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    5.0.24 link error

    Thanks! I fixed it.
  2. FYI: There are 2 known issues with the RC2 install: 1 - If you are an 'Advanced' (not PRO) user, the following message will be presented. The date in the message is incorrect as we extended the Beta/RC time frame to the end of this month: 2 - If you are upgrading from S4 for the first time, you'll get the following message. Simply close and re-open the program and you will be good to go.
  3. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Beta Version 5.0.2 28 July 2017 Updates To The Sequencer Enhancement: move the "Insert SuperStar Effect" right-click menu item up a level. Requested by Light-O-Rama. In version 5.0.2 the "Insert SuperStar Effect" menu item appears twice due to an error. The second entry is the one you should use to invoke SuperStar. Enhancement: when a sequence is open and the user selects Tools > Effect Generator from the main menu, the Effect Generator is now opened in the context of the sequence. Requested by Light-O-Rama. Enhancement: improved display of the favorites tree in the Effect Generator so that highlighted nodes are much more visible. Requested by Light-O-Rama. Enhancement: add an option to disable the message displayed when creating playback files: "The sequence uses 1 LOR network, and according to Network Preferences Regular is enhanced". Requested by user brichi. Enhancement: add a Christmas tree shape to the Simple Shapes effect. Requested by user stevehoyt. Enhancement: install the additional dimming curves that are available in the Pixel Editor forum. Requested by Light-O-Rama. Fixed: a white twinkle effect on RGB pixels or dumb RGB lights looked different when played on a regular LOR network versus an Enhanced LOR (ELOR) network or DMX. Reported by users Bry and brichi. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43632-s5-twinkle-only-on-white/ http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43605-random-twinkle-effect/ Fixed: there was a delay the first time the media was played for a sequence (would happen with media). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed: if you try to start the sequence with the spacebar sometimes it will "stall" and you will have to hit the stop button and hit it again to get it to play. Only applied to MP3 files. From bug report TC02. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43590-tc02-starting-with-spacebar-stalls/ Fixed: opening an LMS or LAS sequence directly from Windows Explorer instead of opening the sequence from the S5 Sequencer will leave the Light-O-Rama splash screen on the display, blocking the box underneath. You have to hit alt tab and click on the x to clear it out. From bug report TC01. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43562-tc01-lor-banner-wont-go-away/ http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43568-s5-sequencer-stuck-at-initializing-effect-generator/ Fixed: when setting your user folder, the user folder cannot be the root folder of a drive, e.g. "L:\". From bug report JRW12. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43541-jrw12-unable-to-assign-lor-default-drive-to-network-drive/ Fixed: "Add Grid View" should not prompt for props/groups and instead save the current grid view. Renamed "Add Grid View" to "Save Current View As". Removed "Copy View" as it did almost the same thing. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed: the "Mix Overlay" mode in the Effect Generator changed from the Pixel Editor to the S5 Sequencer, which caused some Pixel Editor sequences to import incorrectly. "Mix Overlay" in S5 has been changed back to the original Pixel Editor logic. The new mixer function in S5 has been renamed "Mix Alpha Blend" which takes into account alpha blending. Reported by user Bry and others. If you have created new effects in S5 that use "Mix Overlay" mode, they should be changed to use the new "Mix Alpha Blend" mode. From bug report JMW-S5-001. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43600-jmw-s5-001-curtain-effect-not-working-properly/ http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43569-effect-mixer-issues-with-imported-pe-props/ Fixed: many Visualizer import bugs -- improved handling of DMX fixtures, pixel string orientation, detection of strobes and multicolor strings, bulb sizing, and bulb color. Reported by user K6CCC. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43587-jrw13-using-preview-that-was-created-by-importing-visualization-error/ Fixed: buttons on Preview Management screen were not sized correctly on Windows XP. Reported by user K6CCC. Fixed: "Delete Grid View" function was not working. Reported by user stevehoyt. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43618-v5-delete-view-not-working/ Fixed: an LMS file created by SuperStar does not import correctly into the S5 Sequencer, moving many channels to the Archive area. Reported by users K6CCC & RocketCitySanta. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43645-opening-superstar-generated-lms-in-s5-sequencer-problem/ Fixed: crash when reading motion effect rows from archive props. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed: appending props to current grid view didn't flag the sequence as having unsaved changes. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed: crash when reading some custom preview props with no data. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed: upgrading a sequence with a fixed grid spacing of less than 0.05 seconds got converted to a grid of 0.05. Fixed timing grids in upgraded sequences will now retain their spacing down to 0.02 seconds. However, the minimum spacing for new timing grids created within S5 will remain at 0.05 seconds. Reported by user dgtlpro. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43625-s5-timing-grids/ Fixed: the drop-down list of props in the Effect Generator wasn't getting populated sometimes when the Effect Generator was opened. Reported by user stevehoyt. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43622-motion-effect-generator-has-no-choices-in-far-right-window/ Fixed: after creating a new group in preview design, the group wasn't selectable. Only affected new groups with arrangement=none. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed: unable to open 2 sequences with the same file name that exist in different directories. Reported by user RocketCitySanta. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43641-multi-copies-of-same-sequence/ Fixed: when upgrading a Sequence that includes a Pixel Editor file, the Pixel Editor props did not appear in the grid. Pixel Editor props are now appended to the first grid view. Reported by user JamesWright. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43546-500-how-do-you-edit-the-rgb-lights/ Fixed: users with an Advanced license can't see the Sequencer's motion effects window or use an enhanced LOR network in beta. Reported by users attending Expo 2017. Fixed: bug when pasting multiple rows with condensed mode off. From bug report SCC04. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43648-scc04-copy-paste-losing-objects/ Fixed: in the Beat Wizard, after applying a beat pattern to a beat channel, clicking undo does not clear the beat marks. The same issue was also fixed in the VU Wizard and the Tapper Wizard. From bug report SCC03. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43647-scc03-beat-wizard-undo-not-clearing-beat-channel/ Removed "File References" item from the toolbar's preview menu - as the preview menu is for actions that apply to the preview, and this item applied to the sequence. The function is still available from the Sequence menu. