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Working with LD Assistant template text file

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Modified 2009-12-01
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      LD Assistant comes with 5 template text file. You want to edit them for creating your own working style.


      You can modify files:

  • opening them with Notepad from LD Assistant folder (ldcustomdata.txt, ldiedatalist.txt, ldlookuplist.txt, ldschedlist.txt) or LD Assistant\LD Report (ldreport.htm);

  • in LD Assistant Options there are one button for each file for editing it;


      Edit all template files very carefully. Any introduced error may result in leak working performance of specific feature.

      In ldlookuplist file there are saved data extension (xdata) for fixtures and truss objects. In first two lines of file are the descriptions of objects data format:

      ;TRUSS Type Price Weight Misc1 Misc2
       ;FIXTURE Type GelSize CndlPow Beam Field Wattage Price Lamp Weight Misc1 Misc2

      You can complete the file with missing data value of fixtures or truss objects or you can add new objects with them data. To add data value for existing instruments in file replace "-" with your data in concordant object line. Any line you add must contain as first word the object type (FIXTURES or TRUSS) succeeded by ":" and then:

  • for truss: truss type, price, weight, misc1 and misc2. Between data value there are tabs. If you don't want (don't have) to complete all data for an object, type - for each missing data value.

  • for fixtures type, gelsize, candle power, beam, field, wattage, price, lamp, weight, misc1 and misc2. Between data value there are tabs. If you don't want (don't have) to complete all data for an object, type - for each missing data value.

      In ldschedlist file you can edit what data/attribute will apear in LD schedules or you can create your own schedule following the steps:     

  • open ldschedlist.txt file from LD Assistant folder.
  • at the end of file add a line in this format:
    Schedule Name: LD object names (with "+" between them), data types (with "," between them)
    No. LD Object Description  LD Object Name Data Type for LD Objects 
    1 Light Fixture LDLIGHT Position, Unit, Type, Height, Channel, Dimmer, Circuit, Color, Iris/Gobo, Focus, Frame Size, Accessory, Cable Id, DMX Line, DMX Channel, Intensity, Purpose, TwoFer, Candle Power, Field, Beam, Wattage, Price, Lamp, Weight, Misc1, Misc2
    2 Point Light LDPLIGHT Height, Misc 1, Misc 2, Point Light Color, Point Light Intensity, Point Light Model, Point Light Shadow
    3 MultiLight LDMLIGHT Position, Unit, Type, Height
    4 Truss LDTRUSS Position, Type, Height, Price, Weight, Misc 1, Misc 2
    5 Sound Equipment  LDSOUND Position, Unit, Height, Price, Model, Covarage Horizontal, Covarage Vertical
    6 Cable  LDCABLE Cable Name, Multi Length, Tape Color, Jumper#1, Jumper#2, Jumper#3
    7 Video Camera  LDCAMERA Height, Camera Position, Camera Unit, Camera Type, Camera Angle
    8 Video Projector  LDPROJECTOR Height, Projector Type, Projector Image, Screen Height, Screen Width
    9 Furniture LDFURNIS Furniture Type, Name, Quantity, Location

    You can add new data type for LD objects (ex: material, zoom, etc).

  • save and close file.

      When you select Schedules command in schedules list it will be your append schedule. Select it and click OK button.


     In ldcustomdata file you can add your own data type for objects (like material, group, support, hull, energy). This data you can attach to any objects (blocks) with Attach Custom Data from Lighting>Attach data menu.

    In ldiedatalist file you are editing the import/export files format. There are allready 6 format (3 for export data file and 3 for import data file), but if you want to create a specific file format to use to export/import data to/from a drawing you can edit this file:

  • open ldiedatalist.txt file from LD Assistant folder;
  • at the end of file add a new line in this format:
    Format Name   data types (with tabs between them);
  • save and close file.


     My Format Name    Position  Unit  Type  Height  Price  Quantity

     LD Report is generated based on ldreport.html file from LD Assistant\LD Report folder. To change the report style (text style, images, etc) modify this file as your needs, but keep the fields marked with [ ] characters because that are keywords for generating the report.


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