IQ RDM Manager Software USER MANUAL

IQ RDM Manager Software
USER MANUAL
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Table of Contents
1. INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................ 3
QUICK-START VISUAL CROSS-REFERENCE .......................................................................................... 3
INSTALLING AND INITIAL STARTUP ........................................................................................................ 4
CONFIGURATION ................................................................................................................................. 4
2. UPDATING IQ RDM MANAGER SOFTWARE ............................................................... 5
UPDATING CONNECTED PROPLEX DEVICE ........................................................................................... 7
MAIN HOME-SCREEN INTERFACE ......................................................................................................... 8
MAIN INTERFACE CONTROLS AND MENUS ............................................................................................ 8
MAIN TOOLBAR MENU BUTTONS ........................................................................................................ 10
MAIN INTERFACE MODULE TABS ........................................................................................................ 12
3. IQ MANAGER INTERFACE ....................................................................................... 13
IQ ETHERNET TO DMX NODE CONTROL WITH IQ MANAGER ................................................................ 14
NODE SETTINGS ............................................................................................................................... 15
POST SETTINGS ................................................................................................................................ 16
IQ SUB-MENUS VIA RIGHT-CLICK ...................................................................................................... 17
4. RDM MANAGER.................................................................................................... 18
RDM TOOLBAR................................................................................................................................. 18
RDM DEVICES AND SETTINGS W INDOWS ........................................................................................... 19
USB NODE PROPERTIES AND PROPLEX RDMIGO CABLE ................................................................... 22
IQ RDM MANAGER “LATEST BETA”.................................................................................................... 23
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Quick-Start Visual Cross-Reference
Main Interface and menus p.9
Main Interface module tabs p.11
Art-Net RDM Manager Interface p.19
ProPlex IQ Manager p.15
IQ Manager Menu Buttons p.14
The ProPlex IQ RDM MANAGER SOFTWARE is used to manage and update ProPlex IQ Ethernet to
DMX converters, and perform RDM functions when using a ProPlex IQ or ProPlex RDMigo cable
connected to RDM devices.
Note: Ensure all devices support RDM. Some DMX receiving chips are not able to process an RDM
signal, casuing the device to behave erratically. If a problem occurs contact the device manufacturer.
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Installing and Initial Startup
PROPLEX IQ RDM MANAGER can be downloaded from
http://pub.tmb.com/ProPlex/Devices/IQ/software/ProPlexIQManager.zip
Once downloaded, unzip the folder and run the PropPlexIQmanager.exe file.
Configuration
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Note: If Windows requests access to the various blocking options of Windows Firewall, please
choose all available options to not be blocked.
When starting the IQ RDM Manager Software, a popup window will appear to select the NIC (Network
Interface Card) being used with the ProPlex Ethernet to DMX node. If using the ProPlex RDMigo
Cable, please choose any of the options as it does not require a network connection.
Once the network setting has been chosen, the main IQ RDM Manager home-screen interface will
appear.
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Updating IQ RDM Manager Software
Occasionally, new updates to the ProPlex IQ RDM Manager will be released. The ProPlex IQ RDM
Manager Software will notify the user that there is an update.
View the changelog for the update by clicking on the “View changes” button
To proceed with the update, click on the “Download” button. A progress indicator bar will advise on
the download’s progression until it’s finished.
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Once the download is finished, click on the “Install Update” button to install the latest version of IQ
RDM Manager. The software will make a backup of the existing version of IQ RDM Manager in case
it’s needed again.
Once the update is installed, the software will prompt a restart. Press the “Restart App” button to
restart the software.
As the Software restarts, choose the desired network again to open the main home-screen interface.
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Updating Connected ProPlex IQ Ethernet to DMX Devices
using ProPlex IQ RDM Manager
As new versions of firmware for the ProPlex IQ Ethernet to DMX nodes become available, IQ RDM
Manager will indicate if a new version of firmware is available for any of the attached nodes. The
yellow triangle on the node’s name-bar indicates there is an update for the attached node. By rightclicking on the triangle or the node’s name, a pop-up menu will appear. Choosing “update firmware”
will start the update process.
