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Version 2.1

This update brings Touch Bar support for the latest MacBook Pros: You can now control many features—including any fixture property!—from the Touch Bar. We’ve also made a number of small and big improvements which aim to make working with Lightkey more convenient.

Touch Bar Support
  • Many application features can now be controlled through the Touch Bar.
Live
  • The cue inspector can now edit multiple cues at once.
  • Default values for the hold and fade times can be defined in the Preferences window.
  • Control panels: Resize multiple buttons at once.
  • Cuelists: Edit hold and fade times for multiple cues at the same time.
  • Cuelists: Added a new menu command and external control action to activate the previous cue.
  • Cuelists: Added a command to quickly jump to a cue by name.
  • Cuelists: Added command to renumber cues.
  • Pressing Command-I opens the cue inspector.
Sequences
  • Default values for the hold and fade times can be defined in the Preferences window.
  • Edit hold and fade times for multiple sequence steps at the same time.
Effects
  • Added search feature for effect templates.
  • The command for saving an effect template has moved (click on effect name). The command for selecting the participating fixtures has also moved (to Fixture Order menu).
Other
  • Resize multiple Preview objects at the same time.
  • Connected Art-Net nodes can now be selected in the Project Setup Assistant.

Version 2.0.3

This update brings support for Force Touch trackpads (see details below), some small improvements, and a few bug fixes.

Force Touch
  • Force clicking a fixture icon can open any HUD (the default is the Position HUD).
  • Force clicking a button in a control panel or a cue in a cuelist shows the cue inspector.
  • Force clicking a fixture in the Fixture Manager shows the inspector.
  • Sliders and HUDs now provide haptic feedback.
Improvements
  • Copying fixture properties now works between individual beams.
  • Added keyboard shortcut for showing and hiding the preset search field.
  • After pressing the mouse button over a fixture icon to open a HUD, the HUD now remains open.
  • Improved legibility of color indexes.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug which prevented the gobo cycle speed from taking effect.
  • Fixed an issue where the Command property had no effect on DMX output.
  • Fixed a problem where the Command-Option-C shortcut for copying fixture properties would sometimes not work.

Version 2.0.2

We’ve been hearing from you about a few rough edges in Lightkey 2, so this update provides the necessary fixes. Thanks to everyone who helped us by reporting these problems!

  • Fixed wrong output values during moving light calibration.
  • Fixed a DMX output issue in version 2.0.1 for fixtures on the second, third, ... universe.
  • Fixed a problem which sometimes prevented updates in the Preview.
  • Further stability improvements.

Version 2.0.1

In this update we have added many new built-in gobos and also made some stability improvements.

Thanks to everyone for the very positive feedback about Lightkey 2. If you’d like to share your thoughts please get in touch through our contact form. We love hearing from you!

  • Added new built-in gobos.
  • The Add Overrides command can now be used for multiple presets/cues at once.
  • Fixed a DMX output issue which affected fixtures with only additional colors (cool/warm white, amber, ultraviolet).
  • Fixed problems when editing sequence hold/fade times on macOS 10.11.
  • Stability improvements.

Version 2.0

After several weeks of public beta testing we are thrilled to announce that Lightkey 2 is ready for release, to the day on Lightkey’s second anniversary. Our biggest update ever is chock full of features that you’ve been waiting for: An all-new effects engine featuring over 50 effect templates, multi-beam fixture support & beat-controlled effects. Fixture property fanning. Cuelists and multiple pages in the Live view. An improved user interface including a new toolbar. And much more.

And the best point: Lightkey 2 is completely FREE for all existing users.

