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Wouter Verlinden

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Posted - 20 Jan 2011 :  12:34:33  Show Profile
The layout wizard is a very handy tool to quickly align and address panels in a rectangular layout (for more "creative" layouts the Quick Addressing Tool is still your friend).

I made a walkthrough (with some screenshots) for a layout of 6x3 EC-20 Panels.

Your starting point will typically look like this. No panels on the canvas, multiple panels detected (Discovered Devices).

You select the Layout Wizard behind the Wizards icon.

The Wizard will first ask you which panel type you want to layout. He will only let you choose between the detected panel types (only EC-20 in this example).

He will also ask you if you want to group the panels into a panel group, once completed.

Enter the width and height of the screen (in number of panels). Don't enter a width and height that exceed the amount of connected panels.

In the next step you will be asked for the cabling layout of your screen (he needs this information to detect panels in the right order).
Daisy-chain direction: "Vertical", as EC-Series panels are always daisy-chained vertically using the integrated connection system
Starting corner: "Top left" or "Top right", not really important in this case
Multiple daisy-chains: "Yes", as you have used a gigabit ethernet switch to split the P3 signal into one chain per column
Number of colums per daisy-chain: "1", as every output of the gigabit ethernet switch feeds 1 single column
Start number: Can be anything, normally set to 1, but can be another address if you already placed some other panels onto the canvas

The Wizard will now highlight one physical panel with a full white pattern. Click the corresponding fixture on the screen (choose between the yellow panels).

Once you clicked the first panel, he will highlight another panel. Click the corresponding fixture on the screen (choose again between the (remaining) yellow panels).

Once you completed this procedure for all "top-of-column" panels, click next.

Press create layout to finalize the wizard.

The panels are all placed onto the canvas, in the requested layout. All panels are now automatically addressed.
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