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LightFactory 1.4 Updates

Build number 1.4.1.29

  • Fixed bug in 16bit dimmers
  • Added support for Zero88 ChilliNet
  • Fixed possible access violation and loss of data in the dimmer patching window.
  • Fixed strange behavior with the control channel when using the auxiliary dimmer.
  • Fixed possible access violation in show runners caused by % in cue description.
  • Fixed bug that caused deleted fixtures from the layout view to reestablish themselves when the window was re-opened.
  • Set override length for effects to 0 when the effect chases.
  • Fixed bug that caused the override length to be set when using exclusive groups and media effects.
  • Fixed bug where the cue triggers where not cleared when double clicking on another cue.
  • Fixed bug that stops the exclusive group working correctly after loading a show until the fx runner window is opened.
  • Fixed bug where channels where not released from an effect if removed while the effect was running.

Build number 1.4.0.65

  • Fixed possible access violation in shortcut window
  • Fixed problem using the "Effect" keyword in the command line that would cause the property to apply with a long fade.
  • Added a check for valid media files when assigned to an effect runner.
  • Fixed problem when copying cues when the "Snapshot" option was turned on.
  • Fixed refresh problem with the timeline effect and the detail editor.
  • Fixed channel display issue when using a fixed column count.
  • Fixed display issue in the new detail view of show runners.
  • Removed the 'cancel' button from the login screen if you are already in the software.
  • Fixed but that caused the shortcut font size to not have any affect.

Build number 1.4.0.47

  • Added option to insert a cue above the current cue (copying the current cue).
  • Fixed possible access violation error if you are using edit live in the show channel window and select a cue with no fixtures.
  • Fixed access violation in new wing dll on startup.

Build number 1.4.0.45 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Fixed bug in show runners when loading a show. A blank runner would appear between each assigned runner.
  • Fixed possible "Playback already assigned" messages on loading a show.
  • Fixed introduced bug that prevented selecting library effects in the effects editor.
  • Fixed bugs in HTP and LTP behaviors.
  • Fixed introduced bug when clicking on the edit characteristic button in the dimmer patching window.
  • Fixed sorting issue with the display of dimmers in the patch when patching across universes.
  • Fixed bug causing orphan channel group records connected to cues that have been deleted.
  • Fixed possible access violation when removing a cue from the cue list.
  • Fixed possible Floating point division by zero error when creating a moving light path in the effect editor.
  • Fixed timecode display issue that would result in the time displayed in the effects runners not matching the internal timecode.
  • Fixed possible access violation when changing the number of fixed columns in the channel display.
  • Program wing final integration
  • When property/attribute effects start with a relative offset they will now use 1 cycle of the effect to fade to the scale of the effect. This avoids the snap beginning of the effect.
  • Minor change to character view to not show a background to un-patched channels.
  • Changing the descriptions in the patch now correctly reflected in the layout view.
  • Fixed possible access violation if a submaster is assigned to a show runner without a cue list assigned.
  • If going backwards in a cue the system will not fire auto follow cues.
  • Added a warning that appears in the command line window if a wing disconnects.
  • Fixed double click on layout view so that the fade time set is applied.
  • Fixed subtle bug in simple chases when run from a cue list with a fade-in time set.
  • Added timecode display to show runner window.
  • Fixed possible access violation if the layout view background image is missing or corrupt.
  • Fixed formatting bug in the display of submaster labels.

Build number 1.3.3.33 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Fixed possible crash in the new show runners verbose screen.
  • New show runner verbose mode now correctly shows fade up/down titles.
  • New show runner verbose mode now updated when a cue is set to auto follow.
  • Scroll bars in the layout view now only shown if fixtures are beyond the border of the view.
  • Added option to change the background colour of the cue notes window.
  • Fixed bug in on-screen keyboard where the window was not big enough to fit all the keys.
  • Added right click menu option in on-screen keyboard to set the keyboard type.
  • On-screen keyboard now works for modal windows.
  • Added "Shift Down Arrow" option to cue list editor to copy channels, effects, shortcuts and cues to the next cue.
  • Fixed position of OK, Cancel in the simple cue notes window.
  • Added option to home fixtures when doing a DBO / Clear.
  • New drop down list of cues in the show runners now remember the open/close state.
  • Added new 'Compact' mode in the effects runners to maximize the number of effects runners that can be displayed on screen.
  • Show runners now made dynamic. System no longer creates the default 150 show runners but rather creates them as needed.
  • Show runner detail now has an option to display the cue notes rather then timing information.
  • Fixed bug that would cause channel group information to be lost if a cue was re-numbered.
  • Fixed delay cue execution when running from a telnet client.
  • Added option when recording groups from the channel display to only update properties that have existing values.
  • Fixed problem with copy cue function - the follow time was not being copied.
  • Fixed bug in the new abstract colour system where the colour was being set even if all colour settings are off in the palette.
  • Fixed bug in timeline effects editor where if you used the standard property editor (edit start/end buttons) the values would jump to full on all attributes.
  • Added option to move all patching down by 1 channel (Patch Options).
  • Fixed possible access violation error on cue stop.
  • Timeline effect no longer redraws when clicking on the window to activate it.
  • Fixed possible loss of registration and show name when loading a window layout and configuration.
  • Added an option to disable the DMX output.
  • Fixed possible access violation when copying cues.

