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  1. September 28, 2020 Website migration reinforces GDTF’s promise of open data sharing for manufacturers Columbia, MD (September 28, 2020) —Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. along with founders MA Lighting and Robe lighting have transitioned the General Device Type Format (GDTF) website to VPLT— the German Entertainment Technology Association. This migration will ensure a compliant platform for the exchange and future development of GDTF, which offers manufacturers and users a better way of planning and controlling complex productions from design to implementation for an event. GDTF was conceived to create a unified definition for the exchange of data for the operation of intelligent luminaires. The unified standard provides a constituent and dependable way to adapt new fixtures and devices in the lighting industry. GDTF was previously recognized by DIN SPEC 15800 as an open standard for the entertainment industry worldwide. “Technological developments are part of everyday life in our industry and ensure even better opportunities to deliver creative solutions that are precisely tailored to diverse productions of the highest quality,” said Randell Greenlee, director of commerce and international affairs at VPLT. “With the publication of DIN SPEC 15800, a new and important standard for the event industry has now been created. We hope for the widest possible dissemination of the standard within the industry thanks to the companies involved — Vectorworks, MA Lighting and Robe lighting — who have strived right from the start for an ‘open’ standard.” VPLT is the German Entertainment Technology Association, representing around 800 members from the service, personnel, trade and manufacturer sectors of the event industry. The association is actively involved in all of the industry standards and standardization processes of DIN and is represented in the European standardization committee (CEN / TC 433 - Entertainment Technology). The association is also involved in standardization in the ESTA Technical Standards Program (ANSI) in the USA. “On behalf of the three founding companies, we are all more than pleased to move the GDTF website under the roof of the VPLT, an independent association,” said Gerhard Krude, managing director of MA Lighting Technology. “This step is actually underlining what was always the intention of the original website, which is a barrier-free entity for serving the entire lighting industry community of end users, as well as manufacturers regardless of products, brands and boundaries.” To learn more about GDTF, visit gdtf-share.com. About VPLT The German Entertainment Technology Association is a trade association that represents companies and individuals from the entertainment technology sector in German-speaking Europe. These members generate a sales volume near 3.5 billion Euros while employing close to 10,000 people and providing about 700 apprenticeship training positions. A conceptual partner of the Prolight + Sound, the world’s largest trade fair brand for entertainment technology, the VPLT supports the Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH with the shows in Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Dubai and Moscow. On a national level, the VPLT represents our members in Germany within the IGVW – a community of interests for the event industry including the German Technical Theatre Technicians Association (DTHG), the EVVC – the European Association of Event Centres and FAMAB – Integrated Brand Experiences Association, and is also associated with the APWPT – Association of Professional Wire-less Production Technologies (APWPT). The VPLT is actively involved in all the relevant industry standards and norms processes at DIN – the German Standards Institute and is represented in the European CEN/TC 433; Entertainment Technology. The association speaks for and is an agent of its members in regarding government authorities and institutions. It is officially registered in the German Government Lobby Organization Directory. The VPLT is also involved in EU policy decisions and is listed in the European Transparency Register. About Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Creating intuitive software since 1985, we’ve become the preeminent software built to manage the entire design process. Globally more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Newbury and London, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net or follow @Vectorworks. About MA Lighting MA Lighting International as master distributor is responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of the professional lighting control solutions of MA Lighting Technology. The current product range offers the grandMA3 series and the MA Network Switch. In the past MA has become well known for its grandMA2, grandMA and dot2 series. Today, MA Lighting is respected for its technical knowledge and has achieved a unique international reputation for its operational philosophy. The company offers several decades of experience and strictly follows a professional user-centric approach, getting as close as possible to the market via its own international offices and support centers in the UK, North America, Latin America, the Middle East/India, Asia Pacific and Scandinavia/Eastern Europe/Russia – supported by a world-wide distribution and service network. About Robe Lighting Robe is among the world’s leading moving light manufacturers, recognized for its innovation, quality engineering and dedication to the very highest production values. The company is based in the Czech Republic and all processes involved in making the luminaires is undertaken locally in a 75,000 square meter premises. Currently, Robe employs over 850 skilled staff worldwide. Robe has wholly-owned subsidiaries in six key markets – the U.S., U.K., Middle East, Singapore (Asia Pacific), France and Germany – and a highly proactive and talented regional sales management team which helps oversee and co-ordinate the worldwide distribution network covering over 100 countries. Robe’s moving and LED lights can be found everywhere. They are working and installed on stages and in concert halls, in theatres and all types of other venues; they are lighting all genres of performance from music to TV to drama and opera; appearing on a myriad of diverse events, as well as at theme park attractions and entering the specialist worlds of architectural and environmental illumination. Robe is also known for being accessible, forward-thinking and understanding the importance of people and personal communication in sustaining a successful enterprise. The excellent communication with those investing in and using its dynamic range of products is at the core of future research and development. The company is very proud of its independence and private ownership. This ensures the business remains agile, efficient, decisive and focused on producing genuinely creative tools for an imaginative and exciting industry that constantly pushes boundaries. ### Author: Kamica Price
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Who is involved in the development and maintenance of the General Device Type Format?
  9. Here in the GDTF Forum. Here you can share questions, success, challenges, and keep yourself updated.
  10. Where can I find more information on the technical specifications of GDTF?
  11. The GDTF Format is adapted by a variety of manufacturers. There are new GDTF files in the GDTF-share every day and there are multiple manufacturers who can read GDTF and/or MVR files in their applications. There are many supporters of this new format – See Who for the current list of manufacturers working to support GDTF.
  12. Do I have to use Vectorworks, MA Lighting, and Robe products exclusively to benefit from this file format?
  13. 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.
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