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Announcing xLights 4.0

Started by smeighan, January 05, 2015, 02:18:13 PM

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smeighan

I have already posted this on some other forums and groups. Dave once commented that I dont post here as much as i did before.
The entire xLights 4.0 is due to Dave's work. So ....


Xlights 4 status. Not all sequencers believe in giving status before a product is completed. If you mention something and it doesn't come out in the final product, people are disappointed. If you slip target date, people are disappointed. Our team feels sharing status helps you plan.

Provisos:
Our target dates may shift, we all have day jobs.
Features we describe may be different in the final release or not there at all.

Xlights 4 is now probably 50% done. It is looking nice!

What it has so far.
Waveform is shown, zoom able, clickable. Think display like audacity
Grid is now graphical, timeline is horizontal
Grid starts with multiple timing tracks. Beats, bars, drum, manual. U can have an unlimited number. Timing tracks have radio buttons. Click one and the timing marks go down the grid and mark all models below.
Individual timing marks on a model can be moved. Click and drag of timing marks is great.
new frame to have the effect pull down
effect frame is now sizable.
color choices are now in their own frame
new toolbar ribbon at top. you will have selections like "new sequence", "open sequence" .etc. directly from top of screen.
drag a rectangle and select multiple objects in the grid now works.
there is a new xml file. your xlights 3.x will need to be converted. new xml contains more info, things like views (think models under models)
It has been ported to both MAC and Linux so we did not break our cross platform architecture.


what is yet to be done
--------------------------

no previews are working yet
save is not working
export is not working
other frame timing besides 50ms.
intially we will offer 100ms, 50ms, 25ms frame timing.

what is not changing in xl 4?
SETUP tab  is identical
MODEL setup is identical
all Effects sliders and controls are the same
exports are the same



And one more picture. Here i moved some windows around making left effects frame too small to show all its sliders. Notice an automatic scroll bar showed up.  I used a ctrl scroll wheel and zoomed in the time line. i also clicked on the second timing track (RED marks). We next make it so you drag and drop effects onto models. Start and End times will be set by the timing marks in effect. i clicked one effect on one model (right hand arrow). What next will happen is the preview window will start playing the effect . This is  the old F3 functionality. It may be obvious but there is no longer a need for "None,None". Now you just have nothing on the timeline.




Here i click on the Effects Panel and start to move it around my screen


When I release it, it automatically fits itself to the new desktop. We will save the final layout and next time you come in, your custom xLights 4 layout will come back.
You can make the whole house preview large or small, make the model preview (you can have two at the same time) large or small.
Sean
Littleton, CO Latest releases http://nutcracker123.com/nutcracker/releases xLights/Nutcracker Forum http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php Facebook [url=https://www.facebook.com/groups

tomwb301

Thanks Sean and the team. I looks and sounds great!
Tom
Crosby, Texas

Roger DeBolt

Looks like FUN!!!! Awesome job "David" and guys! Will the preview/playback window be undockable as in move to a second monitor?


Thanks,
Roger

smeighan

Quote from: rdebolt on January 05, 2015, 04:40:19 PM
Looks like FUN!!!! Awesome job "David" and guys! Will the preview/playback window be undockable as in move to a second monitor?


Thanks,
Roger

yes all windows can be moved to a second monitor. That is working now.
Sean
Littleton, CO Latest releases http://nutcracker123.com/nutcracker/releases xLights/Nutcracker Forum http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php Facebook [url=https://www.facebook.com/groups

Roger DeBolt

Quote from: smeighan on January 05, 2015, 04:44:24 PM

yes all windows can be moved to a second monitor. That is working now.




;D ;D ;D ;D

drlucas

There should be a trivia contest to figure out what song makes that wave form.
Ryan

zwiller

Looking great!  Best of luck guys.   

Wizard in Winter?  ;D
Sam

arw01

Quote from: drlucas on January 05, 2015, 06:38:45 PM
There should be a trivia contest to figure out what song makes that wave form.

Well DUH!  It's NUTCRACKER :P

smeighan

Quote from: zwiller on January 05, 2015, 10:01:30 PM
Looking great!  Best of luck guys.   

Wizard in Winter?  ;D

It is Wizards in Winter. And would you know whose sequence we stole to be our test harness?
plaberge's

and if you want to try it on your XL 3.6.x version, i have attached the files. If you are curious the xml file format is changing. I have included the converted version of WOW in XL4 also.

You will find this new xml format (Dave Pitts design) makes it very easy to copy or remove models in the xml file just using an editor.
Sean
Littleton, CO Latest releases http://nutcracker123.com/nutcracker/releases xLights/Nutcracker Forum http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php Facebook [url=https://www.facebook.com/groups

vincerules

Looks awesome! Can't wait to play with it! Now I'm excited for 2015's show!


Also, will there be a "Save As" In the new version? I'm a big fan of save as...

smeighan

Save as already added to yesterday's build, Dan kilo added it


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Sean
Littleton, CO Latest releases http://nutcracker123.com/nutcracker/releases xLights/Nutcracker Forum http://nutcracker123.com/forum/index.php Facebook [url=https://www.facebook.com/groups

plaberge

Quote from: smeighan on January 06, 2015, 10:22:13 AM
Quote from: zwiller on January 05, 2015, 10:01:30 PM
Looking great!  Best of luck guys.   

Wizard in Winter?  ;D

It is Wizards in Winter. And would you know whose sequence we stole to be our test harness?
plaberge's


Wow good guess! I knew it was my sequence but would have had to look closely to guess the song.
Paul.
Halfmoon Bay, BC

zwiller

Thanks.  Pretty familiar with waveforms but it was an educated guess at best.   ;D
Sam

vincerules

Quote from: smeighan on January 06, 2015, 11:10:10 AM
Save as already added to yesterday's build, Dan kilo added it


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Awesome, thanks!

Is there a plan to add more functionality to the whole house model feature? Meaning right now I can create multiple whole house models using the method of going into each model and selecting "Part of my display" and saving whole house models as different names. But if I want to make a change I have to go through that whole process again and save it as the exact same name. What I am hoping for is an easier way to edit existing whole house models. and which models are associated with them.

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