LXFree Mac FAQ

How do I import a graphic file?

I added a gobo symbol. Now, how do I remove it?

A symbol seems to jump around as I drag it along a position.

The tool keeps switching back to the selection arrow after I draw an object.

How do I rename a symbol in the key?

When I load a key, why are there extra symbols showing?

I'd like a report not found in the list.

Can I use LXFree with my existing light plots created with MacLux Pro?.


How do I import a graphic file? [top]

LXFree will import graphic files that are recognized by the operating system: PDF, TIFF, JPG, etc.    Find the file in the Finder, select it and choose "Copy". Then, in LXFree switch to the layer in which you want to place the graphic and choose "Paste".

I added a gobo symbol. Now, how do I remove it? [top]

The insert gobo command is a shortcut that adds a gobo symbol on top of a selected light symbol and groups the two. To remove the gobo symbol, select the group, choose ungroup and then select only the gobo symbol and delete it.

A symbol seems to jump around as I drag it along a position. [top]

When "Snap to Grid" is selected, light symbols also snap to the spacing of a position. Snapping to a position attempts to place the light at the closest snap point in the direction of the cursor. The further away from the position, the more a small difference in cursor position will make. This may even cause a symbol to jump from one side of the center to another. Dragging along the position rather than off to the side will cause smoother behavior. As a side note, holding down the shift key will cause the opposite behavior of the snap to grid setting. If snap to grid is off, holding the shift key while dragging a symbol will cause it to snap to a position.

The tool keeps switching back to the selection arrow after I draw an object. [top]

The tool switches to the selection arrow because the newly created object is selected for editing. If you want to draw several objects and go back and edit the later, double-click the desired tool to "lock" it (selecting another tool undoes the lock).

How do I rename a symbol in the key? [top]

LXBeams allows you to edit the information about an entry in the key, including its name.

The Symbols report also allows you to rename entries found in the key. This report also allows you to rearrange the order of symbols in the key by dragging their entries.

When I load a key, why are there extra symbols showing? [top]

When you switch keys, you will not remove any symbols currently in use by the plot. Conversely, you can use the "Remove Unused Entries" command from the popup menu in the Inspector's symbol tab to remove all unused symbols from the current key.

I'd like a report not found in the list. For example an "Unused Channel" list rather than unused circuits. [top]

LXBeams allows you to create and customize reports.

Reports are created from template files found in the ~/Library/Application Support/com.claudeheintzdesign.lxseries/reports folder. You can save the template for any report window using the Save command. If you save a report template with a ".lxxreport" extension, it will be saved in an XML based format you can change with a text editor.

As an example, you can open an "Unused Circuits" report window; choose save; change the name to "Unused Channels.lxxreport". Opening the resulting file in a text editor allows you to find the "<key>" tag and change "cir" to "chan". (You may also want to change the title).

Can I use LXFree with my existing light plots created with MacLux Pro?. [top]

The .lxxplot file structure is an XML based format designed to allow cross platform exchange of light plot data. MacLux Pro v2.1.8 allows you to export plots in .lxxplot format and the current version of LXFree opens and saves this type of file. MacLux Pro does not export external graphics. Any imported PICT graphics in your MacLux Pro plot will need to be copied and pasted into LXBeams.