Build number 1.3.3.22 (Unreleased beta version)

  • When the option to release channels on cue go is set the software will now invalidate the channels in the cue to correct any tracking changes.
  • Added the ability to select what groups of attributes are recorded then creating and updating cues.
  • Added drop down to view the details of the cues when running from Show Runners.
  • Fixed bug in fixture properties window so that it displays correctly under screen dpi's other than 96.
  • When clearing or resetting the patch the selected state is now also cleared.
  • Fixed possible access violation error when editing cue effects.
  • Fixed disable double click option for the layout view (now applied correctly).
  • Added new gel filters to internal colour system.
  • Added Edit filters window.
  • Implemented a new advanced colour picker for all colour selection within LightFactory.
  • Fixed possible access violation when using the edit live switch in the cue list channel display.
  • Fixed bug when using double click option in the cue list. If channel groups where included in the cue then they may not be applied.
  • Preview next cue in visualiser now working for Light Converse integration.
  • Fixed bug in media effect playback. If you play after pausing an effect then the media would play from the start.
  • Fixed bug that prevented setting the image and text colour on shortcut 99.
  • Fixed bug that could disable submaster 1 if you are using a matrix effect with step between points enabled.
  • Channel groups, channel window no longer modal.
  • Added "Edit Live" option to channel groups, channel window.

Build number 1.3.2.45

  • Fixed auto patching so that the patch is saved automatically as per the check box in the system properties.
  • Auto patch from Captrue now refreshes the patch window.
  • Cue list will now allow you to change the trigger by just pressing the first letter of the desired item in that column.
  • Enhanced new colour system in simple palettes to include colour wheels and static colour selection.
  • New copy fixtrue properies function now correctly copies the colour from different fixtyure types.
  • Fixed bug that prevented LightFactory from being run minimised.
  • When the channel display resizes to fit the fixture property window it will return to its original size when the window closes.
  • Added option to turn off the auto patching function from visualisers.
  • Added option to clear the cue notes if thay do not exists in the cue.
  • Added option to command syntax to set the page number. New syntax is sm page {number}, sc page {number}

Build number 1.3.2.34 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Fixed bug in go submasters that would cause the channels to jump to their value rather than ride the submaster value.
  • Fixed possible range check error on startup
  • Added ability to auto create chases for a CMY/RGB colour cycle or a colour wheel cycle.
  • Added a button to the effect path editor to use the current position as the next point.
  • Added CITP feedback so that changes in visualiser can be reflected in LF
  • Added CITP selection messages from LF to Capture.
  • Fixed bug that could cause an Access Violation if the matrix was not assigned to an effect and the effect was in a cue.
  • Fixed bug when leading a show that caused the matrices to not be loaded.
  • Implemented bi-directional communication with Light Converse.
  • Added "Copy" button to channel view. This provides access to temporary memory functions, new copy fixture option and copy from cue options.
  • Added option to copy fixture states to other fixtures.
  • Fixed loop checkbox in effect runners. Loop would become unchecked after assigning a new effect to the runner and restarting.
  • Fixed possible lockup when using the timeline effect under windows vista.
  • Fixed bug when including channel groups into cues. Under specific conditions some channels would not apply.
  • Added special shortcut for 'Home' button in channel view.
  • If a media effect is running and you change any of the parameters then the effect will be stopped to prevent possible access violation.
  • If you are using a fixed column count in the channel display the width of the columns are now auto sized to the maximum fit.
  • Improved the readability of channel detail window (cue/group) by graying out the 'n/a' cells.
  • Fixed bug in palette popup for cue channels. Position is now correctly set.
  • Enhanced effect runners to improve the readability and reduce system resources.
  • Fixed a crash on shutdown if WYSIWYG was enabled in the system.
  • Fixed bug in USB Pro driver that would cause some input values to be ignored.
  • Added further options to the 'Invert' button in the channel display. You can now invert colour, pan and tilt.
  • Added true colour selection to palettes.
  • Change behavior of palettes to be more generic when working with colour's. A colour will now be rendered the same on an RGB or CMY fixture.

