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1) Tutorial This Week For Newbies. 2) New Release Xlights/nc Version 3.3.0

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First; Tutorial this week is for brand new people! I will start from the very beginning for xlight/nutcracker newbies
When: Thursday, Dec 9th. 7pm MST, 9pm EST
 
We will be using teamviewer. Ill start session at 6:45pm MST
 
Please join the meeting, by clicking on this link:
 
Meeting ID: m93-271-823
 
If you have a headphone click on the "Voice over IP" on the Teamviewer menu and unmute your headphone to be able to ask questions.
 
 
After my teamviewer fills up (We can have 25 viewers) we are setting up a second teamviewer for the overflow.
Dave Pitts will be hosting this second teamview.
 
If you cannot get into the first teamviewer then join this second session
 
Meeting ID: m30-917-736
 
Second; Release 3.3.0
This is the release where we upgrade from the wxwidgets 2.9.5 library to wxwidgets 3.0.0. What does this mean? It means you may notice effects playing about a little faster, it gives us some abilities we didn't have before. Mostly, it is the plumbing and you wont notice anything. 
 
This release has many changes from Don Julien. Thanks Don for keeping the flame alive!
some new meteor effects.
some new movements on text
 
try meteor with icicle with overlay clicked (checkbox below fit to time) with palette checked
 
 
3.3.0 -Enhancement (djulien): vixen 2.x routine as picture
-Enhancement (djulien): add checkbox to Effects panel to inhibit canvas clear before effect (for layers across models)
-Enhancement (djulien): allow cancelled schedule to re-run that same day
-Enhancement (djulien): show serial outbuf overflow amount
-Enhancement (djulien): add a couple of icicle options to Meteors
-Enhancement (djulien): add wavey left-to-right up/down option for text
-Enhancement (djulien): added additional format options for date count-down
-Enhancement (djulien): pass controller responses to plug-in (in-coming or round-trip data); internal change only - should not affect standard usage, but listed here just in case
-Enhancement (djulien): add /noauto command line option to prompt for auto-run (allows easier schedule override)
-Bug fix/enhancement? (djulien): show channel# being tested during Chase test
-Bug fix/enhancement? (djulien): continue execution after comm output overflow in case controller can catch up
 
thanks
sean
matt brown
frankr
djulien
dpitts
dan kulp (Mac version guy)

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Crap! I missed it.... I will just have to come down to your house Sean for a one on one...  :) I didn't get a chance to come by and see your setup this year with having a new kid and all :)

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Sean:

Can you please post the vimeo link or something like that so we know where to go?

Thanks!

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Thanks Sean.   I went thru a few of your really basic tutorials to learn how to do the basics in xlights/nutcracker; worked like a champ.  I am sure you have seen me post that I did my RGB arch effects in xlights/nutcracker for Christmas 2013 then exported them into LOR and ran from LOR.

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Thanks Sean.   I went thru a few of your really basic tutorials to learn how to do the basics in xlights/nutcracker; worked like a champ.  I am sure you have seen me post that I did my RGB arch effects in xlights/nutcracker for Christmas 2013 then exported them into LOR and ran from LOR.

very cool!

 

i actually dont get much feedback about people using xlights/nc in their shows. it is nice hearing that it worked for people

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While I can not use the software, as I am using incans and LED.. it did give me a big point of reference to help with ideas. some of your effects and such gave me ideas on how to setup my display for next year.. sounds dumb maybe but I get my ideas from the oddest of places some times.. I just can't afford RGB yet.. 

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