• grandMA3 User Manual
    • About the manual
    • Device Overview
      • grandMA3 consoles
        • grandMA3 full-size
        • grandMA3 full-size CRV
        • grandMA3 light
        • grandMA3 light CRV
        • grandMA3 compact XT
        • grandMA3 compact
      • grandMA3 extension
      • grandMA3 replay unit
      • grandMA3 processing units
      • grandMA3 Nodes
      • grandMA3 Nodes DIN-Rail
      • grandMA3 I/O Node
      • grandMA3 I/O Node DIN-Rail
      • grandMA3 onPC command wing XT
      • grandMA3 onPC command wing
      • grandMA3 onPC fader wing
      • grandMA3 onPC rack-unit
      • Screen allocation
      • Keyboard shortcuts
      • Keys
        • . [Dot]
        • <<< [GoFastBackward] | Black
        • >>> [GoFastForward] | Flash
        • - [Minus]
        • + [Plus]
        • / [Slash] | * [Asterisk/Multiply]
        • At
        • Assign
        • Align
        • Blind
        • Clear
        • Channel
        • Copy
        • Cue
        • Down
        • Delete
        • Esc
        • Edit
        • Freeze
        • Full
        • Fixture
        • Group
        • Goto
        • Go+ [large]
        • Go- [large]
        • Go+ | Temp
        • Go- | Top
        • Help
        • Highlt [Highlight]
        • If
        • Learn | Rate1
        • List
        • MA
        • Menu
        • Move
        • Next
        • Numeric keys | arrows
        • Oops
        • On
        • Off
        • Pause [large]
        • Pause | Fix
        • Page+
        • Page-
        • Please
        • Power
        • Preset
        • Prvw [Preview]
        • Prev [Previous]
        • Select
        • SelFix [SelectFixture]
        • Sequ [Sequence]
        • Set
        • Solo
        • Stomp
        • Store
        • Thru
        • Time
        • Up
        • Update
        • U1
        • U2
        • X1 | Clone
        • X2 | Link
        • X3 | Grid
        • X4 | Layout
        • X5 | Step
        • X6 | TC
        • X7 | View
        • X8 | DMX
        • X9
        • X10
        • X11
        • X12
        • X13 | Phaser
        • X14 | Macro
        • X15 | Page
        • X16 | Exec
        • Xkeys
      • Control elements
        • Command area
        • Master area
        • Custom area
        • Dual encoders
        • Level wheel
        • Grand master
        • Executor elements
      • Connector pin assignment
    • System Overview
      • Standalone device
      • Locally networked devices
      • World server
      • Parameters
        • Calculate parameters
        • Expand the amount of parameters
    • First Steps
      • Unpack the device
      • Check scope of delivery
      • Position the device
      • Connect power
      • Connect desk light
      • Connect external screens
      • Connect USB devices
      • Connect DMX
      • Connect Audio In
      • Connect MIDI
      • Connect LTC
      • Connect Ethernet
      • Connect DC Remote In
      • Connect grandMA3 extension
      • Connect grandMA3 fader wing
      • Turn on the device the first time
    • grandMA3 onPC
      • System requirements grandMA3 onPC
      • Windows installation
      • Optimize Windows
      • macOS installation
      • Optimize macOS
      • onPC Terminal App
      • onPC settings
      • Clean start
    • Show File Handling
    • Workspace
      • User interface
        • Configuration of displays
        • Desk lock
        • User-defined area
        • Command line
        • Control bar
        • View bar
        • Tables in general
        • Trackpad window
      • Gestures
      • Command area
      • Master controls
      • Playback controls
      • Displays in grandMA3 onPC
      • Encoder bar
        • Feature group control bar
        • Encoder toolbar
      • Calculator
      • Playback bar
      • Command wing bar
      • Colors
        • System
        • Markers
        • Color theme
    • Command Syntax and Keywords
      • General syntax rules
      • All keywords
        • ; [Semicolon]
        • / [Slash]
        • . [Dot]
        • .. [DotDot]
        • = [Equal]
        • <<< [GoFastBackward]
        • >>> [GoFastForward]
        • - [Minus]
        • * [Asterisk]
        • % [Percent]
        • + [Plus]
        • Absolute
        • Acceleration
        • Action
        • ActivationGroup
        • Align
        • AlignTransition
        • Appearance
        • Assign
        • At
        • Attribute
        • Black
        • Blind
        • Block
        • BPM
        • Call
        • Camera
        • Capture
        • Certificate
        • ChangeDestination
        • Channel
        • ChannelSet
        • Chat
        • Cleanup
        • Clear
        • ClearActive
        • ClearAll
        • ClearSelection
        • Clone
        • CmdDelay
        • ColorTheme
        • Configuration
        • Console
        • Cook
        • Copy
        • Cue
        • CueDelay
        • CueFade
        • CueInDelay
        • CueInFade
        • CueOutDelay
        • CueOutFade
        • CurrentUser
        • CurrentUserProfile
        • Cut
        • DataPool
        • Deceleration
        • Decimal8
        • Decimal16
        • Decimal24
        • Default
        • Delay
        • Delete
        • DelGlobalVar
        • DelUserVar
        • Dismiss