Build number 1.3.2.20 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Fixed timecode issue that was causing the internal timecode be out by a few seconds each run.
  • Added ability to run more than 1 audio playback effect at the same time.
  • If no effects runners exists in the "independent" group then the column will not be shown in the windows.
  • Added option to control the length of property effects from a submaster.
  • Improved loading performance of the property/attribute effect (after resaving the effect).
  • Property attribute effects will now remember the order that the fixtures where entered.
  • Added a sort option from the right click menu in the property attribute effect.
  • Fixed bug that caused the images in the shortcut window to now show until the window got a repaint message.
  • Modified the new character display so that if the fixture does not have pan and tilt the fixture name is display in its place.
  • Added warning to database restore if the zip file does not contain a valid show database.
  • Fixed special shortcut list to fix problem of the list running off the end of the window.
  • Added cue stop and reset to the new tracking backup.
  • Resolved possible issue if telnet commands are flooded at LightFactory. Messages are now correctly queued and processed in order.
  • Fixed limit on submaster access from the command line.

Build number 1.3.2.15 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Added command line options park and release.
  • If the system is running as a tracking backup the DMX output is now disabled on startup.
  • Added a popup window when running as a tracking backup to enable the DMX output .
  • Added ability to poll the remote system to automatically take control if the master fails.
  • Fixed property/attribute effect so that on reset RGB only fixtures the values are blacked out.
  • Updated main window to use new advanced glow buttons.
  • Fixed "Static Colour Picker" so that the DMX value spin edit reflects the selection.
  • Added ability for the software to update palettes (channel groups) when recording a cue. A dialog will prompt you if you want to record hard values or update the palette with the new values.
  • Added option to set a fade override for channel groups. Will only apply to channel groups that have a zero fade time.
  • Added DBO button to the main command window.
  • Software now remembers the splitter position in the channel selection window for groups and cues.
  • Fixed bug that prevented "Independent" channel groups from operating correctly.
  • Added option to control the lo byte of pan and tilt form the command line. lo byte data can be entered by putting a space between values.
  • Fixed spin edits on main command window to allow up to 100 pages rather than 19.

Build number 1.3.2.09 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Fixed bug where cue exe shortcuts where not being saved to the database.
  • Added border to selection box in the channel display.
  • Fixed parser bug that prevented using group names such that included the words on,off, solo and home when executing cue etc.
  • Fixed possible error if you select a channel group (from the channel window) after patching a moving light back to a conventional dimmer.
  • Fixed bug in level groups - when changing a shortcut the old shortcut was not unassigned.
  • Fixed bug in level groups - can now assign shortcuts above 70
  • Fixed bug when copying a cue list - if you have scene breaks the next cue number would not be assigned correctly
  • Fixed bug when copying a simple chase - the step and fade time would be multiplied by 1000.
  • Fixed bug that prevented the software from finding the registration on the Enttec USB DMX Pro if it was not the first device connected.
  • Fixed re-connect hardware button to work with devices set to DMX input.
  • Fixed bug that could cause the USB pro to be found in a different order on startup.
  • Fixed bug that caused the background to be visible under the slider controls.
  • Fixed bug that caused the dimmer panel of the patch window to not resize correctly if the system was unregistered.
  • Added command line options to connect to a remote LF system and execute commands. New command syntax includes:
    • connect <remote host name/IP>
    • disconnect <optional remote host name/IP> - default will disconnect all remote connections
    • send <command line> - send command to first or default connection
    • sendto <remote system> <command line> - remote system can be ALL, IP address, host name or connection number.
  • Fixed bug that would cause RGB (non dimmer) fixture to not turn off in dark point of the timeline effect.
  • Fixed bug magenta/yellow being swapped when saving timeline effects.
  • Loading a layout is now displayed in the command line for reference.
  • Fixed ArtNet driver to correct the version number.
  • Fixed issue with new advanced palettes recorded into cues. When updating the cue the existing palettes(groups) would be removed.
  • Fixed possible loss of media effect detail when loading and saving shows.

