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  1. Light O Rama is proud to announce the next release of Showtime S5 software 5.0.12 Beta 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. Anyone with an active S4 license can download and run the S5 Beta. You may be warned that the software will expire in February, 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/5.0.14/LOR-5.0.14.exe Or http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.14/LOR-5.0.14.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.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 February 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 4.3.24 (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!
  2. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Beta Version 5.0.14 13 November 2017 Updates To The Sequencer Restored "Apply Color" command, which had been disabled in 5.0.12. Also added new "Apply Hue" command which preserves the brightness of existing RGB channel effects. Reported by user htebault. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44684-copyedit-apply-color-not-implimented-yet/ Added missing tool-tip in the Group Definition window for "Horizontal Stack Align Tops" option. Reported by user ndutton. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44706-mouse-overs/ When displaying member props, if a pixel prop has channels disabled and no motion rows, display an "X" (disabled) row (instead of omitting prop). In response to issue reported by user pyrotech. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44705-group-does-not-contain-all-the-member-props/ Bug fixes: due to recent changes to the Sequencer, subsequence data was no longer being loaded. Also, subsequence channels were not being saved with the grid view. Finally, subsequence data was not being loaded when a subsequence channel was first added to the sequence. Bug report DD03. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44754-dd03-sub-sequences-wont-play/ Exclude props referenced by subsequences from playback files. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Redid subsequence playback calculation to follow S4 logic: A channel for a subsequence can be turned on and off, using the Sequence Editor, in the same ways that other channels can be. When the channel in the main sequence is turned on, the subsequence will begin playing, from its beginning. It will continue playing for as long as the channel remains on; if play of the subsequence reaches its end before the channel has been turned off in the main sequence, the subsequence will simply loop back to its beginning and continue playing. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: pasting with mutliple rows selected doesn't replicate to all selected rows when some of the rows are hidden. Reported by user brichi. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44636-copying-prop-row-and-pasting-in-another-overwrites-way-too-much/ Renamed menu item Sequence > Channel Configuration to "Grid Configuration", which better reflects the actual function. In response to issue reported by user TBD. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44834-editing-lorchan-channel-config-files/ When adding motion effect rows, the user now has the ability to create a set of motion effect rows that divide a pixel prop into a user-specified number of rows and columns and apply effects to each section separately. Requested by user SPaschall. Removed Shift-E shortcut (add motion effect) as it is redundant with Shift-N. Also updated shortcut help text ("?" icon on the toolbar). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Updates To SuperStar none 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. Add support for SuperStar globe topper as a predefined prop Make it easier to create a CCR Tree in a preview. Improve SuperStar support by enabling the rotation of stars and other props. 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. 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 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/ 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/
  3. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Beta Version 5.0.12 30 October 2017 BECAUSE OF THE FIRST ISSUE LISTED, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL BETA TESTERS USING 5.0.10 UPGRADE TO 5.0.12 Updates To The Sequencer Bug fix: I've created a lot of effects using the the uni-color palette mode. Often, I would have irrelevant colors stored in the end color. With the upgrade to 5.0.10, all of those "irrelevant" end colors are now visible and result in color transitions! Reported by user lkcubsrule. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44568-5010-unicolor-start-end-mode-issues/ After pasting into hidden (collapsed) rows, the yellow selection box extends too far down the grid (it should only enclose the area that got pasted into). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Copy left/right icons in the Effect Generator did not display correctly on Windows XP. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the Effect Generator, the lower part of labels for slider controls were being cut off by a few pixels. Reported by Light-O-Rama. When the fast playback marker option is disabled (Tools > Preferences > Fast Playback Marker), the playback marker is now wider to enhance visibility. Reported by user User Steve Warner. Fixed code that checks for a newer version. Alert would be displayed for an older version if the user hadn't acknowledged it. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the Effect Generator, the brightness slider numeric value does not always get initialized correctly. Bug report JMW-S5-008. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44544-jmw-s5-008-brightness-slider-issue/ Color gradient selector now stays open until closed by the user - similar to S4 Color Fade tool. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The sample color patch on the toolbar now defaults to red fading to green for new sequences - same as the S4 Color Fade tool. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The "O" shortcut key now opens the gradient selector - same as the S4 Color Fade tool. