Toolbars

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Each sequence tab in the Light-O-Rama Sequencer has its own set of toolbars. The toolbar selections on one tab can be different than the selections on another tab. For example, the current intensity range and current effect can be set differently for each sequence.

 

Command buttons for saving, playing, and modifying the sequence are organized into 3 toolbars:

 

Toolbar #1 is fixed at the top.  If you right-click on this toolbar, you can choose from 2 display options:

oTiming Toolbar - Left

oTiming Toolbar - Right

 

Toolbar #2 is positioned immediately below Toolbar #1. If you right-click on this toolbar, you can choose from 3 display options:

oLarge - display large icons and text, if space permits

oMedium - display small icons and text, if space permits

oCompact - display small icons without text (recommended for experienced users)

 

Toolbar #3 can be displayed above the sequence grid or to the right of it (compare the 2 configurations shown below). You can right-click on this toolbar to set the location, and to choose among 3 display options:

oIcon and text

oText only

oIcon only (recommended for experienced users)

 

 

Areas within the Sequence Tab, Toolbar #3 Above

Areas within the Sequence Tab, Toolbar #3 Above

 

 

Areas within the Sequence Tab, Toolbar #3 Right

Areas within the Sequence Tab, Toolbar #3 Right

 

 

 

Toolbar #1

 

Toolbar Item

Description

loading2

 

icon-circle-check-green

 

pause20

Calculation Status: certain data is calculated in the background in order to facilitate on-screen playback. When calculations are in progress, this icon spins and the playback buttons on the toolbar are disabled. Once calculations are completed, the green check mark icon is displayed and playback is enabled.

 

Click on the green check-mark and it will change to a pause icon. While the pause icon is displayed, background calculations will not be performed, allowing you to change motion effects without any delays. When you play the sequence,  data will be calculated at that point. You can click the pause icon to return to the green check-mark at any time. Calculations will then be performed after every change to the sequence.

ToolbarPreviewName

Shows the name of the Preview assigned to the sequence. Click on the name to open the sequence's preview for editing in the Preview Design window.

 

 Timing Grid

ToolbarTimingMenu

Click here to open the toolbar's Timing Grid Menu

lock

unlock

Indicates whether the timing marks are locked or unlocked. Click the icon to toggle the mode. When unlocked, you can change the location of a timing marks in freeform timing grids by hovering over its line with your mouse (which will change your mouse cursor from a "pointer" cursor to an "east-west" cursor), and clicking and dragging the line to the left or the right. When in this mode, right-clicking on the grid shows only the Timing Mark sub-menu, which can save time. You can specify whether effects should move when adjacent timing marks are moved using the last option on the Timing Grid Menu.

ToolbarTimingGridSelect

Shows the current Timing Grid and allows you to change it

 

 

Toolbar #2

 

Toolbar Item

Description

16_save

Save Button

 

 Undo / Redo

StandardToolbarUndo

Undo Button. This will undo the last modification to the sequence grid.

StandardToolbarRedo

Redo Button. This re-applies the last action performed by the Undo button.

 

 Clipboard Cut / Copy / Paste

tsCut

Cut Button

CopyHS

Copy Button

paste-plain

Paste Button

paste-star

Paste Special Button -- opens a dialog that allows you to specify additional options when you paste

StandardToolbarRepeat

Repeat Button

ToolbarClipboardFile

Shows the name of the active clipboard (the one that will be used for cut, copy, paste, and repeat operations). To the left of the clipboard name is an icon that indicates whether the clipboard is locked or unlocked. Cut and copy operations can only be performed with an unlocked clipboard. Click the clipboard name to open the Clipboard Management window.

ToolbarPasteMode

Shows the current Paste Mode, and allows you to change it.

 

 Playback Control

PlayAllIcon

Play the full sequence

PlayHereToEndIcon

Play from the left edge of the visible sequence grid to the end of the sequence

PlayBeginningToHereIcon

Play from the beginning of the sequence to the right edge of the visible sequence grid

PlayVisibleIcon

Play the visible portion of the sequence

PlaySelectionIcon

Play the current selection. If there is a freeform play range defined then that is played; otherwise the current grid selection (dashed yellow outline) is played.

PauseIcon

Pause playback. Press again to resume

StopIcon

Stop playback

RepeatPlaybackIcon

Repeat playback. When enabled, this will cause playback to repeat until the Stop Playback button is pressed. When disabled, this icon will have a red slash through it.

PlaybackSpeed

Shows the current Playback Speed and allows you to change it. Playback speeds other than normal may not be supported on some types of media files.

