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    Many moons ago, when the company was first starting up, Dan asked me to help create the software.
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  1. We have just released version 4.3.14 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. It is mostly the same as the latest beta version 4.3.12, but does have some new features and bug fixes relative to that. 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 4.3.14 First, for the people who were using beta version 4.3.12, here is a brief summary of what's new relative to it: New Pixel Types supported on PixCon16 New Test Mode available on PixCon16 configuration New PixCon16 Firmware New firmware for G3 MP3 directors Bug Fixes And now here's a brief summary of what's new relative to the previous official release (which was version 4.2.10). For details, please see the help file's What's New page. New Pixel Types supported on PixCon16 New Test Mode available on PixCon16 configuration New PixCon16 Firmware New firmware for G3 MP3 directors Altered ServoDog Utility parameter adjustment Select all effects in SuperStar Grouping effects in SuperStar Open each frame of an animated GIF in SuperStar Added info in SuperStar's Layout dialog for imported visualizations New 'Round Robin' play for G3MP3 directors New Firmware for G3MP3 directors CF50D firmware Import Image in SuperStar Improved "About" box in the Pixel Editor Pixel Editor warnings for unsupported license level CF50D in Insert Device Blanking out channel settings in Delete Controller Keys to view start or end of selection in the Sequence Editor Pixel Editor can now create New sequence files Pixel Editor playback window Always on Top SuperStar fonts modified New Pixel Editor effects Creating sequences directly in the Pixel Editor Nested prop groups Tracking marker on Pixel Editor's timeline/waveform Channel conflict checks Repeat in picture and text effects Minimum number of props decreased Bulb size in effect thumbnails Better thumbnails for Curtain and Fireworks effects New way to access prop and group definitions Effect Generator favorites improved Preview Design behavior changed Additional columns in Preview Info Default manual brightness in Effect Generator mixer Preview and Prop dropdowns wider Bug fixes 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! Thank you to all of our customers, and especially the beta testers who have helped make this happen.
  2. We have just released version 4.3.12 of the Light-O-Rama software suite as an open beta. This is a beta release on top of beta version 4.3.10. Important Information about Beta Releases Please note that this is a beta release, not an official production release. For important information about beta releases, including what it means, 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. To check, 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 your license does not cover the latest version, you can either continue using the version that you currently use, or consider purchasing a license renewal in order to start using this new version. Or, if you would also like to upgrade the features available to you, you can purchase a license upgrade, or purchase a SuperStar license, or upgrade your SuperStar license. Any of these also counts as a license renewal, so if you do one of them, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. What's New in This Version This version is a beta release on top of the earlier beta release 4.3.10. Here is a brief list of what's new in this version, relative to 4.3.10. For details, please see the help file's What's New page. Altered ServoDog Utility parameter adjustment Select all effects in SuperStar Grouping effects in SuperStar Open each frame of an animated GIF in SuperStar Added info in SuperStar's Layout dialog for imported visualizations Bug fixes Additionally, in case you haven't yet seen the release announcements for earlier releases in the 4.3 beta branch, you can check them out starting with the release announcement for version 4.3.10. How To Get the Latest Version The new version can be downloaded from: www1.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.12/LOR-4.3.12.exe Or from an alternate location: www.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.12/LOR-4.3.12.exe Thank You! As always, thanks to all of those who choose to help us out as beta testers.
  3. We have just released version 4.3.10 of the Light-O-Rama software suite as an open beta. This is a beta release on top of beta version 4.3.8. Important Information about Beta Releases Please note that this is a beta release, not an official production release. For important information about beta releases, including what it means, 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. To check, 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 your license does not cover the latest version, you can either continue using the version that you currently use, or consider purchasing a license renewal in order to start using this new version. Or, if you would also like to upgrade the features available to you, you can purchase a license upgrade, or purchase a SuperStar license, or upgrade your SuperStar license. Any of these also counts as a license renewal, so if you do one of them, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. What's New in This Version This version is a beta release on top of the earlier beta release 4.3.8. Here is a brief list of what's new in this version, relative to 4.3.8. For details, please see the help file's What's New page. New 'Round Robin' play for G3MP3 Directors New Firmware for G3MP3 Directors Bug fixes Additionally, in case you haven't yet seen the release announcements for earlier releases in the 4.3 beta branch, you can check them out starting with the release announcement for version 4.3.8. How To Get the Latest Version The new version can be downloaded from: www1.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.10/LOR-4.3.10.exe Or from an alternate location: www.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.10/LOR-4.3.10.exe Thank You! As always, thanks to all of those who choose to help us out as beta testers.
