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Light-O-Rama version 3.10.8 released as an open beta

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We have just released version 3.10.8 of the Light-O-Rama software suite as an open beta.

 

Before getting into how you can download the new version and what's new in it, here is some information about what we mean by "open beta":

 

What 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? Over the last few months, we have received dozens of requests from people 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.

 

Does my license cover this release? 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 will tell you whether or not your license covers the latest version of software. If it does not, 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.

 

What's new in this version? This is mostly a bug fix release, but several new features are also included.  Here is a brief list of changes; for details, please see the help file's What's New page:

  • New device in Insert Device: CMB24D
  • Continued improvements to media handling
  • VisEffects
  • Import Visualization Pair
  • "Reverse" keyword for pixel layout in CCR features
  • "Myorder" keyword for order of fixtures
  • Bug fix: Musical sequences whose media files had names that included multiple consecutive periods (such as "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be).mp3") would not successfully play.
  • Bug fix: In SuperStar, if you clicked on an effect in one of the effect lists and then hit play, the effects wouldn't get rebuilt and played for the new location you are at.
  • Bug fix: The movement and color of instant sequence effects in SuperStar would get reinitialized every 10 seconds.
  • Bug fix: The grid setting and star in use setting could change when changing between SuperStar's CCR mode and Visualization mode.
  • Bug fix: After changing from SuperStar's Visualization mode to CCR mode, you could not add a scene to the star.
  • Bug fix: Export of large sequences could cause SuperStar to crash.
  • Bug fix: On some computers with older versions of Windows Media Player, no matter what play speed was selected in the Sequence Editor, the sequence would always play at normal speed.
  • Bug fix: In SuperStar, rendering a fast rotating fan with thin blades would play fine on the computer screen, but would export as a dot.
  • Bug fix: In SuperStar, a fan longer than ten seconds would play fine on the computer screen, but when exported would last less than ten seconds.
  • Bug fix: If a soundboard interactive group were set up in a show, and contained a single sequence on a particular trigger, and that trigger were tripped while that sequence was playing, an error message would occur ("ERROR STARTING SEQUENCE (This key is already associated with an element of this collection)").  The sequence would not start, and could no longer be started during the current run of the show.
  • Bug fix: Text masks in SuperStar were not working for imported visualizations using a matrix made up of fixtures.
  • Bug fix: SuperStar's smooth effects would not play to white mono-color lights.
  • Bug fix: Shimmers produced in SuperStar would not stay the same color while shimmering.
  • Bug fix: If a CCR with no assigned base unit is in an imported visualization, SuperStar will issue a warning.
  • Bug fix: You can now open a file in SuperStar by double clicking on the file in Windows. Previously, SuperStar would crash while attempting to open the file if you did this.
  • Bug fix: In an imported visualization in SuperStar, props of two or three fixtures would be in reverse order.
  • Bug fix: In an imported visualization in SuperStar, the trailing ramp of an image would not clip the maxrix CCRs.

How do I get this new version? The new version can be downloaded from:

 

http://www1.lightorama.com/downloads/3.10.8/LOR-3.10.8.exe

 

Or from our alternate download location:

 

http://www.lightorama.com/downloads/3.10.8/LOR-3.10.8.exe

 

Thanks for your help!

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