Build number 1.3.1.28

  • Updated LFRemote software
    • Fixed a number of connection bugs
    • Added hourglass to indicate connecting
    • Added new cue execution screen
    • Added shortcut screen
  • Fixed bug effects editor that could possible leave the window unusable after selecting a matrix effect when no matrices exists.
  • Fixed possible index out of range error when changing cue list in cue list editor
  • Fixed possible range check error on startup
  • Further improved multi monitor handling.
  • Fixed possible access violation if the exec shortcut, fx, or channel group window was open and you delete the cue associated with the current display.
  • Fixed bug that prevented adding time to hire systems.

Fixed bug introduced in 1.3 that assumed fixtures missing from a cue had 0 values preventing correct tracking.

  • Fixed bug that prevented entering timecode values above 1 hour in the external triggers window.
  • Added new character display to mimic older style channel layouts (Inc strand style colours) .
  • Fixed bug when copying cues - the property fade times where not being copied.
  • Also fixed when copying a cue within a cue list.
  • Fixed new channel group drop down in cue channel select - no longer pops up for fields it cant be applied to. Using numeric key pad would trigger popup, can now click on items in the list.
  • Fixed bug preventing the loading of the colour, picture for special shortcuts
  • Fixed bug causing follow on time cues to re trigger after a reset
  • Cue list editor now correctly displays the time remaining when running a cue if the follow time is set.
  • Added off state to channels in simple chases and timeline effect.
  • Fixed bug that caused invalid property error if you created a new fixture that did only had the default image assigned.
  • Added special shortcuts for show runner - go all, reset all & Fx Runners - reset all, pause all.
  • Added scene breaks to the cue list.
  • Fixed bug in the lock pan/tilt control that was causing odd behavior when moving the fixture.
  • Added option option for the command line to accept a direct 1 digit value entry.
  • Improved database tab in the system properties. Filename edit box has been removed and the buttons now popup appropriate dialogs.
  • Added option the cue list editor to turn on/off different fields.
  • Dimmer patching window now remembers grid layout and splitter bar position.
  • Added option to use control-D in the fixture property window to quickly change between DMX values and Deg values.

Build number 1.3.0.43

  • Fixed bug introduced in 1.3 that assumed fixtures missing from a cue had 0 values preventing correct tracking.
  • Fixed bug introduced in 1.3 where n/a was no longer showing in the cue channel display when the attribute did not exists in the fixture.
  • Copy cues in the cue list now correctly copies exec shortcuts.
  • Fixed bug preventing audio triggers in effects runners (i.e. setting step time to -1).
  • Added ability to insert the DMX dongle containing a registration during the nag screen.
  • Fixed bug causing error if you used characters other than 0-9,a-z in the characteristic editor.
  • Added channel view options - Store current channel state into temporary memory, recall channel state from temporary memory, swap channel state with temporary memory.
  • Added popup list of available channel groups in cue channel editor. Window will popup as soon as you enter the first character.
  • Fixed bug in new channel groups into cues feature where an attribute was off in the group but add to the cue - odd values would get applied.
  • Fixed fixture import bug that caused the colour wheel items and gobos to be doubled up if overwriting an existing fixture.
  • Added DMX value spin edit to new static colour picker.
  • Prevented auto sizing of the channel display if the static colour picker is being displayed.
  • Fixed possible access violation when clearing the current show - related to show runners.
  • Fixed bug that prevented entering fractional numbers into the new follow time field
  • Fixed bug preventing using enter to finish editing values in the cue channel editor once group popup had occurred.
  • Fixed line-in options; Field where disabled if the checkbox was checked on startup.
  • Added option to record a snapshot from the video capture device when recording a cue and storing it in the notes. Used with a web cam this will allow you to store a photo of the stage with your cue.
  • Fixed bug that caused RGB fixtures to be pre-fetched when they don't have a dimmer. The fixtures would then come on in the previous cue.
  • Changed command line parser so that when entering % values and only 1 number is entered it becomes a multiple of 10. e.g. 1/4@5 = 1 through 4 at 50%, 1/4@05 = 1 through 4 at 5%
  • Fixed bug in select odd/even where the first channel could be in the control list when it shouldn't be.
  • Fixed introduced bug (again) that caused the pan and tilt values to change when resizing the properties window.

