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rishma
08/08/2017, 08:26 PM
I'm going to be buying a new LED fixture this week for my new tank. It's a redsea reefer 170. Mitras is on the list, but I'm concerned about the software.

Many of the features are not of much interest to me. I don't have much interest in individually controlling all the channels. if history repeats itself, I will pick a lighting Spectrum, intensity and program, and stick with it for many many years.

I want something with really good blending, spread, Quality and reliability. This is why I am interested in the Mitras.

I want it to be easy to set up. I own a Mac and an iPhone. I don't have access to a PC. I've watched a couple videos and I am concerned about what it would take to set up the light when I receive it. Honestly, It looks complicated. And with no Mac software available will have to figure out how to run Windows.

These points are driving me to look elsewhere, but I thought I would stop by and see if the folks in this forum could convince me otherwise.

Anim8me2
08/08/2017, 08:48 PM
You can use emulation software on your Mac. I use Parallels Desktop.

slief
08/08/2017, 08:57 PM
It's really not that complicated. Even if you don't know Windows. Once you play with GCC for a few minutes, you will figure it out. Plus, there are a number of light projects that you can load onto your lights to get you started if needed. Between the videos on line, the forum, GHL support and the GHL user group on facebook, there is plenty of help available. You can run a windows emulator or get a cheap laptop. You can get one for a couple hundred or less if you look around. It's worth the effort and having one for firmware updates comes in handy. If not, I am sure you know somebody with a Windows laptop you could borrow.

ReefRockerLive
08/08/2017, 09:45 PM
As the two above pointed out, you have options. If you search for a windows RCA tablet, you'll see that it can sell for under $100.

The setup looks complicated, but it's not. It just looks that way because the LX7 offers so many control options. When you're creating your first light schedule, the process is very straightforward. Create a new time point, adjust the channels, save, repeat. When you're done, send the schedule to the lights, that's it. Their video shows you exactly what needs to be done.

Once their app gets released, it'll be another way to access the LX7.

rishma
08/09/2017, 08:43 AM
Once their app gets released, it'll be another way to access the LX7.

when might this be released? does GHL have a history of taking a long time to get these things done?

rishma
08/09/2017, 11:32 AM
You can use emulation software on your Mac. I use Parallels Desktop.

so, do I have to install Windows OS or do I just install Parallels or another emulator and then I can run the GCC software?

Anim8me2
08/13/2017, 08:42 AM
so, do I have to install Windows OS or do I just install Parallels or another emulator and then I can run the GCC software?
Parallels is just an emulator, you install windows and then install GCC IN Windows. I use a minimal install just for GCC.

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