Chapter 5. The automation window

The automation window screenshot showing drum

The automation window is accessed by edit menu item automation. There are basic edit tools available to do your automation. You can use keyboard bindings to do your tasks are select appropriate edit tool of toolbar. As the appropriate port is checked it enables the automation of it. Else it is by-passed and won't see any automation data. By enabling a port it gets visible within the editor.

  • Position cursor. Use arrow keys. Page-Up and Page-Down switches the automation area.

  • Add automation point applied horizontally by time and vertically as value. Add by enter space.

  • Delete automation point. Use delete key.

  • Select automation. Alternatively do select all, note selects everything visible within scope tab.

  • Copy automation. Control-c key-stroke.

  • Cut automation. Control-x key-stroke.

  • Paste automation. Control-v key-stroke.

  • Show/hide meta information. Control-m key-stroke.

Adjust zoom by combo-box and add/remove automation area to editor by combo-box selection.

Automation toolbar

The automation editor's toolbar screenshot

In the table below are the various buttons explained you may use for editing.

Table 5.1. AGS automation editor toolbar controls table.

cursor You may want to set the cursor to paste accelerations at the position where it is located.
accelerations Add accelerations by clicking within the automation area.
delete Delete accelerations by clicking on the acceleration you don't want anymore.
select Select accelerations to copy or cut them.
copy Copy accelerations to the clipboard.
cut Cut accelerations to the clipboard.
paste Paste the previously copied or cutted accelerations at the cursor position or just insert them where they are/were located.

Editing tools

The tools menu button contains items that opens dialogs to do common editing tasks. Like move, crop or select accelerations.

Position cursor

The positon automation cursor dialog screenshot

The position automation cursor dialog allows you to position the cursor.

Table 5.2. AGS position automation cursor dialog controls.

position x Set the cursor at position x.

Select accelerations

The select acceleration dialog screenshot

The select acceleration dialog allows you to select accelerations of given position and selected controls.

Table 5.3. AGS select acceleration dialog controls.

copy selection Check button to say if you would like to copy selection to clipboard.
add/remove Add/remove controls to enable/disable for selecting automation area.
select x0 Set the x0 offset of region to select.
select x1 Set the x1 offset of region to select.

Ramp accelerations

The ramp acceleration dialog screenshot

The ramp acceleration dialog allows you to ramp accelerations to a specified value using given number of steps.

Table 5.4. AGS ramp acceleration dialog controls.

ramp control Select the control to ramp.
ramp x0 The x0-offset to start ramp from.
ramp y0 The y0-value to use as first value.
ramp x1 The x1-offset to stop ramp to.
ramp y1 The y1-value to use as last value.
step count The number of steps to use to ramp value y0 to y1 from offset x0 to x1.