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Removed "Export to SuperStar" link in Preview Management screen. This function is not fully implemented yet. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Updates To SuperStar Fixed a bug in the Load/Save Clipboard dialog box. The effect counts were not being defined if you have navigated to a folder. Fixed a bug where the export of a sequence would only export the effects from where the time ruler is currently at. Fixed it so it always exports all the effects in the sequence. When launched from the S5 Sequencer the time ruler would always be at time 0:00. Fixed it so it is within 1 second of the start time of the request. When launched from the S5 Sequencer SuperStar would sometimes display a message box saying "Enter a value between -64 and 64" When launched from the S5 Sequencer as a musical file, SuperStar would sometimes fail to launch, and if it did launch the audio file would fail to load. Fixes That Will Be In The Next Release (version 5.0.4) Removed duplicate "Insert SuperStar Effect" menu item Sequence > Channel Configuration > Import now works when the import updates the currently selected view. Open Issues Add support for multiple clipboards and ability to import/export clipboard file (same functionality as S4) Add "Foreground Effects" Fade up and Fade Down (from S4) http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43643-foreground-effects/ Add support for props sharing the same channels Add support for SuperStar globe topper Make it easier to create a CCR Tree Add to grid's context menu options to create motion effect rows with subregions automatically based on columns or rows Add support for S4's Color Fade tool and a history of color fades used No way to chase across 8 pixel arches http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43556-no-way-to-chase-across-8-arches/ Improve SuperStar integration S5 LORVerifier needs to be updated. S5 Sequencer Help file needs a major update. Restore toggle tool functionality from S4 http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43620-toggle-button/ Improve performance of the Motion Effect Generator http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43570-s5beta-1-fx-generator-locking-up-a-lot/ Motion Effect Enhancement Requests Would like an option in the spiral effect where you could do a fill like a true spiral tree would do. Requested by SPaschall. Add ability to set text size on individual letters in text effect. Requested in Pixel Editor forum. Waiting For Feedback Issues with subsequences http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43557-opening-subsequence/
  4. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Release Candidate Version 5.0.24 13 July 2018 The release candidate testing period will end on July 31, 2018 *** UPDATES TO THE SEQUENCER *** When you open Preview Design and click "Add Item", the 2 generic items under "Add LOR device" have been moved up a level. As a result, "Add DMX device" and "Add RGB device (generic)" now appear on the "Add New Item" list. Reported by user ndutton. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46513-dh03-click-in-empty-selected-items-window-causes-unexpected-error/ Bug fix: when adding a new LOR Device in Preview Design, switching the device between CMB16D and CMB24D did not update the number of channels shown on the dialog. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: opening a sequence with subsequences where one or more of the subsequence files were missing resulted in a calculation error. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the File References dialog, the section for Subsequences has been made to work just like the section for Motion Effects. "*** missing ***" is now shown for missing subsequence files and you can easily change the directory. Reported by Light-O-Rama. When opening a sequence that has motion effects where the picture or movie file cannot be found, these missing files are now listed in the warnings when the sequence is opened. Reported by user ndutton. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46534-dependency-alert-flag/ When right-clicking on a subsequence name in the grid, "Group Definition" is no longer displayed in the pop-up menu. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: subsequence names were displayed as blanks in the pop-up dialog when resetting a grid view or appending new items. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: subsequences were shown under a blank node in the grid tree. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the File References dialog, if the media file was located under the "Light-O-Rama\Audio" folder, then a path relative to the audio folder was shown. Now the full path is shown and if the file is missing the "*** missing ***" prefix is displayed (just like in other parts of the dialog). Reported by Light-O-Rama. In some cases, the media file cannot be played back at a speed other than normal due to limitations in Windows. In these cases, the Sequencer would crash. This error is now caught and reported to the user. Reported by user ndutton. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46544-lor-trace/ The Sequencer could crash during startup if another program had the trace file open. Now it will skip creating the trace file in that situation. Reported by Light-O-Rama. If 2 previews had the same name, the preview file would stop loading during startup. Now the second preview will be automatically renamed, the user notified via pop-up message, and the rest of the preview file will load. Reported by Light-O-Rama. If the user changes the name of a preview in Preview Design, the new name is now checked to make sure it is unique. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added the ability to hide or unhide the members of a group in the sequence grid. This only applies to groups with motion effect rows. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: If the preview was changed while a sequence was open, any subsequences no longer played back to the screen. Reported by user ebrown1972. When a sequence is opened, audio wizards now default to analyzing the full sequence. Reported by Drew Hickman. Added toolbar buttons for inserting motion effects and SuperStar effects (they work the same as the ON button, FADE UP button, etc). Reported by Drew Hickman. Bug fix: when the program was closing and there were sequences with unsaved changes, if the user chose to cancel they could get prompted twice. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: in some cases, when the Motion Effect Generator opened, the manual brightness value would be displayed even though the brightness mode was set to automatic. Reported by Light-O-Rama. On the Tools > Sequencer Preferences, Motion Effects tab, there is a new option allowing the user to choose whether or not the Motion Effect Generator gets initialized with the current toolbar effect and color. Default is off. Reported by Light-O-Rama. If any tool other than the Select Tool is selected on the toolbar, then the cursor changes to a pencil on the sequence grid. Reported by Light-O-Rama. If a sequence is open and a motion effect thumbnail is clicked, then the sequence's "Max Intensity" tool immediately becomes active so that the effect can be placed into the sequence with no additional clicks. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: the Shift-L shortcut was not implemented, which re-enables the Select Tool if another tool was being used. The "L" key (without shift) also now performs the same action. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Tools > Control Lights has moved to a new floating window. Tools > Preference > Network Preferences has also moved to the new window. The new window will be docked on the right-hand side, just like the Previews window. It is now possible to specify a subset of lights to be controlled. For example, you can just enable the Regular network, or just Aux A, or just DMX, or any combination. The list of available networks will get updated any time Network Preferences is updated. Reported by user ndutton. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46538-partial-prop-support/ Bug fix: if an archived pixel prop had no motion effect rows, the "@" prefix indicating it was an archived prop was not displayed. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix:motion rows and channels for archived props were not always read in from the sequence file. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added copy and paste buttons to the Add/Modify Motion Effect Rows screen, allowing motion effect row settings to be easily copied from one prop to another. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The list of shortcut keys has moved from the "?" icon on the toolbar to Help > Shortcut Keys on the menu. Reported by Light-O-Rama. When right-clicking on an animation sequence loop row, there is a new item displayed on the right-click menu: Insert Loop. There were some items on the right-click menu that didn't apply to loops and have been removed in that context. Reported by Drew Hickman. Loop events are now drawn as an arc instead of a triangle, to look more like SE. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the Select Clipboard dialog, you can now double-click on a clipboard name in order to select it and close the dialog in one step. Also, in that dialog the "Add" button was changed to "Add New" to make it clear you are not adding an existing clipboard file. Reported by Light-O-Rama. When pasting from an empty clipboard file, the user could get an error message saying "Invalid file format". This message no longer appears - when a clipboard file is empty, nothing is pasted. Reported by Drew Hickman. Bug fix: deleting a motion effect row that contained effects did not cause the preview playback to update. Reported by Light-O-Rama. All 3 chase types (intelligent, by prop, and by row) were only chasing across rows of the same type as the first row. For example, if the first row was a motion effect row, then the chase would only place effects on motion effect rows and vice versa. Now this row filtering is only applied to intelligent chases. Chase by prop and chase by row can now chase across row types. Reported by Drew Hickman. *** UPDATES TO SUPERSTAR *** Fixed it so the Auto Sequence dialog box will shut down when the parent effect dialog box shuts down Added "Folding Ricochet" movement to Auto Sequence Fixed it so SuperStar will properly count the channels for S5 previews. Previously it was counting 4 channels for DMX RGB pixels, it has been corrected to count 3 channels for DMX RGB pixels. In the Auto Sequence dialog box when coming back from the "color chooser" dialog box, a message is now displayed if the color chosen is not one of the 8 custom colors in the lower right of the color chooser dialog box. The message says: "Please choose one of the 8 Custom Colors in the lower right of the color chooser dialog box." Fixed a bug where if you have a display that has a matrix on the bottom and other lights above that and you use text masks in the matrix, sometimes effects that are in the other lights don't do anything. Made it so effects meant for a Text Mask are used for a Text Mask only if they are contained in the clip rectangle of the Text Masks. This means that text masks can now be applied anywhere in the display by having the clip rectangle of a Text Mask be anywhere within the entire display. *** OPEN ISSUES *** Clipboard files from S4 (.LCB) can now be used in S5. They import correctly into single color channels, but not into RGB channels. In the Sequencer, subsequences will play back to lights only on LOR enhanced and DMX/E1.31 networks. They will not play to un-enhanced LOR networks (playback works fine on all networks in the Show Player). S5 Sequencer Help file needs a major update (in progress). Motion effect rows get duplicated during channel config import/export http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43916-multiple-copies-of-same-prop-after-migration/ Show vertical cursor bar in the timeline area for animation sequences http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43944-feature-request-waveform-vertical-bar-on-animation-sequence/ Support CCR macro channels during preview playback (on screen) http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43877-s5-not-supporting-ccr-macros/ Add a "Cue mode" in the Sequencer for use in live performances. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/45537-running-a-show-to-live-music/ Display numerical angle when rotating props in preview design. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/45596-enhancement-request-angle-indicator/ Pixel Editor previews imported into S5 require manual adjustments to props that have been rotated. Props with no rotation in PE import correctly. Props with rotation in PE are in the correct location but may have the wrong rotation and scale). http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/45546-s4-pixel-editor-show-in-s5/ *** MOTION EFFECT ENHANCEMENT REQUESTS *** Would like an option in the spiral effect where you could do a fill like a true spiral tree would do. Requested by SPaschall. Add ability to set text size on individual letters in text effect. Requested in Pixel Editor forum. Add movement options to the Picture effect that are essentially the second half of the Peek-a-boo movement. So exit_left, exit_right, exit_top, and exit_bottom would be the new options. Requested by Little_b. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43699-feature-request-using-picture-effect/ Make the "once to fit duration" option available in more motion effects.
  5. Light O Rama is proud to announce the next release of Showtime S5 software 5.0.24 Release Candidate 2. It includes many bug fixes since RC1 was released. We expect to release production 5.1.00 on or before 7/31/2018. What is a release candidate? A release candidate is the next step after a beta. The features of the software in a Release Candidate are complete. No new features will be added before the actual production release. At this time we feel the software is in a reasonable state to be released. There may however be some last minute bugs that need to be worked out. For licensing considerations, this release is considered a beta. Important Information about Release Candidates Please note that this is a release candidate, not an official production release. While a release candidate should be functionally complete, it may still have more bugs than a production version. For important information about beta releases/release candidates, who should participate, and how to participate, please see this post. How To Check If Your License Covers This Version Please note that your license may or may not cover this version. Anyone with an active S4 license can download and run the S5 Release Candidate. You may be warned that the software will expire in June or July, however you can re-register and that will go away. For a list of changes in this version from the previous version, please check the release notes in the Open Beta Forums. How To Get the Latest Version The new version can be downloaded from: http://www.