An update window will pop up and clicking the “Start update” button will initiate the update.
Note, IQ ONE 8-port Ethernet to DMX nodes will have a two-step update procedure due to the node
having two separate MCU’s, master and slave. Follow the instructions onscreen to update both the
master and slave MCU in the correct order.
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Main IQ RDM Manager Home-Screen Interface
Main Interface Controls and Menus
Main menu dropdowns for common menu items
File:
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Load from Config files: Loads the previously saved
snapshot of config files taken from all attached nodes.
Also used in troubleshooting with tech support.
Save all to config files: Save all settings for all
attached IQ Nodes. Handy for resetting an entire
system back to default or to a saved state.
Exit: Shut down the IQ RDM Manager software
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Edit:
All attached nodes can have changes made to all ports with these settings. For example, change all
node protocols to Art-Net: Choose Edit -> Protocol -> Art-Net
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Port -> RDM (ON/OFF): Quickly change
RDM to ON or OFF for attached nodes.
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Port -> Direction -> (In or Out): Change all
port directions between In and Out (Not
available in IQ TWO 416)
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Protocol -> (Art-Net or sACN): Change all
node protocols between Art-Net and sACN
Firmware Update:
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Multi firmware update tool: Running this
tool will allow sequential updates on all nodes
in a system. This is especially handy on large
systems due to the staggered timing of node
updating to ensure nodes reboot and not
leave the system dark all at once.
Help:
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About: Shows the current version of
software, the currently supported devices list,
and the contact information for technical
support
View ChangeLog: Shows the list of changes
of recent releases of IQ RDM Manager
Software and supported devices firmware.
Check for updates: – Initiates a manual
check for updates to the IQ RDM Manager
Software
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Main Toolbar Menu Buttons
Target Ethernet Adapter Button:
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Allows for selection of NIC (Network Interface Card)
USB Node Properties Button:
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When using the ProPlex RDMigo Cable for RDM device management, toggles the USB Node
properties window, and shows green when a ProPlex RDMigo Cable is attached and
enabled.
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Note: Refer to page p.22 for ProPlex RDMigo Cable and RDM Management.
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DMX VIEW Properties Button:
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This button opens the DMX Preview window. In this window there is the option to display the
Art-Net or sACN data on for a selected universe, and the levels of the channels in the
universe. DMX levels can be displayed in percentage (0-100%) or decimal (0-255).
Incoming DMX refresh rate will also be displayed here.
Change Skin Button:
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This button toggles the Main interface color between a lighter and darker theme.
White Background Skin
Dark Grey Background Skin
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Change Universe
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Format:
This dropdown menu changes the way IQ RDM MANAGER displays universe information.
• HEX
o Art-Net (0, 0.0.1 – 0.0.9, 0.0.A - 0.0.F, 0.1.0 – 0.1.F – F.F.F)
o sACN (0.0.1-0.0.9, 0.0.A - 0.0.F, 0.1.0 - F.F.F)
• BASE16
o Art-Net (0, 0.0.1 – 0.0.15, 0.1.0 – 0.1.15… 127.15.15)
o sACN (0.0.1 – 0.0.15, 0.1.0 – 0.1.15… 127.15.15)
• Decimal
o Art-Net (0 – 32767)
o sACN (1 – 32767)
• ABC (Alphanumeric)
o Art-Net (0, A - Z, AA – AZ, BA… AVLG)
o sACN (A - Z, AA – AZ, BA… AVLG)
Main Interface Module Tabs
Located in the main interface are tabs for choosing which module to work in: Ethernet to DMX node
module, LED Nodes Module, and RDM over Art-Net module.
