QuickShow - Main screen

This is a typical QuickShow screen:

QuickShow main screen

Within this screen, there are five main areas, plus the menubar. Click on the bars below to learn more about these areas.

Cue tabs and grid

The cue tabs at the top are used to select sets of cues (logos, still images, animations, text, abstracts, or beam effects).
  • Clicking on a tab brings up a grid showing the available cues.
  • Moving the mouse over a cue makes it animate (for moving cues) so you can see what it will look like.
  • Clicking on a cue, or typing the letter in the upper left corner normally makes the cue appear on the laser.

Of course, you can add your own cues, and cue tabs, to create cue workspaces that are ideal for your needs. Each tab shows 60 cues on the grid. You can have up to 32 tabs, for a total of 1,920 cues in the workspace at any one time. If you need more, you can load and save cue workspaces as well.

At the very top of the cue grid are Categories (Graphics, Atmospherics, DMX and All Pages). By clicking a category, you see only the cue tabs associated with the category. This helps organize the tabs.

QuickShow cues and grid

Symbols at the bottom left of each cue show the cue's type. In QuickShow, there are ten types of cues:
  • Frame/Animation
  • QuickText or Advanced Text
  • QuickShape or Advanced Shape (abstract or beam shape)
  • Timeline-based show
  • QuickBeams
  • Advanced Clock
  • QuickDMX
  • Synthesized image
  • Sequence (chain) of cues
  • Capture

Play mode buttons (at top)

The play mode buttons control how QuickShow displays cues:
  • Select -- Selects a cue (for editing or drag-and-drop onto timelines) without activating it (so it is not seen on the laser output)
  • Toggle -- Default mode. When you click on a cue, it starts playing; if you click on it again, it stops playing.
  • Restart -- Cues are restarted when you click on them. For example, if you have an animation which counts down to zero, the countdown will restart each time you click on the cue.
  • Flash -- Cues only remain active as long as you click and hold the mouse (or press and hold the keyboard key).

The Transition button affects switching between cues. Normally, if you click first on one cue then on another, the second cue appears immediately. If the Transition button is active (shown in green below), a morph is done between the two cues.

The One cue/Multi cue buttons select whether QuickShow displays just one cue at a time, or whether you can add additional cues on top of already-playing cues (layering).

The beat counter shows the selected Beats-Per-Minute. This is set by clicking on the BPM label or by tapping the spacebar, in time to the music. Once a beat is set, it can influence any animations, effects and beam targeting sequences that were set up to be "beat-based".


Preview window (top right)

The Preview window shows how the cue will look. Note that in the window below, there are four cues being shown simultaneously: dancers on the right, dancers on the left, the words "Let's Dance!" and the city skyline. This is one of the great features of QuickShow -- the ability to easily layer cues.

Also in this area is the "Blackout" button, which immediately stops laser output. The "Pause" button freezes the output, so that any animation or cue sequence stops. Finally, the "Enable Laser Output" button sends what is in the Preview window to the laser projector. Note that if you do NOT have "Enable Laser Output" activated, you can work only on your computer monitor. The audience will see the last-projected cue and will not see your new work until you re-enable laser output. This feature is very useful, and is unique to QuickShow.

Preview window

Output and effect controls (right side)

On the right are controls that affect the laser output. The Position and Rotation controls affect the location of the image, and the rotation amount and speed. The Color controls let you change the color and brightness of the output. A tab not shown here (you scroll down to get it) is Playback, which sets the animation speed and scanrate for the output.

The "Live Control" tab makes the controls affect the entire laser output (all cues and all tracks). The "Effect" tab gives you the same controls but these affect only the currently-selected cue.

Output and effect controls

QuickTools (at bottom)

A major benefit of QuickShow is fast access to the QuickTools. When you click on a tab at the bottom, you can quickly and easily do tasks such as:
  • Create non-moving or scrolling text
  • Create basic shapes and abstracts
  • Trace logos and outline drawings
  • Set mirror targets for beam bounces
  • Put cues on a timeline to create a stand-alone show
  • Capture the currently-playing output as a single cue
  • Add special effects to cues

To view the controls for a QuickTool, you simply click the up-arrow button on the right side, after all the tabs.

QuickTools tabs

Menu bar (at very top)

QuickShow also has a standard menu bar, at the top. This contains standard computer features such as loading and saving cues, plus menus for preferences and special functions.

QuickShow menu bar