What types of content does Kiosk Pro support?

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Content written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Kiosk Pro is based on browser components that are a part of the iOS operating system and supports many of the latest front-end web APIs and technologies. We usually recommend users create content using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as these are the "native language" of a web browser like Kiosk Pro. Content written in HTML can be stored remotely on a web server or locally on the device for use offline.

Content written in other web languages

Kiosk Pro can display content written in other web languages, including PHP, ASP, Ruby, Python, PERL or ColdFusion.

Languages that require server-side processing - meaning that they require a server to translate into code that Kiosk Pro (or any other browser) can display - cannot be viewed locally on the iPad as there is no server to interpret the code in this scenario.

Embedded video files

Kiosk Pro can play standard video formats supported by iOS, which include .mp4, .m4v, and .mov (.mov files must be specifically encoded with the H.264 video codec). It is only possible to play a single audio or video file at a time on iOS.

Embedded audio files

Kiosk Pro can play standard audio formats supported by iOS, which include .mp3, .aac, and .wav.

Partially Supported

Keynote files & Microsoft Office ('97 or newer) files,
including PowerPoint, Excel, Word

If you are considering these formats, we highly recommend finding a sample file to view in Kiosk Pro before purchasing the app or spending time in development to ensure that these formats can meet your project's requirements.

While Kiosk Pro is able to show these files, they are not optimized in the same way as a traditional web page, and all of these files are unable to display video, audio or animation. We recommend viewing these files with the Disable Zoom setting turned off.

Presentation files are displayed as documents, which means that they cannot automatically advance or play in a loop, but instead must be manually navigated through by the visitor.

PDF files

Kiosk Pro can display PDF files and supports links embedded in PDFs. More advanced features like form fill-in and audio/video support are not possible as they are not supported in the library we use to display PDF files.

GIF files

Kiosk Pro can display GIF animations within content, but we highly recommend the use of standard video files for performance reasons. GIF files are not compatible with the app's screensaver feature. For information on why.gif is a poor choice for displaying animation and links to tools to convert .gif to .mp4 video, click here.

Not Supported

  • standard pop-up windows (including browser error messages caused by your page)
  • Flash content
  • multiple windows (although multiple tabs are supported in our Plus & Enterprise versions)
  • iBooks

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