There are two ways to run Tulip Apps. First, by using a Tulip Player App (available on Windows, macOS, or Android). Or, second, by using a web browser to open the Tulip Web Player (in Chrome, or in Safari on iOS).

We recommended using the Tulip Player Apps if possible. The apps offer an extended set of features compared to the Tulip Web Player.

For the Tulip Player Windows App, this extended set of features includes:

A more Immersive User Experience:

  • The Tulip Player Windows App will persist its window size, position, and full screen state across restarts. This can be helpful if you always want your Tulip Player to appear in the same position, or to always be maximized.

  • The Tulip Player Windows App is a dedicated user experience. It can only be used to access Tulip Apps - not Facebook.

Better Hardware Access:

  • The Tulip Player Windows App supports Tulip Vision.

  • It can open files from the local computer within your Tulip App.

  • In some situations, hardware barcode scanners will work better.

  • It supports a wide range of hardware devices which can be found here.

Better Authentication Experience:

  • Administrators only have to authenticate the Tulip Player Windows App once per physical computer. In contrast, the Tulip Web Player has to be authenticated separately for each operator. In some situations, shareable station links can be used to work around this limitation.

  • For the the Tulip Player Windows App, credentials are securely persisted to the file system. This makes it harder for an operator to accidentally de-register their station, which would require an administrator to re-register them.

  • The Tulip Player Windows App can be registered with multiple Tulip instances, making it easier to switch between a staging and production instance, for example.

  • The Tulip Player Windows App and the Tulip App Editor can be used simultaneously. You must sign out of the App Editor in order to access the Tulip Web Player.

Diagnostics:

  • The Tulip Player Windows App makes logs easier to access.

  • The Tulip Player Windows App can collect more detailed information about the computer it’s running on.

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