Author Archives: Derek Backus

Preview Zoom In/Out

While the new (in 2013) preview has really helped people plan their displays and improved sequencing with the ability to see instant feedback, you have not been able to really get in and fine tune the props displayed on the screen. After the alignment tools added last month, the second most requested feature for the […]

New Preview Align & Distribute Tools

I’ve (finally) added alignment tools to the preview. You know… when you’re adding 16 micro-trees to your display and you want them all to be the exact same size and shape, aligned to the same place and evenly distributed. Well, rejoice! You see (from left to right in the above image): Align Left Align Right […]

Starburst Prop Added

I’ve started planning my display for next year and wanted to add a prop that I’ve been calling a starburst. I started drawing it by hand in the Vixen 3 preview, but that was just a little bit annoying. Plus, I had to link each of the strings individually for each one I added to […]

Vixen 3.0.6 Released

Major changes: –          New features: New, easy to use preview. Nutcracker effects are now integrated making Vixen the premier go-to sequencer for all your pixel needs. There are numerous other small new usability improvements that don’t warrant a mention as a new feature. –          Performance: Many areas of Vixen have been combed through to try […]

Nutcracker Effects Integration

How do you get Nutcracker Effects into Vixen 3? Well, I was confused too. No one could tell me how to create cool Nutcracker effects and import them into Vixen… Sean Meighan, who wrote all the Nutcracker effects (we’ll call him Mr. Nutcracker) suggested downloading the C++ code written by Matt Brown, the author of […]

Preview Templates Sneak Peek

Just a sneak peek at what we’ve been working on. With the new preview, you will be able to select multiple items no the screen and group them to make a template. These templates can be used over and over on your display without re-drawing and re-positioning each item. Plus, you can share templates with […]

Profiles

What, you setup lights for more than one one holiday? What’s wrong with you? Nothing, you say… I bet it is a bad case of CLAP. I hope so anyway, because I seem to have that problem and just can’t stop. If the above describes you, then you’ll probably be interested in a new and […]

New Preview Sneak Peek

We’ve been working hard on the new preview so I thought I’d take a moment and share a screenshot (click the picture above) and let you know about some of the exciting new features. First, this is a complete re-write, from the ground up. There are so many places on the net you will read […]