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General Discussion / Merry Christmas Mr. Collins!
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:05:53 PM »
I don't know if you will even see this message Mr. Collins. In the event that you do, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

I hope you are in good health, HLD will be everything you want it to be.


General Discussion / New Update still progressing in developement?
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:27:31 AM »
Hi, on a previous post in 2013, you mentioned an update in early 2014.

Wanted to verify development continues on this IMHO great tool.


Mr. Collins. I printed out and follwed your instructions to update to That went fine.

After following the instructions. restoring the import librarys, I still had none of my old images. After I took a look at the backup folder, I noticed an Images files folder as well.
Upon checking, it contained all my project images. I now have all my images except the house and yard stuff.   

Do I have to do a new project to get those back again?

Also, what has changed in this version.  Help file looks the same, so just trying to figure out any changes.  I did notice, it looks like you added more colors for net lights and icicles...Thank You for that addition.

Also, when loading my project, it seemed to load pretty quick.  Connected with latest version of LOR jusut fine...nice job.

If you can give us a heads up on the fixes/new stuff in the version; be happy to spread the word on the LOR site.

Happy Thanksgiving. Welcome Back

Welcome Back.

New Feature Requests / new features request
« on: August 12, 2010, 12:56:15 PM »
1. Some updated documentation/support would be nice.  Or at least a change log from the May update?

2.If you have layered icicles etc...a way to select the entire section of lights to change color,delete etc.  The holding down control to mark is OK, if you just have one strand of lights; but if multiple layers; virtually impossible to just select the one color.
3. be able to create a more 3 dimensional house/yard layout see sides etc.
4. Support for Light Show Pro, CCR(Cosmic Color Ribbon);arches, and Firefly...also more colors to use the products to the fullest on the HLD visualizer.
5. multi layer editing in that you could layout all your color(s) at once. Example 4 color mega tree.  You would set up your first layer of say red lights, then a box would popp up asking if it was multi layered. If so, do you want to add more layers/colors. You would then select those colors, as well as, the channel/unit number they connected too.  Then a mega could be done in a matter of minutes. Same with mini trees etc.
6. ability to see a video playback in the HLD visualizer. Ability to draw a matrix too.
7. playback is better with update, still could be better. Perhaps look into Open GL as well as DirectX

Thanks for listening.   Regardless, I still love this product.   Thank You for your continued support.


General Discussion / Michael...timeframe on the updated patch?
« on: June 10, 2010, 09:14:07 PM »
Michael, based on your input; in order to achieve the enhancement of the update; it's necessary to redo your lights setup.

due to the fact the LOR inport is not working on the update, but fixed on the upcoming update. Do you have a timeframe for release?

Would love to have the updated documentation and the LOR import stuff as well.    If soon, do you mean in  a couple of months or days.

The clock is ticking, so if I have to go back and redo everything; renaming channels etc....would like to have an idea. If it's going to be really soon, I'll be more than happy to wait a few days.

Thanks for any info.


General Discussion / Bug in new update?
« on: May 28, 2010, 03:22:58 PM »
Hi micheal. don't seem to be able to import my LOR channels sequnces with the new update.

Do you by chance have a listing of the new changes in the update, since the updated Help file is not available as of yet.


Tips and Tricks / Mega Tree Creation
« on: November 18, 2009, 04:26:19 AM »
Hi Folks. As I posted earlier, creating my 16ch/3 color Mega tree was a PIA.

However, I did learn some thigs that may be helpful to you.    I now have a pretty responsive Mega tree setup.

First and foremost.   Since you can't rotate around the tree, and can only move forward backward side to side.

Yoiu need to make sure what your channel layout will be beforehand.   I mad the mistake of setting up channel 1 in the back,
but when replacing the tree in the yard, ch1 was in the back, and I couldn't selct the individual colors to set the channels.

Yep, you guessed over! >:(

However, all was not lost, learned some things very helpful.  Here are my tips to set up your mega tree.

1. Open a new project, set your scalle on the image.   Then click on the tree button to create a mega tree.

2. Again have an idea of what your chanenel layou=t will be. In my case the front strand of lights was channel 9.
So I started with that light strand. You want to pull the tree close to you for the setup. reason being, because you can't rotate around the tree, you rotate around the whole image
sometimes part of the tree get's obscured by your home image. This will help preclude that situation.

