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    As a newbie (2013 will be my first Christmas with blinkie/flashie lights), everything is of interest.  I have designed for 4 9 sector arches and have programmed 2 sequences so far.

     

    However my situation is changing slightly. :blink:   Due to the pricing of the CCPs, at LOR, I ordered 2.  This next Monday, UPS says they will deliver my LOR Mad Grab items that will include the 2 CCPs that I would like to use for my 4 arches.  Major change just while I am learing the Sequencer program.  Now I need to get up to speed with Superstar and am hitting a brick wall.  I will have my laptop loaded with everything and if I could get a little assistance, it sure would be appreciated.  Maybe I could get my feet wet with SS, CCPs and arches.

    I am slowly tearing down the brick wall that I hit with LORs CCPs, Visualizer, Superstar and Sequencer. I am finding out that my biggest problem has been with out of date documentation, that has been resolved.

     

    If there is interest I could bring an example of how to add a double string CCP to Visualizer (in my case it will be 2 arches), then import the setup into Superstar where the 2 arches can be programmed and then moved into your main Sequence with all your other lights.

     

    I don’t want to put the time into a demo unless there is interest.  Please let me know.

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    I am slowly tearing down the brick wall that I hit with LORs CCPs, Visualizer, Superstar and Sequencer. I am finding out that my biggest problem has been with out of date documentation, that has been resolved.

     

    If there is interest I could bring an example of how to add a double string CCP to Visualizer (in my case it will be 2 arches), then import the setup into Superstar where the 2 arches can be programmed and then moved into your main Sequence with all your other lights.

     

    I don’t want to put the time into a demo unless there is interest.  Please let me know.

    If it's not too much trouble, I would like to see it in action.

    I would like to see what you did and what you have.

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    Just a few more days until this year's OKC Area Mini PLUS!  I received an email today from Doug at Wireframe D'Lites.  He has FedEx'd the wireframe for the door prize.  It should arrive on Wednesday.

     

    I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

    Thanks Doug!!!

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    If it's not too much trouble, I would like to see it in action.

    I would like to see what you did and what you have.

    No trouble at all.  I will have my laptop with everything loaded on it.

     

    However it will be mostly process in nature.  I am trying to validate the process right now so there will not be any polish.  I like doing a lot of pre-planning.  I hate having to backup when the last puzzle pieces don't fit because of an error in logic early on.  :o

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    BTW, can someone use a 12' wooden ladder?

    How about incan mini lights? All colors (a bunch of them).

    Or snow flakes, star, helicopter and other wireframes?

    Lots of rope lights (a bunch of them)?

    Various Christmas decor stuff?

     

    If so, that's some stuff I'm bringing. As mentioned earlier, I really don't want to bring it back home.

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    Well another GREAT mini down in the history books.

     

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU Greg and Maggie for hosting it again this year at your house.

    AND for all the goodies brought from others (Johnnies Sweet Creations, your treats are killer!!!)

     

    It was great seeing everyone and meeting new folks. And seeing some projects is always great. Mr. Holland, your LEDs are super powerful. Good grief, a mega 100w LED that could light up a whole town. That is kicking butt my friend. Thank you for bringing your works of art.

     

    And then some demos from several members is always a plus to see in action.

     

    I had a GREAT time and ENJOYED visiting with everyone!!!

     

    Thank you!!!

     

    Tom

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    door prizes. 

     

    And A very good point I overlooked.

     

    A BIG THANK YOU to Michael of 3G Lighting Creations and Doug of Wireframe D'Lites for supplying the door prizes. I was very impressed with the donation and the great quality of your products. Again, THANK YOU!!!

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    Well another GREAT mini down in the history books.

     

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU Greg and Maggie for hosting it again this year at your house.

    AND for all the goodies brought from others (Johnnies Sweet Creations, your treats are killer!!!)

     

    It was great seeing everyone and meeting new folks. And seeing some projects is always great. Mr. Holland, your LEDs are super powerful. Good grief, a mega 100w LED that could light up a whole town. That is kicking butt my friend. Thank you for bringing your works of art.

     

    And then some demos from several members is always a plus to see in action.

     

    I had a GREAT time and ENJOYED visiting with everyone!!!

     

    Thank you!!!

     

    Tom

    Nah, I could always build one brighter. :cool:

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