All-New Effects & Fanning Engine
  • Choose from over 50 built-in templates or create your own effects.
  • Pattern effects with six customizable patterns.
  • Curve effects with 28 basic curve types.
  • Movement effects with 14 built-in, fully editable movement paths.
  • Fan fixture properties between two or more values.
  • Apply fanning and effects to the following properties: Dimmer, Color, Position, Focus, Zoom, Iris, Frost, Fog, custom properties.
  • Synchronize effects to music.
  • Effects remain editable at any time.
  • Apply effects to multi-beam fixtures such as LED strips.
  • Overlay multiple effects.
  • Movement paths can now be named.
  • Control effect speed from Live view.
Control Panels & Cuelists
  • Create multiple pages in the Live view.
  • Introducing cuelists for recalling cues in a predefined order.
  • Keys are now named buttons.
  • Copy and paste cues between control panels and cuelists.
Improved & Refreshed User Interface
  • A new toolbar provides quick access to many features.
  • The “bubbles” showing overridden fixture properties are now clickable to quickly select or delete overridden properties.
  • Clicking the blue dot next to a fixture’s name shows the overridden properties.
  • Restructured fixture shortcut menus allow quick selection of all supported properties.
  • HUDs for Position, Focus, Zoom, and Iris have been redesigned to allow for more precision.
  • Improved fixture property controls in the Design view.
  • User interface for setting the beat has been integrated into the Live view.
And Much More
  • Improved project setup assistant.
  • Copy and paste individual fixture properties (including effects and fanning).
  • Graphical shapes in the Preview can now have dark stroke and fill colors.
  • Layering commands for shapes in the Preview.
  • Copy & paste colors.
  • New command to add overridden properties to a preset.
  • Search the Preset Palette.
  • Preset palette supports “swipe-to-delete” gesture.
  • New button to cancel preset editing.
  • New external control actions: Start/stop cuelist, Pause/resume cuelist, Next cue, Clear properties, Select Live page
  • Improved MIDI feedback for Novation Launchpad Pro.
  • 35 new generic fixture profiles.

Lightkey 2 requires macOS 10.11 or later.

Version 1.6.3

This update includes several bug fixes plus support for the new Eurolite USB-DMX512 interface. Thanks to everyone who sent us bug reports, your feedback is very important to us!

  • Added support for the new Eurolite USB-DMX512 interface.
  • Fixed a crash when opening the application by double-clicking a project in the Finder which outputs to an Open DMX interface.
  • Fixed problems when attaching keys in the Live view.
  • Fixed a crash when copying properties between fixtures with a different number of beams.
  • Fixed a problem where clicking the fixture profile search field would not activate the field.
  • Fixed an issue when using pinch gestures to open HUDs.
  • Updated fixture library.

Version 1.6.2

This update gets Lightkey ready for macOS Sierra.

  • Full compatibility with macOS Sierra.
  • Improved connectivity to the Eurolite USB-DMX512-PRO.

Version 1.6.1

This update fixes several bugs in Lightkey 1.6 and is recommended for all users. We have also made some improvements to the user interface.

  • Fixes problems when outputting to Open DMX USB interfaces.
  • Improves USB device discovery.
  • Fixes a hang which could occur when opening the Preferences window.
  • The number of input/output ports of Art-Net nodes shown in the DMX Output preferences was previously incorrect.
  • New color picker for choosing static beam colors (not controlled by DMX).
  • Contextual menus now use the dark style.

Version 1.6

Lightkey 1.6 brings many great new feature additions throughout the application: A redesigned user interface for external control with new actions and options, improvements to the Preview and Live view, better fixture property support, and automatic detection of Art-Net interfaces.

External Control
  • External control bindings are now managed in a separate window which makes it easier to test them on the fly.
  • Bindings can easily be changed by “capturing” a new trigger.
  • Added support for Shift keys on some MIDI controllers.
  • New actions to select the previous or next fixture in alphabetical order.
  • The “Select fixtures” action can now select fixtures by profile.
  • The “Change fixture property” action can now be bound to specific fixtures.
  • The “Activate/deactivate cue” action provides color feedback for Novation Launchpad MK2 and Pro MIDI controllers.
  • It is now easier to assign triggers to a cue.
Preview
  • Added round and arc-shaped trusses and rounded rectangles.
  • Added a ring-shaped representation for LED strips.
Live View
  • Added support for “flash” buttons.
  • The cue speed factor now affects movement paths.
  • Presets and sequences can now be dragged onto a key to add them to a cue.
  • Frames allow “spring-loading”.
Fixture Properties
  • Improved gobo handling. The built-in fixture profiles have been updated.
  • Custom fixture properties can now have fine channels.
  • The color hue value can now be entered using the number keys.
DMX Interfaces
  • Simplified configuration of Art-Net interfaces: Lightkey now auto-detects the connected Art-Net nodes.
  • It is no longer necessary to choose a port when patching universes.
Other Improvements
  • Includes the latest version of the Open Lighting Architecture.
  • It is now possible to duplicate a fixture and copy all fixture properties stored in presets.
Bug Fixes
  • Some MIDI controllers send Note On commands with zero velocity instead of Note Off commands. These are now handled correctly.
  • Scroll gestures assigned through the Preferences window did not work on OS X 10.11. This has been fixed.

