Learn how to use d3 yourself by reading this online user guide. It will not only describe all of the features, but also explain to you in detail how to use them.
About this User Guide
This is the d3 User Guide. The intention of the User Guide is to document every function of the system. If you are using d3 and want to know how to perform a particular action, or indeed whether d3 can perform such an action, this is the manual to use.
You can use the advanced search function throughout this site to find topics of interest and specific terms and functions.
The search box is positioned in the top right corner of this website. It gives you the results based on where you are in the site, so when you are in the User Guide, your first hits will direct you to a section in the User Guide.
Current software version: r10
The current software version is r10 (release 10). Release 10 contains many major enhancements and increased performance such as enhanced Master/Slave configuration including live update of slaves, improved Projector Simulation including auto-calibration, extended Effects library, 8k video support, AIFF audio support, 1080p capture, more motion device drivers, OSC/Art-Net/MIDI expressions throughout the system, Grand MA lighting personality, Multi-Channel audio output/input, DMX and video monitor, texture pooling, and more. Please see the full r10 announcement list here. For more information about identifying and updating the current software version please see the sub-chapters Identifying the d3 version, Updating the d3 software (for d3 Designer owners) and Updating the d3 software (for 4U or 2U machine owners).
Current product versions
d3 is available as software on 2U and 4U hardware rack servers and as a software only solution for show designers. For more information about hardware versions and products, see the Products section.
Reading this User Guide
Links, keyboard presses, expressions and code snippets are displayed in the following font format:
self * mididevice:bcf2000.c
Tips and tricks are highlighted in yellow boxes:
Please note: The default position of the virtual Projector is (0, 3, -10) and the lookAt position is (0,3,0).
Warnings and notifications are highlighted in red boxes:
WARNING: this operation cannot be undone; the objects in the trash-can are permanently deleted.
d3 field names and text boxes are highlighted in italic:
“In the Field-of-View text box set the value to 54”
Important terms that are first introduced in the User Guide are also highlighted in italic:
“To edit a screen you need to open the Screen editor.”
Step-by-step descriptions on how to perform a task are highlighted using bullet points:
- Go to the Feed mode
- Adjust the lookAt position into a rough position.
- Right-click the first output head and click use test pattern.
Image captions are displayed beneath images in the following format:
Red boxes highlight the most important part(s) of an image in relation to that User Guide section, for example:
The aim is that the image, image caption and text all work together to communicate the features in d3 and how to use them.