Glediator stands for Graphical LED Installation AnimaTOR and is a small stand alone software to control matrix installations of light sources.
Glediator is written in Java and thus platform independent.
Initially Glediator was written to just control our own LED matrix dirver boards. Meanwhile we added support for other output protocols. Glediator can drive our own boards, led matrices made of WS2801 pixels as well as matrices steered by ArtNet.
On this page (external link) you will find a lively discussion about Glediator and ongoing progress.
This clip is showing an old version of Glediator since there are drastic changes to the curent version an updated clip will be added soon.
Just download the zip file of the latest software version from the download section and extract it to a folder on your local hard drive. To be able to use Glediator you will have to install the RXTX library on your system. A simple google search for "RXTX" followed by your system (e.g. "Win 7 64bit") will guide you easily to the RXTX page were you will find corresponding files for download as well as a short installation manual. It's really not a big deal.
After installing the RXTX lib you will be able to start Glediator by a double click on "Glediator.jar" or by using the command "java -jar Glediator.jar" from within a console.
We tested the software to be running under Win7 (x64), Ubuntu 11.10 (x64) and Mac OS X.
The current Version of Glediator Software is V2.0.1. Latest changes are:
A complete change log can be found here.
Will follow within the next future. For the moment just feel free to try out. You can't do any mistakes!
A very small program written in JAVA that allows you to remotely control Glediator via Network. You can find GRC in the download section.
The used protocol is described here (external link).
A more detailed manual for GRC will follow in the next future.
If you want to build an LED matrix made of the legendary WS2801 pixels and you have an Arduino you can just download the Arduino sketch from here (WS2801.rar) and use your matrix with Glediator!
The baudrate in the firm ware is set to 500000 baud. If you configure your Glediator just choose this baud rate, select "Glediator Protocoll" as protocoll (it's the same protocol as for our 16x8 - Matrix Controller Boards) and select "Single Pixels" as mapping mode. Now you can choose the pixel mapping for your WS2801 pixels and your are done.