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About PJD

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  • Location
    West Chicago, IL
  • Occupation
    Manage small family business

More About Me

  • Interests
    Background in Mechanical Engineering and then a Masters in Computer Science. Enjoy 'playing' with computers. Also mess around with photography, sing in a classical choir, and read a lot.
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas (& a smaller Halloween show)

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    5.3.10
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. Hi James, Any chance you could send the HC Flag sequence you have? We haven't put it up in years (often not home for 4th) but my husband is digging it out and wants to see if we can get it working this week! I haven't been on here for a couple of months, but I assume you would like the sharing statement included. I would like a copy sent to pdarrah@gmail.com I agree to not sell or share this sequence with anyone. This request will be used for my private, personal use on my show only. I also understand the mere fact of making changes to the borrowed sequence and pasting it
  2. The entire Help is available as a PDF or EPUB at http://www1.lightorama.com/sequencing-software-download/ (Scroll down a bit - there is a table with all the versions and formats) I sat down and read the whole thing last summer (for the current version of S5 at that time) and I found it very helpful. It can be a little odd in that it is the same material as the built-in help in the program, so the order of pages is occasionally a little weird for reading straight through, but it isn't difficult to jump around a little as needed. I have kept it on my eReader and often pull it up when I am
  3. UPDATE: We ended up ending the show early. Planned to go through tonight (Epiphany/3 Kings Day) but the weather was so nice yesterday that we started the tear down and our last night for the full show was Saturday January 4th. I will keep some of the lights coming on each night - mostly static - it is technically a "show" but its just the icicles fading back and forth from all white to multi and back. There are a few lit swags and wreaths as well. I've set the pixels that are still up to just be a single color. We usually keep at least some lights until mid/late January just because it is
  4. I agree that some of the LOR Video Tutorials are helpful. There were also some useful bits in the PDF on Upgrading from S4 to S5. In my opinion, the most important thing you need to understand is the importance of the Preview. I started really using LOR this past year. My husband has been doing the lights on his own for many years, but we decided to split it up and he handles most of the hardware and I handle most of the software. His old sequences are probably from S2 or S3. I debated for a while whether to go with S4 or just to S5, but finally decided to make the plunge. At fi
  5. Since the holiday season was shorter this year (I read that this was the shortest possible period between Thanksgiving and Christmas - ie Latest possible Thanksgiving) we are running a little longer this year. We have decided to run thru this coming weekend up to Epiphany (3 Kings Day). If things dry out over the weekend, the inflatables may come down earlier, but the lights will continue. Unless the weather drastically improves, we probably can't take them down right now anyway - usually we just turn them off and then wait for a "warm" (for Chicago)spell to start taking anything down. Som
  6. Just want to jump in and say that the drive letter mapping is an awesome way to handle this. Thanks Jim for the idea. I saw this months ago and couldn't remember who had posted it! I use 3 computers - 1 sequencing computer at home, 1 at work (small family business so I can work on sequences during down time) and the show computer. My "Documents" folder is in a different location on each of them but it doesn't matter. I didn't have L:\ available on 1 PC, so mine are all on O:\. I use OneDrive to move files around between machines and as soon as I copy them to their folders, everything jus
  7. Not exactly an answer to the original question, but we bought a new show computer this year and decided to go with an HP "ultra slim" desktop. The main logic was that it had a lot of available ports. It has several USB (6 USB2 and 4 USB3) ports and RJ45 (and WiFi) but it doesn't take up much space. We didn't worry about getting the latest/greatest machine since it is intended to be pretty much only for the show. Picked it up as refurbished from Woot last summer and everything has worked great. It came with Win10. The WiFi is setup to connect to our regular home network (and turned off du
  8. Hi James, I would like a copy sent to pdarrah@gmail.com I agree to not sell or share this sequence with anyone. This request will be used for my private, personal use on my show only. I also understand the mere fact of making changes to the borrowed sequence and pasting it in to my sequence does not make it mine to share. Thanks - PJD P.S. Mele Kalikimaka was fantastic - thank you so much!
  9. I would like a copy sent to pdarrah@gmail.com I agree to not sell or share this sequence with anyone. This request will be used for my private, personal use on my show only. I also understand the mere fact of making changes to the borrowed sequence and pasting it in to my sequence does not make it mine to share. Thank you so much for all you do - I am really enjoying all of your sequences
  10. I also agree that no one should try upgrading right now in the midst of the lighting season, but I really like S5 also. I barely used the earlier versions ( I did one sequence in maybe S3?) so I think the learning curve was actually easier. I particularly like the Preview. Creating a preview and then basing my sequences on it works really well. I love that when I need to make a change (husband put up the pixel snowflakes in a different order from what I had expected. We needed to reduce the intensity of the pixel trees, A pair of props got reversed and husband didn't want to climb back
  11. Sadly, I don't think warnings like this are likely to stop the problem. It should be common sense to not upgrade something right when it is crunch time and yet people do it all the time. -- Sarcasm on --- Hey, my huge project is due in 3 days - this is a great time to upgrade the OS on my computer! I'm leaving on vacation tomorrow, this would be a great time to update the firmware on my security system! -- Sarcasm off -- I personally, really like S5 - but DECEMBER is not the time to upgrade. Kapkirk - I find the Preview in S5 to be a huge benefit. When I make a change to something in
  12. If you already have a Preview made for your setup, it is often easier when you get a sequence from someone else, to open theirs and a new one based on your preview in side by side tabs and then copy the various effects from theirs to yours. Most sequences you get from others don't usually match up all that well to your setup since there isn't really any "normal" or "right" way to setup your lights.
  13. Hi James - I haven't tried a pixel tree face yet, but it sounds interesting. Just saw the movie a couple days ago and thing this might be fun to add to the show. I would like a copy sent to pdarrah@gmail.com I agree to not sell or share this sequence with anyone. This request will be used for my private, personal use on my show only. I also understand the mere fact of making changes to the borrowed sequence and pasting it in to my sequence does not make it mine to share. Thank you - PJD
  14. If you are still sharing this, I would love a copy - pdarrah@gmail.com If you are following JR/James lead: I agree to not sell or share this sequence with anyone. This request will be used for my private, personal use on my show only. I also understand the mere fact of making changes to the borrowed sequence and pasting it in to my sequence does not make it mine to share. Thank you - PJD
  15. Thanks everyone for this thread! I hadn't even thought about dimming the pxels on my tree to make it easier to see (a little counter-intuitive) but after reading this decided to give it a try. I changed the pixel trees in my Preview to the 70% dimming curve and it massively improved them. When I get a chance, I'll probably experiment with other settings, but I am thrilled with how much better they are already. Also - would just like to say that one of the great things about S5 is that I made that one change to my preview, ran a Show on Demand to force the play files to be created, and t
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