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  1. One of the advantages and ideas of GDTF is a central repository - GDTF Share, connected with a GDTF file editor - the GDTF Builder. Using the Share is pretty straight forward - you can upload, search and download files... but in reality there is much more going on behind the scenes. The Share contains powerful filtering and management system to ensure that this repository is kept nice and tidy, while at the same time any random person still can upload a GDTF creation of their own for others to use. Lets look at that... Searching and filtering Users can search the Share easily: Each file "belongs" to a "folder" of the vendor/manufacturer of the device and then a "subfolder" named by this "device name", with relevant filters: 1) filter for a manufacturer 2) filter for a device name File can be released to the public or can be in a Work in progress (WIP) release state. The WIP status is assigned to files by default and allows authors to keep working on their files and continuously saving their progress... plus their filters: Files are divided into being created by "users" and "manufacturers", the Share then contains respective filters: There are also various tags like "tested in 3D", tested in real world... and their respective filters: File upload To ensure that files are well organized, the upload process contains several steps to assign manufacturer and device. The Upload icon is up at the top: You can choose a file: And Proceed: Manufacturer is automatically detected, but you can also choose if if required: Same for the device name: At the end of these dialogs, you can review everything and can name the revision plus set the status (Released or Work in progress): Manufacturer moderation Manufacturers have special power that allows them to manage "their" folder to keep it organized. To use their "moderator" tools, there is a "Moderator" in the "Show" filter: This allows manufacturers to rename the name of their folder. This is why Robe folder is called "Robe Lighting" while the name of our company is "Robe lighting s.r.o.": Moderating operations can be done on device "subfolders" or on individual files - folders can be merged and renamed: Individual files can be also moved around or have their Revisions renamed: Manufacturer's pages Each manufacturer also has a dedicated page with a representative listing of the files for their devices, here is what it looks like: Hope this helps Petr See all Robe Knowledge Sharing Articles.
  2. Dear all, it is great to see all the interest in GDTF specification, GDTF Builder and also the GDTF Share. As the Share is a source of data for several different interested parties with different levels of needs and understanding, we have to ensure that the content provided in the Share remains organized and useful. The GDTF Share usage policy is given by Terms of use, available here: https://gdtf-share.com/help/terms_of_use_gdtf_help.htm This short document explains principles used for moderation of the content in the GDTF Share which we will start to be enforcing, to keep the GDTF Share a useful resource. As long as the above stated Terms of use are fulfilled, the main assumption for the GDTF Share moderators is that GDTF Share users have the following possibilities: - everyone can contribute - everyone can modify existing content At the same time, users should ensure, that they do not create confusion by incomplete, missing or confusing data, naming of files (devices), manufacturers (folders) or revisions. There are following types of user content in the GDTF Share, which receive extra moderation in order to keep the GDTF Share organized: - User names - Manufacturer names - Fixture names - Revisions User name User names should not collide with names of manufacturers, in order to not create confusion for other users. User, who's name contains a manufacturer's name, where the user is not representing the manufacturer, might be warned to change their name and/or their name might be changed by moderators. Manufacturer name Manufacturer name should be based on manufacturer's preference, is possible. The Manufacturer name is used as a section/folder in the share and there should typically only be a single section/folder per manufacturer in the GDTF Share. User Tests folder There is a dedicated folder for testing, files not meeting stated criteria will be moved or asked to be moved there. Please use this folder extensively when testing and do clean your creations after testing. We are also planning to clean the User Tests from time to time. Fixture names Ideally, official full fixture name should be used. The GDTF specification provides dedicated fields for Short Name and also for Long Name - a name with special characters. As GDTF file can contain multiple DMX Modes, do not create individual GDTF files for individual modes. Revisions Revision text, especially after the initial release and corrections, should try to explain what changes have been done to the file. If a user is modifying another user's file (creating another revision), the revision text should clearly state what the changes are. Fixture type unique identification Each fixture type's UUID (universally unique identifier) in the GDTF Share must be unique. What is UUID? Each fixture type has a universally unique identifier (UUID), this is typically generated by the GDTF Builder. Different revisions of the same fixture type have the same UUID, but different fixture types must have different UUIDs. Upcoming steps If you are a GDTF files author, we would be happy if you can check if the files you have uploaded meet the above criteria and make changes as needed. If you are a GDTF-Share user, we would appreciate if in cases where you see a file not meeting the above criteria, please contact the author - either through the forum or via the "Comments" under each file, so they have a chance to make the adjustments themselves. If you see that the author does not react, use the "Report this file" with a description of the issue, so we can take care. Thank you for helping us keeping the GDTF Share organized, happy editing, Petr
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