Version 1.5.2

This update concentrates on bug fixes and small improvements.

  • Improved connectivity to ENTTEC DMX USB Pro and other interfaces.
  • Channel numbers in the fixture context menu are no longer offset by 1.
  • Fixed a problem which prevented the insertion point from showing in some text fields.
  • Using the space bar to tap the beat works again.
  • Sequences repeat infinitely by default.
  • Fixed a crash when using fixtures with more than five different shutter pulse options.

Version 1.5.1

This is a bugfix release which addresses some issues with Lightkey 1.5.

  • This version restores the ability to use the Dimmer property for RGB fixtures with no Dimmer channel.
  • Fixed issues when removing beams from a fixture profile.
  • Fixed a possible crash after removing a mode from a fixture profile that was in use in the current project.
  • Highlight mode now handles fixtures with Color but no Dimmer or Shutter properties correctly.

Version 1.5

To the day on Lightkey’s first anniversary we are proud to release the biggest update ever. Lightkey 1.5 features a refreshed user interface and tons of new features throughout the entire application.

Presets and Sequences
  • Preset groups can now be nested.
  • New sequence playback options: repeat count, autoreverse, freeze on completion, default fade and hold times.
  • Smart sequence icons reflect the sequence playback options.
  • New commands to reverse or shuffle sequence steps.
  • The contents of any preset can be easily added to the overridden fixture properties.
  • It is now possible to create an empty preset and then set its contents (previously the fixture properties had to be set before creating a preset).
Live View
  • Cue speed can now be changed on-the-fly.
  • Added Previous/Next buttons to sequentially activate the keys in a frame.
  • Groups of “exclusive” keys can easily be created by attaching multiple keys to each other.
  • New magnetic grid in edit mode facilitates alignment of keys.
  • Added a button to add or remove frames.
Design View
  • Redesigned user interface for choosing color components which always includes the Brightness slider.
  • Sliders for additional colors (cool/warm white, amber, ultraviolet) and color temperature appear directly in the Design View if space permits.
  • Improved user interface for changing custom fixture properties.
Preview
  • It is now possible to show multiple instances of a fixture in the Preview. This is useful when you assigned the same DMX address to several fixtures.
  • A new grid in layout mode makes it easier to arrange fixtures.
User Interface
  • Lightkey 1.5 comes in a fresh new user interface.
  • The startup screen has been redesigned and includes more information.
  • Improved graphics performance.
  • Integrated viewer for User Guide.
Fixture Editor
  • Added support for Gobo Fine Indexing and Prism Fine Indexing. The built-in profiles have been updated.
  • Added support for random color/gobo and sound-controlled color/gobo. The built-in profiles have been updated.
  • Improved import of SSL2 profiles.
  • Various fixture editor improvements.
Bug Fixes
  • When dragging multiple presets within a group or sequence, their order is now preserved.
  • Gobo editing in the fixture editor on OS X 10.9 has been restored.

Lightkey 1.5 requires OS X 10.9 or later.

Version 1.4.2

This is a maintenance update containing small improvements and bug fixes.

  • When using coarse/fine fixture property pairs, the coarse property is no longer required to occupy a full DMX channel.
  • You can now use undo in the HUDs for calibrating stationery and moving lights.
  • Improved sequence timing via MIDI clock.
  • Improved support for fixtures with multiple beams where the color brightness is controlled by the Dimmer slider.
  • The duration of movement paths is no longer limited to 100 sec.
  • Fixed selection of colors and gobos with the arrow keys.
  • Stability improvements.

Version 1.4.1

  • Fixed a crash related to beat-controlled sequences.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented choosing additional LED colors on OS X 10.8 and 10.9.
  • Other bug fixes and performance improvements.

Version 1.4

This update includes numerous changes which improve the way Lightkey understands your fixtures and their properties. Lightkey’s fixture profiles have become even smarter to support even the most advanced fixtures. We have updated all built-in fixture profiles and added many new profiles.

Fixture Profile Improvements
  • Added support for the following colors on color wheels: CTO, CTB, Ultraviolet, Lee Filters, GamColor, Roscolux, “unknown” colors. Color wheel colors can now have names. Redesigned user interface for choosing color wheel colors in fixture editor.
  • Added support for fine color component channels.
  • Added support for Ultraviolet color component.
  • Added support for monochrome LED fixtures. There's a new generic profile for this fixture type.
  • Added support for variable gobo change speed (gobo wheel rotation) and counterclockwise gobo change. Added support for gobo “bouncing” (alternating rotation direction).
  • Added support for gobo rotation and shake at the same time. The sliders for rotation and shake speed are only shown when at least one fixture supports variable rotation/shake speed. Added support for decreasing gobo shake speed.
  • Added support for gobo and prism indexing.
  • Added support for multiple Gobo Rotation/Shake and Gobo Indexing properties. These properties can now be assigned to a specific gobo wheel.
  • Added support for decreasing prism rotation speed when controlled by prism channel.
  • Added support for random strobe with variable speed.
  • Added support for alternating opening and closing shutter pulse, random opening and closing pulse, burst pulse, and random burst pulse.
  • Added support for fixtures with “reversed” zoom property (wide to narrow).
  • It is now possible to change the prism rotation direction. The prism rotation controls are hidden when not supported by any fixture.
  • Added support for frost pulse effects.
  • Added support for Command properties (which replace Reset properties). When sending a command to a fixture, a DMX value is applied to a channel for a designated time.
  • Fixtures can have more light beams (to support LED strips with up to 24 individually controlled beams).
  • Redesigned user interface to manage fixture modes. You can now assign a name to each mode.
  • The built-in fixture profiles have been updated to take advantage of the enhanced features.
  • Improved import of SSL2 profiles.
  • Extended built-in fixture library.
  • Fixture profiles from a project can now be added to the fixture library.
  • Improved load time of fixture library.
Other Improvements
  • Added a perspective option for stationery lights; they can now be parallel to the viewing direction.
  • The order of custom fixture properties in the Design View can now be changed.
  • Improved presentation of gobo bounce, shake, and rainbow effects in the preview.
  • The buttons for selecting custom property options can now display up to two lines of text (to avoid truncation of long option names).
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug which caused Lightkey not to react when creating a new project on OS X El Capitan if the app was configured to automatically enter full-screen view.
  • When auto-creating a MIDI binding, the channel was always set to 1. This has been fixed.

Version 1.3.1

Improvements
  • Fixtures can now be moved between universes.
  • Added undo support for changes in the dialog for managing external control configurations.
  • MIDI controllers which only send Note On messages but no Note Off messages can now be used for external control.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue which prevented cues from fading out.
  • Fixed issues with fixtures with multiple color or gobo wheels.
  • After creating a keyboard binding from the cue inspector, the keyboard shortcut for that binding could not be changed. This has been fixed.

Version 1.3

This update introduces predefined and fully editable movement paths for moving lights. Lightkey 1.3 also comes with an extensive User Manual.

New Features
  • Lightkey now supports predefined and fully editable movement paths for moving lights.
  • This version also comes with an extensive User Manual.
Improvements
  • Optimized for OS X El Capitan.
  • Added option to create a MIDI input port for external control.
  • You can now use the OS X Colors window to choose beam and color wheel colors (fixture editor).
  • Included additional generic fixture profiles.
  • Added support for color filter properties with decreasing color temperatures.
  • Improved user interface for selecting custom property options.
  • External control bindings which control a cue’s intensity now appear in the cue’s inspector.
  • The Fog property now has a keyboard shortcut (Shift-O).
  • Better (and less confusing) selection of the network interface for Art-Net, sACN, and ESP Net in the Preferences window. Important: Users of Art-Net, sACN, and ESP Net devices may need to select their network interface again in the Preferences window!
Bug Fixes
  • Restored the ability to set the color of CMY fixtures.
  • Fixed pinch gestures in Focus, Zoom, and Iris HUDs.
  • Fixed a crash when removing a mode from a fixture profile that was in use in the current project.
  • When a large number of DMX channels changed at once in an input universe while the External Control view was visible, the application might be unresponsive. This has been fixed.
  • The “chasing arrows” in the Calibration HUD appeared too large on Retina displays.

Version 1.2

Lightkey 1.2 brings many improvements for working with presets, sequences, and cues.

New Features – Live View
  • Keys in the live view can be displayed as a fader which controls the cue’s intensity. The intensity can also be changed thru external control.
  • Keys are now colorized, depending on the contents of their cue. You can also assign a custom color.
  • Cues can now have a priority.
  • Keys can be resized vertically. Keys containing a beat-controlled sequence show an icon.
  • “Ad-hoc presets” from cues can now be added to the preset palette.
New Features – Preset Palette
  • We have simplified the way presets are activated/deactivated. The selected presets are always active; there is no need to click an extra button.
  • The preview now shows indicators for fixtures with changed properties.
  • Newly created presets now include all fixtures with changes (not just the selected ones).
  • Presets automatically get an icon which reflects their contents, making it easier to distinguish them in the presets palette.
Improvements
  • Opening large projects has become significantly faster.
  • Improved keyboard control in beat popover.
  • While resizing a key, a help tag with the current size is displayed.
  • Improved alignment guides when arranging keys.
  • Fixture editor: It is now possible to specify non-integral values for gobo rotation and shake speed and prism rotation speed.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed problems when outputting DMX to multiple universes.
  • Fixed a crash when deleting all keys in a group.
  • The height of the bottom view no longer changes after closing the “Manage Devices” or “External Controls” views.
  • The Preset > Duplicate menu item was always disabled on Yosemite. This has been fixed.

Version 1.1

Our first major update for Lightkey adds extensive support for external control through DMX-In, any standard MIDI controller, or user-definable keyboard shortcuts.

New Features
  • Virtually every feature of Lightkey can now be controlled through DMX-In, any standard MIDI controller, or user-definable keyboard shortcuts.
  • The virtual preview can now realistically display fixtures which are mounted perpendicular to the viewing direction (e.g. stage view from front, fixtures mounted from ceiling).
  • Sequences can be synchronized with MIDI clock.
Improved Features
  • The Copy Properties command has been extended and allows copying individual fixture properties.
  • Unneeded fixture properties can be hidden in the Design view.
  • Better handling of multi-beam fixtures where a property controls more than one beam.
  • Better support for fixtures with only additional colors (cold/warm white, amber).
  • Icons for LED PARs in the preview now show additional colors (cold/warm white, amber).
  • It is now possible to output DMX to universes not patched to a device or protocol. Users running their own OLA server can patch those universes on their OLA server.
User Interface Improvements
  • The selection menu in the DMX Output window shows additional information.
  • The HUDs in the preview area now support OS X Yosemite’s translucent appearance.
  • The fixture info window has been integrated into the fixture context menu.
  • Improved placement of newly added keys.
  • After duplicating a preset it is immediately edited.
  • Key names can now span two lines.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixes problems when setting the gobo shake speed if it was controlled by a designated channel.
  • Fixes a bug under OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) which could lead to empty rows in the preset palette after duplicating a preset.
  • Resolves an issue in the project chooser where preview images could sometimes be missing or outdated.
  • Many more stability improvements.

Version 1.0.2

Fixes a bug in the 1.0.1 update which could prevent DMX output in some universes.

Version 1.0.1

The first update for Lightkey is a maintenance release which contains minor refinements and stability improvements. Here are the most notable changes:

  • The number keys can now be used for type-selecting fixtures (e.g. by typing M-H-1).
  • Pressing Shift while resizing a rect or oval now constrains it to a square resp. circle.
  • The position, focus, zoom, and iris HUDs are now updated after an Undo/Redo command.
  • Added labels for the hold and fade duration fields in the Preset Palette.
  • When adding presets to a cue, preset group selection modes (“Select Any” vs. “Select One”) are now applied.
  • Fixes a bug which occurred when dragging a preset group to a cue (cues can only contain presets and sequences).
  • Fixes a crash when the selected option of a custom fixture property no longer exists after modifying the fixture profile.
  • Fixes problems with different fixtures which had identical custom capabilities.
  • Clicks in the preview area are no longer ignored while editing the live view.
  • Fixture profiles with no manufacturer name now always appear in the fixture database under “Unknown”.

Version 1.0