Keyboard Preferences

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In the Sequence Editor, you can use the keyboard to make changes to a sequence; there are several built-in functions that can be performed by striking certain keys.  For example, you can turn the currently selected cell (or cells) on by hitting the "N" key.  However, you can also change these behaviors - change what keys perform what functions.  You can even make a single key perform multiple functions - for example, you could set up the "N" key to expand the selection to the right by three cells and down by two cells, and then turn the entire (newly expanded) selection on.

 

To control the behaviors of the keys, select Keyboard Preferences from the Preferences submenu of the Edit menu.  Doing so will open the Keyboard Preferences dialog:

 

KeyboardPreferences

The Keyboard Preferences dialog

 

The Keyboard Preferences dialog has four sections:

 

The "Active Keyboard Map" section allows you to choose what set of keyboard operations should be used;
The "Maps" section allows you to define new sets of keyboard operations, or to delete existing sets;
The "Keys" section allows you to define what keys should perform what operations in the currently active set of keyboard operations;
The bottom section displays all keys in the current set of keyboard operations, and the operations that they perform.

 

Active Keyboard Map

 

The "Active Keyboard Map" section allows you to choose which keyboard map should currently be used.  You can choose to use the default keyboard map for the current version of software, to use the default keyboard map from a specific (perhaps earlier) version of software, or to use a custom keyboard map that you have defined.

 

Use the Default Keyboard Map

 

Choosing this option will cause the Sequence Editor to use its default keyboard map.  Moreover, if you have this option selected, and later upgrade to a new version of software which has a different default keyboard map, the Sequence Editor will then use that new default keyboard map.

 

Use the Keyboard Map from a Particular Version

 

Choosing this option will cause the Sequence Editor to use the default keyboard map from some specific version of the software.  Moreover, if you have this option selected, and later upgrade to a new version of software which has a different default keyboard map, the Sequence Editor will then continue to use the default map from the specific version that you have selected.

 

Use a Custom Keyboard Map

 

Choosing this option will cause the Sequence Editor to use a keyboard map that you yourself have defined.  Moreover, if you have this option selected, and later upgrade to a new version of software which has a different default keyboard map, the Sequence Editor will then continue to use the custom map that you have selected.

 

Your custom keyboard maps are automatically saved to your "KeyMaps" directory (in your Light-O-Rama data directory).  If you would like to share one of your custom maps with another user, you can simply give them a copy of that map's file.  When they place it into their own "KeyMaps" directory, it will be available for them as a custom keyboard map.

 

Note that this option is not available until you have defined at least one custom keyboard map, which you can do through either "Duplicate Map" or "New Empty Map".

 

Maps

 

The "Maps" section allows you to create new custom keyboard maps (either duplicating the current map or else creating an empty map), or to remove maps that you have previously created.

 

Duplicate Map

 

Using this button, you can create a new custom keyboard map which uses the exact same key mappings as the currently selected map does.  You can then modify the key mappings as you desire, using "New Key", "Edit Key", or "Remove Key".

 

The new map will show up in the dropdown list under "Use a Custom Keyboard Map", and in fact will automatically be selected when you create it.

 

New Empty Map

 

Using this button, you can create a new custom keyboard map which does not contain any key mappings at all - that is, no key will cause anything to happen when you press it.  You can then add keys to it via "New Key", and later edit or remove them via "Edit Key" or "Remove Key".

 

The new map will show up in the dropdown list under "Use a Custom Keyboard Map", and in fact will automatically be selected when you create it.

 

Remove Map

 

If you have currently selected a custom keyboard map (via "Use a Custom Keyboard Map"), pressing this key will delete the map.

 

Note that if there is a chance that you will want to use the custom keyboard map again in the future, you should not remove it.  Instead, simply switch to using a different custom map, or to a default map, leaving the map in the "Use a Custom Keyboard Map" list, thus enabling you to switch back to it when you desire.  If you remove it, you will not be able to switch back to it in the future.

 

Keys

 

If you have specified that a custom keyboard map should be used (via "Use a Custom Keyboard Map"), then the "Keys" section allows you to add new keys to it, edit existing keys within it, and remove existing keys from it.

 

New Key

 

This button (which is available only when a custom keyboard map has been selected, via "Use a Custom Keyboard Map") opens up the New Key Mapping dialog, which allows you to choose a key and set its operation or operations:

 

NewKey

The New Key Mapping dialog

 

To use the New Key Mapping dialog, press the key that you want to use (and, if you want, the Alt, Ctrl, and/or Shift keys), and then select the operation that you want it to perform from the dropdown list:

 

NewKeySelected

The New Key Mapping dialog, having selected a key and an operation

 

In the above example, Alt-Shift-F7 has been mapped to "Move Right" - that is, to move the selection to the right one cell.

 

You can use the green "+" button to assign multiple operations to a single key.  They will be executed in the order that you list them.  In the following example, Alt-Shift-F7 has been mapped to "Move Right, Move Down, Apply Shimmer".  That is, the selection will be moved one square to the right, then one square down, and then the Shimmer tool will be applied to the new selection.

 

NewKeyMultiple

The New Key Mapping dialog, having selected a key and multiple operations

 

When multiple operations have been selected, you can delete any of them via the red "X" button next to it.

 

Edit Key

 

This button allows you to change the operation or operations that are in use for a certain key.  It is available only when a custom keyboard map has been selected (via "Use a Custom Keyboard Map") and a particular key mapping from that map has been selected (by clicking on it in the list of key mappings at the bottom of the Keyboard Preferences dialog).

 

Pressing the button brings up the Edit Key Mapping dialog:

 

EditKeyMapping

The Edit Key Mapping dialog

 

The Edit Key Mapping dialog can be used similarly to the New Key Mapping dialog, except that only the operations can be changed (or added to or removed from), not the key itself.