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.24/LOR-5.0.24-RC2.exe Or http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.24/LOR-5.0.24-RC2.exe Thank You! As always, thanks to all of those who choose to help us out as beta testers. Before deciding to download and install the beta, please take some time to read this post for some important information: What is meant by "beta" and "open beta" An entirely new "Pro" license level (above Advanced) How licensing will be handled during the beta period Information about the help files How to download the installer can be found at the end of this post, but please take the time to read this information before deciding to download and install itWhat is beta software? Beta software is code that has been tested by the programmers who have written it and has received some internal testing by other members of the company. The software is stable enough to be tested by a rather large group, but it is not software that is ready for general released. What is a release candidate software? RC software is code that has been tested by the programmers, and has received extensive testing by beta testers. No new features will be added to the software until after the official release. The software is in a state where we are confident that it performs all functions, but may still have more bugs than a general release. Why an open beta? We have received many requests from people asking to join the beta testing group. In the past, we have kept that group closed, and have always had a backlog of people wanting to take part. To make management of the beta group simpler, we are going to open the beta to everyone.Who should use beta software? Beta testing is not for everyone. By nature, beta software will have more problems in it than generally released software. Testing beta software allows a user to find out if an enhancement does what they need, and if not, provide suggestions on how to fix or improve the software. Do NOT use the beta software if you are not ready to uncover bugs/problems with it. People who volunteer to test beta software must report problems, but please do not complain that there are problems - problems are expected! When testing beta software, please make sure to save often so that if something crashes, you'll minimize your loss.How can I report issues, make suggestions, or ask questions about the beta? There is a set of forums for the open beta, where you can report bugs or give other feedback, here. Please do not open help desk tickets for S5 issues, instead post a message in one of those 2 forums.The new "Pro" license levelAt this time, the differences between Advanced and Pro are that the Pro license level enables the use of Motion Effects. These new features are intended to improve the experience of using very large numbers of circuits (though they can be used with small numbers of circuits too).During the beta period, certain users' licenses will act as if they were Pro level licenses. Please see the next section of this post, "Does my license cover this release?", for details.Does my license cover this release?Depending upon when you purchased, renewed, or upgraded your license, it may or may not cover version 5.0. However, during the beta period (which will last through June of 2018), some licenses that do not really cover version 5.0 will act as if they do cover it: If your license is valid for version 4 or higher, then during the beta period it will act as if it covers version 5.0.Also, during the beta period, Advanced licenses will act as if they are Pro licenses.In this way, even if you don't have a license that really covers the new version or the new Pro license level, you can try them out during the beta period without committing to purchase them.After the beta period is over, if your license does not really cover version 5.0, it will stop acting as if it does. Similarly, if you have an Advanced license, it will stop letting you use Pro level features. At that time, you could either: Purchase a license upgrade, if you want to continue using 5.0 and continue using Pro features; or: Purchase a license renewal, if you want to continue using 5.0 but do not wish to continue using Pro features; or: Uninstall version 5.0 and reinstall version 4.3.26 (or an earlier version). Please note that if at the end of the beta period you decide not to upgrade or renew, not everything that you created during the beta period will necessarily be usable afterwards. Specifically: Any "intensity files" that you create during the beta period (such as by the Pixel Editor or SuperStar) will not be usable afterwards unless you upgrade. Any motion effects/Sequencer files created in S5 can not be used in the PIxel Editor of S4. Also, please be warned that although the above list is intended to be complete, it is possible that there are other incompatibilities that were overlooked here and not listed. It is always wise in any case to back up any of your data files, even those that you have no reason to believe will be affected by the upgrade (such as your sequence files).You can check whether or not your license covers version 5.0 by using the Software License Retrieval page. Please note that if your license covers 4.0 (or higher) but not 5.0, the Software License Retrieval page will not mention to you the fact that your license will temporarily work for 5.0 during the beta period.Special information about the help filesIn this initial beta release, the help files are not completely updated. We are working on updating our help files.What's new in this versionS5 was announced at the 2017 Christmas Expo. We have several presentation files available that are full of information on what is new in S5. "PowerPoint Presentations / ShowTime 5". http://www1.lightorama.com/tutorials/How do I get this new version? The Important Announcements forum will have the latest beta release. Look for the most recent post (usually located at the top of the forum) titled "Light O Rama version 5.0.XX released as an open beta"Thanks for your help!
  6. I've been working on some major changes in how SD cards (mostly) and shows (generally) are created in the software. One of those major changes has to do with re-arranging our code for some new software coming out later this year. Unfortunately, while I was doing that I inadvertently turned on some debugging code in the Hardware Utility. If you are creating an SD card and have Intensity Files, you may get a popup that says something like danlog.txt was created. Nothing has gone wrong, and you can simply ignore that message. <GEEKINFO> Dan is/was working on a tweak for G3 MP3 directors (and it may have already been released), that improves read performance of SD card files. The log written helps/helped him debug his firmware and helped me understand how to best write the files. The log should only be written when a flag is set, however when I moved the code around that flag no longer gets turned off in time.</GEEKINFO> This will be fixed for the next release after 5.0.24 RC2.
  7. From what I have recently read, Microsoft has abandoned 10S and instead made it '10S mode' (or possibly something like 'Windows Store Mode'). If you have 10S, you should now be able to disable that mode and install the software from our website.
  8. A warning about Windows 10S: Windows 10S (the 'S' is important) can only install applications that are found in the Windows App Store, which means the LOR Showtime software (S1,S2,S3,S4 and upcoming S5) can NOT be run on these computers. Other versions of Windows 10 (for example:Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education) will work without issue. It is ONLY Windows 10S that can not be used. When purchasing a new computer, please be aware of this.
  9. DevMike

