At the school I take part in, our ETC Element is used by a variety of people in many different fields. Our lights stay for the most part in one place as a house hang, with specials taking some occasional changes for the big theatrical shows. One of the things that no one seems to understand though outside of us technicians is that when you create a new show file, the patch starts from either a blank slate or 1-1. I think it'd be a great addition to have an option when you create a new show file to recreate the patch from the last file. Hopefully, we can see some integration. Thanks!
most people just use a starter showfile that has patch, maybe a magic sheet, some settings etc...
or, from a new blank show file (shudder), merge your patch in from the House File.
I also sometimes start with the house file, and DELETE what isn't needed.
I find there is too much programmed deeper in the console to make "starting from scratch" a good idea (non-dims, macros, power up macros, palettes, User and Console and System settings).
Taking this further, being able to have template files that can't be overwritten (and maybe even appear as "New from default" in the file menu) would be incredibly useful for those of us who run multipurpose venues with shows coming and going daily.
Showfiles already are protected from being overwritten...
Yes, I know. But in a non-obvious way. Not all of us have technicians running our desks, I'm often on the phone to a FOH/Duty manager trying to explain how to open an old revision of a showfile to get back to an unmolested version of the show file.
You just sparked an idea., but my macro skills are limited.
Could a start up macro run on loading to force a rename of the show file (delete current name), and then delete the macro? Those are the 2 steps it takes to make a real template file.
Startup macros don't run upon load but upon startup.
So we need a Load Macro?