 

Remove Key

 

This button allows you to remove a certain key from the current keyboard map.  It is available only when a custom keyboard map has been selected (via "Use a Custom Keyboard Map") and a particular key mapping from that map has been selected (by clicking on it in the list of key mappings at the bottom of the Keyboard Preferences dialog).

 

Operations

 

The following operations can be assigned to keys (in a custom keyboard map):

 

Operation

Description

Apply Chase

Apply the Chase tool to the current selection

Apply Color Fade

Apply the Color Fade tool to the current selection

Apply Current Tool

Apply the current tool to the current selection

Apply DMX Intensity

Apply the DMX Intensity tool to the current selection

Apply Fade Down

Apply the Fade Down tool to the current selection

Apply Fade Up

Apply the Fade Up tool to the current selection

Apply Fill

Apply the Fill tool to the current selection

Apply Intelligent Fade

Apply the Intelligent Fade tool to the current selection

Apply Intensity

Apply the Set Intensity tool to the current selection

Apply Off

Apply the Off tool to the current selection

Apply On

Apply the On tool to the current selection

Apply Paint Sequence

Apply the Paint Sequence tool to the current selection

Apply Shimmer

Apply the Shimmer tool to the current selection

Apply Toggle

Apply the Toggle tool to the current selection

Apply Twinkle

Apply the Twinkle tool to the current selection

Change Custom: Fade Down

Change the current custom tool to be a fade down tool

Change Custom: Fade Up

Change the current custom tool to be a fade up tool

Change Custom: Intensity

Change the current custom tool to be a set intensity tool

Change Custom: Shimmer

Change the current custom tool to be a shimmer tool

Change Custom: Twinkle

Change the current custom tool to be a twinkle tool

Change Effects: Regular

Disable Foreground Effects and Background Effects

Change Effects: Toggle Background

Enable Background Effects if it is currently disabled, or disable it if enabled

Change Effects: Toggle Foreground

Enable Foreground Effects if it is currently disabled, or enable it if disabled

Clear Freeform Range

Clear the freeform play range (if one exists)

Copy

Copy the effects from the current selection

Copy Timing

Copy the timings from the current selection

Cut

Cut the effects from the current selection

Expand Down

Expand the current selection down one channel

Expand End

Expand the current selection to the end of the track's time if it is not already; if it is already, expand it to the end of the track's channels also

Expand Left

Expand the current selection left one cell

Expand Page Down

Expand the current selection down one screen

Expand Page Up

Expand the current selection up one screen

Expand Right

Expand the current selection right one cell

Expand Start

Expand the current selection to the start of the track's time if it is not already; if it is already, expand it to the start of the track's channels also

Expand Up

Expand the current selection up one channel

Help

Open the help file

Move Down

Move the current selection down one channel

Move End

Move the current selection to the end of the track's time if it is not already; if it is already, move it to the end of the track's channels also

Move Left

Move the current selection left one cell

Move Page Down

Move the current selection down one screen

Move Page Up

Move the current selection up one screen

Move Right

Move the current selection right one cell

Move Start

Move the current selection to the start of the track's time if it is not already; if it is already; move it to the start of the track's channels also

Move Up

Move the current selection up one channel

New Sequence

Create a new sequence

Next Keystrike: Background Effects

Apply Background Effects to the next effect tools keystrike (or the next effect tools operation of this keystrike)

Next Keystrike: Foreground Effects

Apply Foreground Effects to the next effect tools keystrike (or to the next effect tools operation of this keystrike)

Next Keystrike: Regular Effects

Apply Regular Effects to the next effect tools keystrike (or to the next effect tools operation of this keystrike)

Open Existing Sequence

Open an existing sequence

Open Recent Sequence

Open a recent sequence

Paste

Paste from the current clipboard to the current selection

Paste Timing

Paste timings to the current selection

Redo

Redo the last operation that was undone

Refresh

Refresh the display

Repeat

Apply the Repeat tool to the current selection

Save Sequence

Save the current sequence

Select Chase

Make the Chase tool be the current tool

Select Color Fade

Make the Color Fade tool be the current tool

Select Custom Tool

Make the current custom tool be the current tool

Select DMX Intensity

Make the DMX Intensity tool be the current tool

Select Fade Down

Make the Fade Down tool be the current tool

Select Fade Up

Make the Fade Up tool be the current tool

Select Fill

Make the Fill tool be the current tool

Select Intelligent Fade

Make the Intelligent Fade tool be the current tool

Select Intensity

Make the Set Intensity tool be the current tool

Select Off

Make the Off tool be the current tool

Select On

Make the On tool be the current tool

Select Paint Sequence

Make the Paint Sequence tool be the current tool

Select Select

Make the Select tool be the current tool

Select Shimmer

Make the Shimmer tool be the current tool

Select Toggle

Make the Toggle tool be the current tool

Select Twinkle

Make the Twinkle tool be the current tool

Start Freeform Play

Start play using the freeform play range

Tooltip

Open up a tooltip appropriate to where the mouse cursor is currently pointing on the sequence grid

Undo

Undo the last operation

Zoom Rows In

Zoom in on rows (channels)

Zoom Rows In Fully

Zoom in on rows (channels) as far as possible

Zoom Rows Out

Zoom out on rows (channels)

Zoom Rows Out Fully

Zoom out on rows (channels) as far as possible

Zoom Time In

Zoom in on time (columns)

Zoom Time In Fully

Zoom in on time (columns) as far as possible

Zoom Time Out

Zoom out on time (columns)

Zoom Time Out Fully

Zoom out on time (columns) as far as possible