    4.3.30 Known installer issue

    4.3.32 and newer versions have fixed this error.
  10. There is currently a known issue with the 4.3.30 installer that is affecting some installs. After installing 4.3.30 you may notice that starting any LOR program will re-start the installation process which will then ask for the MSI file in a very long-named temporary directory, you will also probably see DirectX trying to install at the same time. We are still trying to find the root cause of the issue. For now we only have a work-around should you get the error. You only need to follow these steps if you experience the error. 1 - Close all LOR programs that may be running as well as the the error message Windows. 2 - Restart your computer by using the 'Start/Power/Restart'. Do not do a shut down, ensure you are doing a restart. 3 - Go into Windows add/remove programs. Find the Light-O-Rama entry and select the 'Modify' button. If you do not have a modify button, select uninstall. 4 - In the next window that pops up, you are given several options. Select REPAIR (even if you previously selected UNINSTALL). 5 - Allow the repair to complete Once the repair is done, you should be able to run the software without an issue. While we have not had any reports yet, this same issue could affect S5. The repair should fix that version as well. Discussion about the issue can be found here:
  11. DevMike

    Windows 10 familiarization

    M.2 is the only way to go (ATM until something better comes along). The MB in my dev machine actually supports 2 M.2 drives, and can do RAID on them. I can only imagine how fast it would be with 2 M.2s in RAID 0. I did briefly think about it, but the cost of high quality M.2 at the time was prohibitively high. Today I wouldn't think twice about buying 2 Samsung Pro 970s and RAIDing them. Example: On my development machine, it takes approximately 8 minutes to check out a copy of S4 or S5 source code. On our build machine (with a spinner), it's closer to 1 hour. Both machines are sitting next to me, so it's not the internet speed .
  12. DevMike

    Verifier Errors

    The errors on the DLLs can be ignored. We simply didn't update the verifier for the new versions of those. The error on LORSequenceCompressor appears to be because you originally had an S5 version, uninstalled it, and installed S4. You can ignore that as well.
  13. Today we released version 4.3.34 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. This release fixes an issue with the installer for computers that never had LOR S4 installed on them previously. There are no other changes to this version over 4.3.32. How to check if your license covers this version To check whether or not your license covers this version, please go to the license retrieval page, and enter your email address (the one you purchased your license with). An email should then be sent to you with information about your license. The "Summary" section of the email will tell you whether or not your license covers the latest version. If the email says... Your license covers the latest version, 4.3.*. ... then your license already covers this version. You can use it without making any additional purchase. Please note, though, that your computer may not yet understand that your license covers this version, so when you install, it might tell you that you are running in Demo mode. In this case, simply reactivate your license (for example, via "Upgrade Light-O-Rama" on the Sequence Editor's "Help" menu), and your computer will then learn that your license is valid for this version. On the other hand, if the email instead says... Your license does not cover the latest version, 4.3.*. ... then your license does not cover this version. In that case, you have several options: Upgrading or Renewing Your License (1) You can continue using whatever version your license does cover (for example, perhaps your license covers version 4.1). (2) If you want to take this opportunity to increase your license level to take advantage of additional features, you can purchase a license level upgrade. This counts as a license renewal too - that is, your license will now work with this new version (and some future versions too). So, if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. (3) If you already own a Light-O-Rama license, but you do not currently own Light-O-Rama SuperStar, or if you want to upgrade SuperStar to a higher number of CCRs/channels, you could purchase or upgrade SuperStar. This also counts as a license renewal for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite, so if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. Please note that you must already own a license for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite in order to take this option. (4) If you do not want to purchase a license level upgrade or Light-O-Rama SuperStar, you can purchase a license renewal. Your license will now work with the new version (and some future versions too), at the same license level as it currently does. For example, if you have an Advanced license, it will remain an Advanced license, but it will now cover the new version of software. What's New in Version 4.3.34 This release fixes an issue when installing on a new computer. There are no other changes, and if you are running 4.3.32 successfully, there is no need to update. How To Get the Latest Version You can download the new version from the software download page. If that page lists a different version number as the lastest version, please click your browser's refresh button. Thank You!
  14. I recommend these: http://store.lightorama.com/rgbfl10wa.html
  15. Please open a help desk ticket and include the .liv file you are importing. I can't seem to duplicate the issue.
  16. DevMike

