Full system requirements are given below.
Designer 2.4.4 builds on Designer 2.4.0, and includes a number of improvements, tweaks and bug fixes.
Upgrading to Designer 2.4.4 is recommended for TPS users, and TPC and VLC users currently using Designer 2.4.0, 2.4.1 or 2.4.2.
For a full list of all the new features and improvements in the Designer 2.4 software, see below or the New In 2.4 tab within the software.
Support for the new Touch Panel Station.
The TPS is a remote user interface — like the Button Panel Station — but with a fully customisable touch screen. It has the same form factor as the TPC, and the same bezel and overlay options. It only requires a PoE connection allowing it to be deployed anywhere in the control system.
The TPS can use the same visual interface configuration tools in Designer as the TPC, and the relevant triggers have been renamed “Touch” as they can now be used with both TPC and TPS products. The TPS is the first of a new class of device — the Touch Device — and only functions as part of a project alongside one or more Pharos controllers, as it is purely a touch interface and does not output DMX/eDMX itself.
IO Module support: a new framework supporting imported plug-in modules that expand the capabilities of Pharos Triggering. IO Modules make integration with third-party products, protocols and web resources much easier, as well as providing automation for current complex triggering requirements.
Each IO Module adds its own application-specific triggers, conditions and actions to Designer, extending its core feature set. A variety of IO Modules may be downloaded and quickly added to a Designer project, or you can create your own to address a custom requirement.
Until now, custom integration with a third-party device over Ethernet typically required a combination of Ethernet triggers and actions that had to be created on a per-project basis. These could be complex to create and even harder to maintain. All of this complexity can now be packaged within an IO Module, providing you with a simple, familiar UI, based on triggers, conditions and actions.
IO Modules will allow integration with equipment such as AV equipment, building management systems, consumer electronic gear and smart home hubs, and web-based integrations with sites that can provide weather, sports scores and public & private information via an API.
.iomfile for the device required
*Please note: the authoring tools are offered as a beta preview for experimentation only, and therefore are not actively supported. Documentation and full support will become available at a later date. If you require a specific IO Module for your application, please contact us.
APIs are available to allow you to generate your own IO Modules, including a Create New Module wizard.
APIs available to IO module authors include:
HTTPS support will allow the controller web interface to be accessed over a secure connection.
VLC mapping enhancements: additional flexibility when mapping effects onto multi-sided façades and stadium perimeters.
VLC DVI output: DVI out support on the VLC and VLC+ allowing control of DVI fixtures and for monitoring the controller output.
Fixture templates: a new tool that enables you to create a composite fixture that is an arrangement of any single-element library fixture. This allows strings and tiles to be built up from individual nodes into reusable templates, speeding up commissioning.
DALI RGB: native support for DALI Type 8 fixtures, including colour control.
Intensity-only fixtures on VLC: the VLC can now support LED fixtures with only intensity elements (i.e. single colour or white).
New Patch UI: major overhaul of the patch workflow to benefit both large and small projects.
Improvements include allowing faster patching, quicker and safer copying or moving of patches between controllers or protocols, better navigation to view fixtures in layout and patch, and filtered patch views.
Real time timelines: program against the clock — real time timelines will run based on the time of day of the controller making it much simpler to schedule lighting changes through the day.
Waypoints timelines: taking real time timelines one step further, this feature makes it easy to create lighting programming that lines up to astronomical events such as sunrise and sunset that change their time through the year.
You add a waypoint marker to your timeline that represents an event such as sunrise. Then program your lighting as though sunrise always occurs at the time of your waypoint marker. At playback the controller will adjust the rate of playback within the coloured sections to ensure that the right point of the timeline is always reached exactly at sunrise. This lets you program effects to accurately track circadian rhythm and other natural cycles.
Cmd(OS X) when dragging a preset to snap to the nearest waypoint marker or boundary to ensure your programming lines up with the desired events
New timeline presets: Ripple, Crossfade, Burst and 2D Burst have been added. Crossfade will be particularly useful on waypoint timelines to fade from one colour to another between astronomical events.
The text preset can now display Arabic, Greek and other non-latin characters.
Lasso select on Timeline: click and drag on the timeline to select multiple timeline presets.
Gradient tools are now available on a handy toolbar — including save and load options — and a pop-up gives you fine control over a new random gradient generator.
More timecode buses: now supporting 12 timecode inputs to accommodate the requirements of complex themed shows.
Video black level: on a content-by-content basis, live video and media presets have a new black threshold setting, where any pixel with an intensity less than the level specified will go to true black. This is primarily used to filter out noise in dark areas of video or situations where the black in a video is actually dark grey when viewed on LED fixtures.
Live video trigger: a new trigger for detecting the presence or absence of live video input. This can be used to start substitute content if a live video signal disappears, or to switch over from internal programming when live video starts.
Disable Output action: a new trigger action to enable/disable output by controller and protocol. This has been requested primarily as a useful tool during commissioning.
Searchable trigger type pickers: trigger, condition and action type pickers now include a search box where you can start typing and the list will immediately filter for quick selection.
Install replication: allowing the same project file to be sent to multiple identical (or very similar) controller sets. These cookie-cutter installations may be remote or may be on the same local network — either way, they will run independently without trigger crosstalk.
Single edit for digital and analog ports: LPC, EXT and RIO input and output configurations are now editable together by default, allowing one setting to be applied across all ports for a device. Of course you can still choose to configure ports individually if you need to.
Intel Core i3 processor or above
1GB free hard disk space
1024×768 screen resolution
OpenCL 1.2 graphics support (for VLC/VLC+ simulation)
Network connection (for connecting to Pharos hardware)
Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 (32/64bit)
Apple Mac OS X 10.7.x (Mountain Lion) – 10.12.x (Sierra)
Intel Core i5 processor or above
1920×1080 screen resolution