Build number 1.3.0.20 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Added right click option in the cue list window to reset running effects.
  • Fixed bug that cased a crash if you did not load the cue list in a partial show loading.
  • Fixed bug that caused the main "GO" button on the playback wing to not work with show runners when you open the cue list editor window.
  • Auto size channel view option now also applied when resizing the window.
  • Added option to remove channels from multiple cues.
  • Updated open USB DMX driver for latest device drivers.
  • Fixed access violation on shutdown of Capture interface.
  • Fixed bug in layout view that prevented scaling correctly when resizing the view.
  • Fixed flicker problem in layout view.
  • Fixed bug introduced in beta that causes the pan and tilt to reset to 0 when the fixture is first selected.
  • Added option for fade times to operate as up/down rather than in/out.

Build number 1.3.0.15 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Added new simple colour picker for colour changing fixtures such as scrollers etc.
  • Fixed bug that prevented access to the new misc attributes from the channel controller.
  • Added Zero Wire (Wendi) DMX on Ethernet protocol.
  • Fixed "timestamp on cue go" - New values where not being saved to the database.
  • Added alternate colouring to the grid rows in the channel groups, cues, and detail window.
  • Added description 1 & 2 to the channel selection window for cues and groups.
  • Fixed bug preventing manual modification of dimmers assigned to intelligent fixtures.
  • Fixed bug when working with colour mixing fixtures only - selecting fixtures would override existing colours.
  • Fixed matrix editor so that you can do drag selection in reverse.

Build number 1.3.0.12 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Significantly reduced memory usage in the database connection.
  • Fixed bug that caused the record values to be post the characteristic curve.
  • If timecode is enabled then the current time will now show at the bottom of the cue list window.
  • Fixed bug preventing entering pan/tilt information into the cue channel editor window when using degrees.

Build number 1.3.0.11 (Unreleased beta version)

  • Made the channel group internal number visible
  • Added ability to use channel groups as palettes for specific attributes/properties. i.e Every attribute can now reference a value form the channel group.
  • Clearing the show now correctly clears the matrices
  • Clearing the show now correctly clears the layout view.
  • Fixed "Cannot focus..." error when clicking on the GM button in the layout view
  • Clearing the show now correctly clears the special shortcuts.
  • Fixed problem that prevented audio triggering simple chases in the effect runners if the effect has a default step time.
  • Fixed bug that prevented entering -1 (audio trigger) into the step time of effect runners.
  • Fixed bug when entering partial time codes
  • Changed name of Peperoni devices to Cooper Control interface.
  • Channel display now shows active channel groups (Adv Palettes) if it is set to record this by default.
  • Added ability to assign special shortcut to changing pages of submasters and shortcuts.
  • Added option to stop all running library effects
  • DBO/Clear now stops all library effects.
  • Added an option to override the follow time. Normally the follow time is the delay + fade in + dwell. Overriding this allows you to set a manual follow time and thus multi part cues.
  • Timeline effect auto offset now default to the length of the effect divided by the number of fixtures.
  • Decimal spin edit controls now correctly allow the use of the arrow buttons to increase and decrease the value.
  • Channel view fade time now correctly applies to the on, off and solo.
  • Fixed hi and low controls when editing dimmer characteristic. Some erratic behavior use to occur.
  • Fixture property window now correctly shows gobo and control channel preview when changing the value.
  • Submasters window now correctly numbers the faders for the selected page.
  • Added 'recn' to immediately record the next integer cue number without popping up any dialogs.
  • Fixed bug that caused the effect in a cue to continue running if you jumped to another cue. Only occurred if the next adjacent cue contained the same effect.
  • Fixed bug that caused chase effects to leave a channel on when stopped.
  • Added appearance option to change the selected and active colours in the channel display.
  • Added option (default on) to automatically assign newly created cue lists to the next available free show runner.
  • Added option to always apply the channel group only to selected fixtures when executed with a shortcut.
  • Added option in channel group window to sort by group number.
  • Added support for cooper controls 2 port DMX device.
  • Fixed bug in the timecode engine that would inhibit the cue list running a second time to the same timecode.
  • Fixed bug that prevented channels being released from "independent" control when the channel group was returned to 0.
  • Added copy and past function to the cue channel window. Button allow you to select a source cell and then past its value to multiple other cells.
  • Added ability to alter dimmer from command line using + and - to increase or decrease the value. e.g. 1/5@-15 = decrease dimmer by 15%
  • Enhanced fixture library - Added a range to the dimmer attribute for fixtures that do not have a dimmer that is 0-255
  • Enhanced fixture library - Added 16bit support for dimmer
  • Enhanced fixture library - Added 6 new miscellaneous attributes
  • Enhanced fixture library - Added ability to name most attributes
  • Enhanced fixture library - Added pan and tilt degree range so that the values can now be displayed in degree rather than DMX values.

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