    Hook CCP-2 to Falcon F16v3

    I know... I know.... I said something about that too.
  17. DevMike

    Hook CCP-2 to Falcon F16v3

    Since the Pixie 2 design is the replacement for original CCB/CCP it does retain backwards compatibility. However (as Jim said), they would then be limited to 50 pixels per port for 100 total. I am not sure, but I do think there is a difference between Pixie 2s sold as boards and Pixie 2s sold as CCB/CCP/CCR. IE, a plain Pixie II may not be able to be run in DMX mode, whereas one that is sold as a CCB/CCP can be. Remember, DMX/LOR jumpers on all of our controllers do not change a devices MODE. They only change which pins the data comes in on from the RJ45. We probably should have labeled these jumpers ESTA and LOR, not LOR and DMX. The device's MODE changes depending on the type of data it is hearing - LOR if it hears LOR protocol, DMX if it hears DMX protocol. The Pixie 4 does NOT run on a DMX universe. You are being confused (rightly so) by the very poorly named Pixie4DMX. That is not a pixel controller AT ALL, but a DMX universe bridge like the iDMX1000 - but with 4 universe support. I tired to get them to call it the iDMX4000 since customers are all going to think that Pixie is a pixel controller. I was told regardless of what it's usage is, since it was based on the Pixie design it would therefore be called a Pixie. If you are seeing somewhere where the Pixie4 PIXEL controller is saying it can be DMX controlled, that is most likely an error on our part.
  18. Light O Rama is proud to announce the next release of Showtime S5 software 5.0.22 Release Candidate 1. This software extends the testing date to 7/31/2018 (one additional month). It includes many bug fixes and some new features. We expect to release production 5.1.00 on or before 7/31/2018. What is a release candidate? A release candidate is the next step after a beta. The features of the software in a Release Candidate are complete. No new features will be added before the actual production release. At this time we feel the software is in a reasonable state to be released. There may however be some last minute bugs that need to be worked out. For licensing considerations, this release is considered a beta. Important Information about Release Candidates Please note that this is a release candidate, not an official production release. While a release candidate should be functionally complete, it may still have more bugs than a production version. For important information about beta releases/release candidates, who should participate, and how to participate, please see this post. How To Check If Your License Covers This Version Please note that your license may or may not cover this version. Anyone with an active S4 license can download and run the S5 Release Candidate. You may be warned that the software will expire in June or July, however you can re-register and that will go away. For a list of changes in this version from the previous version, please check the release notes in the Open Beta Forums. How To Get the Latest Version The new version can be downloaded from: http://www.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.22/LOR-5.0.22-RC1.exe Or http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.22/LOR-5.0.22-RC1.exe Thank You! As always, thanks to all of those who choose to help us out as beta testers. Before deciding to download and install the beta, please take some time to read this post for some important information: What is meant by "beta" and "open beta" An entirely new "Pro" license level (above Advanced) How licensing will be handled during the beta period Information about the help files How to download the installer can be found at the end of this post, but please take the time to read this information before deciding to download and install itWhat is beta software? Beta software is code that has been tested by the programmers who have written it and has received some internal testing by other members of the company. The software is stable enough to be tested by a rather large group, but it is not software that is ready for general released. What is a release candidate software? RC software is code that has been tested by the programmers, and has received extensive testing by beta testers. No new features will be added to the software until after the official release. The software is in a state where we are confident that it performs all functions, but may still have more bugs than a general release. Why an open beta? We have received many requests from people asking to join the beta testing group. In the past, we have kept that group closed, and have always had a backlog of people wanting to take part. To make management of the beta group simpler, we are going to open the beta to everyone.Who should use beta software? Beta testing is not for everyone. By nature, beta software will have more problems in it than generally released software. Testing beta software allows a user to find out if an enhancement does what they need, and if not, provide suggestions on how to fix or improve the software. Do NOT use the beta software if you are not ready to uncover bugs/problems with it. People who volunteer to test beta software must report problems, but please do not complain that there are problems - problems are expected! When testing beta software, please make sure to save often so that if something crashes, you'll minimize your loss.How can I report issues, make suggestions, or ask questions about the beta? There is a set of forums for the open beta, where you can report bugs or give other feedback, here. Please do not open help desk tickets for S5 issues, instead post a message in one of those 2 forums.The new "Pro" license levelAt this time, the differences between Advanced and Pro are that the Pro license level enables the use of Motion Effects. These new features are intended to improve the experience of using very large numbers of circuits (though they can be used with small numbers of circuits too).During the beta period, certain users' licenses will act as if they were Pro level licenses. Please see the next section of this post, "Does my license cover this release?", for details.Does my license cover this release?Depending upon when you purchased, renewed, or upgraded your license, it may or may not cover version 5.0. However, during the beta period (which will last through June of 2018), some licenses that do not really cover version 5.0 will act as if they do cover it: If your license is valid for version 4 or higher, then during the beta period it will act as if it covers version 5.0.Also, during the beta period, Advanced licenses will act as if they are Pro licenses.In this way, even if you don't have a license that really covers the new version or the new Pro license level, you can try them out during the beta period without committing to purchase them.After the beta period is over, if your license does not really cover version 5.0, it will stop acting as if it does. Similarly, if you have an Advanced license, it will stop letting you use Pro level features. At that time, you could either: Purchase a license upgrade, if you want to continue using 5.0 and continue using Pro features; or: Purchase a license renewal, if you want to continue using 5.0 but do not wish to continue using Pro features; or: Uninstall version 5.0 and reinstall version 4.3.26 (or an earlier version). Please note that if at the end of the beta period you decide not to upgrade or renew, not everything that you created during the beta period will necessarily be usable afterwards. Specifically: Any "intensity files" that you create during the beta period (such as by the Pixel Editor or SuperStar) will not be usable afterwards unless you upgrade. Any motion effects/Sequencer files created in S5 can not be used in the PIxel Editor of S4. Also, please be warned that although the above list is intended to be complete, it is possible that there are other incompatibilities that were overlooked here and not listed. It is always wise in any case to back up any of your data files, even those that you have no reason to believe will be affected by the upgrade (such as your sequence files).You can check whether or not your license covers version 5.0 by using the Software License Retrieval page. Please note that if your license covers 4.0 (or higher) but not 5.0, the Software License Retrieval page will not mention to you the fact that your license will temporarily work for 5.0 during the beta period.Special information about the help filesIn this initial beta release, the help files are not completely updated. We are working on updating our help files.What's new in this versionS5 was announced at the 2017 Christmas Expo. We have several presentation files available that are full of information on what is new in S5. "PowerPoint Presentations / ShowTime 5". http://www1.lightorama.com/tutorials/How do I get this new version? The Important Announcements forum will have the latest beta release. Look for the most recent post (usually located at the top of the forum) titled "Light O Rama version 5.0.XX released as an open beta"Thanks for your help!
