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  1. Hi, Good news: the GDTF group has released the GDTF Fixture Builder v1.10, which was developed based on feedback from early adopters and manufacturers. It’s an ongoing process to simplify the creation of GDTF files, and this is an important step toward that end. In v1.10 of the Fixture Builder, you’ll find RDM support, 3D resource scaling on upload, helpful tool tips, and more. For a full list of new functionality and improvements, check out the Fixture Builder release notes . Plus, the GDTF group continues to receive great feedback from manufacturers who support the file format’s development and hope to see it continue to succeed. As a result of this feedback, we have further improved the capabilities of GDTF files by including clear definitions that allow for the specification and control of media servers. To learn more about these recent changes, or to receive help or training on using GDTF and the fixture builder, please reach out to info@gdtf-share.com to arrange for a consultation with the GDTF group. Best regards, The GDTF Group 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.
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    Release Notes Builder v1.1

    New Functionality +Create a Wheel directly in the Additional Properties Dialog of a Channel Function + Added more Tool Tips + Added support for RDM + Option to define DMX Value using Byte Shifting and Byte Mirroring + Use scaling of a 3D resource during upload + Edit the color of an input field directly in the color picker dialog + Advanced support for Mode Master Containers + Warning if a top level geometry is not aligned with the origin + Added new default models + The Did-You-Mean control can be canceled. + Allow deletion of the assigned thumbnail + Warning if a high vertex count is reached in complex 3D models + DMX Range Errors are now indicated on the Channel Summary + Undo Support for changing the Kinematic Chain of Geometries + Easier delete Mode Master Container + Support for multiple units (mm, m, cm, inch) in Geometry + Added Color Indication of axes in Geometry + Added option to collapse all Geometries at once + Added option to create Multiple Wheel Slot at once + Added option to sort DMX Channel of a DMX Mode + Added option to collapse all Modes at once + Properties of a Logical Channel are now displayed on the DMX main Page rather than in a dialog + Added option to create a Channel Function before an existing Channel Function Changes * Improvements of the Color Picker * Improvement of Error Indication if GDTFs are not fully defined * Indicate resize option for side bars * Improvements of localization * Improvements of the UI * DMX Value display is now defined for the whole application rather than per input field * Improvements of Undo and Redo * Improved UI to select attributes. Bug Fixes Selecting a Channel Function as Mode Master does not suggest to use Channel Functions from the same DMX Channel It is not allowed to add children to Geometry References. The DMX Channel Name now reacts to changes of the linked Geometry Emitter and Filter names have to be unique. If needed, an index is added. The Revisions from the file are kept when downloading a GDTF file to your hard drive The Bounding Box is now calculated correctly after changing the kinematic chain The Model for Geometry References are not created by default. Keep defined Relations during duplication of a DMX Mode
  3. Hello, We are proud to unveil GDTF version 1.0. Beside a number of technical changes, which you can take a look at in detail in the GDTF wiki, we also released the GDTF Builder, which you can access here. Login to this builder using the same credentials you use the database and the forum. Find a video tutorial on gdtf-share.com. As previously announced in the last issue of our newsletter - 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, 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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?

    Here in the GDTF Forum. Here you can share questions, success, challenges, and keep yourself updated.
  9. How do I get involved or learn more?
  10. Additional details are available at GDTF Wiki
  11. Where can I find more information on the technical specifications of GDTF?
  12. 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.
  13. Do I have to use Vectorworks, MA Lighting, and Robe products exclusively to benefit from this file format?
  14. 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.
  15. Is GDTF reviewed by the ESTA Technical Standards Program and approved as an ANSI standard?
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