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  1. I'm not surprised that it has been around for a long time. It's not something that most people would have even noticed. The only reason I did is that I changed the comment on my P5 matrix to specify the size of the matrix, and it changed the justification. Like I said, a MINOR issue...
  2. Version: S5.0.20 and 5.0.18 Module: Network Configuration (LOR or DMX tabs) OS: Windows 7 Pro (5.0.20) Also Windows Server 2012 R2 (5.0.20) Also Windows XP (5.0.18) When adding a comment to a DMX universe, the comment text is left justified if the first character of the comment is a letter, but right justified if the first character is a number. See screen capture below: Repeatability: Observed on both this Win7 workstation and my Server (both computers that have been updated to 5.0.20). I remoted into my XP that is still 5.0 18 and the same condition exists there. Note: This should be considered a MINOR issue!
  3. Brian, does that problem exist in the current S5 code (and yea, I saw that 5.0.20 just came out)? Currently on 5.0.18 and will update at least one computer to .20 today if I have time.
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    Advise on next LOR Purchase

    Yea JR, just routine toenail trimming and foot inspection. As a diabetic, having a podiatrist trim your toenails and inspect your feet is a standard recommendation because foot problems are so common in diabetics. Got a clean bill of foot health.
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    Software version

    3.12.4 was the last S3 version released. After that it is S4. The software license is good for upgrades for one year. LOR makes a wild guess as to what software version will be current in a year, that is the version listed. It will also state, any version released by a date one year in the future from when you purchased the software (or an upgrade). You have a couple of choices. You can load 3.12.4 and run that (forever if you want), or purchase a software renewal which gives you another year of upgrades, or you can purchase an upgrade which includes an automatic renewal. S3 is getting very dated, so I would recommend one of the latter two so that you can get the latest S4 (which came out just a couple days ago), and the year would let you upgrade to S5 when it comes out of beta - soon. You could also be part of the S5 beta if you wanted to - I am running my landscape lighting on the S5 beta.
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    Advise on next LOR Purchase

    Orville, Note that I am using S4 terminology except as noted. Both SuperStar and Pixel Editor are ways that make sequencing large number of pixels far easier. For a truth in opinion statement - I love SuperStar and substantially dislike Pixel Editor. SuperStar makes it easy to sequence almost anything. It will equally well sequence a large matrix right down to a single light. There is a substantial level of control that you have with SuperStar. If you can imagine it, you can do it with SuperStar. Pixel Editor gives you a collection of effects that you can use on pixel arrays. As the name implies, it is designed for large pixel arrays and is very limited on what it can do with single lights or strings. Although there are lots of options for the collection of pre-canned effects, if you want to do something else, you are pretty much out of luck. There was some talk about creating your own effects, I don't know if that has happened. If it is, it would only be in S5. Pixel Editor is likely easier to learn, but more limited in what you can do. Note that when I first played with Pixel Editor several years ago during the S4 beta, I spent months trying to figure out the workflow process. Maybe it's a right brain vs left brain issue, but I could create cool effects in the effects generator, but could not figure out how to apply the effect to a chunk of time - and no one could tell me in a way that made sense. Finally did a remote session with Matt and sort of got it figured out. It still seems backwards to me, but I can do it now. Pixel Editor does take a Pro level license, which SuperStar does not (unless you use intensity files - I do), HOWEVER SuperStar requires a separate license, and the more channels, the more expensive it gets. In my opinion, it's worth it. A word about S5. In S5, the Pixel Editor function is built into the S5 Sequencer as Motion effects (but does require a Pro license to use). SuperStar is a little bit more integrated with the S5 Sequencer, but in my opinion, has a long way to go. In the long run, it's likely going to force me to completely change the way I sequence going forward. The change will cost me dozens or hundreds of hours of sequencing time. For 2018, I am committed to using S5, but for the most part, I am just converting my S4 sequences and changing the number of pixels on my tree (going from 12 x 50 to 24 x 100 pixels). I am replacing my two Tune To signs with a P10 and a P5 matrix that will be sequenced in Motion Efffects simply because of the channel counts. As I said in an earlier post, I have a 12,000 channel SuperStar license, and the two matrixes are 18K and 36K channels. Gotta run to a Doctor appointment...
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    Boscoyo 270 node star

    Nope. The star is the only Boscoyo item I modeled. Sorry
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    Advise on next LOR Purchase

    I'm going to start by echoing what the others have said, make the jump to either Advanced (recommended) or Pro license level. If you don't need the added features now, you will some day - even if to just try it out. You mentioned SuperStar in an earlier post. So I'm going to go into that and Pixel Editor a bit. SuperStar is an extra cost add on to the LOR programming suite, although it installs along with the rest of the S4 suite. You can do anything you want with the SuperStar software without buying a license for it EXCEPT export your sequence to Sequence Editor (which means you can't control lights without buying a SuperStar license). Licenses are based on the number of channels, so you can start small and work up as the number of channels increases. Currently I have a 12,000 channel SuperStar license. For your 32 or 48 channels, there is likely very little reason to use SuperStar. In my case, my first Christmas show was almost 1900 channels - centered around a 12 x 50 pixel tree. I have used SuperStar essentially exclusively ever since 2012. Personally I love SuperStar. It does have a learning curve, but once learned, it is very powerful. Pixel Editor is an integral part of the LOR software suite, but requires a Pro level license to use it. For all practical purposes, unless you are sequencing a matrix of some variety, Pixel Editor has little or no benefit. A note about S5 (currently in Beta). The descriptions I gave above refer to the S4 programming suite. With S5, there are a couple changes. In S5, you must have a SuperStar license to use SuperStar when using SuperStar by way of the S5 Sequencer, however if you directly open SuperStar, the same license requirement exists as in S4. Also in S5, Pixel Editor is no longer a separate program, but built into the S5 Sequencer. It does still require a Pro level license to use it.
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    P10 panel matrix was quite easy

