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Good afternoon folks.  So....  Is this the place to post any software someone is working on?  Because as you see by the subject I have created a small program that can be run on your Windows machine whether it be on your hard drive or via a thumb drive (I use PortableApps myself).  If this isn't the right spot please tell me where the proper place would be.

The .exe file is a little over 1 mb.  Wow I didn't realize how big that got. I will have to attempt to reduce this in time.  My current database file is about 170 kb.  I use SQLite for the database to make it more portable but yet functional.

This is still in the development / testing phase.  I'm nervous about releasing it but I guess at this point I need some input from folks that are using RGB.  I have not fully gotten into RGB as some have on here so I need to know if this will be usable as is or if I have to re-work for RGB.  This is based on a spreadsheet I found some time ago that I can't even remember the name of where I got it.  I'm sure some will know it once they see my program.

I do have some basic reports setup also which are done via .pdf.  I need to update the help file though as I have made some changes in the GUI and structure here and there.

Some major points:

  • Enter in your lights for inventory purposes (total inventory still in development)
  • Enter in all of your controllers (max of 50 right now)
  • Enter in your channels
  • Keeps track of total amps for your display (based on 120 VAC at this time)
  • Keeps track of how many bulbs you have in your display (all park figure depending on how you count RGB lights)
  • Keeps track of total watts for your display
  • To-Do section
  • Each controller has a history of work done based on To-Do section.  When you select each controller you'll see the history.
  • Quick Calcs section to figure out Power, Volts, Amps
  • Music Details.  Enter in music for each holiday and it will give you total run time.  Accuracy needs to be verified
  • Setup screen to allow you to change To-Do Categories and also Circuits
  • In relation to circuits I added this section so you can keep track of how many amps each circuit is drawing.  Don't want to over load your cords etc.

So with the above info. anyone willing to beta test?  I can zip up the files needed and post it here or provide a link for it.  Just remember it's a work in progress.  I'll keep my data with it so you can see where I am going with it and how I use it.


As I update the code I'll replace the .zip file so you can just re-download it.  Just replace the .exe file unless otherwise specified.

04/17/2016 - v 1.002.0000b:

  • zip file updated.  Now you can create a new database file or open a previously created database file (file menu now working).
  • full path of the file you are currently working on now shown.
  • Blank database file included as default.  Sample data included - sampledata.db3

04/18/2016 - v 1.002.0001b:

  • Light Inventory now functioning.  Basic inventory with locations used.  Report now updated for this also.
  • Minor GUI changes.  Still working on the layout.
  • Other minor cosmetics.

HDMv1.zip

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