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Preview groups with no members are now flagged with a warning in the Preview Info screen. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the channel grid on the Preview Info screen, universe numbers will be padded so that the "Network" column will sort DMX universes properly. Reported by user dougd. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44583-printing-channel-config-in-s5/ In Preview Design, selecting Item > Layout now works for groups (as well as props). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Pasting channel effects with DMX Intensity onto a motion effect row resulted in invalid intensity values on the motion effect row. Bug report RT 007. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44621-rt-007-paste-flowing-onto-other-channels/?tab=comments#comment-413820 Fixed file format issues on non-US computers. Floating point values in preview file were not being read correctly. Reported by user mdnooyer. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44553-light-dont-work-on-5010/ Added group arrangement of "horizontal-align top", which is useful for grouping items for use in SuperStar. Reported by user default. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44548-prop-design-unable-to-re-create-prop-in-s5-the-same-as-visualization-in-ss/ Pixel curves that existed in the S4 Pixel Editor were not being installed in S5. Reported by user Robsaus. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44598-no-pixel-curve-in-5010/ Updates To SuperStar none 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. Add support for SuperStar globe topper as a predefined prop Make it easier to create a CCR Tree in a preview Add to grid's context menu options to create motion effect rows with subregions automatically based on columns or rows S5 Sequencer Help file needs a major update. 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 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/ 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/
  4. Light O Rama is proud to announce the next release of Showtime S5 software 5.0.10 Beta 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. Anyone with an active S4 license can download and run the S5 Beta. You may be warned that the software will expire in February, 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/5.0.10/LOR-5.0.10.exe Or http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.10/LOR-5.0.10.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.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 February 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 4.3.24 (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!
  5. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Beta Version 5.0.10 23 October 2017 Updates To The Sequencer During no current motion effect error message, give the user an option to open the effect generator. Reported by Light-O-Rama. If the current effect on the toolbar is not "motion effect", then the user performs an action that opens the Effect Generator, selects an effect and clicks ok, then the current effect on the toolbar is now set to "motion effect". Reported by Light-O-Rama. When Control Lights is enabled, improved the way non-enhanced LOR channels are initialized at playback startup. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed "intensity data error" when applying a motion effect to a group that contained multiple copies of the same prop. Reported by User lkcubsrule. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43919-error-calculating-intensity-data/?tab=comments#comment-410289 Select an area of the grid using the right mouse button like you could in S4. Reported by user Steve Warner. Added "Add New View" to grid view menu. Reported by user JamesWright. Fixed drag and drop of channels. Logic was allowing a channel to be dropped where it should not be allowed. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added "Reset Beat Channels" to grid view menu. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Changing a color in the Effect Generator, saving the effect in the sequence, then modifying the effect, causes the Effect Generator to switch to dual-color mode. Bug report RT 003. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44103-rt-003-motion-effect-generator-color-bar-single-to-double/ Selecting Tools > Effect Generator or the Shift-E shortcut while a sequence is open will not only prompt for a new effect, it will now also populate any selected motion effect rows. Reported by Light-O-Rama. When the Sequencer starts up, it now checks the Important Announcements forum for a later version and pops up a message if one is found. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The color box on the grid's toolbar now allows color fades, and clicking it opens a color fade selector that is similar to S4. The S5 color fade selector allows you to save favorites. To apply a color fade to an RGB channel in the grid, use the Max Intensity tool. The Fade Up and Fade Down tools can also be used when you want to fade to black. Using the Max Intensity tool and selecting right-to-left will reverse the color transition placed in the grid. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The Effect Generator now uses the same color fade selector to choose colors as the main grid. Solid colors are displayed as squares and color fades are displayed as rectangles on the palette. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the Effect Generator, the Load, Save, and Manage palettes menu items have been replaced with icons. The unicolor and start-stop color menu items have been removed, as they are no longer needed. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed bug that prevented favorite effect names from being displayed on the grid tooltip. Bug report JMW-007 http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44159-jmw-007-se-will-not-show-favoriate-motion-effect-name/ The escape key no longer closes the Preview Design window. Reported by User lkcubsrule. