The DMX Chart
Main Features!

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Not only have we made mapping and tracking DMX Controlled fixture types and Conventional fixture types logical, intuitive, and interactive, but we have added many lighting specific features into the mix as well.

The DMX Chart distinguishes two different types of fixtures; 1) DMX Controlled Fixture types which would include fixture types like your movers, scrollers, foggers, or atmosphere, and 2) Conventional fixture types like an ETC Source Four Par.

The DMX Chart offers THREE Spreadsheets
to keep track of your fixture types!

The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Spreadsheet, The Fixture Type Schedule Spreadsheet,
and The Interactive Channel Check

The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Spreadsheet

The DMX Controlled Fixture Types spreadsheet is a place for you to keep track of just your DMX Controlled fixture types.

It is a user definable spreadsheet.

You can download an XLSX file that you can import into any spreadsheet program you have. You can print a black and white copy of any data fields you have selected, and you can view the spreadsheet in full screen mode.

You can omit any of the columns of data that you do not want to see or you do not wish to print. For instance, if you only wanted to see the Show name, Position, Unit Number, and Physical Address, you can omit the rest of the column headers, then print just the Show name, Position, Unit Number, and Physical Address asnd give it to your crew so they can physically address each of your DMX controlled fixture types.

Above each column header are search fields that will allow you to search the entire spreadsheet. And the columns on the spreadsheet are movable, meaning if you do not like the order of them, you can move the column to where ever you wish.

There is also a customizable field that you can define in The Input Tab's-DMX Controlled Fixture Type data box, that will only be displayed on The DMX Controlled Fixture Types spreadsheet. For example, let's say you want to keep track of your power distro units and what's plugged into them. You can name the customizable field power distro number, and when you go to input, for instance, a VL3500 spot moving light, you can then document what power distro unit number and plug number that moving light draws power from.

The last feature on The DMX Controlled Fixture Type spreadsheet, is viewing either the DMX controlled fixture type in the DMX Controlled Fixture Type Parameters Library by clicking on a fixture type name in the Fixture Type column, or viewing a Custom Scroll String in the Custom Scroll String Library by clicking on the name of the scroll string in the Scroll String column.


The Fixture Type Schedule

The Fixture Type Schedule spreadsheet is a spreadsheet of both your DMX Controlled Fixture Types and your Conventional Fixture Types

listed by position for all show names within your current chart.

At the top of each position is a place for your to document your conventional multi/dimmer numbers, any spare dimmers that are left available to the position, if it replugs with other show data in your current chart, and a place to note if the position has been patched into your lighting console. The Fixture Type Schedule uses discrete line shading for each show name. Each show name will be shaded in stages of white to grey. You can edit each channel number and each dimmer number directly on the Fixture Type Schedule, and of course its gets updated everywhere that the fixtures channel or dimmers get used. You can also edit conventional fixture types directly from the fixture type schedule.


The Interactive Channel Check is simply used for your channel checks.

Here it will list all show names current to your chart. The Channel Check will list each show name individually. The channel numbers are listed by lowest to highest. There are red strike thru buttons for each channel number, which is a way for you to indicate that a channel has been struck from the show, and you can return the channel back to the channel check at any time.

The green button next to the show name at the top of the list will start the interactive channel check. Once the channel check starts it will highlight the first channel in the list, and bring up the channel check controls at the bottom. The channel check controls consist of two last buttons, two next buttons, a button to report channels with problems directly to the Work Notes Tab, and a stop channel check button.

The channel check highlights the channel that your on so you will never loose your place, but also, it will throw the channels data into the work notes tab if you click on the report channel problems button when you encounter them. So as you are nexting thru your channels and you encounter a problem; either a focus note, or a burn out, or anything else; with the channel with the problem highlighted click on the report problem button in the channel check controls. This will throw the channels information into the Work Notes Tab where you can describe the problem it's having in detail.

In The Work Notes Tab, under the Channel Check Work Notes, you will find the channel's data you are having problems with. There are check boxes for focus problems, and for burn outs, there is also a text box if you need to give more detail. Once you click on the save button in the Work Notes Tab, The DMX Chart will take you right back to the channel check and the last channel that you were on when you encountered the problem, and you can continue on with the interactive channel check.

The DMX Chart gives you
A COMPLETE COLOR CODED VISUAL
of every universe that you have data in!

DMX Controlled Fixture TypesDMX Controlled Fixture Types Replugs

All DMX controlled fixture types in The DMX Used Tab are shaded in blue.

By mousing over the DMX controlled fixture types blocks of DMX data that are used in the each universe, The DMX Chart will tell you: If it's a conventional or DMX controlled fixture type, what show name or show names it belongs to, where it is located in your lighting rig by position, the dimmer specs, what the fixture type actually is, the DMX address, the absolute DMX address, and the unit number.

All DMX controlled fixture type replugs in The DMX Used Tab are shaded in pale green. For each DMX controlled fixture types block of data that is a replug the DMX Chart will list both show names that the dimmers is used in, along with: If it's a conventional or DMX controlled fixture type, what show name or show names it belongs to, where it is located in your lighting rig by position, the dimmer specs, what the fixture type actually is, the DMX address, the absolute DMX address, and the unit number.
DMX Controlled Fixture Types
DMX Controlled Fixture Types Replugs

All Conventional fixture types in The DMX Used Tab are shaded in pink.

For each conventional block of data, The DMX Chart will tell you: If it's a conventional or DMX controlled fixture type, what show name or show names it belongs to, where it is located in your lighting rig by position,what type of fixture it actually is, the DMX address, the absolute DMX address, the unit number, its purpose in life, and the dimmer specs.

