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  3. Hello, It has been a while since you received our first newsletter. What happened since the last newsletter? We released GDTF version 0.89 19th December, 2018. Beside a number of technical changes, which you can take a look at in detail in the GDTF wiki, we also released the GDTF database where you can find current revisions of a first number of fixtures we maintain as examples for you. You can register and login to this database on gdtf-share.com. Feel free to add more entries to the database. Furthermore, we have recently started a forum where you can share questions, success, challenges, and keep yourself updated in shorter time frames. Access the forum here. Moreover, we are currently in the last steps of finishing our GDTF fixture builder. It will be publicly available towards Prolight + Sound 2019. If you attend this year's Prolight & Sound, you will have the opportunity to learn more regarding GDTF and MVR. We will proudly present both topics at the Robe, the Vectorworks and the MA booths. We very much appreciate your interest. It's a true motivation for the entire GDTF development team. During our further development on GDTF and MVR you will receive updates. However, feel free to contact us at any time if you have specific questions or in case you need support. Contact the GDTF group by email info@gdtf-share.com. Or use the forum. Best regards, The GDTF Developers Concerning GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation (European Union regulation 2016/679): We intend to use your contact information you provided during signing up to using the contact form solely for sending out regular information concerning the further development of GDTF. It is always possible to unsubscribe from the GDTF-share.com. If you send us an email to unsubsribe@gdtf-share.com we will delete all collected data from you and send a confirmation.
  4. Hello, First of all, thank you so much for filling out the interest form on the GDTF-share.com website, and thank you for your patience as we continue to work on getting to the version 1.0 release of General Device Type Format (GDTF). The response we've gotten from the industry for GDTF has been tremendous. To date, we've had over 20 companies inquire about working with GDTF. So, what has happened since the announcement? Well, we continue to work with the initial committed companies to further refine the specs of GDTF. As a result, the development of the standard is coming along nicely. If you haven't yet checked out the specs of GDTF, the GDTF wiki is a great place to start to learn more. Here, you will find descriptions of the file format and tutorials to help you create GDTF files. Additionally, we've been working to prepare the official GDTF database. We're nearing the point of having a beta of the database, and will share much more information with you about this in the near future. Robe is providing GDTF a number of devices out of the gate with the beta release of the Database, and we will be actively populating it with more GDTF files over the next several weeks. Vectorworks is scheduled to support GDTF files on export with their upcoming service pack 4 (expected to be released late June 2018) and MA Lighting will support GDTF natively when the GrandMA3 console hits the streets. We will be sure to communicate with you when we have a demonstration you can try out for yourself. There are many moving parts as we work to make GDTF a success, and we genuinely thank you for your interest. It's a great motivator for all of us. As we continue to work on this we will contact you with occasional updates, but please feel free to contact us at any time if you have specific questions you'd like to ask or support that you need. You can reach the GDTF group by emailing info@gdtf-share.com Concerning GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation (European Union reulation 2016/679): We intend to use your contact information you provided during signing up to using the contact form solely for sending out regular information concerning the further development of GDTF. It is always possible to unsubscribe from the GDTF-share.com. If you send us an email to unsubsribe@gdtf-share.com we will delete all collected data from you and send a confirmation. Best regards, The GDTF Developers
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  6. David "Rex" Whalen

    Viewer/Builder

    Thanks for the feedback...
  7. Rene

    Viewer/Builder

    Hi Rex, great to read that you are on it! And you are right: This forum is about sharing questions, success and challenges. 😉 Currently we are in a privat beta state with selected manufacturer to test the Fixture Builder. We are all pushing for a realse soon. So for now we are very busy to fix all bugs and issues. Please bear with us for a little while before we give access to the Fixture builder. Once we have released the first version we are happy to discuss a broader beta program. Thanks for your understanding, Rene
  8. David "Rex" Whalen

    Viewer/Builder

    Good day! I see the new visualization format has a Community Forum where we may inquire and share success and challenges. My first challenge is to view and build these files, ;). Is there 'closed' beta program to become involved with? Are there any tools that currently write and view the files/models, etc... My goal is to write the 3D models I've created into the format protocol. Thanks! Rex
  9. This was originally conceived and jointly developed by the GDTF development group, comprised of Vectorworks, MA Lighting, and Robe. This development group is responsible for any future maintenance and, going forward, will include the founding companies and manufacturers that have adopted the format.
  10. Who is involved in the development and maintenance of the General Device Type Format?
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    How do I get involved or learn more?

    Complete the form on gdtf-share.com, and the development group will contact you to provide more background about working with the GDTF.
  12. How do I get involved or learn more?
  13. Additional details are available at GDTF Wiki
  14. Where can I find more information on the technical specifications of GDTF?
  15. Currently only MA Lighting, Robe, and Vectorworks support GDTF. Additional manufacturers have also indicated their intent to support it in the future. See Who for the current list of manufacturers working to support GDTF.
  16. Do I have to use Vectorworks, MA Lighting, and Robe products exclusively to benefit from this file format?
  17. No. In the future, GDTF may be submitted for review to the ESTA Technical Standards Program, but at this time it is simply an open standards-based format controlled by the founding member companies.
  18. Is GDTF reviewed by the ESTA Technical Standards Program and approved as an ANSI standard?
  19. Look for the GDTF file icon, consult this website for a list of companies that support the file format, or contact the manufacturer directly. If a manufacturer does not currently support the file format and you'd like it to participate, contact the GDTF development group at GDTF Wiki.
  20. How do I know if a product I use supports GDTF?
  21. You can create GDTF files by following the specifications outlined on GDTF Wiki, or you can use the MA Fixture Builder to create a GDTF file.
  22. If a manufacturer hasn't provided GDTF data for fixtures, can I manually create GDTF files for those fixtures?
  23. When the files are available, Vectorworks will automatically associate both a GDTF file and a Vision .lit file with each symbol. You can manually select either file in Vectorworks to choose a different fixture or mode. Vision does not currently support GDTF files. Vision support for GDTF files will be added in a future version.
  24. Do symbol libraries in Vectorworks Spotlight and Vision support GDTF?
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    What consoles support this new format?

    Currently only the GrandMA 3 console supports this format.
  26. What consoles support this new format?
  27. Robe will start providing GDTF for new products released at and after Prolight + Sound 2018. You will be able to find and download the GDTF on each products’ download page.
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