  4. We have just released version 4.3.8 of the Light-O-Rama software suite as an open beta. This is a beta release on top of beta version 4.3.6. This version contains no functional differences from version 4.3.6. It only contains some textual differences. Important Information about Beta Releases Please note that this is a beta release, not an official production release. For important information about beta releases, including what it means, 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. To check, 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 your license does not cover the latest version, you can either continue using the version that you currently use, or consider purchasing a license renewal in order to start using this new version. Or, if you would also like to upgrade the features available to you, you can purchase a license upgrade, or purchase a SuperStar license, or upgrade your SuperStar license. Any of these also counts as a license renewal, so if you do one of them, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. What's New in This Version This version is a beta release on top of the earlier beta release 4.3.6. However, it contains no functional differences from 4.3.6. It only contains some textual differences. In case you haven't yet seen the release announcements for earlier releases in the 4.3 beta branch, you can check them out starting with the release announcement for version 4.3.6. How To Get the Latest Version The new version can be downloaded from: www1.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.8/LOR-4.3.8.exe Or from an alternate location: www.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.8/LOR-4.3.8.exe Thank You! As always, thanks to all of those who choose to help us out as beta testers.
  5. We have just released version 4.3.6 of the Light-O-Rama software suite as an open beta. This is a beta release on top of beta version 4.3.4. Important Information about Beta Releases Please note that this is a beta release, not an official production release. For important information about beta releases, including what it means, 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. To check, 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 your license does not cover the latest version, you can either continue using the version that you currently use, or consider purchasing a license renewal in order to start using this new version. Or, if you would also like to upgrade the features available to you, you can purchase a license upgrade, or purchase a SuperStar license, or upgrade your SuperStar license. Any of these also counts as a license renewal, so if you do one of them, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal. What's New in This Version This version is a beta release on top of the earlier beta release 4.3.4. Here is a brief list of what's new in this version, relative to 4.3.4. For details, please see the help file's What's New page. CF50D firmware Import Image in SuperStar Bug fixes Additionally, in case you haven't yet seen the release announcements for earlier releases in the 4.3 beta branch, you can check them out starting with the release announcement for version 4.3.4. How To Get the Latest Version The new version can be downloaded from: www1.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.6/LOR-4.3.6.exe Or from an alternate location: www.lightorama.com/downloads/4.3.6/LOR-4.3.6.exe Thank You! As always, thanks to all of those who choose to help us out as beta testers.
  6. I think "MUST" is too strong a word there. If you want it to be "disconnected" from the earlier track in the way you describe, then yes, you must. But it's not necessarily the case that everyone wants that in all situations.
  7. Before saying what it's for, I just want to say that the most important takeaway is "Just leave the LORInternal folder be, and don't worry about it". An audio or video file can be made in all sorts of different ways. There are MP3 files, WAV files, WMA files, all sorts of things. They're all different than each other. Beyond that, even two things that are both (for example) "MP3" can actually be very, very different things... they can be encoded at different sampling bitrates, they can have a different number of audio channels (mono or stereo for example), and lots and lots of other potential differences that can make two MP3 files that sound just alike to a human ear actually look extremely different than each other to a computer program. There are a crazy number of different possible variations of how a media file might look to a computer, even without any significant human-noticeable difference in how it sounds. And sometimes these differences can cause actual problems during sequencing, too (you may know of the "constant bit rate" versus "variable bit rate" problem, for example). For reasons like this, one of the first things we do when you point us to a media file is that we make what we call a "canonical" version of the file. Basically it's a version in one specific format. It will sound the same to a human ear, but our programs will know exactly what format it will be in. So it's a lot less work for our programs to understand it, and we know it will not have certain problematic characteristics (like VBR). We store these things in the LORInternal\CanonicalAudio folder. It's intended as a behind-the-scenes kind of thing - other than out of curiosity, there should be no reason why a user would have to interact with it, or even to know it's there.
  8. Upgrade Lic

    Correct, hasn't changed. Any one of the following purchases also counts as a license renewal: License upgrade (for example Basic to Basic Plus, or Advanced to Pro, or Basic to Pro, or whatever). SuperStar license (for example 2 CCR, or 24 CCR, or 80 CCR, or whatever). SuperStar upgrade (for example 2 CCR to 4 CCR, or 24 CCR to 40 CCR, or 2 CCR to 80 CCR, or whatever). If you make any of those purchases, there is no reason to also purchase a license renewal at that time.
  9. To select the entire row via keyboard, (1) Home, (2) Shift-End. The first ("Home") brings you to the first cell in the row, and the second ("Shift-End") both brings you to the last cell in the row ("End") and expands the selection ("Shift").
