The PAGE SETTINGS window contains all global options for each page. It is important to understand the different options available. Simple options like buttons size and font can be customized, and advanced otions as well: patch, compression (buttons arrangement), triggering, channels and fixture options, etc...
In the "General" section, you can basically do 2 things:
1. Change the DMX Universe for your page, which means shift the addressing by increments of 512 channels
2. Add a Background Image to the Fixture-Group window; this will allow you to take a picture of your real stage and then place the icons for each fixture over the picture in the appropriate place
The "Channels" section allows you to change the properties of individual fixtures using the buttons on the top. Starting from the left:
1. Insert fixture; you can insert a new fixture into a page that has already been created
2. Delete fixture
3. Set shortcuts; these shortcuts allow you to quickly access the channels for each fixture inside the Button Editor
4. Advanced shortcuts; here you can set the same shortcut for different fixtures, as well as invert the mouse's X and Y inside the Button Editor
5. X/Y; you can invert the pan/tilt channels for each fixture (symmetric movement), and you can also limit the maximum pan/tilt (prevent light from hitting walls, people, etc)
6. Change address; change the patch for a fixture's starting address
7. Update the library/profile of the selected fixture
The "Button" section allows you to define the font and size of the buttons on your page. This is very useful if you need larger buttons because you have a very small screen, because you are using a touchscreen monitor, etc...
The "Compression" section allows you to create or modify the groups of buttons within your page. Notice how all COLOR, GOBO, PRISM icons are grouped together in your pages. When you create a new Compression group, all buttons whose name starts with those same letters as the name of the group will be linked together. For example, COLOR RED, COLOR BLUE, COLOR YELLOW, COLOR WHITE can all be compressed under the group named COLOR.
You cannot group Scenes, Switches, and Cycles together, so you must define what type of button the compression group will work with. Finally, you can set the Compression type.
The "Synchro" section allows you to synchronize your Cycle buttons within the page in a number of different ways.
Keep in mind that these features act on he current page only and can be assigned differently in other pages.
Some specific features can be triggered either by the computer mouse, shortcut keys, DMX input channels...
For instance, it is possible to start a cycle, stop it, go to the next scene...this is a very important feature for theatre applications. There is always the possibility to play/pause/stop a cycle with a simple action and makes it very powerful and easy to use.
For example, if we wanted to play the selected cycle with the SPACE bar, we would have to select " Play the current cycle" feature and activate the "Key" control before selecting the SPACE bar from the pull-down menu, as shown in the picture above.
The "Advanced" section allows you to assign MIDI commands to a different properties within the page. Notice that the 2006 software allows right-clicking from the controller page and do a simple LINK TO MIDI devices (see "Console" section in Advanced Programming).
The "Groups" section allows you to see a table with all your fixture groups within the page and their assigned shortcut keys. You can modify or add groups from this window by right-clicking on it.
Finally, the "Options" section provides a couple more properties that can be modified within each page.