Laser F/X On-line Newsletter - Special Reports
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SpectraScan Laser Software
Holo-Spectra is proud of our growing reputation as advanced programmers
of laser display software. Mostly based on the Pangolin LaserShow Designer
API, our programs are modern 32-bit programs with WIN97/98 interfaces. We
have tools for conversion of PC vector and raster graphic images and for
instant conversion of TrueType fonts. We support laser display of foreign
alphabets and glyphs from Arabic to Chinese to Thai and Hangul. We have
software for controlling projector tables and rails with digital serial or
With the announcement today of SpectraText, we are releasing software
that can run without the presence of a QuadMod card for non-Pangolin
software. This program will create laser text using any TrueType font with
italics, mixed fonts, colors, and variable text sizes. While there is the
primary LD version, we are also releasing an ILDA format version for use
with the many independent software packages.
LD Graphic Converter
LD Graphic Converter can transform all the thousands of PC vector graphics images created by programs like Corel Draw, Visio, AutoCad, Adobe Illustrator, and HijackPro into the .ldb file format of Pangolin LD Pro maintaining all the design and color of the original. Client logos, clipart, found images, TrueType text, etc are now part of your laser library. If you like using professional draw tools such as in Corel, you can make bezier curves and complex structures right within the LD viewport using OLE editing of the Corel server. Convert with the click of the mouse and you can now edit with LD tools. If you have ever used Excel within Word, then you understand how you can leverage the power of these drawing programs for laser display design. It will be released very soon as a software independent program and convert to ILDA format frames without the presence of a Pangolin QuadMod card.
After years of experience with software conversion of PC formats into
laser displayable images, Holo-Spectra felt it had enough sophisticated
understanding of the process and the Win32 API to take a challenging shot at
TrueType fonts and bezier recursive outline conversions (sounds fun huh?).
BeamWizard is an adjunct to Pangolin LD for all realtime performance
situations. It combines 10 scroll messages, unlimited animation playback, 30
beams or frames or projector effects, 10 chases, 30 performance frames with
a wide selection of active effects, and show/scene playback with fast
virtual loading and realtime TimeBend for synching shows to live events.
Outputting either serial digital or DMX, the software offers projector control of shutters, actuators, color boxes and our special digital effects in an easy to use visual mouse or keyboard controlled interface. Digital effects that have PC software controls include reversible speed-variable dual diffraction wheels, lumia wheels, speed controlled cones, stepper-positionable rotating machidas, and sheet scanners with full wave functions.
This script based laser advertising control activates a server version of BeamWizard (it can be controlled remotely or by other programs). Custom versions are available with time-oriented programming and database recordkeeping.
Built for LD users, this shareware program can batch convert laser files between Amiga and PC LD formats and ILDA file format. Using a drag-and-drop interface, it is also a very fast frame viewer.
Advanced Tools for Laser Display Professionals
Whether it is our powerful programs, our innovative and reliable hardware
designs, or our laser repair and rental services, professionals can count on
Holo-Spectra for services and products essential to timely economic
operation. We started the ion laser refurbishment field 25 years ago and we
can solve your laser problems with repairs, replacement tubes, and
economical whitelight lasers (WhiteKnight 4Watt Innova systems). We have
been doing shows and making laser entertainment equipment for almost that
long. This has resulted in a complete line of versatile beam and graphic
projectors. We sell specialty controls such as water monitoring systems and
Pangolin TTL optical interfaces. DMX and MIDI interfaces are available.
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