        • Display
        • DMXAddress
        • DMXReadout
        • DMXUniverse
        • Down
        • Drive
        • Echo
        • Edit
        • EditSetting
        • Eject
        • Effect
        • EndIf
        • Exchange
        • Executor
        • Export
        • Extract
        • Extension
        • Fade
        • Fader
        • FaderHighlight
        • FaderLowlight
        • FaderMaster
        • FaderRate
        • FaderSolo
        • FaderSpeed
        • FaderTemp
        • FaderTime
        • FaderX
        • FaderXA
        • FaderXB
        • FeatureGroup
        • Filter
        • Fix
        • Fixture
        • FixtureType
        • Flip
        • Flash
        • Fog
        • Font
        • Freeze
        • Full
        • Gel
        • GetGlobalVar
        • GetUserVar
        • Universal
        • Go+
        • GoStep
        • Go-
        • Goto
        • Grid
        • Group
        • HardwareKey
        • Help
        • Helplua
        • Hex8
        • Hex16
        • Hex24
        • Highlight
        • Houselights
        • Hz
        • If
        • IfActive
        • IfOutput
        • IfProg
        • Image
        • Import
        • Index
        • Insert
        • Integrate
        • Interface
        • Invert
        • Invite
        • IP
        • JoinSession
        • Key
        • Keyboard
        • KeyboardShortcuts
        • Knockin
        • Knockout
        • Label
        • Language
        • Layout
        • LearnRate
        • LearnSpeed
        • LeaveSession
        • Library
        • List
        • ListOwner
        • ListRef
        • Load
        • Loaded
        • LoadShow
        • Lock
        • Login
        • Logout
        • Lowlight
        • Lua
        • LuaFile
        • Macro
        • Master
        • MAtricks
        • Media
        • Menu
        • Mesh3DS
        • MessageCenter
        • Monitor
        • Move
        • MyRunningMacro
        • MyRunningSequence
        • NewShow
        • Next
        • Node
        • NonDim
        • Normal
        • Off
        • On
        • OnPC
        • OSC
        • Oops
        • Output
        • OutputLayer
        • Page
        • Part
        • Park
        • Paste
        • Patch
        • Pause
        • Percent
        • PercentFine
        • Phase
        • Physical
        • Plugin
        • Preset
        • PresetUpdate
        • Press
        • Preview
        • Previous
        • Programmer
        • Property
        • PU
        • Pyro
        • Rate1
        • Readout
        • Reboot
        • Recast
        • Relation
        • Relative
        • Release
        • ReloadPlugins
        • ReloadUI
        • Remote
        • RemoteHID
        • RemoteCommand
        • Remove
        • Reset
        • Restart
        • Root
        • RTChannel
        • RunningMacro
        • RunningSequence
        • SaveShow
        • ScreenConfig
        • ScreenContent
        • Scribble
        • Seconds
        • Select
        • Selection
        • SelFix
        • Sequence
        • SendOSC
        • Set
        • SetGlobalVar
        • SetUserVar
        • Shuffle
        • Shutdown
        • SnapDelay
        • SoftwareUpdate
        • SoundChannel
        • Solo
        • SpecialExecutor
        • Speed
        • Speed1
        • Stage
        • Station
        • Step
        • Stomp
        • Store
        • Temp
        • Texture
        • Thru
        • Time
        • Timecode
        • TimecodeSlot
        • Toggle
        • Top
        • Transition
        • Type
        • UIChannel
        • UiGridSelection
        • Unblock
        • Unlock
        • Unpark
        • Unpress
        • Up
        • Update
        • UpdateContent
        • User1
        • User2
        • User
        • UserProfile
        • Video
        • Version
        • View
        • ViewButton
        • Width
        • World
        • Xkeys
        • Zero
      • Extended command line syntax options
    • Windows, Views, and Menus
      • Add window
      • Rearrange
      • Store and recall views
      • Remove windows from a screen
      • Window settings
      • Menus
      • Change menu locations
      • Pool windows
        • Create pool object
        • Label pool objects
        • Move pool objects
        • Insert pool objects
        • Copy pool objects
        • Lock and unlock pool objects
        • Delete pool objects
    • Networking
      • Interfaces and IP
      • Session
        • Create a session
        • Join a session
        • Leave a session
        • Invite to a session
        • Dismiss from session
        • Create a custom key
      • Web remote
      • SFTP connection
    • DMX In and Out
      • DMX port configuration
      • Ethernet DMX
        • Art-Net menu
        • sACN menu
        • Transmit DMX using Art-Net
    • Single User and Multi User Systems
      • Create User
      • User settings
    • Patch and Fixture Setup
      • What are fixtures
      • Add fixtures to the show
      • MVR
      • Live patch
      • DMX sheet
      • DMX universes
      • Remove fixtures from the show
      • Position fixtures in the 3D space
      • Marker fixture
      • 3D window
      • Camera Pool
      • Stages
      • Classes and Layers
      • Attribute definitions
