White Cat has a main workspace from which you can call all the other windows.
In version 0.8.3 an effort was made to simplify the work space and make it more ergonomic.
At startup, White Cat will look like this::
It consists of 5 main sections:
The Menu window allows you to call any of the other windows.
You can open and close the windows by:
Each window location is saved when the show is saved.
Each window may be moved or closed by using 2 icons:
The different windows of White Cat
The logic of how the Menu window button columns are organized can be seen on this picture of a menu from a previous version of White Cat.
Clicking on a window will bring it to the foreground and give it the focus,and its border will turn orange.
To quickly shift focus between any of the open windows, use the [Page DOWN] or [Page Up] key.
Use Ctrl-Page Down to cycle through all the windows one at a time.
To simplify the arrangement of windows in the work space there is a Snapshot function. You can save the current window layout by hitting [SHIFT][PRINT SCREEN]. You can later recall this by hitting [CTRL][PRINT SCREEN].
Here is a snapshot of 2 screens (0.7.3):
Replace the default position of the windows
If you use a second monitor and go on tour, it is possible that you will lose the default position of the windows on the second monitor windows. In that case, go to: CFG Menus, Screen tab.
There are six possible ways for the user to interact with the program
Mouse or touch screen: White Cat is for the moment only responsive to one point touch.
All actions are performed with a left mouse click.
The right click is only used for two unique purposes:
The menus have all been designed from the beginning of the project to fit touch screen needs, as are the buttons and faders.
All sliders are 255 pixels high, giving the best precision to the mouse action.
You can also do a cross-fade with the mouse, using a manual ratio enabling you to approximate what you would do with two fingers on a traditional board, which is to say a split cross-fade where the cue in Preset is usually coming in before the current cue on Stage is going down.
A virtual numeric key pad is provided for users with touch screen only: Num-Pad.
The Keyboard enables you to work very quickly by the use of shortcut combinations (Ctrl - Shift)
Many functions can be done through midi. You can use midi control surfaces like the BCF2000, UC-33 or Launchpad to work manually: cues, masters, color wheel, accelerometers, Lfo calls and chasers, … a lot of keys are accessible in midi, enabling you to configure your White Cat manually any way you want.
A large number of functions are directly accessible by communicating in serial with arduino cards (USB or RF12 based). Arduino interface enables electronic DIY integration very easily and inexpensively (buttons/Faders boxes, or futuristic customized interfaces). White Cat comes with scripts for the Arduino, allowing you to quickly create a button box or controller motors, relays, mini dimmers etc.
Phone and Tablet Remote
From version 0.8.6 a complete save includes a folder that is dedicated to remote devices which permits you to manipulate White Cat with icat or with TouchOSC.
Iphone and iPad and iPod
Buttons and Faders may be controlled from the iCat module, which is transmitted over wifi with the free and great Fantastick application (see AppStore).
iCat integrates communication in great detail: you can reconfigure and personalize your work space on the fly.
iCat will help you as a Telecommand, handling channels, modifying cues, or as a controller (faders, CueList Faders, etc). The DRAW module can be more fully explored, since with an iDevice and DRAW vou can draw, erase, follow traditional sources, quickly paint on the fly to change your lighting states.
TouchOSC is used in MIDI to remotely control White Cat. You can open from the resources folder the TOUCH OSC layout for White Cat. It is only one sample of how to do it.
Artnet and Banger
White Cat can receive DMX via Ethernet, utiizing the channel macros and Banger, the event handler, you can powerfully control White Cat from another program.