Naming Strategies

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The Pixel Editor comes with an empty preview called “Default”. If you want to keep things simple, you can create all of your props in the Default preview and associate all of your sequences with Default:

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Another approach is to create a preview for each holiday for which you have a light show. For example, you could have previews called “Valentines”, “Halloween”, and “Christmas”. If your display were to change from year to year, you would update the props in the preview for the relevant holiday.

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Finally, you can create a preview for each display, for each year. So you might start with a preview called “2015 Christmas” associated with all of your sequences for 2015. Then in 2016, you would archive your 2015 sequences for reference, and make copies that you would work with for your 2016 show. Something like this:

 

Copy all of your 2015 sequences to a new folder for 2016.

In the Pixel Editor, copy the “2015 Christmas” preview to “2016 Christmas”. This would make a copy of the preview’s visual layout as well as make a copy of every prop in the preview.

Open each sequence in the 2016 folder using the Pixel Editor and change the sequence’s preview to “2016 Christmas” (with the sequence open, select Sequence > Assign Preview from the menu).

With that complete, you could proceed with adding and removing props in the “2016 Christmas” preview and revising the 2016 sequences as desired

 

The Advantage of this approach is that it gives you a history of your old sequences and those sequences can be opened in the pixel editor and viewed using the preview in effect for that year.

 

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