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44076-s5-programming-annoyances/ Double-clicking on a slider in the Effect Generator now toggles the control between locked mode and linear mode (like PE). User dougd The skew effects commands (Sequence > Skew All and right-click > Selected Area > Skew Effects) are now MUCH faster and progress is displayed in a pop-up dialog. Reported by User lkcubsrule. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44076-s5-programming-annoyances/ The part of the grid view related to beat channels was not being saved to the sequence file. And thus all beat channels were hidden when the sequence was reopened. This have been fixed. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The height of the frozen beat channel area now expands and contracts whenever a group of beat channels is expanded or contracted. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The sequence upgrade process now checks the Sequence Method when creating the Pixel Editor Grid View. Only items with Sequence Method of "Pixel Editor" are added to the S5 "Pixel Editor" grid view. Reported by user stevehoyt. Widen the Recent Files menu, so longer file names are visible. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added subsequences to File References dialog. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Removed paste menu (down arrow) to the right of the paste button on the toolbar, and replaced it with a paste mode selection and paste special button directly on the tool bar. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added multiple clipboard support. The default clipboard ("Std Clipboard") is shown on the tool bar. Clicking on the clipboard name on the toolbar opens a dialog where other clipboards can be selected, created, or deleted. Requested by users attending Expo 2017. All clipboards are now file-based, so they can handle more data being copy/pasted at one time. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Cut, copy, and paste now display a progress bar for long-running operations. Skewing a section (right-click menu) or skewing the entire sequence (Sequence menu) also display a progress bar. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Improved the performance of all grid operations. For example, cut and paste are now about 60-80x faster. Reported by users Bob T and dougd. Also in bug report RT 005. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44336-copy-paste-is-so-slow-it-makes-s5-unusable/ http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44307-rt-005-copypaste-causing-shut-down/ http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44035-glitch-in-copy-and-paste/ When creating an RGB aggregate channel, the new channel is now added to the bottom of the grid. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added the ability to specify the monitor for full screen video playback when sequences with a video media file are played by the Show Player. The new option is in Tools > Preferences > Sequencer under the Video tab. There was already a similar option that applied only to the Sequencer. Now there are separate options for the Sequencer and Show Player. Bug report RDR01. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44377-rdr01-show-editor-causing-error-with-sequence/ Added copy left and copy right buttons in the Effect Generator - on either side of the swap button. Reported by User lkcubsrule. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44506-enhancement-request-copy-to-opposite-side-of-motion-effects-generator/ Updates To SuperStar Bug fix: the code that checks if the sequencing grid max width and height is exceeded would report an error even when everything was fine. Bug fix: if you have an LOR device with strings longer than 50 pixels, then superstar would only sequence the first 50 pixels When in invoked from the S5 Sequencer, it now uses the sequence name and preview name as defaults for window titles and when saving. Other Updates The S4 Sequence Compressor has been added back to S5. You no longer get a warning about the compressor program being missing when you run the Verifier. Bug report DF03. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44100-df03-verifier-reports-missing-sequence-compressor/ http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44347-verifier-errors-cant-seem-to-find-out-how-to-fix/ 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. Add support for SuperStar globe topper as a predefined prop Make it easier to create a CCR Tree in a preview Add to grid's context menu options to create motion effect rows with subregions automatically based on columns or rows S5 Sequencer Help file needs a major update. 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 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/ 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/
  6. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Beta Version 5.0.8 11 September 2017 Updates To The Sequencer Bug fix: in the Preview Design screen, if a group is selected and the user chooses Item > Layout from the menu, the Sequencer would crash. Bug report DF01. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43965-df01-506-crashes-when-trying-to-view-layout-of-grouped-prop/ New keyboard shortcuts: Play/Pause media key and Stop media key now work - for keyboards that have these keys. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Cut, copy, and paste now apply correctly to all selected rows - both visible and hidden. Reported by users anthonyrusso3 and brichi. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43964-using-the-cut-feature/ http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43974-506-copypasting-causing-random-channels-to-fill-white/ Fixed grid logic so that using the "N" shortcut on successive motion effect cells places the exact same "on" effect (palettes were sometimes slightly different on successive effects). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed crash in the Beat Wizard when attempting to play the media file and the tempo is unknown. Bug report CGG001. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43980-cgg001-v506-beat-wizard-start-preview-crash/ Fixed bug: MIDI audio files would play back with muted audio. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed "max beat channels displayed" functionality. