We have been working hard for the last few months to update Spikemark and we are pleased to announce that it is ready for prime time! The newest version of everyone’s favorite automation control software includes a few additional features, updates the firmware on the Stagehands and squashes a couple of bugs. Although we put the new firmware through its paces in the shop, if you are currently in the middle of a run we recommend holding off on the upgrade until your current show closes.
With the newest Stagehand firmware installed, the current encoder position will be stored in the Stagehand – meaning the 9v batteries are no longer necessary to hold the position information. This new feature is available for all Stagehands except the FX. We added some behind the scenes magic which writes the position to flash memory after the position has been steady for 20 seconds. Additionally, anytime the E-Stop is triggered the Stagehand will compare the current position to the stored position and write it to memory if it is different.
If you have a Classic or original Mini you will now see encoder counts on the display when jogging as well as rolling fault messages.
We added a keyboard shortcut which will attempt to ‘connect to all stagehands’.
A New Stagehand FX Input Trigger.
We added a new Input trigger event to the Stagehand FX – you can now choose to turn on a given output.
- The position scale wizard now accepts decimal values.
- Inactive motors will now stay inactive after a network disconnect or faults.
- Long-running time-delay cue links will properly become disabled in the event of an ESTOP regardless of parent cue status.
- Stagehand FX Input triggers were not being processed correctly after Spikemark v3.5.1, this is no longer the case.
Download this upgrade now and start playing with these new features today.