Medialon Manager V7 Pro
Software that turns any PC into a show controller. V7 release now available.
- Remarkably easy to program
- Excellent reliability
- Control any audiovisual equipment using any protocol
Programming interface, GUI builder, and show execution engine – all in one piece of software!
Medialon Manager is a Windows®-based control software. Its ease of programming and reliability is why it is widely used in both simple and critical control applications such as: museum media control, theme parks and attractions, live show control, automated architectural video & lighting control, convention center audio & video remote control, and more.
With Medialon Manager V7 you can control any audiovisual, lighting, special effect, and computer equipment using any protocol and network. Being software based, it integrates naturally with IT infrastructure such as virtualization environments, for a wide range of applications. Control of audio and video streaming, links to database, media management, and facility-wide control are all made easy by Medialon Manager.
Thanks to its easy graphical programming environment, you can program applications far faster than with any other conventional control system. No need to learn how to code or compile. Its native synchronization capabilities and Timeline with drag-and drop-programming make it the ideal choice for show control applications. If you need it, complex logical task programming is also available. Medialon Manager is hardware independent and relies on standard hardware from IT or audiovisual industries to connect to devices.
Medialon Manager V7 New Features Include:
Medialon Manager V7 introduces a new “autosave” feature, which stores a recoverable version of your project file every 5 minutes (time interval is modifiable). If you experience a crash or power failure while programming, your lost work is limited only to the time between the last autosave and when Manager stopped running.
The next time you load a project with autosave data associated with it, Manager V7 asks if you want to load the autosaved data.
Auto Start Task Property
In every Medialon project, there are Tasks you want to run as soon as the project starts. Sometimes it’s housekeeping stuff to make sure variables are populated, sometimes it’s starting a watchdog task or a schedule processor. Manager V7 makes it a snap to flag Tasks to be executed when the project starts by adding a new Property to Tasks for Auto Start.
The Task Lister shows an icon indicating Auto Start in the Start Condition column.
Direct linking of Variables and Expressions in Properties of UserScreen objects
Medialon projects can get really complex with hundreds of tasks just to handle display objects on user interfaces. Manager V7 introduces a new “direct linking” feature, which eliminates the need to have a Task for each and every Text Display, Gauge, and LED on your user interfaces.
UserScreen object Properties which are modifiable when the project is running by using the Object Control command are now directly modifiable by linking a variable or writing an Expression to calculate the value. The result: a much cleaner Task list and smaller project files!
Expressions in Cue Parameters
You’ll often need to calculate a value to use as a cue property. You would employ a User Variable to hold the result of an Expression just prior to executing the cue using that User Variable. With Manager V7, properties of cues can use static values, variables, and now Expressions, right in the cue property. This eliminates the need for lots of single-use User Variables and shortens your Tasks by moving the calculations into the cues they are related to.
Assign Colors / Tags to Devices, Tasks, Variables, and filter using Smart Groups
Scrolling through lists of Tasks and Variables can be tiresome, so we added some new ways to organize your project files so important things stand out or are easier to find.
A new Color Tag property on all objects in the system adds a colour “chip” in the Lister instance of that object, making it easier to spot when scrolling through a list.
It’s often helpful to be able to find Devices, Tasks, and Variables based on their use, for example “Preshow Tasks” or “All Projectors” or “Timecode Variables.” We have expanded the idea of User Groups to a new type called Smart Groups.
Smart Groups use search terms to automatically populate groups of Devices, Tasks, and Variables. You can search by Color Tag or Tags, a new property for “tagging” objects with arbitrary text.
iFrames in WebPanels
Have you ever wanted to embed a device’s web interface directly into a WebPanel? Manager V7 makes it easy by using the Container UserScreen object in the context of WebPanels. Assign a URL to the Container object’s URL property, and the web browser renders the page from that URL within the pixel space the Container occupies on the WebPanel. You can embed video feeds from cameras or media servers, full websites, or web apps.
The Container in the Panel Editor in Manager remains black; the target URL is only rendered by the web browser displaying the WebPanel.
Changing the URL property (either by using the Manager command Object Control to Set the URL property, or by directly targeting a String variable in the Container object’s URL field and changing the String variable’s value with an expression) causes the container to refresh to load the new URL.
Please note, not all websites allow themselves to be displayed within iframes (notably Google), so your results may vary.
“Find this object reference”
A new contextual menu item saves time when searching for references to objects in the project.
“Close all but this” in Task Editor
When you’re editing a project file, you will sometimes find you have dozens of Task Editor tabs open. In Manager V7, you can right click to close all the tasks except the one you’ve selected.
Align UserScreen objects to page extents
In addition to being able to align UserScreen objects among the selected objects, Manager V7 introduces the “Align to page” option to align objects to the page’s extents (left/center/right/regular spacing, top/center/bottom/regular spacing).
Contextual menu item to Lock/Unlock, Group/Ungroup, and Move UserScreen objects
Some useful UserScreen editing tools have gone unnoticed, hidden in the menus, so in Manager V7, these tools are exposed via the right-click contextual menu, making it faster to group, lock, or move UserScreen objects to other UserScreens or pages without breaking their associated programming.
60 fps / 120 fps timecode frame rates
(coming in Manager 7.1)
In addition to the 24, 25, 30, 30 drop frame, 100, and 1000 frames per second framerates, Manager 7.1 will introduce 60 and 120 fps timecode framerates, and the MxMs for devices that support the higher framerates will be updated (affecting timecode, locate commands, and Positrack).
Functional changes which might affect existing projects:
The enumeration of day of week for Date type User Variables is now harmonised with the Manager.CurrentDate enumeration. Manager V6 had Sunday as 1, Saturday as 7 for Date type User Variables, but 0-6 for the Manager. CurrentDate variable. Manager V7 uses 0-6 for all Day of Week enumeration. If you have a project that relies on the legacy day of week enumeration, there is an option in the Preferences to revert to the V6 day of week handling.