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  1. GDTF Builder has been updated with the following changes: Ensure that when saving a GDTF file, the spinning animation is closed down after file upload procedure Improved GDTF Share performance when saving GDTF files Do not mark DMX Breaks with offsets larger then 512 as errors Ensure correct reading/writing of GDTF files after copy/paste of geometry references
  2. The GDTF Builder update for January 2024 brings in new features and possibilities, implements more of the GDTF Specification, fixes several bugs, and speeds up the creation and maintenance of GDTF files. As typical for our industry, uptake of new ideas takes time but we can see more and more utilization of GDTF and MVR and we hear from happy users of GDTF and MVR on daily bases. Here are the changes to the GDTF Builder: Updated template fixtures The fixture templates of Conventional, LED PAR and Moving Head now come with predefined 2D symbol, Pigtail geometry with connector definition via Wiring Objects, with ore predefined Attributes like more colors, Virtual Pan, Tilt and so on, allowing faster start when starting from the templates. Of course, there is always the GDTF Share with now more the 3300 files, which provide an excellent way to take a look at and learn, copy from or modify and turn into another device. There are also the GDTF/MVR Help pages and the Training Videos on YouTube, helping you to get started. New features Support for ColorSpaces The Physical Descriptions tab now allows to define ColorSpaces, either Standard or Custom and link them to relevant ChannelFunctions as per GDTF Specification, allowing to provide ColorSpaces which can be changed during the operation of the device via DMX. Allow to copy complete geometry trees between files Geometries could always be duplicated inside one GDTF file but geometries (and complete geometry trees) can now be copy/pasted from one GDTF file to another: Allow to copy and paste Emitters, Filters, DMX Profiles, and ColorSpaces The copy/paste between files is now also possible for Emitters, Filters, DMX Profiles and also to the new ColorSpaces. These copy/paste operation can speed up the workflow significantly. Improvements Many improvements have been added to the builder, lets take a look at them: The username is now displayed in the browser title. This is useful when using multiple accounts for creation/upload or testing: For custom attributes, the sub physical units are now shown. Custom attributes allow to extend GDTF but should only be used if really necessary, as their utilization depends on software choosing to use it. One can newly define sub-physical units for custom attributes. Improved search for attributes names. Previously, we added images and short animations to visualize attributes. Now, when searching for the attribute, better attribute names are shown in the search results, together with the "machine readable attribute name". Allow to rename custom Attributes. The Summary tab - Attributes now allows to edit and rename custom attributes: Cannot use the Paste DMX Mode if i don't have any DMX Mode yet. Previously, to paste a DMX Mode, one had to create a new mode, use it to right click and paste. Now, one can right click on an existing DMX mode to access the Paste item. Improvements to the Duplicate and arrange geometries wizard. When duplicating Geometry References, you now can define the offset for the breaks. When duplicating geometries via the Arrange wizard, the first geometry is no longer duplicated 2x. One can also specify the DMX break Address offset: Allow to define the RDM personality in decimal format: When there is a maintenance scheduled, this is now also shown in the builder: Other improvements: Copy and paste geometry improvement. Only provide the copy/paste menu on geometries which and where can be copy/pasted. Performance Improvements in the Builder. Several parts of the Builder have been optimized for faster operation. An error is shown, when Modes Masters overlap. GDTF 1.0 geometry types are not longer available in the builder for new files. Bugfixes Geometry Reference model vertices are now correctly calculated Fixed a bug when switching between from/to representations Fixed a bug which would not allow to change the model dimension Allow to delete a Main Attribute Fixed a bug with copying DMX Modes Fixed behavior with wrong formatted Attributes names Powercon connectors are now inserted with the correct gender When copying DMX Channels, custom attributes are now also created When starting a fixture based on another, the revision history is cleaned
  3. Hello all, we have released another big update to the GDTF Builder. Besides adding new functionality, improvements and bug fixes, we have optimized parts of the builder, making for example Geometry loading orders of magnitude faster. We have also added new wizards: one for adding and placement of several Geometries, another to make a bulk insertion of Wiring Objects with predefined connectors like XLR5, True1 and so on. Let us know if you find any issues and enjoy this new update! New Features Copy / Paste Wheels between different fixtures Display user name in the title bar Start using ModifiedBy in revisions to be able to see where an issue possibly comes from Show Channel Highlight and Default values in DMX Mode overview Geometry tree operations are now much faster Add predefined Wiring Object types Arrangement Wizard for Geometries Here is a list of reported issues and requests, which is now resolved 🙂 Improvements Upload of large meshes does not give the user any feedback The duplicate UUIDs error should give the user more guidance on how to resolve it Add option to allow DMX count to continue from previous DMX Break range in the DMX Mode overview screen Display RDM/SW in decimal DMX Table in DMX Mode Overview should be multi line instead of heaving a scroll bar Give more detailed information about the csv for spectral data When starting "a new" device file from an "old" one, indicated this in revision history Visually separate DMX modes, for example do a zebra table of DMX modes Visually mark attributes without Pretty name Duplicating DMX mode will paste channels with Initial channel function reset to first channel function DMX Logical Channels can collapse Add more detailed information to the edit prism facet dialog The duplicate UUIDs error should give the user more guidance on how to resolve it Display RDM/SW in decimal Sorting dmx channels by coarse when channels have the same break Bugfixes Model: can not remove Low/High model glb and 3ds and svg top / front / side Sort channels should consider break, rather then sorting 1 1 2 2 each after the other If DMX Mode is missing link to a Geometry, Builder shows an error which cannot be found No error is displayed if a gdtf is imported, that has two geometries with the same name With multiple geometry trees, the builder doesn't highlight beam geometries of the second three Geometry size is affecting model size Tool tip of glb meshes says 3ds instead of glb SVG offset lost upon viewing Instant crash if i clear value of a geometry rotation's axis and switch to another axis New Geometry in Paste Mode is missing scrollbar Additional measurements of a emitter are exported with physical = 0 Message is displayed that a top level geometry is not referenced even if it is referenced to by a geometry reference. Fix crash on summary click after duplicating DMX Mode with virtual dimmer with attribute relations After creating a Duplicated DMX Mode with virtual dimmer, you cannot delete attribute relations in the duplicated mode Revision time is one hour back when saving GDTF History of revisions is lost if I consecutively work on the same file Builder freezing with specific file The builder should respect the timeout of the cookies and prompt the user a login popup once the cookie expired Fixing re login error Adding seed verifying request for relogin modal Missing attribute while copy/paste DMX channel in dev. version Fixing do not upload to the Share checkbox lost Fix crash copy, paste dmx channel, then delete previous channel and go to summary The GDTF Share button in the builder editing always points to the live share Templates miss icon after cookie expires When i open a file which has white emitter linked to a beam geometry, the builder doesn't show it If DMX Mode is missing link to a Geometry, Builder shows an error which cannot be found Add option to allow DMX count to continue from previous DMX Break range in the DMX Mode overview screen Fix can not copy and paste wheelslot with no filter Copy/paste mode lost attribute issue. Attributes that did not exist in the fixture before pasting are lost during saving. Use Parent Physical Warning shows even in legitimate usage cases
  4. 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.
  5. 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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