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Pangolin has been creating laser control software since 1986 and laser control hardware since 1989. We have always been an industry leader in terms of software and hardware innovation and the introduction of truly bold and groundbreaking features. In fact, many of the features that competitors claim as new or novel actually appeared first within Pangolin's software and hardware.

Below is a short list of key features and the approximate date that they appeared in Pangolin systems. When comparing other systems to what we offer, be sure to take into account the experience of Pangolin and our commitment to continual innovation.

Some of the innovations below indicate issued and pending patents, but the list is by no means a complete representation of our copyright and patent portfolio.

Bold new features in Pangolin's LSD1000 software for the Amiga computer - distributed starting in 1988

  • Easy to use graphical user interface

  • Cut and paste of points and blocks of points

  • Support for up to 1000 frames of animation

  • Raster to vector conversion of bitmap images

  • Morphing
     

Bold new features in Pangolin's LD400 software for the Amiga computer - distributed starting in 1990

  • Support for up to 32 tracks

  • Support for real-time 3D manipulations

  • Support for up to 10,000 3D laser frames with up to 2,000 points per frame

  • Renumbering laser graphics

  • Real-time laser preview

  • Script-based programming -- ability to do anything that the computer can, with lasers

  • Asteroids laser game

Bold new features in Pangolin's LD software for Windows - distributed starting in 1992

  • "True-color" support (no palettes)

  • 6-channel color output

  • Ability to work with both point and vector frames in the same system at the same time

  • Abstract frames

  • Beam brush

  • Built-in raster to vector conversion of colored images

  • DLL-based programming interface -- ability to access all laser functions from within any computer language

Innovative enhancements to Pangolin's LD software for Windows

  • Timeline-based show creation system - original work 1993, released November 1995

  • Raster laser frames - 1995

  • High-resolution support for digitizing tablets using Wintab - 1995

  • Multimedia file support (CD, WAV, MP3, etc.) - 1995, (all formats October 2000)

  • Export show as ILDA frames - 1997

  • Networking of multiple systems - September 1997

  • Beat Marks (colored marks on the timeline) - October 1997

  • Simplified and automatic Image Masking - June 1998

  • Import 10 most popular laser formats - July 1998

  • LIVE! Controller built into the main software package - September 1998

  • Lasershow Performer console - March 1999

  • Support for Video Sync input - August 1999
     

Bold new features in Pangolin's LD2OOO software - distributed starting in November 1999

  • Enhanced raster frames with higher resolution

  • Support for an unlimited number of colors

  • Support for up to 60,000 frames with up to 6,000 points in each frame

  • Higher resolution abstract generator

  • Soft line beginnings and endings

  • Digital geometric correction

  • Support for up to 130,000 points per second

  • Real-time video tracing with MediaLas VST

  • Compact PCI-based controller hardware (QM2000)

Innovative enhancements to Pangolin's LD2OOO software

  • Support for Microscribe 3D digitizing arm - February 2000

  • Support for DMX-512 devices including 200+ light fixtures - May 2000

  • Clipart search engine - July 2000

  • Built-in web publisher - October 2000

  • Enhanced file dialog boxes - October 2000

  • Conversion of 3D Studio MAX directly to laser frames (LCMax) - January 2001

  • Beam Attenuation Maps (US and International Patents Pending) - March 2001

  • Frame security - May 2001

  • Support for up to 20 projectors - August 2001

  • Export show as AVI multimedia file - November 2001

  • Support for up to 1GB of laser data - December 2001

  • LD2000 Asteroids laser game - February 2002

  • Enhanced Reality Preview with accurate view of beams/fog - July 2002

  • Support for Lighting, Shading, Shadows and Textures with laser graphics - September 2002

  • Conversion of Macromedia FLASH directly into laser frames (LCFlash) - February 2003

  • Conversion of Cinema 4D directly into laser frames (LC4D) - September 2003

  • Lasershow Puppeteer Interactive Laser Character software - April 2004

  • Support for up to 30 projectors - July 2005

  • Convenient network adapter configuration (QM2000.NET) - September 2006

  • Lasershow Designer QuickShow, a very quick method of creating and performing laser shows (user interface Patent Pending) - April 2009

Innovative hardware products (other than QM boards discussed above)

  • CADA-MOD laser adapter board for Alesis ADAT XT - March 1996

  • CADA-MOD plus DMX laser adapter board for Alesis ADAT (first product on earth to allow full bandwidth DMX-512 to be recorded and played back on an audio tape deck)  - September 1996

  • Beam Brush - Invented 1992; Patents issued April 1997 and June 2003. Additional patents pending.

  • TrueK Scanning systems (first product shown publicly that produced scan speeds in excess of 50K) - May 1999

  • Lasershow Player model CD2000 - June 2000

  • HD24-MOD laser modification for Alesis HD24 recorder - January 2002

  • "The Dazzler" wide angle scan lens system - Patent issued May 2002

  • Flashback 2 credit-card-sized laser controller - October 2002

  • Flashback 3 credit-card-sized laser controller with DMX/MIDI - October 2003

  • Industry's first USB 2.0 connectivity from a computer to a Laser controller - June 2005

  • Synchronization of an unlimited number of Lasershow Player model CD2000 systems - July 2005

  • "The moving mirror scanner" (as opposed to moving iron or moving magnet scanners) - Patent issued August 2006

  • PASS -- Professional Audience Safety System - Public release: September 2007 - Patent issued July 2010

  • LASORB -- ESD protector for Laser Diodes (Patent Pending) - Developed: July 2008; Public release: March 2009

  • Flashback 3 XE (External Edition of the popular Flashback 3) - September 2008

 

NOTE: All information contained on this page is to the best of our knowledge. Please contact Pangolin if you have any changes or updates to this information.
   
  This page last updated: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 05:56 PM

 
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