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Prevent sequence grid tooltips from displaying while an audio wizard is open. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In Tools > Preferences > Sequencer, renamed "Background Image" tab to "Preview" tab. Added setting on Preview tab to control the quality of bulbs drawn on the screen. Users with good graphics cards can use the higher settings to see improved (anti-aliased) bulb rendering. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed bug: If I let the computer go to sleep, when it wakes up, the program is still running. However, when I hit play, the audio and video are out of sync. Additionally, the stop button stops the movement of the timeline, but the audio keeps playing. I end up having to close the sequence, close the program and restart it. With the fix, the stop button will work as expected, but audio may be out of sync the first time after waking up. Stopping, then restarting playback will fix the sync issue. Reported by user Randy Tennison. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43994-playback-issues-after-computer-wakes-up/ Expanded drag-and-drop on the sequence grid's prop tree to include copying channels from one group to another. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed crash after opening a protected legacy sequence and then selecting File > Save As from the menu. Added warning when opening a ".play" file. Bug report DF02. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44007-df02-se-crashes-when-trying-to-save-as-a-playlms-file/ Sub-props with an invalid master prop setting (e.g. the master prop has been deleted) are now flagged with a warning in the Preview Information window. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Changed Sequence > Delete Archived Props menu item to "Manage Archived Props". Now users have the choice of deleting an archived prop or "unarchiving" (moving the prop to the preview). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added 2x playback speed. Reported by user stevehoyt. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43984-play-speeds-double-and-quadruple-gone/ Fixed bug in the colorwash effect that prevented a user from opening a sequence. Error message: A problem occurred while calculating intensity data. Please save your sequence and exit the program. Value was either too large or too small for an INT32. Bug report JPW01. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44021-error-message-int32/ Fixed bug where timing marks could sometimes not be moved if they were within 2 centiseconds of each other. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Bug fix: maintain master prop/sub prop linkage when exporting and importing prop files from the preview. Reported by user Steve Warner. Added "Sort by column #" and "Sort by row #" functions when right-clicking on a prop name on the grid. Reported by user Steve Warner. Improved performance of the Picture effect when using unscaled images that are larger than the pixel-based prop. Reported by user stevehoyt. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44025-animated-gif-hangs-editor/ Fixed bug in SimpleShape effect that would sometimes generate an error when the color mode was set to "outline". Reported by user stevehoyt. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/44057-cant-open-file-anymore-v506/ When upgrading a sequence, S5 channels in a traditional string bundle prop will match up to RGB channels in an S4 sequence. Reported by user Robert Thompson. Added new type of sequence row called "RGB Aggregate". They work like S4 RGB channels in that they can be displayed and altered at both the RGB (composite) level and at the individual red, green, or blue channel level (changing one level updates the other). RGB aggregate channels get created automatically as needed when upgrading a sequence from S4 to S5; or you can create the manually by selecting Sequence > Add RGB Aggregate from the main menu. Reported by user Robert Thompson. Revamped the dialog to select props and groups to place in the grid ("Append Props" and "Reset Props"). In the new dialog, the list of props and groups can be filtered as you type. Renamed "Expand All" and "Collapse All" on the right-click menu when clicking on a prop or group name, to "Expand" and "Collapse" -- as they only expand/collapse the node that is clicked on. Added new "Expand All" and "Collapse All" menu items under "Append Props" and "Reset Props" menu items. The new "Expand All" and "Collapse All" apply to all items displayed in the grid. Fixed rare situation where the Sequencer would crash as the opening splash screen was closing. This was due to a Microsoft bug. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Improved information written to trace file, now includes: 1) the name of each dialog as it is opened; 2) status of communication with the Comm Listener. Requested by Light-O-Rama. Updates To SuperStar (none) Open Issues Add support for multiple clipboards and ability to import/export clipboard file (same functionality as S4) 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 Improve SuperStar integration S5 LORVerifier needs to be updated. S5 Sequencer Help file needs a major update. 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 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 http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43877-s5-not-supporting-ccr-macros/ 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/
  7. Light O Rama is proud to announce the next release of Showtime S5 software 5.0.8 Beta 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. Anyone with an active S4 license can download and run the S5 Beta. You may be warned that the software will expire in October, 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/5.0.8/LOR-5.0.8.exe Or http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.8/LOR-5.0.8.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.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 October of 2017), 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 4.3.18 (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!
