to cover our final four tips to help ensure the success of your project.


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