  19. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Release Candidate Version 5.0.22 29 June 2018 The release candidate testing period will end on July 31, 2018 *** UPDATES TO THE SEQUENCER *** Removed "New Prop Defaults" tab on Tools > Preferences > Sequencer window, as the same function already exists in Preview Design via the gear icon. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added "Startup" tab on Tools > Preferences > Sequencer window. Added new preference to enable "Control Lights" at Sequencer startup if the LOR Comm Listener is running. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed layout issues on the screen that let's you choose a preview when upgrading a sequence. Only occurred when upgrading a Pixel Editor sequence. Reported by Light-O-Rama. List of previews in Preview Management window is now updated if a Pixel Editor preview is imported during a sequence upgrade. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed crash during sequence upgrade process when beat channel detection is specified as "device type none". Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: when displaying a sequence with beat channels and a grid view with no channels, an extra beat channel row could be displayed on the grid. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: deleting a grid view was not working. Reported by Light-O-Rama and several users. In the Archive Management screen, you can now convert archived items to beat channels. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Prevent users from editing a preview that is being used by a sequence that is being played. Reported by Drew Hickman. Reorganized chase logic into "chase by row", "chase by prop", and "intelligent chase". Modified right-click menu to make all 3 accessible to the user. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In Preview Design, Item Export was not exporting subgroups (members that are themselves a group) of the selected group. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Add right-click menu to list of previews in Preview Management window. Includes the ability to create a new sequence with the selected preview. Reported by Light-O-Rama. On File References screen, moved "missing" message to before the file name so it doesn't scroll off the right side of the window. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: Preview groups with a member that had orientation "Flip Horizontal" were not displaying properly during sequence playback. Example provided by user default. On the sequence grid's right-click menu, under Advanced Tools, renamed "Skew Effects" to "Skew Selection" to better reflect its function. Reported by Light-O-Rama. After creating channels with the MIDI Wizard, the new beat channels are now immediately displayed. Reported by Drew Hickman. Bug fix: When using video media, if you have selected the "loop at end" button while playing only the visible screen, it does not display the video the second time around. Audio plays fine, just no video. Reported by user bbrescia. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46488-couple-of-bugs/ Added the ability to modify and delete RGB aggregates. Right-click on the name of an RGB aggregate in the current grid view to access modify and delete menu items. Also accessible from the new Sequence > Manage RGB Aggregates item on the main menu. Finally, adding RGB aggregates is now undo-able. Example provided by Drew Hickman. If you create a sequence with a MIDI file and elected to run the MIDI Wizard in the New Musical Sequence dialog; then subsequently create a new musical sequence with a non-MIDI file, the "Use the MIDI Wizard" radio button is selected and disabled. Now if this happens, no audio wizard will be selected. Reported by Drew Hickman. Disable Beat and VU audio wizard selections when using a MIDI media file. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed problem preventing S5 protected sequences (.LORPROT extension) from loading. Also disabled some additional menu items when working with protected sequences. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: In a sequence with a preview group that has no motion effect rows, right-clicking on the group and selecting "Add/Modify Motion Effect Rows" would display the motion effect row dialog for a group member instead of the group itself. From bug report DH01. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46491-dh01-motion-effect-rows-on-pixel-groups-imported-from-s4-to-s5-v5020/ The first time the Sequencer is run on a particular computer, or when Window > Reset Window Layout is selected from the menu, the Previews window will be pinned open if there are no previews with props in them. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added new "Sequences" window which provides quick links to create sequences and open recent files. Reported by Light-O-Rama. When opening a sequence that has a preview that is not in the list of existing previews (perhaps it is a sequence that someone sent you), then the preview will be imported (existing functionality). Fixed a bug where the imported preview was not added to the Previews window. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added a preference to control the color patch size displayed to the right of the row names during sequence playback. Reported by user bbrescia. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46388-s5-suggestion/?tab=comments#comment-430189 On Preview Design's "Channel Conflicts" tab, some instructions were added to the top of the page and the text of the filters was updated to be more user friendly. Also the default filter was changed to show only props with channel conflicts so that it is more consistent with the tab's name. Reported by Light-O-Rama. You can now double-click on a row name in the Sequence Grid to view the prop, group, beat channel, subsequence, or RGB aggregate definition. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Opening the Prop Definition window for an archived prop now shows "Archived" in the window title. Also the "uses the same channels as" field is now disabled for archived props. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Disallow creating a "Tree 360 Spiral" with revolutions set to 0. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Adjusted the layout of the Preview Group Definition window to make the column for the member names wider. Also fixed a spelling error. Reported by user bbrescia. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46504-recommendation-for-next-release/ In the Tools > Preferences > Sequencer Preferences window, on the Previews tab background image section, the default value for new users was changed to "Maintain the image's aspect ratio, so it always looks like the original image". Reported by Light-O-Rama. Moved OK/Cancel buttons on some dialogs so that they are consistently in the lower right corner (with a few exceptions). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Right-clicking on an item in the Preview Design's item list now displays a pop-up menu. Reported by Light-O-Rama. When exporting items from the Preview Design window, the default file name should reflect the selected prop or group. Reported by user bbrescia. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46504-recommendation-for-next-release/?tab=comments#comment-430334 Added ability to create auto-generated previews from the Create Animation Sequence and Create Musical Sequence dialogs. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: When using the 'append items to view' dialogue, clicking the left mouse in the 'selected items' window when empty causes an unexpected error. From bug report DH03. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46513-dh03-click-in-empty-selected-items-window-causes-unexpected-error/ Fixed a bug in the way props for single color stars were initialized. From bug report TC71. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/46512-tc71-lost-sequences-after-reload/ *** UPDATES TO SUPERSTAR *** Allow the user to launch SuperStar from the Sequencer and create an effect when it is not supported by their SuperStar license. If not supported, then don't insert the resulting effect into the sequence. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed a bug where intensity data does not work right when exporting intensity data from a sequence in visualization mode. Fixed an S4 bug where LOR CCR strings would cause a "Channel X.X in <channel name> is assigned to more than one object in the visualization file" Fixed a bug where scenes were not rendering correctly on visualizations with a length different than 50. Fixed a bug where if you have a superstar license and you open a .supe file, make changes, then exit superstar, you get a message saying the file must end with ".sup" and it fails to save the file. Fixed it so SuperStar automatically changes the file name to end with .sup and saves the file. Fixed a bug where if you have star effects in a group and then import a visualization with a star and the stars get converted to visualization star effects, then you can not expand the group anymore. Fixed a bug where if you have scenes in a group and you do "modify selected effects" the grouping can get messed up. Fixed a bug where fan effects longer than 1:51.3 were not appearing on the time layers after that point. Fixed a bug where exporting in half ribbon CCR mode was not working, they now export properly. Added auto sequence feature Added "Set Group Time Range" button on the tool bar *** UPDATES TO POST-INSTALL *** Post-Install now queries for whether or not the user agrees to the collection of usage data. Reported by Light-O-Rama. *** OPEN ISSUES *** Clipboard files from S4 (.LCB) can now be used in S5. They import correctly into single color channels, but not into RGB channels. In the Sequencer, subsequences will play back to lights only on LOR enhanced and DMX/E1.31 networks. They will not play to un-enhanced LOR networks (playback works fine on all networks in the Show Player). S5 Sequencer Help file needs a major update (in progress). Motion effect rows get duplicated during channel config import/export http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43916-multiple-copies-of-same-prop-after-migration/ Show vertical cursor bar in the timeline area for animation sequences http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43944-feature-request-waveform-vertical-bar-on-animation-sequence/ Support CCR macro channels during preview playback (on screen) http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43877-s5-not-supporting-ccr-macros/ Add a "Cue mode" in the Sequencer for use in live performances. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/45537-running-a-show-to-live-music/ Display numerical angle when rotating props in preview design. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/45596-enhancement-request-angle-indicator/ Pixel Editor previews imported into S5 require manual adjustments to props that have been rotated. Props with no rotation in PE import correctly. Props with rotation in PE are in the correct location but may have the wrong rotation and scale). http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/45546-s4-pixel-editor-show-in-s5/ *** MOTION EFFECT ENHANCEMENT REQUESTS *** Would like an option in the spiral effect where you could do a fill like a true spiral tree would do. Requested by SPaschall. Add ability to set text size on individual letters in text effect. Requested in Pixel Editor forum. Add movement options to the Picture effect that are essentially the second half of the Peek-a-boo movement. So exit_left, exit_right, exit_top, and exit_bottom would be the new options. Requested by Little_b. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/43699-feature-request-using-picture-effect/
  20. DevMike