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“Ethernet <-> DMX Nodes”: The IQ RDM Manager Software can be used to remotely
manage ProPlex IQ ONE, IQ TWO, DIN RAIL IQ, and IQ MICRO Ethernet to DMX Nodes
“Led Nodes”: The IQ RDM Manager Software can be used to remotely manage Solaris
Mozart 40-way Power supplies.
“Art-Net RDM”: The IQ RDM Manager Software can be used to remotely configure RDM
devices attached to ProPlex IQ Ethernet to DMX Nodes, or in conjunction with the ProPlex
RDMigo Cable attached directly to a PC, can manage RDM Devices over an attached DMX
link.
Note: Currently as the sACN E1.31 standard awaits inclusion of the RDM protocol, ProPlex IQ’s must
be in Art-Net protocol mode to display connected RDM fixtures.
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ProPlex IQ Manager Interface
“Ethernet <-> DMX Nodes” Menu buttons
Sort ascending by name
The "Sort ascending by name" button organizes all attached IQ Nodes ascending by name.
Sort descending by name
The "Sort descending by name" button organizes all attached IQ Nodes descending by name.
Collapse list (all)
By pressing the "Collapse list" button, the list will collapse to only show the node names.
Expand list (all)
By pressing the "Expand list" button, the list will expand to reveal all of the IQ Node’s settings. (see
the example below)
Note: Individual Nodes can be Expanded and Collapsed using the Small Black arrows to the left of
their name
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Remove absent nodes
By pressing the "remove absent nodes" button, all of the absent nodes (nodes that are not active/
connected anymore) will be removed from the list.
When a node is detected as absent, all of its attributes will change to “red”.
ProPlex IQ Ethernet to DMX Node Feature Control using IQ
Manager
General Node information
Node Type:
Node Type/ Software version
Node Name:
(click in this field to change)
IP Address:
(click in this field to change)
Mask:
(click in this field to change)
Easy IP:
(click to change on/off
Node Name
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Change the name of the node to the desired name
IP Address
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Change the IP Address to the desired address. Note: IQs that require a software update must
be in the same subnet as IQ RDM Manager.
Mask
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Commonly referred to as “subnet mask”. Note: When EASY IP is set to ON, no changes to
Mask are available
EASY IP
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When EASY IP is set to ON, IQs automatically find Art-Net and sACN traffic without the need
to be in the same IP address subnet. The IQ software searches all masks, not just the current
IP range.
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Node Settings
Node Mac Address:
(fixed and unchangeable)
Protocol Select1:
(Art-Net or sACN)
Easy Priority:
(ON or OFF)
Art-Net idle resend time:
(0.5s, 1s, 2s, 4s)
Action on source loss:
(HOLD After, Blackout After, Dis. Out After)
DMX OUT refresh rate:
(20hz,30hz,40hz, Adaptive)
Node Mac Address:
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Fixed mac address that ships with the node
Protocol Select:
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Choose between Art-Net or sACN. This setting applies to all ports of the node
Easy Priority:
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When Easy Priority is ON, when two or more of the same Art-Net/ sACN universes from
different sources exist on the network and are used by a ProPlex IQ output port, the source
with the higher channel 512 value for that universe will have control over that universe. This
is especially handy when 2 DMX consoles of different Manufacturers are desired to share
parts of the same lighting rig. Using simple submasters with channel 512 recorded to full, one
console can easily take over control of a universe from another without any form of complex
HTP/LTP merging in the system.
Art-Net idle resend time:
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The amount of time between packets a ProPlex will resend if it detects no change in packets
coming from the source. Some older devices require constant Art-Net packets even though
there were no changes.
Action on source Loss:
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When the ProPlex IQ loses its source of Art-Net or sACN; HOLD Values, holds the last
values the ProPlex IQ received, Blackout After takes all channels to 0% after a set amount
of time, and Dis.Out After, disables the DMX output altogether after a set amount of time.