 

 Nudge Tools

nudge_left

Nudge Effect Left

nudge_right

Nudge Effect Right

nudge_length_left

Shorten Effect

nudge_length_right

Lengthen Effect

GrabHandleToggle16

Show handles on the edge of every effect that can be dragged to resize the effect

 

 Zoom Control

StandardToolbarZoomChannelsOut

Zoom row height shorter

StandardToolbarZoomChannelsIn

Zoom row height taller

StandardToolbarZoomTimeOut

Zoom time out (total number of visible seconds will increase)

StandardToolbarZoomTimeIn

Zoom time in (total number of visible seconds will decrease)

 

 Visibility Toggles

StandardToolbarViewAnimation

Toggle playback window visibility

StandardToolbarViewWaveform

Toggle waveform visibility

 

 

Toolbar #3

 

Toolbar Item

Description

 

 Select Actions - only 1 action can be active at a time

ToolsToolbarSelect

Select tool. If this effect tool is enabled, then clicking on a cell or cells in a sequence's grid will simply select those cells. No lighting effect will be applied, nor will any be applied by hitting the enter key.

seqgrid16

Create an effect. This will cause the effect specified in the Effect Type area to be placed in the sequence grid.

ToolsToolbarToggle

Toggle tool. If this effect tool is enabled on the Tools menu, then clicking on a cell or cells in a sequence's grid will turn individual parts of the selection on or off. Each portion of the selection that had been on will be turned off, and every other portion will be turned on.  Note that the latter includes not just portions of the selection that had been off, but also those that had been twinkles, fades, shimmers, and intensities.

ToolsToolbarFill

Fill

ToolsToolbarChase

Chase. Click the down arrow next to the button to specify chase options.

16_foreground

Change Intensity. This tool allows you to change the intensity of existing effects, using the intensity range and slope specified on the toolbar.

 

 Intensity Range

ToolbarIntensityRange

Shows the current Intensity Range and allows you to change it by: 1) typing new numbers into the boxes, or 2) using the up and down arrows to adjust the current values. Valid values are from 0 to 100.

16_intensity_options

Click here to open the Intensity Menu, which will allow you to choose from a list of preset intensity ranges.

 

Slope - only 1 slope can be active at a time

16_on

Maximum Intensity. Inserts the current effect (as shown on the toolbar) into the grid - at the maximum intensity shown on the toolbar.

16_off

Minimum Intensity. Inserts the current effect (as shown on the toolbar) into the grid - at the minimum intensity shown on the toolbar.

ToolsToolbarFadeUp

Fade Up

ToolsToolbarFadeDown

Fade Down

ToolsToolbarIntelligentFade

Intelligent Fade

 

Effect Type - only 1 effect type can be active at a time

ChannelEffect

Channel Effect

16_color_fade

Color Fade Effect

spiral16d

Motion Effect (only displayed with a Pro license)

ss_16

SuperStar Effect (only displayed with a Pro license)

 

The icons that appear next on the toolbar depend on which Effect Type is selected.

 

Toolbar #3 - Channel Effect

 

Toolbar Item

Description

 

Channel Effect - only 1 effect can be active at a time

turn_on

On effect

16_shimmer

Shimmer effect

16_twinkle

Twinkle effect

16_dmx_set_intensity

DMX intensity effect. Selecting this effect will cause a pair of numeric entry boxes to appear where you can specify the starting and ending DMX values (0-255)

 

Toolbar #3 - Color Fade Effect

 

Toolbar Item

Description

 

Channel Effect - only 1 effect can be active at a time

turn_on

On effect

16_shimmer

Shimmer effect

16_twinkle

Twinkle effect

 

Start Color

color-swatch16

Select the start color

RandomColor16

The system chooses a random start color

double-arrow-left16

Copy the end color to the start color

 

Color Sample

ToolbarColorSample

Displays a sample of the color that will be placed in the grid. You can also click on the left side of the sample to set the start color, or the right side to set the end color.

 

End Color

color-swatch16

Select the end color

RandomColor16

The system chooses a random end color

double-arrow-right16

Copy the start color to the end color

ToolbarIgnoreEndColor

When checked, the end color is ignored and only the start color is used. In other words, you are specifying a solid color, not a color transition.

 

Both Colors

RandomColor16

The system chooses a random start and end color

EntityDataModel_association_16x16

Swaps the start and end colors

 

Favorite

16_custom

Save the current color sample as a favorite

 

On Click

ToolbarFillOnClick

When checked and you click on an empty cell in the grid, the system will attempt to perform a matching fill. When unchecked, the system will place the color sample in the selected cell.

 

Toolbar #3 - Motion Effect (Pro license only)

 

Toolbar Item

Description

 

Source of motion effect that will be placed in the sequence

plus_outline16

Prompt for new effect (opens the Motion Effect Generator)

16_animation

Insert the effect displayed in the Playback Window

external-link-16

Insert the selected effect in the Effect Samples Window

 

Toolbar #3 - SuperStar Effect (Pro license only)

 

Toolbar Item

Description

 

Source of SuperStar effect that will be placed in the sequence

plus_outline16

Prompt for new effect (opens SuperStar)