Randomizing Live Data

October 4, 2019 Josiah Feuerbacher

Hello again FWIers. This week we’re going to take a look at Live Data, and how to make use of the Shuffle Rows feature (added in version 4.6.2). “Shuffle Rows” is the FWI way of saying “Random Order”. 

This can come in handy when you want to add some variety to your sign. For instance, if you were creating a “Fun Facts” sign for an office with random facts about your company, you’d want it to show a different item each time the Live Data item is displayed. There are hundreds of other use cases, so I’ll stop boring you and get down to it.

To randomize the order of your live data item, first set up your live data item as normal by editing the Layout. While inside of the Live Data Layout, select the “Sort” tab in the upper right hand corner of the screen. You will see a drop down menu that, by default, says “Sort rows by the specified fields. Click on the dropdown and select “Shuffle Rows”:

That’s it. Now, each time your live data item plays, it will randomize the order of the live data content. If you’re interested, there’s a page on the FWI wiki devoted to randomizing content play using this functionality in tandem with a Content Feed item. Very useful!

So why do we say “Shuffle Rows”? Well, that’s a good question. A “Row” in Live Data refers to one row (or item) of data from your data source. So “Shuffle Rows” simply mixes the rows around. Is that label confusing? Leave your opinion in the comments!

And come back next week, when we start a series of posts on all things VARIABLES. Until then, #DoYouFWI?

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