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ESA Pro Calendar

Post by doubledge » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:24 pm

I'm having trouble with the Calendar triggers in ESA Pro. This is an architectural project using a STICK-KE1.

At first I ran into the 40 trigger limit before I got past the middle of the year in programming triggers for holidays and events. It would be helpful if this limit were much higher. To try and overcome this limitation, I replaced some individual triggers with repeating triggers that would, for example, occur every Wednesday over a three month period. This presented a new problem. While a trigger that occurs on a single day will repeat every year on that same day, a trigger that is set to occur over a range of days does not repeat on those same days every year. I'm not sure I understand why this would be different. So no matter what I do I can not achieve what my client wants. Please tell me that I am missing something.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: ESA Pro Calendar

Post by simonB » Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:19 am

It would be helpful if this limit were much higher
You may be able to increase the amount of triggers by programming a little more efficiently (however it looks like you've done this already). For example, if one scene follows another, use the 'jump to' command instead of adding a second trigger. The limitation is due to the processor inside the STICK-KU1/KE1. The new STICK-DE3 will allow for up to 100 calendar triggers.
a trigger that is set to occur over a range of days does not repeat on those same days every year
They will reoccur every year as the STICK uses a year calendar. For example it is not possible to add a trigger in August 2012 that does not trigger in August 2013. If the software doesn't show this, then this is a graphical bug in the software. I'll have the developers fix it.
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Re: ESA Pro Calendar

Post by doubledge » Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:37 pm

Simon,

Thanks for the reply.
You may be able to increase the amount of triggers by programming a little more efficiently (however it looks like you've done this already). For example, if one scene follows another, use the 'jump to' command instead of adding a second trigger. The limitation is due to the processor inside the STICK-KU1/KE1. The new STICK-DE3 will allow for up to 100 calendar triggers.
I understand. I figured that it must be some physical limit. If you guys are intending to keep the STICK-KU1/KE1 around, it would be nice to update them with the better processor so we can increase the number of triggers.

I thought about the 'Jump to' feature when weighing my options. Fortunately I was able to avoid using it by using repeating triggers as it would have meant a great deal more programming. I don't have many programs but they need to run many times in various combinations throughout the year.

It would also be helpful if you would consider adding the ability to schedule a trigger on a specific week in the year rather than just a month. Such as scheduling something on Wednesday of week # 22. This would add a nice level of flexibility. For example, there are holidays that occur on a specific day of a specific week each year and therefore not on a specific date. An example would be Memorial Day in the US falls on the last Monday in May each year which can be any of 7 dates (May 25th thru 31st).
They will reoccur every year as the STICK uses a year calendar. For example it is not possible to add a trigger in August 2012 that does not trigger in August 2013. If the software doesn't show this, then this is a graphical bug in the software. I'll have the developers fix it.
The software definitely does not show repeating triggers as it should in subsequent years. See my screen shots below.
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