All Conventional fixture type replugs in The DMX Used Tab are shaded in tan. For each conventional block of data that is a replug the DMX Chart will list both show names that the dimmer is used in, along with: If it's a conventional or DMX controlled fixture type, what show name or show names it belongs to, where it is located in your lighting rig by position,what type of fixture it actually is, the DMX address, the absolute DMX address, the unit number, its purpose in life, and the dimmer specs, for each show name.



Enjoy Better Communication with your Crew!

Better Communication!

Any change, any where in The DMX Chart becomes immediatly available to your crew. That means every time you update your lighting rig, and every time you report a problem in the Work Notes Tab the changes become immediatly available to your crew.

The DMX Chart lists in the Charts Tab

who created the chart, when it was created, who last updated it, and when it was last updated. This is so you will always know that you are looking at the latest and greatest revisions to your shows data.

Charts Tab

Your have the control to allow your crew only viewing capabilities, or complete editing capabilities thru the User's Tab.

Charts Tab

The Users Tab is where you assign an account to who ever you wish to edit your charts, called an "Administrative" account - or you may assign an account for those you wish to only view your charts, called a "Crew" level account. This feature will only show up in the original subscribers account that is registered with DragonWare, meaning the person who paid for the subscription with DragonWare. It will not show up in free trial accounts, and it will not show up in "assigned" administrative accounts.

Import Vectorworks Spotlight Instrument Data
into The DMX Chart!

Charts Tab

Instrument data fields that import from Vectorworks Spotlight includes: Device Type, Instrument Type, Wattage, Purpose, Position, Unit Number, Color, Dimmer, Channel, Address, Universe, U-Address, Gobo 1, Circuit Number which imports into the notes field on all spreadsheets and used in the Label Maker (label maker will be in 4.2 patch), Circuit Name which imports into the notes field on all spreadsheets and used in the Label Maker, Num Channels, Frame Size, and Focus which imports into the Focus Charts tab.

But we have made it simple! Check out the video or the PDF manual!

PDF Manual: The DMX Chart Vectorworks Import Manual
YouTube video: Vectorworks Spotlight Imports into The DMX Chart Length: 12:39

The DMX Chart has SIX User definable libraries!

Four for DMX Controlled Fixture Types, and Two for Conventional Fixture Types

Six Libraries

The DMX Chart offers six user definable libraries where you can keep track of all of your user specific data for both Conventional and DMX Controlled fixture types. They are there for your reference only. Keeping them updated or not will not effect how The DMX Chart functions.

There are four libraries for your DMX Controlled fixture types. The DMX Controlled Fixture Type Parameters Library that keeps track of each parameter that is used by your DMX Controlled fixture types. The Library of Custom Gobos for Moving Lights that keeps track of all your custom gobos in your moving lights. The Library of Moving Light Wheels that will keep track of your rotating, static, and color wheels in your moving lights, and The Custom Scroll Library that keeps track of your frame data for your custom scroll strings.

There are two libraries for your Conventional fixture types. The Conventional Gobo Library that keeps track of your conventional gobos that you have used and are using, and The Conventional Color Library which has default gel colors from four manufactures, and all new color you add to this library. The Conventional Color Library will also give you a tool tip about each gel color in the form of the full name of the color, RGB values in range of 0-255, the RGB percent values, the CMY values in range of 0-255, and the CMY percent values.

The DMX Chart has MORE Lighting Specific Features!

Lighting Que Sheets, Spotlight Que Sheets, Deck Que Sheets, Focus Charts, Vendor and Rental Gear lists

More Lighting Specific Features

The DragonWare Team has also added many lighting specific features into the mix as well. There are Lighting Ques Sheets for you to keep track of the lighting que numbers and descriptions. Color coded Spotlight Que Sheets which documents gel frame data, and spotlight que numbers with descriptions. The Deck Electricians Que Sheets are a place for you to document all deck que's with descriptions. For every fixture type you enter into your companies chart, The DMX Chart will also document the position, and unit number in The Focus Charts so you can document the focus descriptions of each fixture type. We have also made a place for you to keep contact information with vendor lists, and your rental gear with them.

The DMX Chart is Intuitive and Interactive!

Intuitive and Interactive

The DMX Chart's remembers your favorite DMX Controlled fixture types like your movers, scrollers, foggers, and atmosphere. It remembers how many parameters each of your DMX Controlled fixture types uses. The DMX Chart will even suggest to you where your next DMX Controlled fixture type can "fit" into what ever universe you would like to see it in, all you have to do is pick a universe. The DMX Chart remembers your favorite Conventional fixture types too. It remembers your custom scroll strings, your custom gobos, your conventional color data, and your conventional accessories...show after show after show that you need to map and track any of your fixture types data. The DMX chart will remember all of your choices, and it will also do the math for you.

There's NOTHING to download! NOTHING to install!

You can access The DMX Chart from ANY operating system platform!

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There's nothing to download, and nothing you have to install. All updates that the DragonWare Team make are immediately available to everyone. There are also very detailed YouTube videos on every subject related to The DMX Chart, along with PDF manuals, and workbooks. DragonWare also offers a ticket support system, and a knowledge base. Or just give us a call, we would be happy to assist you.

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You can either view, download, or print this manual.

The DMX Chart Manual Version 4.0

For all manuals and workbooks, see the Manual and Workbooks Tab

You can either view, download, or print this workbook.

The DMX Chart Input Tab Workbook - Version 4.0

This workbook helps you enter into the Input Tab, ten different fixture types.

This workbook is a great place to start if you are new to The DMX Chart. After all ten fixture types are entered into The DMX Chart, the workbook explores how the fixture types get posted on The Fixture Type Schedule, The DMX Controlled Fixture Types Tab, The Channel Check Tab, and The DMX Used Tab.

For all manuals and workbooks, see the Manual and Workbooks Tab

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