  10. Thanks for pointing this out. It will be fixed in the next release. Sorry for the issue.
  11. Thanks for pointing this out. It will be fixed in the next release. Sorry for the issue.
  12. Feature Request - Twinkle Speed

    Oh, and with more recent versions of the software, you could also use the "Change Intensities" tool to go from the simulated white RGB twinkle to a simulated color RGB twinkle: www.lightorama.com/help/index.html?change_intensities.htm
  13. Feature Request - Twinkle Speed

    Unfortunately the software has no way to tell the hardware "these two channels should twinkle in sync with each other", even if "these two channels" are the R and the G of the same RGB pixel, so there's no way to do this directly with the twinkle tool. However, you can still manually accomplish something like it. First you make a simulated white RGB twinkle, like this: www.lightorama.com/bobpublic/SimulatedTwinkleRGBWhite.swf Then you use the Foreground Effects button in combination with the Color Fade tool to make it be a color (or a fade from one color to another), like this: www.lightorama.com/bobpublic/SimulatedTwinkleRGBColors.swf
  14. Using a Piano Keyboard to Program Lights

    It's possible in theory to go from an arbitrary waveform (like would be in an MP3 file) to a set of individual, perhaps simultaneous, notes coming from different instruments (like would be in a MIDI file), but it seems to me like a difficult problem in practice (though I am not an expert on it and it may be a lot easier than I think). I think that there are software packages out there that do it, but I am not familiar with them and I don't know how good they are at it. One software program whose name sticks in my head regarding this for some reason is "Melodyne". I purchased Melodyne years ago for an unrelated purpose, but never got around to actually using it. I think it had some sort of wave-to-MIDI functionality (which was not what I purchased it for). ... Yeah, looking at their website now, they list "Audio-to-MIDI" as one of the functions of at least some versions of Melodyne. Again, I've never used it, I don't necessarily understand specifically what they mean by the general claim "Audio-to-MIDI", and I don't know how good they are at whatever it is that they do. But... maybe it's something.
  15. Well, that's a long and sordid tale. First some background information: For various reasons we don't want "too much" text in the log. So every so often, after a bunch of log messages have built up in the log, we get rid of the oldest such messages before adding any new messages. Specifically, we would get rid of the oldest half (approximately) of the messages, leaving the newest half so that you could still see them (at least, until the next time we do this sort of purge). We've always done this, for as long as there has even been a log (years and years). The big text area you see in the status window, where the log messages are displayed, was created using a certain standard GUI control built by Microsoft. Over the years, it seems to me like Microsoft stopped dedicating as many resources to supporting this particular control as it needed, and as a result we started seeing more and more "weird" behavior from it on newer versions of Windows and such. Not in all cases - most of the time it worked fine - but every so often we would get some trouble ticket from some customer with some weird problem, and eventually we would figure out that the solution for this particular customer was "You need to manually reinstall that standard Microsoft control", or something like that, which a customer should pretty much never need to do. These things started happening more and more frequently as the years passed. Then sometime last year, we needed to upgrade our version of InstallShield (which is the tool we use to build the installer program that you run when you first install or upgrade the LOR software suite). It turned out that the new version of InstallShield no longer had any support for this particular GUI control, which means it suddenly got a lot more difficult for us to build our installers. I don't know why they dropped support for it, but I'm guessing it was related to the sort of things we were seeing - it seemed like Microsoft no longer dedicated the necessary resources to support it, so I'm guessing it got harder and harder for InstallShield to support it just like it was getting harder and harder for us to support it, and eventually InstallShield decided to just drop it. We spent a while trying to figure out how to shoehorn it back into our installer even though InstallShield no longer directly supported it, but eventually we found another GUI control, written by a third party, which was intended as a simple drop-in replacement for this old, now-problematic Microsoft control (that is, you are supposed to be able to replace the Microsoft control with this other control, making almost no changes to your program's code, and having your program work the same way it always has from the point of view of the end users). So we too threw away the Microsoft control, replaced it by this drop-in replacement control, and everything seemed to be working fine. Unfortunately, it seems that this third party replacement control has a bug in it which, at least in some cases, caused it to display a bunch of random Chinese text whenever we would throw away the first half of the log messages. So, to stop this from happening, we now throw away all of the log messages, not half of them. The random Chinese text does not happen when we do this. That's obviously not the greatest solution - it would be nice to not throw away all of the existing log messages - but we wanted to get a fix out there quickly, since the problem was discovered right at the time of year when lots and lots of people are trying to run their shows. Now that things will be a bit less hectic for a while, we are now thinking about ways to make the logging at least as good as it was before, and hopefully better.
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