New in V-Control 4.0.4
- GUI: Message shows “Not in Run Mode” if a task is started without being in Run Mode
- GUI: Added Toolbar Button for Countdown Window
- GUI: Toolbar now shows correctly on High DPI Screens on Windows
- IOManagaer: IOMan.OnTimerSendAction: if Globals.EnableEvents = False then remove all
- ioCommands IOManager: Incomming Data is now buffered before processd. The Buffer is read by a timer triggered function now.
- ScriptManager: Endless repeats don’t let System hang on Stop (Added “If Cancel then return” to Interpreter.bas)
- New Driver: Onvif TCP Connector
- New Driver: Art-Net
- New Driver: MIDI TCP Connector
We have now basic Art-Net support. The main usage of then V-Control Art-Net driver is to trigger other devices. It is also possible to use the driver to have DMX output if an Art-Net node such as Kissbox DMX1-TR is used.
For some devices not direct accessible by V-Control, we provide Connectors. A V-Control Connector is a piece of software that controls the device native and provides a Interface (typically UDP or TCP) to connect to other software products such as V-Control.
So the V-Control Connector does all the communication with a device internally and provides a simple control protocol via network to communicate with V-Control. This also has the advantage that devices not available via network now are network controllable. The V-Control Connector is running on a computer where the device is connected to (typically via USB). This can be the same machine where V-Control is running, but doesn’t have to.
Unfortunately, V-Control 4 looks ugly on Raspberry Pi’s Pixel desktop. But we have a solution for that. Use Ubuntu Mate https://ubuntu-mate.org/raspberry-pi/
In Addition, we provide an image with Ubuntu Mate and V-Control 4 pre installed. The image is produced with a Raspberry Pi 3, so you need that device. To use this image, a 16 GB SD card is needed. Download the image from here:
Then unzip the file. This will need some time because it is a 16 GB image, so please be patient. After unzipping, copy the image to a SAD card. To do that you can use dd command on Linux, for example
dd if=/home/downloads/V-Control_Raspberry.img of=/dev/sde
Replace the path to the image with your local path, and also replace /dev/sde with the path to the SD card.
On windows you can use a tool such as Etcher https://etcher.io/. Etcher is also available for Linux and Mac.
Today the promised Raspberry Pi version of V-Control is available for download. Please keep in mind that the power of a Raspberry is much less then a core i CPU.
The main application for V-Control for ARM should be small projects that require a low-cost platform and small form factor.
We also released the first Beta of V-Control 4.0 64 Bit for Linux. It was tested with Ubuntu 17.10 and Linux Mint 18.3, but should run on all distros with GTK3 support.
We are still looking for volunteers that help us testing the MAC OSX version. At the moment we assume that there is not much interest in a MAC OSX version, because nobody want’s to help us yet.
Today we released our brand new V-Control 4. The first release has beta status and is available for Windows 64 Bit only. Other platforms will follow, including Raspberry Pi.
New in V-Control 4
- We implemented the concept of device variables. A device variable represents the status of a device, for example the time code position or power status. If one of those variables changes, an event is triggered. This event can handled by a task. To request status messages from connected devices, the V-Control device driver send commands periodically and ask for status changes. This can be up to every 20 Millisecond. The answer is automatically processed and stored in the device variables.
- Now two or more tasks can access the same device. V-Control buffers all commands and fires them if the device is free. This was necessary because of our new GUI designer and the concept how it works.
- New Platform Raspberry Pi. V-Control 4 is prepared to run on Raspberry Pi. We’re really looking forward to the beginning of next year when we launch V-Control on this exiting platform.
- Saving Projects is now processed by a separate Task, allowing to work during saving.
- Save Increment saves Projects and automatically adds an incrementing number. So saving “MyProject.vc4” leads to “MyProject_001.vc4” saving that again leads to “MyProject_002.vc4” and so on.
Schüco, the market leader for innovative building envelopes, has opened a new show room at its base in Bielefeld, Germany. Responsible for the multi media installation was the company VisionConcept from Hamburg. Project manager from VisionConcept was Frank Schubach. VisionConcept uses V-Control and some V-IO boxes to do the control part of the job. Read more
One of the new features of V-Control 3.7.14 is the ability of the build in web server to handle WebSockets. This allows us to establish a stable, bidirectional connection between a web application and V-Control. The benefit of a bidirectional connection is, that our web application does not have to poll the V-Control web server to get status changes. As far as a status change of a device occurs, the information is sent to the web application. All we need is to write a handler for this status message and show the new status in our GUI.
Today the IAA in Frankfurt (Germany) opens for the public. I use this event as an opportunity to report on V-Control used as Show Control system. As far as I know, V-Control is used on the following booths: Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Bentley, Seat and Skoda. Responsible for media technology on all this booths is the company XL Video from Hamburg. XL Video trusts in V-Control since 2007.
Since Version 3.7 we publish V-Control under GPLv3 license. As far as we know, this is the only multi platform Open Source software that is suitable for professional show-control, conference rooms and facility automation. Read more