Schedule Editor

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The Light-O-Rama Schedule Editor is used to schedule shows to be played at certain times.  Shows are created using the Light-O-Rama Show Editor, and consist of sequences, which are created using the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor.  Scheduled shows are then played by the Light-O-Rama Show Player.

 

To start the Schedule Editor, you can run it from your computer's Start Menu by selecting "All Programs" -> "Light-O-Rama" -> "Light-O-Rama Schedule Editor".  Alternatively, if the Light-O-Rama Control Panel is already running, you can right-click its icon in your computer's system tray, and select "Schedule Editor" from the popup menu that will open.

 

For an overview of schedules, please refer to:

 

Schedules
The Weekly Schedule
The Calendar Schedule

 

For help on the Schedule Editor, please refer to:

 

Opening, Saving, and Reverting
Switching between the Weekly and Calendar Schedules
Adding a Show to the Weekly Schedule
Adding a Show to the Calendar Schedule
Editing a Scheduled Show
Deleting a Scheduled Show

 

WeeklySchedule

The Schedule Editor, showing the weekly schedule

 

Opening, Saving, and Reverting

 

Light-O-Rama maintains just a single schedule (with two parts - the weekly schedule and the calendar schedule), so when the Schedule Editor starts, it automatically opens and displays the current schedule.  Once you start editing it, however, the displayed schedule may differ from the saved schedule.  So, after you have edited the schedule and are satisfied with the changes you made, click the toolbar's Save button to save your changes.

 

On the other hand, if you wish to discard your changes without saving them, click the toolbar's Revert button instead.  Only the changes made since the last time that you saved will be discarded.

 

In order for the changes that you have made to the schedule to take effect, you must first save the schedule.

 

Switching between the Weekly and Calendar Schedules

 

The schedule consists of two parts - the weekly schedule and the calendar schedule.  The Schedule Editor only displays one of these two at a time, although both are always in effect.

 

When the Schedule Editor starts, it displays the weekly schedule.  You can switch to the calendar schedule by pressing the toolbar's Calendar button, and you can switch back to the weekly schedule by pressing its Week button.

 

Adding a Show to the Weekly Schedule

 

With the weekly schedule displayed, there are two ways to add a show to it:

 

Click the toolbar's Add button.
Click on an unscheduled area of the schedule and select "Add" from the popup menu.

 

AddShowPopupWeekly

Adding a new show to the weekly schedule

 

In either case, the Add Show dialog will open:

 

AddShowDialogWeekly

The Add Show dialog for the weekly schedule

 

Opening the Add Show dialog by clicking on an unscheduled area, rather than by using the Add button, has a couple advantages: First, it will automatically be populated with a start time and an end time based on where you had clicked.  In the above example, the click was made at approximately 6:30 AM, and so the start and end times were automatically set to 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM.

 

Second, it automatically takes into account conflicts between the new show and any existing shows.  For example, if there were already a show scheduled starting at 6:45, the end time of the new show would have automatically been set to 6:45 rather than 7:00.  Similarly, if a show had already been scheduled at this time on Sunday, the "Sun" checkbox for the new show would have automatically been unchecked.

 

To add a new show using this dialog, first select the name of the show file; it is easiest to do this using the "..." button next to the File box, which will open up a dialog allowing you to choose among the existing show files.

 

Next, choose the start and end time for the show, and then select the day or days of the week that you wish this show to run.

 

Close the dialog by pressing "Add" (or "Cancel" if you no longer wish to add the new show), and save your changes by pressing the toolbar's "Save" button (or "Revert" if you wish to get rid of your changes).

 

Adding a Show to the Calendar Schedule

 

With the calendar schedule displayed, there are two ways to add a new show.  In either case, first select the day that you want to schedule the show for (by clicking that day in the calendar), and then either:

 

Click the toolbar's Add button, or
Click on an unscheduled area of the schedule and select "Add" from the popup menu.

 

AddShowPopupCalendar

Adding a show to the calendar schedule for March 15, 2008

 

In either case, the Add Show dialog will open:

 

AddShowDialogCalendar

The Add Show dialog for the calendar schedule

 

Opening the Add Show dialog by clicking on an unscheduled area, rather than by using the Add button, has a couple advantages: First, it will automatically be populated with a start time and an end time based on where you had clicked.  In the above example, the right-click was made at approximately 3:30 PM, and so the start and end times were automatically set to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

 

Second, it automatically takes into account conflicts between the new show and any existing shows.  For example, if a show had already been scheduled to start at 3:45 PM, the end time in the above dialog would have automatically been set to 3:45 rather than 4:00.  Note that this conflict checking is only done for other shows in the calendar schedule, not for shows in the weekly schedule; this is because the purpose of the calendar schedule is to easily override the weekly schedule for specific dates and times.

 

To add a new show using this dialog, simply select the show's filename (this is easiest using the "..." button, which will let you choose from the list of existing shows), select the start and end times, and "Add" (or "Cancel" if you wish to discard the new show).

 

Finally, remember to save your changes using the toolbar's "Save" button (or, if you with to discard your changes, "Revert" instead).

 

Editing a Scheduled Show

 

No matter whether the weekly schedule or the calendar schedule is currently displayed, you can edit a scheduled show by clicking on that show in the schedule, and selecting "Edit" from the popup menu:

 

EditPopup

Editing an existing show

 

This will open a dialog very similar to the one you originally used to add the show.  It will allow you to modify the name of the show file to be used, the start and end time, and, in the weekly schedule, the days of the week that the show will run on.

 
Finally, remember to save your changes using the toolbar's "Save" button (or, if you with to discard your changes, "Revert" instead).

 

You cannot edit the contents of a show - such as the sequences it uses - from the Schedule Editor.  In order to do that, you need to use the Show Editor.

 

Deleting a Scheduled Show

 

No matter whether the weekly schedule or the calendar schedule is currently displayed, you can delete a scheduled show by clicking on that show in the schedule, and selecting "Delete" from the popup menu:

 

DeletePopup

Deleting an existing show

 

Note that this does not actually delete the show - it only deletes it from the schedule.  The show will still be available for editing with the Show Editor, or for scheduling at some other time.

 

Finally, remember to save your changes using the toolbar's "Save" button (or, if you with to discard your changes, "Revert" instead).