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Pie Forms Update Supporting Lyric 8.x

Beta update posted supporting Lyric 8.x. Modified RSS AP example since Twitter dropped support for RSS.

Getting the beta

A user account is required to access the beta.

More download information is available here.

Pie Forms Beta Update w/ Telnet Support

Added a telnet component to support II commands over the network. Experienced some problems with remote LEIF operations and figured adding the telnet component would simplify basic communication requirements between the IDE and Lyric. The samples were modified to make use of the component. See Telnet Test and RSS Twitter AP examples.


Getting the beta

A user account is required to access the beta.

More download information is available here.

XML/RSS - Pie Forms Beta Update

A new beta build has been posted that includes bug fixes, XML/RSS support, detection of missing Microsoft Script Debug components during installation, and a few more samples.

Additional information is available in the earlier blog post: Pie Forms IDE Open Beta is available for download


XmlControl Demo (flash)

Getting the beta

A user account is required to access the beta.

More download information is available here.


 Screen Shots

 XML/RSS Data Selector

Example Twitter RSS Feed surface loaded in Lyric

Regular Expression editor

XSL Editor

Pie Forms IDE Open Beta is available for download

Finally, Pie Forms IDE is available for beta testing. The fully functional Control Surface designer for Chyron's Lyric includes form design, visual SQL/database query building, and an integrated VBScript debugging environment. The IDE also includes a LEIF explorer to assist the process of authoring scripts accessing Lyric's Enhancement Interface Framework.

The development environment is equipped with about a dozen component types that can be used for manual data input, database access, and other specialized control requirements. Component properties and events are accessible at the VBScript layer allowing for code based connectivity between Lyric objects and the components exposed on the control surface. For example, a simple control surface could include an input widget and push button to manually populate a template field of the current Message. A more elaborate surface might include the data grid component to automatically populates template fields, and advances the data cursor on each Message Read.

A sparse set of samples and script libraries are included with the beta. The set of examples and utility code will expand over time. Documentation is virtually non-existant, but that will change.


In the absence of documentation,  follow these steps to get some results

  1. Under Lyric's Tools menu, there should be a Pie Forms menu item. Select it.
  2. Navigate to My Documents\Pie Forms\<version>\forms.  Open UpdateTemplateField.cpf
  3. Load/create a Message with a named template field.
  4. Enter a template field name and value in the control surface and click Apply.

If the software installed properly (and is compatible with the running version of Lyric,) the template field should update with the supplied value. You can explore and modify the CPF in the IDE. A zip of the samples is located in the Pie Forms installation directory if it's necessary to rollback any changes.


Getting the beta

A user account is required to access the beta.

More download information is available here.


Features at a glance

 Form Editing


* Breakpoints
* Stepping
* Variable Inspector
* Call Stack
* Expression Evaluator

Event Handling


Aggregating SMS vote data to production graphics is thankfully a process that can be automated using suitable middleware and the services of a reputable SMS data provider. Whether a local venue with thousands of participants, or national with a few million, the voting results for the campaign can be fed back in real time to the production equipment for live presentation (i.e., updating message animations or datapool variables.)

Pie SMS is a software application that joins the viewers' choice to the on-air graphics that ultimately present and animate the narritive expressed by the engaged SMS participants. The software distills the data recieved from the SMS data provider to a form suitable for CG playback. Messages are called, animations modified, headshots updated, and sequences actuated for hands-free playback of the campaign being promoted.

 Pie SMS Application



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