One of the most helpful features in the Programmer is Autotext. But what is Autotext?
An ancient feature
Autotext was implemented in a rather early version of the Programmer and realizes access to internal data and parameters of the Programmer. This can be system time and date, astronomical times like sunset or twilight, even network parameters, cuelist parameters or Versatile Master names and values. The most prominent use of Autotext is in the Action Pad. In a textfield, for example, use the expression <nicetime %X> and the Programmer will substitute this expression with the systemtime. <master 1 name> will show the name of the Versatile Master #1. A complete list of Autotext parameters can be found in the LAS Advanced System Manual, for free download from the Traxon or e:cue website.
The next big step
With LAS 6.1 it is possible now to access the RDM subsystem of the Programmer as Autotext. In this way you can show fixture data like lamp lifetime, up-time and all other RDM values and parameters in the Action Pad. And these are not static values, but updated all the time while the fixture runs RDM communication. The best way to see this is to watch the RDM timestamp of a fixture. To insert RDM Autotext in a textfield is very simple, because there is an interactive method to do this. You can, but you must not create the Autotext by hand.
In the Action Pad create a textfield. Double-click the created field or select Properties from the element’s context menu (right mouse button). The properties dialog has a button for Autotext. Clicking the button, a subselection gets displayed where you can choose the Autotext source. Here you can see the many sources to Autotext. For RDM select RDM and Create RDM Autotext. The RDM Autotext dialog opens.
In the RDM dialog you now can select the fixture and subdevice, as well as what sensor or parameter will be used. Click the varoius areas in the dialog to define the Autotext source from the RDM vaue stream, the click OK.
This will insert the proper Autotext definition in the textfield of the Action Pad.
Do not forget to enable Autotext substitution for the field in the element properties of the field. Otherwise you will only see the Autotext definition instead of the real value.
That’s all. You now have dynamic, realtime RDM data in your Action Pad page.
A complete description of RDM and Autotext is in the LAS Advanced System Manual for the LAS 6.1, available in the product page for the LAS in the Traxon website, and a complete description of the LAS as LAS System Manual (after release of LAS 6.1, of course).