        • Activation group
        • Feature group
      • Parameter list
      • DMX curves
    • Operate Fixtures
      • What is the programmer
      • Fixture sheet
      • Encoder resolution
      • Using the color picker
      • Selection bar
      • Align
      • Selection Grid
      • Smart view
    • Scribbles
      • Create scribbles
      • Edit scribbles
      • Assign scribbles
      • Delete scribbles
    • Images
      • Screenshots
    • Appearances
      • Create appearances
      • Use appearances
      • Delete appearances
    • Groups
      • Create groups
      • Edit groups
      • Delete groups
      • Group masters
    • Presets
      • Preset pools
      • Create new presets
      • Recipe presets
      • Use preset
      • Edit or Update presets
    • Worlds and Filters
      • At filter
      • Create a world
      • Create a filter
      • Use a world or filter
      • Delete a world
      • Delete a filter
    • MAtricks and Shuffle
      • Blocks
      • Groups
      • Wings
      • Widths
      • Shuffle
    • Cues and Sequences
      • What is tracking
      • Look at cues and sequences
      • Sequence settings
      • Store cues
      • Update cues
      • Copy cues
      • Cue recipes
      • Store settings and preferences
      • Play back cues
      • Move in black
      • Cue timing
      • Renumber cues
      • Delete cues
    • Executors
      • Assign object to an executor
      • Executor configurations
      • Running playbacks
      • Special executors
    • Masters
      • Selected masters
      • Grand masters
        • Time Control
      • Speed masters
      • Playback masters
    • Phasers
      • Step bar
      • Phaser editor
      • Create sinus dimmer phaser
      • Create circle phaser
      • Create circle phaser around position
      • Create color rainbow phaser
    • Macros
      • Create macros
      • Edit macros
      • Assign macros to keys and buttons
      • Examples
    • Agenda
      • Agenda modes
      • Create an agenda entry
      • Edit an agenda entry
      • Agenda toolbar
      • Agenda edit menu
    • Timecode
      • What are timecode slots
      • Timecode settings
      • Track groups
      • Time ranges and events
      • Toggle view mode
      • Record a timecode show
      • Record an external timecode show
      • Edit a timecode show
    • Layouts
      • Create a layout
      • Edit layout
      • Layout view settings
      • Edit layout view
      • Edit layout elements
      • Layout encoder bar
    • Plugins
      • What is Lua?
      • Lua function list
      • Lua functions
        • Object-Free API
          • Cmd
          • CmdIndirect
          • CmdIndirectWait
          • CmdObj
          • Confirm
          • DataPool
          • Echo
          • ErrPrintf
          • ErrEcho
          • Export
          • GetPath
          • GetSubfixture
          • GetSubfixtureCount
          • HookObjectChange
          • HostOS
          • HostType
          • Import
          • MessageBox
          • ObjectList
          • PopupInput
          • Printf
          • ProgressBar
          • SelectedSequence
          • SelectionCount
          • SelectionFirst
          • SelectionNext
          • TextInput
          • Timer
          • UserVariables
          • Version
        • Object API
          • Children
          • Export
          • HasActivePlayback
          • Import
          • ToAddr
    • Data Pools
    • System
      • Date and time
      • Clock
      • Desk lights
      • System information
      • System monitor
      • Info Window
    • Sound Window
    • Remote In and Out
      • DC remotes
      • MIDI remotes
      • DMX remotes
      • OSC
      • PSN
    • RDM
    • Control other MA Devices
      • grandMA3 Nodes
      • MA Network Switch
      • RemoteHID
    • Update the Software
      • Update grandMA3 consoles
      • Update grandMA3 Nodes
      • Update grandMA3 onPC windows hardware
      • Update grandMA3 viz-key
      • Network update
      • Troubleshooting
    • Fixture Types
      • Import fixture types
        • Import GDTF
      • Build fixture types
        • Insert fixture types
        • Insert DMX modes
        • Insert geometries
        • Insert models
        • Link models to geometries
        • Link DMX modes to geometries
      • Export fixture types
        • Export GDTF
    • File Management
      • Import / Export Menu
      • Folder Structure
    • Shut down the System
  • grandMA3 Quick Start Guide
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual consoles
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual processing units
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual Nodes
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual Nodes DIN-Rail
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual onPC command wing XT
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual onPC command wing
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual onPC fader wing
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual onPC rack-unit
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual viz-key
  • grandMA3 Quick Manual I/O Nodes
  • Release Notes
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Version 1.6

