Dasher Play List Editor

Creating play lists helps things run smoother and allows you to schedule when grids will play back.  The Play List Editor allows you to create and edit these play lists.

The user interface is pretty straight forward.  Once you are done with a play list simply save it and it's ready to go.  Play list files have the file extension .DPL.  This is very important because it is how the Dasher Scheduler knows you want it instead of the main Dasher editing screen when you double-click or run a play list file.  See the Dasher Scheduler for more information.

Explanation of information on the screen

Order

This is where the grid files are listed.  You can add or remove grid files from this location by using the command buttons.  To remove a file first select it then click the Remove button.

You can also change the order of the grid files by selecting a grid file and then move it up or down by clicking on the Up and Down buttons.

Filename

The name of the grid file that is currently selected in the Order box.

Last column

The amount of time that the last column of the currently selected grid file will be left "on".  500 milliseconds is half a second long.  1,000 milliseconds is 1 second long.

COM Port (serial version only)

The number of the serial COMmunications port your control boxes are connected to.

Unload Dasher

If a Yes is placed here then the program will automatically unload once the end time has been reached.  If a No is placed here then the software will stay loaded once the end time has been reached and will play again once the start time is reached (usually the next day).

Shutdown computer

If a Yes is placed here the software will automatically shut down the computer once the end time has been reached.  If a No is placed here then this action will not occur.  This feature is handy if you want to place the computer on a timer.  Simply program the timer to turn the computer off about 5 minutes after the software is supposed to shut down the computer.  To get the software to automatically start after the timer turns the computer on, simply open the Shortcut menu and select the "Create startup shortcut" option (you can also use the "Create desktop shortcut" to create an icon on your desktop that points to the currently loaded playlist file.  This is handy for quickly testing your playlist.).

The sequence would go like this:

  1. Timer turns power on to the computer.
  2. Computer boots up.
  3. Computer starts Windows.
  4. Because play list file is in the Startup group/submenu, it automatically loads into Dasher.
  5. Program waits until start time. If start time has already passed it will start playback instantly.
  6. Program stops playback at stop time.
  7. If indicated, program gracefully shuts down Windows.
  8. About 5 minutes later, timer turns power off to the computer.

Start time

The time of day you want the software to start play back the play list file.  Many different time formats are supported (including 24-hour time format).

Stop time

The time of day you want the software to end play back the play list file.  Many different time formats are supported (including 24-hour time format).

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