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kitchi Overview:

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kitchi works with one Betabrite Prism per computer and one-or-many serial-port LED signs like Alpha, Betabrite, Prolite, and other LED signs.  USB-to-serial adapters will get the serial-port LED signs connected to recently made computers.

To get started, download and install kitchi. Run kitchi. 

You will need to fill in at least one input, one output, and one schedule event and press the “Start” button.

On the left side of the application, you will see the start of a configuration tree. The configuration tree consists of one or many data-streams. Each data-stream ties one or many input sources to one or many output sources at scheduled times. The schedule may contain one or many scheduled events.  All inputs are written to all outputs within a datastream as scheduled.

Double-click on an input and select a Method such as "http" and Datatype such as "rss".  Click on the button, [defaults], to fill in some default options. Option fields also contain drop-down boxes to help provide hints as to what can be used as parameters.  Many times you are not limited to what is in the drop-down boxes.

Input name is optional and not used anywhere. Input description is also optional, but is used. Example: if you are showing NASA rss files, you could set the input-description to “News from NASA...” to have that also show up on the output devices.

Double-click on an output and select a Method and Datatype, click on [defaults] button and fill in the parameters. (always click on the [defaults] button to give you a good start with filling in the parameters)

Double click on an event and select an event-type and fill in the details.

More events may be added by right-clicking on the "schedule" node and selecting "new event".

Try right-clicking on various nodes in the configuration-tree to view available options for each node or item.

When completed, click “Start" and kitchi will run the datastreams at your scheduled times.

This program can also be configured to run in the background as a service.