High End Systems: Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 Software Release

by Michael Eddy
High End Systems has released the Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 software with numerous enhancements and bug fixes
High End Systems has released the Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 software with numerous enhancements and bug fixes
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High End Systems has announced that Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 software has been released and is now available for public download from the controller Software Downloads section of the High End Systems website.

Hog 4 OS v3.7.0 contains major new features including plot icons, fixture color-coding, plot images, support for additional touchscreens, effects synchronization, MIDI note macros, many smaller enhancements, and several bug fixes.

Icons and Color Coding for Fixtures
Individual fixtures can now be assigned an icon and color via the fixture window when the “show details” button is enabled at the top of the fixture window or by using the properties pane of a selected fixture in the plot window. Several fixture types in Fixture Library v4.17 (included with Hog 4 OS v3.7.0) have pre-defined icons but they can be changed as needed. When a fixture’s icon size is set to “small” the fixture’s user number will not be displayed in the plot window. This is because the small size is meant to be used for sub-parts or aggregated clusters of fixtures where individual user numbers are less important and/or redundant.

Background Images for Plots
Background images can now be added to plots. Supported image formats include JPG, PNG, BMP, and TIFF. A background Image object can also be filled and/or outlined with a user-selectable color. See section 20.2.4 of the Hog 4 OS Help manual for details on how to add and edit background images.

Effects Synchronization
A new “sync” attribute has been added to table effects allowing users to specify the timing of effects across fixtures and/or across parameters within and throughout different playbacks. For example, using the global sync option for all of the programmed effects in a show ensures that all of the effects in the show will always look the same no matter how or when its cues/scenes are played back.

Reusable MIDI Note Comment Macros
A simpler method for sending MIDI notes via comment macros has been added to Hog 4 OS. Users can now create an index of specific MIDI note commands in the new MIDI notes window (hold open and select the MIDI notes button on the open toolbar) and then refer to these entries as “MN” (MIDI note) comment macros. See sections 21.3 and 24.2 of the Hog 4 OS help manual for details on how to send MIDI notes using this method.

“Buttons Across” Option for Directory Windows
A new “buttons across” option has been added to the directory configuration menu for all directory windows. The buttons across option allows users to specify how many cells across the directory window will draw before starting a new row of buttons. This is handy for users who like to arrange directory windows using different windows sizes but would prefer that the button layout remain the same. A horizontal scrollbar is displayed in cases where the “buttons across” value is greater than the number of buttons that the directory window can physically fit across the window due to its current size. For legacy Hog behavior use the “auto” option.

Also included in the release are a number of enhancements and bug fixes.

Further information and to download the new Hog OS: www.highend.com/products/consoles