Note: this article refers to features in version 2.55, which you may not be using yet. Here's how software updates work with Revel:
- Your Management Console will automatically upgrade to the newest version in mid-October. No action is required!
- Your new Revel Point of Sale app will be available shortly after that. Once it's available, head here for update instructions.
- For a complete overview of how releases work at Revel, head here.
Revel's new Branding Tool will allow you to customize your CDS XT (Customer Display System) and Kiosk XT to better suit your marketing image by including your own logo images, color branding, etc.
Please Note: The Branding Tool is a built-in feature available on Management Console versions 2.55 and higher. It is designed to be use by customers with CDS XT and/or Kiosk XT. Please contact Revel Support to enable the Branding Tool for your CDS XT and Kiosk XT.
- How to Create and Customize Your Custom Skin
- How to Activate, Delete and Edit Skins
- How to View Your New CDS XT/Kiosk XT*
- Using Branding Tool with EMS
- How to Display Video or Animation Sets on the CDS XT/Kiosk XT*
- Adding on a CDS XT or Kiosk XT*
How to Create and Customize Your Custom Skin
To begin creating a new skin for the CDS XT or Kiosk XT*:
- In the Management Console ([yoursubdomain].revelup.com), go to the Establishment tab and choose Branding Tool:
NOTE: If you do not see the Branding Tool option, please contact Revel Support to activate.
- You'll see a list of all the Custom Skins that you've already created, which can be activated as needed (see How to Activate, Delete and Edit Skins). Skins are a collection of branding assets (such as a splash page, accent color, logo). You can create multiple Skins for your business needs (e.g. Thanksgiving skin, Christmas skin, Taco Tuesday skin, etc.) and activate or deactivate these as you wish. If no Skins have been created, choose the Add New, then select Customer Display or Kiosk to begin creating a new design:
- Give the new Skin a Name and press Save on the right.
- Fill out each section accordingly:
- Choose how you want to have your display screen organized in the Screen Organization section. With Full Screen, the image will display across the entire screen. With Split Screen, a preview of your customer's order is always available but promotional material will display on the left side of the display (Please note: Screen organization only applies to CDS XT).
- Type the Welcome Message that you want customers to see when the CDS XT or Kiosk XT* is in an idle state. NOTE: This is only available on the Full-Screen mode option (above for CDS XT):
- Select or upload the Background Image you would like to display for your customers:
When you choose Select Image, you can pick from a selection of images that have already been uploaded or you can Upload your own. Be sure to use high-resolution images:
After an image is selected, you'll be prompted to crop the image to the desired size.Use the scroll bar to zoom in and out but, note, anything is the grey area will be cropped out:
- Choose the Logo you want displayed on the Login and About Us Pages. When you click on Select Logo, you can choose from images that are already uploaded or upload your own. Be sure to use high-resolution images here as well:
- The Accent Color is used for buttons and other elements on the Point of Sale: You can choose any color from the default palette:
- Once you've filled out the required fields for your new skin, you can preview it using the button at the top right of the page:
You'll see a preview of what your skin will look like, which will help you decide if any of your images need to be rescaled or replaced:
How to Activate, Delete and Edit Skins
After you have created your Custom Skins, you can both Activate or Delete them, as needed and/or Edit them at any time in the future. To do so:
- Go to Establishment and choose Branding Tool.
- You'll see a list of all the Skins that you have created.
- To Activate a Skin, check the box on the left next to the appropriate Skin name and choose Activate at the top.
- To Delete a Skin, check the box on the left next to the appropriate Skin name and choose Delete at the top right:
- To Edit, click on the Skin name and you'll be directed to the Edit screen, where you can edit your background images, logos, welcome message and color palette (see How to Create and Customize Your Custom Skin.)
How to View Your New CDS XT or Kiosk XT*
To see the new CDS XT or Kiosk XT* in action, download the CDS XT* or KDS XT* app from the App Store.
Below are some images that will help better visualize what the above settings will look like.
Full Screen Mode with image as a header at the top (on CDS XT*): Split Screen mode. Note how your background image will display on the left side of screen and the customer's order is on the right (on CDS XT*):
Welcome Message, which displays when the Customer Display is idle (on CDS XT*):
Using Branding Tool with EMS
As of the 2.51 release, Revel's Branding Tool can now be used with our Enterprise Management System (EMS). So, you can create skins in one establishment and then push them to other establishments, just as you can with products, employees, etc. To do so:
- Make sure your skin is already created in your base establishment using the instructions above.
- Select the establishment group where you want to copy the skin. To do so, navigate to the current establishment name at the top and click on it. Then, from the selection window on the left, choose the appropriate group folder. For more information on EMS functions, please see our Introduction to EMS:
- Next, navigate to the Establishment tab, then choose Branding Tool:
- You’ll see all created skins listed; click on the name of the skin you want to copy to the selected group:
- You’ll see the option to adjust your Skin settings, should you choose (i.e. the name, screen organization), as seen in the section above, How to Create and Customize Your Custom Skin*. When ready, press Send.
- A prompt will display confirming the location(s) to which you wish to send the skin, including all establishments within the selected group. When you press Confirm, the action is completed:
How to Display Video or Animation Sets on the CDS XT/Kiosk XT*
Merchants can also configure a video or animation set per the existing Customer Display Settings. IMPORTANT: Videos and animation sets are IN PLACE OF a static image. If you have a background image saved in your custom skin, this will suppress any video or animation sets that you have created. If this is the case, please navigate to the Establishment tab and select Branding Tool. Find the skin that you currently have activated and click on it to edit the settings. Scroll down to Background Image and select the trash icon to delete the image:
For more details on setting up a video or animation on your CDS XT or Kiosk XT, please review our Customer Display Screen (CDS) Guide or Kiosk Settings article. Videos and animation sets will play in both full screen and split-screen modes, which can be selected under your Custom Skin settings.
After you've made changes, be sure to refresh your Point of Sale station to send the changes to your CDS XT or Kiosk XT*. You should now see your designated Video or Animation.
Adding on a CDS XT or Kiosk XT*
If you do not already have a customer facing display unit and are interested in adding this your package, please contact your sales associate for more information.