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      S5 Beta Comments   07/16/2017

      Please keep all comments about S5 in the Open Beta General Comments section. This will help the developers by only have to look in one area of the forums for comments/questions/concerns about S5.


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  1. Creating your own light controller is interesting, but interfacing it to LOR software may be a challenge. The base LOR protocol is proprietary (back in the day, there were a few who reversed engineered it). The LOR enhanced protocol is proprietary and requires the PRO version of LOR software. You could interface your hardware using DMX (E1.31) (which is more of an open protocol), and would require Advanced or PRO LOR software. I think what you are asking is to interface via their standard LOR protocol. That would be great, but would require someone to reverse engineer the LOR protocol. Once that LOR protocol was documented, think of all the open source unique software that could be written on top that. I would expect the majority of users of LOR products use the base LOR protocol format. Then some use the LOR enhanced, and others use the DMX. Sounds like a fun project!!! To me it's like when Microsoft got more closed and more proprietary, Microsoft actually inadvertently promoted LINUX adoption. Although a much smaller customer base, LOR is ripe for creating an open source copy (I guess that's what xlights is). I think Pixel Editor and SuperStar started that way, then got rolled into the LOR family. I could be wrong. That's just my speculation.
  2. My original problem appeared to be stuck in "initializing effect generator", but after trying it a few times I realized that another dialog box comes up, but was buried under my multiple windows. Perhaps dialog boxes from S5 need to be forced ontop of all windows. However, this is not a "stuck" issue, more of a window being lost in the clutter on my desktop issue :-)
  3. I wanted to be in the "meaty" reports group, digging in, and only reporting true problems, and then realized if I spent my limited time doing that, I wouldn't have time to create my new 2017 show. Therefore, I will remain in the "I like the idea of S5, combining Pixel Editor and SE, but will have to wait and play with it next year (2018)" group. Good luck and will be excited to start on S5 in 2018!!!
  4. I double clicked on last year's sequence file (something.lms), which had a new icon associated with it (S5). Apparently it was trying to load the sequence into S5 Sequencer, but stuck at "Initializing effect generator.." See attached screen shot. By the way, as we keep finding DEFECTS, do you have a defect tracker (that tracks the defect in an orderly way). As we report bugs, we could enter them into a formal system, so it's easier to track. And we'd know if it was fixed or not. How do you plan to track all these issues? Also, as issues come in, some would be trivial, and some would be deemed more critical. I could see you would want to prioritize these issues. Also, a formal bug tracking software would allow us to enter more system info (like what computer we are running on, ram we have, OS version, etc). I could see so much variation in equipment used, that depending on which windows system we may be seeing different issues.
  5. Previous dialog box error wasn't due to network drive, got the same error installing on C drive, without changing any defaults. Attached is new dialog box error message.
  6. First, I had the problem when installing S5 on network server. ( a previous bug report). Then I tried canceling the install program, and it just sits there spinning the blue circle of death. It's stuck on the attached dialog box.
  7. I install my base software on a server on the X drive. Software had problems installing. Attached is screen shot of dialog box error.
  8. Awesome (APIs) and yes, for the countdown to Christmas I could just schedule a different sequence for each day. Thank you! Jeff
  9. Thanks Matt for the documentation. I liked the potential of pixel editor, and having it more integrated into the sequence editor will definitely help usability. Have you or are you planning to offer the ability for us amateur developers to create custom effects, like plugins? One desire I have, and not sure if pixel editor could do it, or would require some other software interface is the ability to add a variable to a text output. For instance I'd like to create a countdown to Christmas message with the days calculated based on computer clock, and able to be updated every day perhaps by a system variable. Thanks, Jeff
  10. Sounds like there's a good back story to this.
  11. S5

    Internet search brings me to : http://www.christmasexpo.com/
  12. LOR, Can you give us any timeframe? Or hints at what this S5 super tool is going to provide? When will we see a BETA? Thanks.
  13. Yeah, ignorance of the law or lack of enforcement of the law doesn't make it legal :-) But that's a whole other topic. :-)
  14. With sophisticated audio recognition software, I bet many of these are automated findings. Using google on my android phone, it can recognize a song on the radio within seconds. Very impressive.
  15. Do radio stations only have to buy the song once and can play it over and over broadcasting on the FM without further payments?