  8. Release Notes For ShowTime 5 Beta Version 5.0.6 31 August 2017 Updates To The Sequencer When upgrading a sequence with Pixel Editor data, fixed error when the Pixel Editor preview doesn't exist in S5 but the preview name does (rare case). Reported by Light-O-Rama. A new information screen is displayed after assigning a different preview to a sequence. The new screen lists the props added and removed from the sequence. Reported by Light-O-Rama. In the Channel Summary screen accessible from Preview Design, fixed a bug when using the "Set DMX Universe" command: the value would change internally, but would not be reflected in the list of props after the change was made. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added context menu of close options when right-clicking on the tab for a sequence. Also added a new shortcut: Ctrl-W which closes the current sequence. Reported by Light-O-Rama. The sending of lighting commands during preview playback has been moved to a separate thread to improve performance. Bug report JMW-S5-002. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43602-jmw-s5-002-play-problems-with-visualizer/ Fixed the Snowfall Tube bulb type such that it now turns on and off according to the channel effects. Bug report SCC009. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43794-scc009-bulb-shape-snowfall-tube/ Modified the chase tool such that all selected rows no longer have to be of the same type. When creating the chase, the first row of the selection will be used to determine the type of chase being performed. If it is a channel row, then it will only chase across the channel rows in the selection, skipping any motion effect rows. If the first row is a motion effect row, then the chase will only involve the motion effect rows in the selection. Reported by user brichi. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43556-no-way-to-chase-across-8-arches/ Added a new function to the grid's right-click menu: Selected Area > Chase by Prop. This command will chase from one prop to the next (instead of one channel to the next). Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added "Foreground Effects" Fade up or Fade Down from S4. Just right-click on a grid selection and select Change Intensities > Foreground Fade Up (or down). Reported by user Little_b. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43643-foreground-effects/ Fixed intensity cap tool (right-click menu, Change Intensities > Lower Max Intensity) to work like S4. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Added menu item to replace S4's toggle tool. It works on regular channels and RGB channels, but not on motion effect rows. Right-click on a grid selection and choose Change Intensities > Toggle from the menu. Reported by users TitusCarnathan & stevehoyt. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43550-questions/ http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43620-toggle-button/ The spacebar now stops playback when using video media. Reported by user John Slade. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43826-504-space-bar-not-stopping-sequence-with-video/ SE channels that were moved to the Pixel Editor using the PE migration tool no longer generate warnings during the S5 sequence upgrade process. Reported by user anthonyrusso3. During the S5 sequence upgrade process, props that were part of a Pixel Editor sequence are now placed in their own grid view and the user can choose the grid view name. Also, props are now displayed in the same order they were displayed in the Pixel Editor. Reported by user anthonyrusso3. Switching video preferences between full screen and audio-only now takes effect immediately. Reported by user John Slade. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43826-504-space-bar-not-stopping-sequence-with-video/ Added main menu item Sequence > Delete Grid Rows to perform mass deletion of empty motion effect rows. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Allow for props using the same channels. On the Prop Definition screen, see the "Uses the same channels as" drop-down. A prop that has the "Uses the same channels as" field set will be refered to as a "sub-prop". Reported by Light-O-Rama. A Visualizer file may have multiple fixtures with the same channel numbers. When importing such a Visualizer file into an S5 preview, the S5 prop's "Uses the same channels as" field now gets set in this situation. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Statistics on Preview Info screen have been enhanced to account for sub-props, and to report "dumb rgb" props separately. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Fixed the position of row separation lines in the sequence grid on some displays. Reported by Light-O-Rama. While the "Show" is running I attempted to edit a Sequence then save the "Playback file" the process starts, then Sequencer reports, "The application experience an error and is about to close....." I can create this error anytime a Show is currently running and try to save a file. Bug report MA01. