Navori QL Digital Signage Software vs. Scala

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Navori QL Digital Signage Software
Score 9.0 out of 10
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Swiss company Navori offers QL, the company's digital signage software platform which provides content creation, organization and management software and also hardware devices supporting digital signage.
$20
per month per seat
Scala
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Scala in Malvern, PA offers their digital signage software which provides Designer for content design, Content Manager for content organization and control, and Player for content viewing. Notably the software supports a wide array of digital signage including touchscreen kiosks and service for direct customer engagement and interaction.N/A
Pricing
Navori QL Digital Signage SoftwareScala
Editions & Modules
QL Essential
$20
per month per player
QL Professional
$44
per month per player
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Navori QL Digital Signage SoftwareScala
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
Navori QL Digital Signage SoftwareScala
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(1 ratings)
6.4
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
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8.8
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Navori QL Digital Signage SoftwareScala
Likelihood to Recommend
Navori Labs
The Navori Digital Signage Software is the best solution for digital signage. It's easy to use, and it's the best way to get your ads in front of potential customers. With a variety of sizes, speeds, and pixel densities available, it is sure to fit your needs. Indoor and outdoor units are available for those who need their displays outside of the office. Navori is the application that allows you to control screens, smart icons, and dynamic content in physical locations from anywhere.
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Scala
If you are in the data science world, Scala is the best language to work with Spark, the defacto data science data store. I think that is really the main likely reason I would ever recommend Scala. Another reason is if you already have a team of programmers familiar with functional programming, e.g. they all have years of Haskell experience. In that case, I definitely think Scala is a superior and faster-growing language than Haskell and that picking up Scala after Haskell should be quick.
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Pros
Navori Labs
  • QL Essential offers a simple, easy-to-use interface for any user. Professional includes multilingual support and administrative access for IT professionals.
  • QL Essential takes care of digital signage in all its aspects: content, technology, and workflow.
  • Whether you are a small office with a few screens or need to place thousands of screens around the world, Navori has a solution for all.
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Scala
  • Organizing different playlists.
  • Coordinating content schedule and running time.
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Cons
Navori Labs
  • Non-desktop staff, who may not have an easy way to access their data feeds, can control what is playing on any of their screens using their smartphone.
  • This also eliminates the need for wired connections or software installation at their workplace.
  • Offline functionality, remote management, and the ability to design your own user interface with Drag & Drop make QL Essential a complete solution for any digital signage operation.
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Scala
  • The built-in compiler, scalac, is sssssssssslllllooooowwwwww. I mean like, if you thought the Java compiler was slow, try Scala! The default compiler on my 12k line codebase takes 4 minutes to compile from scratch on my i7 quad-core machine. This can be mitigated through the paid solution of Hydra which compiles your code in parallel. Unfortunately, it's quite expensive and your legal department or finance department may not approve of it. But if they do, for me, it reduced my compile time down to 80 seconds, much more manageable.
  • Scala is not going anywhere and support for it is slowly dying. This is the main reason I would not choose Scala for my next company or project. Important Scala libraries such as secure social (which is used for OAuth, a major requirement of every web app) are hardly maintained. Another library that suffers from lack of updates is Slick, the database mapper. There aren't enough engineers working on it to even provide support for the new features that came out in Postgres 9.0 (e.g. JSONb). There is simply not enough of a community to drive Scala forward and keep 3rd party libraries up to date as Java world does it.
  • As a corollary of a stagnant community, hiring Scala developers is hard as well. Of the 30 backend engineers we've hired, only 3 came in already knowing Scala. And as I will mention below, this is a BIG problem because learning Scala is really tough.
  • The learning curve for Scala is very, very steep. Anecdotally, I came into my current company with strong Java experience. Java is the closest language to Scala but it took me 6 months before I stopped needing to pair program on easy tickets. It doesn't help that Scala has some weird syntax like Map[A, +B] and that it forces you to do functional programming.
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Support Rating
Navori Labs
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Scala
The customer service team is very responsive and usually returns calls or emails within a couple of hours of placing a request or inquiry. Just about every rep I've spoken to has been very thorough and helpful, walking me through each problem and explaining the solutions in a way that's easy to understand.
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Return on Investment
Navori Labs
  • A new digital signage display that is easy to integrate, easy to use and stylish, look no further. Navori's modular D-LED displays are the perfect way to enhance our customers' experience.
  • Navori automatically updates our dynamic displays with the latest information from your data sources without we having to do anything. Simply set up the rules and the system takes care of it.
  • We can use the interactive content feature to display a dynamic source on a static screen and much more , the possibilities are endless!
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Scala
  • Negative: slow engineer onboarding. As I mentioned before, it took me 6 months to get up-to-speed on Scala and didn't need to bother more senior Scala engineers anymore for help with every ticket. That's hundreds of hours I wasted of myself and other engineer's time.
  • Positive: thread safety, no concurrency bug. The ROI on this one is really hard to calculate, but I do believe Scala has saved me hundreds of hours over the past few years by allowing me to never have to worry about deadlocks or race conditions. Scala is simply so safe we've never had race conditions within the JVM before.
  • Negative: third-party libraries aren't maintained so we have to fork and update them ourselves. As I mentioned before, we use Securesocial but it stopped receiving updates and there is simply no alternative to it. So, we forked it and put an engineer on it for a month to get it back up-to-date. What a waste of his time!
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Navori QL Digital Signage Software Screenshots

Screenshot of Built-in Template DesignerScreenshot of Desktop and mobile CMSScreenshot of Robust scheduling tools