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This web page shows some downsides I found in software packages. Each of them, on their own, can cause major troubles to newbies trying to use the software. For more experienced people they spoil the fun using the software and often cause headaches. Some issues may exist by incident, some may be caused by policy of the software author. As soon as an issue is gone to my knowledge, it will be striked out from this website. Known workarounds will be listed too, as long as they are required.
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???Sunlite Suite 2live Truncated text on Sunlite Suite 2 non-scaling buttons

Truncated text on Sunlite Suite 2 non-scaling buttons

Migration from Sunlite Suite 1 fails

Often Sunlite Suite 2 is capable of opening .ssh-show files from Sunlite 2006 (and from 2004 and 2002?). Sunlite 2006 had a very convenient feature automatically scaling button sizes to fit the screen. This feature has been removed from Sunlite Suite 2, allowing only for two buttons sizes: Zoomed or not Zoomed. The default unzoomed setting will truncate the captions which do often not fit the buttons. The zoomed setting will still truncate some texts that did not get truncated before. If zoom is enabled, the activated subswitch summaries inside the corner of each compression switch start to confusingly look like real switches.

Only offers round sliders rather than horizontal

Even though a horizontal or vertical slider will popup, viewing and setting the slider value feels a lot more cumbersome, especially if reaching the (touch) screen boundaries for switches near the screen edges.

Default color scheme has less contrast

It is less obvious which switches are pressed and which ones are unpressed. This problem can be reduced by selecting different button colors in Controller»'Software Preferences'»'Button Design'.

Switch editor confuses Sunlite 2006 & new users

The new EasyTime's 'Group Rect' functionality is very nice, but it is not very intuitive getting started with it. It would be nice if it would provide some markers for new users, in case they attempt wrong clicks/drags.
Default and min. keyboard-XY-resolution too high

Default and min. keyboard-XY-resolution too high

It doesn't always seem useful to have to set the XY-position accurate up to 1 DMX value step.

No manual DMX-channel output override?

Sunlite Suite 1 (≈ Sunlite 2006) was very useful for quickly testing some dimmer channels or unknown intelligent fixtures for which a scanlibary profile could not be found quickly. This no longer seems possible in Sunlite Suite 2, unless creating a lot of 'dummy' switch buttons.


Sunlite Suite 2 is a lighting tool with great potential and considerably less bugs than Sunlite Suite 1. Unfortunately the newer suite looks much different from the older suite causing confusion to long running users in bars/pubs, does not support all the features of the older suite yet and does not provide full migration of the older suite's shows yet.
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File extension overview for SunliteSuite 3Suite 2200620042002
Sunlite Show file (all-in-one archive).shw.ssh
Sunlite Scan Libary file (fixture definition).ssl2.ssl
Sunlite page exchange (fixture control)
Console file (MIDI-in).csl2.csl
EasyView stage (3D).evs.evs
Effect generator file (FX-engine).efx