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43937-sequenceeditor-crashes-when-saving-a-playfile-to-an-open-or-read-only-file/ Clicking on an empty section of a motion effect row no longer changes the current effect on the toolbar to "motion effect". If the toolbar shows the "On" effect as current, you can now select an empty section of a motion effect row and use the "N" shortcut to place a colorwash effect. Reported by Light-O-Rama. Error reporting has been improved when a sequence cannot be opened. Reported by user Randy Tennison. http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43935-504-sequence-wont-load/ Updates To SuperStar Fixed a bug where if SuperStar was launched by the sequencer and you paste in effects and then close SuperStar, then SuperStar hangs. Fixed a bug where if SuperStar was launched by the sequencer and you load a sequence and then close SuperStar, then SuperStar hangs. Fixed a bug where if SuperStar was launched by the sequencer and you try to do instant sequence it applies effects for the entire length of the song. Now it only applies to the portion that was selected in the S5 Sequencer. Disable various menu options when SuperStar is launched by the S5 Sequencer. Fixed a bug when processing a request from the Sequencer, visEffects were not working. Fixed a bug when processing a request from the Sequencer, the marks on the grid for the beginning and end of a prop were being generated incorrectly. Added saving of floating window positions. Added support for new license levels 16 CCR, 160 CCR and 320 CCR. Increased the actual number of CCRs supported from 24 to 25 for the 24 CCR license (the S5 Sequencer 5.0.6 will still check for 24, but will be changed to 25 for 5.0.8). Fixed a bug in the image multi frame dilog box, it was always using the intial frame selection and was not detecting frame selections done manually in the drop down box. Fixed a bug where if you saved a sequence while the image dialog box was in "large" grid mode then it tried to save it as a .supe file but would fail. When SuperStar is launched from the S5 Sequencer, check that the sequencing grid max width and height is not exceeded, if it is, return an error to the sequencer. Open Issues Add support for multiple clipboards and ability to import/export clipboard file (same functionality as S4) 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 Improve SuperStar integration S5 LORVerifier needs to be updated. S5 Sequencer Help file needs a major update. 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 rows get duplicated during channel config import/export http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43916-multiple-copies-of-same-prop-after-migration/ Show vertical curosr 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 http://forums.lightorama.com/topic/43877-s5-not-supporting-ccr-macros/ 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/
  9. Light O Rama is proud to announce the next release of Showtime S5 software 5.0.6 Beta 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. Anyone with an active S4 license can download and run the S5 Beta. You may be warned that the software will expire in October, 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/5.0.6/LOR-5.0.6.exe Or http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/5.0.6/LOR-5.0.6.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.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 October of 2017), 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 4.3.18 (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!
  10. Today we released version 4.3.24 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite. This is an official production release, not a beta release. This release fixes an issue in the Hardware Utility that was introduced in version 4.3.22. Users that installed version 4.3.22 of the Light-O-Rama Software Suite should update to this new release. 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 4.3.24 This release contains a bugfix for the Hardware Utility, which, when started, would occasionally not send heartbeats to controllers, leading to seemingly erratic behavior with respect to detecting units. 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.
  11. SS gone from 4.3.20

    Thanks, Ceniac. I'd like to make sure your problem is the same as Jim's, who point out that only the Start Menu shortcut is missing. (And I can confirm myself, now.) Can you start SuperStar from the LOR Control Panel? Alternatively, can you check to see if SSEdit.exe is in your LOR Program files directory (probably c:\Program Files (x86)\Light-O-Rama)? Thanks for your help on this.
  12. SS gone from 4.3.20

    Ah, that clarifies things! Thank you for this very detailed report!
  13. SS gone from 4.3.20

    Jim, thanks for the report. I'd like to make sure I understand. Correct me if I have misunderstood: 1) On an XP computer, you uninstalled 4.3.18 and then installed 4.3.20. There was no SS after the re-install. 2) On a different computer, you installed 4.3.20 on top of 4.3.18. On this machine, there was an SS, but it identified itself as 4.3.18. Is all of that correct? The fact that SS identifies as 4.3.18 after the upgrade to 4.3.20 is expected. (We had to substitute version 4.3.18 of SS in this release.) But (1) sounds like a problem.
  14. SS gone from 4.3.20

    Caniac, thank you for this report. Can you tell me what version of Windows you are using? Also, did you install 4.3.20 on top of 4.3.18, or did you uninstall 4.3.18 first? (Or did you have a different upgrade path?) Thanks, Tor
  15. Same old issue

    Those of you who have had this problem -- could you tell me what kinds of anti-piracy or personal firewall type software you have installed on the machines that gave you trouble?
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