LightFactory 2.23 Features
This page details all of the new features in version 2.23 of LightFactory
Version 2.23 is a free upgrade for all version 2 users
Multi universe DMX input merging
The system is now able to merge multiple incoming DMX streams into the output. The merging of the DMX can be done either HTP, Build or ITP (input takes precedence). DMX input merging can also be mixed between different protocols.
Within a merged universe each DMX channel can be enabled and disabled so that specific parts of the universe can be used.
Tracking Palettes are related to the new DMX input feature. A tracking palette works the same as any other palette in the system however the attribute data associated with the palette is determined by incoming DMX data. Each Tracking Palette has an associated input patch to define the mapping between the received DMX data and the desk channels in the system.
When the Tracking Palette is applied to a channel (either live or in cue playback) then the live display will show the attributes assigned to that palette and the ML view will show the corresponding attributes values that are generated by DMX input.
Snapshots are a way to capture many playback settings so that they can be easily recalled at any time. A snapshot includes the following settings:
Snapshots can be grouped into “Set Lists” to manage grouping snapshots together. A “Set List” is a collection of snapshots and snapshots can easily be copied between Set Lists.
When not manually editing snapshots a simple button interface is available.
Each snapshot can also be assigned to shortcut for quick recall.
The following command syntax has been added to support the new Snapshots feature:
Lock cue list
For users who do not want to use the full user security feature a lock feature has been added to cue lists. This prevents a cue list from being accidentally changed. A locked cue list cannot be recorded to or updated.
New Sub Fixture Layouts
Defining Sub Fixture LayoutPreviously the layout of sub fixtures in the fixture editor was limited to a ridged grid. This made it difficult to accurately describe the layout of nonlinear fixtures (circles etc). The new sub fixture editor in the fixture editor has a free form editor that allows the cells (sub fixtures) to be placed anywhere in a 2D space.
Multi cell fixtures on the magic sheet
When a multi cell (sub fixtures) fixture is placed on the magic sheet as a block (not symbol) then the defined layout will be shown. The layout defined in the fixture editor will be displayed with the corresponding sub fixture colour represented.
Each of the cells can be clicked on to select or deselect the sub fixtures. The layout can also be rotated to represent the orientation that matches how the fixture is hung.
New matrix definition editor
The matrix editor will no longer confine you to a fixed grid when setting up how fixtures are placed. This new system does not require the user to define the number of rows and columns before placing fixtures.
Several tools are available to layout fixtures in grid, lines and circles. If a multi cell fixture is placed onto the matrix then the system can automatically layout the cells as defined in the fixture editor, or the sub fixtures can be placed independently.
New Group/Submaster Options
Learn Cue Timing
An option to "Learn cue timing (auto follow)" has been added to the cue list window to automatically set the follow time of cues using the GO function. This can also be temporally instantiated by holding down the FOLLOW key.
When this option is enabled the time between GOs will be automatically stored into the “Follow Time” field of the previous cue and the trigger set to “Auto Follow”.
Web Server Enhancements
Task Scheduler Editor
The task scheduler can now be accessed from the web server interface. The software will automatically add the schedule table to a page with the tag %SCHEDULE% on an empty line in the HTML.
The resulting scheduled task table will show the details of when the next time a task will run, when it was last run and what action it is set to perform. The tasks can also be enabled and disabled from this interface. A “Run Now” button will execute the task immediately and an “Edit” button can be clicked to open the task editor.
An example of all the above web server improvements has been added to the default install. When the HTTP server is enabled on a system then this default set of web pages is loaded into the “HTTP Home” folder of the users Documents folder.
Support for HTML style sheets has also been added to the HTTP server.
Mobile & Desktop Patch Tool
An external application available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC will soon be released to do offline show patching. This tool will retrieve the patch from the system over a network connection and then store a copy of the patch locally. The app does not need to be connected to LF or NEO to make changes to the data. The patch information can be saved locally to remove the requirement of connecting to the system each time the user wants to edit it.
Once the changes have been finished the patch can be pushed back to LF or NEO and updated live. A new option in the “Network settings” tab of the System Properties will allow or prevent patch changes from the Patch Tool.
A patched channel can also be turned on or off (live control) from the interface. This does not require the app to be connected to the system but does require it to be running on the same network and UDP messaging enabled in the software.