9 Reasons to Develop Your Kiosk Application as a Native App

If you’re developing a kiosk application you’ve probably wondered what technology you should use.

The two most common options are creating a website or a native application.  In this article we’ll focus on the benefits of creating a native kiosk application.

Our developers have been creating large-scale, unattended payment applications for many years now and the following are the reasons we choose to develop our kiosk applications as a native application (typically in .NET WPF).

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KioskSimple Kiosk Mode Software for Windows

KioskSimple Kiosk Mode Software for WindowsKioskSimple is a “kiosk mode software” specifically designed to convert Windows PCs and tablets into a self-service kiosk in just a few easy steps.  If you’re looking to convert your existing website into a self-service kiosk then KioskSimple is the kiosk mode software for you.  We also support running a .NET WPF application in “kiosk mode”. Continue reading “KioskSimple Kiosk Mode Software for Windows”

Kiosk Software for Windows 8

Kiosk Software for Windows 8KioskSimple makes it a breeze to convert any PC or tablet running Windows 8 into a self-service kiosk.  The fastest way to get your kiosk up and running is to create a website with all of your kiosk content and let KioskSimple “lockdown” the website on your kiosk.  Checkout the video below to see just how easy it is to put your website on a self-service kiosk running Windows 8.

How much does it cost?

There is a one-time license fee of $199/kiosk with volume pricing available.

Can I try a free demo?

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Integrating a bill acceptor in .NET WPF C# with the KioskSimple API

KioskSimple supports integrating MEI bill acceptors in .NET WPF C#Integrating a bill acceptor into your .NET WPF application can be a daunting task, so we’ve created the KioskSimple API to ease the pains of integration by providing an abstracted C# API for popular bill acceptors.  To get you started quickly we’ve created code examples on integrating bill acceptors in .NET WPF C#.

How much time will the KioskSimple API save me?

Most of the bill acceptors we support can be integrated into your WPF C# application in a single day by using the KioskSimple bill acceptor API.  This can easily save you months of development over using the manufacturers SDK. Continue reading “Integrating a bill acceptor in .NET WPF C# with the KioskSimple API”

How to Start Your WPF Application in Kiosk Mode with KioskSimple

Start your WPF Application in kiosk modeWe’ve made it easy to start your .NET WPF application in “Kiosk Mode” with KioskSimple for Windows. We’ve created a Basic Hello World – .NET C# WPF example to get you started quickly.  We also offer a free unlimited-time demo of KioskSimple so you can take your time evaluating the product. Continue reading “How to Start Your WPF Application in Kiosk Mode with KioskSimple”

Disabling Windows Sleep and Hibernation From Your Kiosk Application

Disabling Windows Sleep and Hibernation From .NET WPF C#In this article I’ll explain how to disable the Windows Sleep and Hibernation Power Options directly from your kiosk application.  Imagine the scenario where your kiosk goes to sleep and potential customers see nothing but a black screen.  Many customers will assume the kiosk is out of order and keep right on walking.  To make matter worse, when the user touches the screen they’ll be greeted by a Windows login prompt and chances are they won’t know the password. Continue reading “Disabling Windows Sleep and Hibernation From Your Kiosk Application”

Disabling the Windows Screen Saver From Your Kiosk Application

Disable the screen saver from your kiosk applicationIn this article I’ll explain how to temporarily disable the built in Windows screen saver from your kiosk application.  If you’ve created a native Windows application (i.e. .NET WPF) to run on your self-service kiosk you probably don’t want it to be interrupted by the Windows screen saver.  Sure you could go to the screen saver settings and disable the screen saver completely but then you’d have to do that on ever single kiosk.  It would be more convenient to temporarily disable the screen saver only while your kiosk application is running. Continue reading “Disabling the Windows Screen Saver From Your Kiosk Application”

6 Reasons to Develop Your Kiosk Application as a Native Windows Application

.NET WPF kiosk application developmentIn a previous article I briefly covered my thoughts on the pros and cons of developing a kiosk application as a website.  In this article I’ll be exploring the pros and cons of developing your kiosk application as a native Windows application (i.e. a .NET WPF kiosk application).  It boils down to a case of client-side vs. server-side and deciding which approach best fits your needs. My goal for this 2-part series is to define the pros and cons of each approach to better help kiosk application developers make an informed decision. Continue reading “6 Reasons to Develop Your Kiosk Application as a Native Windows Application”

Integrating a Webcam Into Your Kiosk Application

Integrate popular webcams into your kiosk application with KioskSimple
Add support for modern webcams to your kiosk application

Adding a webcam to your kiosk application can go a long way to improve the security of your kiosk.  In the case of disputed credit card charges (i.e. chargebacks) it can help to have a picture of the customer swiping the card in question.  One of our main goals with KioskSimple was to make it really easy for kiosk application developers to integrate popular kiosk devices, like webcams, into their kiosks.  The KioskSimple developer API supports integrating a webcam into your website or .NET WPF kiosk application and we have code examples to get you started. Continue reading “Integrating a Webcam Into Your Kiosk Application”

Integrating Magtek Credit Card Readers Into Your Kiosk Application

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Magtek Credit Card Reader

We really like the Magtek credit card readers and wanted to make them simple to integrate with your kiosk application using our KioskSimple developer-friendly API.  Credit cards are clearly the most popular form of payment being accepted by payment kiosks today and with just some minor code changes your kiosk application can begin accepting credit card payments also.  The KioskSimple developer API supports integrating Magtek credit card readers into your website or .NET WPF kiosk application and we have code examples to get you started. Continue reading “Integrating Magtek Credit Card Readers Into Your Kiosk Application”