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    XLights here. I can’t get the hang of Vixen. But that’s just me.


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    Both will allow you to control your lights fine.

    Download both (they are both free) and work with them, see which one "makes sense" to you. Vixen just clicked for me, xlights may as well be Greek.
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    I've used Vixen for 3 years then switched to xLights. xLights is definitely the more powerful of the two. Vixen is a bit simpler to use initially if you do all your own sequencing. xLights requires a bit more investment to learn.

    However, xLights allows you to very trivially adapt sequences from other users, and even mix/match between them, so there is now quite a few marketplaces that popped up to support it.

    If you want to do all your own sequencing, and have a small show, then Vixen is fine. Large show, xLights. If you'd rather buy or re-use sequences than doing them yourself, then xLights.
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    Hi Danny, it's been a while since we saw you at Greg's gathering in NJ. Remember the campground? 10/12 years ago was it? How's things? As for me... xLights. I tried Vixen a long time ago, and then again last year. Not for me. xLights is like driving a Porsche.

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    I use both. I find Vixen to be easier to sequence in as it works the way my brain does. xLights is great lots of support and bells and whistles but harder to learn unless you have time and it’s your only hobby. I converted last year to xLights for ease of drag and dropping paid sequences as I was short of time and needed more new material. Both run off the pi as long as you keep everything in sync on the controller setup!


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    Vixen for the last 13 years.

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    vixen for as long i can remember doing light ( vixen 1 lol ) i migh try xligh but i dont feel having to relearn and redo all my set up
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    Quote Originally Posted by schuricg View Post
    ………….I find Vixen to be easier to sequence in as it works the way my brain does.
    Plus 1 on that statement. Tried xLights, not as easy as Vixen to get the feel. Maybe too entrenched in Vixen and too old of a dog to want to learn xLights now - Vixen til death.
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    Xlights, It just made more sense to me when I was trying them both a few years ago. Keep in mind that Vixen 3 is nothing like Vixen 2 in any way, shape, or form. You will need to relearn to sequence no matter which software you choose. Try them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomL8345 View Post
    Xlights, It just made more sense to me when I was trying them both a few years ago... Try them both.
    I had the opposite experience. Vixen made sense to me. That is why I agree you should try both.

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