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    I mentioned it today that LOR is coming out with an updated software suite.

    Here's the change log that's in beta right now...

    Show on demand

    Show Player can preload sequences

    Shows can be shut down gracefully

    LOR Control Panel improvements

    Shuffle mode options

    Maximum Light-O-Rama circuit number is now 512

    New iDMX1000 firmware: version 1.40

    New DIO32 firmware:version 1.30

    New DC-MP3 firmware: version 4.10

    Bug fixes

    Show On Demand

    You can now cause a show to be played without having scheduled it. This is done via the "Show On Demand" menu item of the Light-O-Rama Control Panel's popup menu.

    Please note that this feature is available only for license levels Basic Plus and higher.

    Show Player Can Preload Sequences

    In previous versions of Light-O-Rama, when the Show Player played a show, a sequence in that show would not be loaded until the first time it was used in the show. Depending upon the size of the sequence and the power of the computer, it could take a human-noticeable amount of time to load a sequence, so this could lead to undesired delays between sequences (the first time they are played during a given run of a show).

    This is still the default behavior, but you can now optionally set the show to preload sequences, so that they will all be loaded as the first step in the show, before any of them are played.

    Shows Can Be Shut Down Gracefully

    In previous versions of Light-O-Rama, selecting "Disable Shows" from the Light-O-Rama Control Panel's menu would cause the currently running show to stop immediately, abruptly stopping any sequences that happened to be playing. This can still be done (by selecting "Disable Shows Immediately"), but you can now shut down a show gracefully instead (by selecting "Disable Shows Gracefully").

    This will cause the show that happens to be playing (if any) to be put into shutdown mode; any song that happens to be playing will be allowed to finish, after which the show's Shutdown section will run. When the Shutdown section finishes, the show will stop, and shows will be disabled.

    LOR Control Panel Improvements

    Several improvements were made to the Light-O-Rama Control Panel:

    The "Current" and "Scheduled" sections of its status window were often mostly redundant (if the currently playing show was the show that was scheduled to be playing at the current time). The "Scheduled" section has now been replaced by a "Next" section, which shows what will happen after the current show.

    Those sections would update only after a noticeable delay of several seconds. They now update in a much more real-time fashion.

    Similarly, the first log messages that were displayed would be delayed; they are now real-time.

    The Control Panel's light bulb icon in the system tray now is different colors depending upon the state of the system: If scheduled shows are enabled, it is blue; if they are disabled, but shows on demand are enabled, it is orange; if shows are disabled entirely, it is red.

    Several new log messages were added, hopefully giving a more informative view into what the Show Player is doing.

    Shuffle Mode Options

    In previous versions of Light-O-Rama, when the Musical Section of a show was set to shuffle the sequences instead of playing them in order, any sequence could be randomly chosen to play at any time. This meant that, for example, the same sequence could play twice (or more) in a row, or some particular sequence could be played a second time before some other particular sequence was played even once.

    The Show Editor now allows you to control the way that sequences are shuffled: You can choose whether or not a single sequence is allowed to be played twice in a row, and you can choose whether or not all sequences must be played once before some sequence is played a second time.

    Existing show files will continue to behave in the same manner as they did before (unless and until you change their settings): a sequence can be repeated back-to-back, and can be played a second time before all other sequences have been played once.

    The default for new shows is exactly the opposite: no sequence will be played twice in a row, and no sequence will be played a second time before all sequences have been played once.

    Maximum Light-O-Rama Circuit Number Is Now 512

    In previous versions of Light-O-Rama, the maximum allowable circuit number for a Light-O-Rama controller was 256. It is now 512. At the present time, this is primarily useful for controlling DMX devices.

    New iDMX1000 Firmware: Version 1.40

    A new version of the firmware for the iDMX1000 has been released (version 1.40). It contains the following enhancements:

    It now has native address support (i.e. there is no longer a need for multiple unit IDs for a single iDMX1000). The old method of having a single iDMX1000 use multiple unit IDs is still supported, as "legacy mode". An iDMX1000 will be in native mode or legacy mode depending upon the unit ID it is set to: If its unit ID ends in a "0" (such as "10", "20", or "30"), it will be in legacy mode, where it actually uses sixteen unit IDs of sixteen channels each (e.g. setting the unit ID to 10 will cause it to use unit IDs 10 through 19 and 1A through 1F). If its unit ID ends in anything other than a zero, it will use only that single unit ID, but it will support all its channels on that single unit ID.

    Previously, only DMX addresses up to 256 were supported. Now, addresses up to 512 are supported (but only in native mode).

    Previously, only 64 "intelligent channels" were supported at a time - i.e. only 64 channels could simultaneously be doing shimmers, twinkles, and/or fades. Now, 128 intelligent channels are supported at a time.

    New DIO32 Firmware: Version 1.30

    A new version of the firmware for the DIO32 motherboard has been released (version 1.30). This version adds native address support - that is, there is no longer a need to use multiple unit IDs for a single DIO32; it can now support all channels on a single unit ID.

    Please note that in order to take advantage of this new functionality, you will not only have to use the new firmware, but you will also have to change a jumper on the board which tells it whether to operate in native mode or legacy mode. Please refer to your DIO32 documentation for details.

    New DC-MP3 Firmware: Version 4.10

    A new version of the firmware for the DC-MP3 has been released (version 4.10). It contains the following enhancements and fixes:

    Previously, an individual sequence could only last for up to ten minutes. It can now last up to 44 hours.

    Previously, only certain manufacturer's SD cards were supported. A much larger variety is now supported (list to be compiled - although it will more likely be a list of unsupported cards rather than a list of supported cards).

    Support for SD cards with the FAT32 file system was added.

    Support for SDHC (high capacity) SD cards was added.

    Previously, shows could be set to play every hour or every half hour; they now can also be set to play every 15 minutes or every 10 minutes.

    Digital output (DO) pins 1 through 6 now operate. They react to commands for unit ID F0, channels 1 through 6. They only react on the DC-MP3 that is controlling the show; for example, they will not react on a DC-MP3 controlled via the PC network.

    Under some circumstances, shows would start at midnight, without having been scheduled to do so. This has been fixed.

    Bug Fixes

    Protection against several possible crashes was added to the Light-O-Rama Control Panel. Although it is not known if any of these actually caused any crashes, it is known that some customers have had the Light-O-Rama Control Panel crash.

    When disabling shows, or when unloading Light-O-Rama, the LOR Control Panel would hang frozen for a noticeable amount of time before becoming responsive again (in the case of disabling shows) or closing (in the case of unloading).

    The Light-O-Rama Control Panel's status window would sometimes incorrectly state that the next show would start at 12:00 AM on Sunday.

    Sometimes, lighting commands were quickly repeated back-to-back. This would not cause any noticeable problems with how the sequence looked, but it did cause a minor increase in network traffic, or standalone/SD sequence file size.

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    Default Re: New LOR S2 Software Mentioned At The TASL Meeting

    I have been waiting for the "show on demand" feature. Do you know when this upgrade will be avaialable?

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    Probably in the next few weeks.

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