AQ Broadcast Puts Prompting Software In The Palm Of Users’ Hands

The UK company aQ Broadcast Limited has released a mobile version of its QScript prompting software called QScript.app that provides script and rundown information to on-air presenters on hand-held devices.

Currently, on-air presenters rely on printed sheets, which have to be reprinted after every change and which are difficult to use if a presenter is standing rather than sitting at a desk. QScript.app enables them to quickly and easily view the current version of any script on a tablet instead of needing to refer to a pile of paper.

The QScript.app application runs natively within a web browser using standard HTML5, JavaScript and AJAX technologies. Previously the company’s software has run primarily on a PC under Windows.

The new app can run on any platform (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, etc.) and within any browser (Explorer, Edge, Safari, FireFox, Chrome, etc.). The various underlying elements (interface to newsroom system, aQ’s QSIA database and aQ’s native webserver) are portable and can be configured in different ways, from a completely local system using an on-site server, to a completely hosted solution that operates entirely remotely.

Neil Hutchins, CEO at aQ Broadcast, said that the move a portable application that can run on any device using any browser offers some significant benefits to end users and ensures seamless performance whether inside a station’s own network or working from any internet-enabled location. He added that this app is the first of a range of native web-based applications that the company plans to rollout over the next year or so.

“The QScript.app has been written from the ground up in response to market feedback to provide simple functionality within a generic browser,” Hutchins said. “We can change the default appearance quickly and easily, but it is also possible for each user to override any aspect via local style settings.”

For example, the interface can be changed to show only the script column, making it easier for the talent/presenter to read directly from a hand-held tablet. Once opened, the rundown and script information is updated dynamically, with all changes in the underlying NRCS reflected immediately within QScript.app for the user to see.

The appearance of QScript.app is completely flexible too, as it uses standard .css style sheets to define the properties of each individual element. The QScript.app can be integrated with any Newsroom Computer System (NRCS) that provides a suitable gateway, e.g. via MOS or FTP. Plus, it has a direct native interface to aQ’s own QNews product.

The original QScript, developed in conjunction with CNN, is used by a number of regional and national news productions, including CNN.

“As well as showing the current script, it also allows users to make their own mark-ups and annotations onto ‘digital paper’ which not only smooths the news teams workflow when going live to air but also provides a massive ROI compared with the cost of paper, printers, printer cartridges and runner time that would otherwise be involved. QScript.app is the logical extension of this editorial and business innovation,” Hutchins said.

QScript.app will be available by the end of 2018. A demonstration is available online upon request access from aQ’s support team at [email protected]

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