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The Light-O-Rama S5 Sequencer's File menu has menu items related to creating, opening, and saving sequences, as well as exiting the program.

 

Several of these menu items operate on the "currently selected sequence".  Many sequences can be open simultaneously in the S5 Sequencer, but only one is the currently selected sequence.  Each open sequence has a tab that displays the sequence's name. The currently selected sequence's tab will be highlighted (the highlight color depends are which theme you are using). To select a sequence, simply click on its tab.

 

New

Open

Recent Files

Save

Save As

Save A Copy

Export as LMS/LAS

Export as Protected

Close

Close All

Exit

 

The File Menu

The File Menu

 

 

New

 

Selecting "New" on the Sequencer's File menu opens a sub-menu which gives you a choice between creating a new animation sequence or a new musical sequence. You can also initiate the creation of a new musical or animation sequence from the Start Page, or by right-clicking on a preview in the Previews Window.

 

"New Musical Sequence" has a keyboard hotkey:

key-dark32-Ctrl

key-dark32-N

 

 

 

"New Animation Sequence" has a keyboard hotkey:

key-dark32-Alt

key-dark32-N

 

Open

 

Selecting "Open" on the Sequencer's File menu opens a dialog that allows you to select a sequence file.

 

If you select an S5 sequence file (.LOREDIT file extension) the preview for the sequence will be checked. If the preview has been changed since the last time the sequence was opened, the Map New Preview To Sequence Dialog will open; and once you finish that dialog the sequence will open. If the preview has not changed, the sequence will immediately open on a new tab within the Sequencer.

 

If you choose a sequence file created in an older version like S4 (.LMS or .LAS file extension), then the Upgrade Legacy Sequence dialog will open, guiding you through the sequence upgrade process.

 

"Open" has a keyboard hotkey:

key-dark32-Ctrl

key-dark32-O

 

 

Recent Files

 

Selecting "Recent Files" on the Sequencer's File menu opens a sub-menu which lets you select from a list of the most recently opened sequences. The list of files on the "Recent Files" sub-menu are the same ones listed on the Start Page.

 

Save

 

Selecting "Save" from the Sequencer's File menu saves the changes that you have made to the currently  selected sequence.  If the sequence was newly created and has never been saved before, Save will also prompt you for a file name to use for the new sequence.

 

The Save function will be followed by a Save A Copy function if specified in Save Copy Preferences.

 

"Save" has a keyboard hotkey:

key-dark32-Ctrl

key-dark32-S

 

Save As

 

Selecting "Save As" from the Sequencer's File menu saves the current sequence to a new file name.  The old file will still exist, but will not include any of the changes that you made to the sequence since the last time that you saved it.

 

Save A Copy

 

Selecting "Save A Copy" from the Sequencer's File menu saves the current sequence to a new file name.  The old file will still exist, but will not include any of the changes that you made to the sequence since the last time that you saved it.

 

This function has a several options that control its behavior. See the Save Copy Preferences topic for details. In particular, this function can be used to make backup copies of the sequence when the "Date and Time" suffix is specified.

 

Export as LMS/LAS

 

Selecting "Export as LMS/LAS" from the Sequencer's File menu exports the current sequence to the legacy LMS/LAS format. A file with an LMS extension will be created for musical sequences; an LAS extension will be used for sequences without music. You will be prompted for the location of the export file. Files produced using this function are compatible with Light-O-Rama software versions 3.8.2 and later.

 

Data included in the export file:

 

Regular channels

RGB channels

Beat channels

Subsequences

Loops in animation sequences

All timing grids

The "Show All Items" grid view -- converted to "Track 1" in the export file

 

Data NOT included:

 

Motion effect rows

Archived props

Any grid view other than "Show All Items"

 

If you have a license that allows the creation of protected sequences, you can change the file type in the save dialog to a protected sequence if desired.

 

Setting the file type during the Legacy Export

Setting the file type during the Legacy Export

 

Export as Protected

 

Selecting "Export as Protected" from the Sequencer's File menu can be used to create a protected sequence based upon the current sequence.

 

Close

 

Selecting "Close" from the Sequencer's File menu closes the currently selected sequence.

 

If the sequence has unsaved changes, you will be prompted on whether you wish to save the changes or not; if the sequence has never been saved before, and you choose to save it, you will also be prompted to select a filename for the new sequence.

 

Close All

 

Selecting "Close All" from the Sequencer's File menu closes all open sequences.

 

If any of the sequences have unsaved changes, you will be prompted on whether you wish to save them or not; if any of the sequences have never been saved before, and you choose to save them, you will also be prompted to select filenames for the new sequences.

 

Exit

 

Selecting "Exit" from the Sequencer's File menu closes the Sequencer.  If any currently open sequences have changes that have not yet been saved, you will be prompted for whether or not you want to save them.