Command Line

The main purpose of the command line is to display active command syntax as it is entered and to display any errors generated by failed syntax. The command line also includes several helpful status indicators and quick-access buttons to frequently used features.

By default, the command line is located at the bottom of screen 1. It can also appear at the bottom of screens 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

Command line as it appears on screen 7

Show or Hide the Control Bar

Tap the left arrow at the left edge of the command line to show or hide the control bar along the left edge of the screen.


Open the Command Line History

To open a temporary window showing the Command Line History:

  • Tap MA on the left side of the command line

The Command Line History opens.

Command Line History

To close the window:

  • Tap MA once again

-or-

  • Tap cross in the upper right corner of the window

The Add Window menu also includes a storable version of the Command Line History window. Tap Common + Command Line. For more information, see Add Windows.


Open the Virtual Keyboard

To open a temporary command line window with a virtual keyboard:

  • Tap virtual_keyboard on the left of the command line

The window opens with a virtual keyboard.

Open virtual keyboard

To close the virtual keyboard:

  • Tap virtual_keyboard once again

-or-

  • Tap cross in the upper right corner of the window

Information in the Command Prompt

The command prompt is the point where entered syntax appears. The prompt ends with the '>' symbol, but it contains two pieces of helpful information before the symbol.

  • User Name
    The user name of the current user appears first in the command prompt.
  • Default Keyword
    The default keyword appears in square brackets after the user name. The console uses the displayed default keyword for any numerical syntax entered without a specified object keyword.
Important:
It is possible to navigate through the directory structure of the console using the command line. In this case, the current location in the directory replaces the default keyword displayed in the command line. When returning to the root directory, the default keyword replaces the directory path display.

Change the Default Keyword

Possible default keywords of the command line can include:

To change the default keyword:

  1. Enter the desired keyword into the command line. For example, press the Channel key.
  2. Press Please.

Set the Cursor in the Command Line

When entering command line syntax using a keyboard, it is necessary to bring the keyboard focus to the command line.

To set the cursor in the command line:

  • Tap the command line

- or-

  • Press Esc one or more times. Once all open menus and pop-ups are closed, the keyboard focus returns to the command line.

- or-

  • Press and hold MA and subsequently press Please
Set cursor in the command line

The cursor is set and starts blinking after the prompt and a white box surrounds the command line.

For more information, see Command Syntax and Keywords.


Power Status

On full-size, light, full-size CRV, and light CRV consoles, which are equipped with an internal battery backup, there is an indicator of power status on the right side of the command line. The battery percentage is always displayed at the bottom of the indicator. Status indications include the following states:

  •  Power is connected and the battery is full.
  •  Power is connected and the battery is charging.
  •  Power is disconnected and the battery is discharging.

Session Status and Quick Access to the Network Menu

An indicator of network session status appears on the right side of the command line. Tapping the indicator toggles the network menu open or closed. The color of the network icon indicates one of the following session states:

  • Red: Standalone
  • Black: Startup
  • Gray: IdleMaster
  • Light Blue: GlobalMaster
  • Green: Connected

For more information about networking, see the Networking topic.


Phaser and Phaser Values Workload

Two status bars between the network and message center icons in the command line show the current processing workload dedicated to phaser calculation. A green indication in the left bar increases with the number of parameters with actively running phasers. A green indication in the right bar increases with the total number of phaser values, which are currently running. Each phaser step for each parameter in a phaser counts as one value.

For more information on phasers, see the Phasers topic.


Open the Message Center

The envelope icon on the right side of the command line changes color to indicate new messages in the message center. Tap the icon to open a temporary version of the Message Center window.

Open message center
  1. To confirm all messages, tap Confirm.
  2. To open the message center on another screen, tap monitor.;
  3. To close the message center, tap the message center icon in the command line once again

-or-

  • Tap cross in the upper right corner of the window

World Server Indicator

The globe icon on the right side of the command line changes color from black to green to indicate an active connection to the world server.

For more information on the world server, see the World Server topic.


Enable or Disable Keyboard Shortcuts

Tapping the keyboard icon, with the text "ShCuts" beneath it, on the right side of the command line toggles the keyboard shortcuts on or off.

  • A white color indicates that keyboard shortcuts are disabled.
  • A yellow color indicates that keyboard shortcuts are enabled.
  • A red color indicates that keyboard shortcuts are enabled but temporarily blocked by a menu requiring normal keyboard input.

For more information on keyboard shortcuts, see the Keyboard Shortcuts topic.


Show or Hide the View Bar

Tap the right arrow at the right edge of the command line to show or hide the bar of view buttons along the right edge of the screen.


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