Jump to content
Light-O-Rama Forums

Nutcracker 3.0 Released


Recommended Posts

I am now releasing Nutcracker 3.0. 


Nutcracker 1.0 was released Feb 2012.

Nutcracker 2.0 was released summer of 2012. It included local installs , more effects and projects.

Nutcracker 3.0 is being released Feb 2013. 


Nutcracker 3.0 is the complete rewrite of Nutcracker 2.0 into C++. Nutcracker is now merged with Matt Brown's xLights. Matt Brown took on this conversion project last DEcember. xLights version 2012e merged with Nutcracker. I am calling this new version Nutcracker 3.0.0. 


Why the rewrite?

Answer: I wanted Nutcracker to be more interactive and faster. C++ allows the easier implementation of things like movies and other hardware specific features/.


Answer: I wanted to make the installation of Nutcracker easier. With the release of Nutcracker 3.0, you will no longer need XAMPP or WAMP. This will save 1 gbyte of disk space from your local drive.


Answer: I wanted the generation of effects to be quicker. For example old Snowstorm effect generation 400 seconds, new Nutcracker 3.0 time = 10 secs.



What is different?

Answer: The user interface is entirely different. Hopefully you will find it easier to use.

Answer: We dont have projects yet in Nutcracker 3.0.


What is the same?

Answer: All the effects have the same prompts. The concept of create an effect before you pick the sequencer is the name. Exporting for your sequencer is the same.

Answer: Same target models, megatrees, matrixes.


Where is new code?

This web page also shows the current differences between Nutcracker 2 and Nutcracker 3


I will be talking about this new release in this weeks Tutorial, Thursday Feb 28th at 7pm MST. I will create a vimeo video introduction.


For those developers who might want to see the source code, https://github.com/smeighan/nutcracker_c




Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have written an beginners tutorial on setting up xLights/Nutcracker. This process will get you to an exported file for whatever sequencer you are using




Now the tutorials i made a few months ago would make sense.


xLights and Nutcracker introduction:                                    https://vimeo.com/57960516

Creating a text effect:                                                        https://vimeo.com/57960775

Creating two Nuctracker effects and layering between them: https://vimeo.com/57961300

Exporting a xLights/Nutcracker sequence into LOR lms:         https://vimeo.com/57960884





Edited by smeighan
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I just tried it for the first time. Easy to use following the tutorial, and in a word: Brilliant. 

Thank you Sean for all you do..

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Nice, I'll get my update when I get home from work...the slowness of creating the effects was my biggest concern, so I'm looking forward to it, thank you for the hardwork!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Downloaded last night, what a dream to come true on how simple to operate.


Thanks Sean for all the work you have put in this for us to have.


How I just got to get the trees done



Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • The topic was locked
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Create New...