Chrome Sign Builder vs. Four Winds Interactive

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Chrome Sign Builder
Score 7.7 out of 10
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Chrome Sign Builder, from Google, is a digital signage utility that allows users to schedule and display content across managed Chrome devices and networks, built to make it easy to show web content content such as restaurant menus, images, and YouTube videos and playlists–as well as Google Presentations, which can be edited by anyone who has access to the presentation.N/A
Four Winds Interactive
Score 6.7 out of 10
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Four Winds Interactive headquartered in Denver offers their digital signage content manager and content player applications to enterprises of various sizes in many industries, providing digital content to large live digital signs and billboards in arenas and airports to smaller kiosks and interactive consoles for customers in entertainment venues, banks, and other industries and locations.N/A
Pricing
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Free/Freemium Version
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Community Pulse
Chrome Sign BuilderFour Winds Interactive
Considered Both Products
Chrome Sign Builder
Chose Chrome Sign Builder
Chrome Sign Builder is very user-friendly & cost-effective above the mentioned software. This works very efficiently and is suited well for my level of organization which supports the medium-scale requirement. Chrome Sign Builder comes with multiple benefits of properly …
Four Winds Interactive

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User Ratings
Chrome Sign BuilderFour Winds Interactive
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(27 ratings)
7.4
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
4.0
(2 ratings)
7.2
(7 ratings)
User Testimonials
Chrome Sign BuilderFour Winds Interactive
Likelihood to Recommend
Google
Chrome Sign Builder seems to work best when only one or two resources are displayed. Rotating through multiple screens in slideshow format without a ready ability to advance and pause causes some problems. When scheduling five outdoor ranges and a clubhouse, individuals have to stand and watch as sometimes complex calendars scroll by focusing on specific data and time. On the other hand, when limited to one or two rouses, the system works well enough.
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Four Winds Interactive
If you want to create an elaborate, multi-leveled kiosk for your organization, Four Winds Interactive Content Manager Desktop can definitely do that for you. Just know going in that it's not the easiest to operate, and definitely devote time to training. Definitely have a couple of people go through this training, so it's not just one person in your organization that can operate Four Winds.
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Pros
Google
  • schedule YouTube videos and playlists
  • Use Chrome Sign Builder to display menus. For example, to show menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, create 3 schedules. Each schedule has its own menu URL to display the menu content.
  • create a presentation using Google Slides and display it using Chrome Sign Builder.
  • When you publish the presentation, set it to start as soon as it loads and restart again after the last slide.
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Four Winds Interactive
  • The FWi platform handles very complex or unique situations better than other signage solutions. They support every standard type of data and web service, and through a supplemental Integration Framework product they can support almost anything out there... or things that aren't even out there yet.
  • Their support and assistance has gotten very good over the years; I'd say it is now excellent. Their team of sign builders and engineers have advanced knowledge of the product and how it can be used; you won't get a "did you try restarting it?" when dealing with them.
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Cons
Google
  • Would be good if there was a way if it could update live rather than needing to export the JSON file and upload it to the management console manually
  • Could be more visual based to make more complicated layouts easier rather than needing to use percentages.
  • Dated design compared to Google's latest UI upgrade
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Four Winds Interactive
  • When working with a large installation the amount of mouse clicking and dragging and setting of settings and make your hand a bit sore but the modular component setup of this software demands a lot of settings.
  • As a custom software designer myself I would like to see more group effective operations so I could effect a change at a property level instead of an individual player level.
  • Upgrading to a new version of the software I have left to the experts at FWI because it is rather complex. They state they are working on better ways to perform large upgrades.
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Support Rating
Google
Support can be sparse, lengthy wait times, and sometimes not the most helpful solutions. If you really need assistance using it - contacting your VAR is a better bet than using Chrome Sign Builder support. We have also had frustrating cases where support will close tickets without a solution.
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Four Winds Interactive
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Alternatives Considered
Google
Chrome Sign Builder is very strong and flexible on manipulation and the quality of signs management is an effective and an excellent forms management system which is very easy on deployment and management of all our project documents. The easy-on reports building through Chrome Sign Builder is also another big point and the dashboard is very easy to adapt.
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Four Winds Interactive
Simply put, FWi outperforms just about any other software solution by being more adaptable and more reliable, while being competitively priced for its class (top shelf). It's not as cheap as using "free" signage software that's in the cloud, or built into display screens (LG), but if you plan on doing more than running slides and you plan on doing it in multiple locations and screens, this is the platform to do it on - especially if your venues and needs vary across the network.
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Return on Investment
Google
  • As this is a free tool we save money on purchasing an alternative solution
  • Displaying pertinent signage through the building streamlines operations and provides the right data to those who need it
  • May not be as approachable to a new user, but someone with technical experience should have no issues getting started quickly with the tool
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Four Winds Interactive
  • Works better than our old kiosk system
  • Helped us modernize the look of our kiosk
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