(See additional Window below)
DMX OUT refresh rate:
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Changes the DMX out refresh rate between 20Hz, 30Hz, 40Hz, and Adaptive. Adaptive
mode (High Speed Video Adaptive Mode), is best used when a media server or lighting
console is sending DMX over Ethernet at a higher rate than typical, for the purposes of
having DMX Fixtures (LEDs) behave like low-res video. Note: Some devices may not work
with this setting
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Port Settings
Universe:
(click in this field to change))
Direction: (fps):
(IN or OUT)
RDM: (dev. Count):
(ON or OFF)
sACN Priority:
(0-200)
Universe:
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Change the universe number for the port (the value in the field is displayed according to the
Universe Number format (see p.13). If the number entered is in a different format than the
selected format, the entered number will be converted to the selected Universe Number
format (e.g., Node is in Alpha-Numeric mode, and “17” typed, the field will show “P”).
Note – When the Node is in sACN mode, setting a value of universe 0 will show an error as
sACN begins at universe 1.
Direction:
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Change the direction of the port between IN (Input) and OUT (Output). Once changed, the
field in IQ Manager will show the DMX refresh rate of the port. The color of the field in the IQ
Manager interface display RED for Output and Blue for Input (not available in the IQ Two
416).
RDM:
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Turn RDM ON or OFF by port. When set to on, the number of connected RDM
devices is shown in the field in IQ Manager. When RDM is turned ON, the field in
IQ Manager turns green, and flashes light-green each type the RDM protocol is
sent.
sACN Priority:
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Change the sACN priority of the port when it’s set to INPUT. Also used to assign priority to a
port for DMX merging and priority. Zero “0” is the lowest priority and “200” is the highest.
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IQ Sub-Menus via Right-Click
The IQ Manager also offers so extra features available via
right-click.
Right-clicking on the Node Type, Node Name, or IP
Address fields reveals the IQ submenus.
Identify: (ON/OF)
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Flashes the screen and connectors (IQ
Two/Micro).
Open in Browser:
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Opens the node in the default web browser web
interface.
Additional Config: (IQ Two and Micro)
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Brings up a new window allowing control of the
LCD/LED brightness and Screen Lock time (1300s).
Load / Save Config:
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Load / Save the current configuration of the node.
Reset All / Update Firmware
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Resets the configuration back to factory default
Checks the internet for latest node updates (usually happens automatically) Requires and
internet connection (see p. 18).
Right-Clicking on:
Universe/Sequence: Allows a sequential renumbering of
ports
Direction: Allows change of all port to ALL In or ALL Out
RDM: Allows change of all ports to RDM All On or All Off
SACN Priority: Allows change of all ports to the same desired
priority level
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ProPlex RDM Manager
RDM Toolbar
The top bar of the RDM window has the following information and tools.
RDM FIFO:
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“RDM First IN, First Out” – When configured multiple RDM fixtures at the same time, packets
need to be sent sequentially, and this window shows the number of packets remaining in line
to get processed.
UID Selected:
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Shows which RDM Device is selected by its embedded UID (Unique Identifier). All RDM
devices have a unique identifier (UID) that consists of a manufacturer ID and serial number.
Remove absent devices:
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The ProPlex IQ RDM Manager Software detects and “memorizes” which fixtures and IQ
Ethernet to DMX nodes it last saw. If the device is present on the DMX link, it’s shown with a
green circle next to it. If a RDM device is disconnected, powered down, or becomes
undiscoverable due to failure, the software will still show it in its RDM device list but will show
a red circle instead.
Identify:
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While a RDM device is selected, pressing the “identify” button will cause the device to identify
itself. (This is usually a flashing of the intensity parameter, or the device’s menu screen.)
Force Discovery:
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The Force Discovery button, IQ RDM Manager will search for any new devices. IQ RDM
Manager automatically checks for new devices periodically, but this feature forces an
immediate check for new devices.
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RDM Devices and Settings Windows
View tabs:
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“by Node”: RDM Devices are organized and listed under the Ethernet to DMX Node (or
RDMigo Cable) they’re are attached to. Below, the SoLED is shown as connected to the
ProPlex IQ Two 1616.
