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About dbeebe

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    West Chicago, IL
  • Occupation
    IT Systems & Software Project Manager

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  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    I've been a LOR customer since 2010... can't remember how I first learned about LOR
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas (followed closely by Halloween)
  1. HI Alan - thank you very much for your input. I've decided (based on your info) to totally ignore/skip visualizer. I messed around with S4 PE Preview a little over the weekend and that went OK. dbeebe is working on assembling the 2 pixel trees, so once they are finished I can mess around with making sure it all connects together. I'm still vacillating back and forth on whether to use S4 or just start with S5. It would have been nice if I could have both on the same PC, but it seems that isn't an option My gut feeling is always to avoid beta versions (after over 30 years of working with computers, I've had my share of issues with betas!) but the idea of learning one version just to need to learn a completely different version next year isn't very appealing either!
  2. My husband (dbeebe of our user name here) has been using LOR and setting up light displays since 2010. He has finally convinced me to join him in the madness. Basically, he is handling hardware & I'm now doing software. The big change we are making this year is starting to use smart pixels. Up until now, the entire display has been traditional incandescent or LED strings. Other than sequencing a song for the singing Halloween monsters a couple of years ago, I am a complete newbie to LOR. (However, I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MS in Computer Science so I assume I should be able to handle this.) I've been watching tutorials on youtube & reading PDF documents about S4 & S5. dbeebe just upgraded us to the latest version Pro so now I need to decide where to start and which version to use. Keep in mind that I'm pretty much starting from scratch. The little bit of traditional sequencing I've done was with S3 a few years ago. I am getting the impression that I should start with either Visualizer or Pixel Editor Preview if I am going to use S4 and these have been combined into a single new thing in S5. So I have a 2 part question: First, should I start with S4 (more documentation & online help available) or should I jump to S5 since I'm learning from scratch at this point and won't have to re-learn techniques that have changed from S4? Second, If I stick with S4 is it better to use Visualizer or PE Preview? Is one easier to move to S5 later or are they pretty similar and it doesn't matter which you use? Based just on what I've watched/read, they seem to do pretty much the same thing - so is one better than the other? Our goals for this season are pretty simple. We want the old sequences for the traditional lights to run as they always have. We are adding 2 pixel trees (kits from HolidayCoro) with E1.31 controllers. If we have time, we also have some C9 smart pixel strings to outline the top of a gazebo in our yard - at the moment, neither of us really expects to have that working for this year! I just need to figure out how to sequence the pixel trees and hopefully be able to play them along with the traditional lights.