    Beta Ending 6/30/2018

    It will. But I will have a build done this weekend for 5.0.22 RC1 that will take care of that. I'm working on it now.
  21. DevMike

    Extension Cord Routing ideas

    I have glass between 2 switches at one of my clients. For no other reason than to be able to say I have glass between switches. #geekcred
  22. Today we released version 4.3.32 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. This release fixes an issue with the installer, and adds some new SuperStar functions How to check if your license covers this version To check whether or not your license covers this version, please go to the license retrieval page, and enter your email address (the one you purchased your license with). An email should then be sent to you with information about your license. The "Summary" section of the email will tell you whether or not your license covers the latest version. If the email says... Your license covers the latest version, 4.3.*. ... then your license already covers this version. You can use it without making any additional purchase. Please note, though, that your computer may not yet understand that your license covers this version, so when you install, it might tell you that you are running in Demo mode. In this case, simply reactivate your license (for example, via "Upgrade Light-O-Rama" on the Sequence Editor's "Help" menu), and your computer will then learn that your license is valid for this version. On the other hand, if the email instead says... Your license does not cover the latest version, 4.3.*. ... then your license does not cover this version. In that case, you have several options: Upgrading or Renewing Your License (1) You can continue using whatever version your license does cover (for example, perhaps your license covers version 4.1). (2) If you want to take this opportunity to increase your license level to take advantage of additional features, you can purchase a license level upgrade. This counts as a license renewal too - that is, your license will now work with this new version (and some future versions too). So, if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. (3) If you already own a Light-O-Rama license, but you do not currently own Light-O-Rama SuperStar, or if you want to upgrade SuperStar to a higher number of CCRs/channels, you could purchase or upgrade SuperStar. This also counts as a license renewal for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite, so if you do this, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. Please note that you must already own a license for the rest of the Light-O-Rama software suite in order to take this option. (4) If you do not want to purchase a license level upgrade or Light-O-Rama SuperStar, you can purchase a license renewal. Your license will now work with the new version (and some future versions too), at the same license level as it currently does. For example, if you have an Advanced license, it will remain an Advanced license, but it will now cover the new version of software. What's New in Version 4.3.32 This release fixes a previous issue with the 4.3.28 and 4.3.30 installers. It also adds new SuperStar Functionality as well as SuperStar bug fixes. When installing 4.3.28 or 4.3.30 over the top of an older version of the software (an upgrade) the install would appear to work successfully. However on some computers starting any of the LOR programs would then re-start the install process as if it had not completed or had an error. The installer for this version should fix that behavior. •In Superstar, in some cases intensity data was exported incorrectly in Visualization Mode. •In Superstar, an LOR CCR string could cause a "Channel X.X in <channel name> is assigned to more than one object in the visualization file" error. •In Superstar, scenes were not rendering correctly on visualizations with a length different than 50. •In Superstar, opening a file with the extension .supe, making changes, and exiting the program could sometimes cause an error that the filename did not end in .sup •In Superstar, when using star effects on a group and then importing a visualization with a star, the group could no longer be expanded. •In Superstar, in some cases when scenes are part of a group, grouping could be incorrectly changed. •In Superstar, fan effects longer than 1:51.3 would not display on time layers •In Superstar exporting in half ribbon CCR mode was not working properly. How To Get the Latest Version You can download the new version from the software download page. If that page lists a different version number as the lastest version, please click your browser's refresh button. Thank You!
  23. DevMike

    4.3.30 Known installer issue

    We believe we have isolated the issue with the installer. Once we have tested the solution we will be releasing 4.3.32.
  24. DevMike

    LOR 4.3.28 crashes after install

    We have now been able to duplicate (we think) the issue.
  25. DevMike

    LOR 4.3.28 crashes after install

    Thanks Denny. Again, anyone else, if you are having the issue please let us know and don't try to fix it. We need to see exactly what is happening at the time the error is occurring. If you can get it to repeat, open a help desk ticket so we can do a remote session and gather more information.
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