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“by Universe”: RDM Devices are organized and listed under the Universe they exist on.
Below, the SoLED is listed as connected to Universe “F”.
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“by Model”: RDM Devices are listed by type.
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“Sensors”: The “Sensors” tab shows the various sensor statuses and information that a
device is capable of reporting. The dropdown to the left of the “refresh button” shows the
available sensors. Temperature, Voltage (supplied), Current Draw, Power Consumption, and
mains frequency are some of the options a device can report.
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Some examples of Sensor options:
The “Reset Sensor” button is very handy for troubleshooting, as some sensors will report the lowest
and highest values the devices have been in contact with. Example, on a festival, it’s suspected that
a brown-out condition exists. The Main Voltage sensor on the TMB Solaris SoLED will report the
lowest voltage it has seen since its sensor has been reset.
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“Patch”: The Patch tab shows DMX channels 1-512 for the universe currently selected in the
dropdown in the upper left corner. A fixture’s address can also be quickly changeds by
clicking and dragging on the fixture footprint (the green bar) from one section of the universe
to another.
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Device Properties:
The Device Properties Tab shows all of the common
RDM PIDs found in most entertainment lighting devices.
The Address and Mode tab, Device Info tab, Lamp Info
tab, and Configuration tab have various fields which can
be changed by hitting the “set” button next to the field
that is to be changed.
Device Hours and Power
Cycles Counts can be reset
here
Device Menu Attributes, and
Moving Light RDM functions
can be accessed on the third
and fourth tabs.
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USB Node Properties and ProPlex RDMigo Cable
The ProPlex RDMigo Cable allows for easy management of RDM devices from a PC using the
ProPlex IQ RDM Manager Software. The RDMigo Cable connects to a pc via USB, and attaches to a
DMX link. All fixtures on the DMX link that are RDM compatible will be displayed in the IQ RDM
Software.
Warning: To eliminate risk of damage to the
computer, we recommend connecting through an
opto-splitter.
To use the ProPlex RDMigo cable, connect the cable to a PC and open the IQ RDM Manager
Software. After choosing the network interface card (any choice will do when using just the RDMigo
Cable,) click on the USB Node Properties Button.
In the USB Node Properties window, click the checkbox to ENABLE USB NODE. Next, click on the
first drop-down window under the USB FTDI Device list and select the “USB-RS485 Cable” option.
The RDM ON/OFF drop down allows for temporary RDM disabling for troubleshooting purposes, and
the Universe selection window allows for simple organization in the Art-Net/RDM window when also
using ProPlex IQ Ethernet to DMX nodes.
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ProPlex IQ RDM Manager “Latest Beta”
In some instances, the latest Beta of IQ RDM Manager may need to be used to run new products or
try new functionality slated for an upcoming software release. In order test the latest Beta of IQ RDM
Manager Software, a custom “short-cut” needs to be made to the program’s .exe file. The method
below describes how to create the beta shortcut and backup the standard IQ RDM Manager Software
Note: Running a beta piece of software may produce undesirable results. Please test prior to using in
a show environment. In some cases a beta will not be available. Please contact Tech Support if
there’s a technical issue.
1. Locate the ProPlexIQManager.exe file on the PC.
2. Right-Click on the file and select “Create Shortcut”
3. Right-Click on the new Shortcut and Choose “Properties”
4. In the Properties tab, locate the “Target” field, and change the target from:
“…..\...\ProPlexIQManager.exe”
to
“….\...\ProPlexIQManager.exe –beta”
*Note, there is a space after .exe, followed by a “-“ (hyphen)
5. Once finished, run the new shortcut.
6. Once the software has opened, wait 20 second for a message along the bottom bar to appear
similar to the image below. Choose the Download button to initiate the process.
7. Once finished, follow the instructions on screen to install and backup the original file. This will
restart the app.
8. Once the app is restarted the most current beta will be installed. In some cases, the software will
not advise that there’s a newer version of software because it hasn’t been released for public use.
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