    Can I assume xLights can't do much with SuperStar files?
  10. Looks nice! I only have three, but maybe I'll post a photo of what I did.
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    2018 Expo FOOD!

    "That's what a hamburger is all about". As a southern California native, we are spoiled. Have two of their restaurants within two miles of the house and one within long walking distance from work. Damn, now I want a hamburger - and I'm currently eating breakfast!
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    Pixel Strips

    Ah, that does change the meaning some! For my existing pixel tree, I am using 3/4 inch PVC that I split on a table saw and then drilled holes for the pixels. Quite a few photos at: http://www.newburghlights.org/pixel_tree.html This year I am rebuilding that tree and going to 100 pixels at a closer spacing. I am going with a custom spacing version of the Boscoyo strips.
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    Pixel Strips

    I have gotten all mine from Ray Wu in China: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/701799
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    Boscoyo 270 node star

    Two files sent
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    Boscoyo 270 node star

    Will do when I get to a computer.
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    P10 panel matrix was quite easy

    The ColorLight cards are not overly difficult to hook up. Configuring them is not difficult, but totally non-intuitive. You will almost certainly require some assistance to configure it, but once you set it up, you never need to touch it again. The ColorLight card connects to the Pi or BBB with a gigabit ethernet connection. Since the Pi 3B does not support gigabit, you use a USB to gigabit ethernet adapter (ask which one to use if you go that route).
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    P10 panel matrix was quite easy

    Yes, essentially when operating a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone on FPP in Bridge mode, it is acting as an E1.31 controller (in simple terms). As far as LOR is concerned, that is definitely the case. Within FPP, you set up the outputs to drive the P10 panels. There are a couple ways of doing that. One is to use a daughter board on the Pi or BBB that translates Input/Output (IO) pins of the Pi or BBB into the pinout that is required for the P10 panel. The Pi or BBB running FPP does all the computer processing. The other way to do it is to use a card called a ColorLight. This is a card specifically made for the driving large panel arrays (such as electronic billboards). The Pi or BBB drives the ColorLight via ethernet, and the ColorLight card does all the processing to drive the panels. I have done both, and like the results of using the ColorLight card better, so that is what I'm using. Because of the large number of channels involved, you largely don't even get down to the channel level, and really only deal with universes. Yes, the channels are there, but you largely ignore them. Remember that a singe P10 panel has 512 pixels or 1536 channels which is three universes. A single P5 panel is 2,048 pixels or 6,144 channels which is 12 universes. My P5 matrix which is quite small is 12,288 pixels or 36,864 channels or 72 universes.
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    P10 panel matrix was quite easy

    I pieced together my P10 panel a few months ago. Had some growing pains with FPP and the ColorLight card, but it is working fine in Bridge mode from LOR. Yesterday I got the pieces for my P5 matrix. Assembled everything, and having an issue with FPP, but that will get resolved soon I expect... I like you need to build the enclosures. I am planning on using them primarily to replace my Tune To signs. Agreed, that although there is a learning curve, there are plenty of people both here and on the FPP forum that will help out.
  19. Page 6 and 7 of CTB16PCg3 manual explains it. Open one of the existing curve files (this computer only had one) with a text editor and it will be pretty obvious with the description in the manual how to edit it. After you save the file (with an appropriate name), open the Hardware Utility, scan for controllers, select the one you want to upload, and select Advanced Configuration. On the left side will allow setting which curve to use for each channel, and on the right side, the ability to download to the controller any curves that are on the PC, but not the controller (or revised versions of existing files).
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    Maximum props reached 512

    Sounds like deleted props don’t really go away. I have seen this is at least some of the LOR files - although I don’t remember if I have seen it in .lee files. You should be able to delete them manually, but you do have to get all the references. The software should do that properly...
  21. I've done similar with a round file chucked up in a drill, but the in and out motion of a sawzall would work far better than a rotary motion for the purpose.
  22. I like that tip - although I'm not quite sure how to connect a round file to a sawzall...
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    No motivation yet - help!

    With your recent move, take a year off to get organized. No one will be missing it (except you). You likely have enough to do with the move...
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    Low voltage AC/DC Adapter

    There is something you are not telling us. A full wave bridge rectifier absolutely positively can NOT produce AC power from a DC input (for several reasons). Now I will point out that a LOT of hand power tools will run on either AC or DC equally well provided you give them the right voltage because of the motor design. However most of those are 120 volt and won’t do much of anything on 12 volt (AC or DC). Post a video...
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    Sealing Ends of Strips

    I also like the look of the strips for the way I use them for my landscape lighting - and I run them every night , all year long. There are photos on my web site.
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