Full system requirements are given below.
Designer 2.6 is the next major evolution of the Designer 2 software, bringing many new features, improvements, tweaks, and bug fixes.
For a full list of all the new features and improvements in the Designer 2.6.3 software, see below or the New In 2.6 tab within the software.
Completing the feature set for support of our forthcoming controller.
New Designer features exclusive to the VLC+ include:
Additional Content Targets per Composition
Content Target rotation
Adjustment targets allowing a mask to set RGB & intensity gain
Layer masking with roundness, feathering and image import for custom mask shape
Single transition trigger for content target and adjustment target
A number of improvements to layout and mapping for the VLC. These include:
Change fixture type on Layout
Show true centre mode for displaying pixel positions when using Transform Tools
Initial content target blur as property of content target
Set RGB action to apply to VLC
Special settings for VLC fixture templates
We continue to make improvements throughout the software, with some of the highlights in v2.6 including:
Toolbar change: The Manage popup now incorporates Properties, allowing faster editing and comparing of object properties in Layouts, Scenes, Timelines and Interfaces, also for DALI Scenes and Interfaces.
Timeline groups: increased to 8
Hue Tables: improved calculations for converting RGB to RGBA, RGBW, etc
Simulate: now supports colour temperature simulation
TPS: now supports a simple web interface page to display device status, and to allow firmware reload and project upload
A new group concept exclusively for managing the huge number of fixtures associated with VLC and VLC+ layouts. These groups can be used for patching and layout purposes but are not available for programming.
The latest DALI implementations include the support for the next Type 8 fixture – DALI RGBWAF, support for composite DALI fixtures and a new Generic DALI folder in the Designer and online libraries. We have also added Direct Colour control for DALI RGB and DALI RGBWAF fixtures via Scenes.
Stored audio files (and video files containing audio) can be placed on a timeline for fully synchronised audio playback utilising all our standard show control functionality, supported via Stereo line out and SPDIF on the LPC X (R2 only), VLC and VLC+ hardware.
More presets have been made available to the VLC:
Colour, Dynamic properties
For RGBA, RGBW and other multi-emitter fixtures with more colours than just RGB, this feature allows control of discrete channels, rather than using RGB algorithms. Users can tune desired static colours with sliders in the Scene tab by selecting between the colour picker and Direct Control. These scenes can then be dropped onto a timeline or triggered directly.
*Please note: these features are offered as a technical preview for experimentation only, and are therefore not actively supported. Documentation and full support will become available at a later date.
Minimum hardware requirements
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)
Supported operating systems
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