Truncated text on Sunlite Suite 2 non-scaling buttons
Migration from Sunlite Suite 1 fails
Often Sunlite Suite 2 is capable of opening .ssh-show files from Sunlite 2006 (and from 2004 and 2002?). Sunlite 2006 had a very convenient feature automatically scaling button sizes to fit the screen. This feature has been removed from Sunlite Suite 2, allowing only for two buttons sizes: Zoomed or not Zoomed. The default unzoomed setting will truncate the captions which do often not fit the buttons. The zoomed setting will still truncate some texts that did not get truncated before. If zoom is enabled, the activated subswitch summaries inside the corner of each compression switch start to confusingly look like real switches.
Only offers round sliders rather than horizontal
Even though a horizontal or vertical slider will popup, viewing and setting the slider value feels a lot more cumbersome, especially if reaching the (touch) screen boundaries for switches near the screen edges.
Default color scheme has less contrast
It is less obvious which switches are pressed and which ones are unpressed. This problem can be reduced by selecting different button colors in Controller»'Software Preferences'»'Button Design'.
Switch editor confuses Sunlite 2006 & new users
The new EasyTime's 'Group Rect' functionality is very nice, but it is not very intuitive getting started with it. It would be nice if it would provide some markers for new users, in case they attempt wrong clicks/drags.
Default and min. keyboard-XY-resolution too high
It doesn't always seem useful to have to set the XY-position accurate up to 1 DMX value step.
No manual DMX-channel output override?
Sunlite Suite 1 (≈ Sunlite 2006) was very useful for quickly testing some dimmer channels or unknown intelligent fixtures for which a scanlibary profile could not be found quickly. This no longer seems possible in Sunlite Suite 2, unless creating a lot of 'dummy' switch buttons.
Sunlite Suite 2 is a lighting tool with great potential and considerably less bugs than Sunlite Suite 1. Unfortunately the newer suite looks much different from the older suite causing confusion to long running users in bars/pubs, does not support all the features of the older suite yet and does not provide full migration of the older suite's shows yet.
|(translucent hardware box color»)||(black?)||(orange)||(yellow)||(blue)||(freeware)|
|File extension overview for Sunlite||Suite 3||Suite 2||2006||2004||2002|
|Sunlite Show file (all-in-one archive)||.shw||.ssh|
|Sunlite Scan Libary file (fixture definition)||.ssl2||.ssl|
|Sunlite page exchange (fixture control)||.pex||.spa|
|Console file (MIDI-in)||.csl2||.csl|
|EasyView stage (3D)||.evs||.evs|
|Effect generator file (FX-engine)||.efx|