What an NAB!
It was great to meet a bunch of active custom panel developers including Dave King and Taylor Hoggard who kindly let us feature their work in some of our graphics. We took DashBoard-U to the show and provided a sort of “petting zoo” where people could, and did, get hands-on with DashBoard to control a fair number of devices provided for the purpose. These included plenty of Ross products, of course, including Carbonite,CamBot, XPression, MDK, MC1, NK Routers, Blackstorm Video Server, and some DA’s and Demuxers. We also had a Yamaha 01V96 audio deck and a Black Magic Hyperdeck under control via DashBoard’s ability to send & receive messages over Ethernet.
Our main focus was showing the newly released 6.1. The main theme of 6.1 was to put PanelBuilder on steroids so that it’s now a much better developer experience.
We’ve also provided the option to store parameters locally in the .grid file, so it’s no longer necessary to keep a partner xml file for your custom panel’s state variables. This simple change makes grid files a lot more portable and easier to manage in practice.
But how do I connect my panel’s state to XPression? I hear you ask. Use 6.1′s ability to stream the state over IP instead of via file share is the answer. This is a lot more responsive, and, importantly, means that it’s no longer necessary to arrange file or drive sharing between XPression and DashBoard. Easier, faster, better!
Here’s a list of the features in 6.1 – download it today and explore the improvements:
- PBUS Protocol
- Self-contained parameter data
- Scaling lock/unlock
- New ogScript commands
- Script palette
- String-based parameter names
- Timer creation interface
- Timer improvements
- Change/task script added to parameters
- Drag-drop scripting UI
- UI support for NK routers
- Simple grid, easier tables
- Edit mode short-cuts
- UI support for Array variables
- Improved constraint editor
- Line segment widget
- Source editor improvements
- Embedded editors in custom panels
- RossTalk extended to support parameter values