Schedules

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What Is a Schedule?

 

The schedule is at the top of the Light-O-Rama schedule/show/sequence hierarchy:

 

The schedule is created and modified by the Light-O-Rama Schedule Editor, and played by the Light-O-Rama Show Player.
It consists of shows, which are created and modified by the Light-O-Rama Show Editor.  The schedule schedules these shows to be played at certain times.
Shows consist of sequences, which are created and modified by the Light-O-Rama Sequence Editor.
Sequences are composed of commands to be sent to your lights, producing various lighting effects.

 

The schedule has two parts: the weekly schedule and the calendar schedule.  The weekly schedule contains information on shows that should be played on a recurring, weekly basis - for example, every Wednesday night from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  The calendar schedule contains information on shows that should be played once, at a specific date and time.

 

When the Light-O-Rama Show Player looks at the schedule to decide whether a show should be played, it first checks the calendar schedule to see if it has any shows scheduled for the current date and time.  If there are, the Show Player will play that show.  Otherwise, the Show Player will check the weekly schedule.

 

Example

 

Suppose you have a single show which you want to play every Friday and Saturday night, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, except for Christmas Eve (when you want it to run from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM) and Christmas Day (when you want it to run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM).  Then you would put the Friday and Saturday shows into the weekly schedule, and the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day shows in the calendar schedule.  The Light-O-Rama Show Player would then follow the weekly schedule on every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when it would then follow the calendar schedule.

 

Considerations

 

Unlike the Show Editor, which can be used to create many shows, and the Sequence Editor, which can be used to create many sequences, the Schedule Editor only maintains a single schedule, and the Show Player only uses that single schedule.
The Show Player will not play any scheduled shows unless it is started and scheduled shows are enabled, via "Enable Schedule" in the Light-O-Rama Control Panel.
After modifying your schedule in the Schedule Editor, make sure to save it.  Changes to your schedule will not be picked up by the Show Player until the schedule has been changed.