3.Now as you begin to layout your lights, go ahaead and layout your other layered strands as well, with the channels.
Example, since I used 3 colors. when I set my first color "Red" on Channel 9 controller 4, I woould then select ch.9 contrl 5 then 6 for my other 2 colors.
This makes it easier to set your channels for each color. I then make sure orbit tree is selected
and begin to rotate atround the tree. Next being Controller 4 Ch10,then ctrl5 ch.10 and so on.
Till completing your tree.

4. Finally once you have all your colors and channels set, save your mega tree as an object. It will retain all your settings from that project. Also, because that was the only object in the scene,
it doesn't slow to a crawl when drawing a complex tree. Goes fairly fast too.

5. Finally, in your project were the tree is needed, jsut click on the tree icon,
open the saved object folder, and select your recently completed mega tree.
Place were you want it to be. after placement, things may slow a little, but it least it didn't take hours to create a tree. :)

I'm sure when Michael releases the new update, this won't be necessary. But till then, for this season at leas6t. You'll have a prett good mega tree setup.

Good Luck. Hope this helps someone a little.


PS Scuse the typos. Typing fast, it's late. And this software keeps scrolling away from the line I'm typing blind mostly.

General Discussion / Holiday Lights Mike....some questions.
« on: August 01, 2009, 06:28:15 PM »
Mike, I realize we are still quite a ways off from the HLD update.  Hopefully with the added new colors.

If I set up my Halloween tree lights now, using blue and orange, will it be easy with the new update to change all the blue lights to purple?

When you have several layers of lights, as I do. We need an easy way to jsut selct that set/color for the change.

Just wanted to clarify as well. There will be purple iciclee and net light colors to use on the update?

Thanks, Just trying to see how much editing I'll have to do when the new version gets released.

Thank You gain, for all your hard work Mike, and beta testers as well.


New Feature Requests / Would like to see this enhancement someday.
« on: July 23, 2009, 06:07:37 AM »
Hi MIcheal. A couple of things.

1. It would be really great if there was someway to import our channels directly into HLD.  Save  alot of time and work on the setup. 
Something like import of the Cahnnel property grid if possible.

2. The other wish list.  Someway of changing the already existing lights we have. I know about the right click stuff.
But here's an example.  Because we have no purple icicle lights at this time, I had to use blue to represent purple.
Since the orange/blue icicles are overlayed on each other; it get dificult to selct the color needed for change.
Would be great if we could open up a dialog box, that showed the colors assigned or something similiar. The we make our change in the chart/box;
which would then change the light colors on the project. Something similiar to the Channel grid thing in LOR is what I have envisioned.

Thanks for your valuable time, and a program that continues to grow and get better each and every release.

Look forward to the future updates.


General Discussion / Mike, Things have been prett quiet.
« on: September 10, 2008, 04:15:22 PM »
Hi Mike, how goes it. Things have been quiet lately; good sign you have the bugs worked out?

Look forward to the future enhancements as well.   Just wanted to see if everything was going along smoothly.

Thanks again.


General Discussion / Michael, d/l latest update.......FANTASTIC!
« on: August 04, 2008, 01:54:39 AM »
 Hi Michael, for me atleast this is fantastic.  Very stable and fast! ;D

Check this out,  My Halloween working project was over 39MB. This was 5 orange net lights(decorator wizard); and 3 channels worth of orange icicles.

when I Opened my Halloween working project file, insted of the usual 15+ secs, it opened in less than 3!  I just saved the project again, when I check the file size.....930kb!

Awesome job Mike.  Now I don't have complicated megas etc....but to go from 39MB to 930kb...unbelievable! :o  This is your best version yet Mike.

Thank You for all your hard work and devotion.  keep in mind, I jsut did these small procedures,  hopefully otheres will have great results as well; with thier more complex projects.


New Feature Requests / spiral rope light trees
« on: June 21, 2008, 04:15:15 PM »
Hi Mike, I had posted a feature request on the old forum re having spiral rope light trees as part of the decorations.

I tried one year to photo the tree, on black background.  It just reflects too much light on the black background, so it's very difficult to get a totally tranparent black background.

Tried drawing them..sucked! :D. So, I ask for consideration of this decoration to be included at some time.  At least a clear,green and red color.

Thanks for your consideration.  As others, hoping you can move the release date up as well.


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