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11-08-2012, 07:35 PM
How are most of you documentiing your display ?

With the various controllers , wiring -power & voltages ,color orders and channel assignment etc .

Excel, Word or is there some diyc app you have created ?

interested in your methods.


11-08-2012, 08:02 PM
Hate to say it but I am still old school and use good old pencil and paper. I even have a drafting table with a T-square and everything. I'm sure when my grandson grows up, all that stuff will be obsolete.

11-08-2012, 08:12 PM
I use excel spreadsheets. One to create my profile from, it's nice cause I can fill the box with the proper color. I also have my Controllers and SSR's listed on it so I know what goes in to what. Also use one for my amp draw and light count.

11-08-2012, 08:26 PM
Hate to say it but I am still old school and use good old pencil and paper. I even have a drafting table with a T-square and everything. I'm sure when my grandson grows up, all that stuff will be obsolete.

I hate to break the news to you crazy but back when I went to college in the 80s we used a drafting table and T-square also.
Now I draw prints with a computer screen then use software to write the program for the C.N.C. lathes and vertical mills at work.

11-08-2012, 08:39 PM

11-08-2012, 08:47 PM
WHOA, WHOA, WHOA Nobody mentioned any "paperwork" being required when I signed up for this gig!?!?!??

11-08-2012, 09:14 PM
I scribble in a old spiral notebook. BOMs, controllers, layouts (about 5 bad ones for every ok one). Same book for three years now. I'm not sure if I'll get a another year in it.

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11-08-2012, 09:33 PM
Sticky notes and excel.....

Uncle Al
11-08-2012, 09:59 PM
I use a combination of Excel, hand written notes/drawings and a fair amount of CAD drawings.

11-08-2012, 10:00 PM
Excel spreadsheet for channel counts and power requirements. Paper and pencil for a rough layout of where stuff is going, basically to get an idea of where to place controller in relation to elements. Sounds a lot more organised than what it is, because layout can change once I get stuff out in the yard and it doesn't look right or won't fit etc.

11-08-2012, 11:24 PM

ditto - no idea what you're talking about... wing it baby!

11-08-2012, 11:41 PM
Google Docs, then I can work on it wherever I need to :)

11-08-2012, 11:53 PM
Visio for the most part. And lots of scanned paper notes that keep saying I'm going to recreate electronically.

--Jon Chuchla--

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11-08-2012, 11:55 PM

11-09-2012, 01:00 AM
I use excel for the channel counts and power. Everything else is in a notebook that has a lot of stuff scratched out in it. I remember the drafting stuff but I don't know if I could find a pencil on my desk this time of year.

11-09-2012, 01:36 AM
Google docs + gimp for me

this years
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au67tRlJbGrIdHhnTWJBdEJIOFF1WUoyNm5TOVN1R mc

11-09-2012, 01:48 AM
Excel and Evernote

11-09-2012, 01:59 AM
The Grey Matter between my ears:hmm:

11-09-2012, 05:12 AM
For me a 1200 line spread sheet holding SSR voltage makeup information, powersupply capacities, jumper/extension multi-cable lengths and allocation, possible additions, components (Electronic) / (Spare Lights) etc, as well as the basic channel layout to transcribe to Vixen for the adjustable preview setup. For me it has proved invaluable to sort out in advance SSR and channel grouping to make efficient use of channel groups where possible. When setting up the display the channel layout printout from Vixen becomes my "Bible" for faultfinding and setup, to keep channel groups going where they are intended to be going :-)


11-09-2012, 06:14 AM
WHAT? I thought you just hii\\ooked all this up plugged it in and ran it. If the breaker don't pop your are good to go Right?

11-09-2012, 02:14 PM
I keep it all in my head

11-09-2012, 02:25 PM
I make it up as I go.

11-09-2012, 02:32 PM
this years
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au67tRlJbGrIdHhnTWJBdEJIOFF1WUoyNm5TOVN1R mc

How do you make a red tornado in your entryway??!?! I'd like to do that!!! :freak: