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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.
The File Menu
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
•The "Show All Items" grid view -- converted to "Track 1" in the export file
Data NOT included:
•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
Selecting "Export as Protected" from the Sequencer's File menu can be used to create a protected sequence based upon the current sequence. You will be prompted to enter some supplementary text that will be displayed to the user when they open the protected sequence in the Sequencer. The supplementary text is optional.
The supplementary text entry screen with some sample text
What the user sees when they open the protected 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.
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.
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.