It is about time I clarified something to everyone especially those who come across me in chat. I am often very critical of lightshowpro. My criticism of it in chat and also at the mini's that I have attended is said in a lighthearted manner, often sacastic or facetious but I am dead serious in my criticism of it. At this point in time LSP has features far above any other sequencer available for controlling your Christmas lights. It does however have enormous, but not life threatening, problems which are slowly being addressed. I have used lightorama for about 7 years now and depending on the channel count that people have I often recommend LOR. I also own LSP pro, have tried Vixen 2.1 and Vixen 3.0 and have a a short play with Xlights/Nutcracker and a very short play with HLS. My first criticism of LSP is mainly that very few of the features are evident, intuitive or easy to use without hitting up tutorials, having the features demonstrated, asking for information via chat or via forum posts. The feaures that LSP have are amazing but it is just ridiculous that it should take dozens of hours to begin to be able to use its potential. 100 hours of learning time in order to get fully familiar with the sequencer is probably not an understatement. My second major criticism is that it has more bugs than the insect section at a museum. Most of these bugs will date back to the former programmer/s but they are still there and they still cause innumerable crashes and heartache for the people who have forked out hundreds of dollars for the software. As part of the same criticism sort of is the fact that LSP generates log files which I should imagine are there solely for the debugging if there is an issue. EVERY session that LSP runs generates log files and the more channels that you have and the more often you run the sequencer the faster you will fill up your hard drive. Unless you manually delete the log files (there is no option not to create them) then you will eventually fill up your hard drive. A number of people have discovered that their super fast solid state drives (SSD's) that they have purchased so that they can sequence fast with LSP have mysteriously filled up sometimes within days. As well as the bugs with the software itself there seems to be a number to do with the installer and install. It is very common for people to have to do a full remove of LSP when doing an upgrade. It is also quite common for a full operating system reinstall to be required just to get the software to run. A number of bugs are blamed on the incorrect codecs being used for video and/or audio files. Instead of LSP reporting that there is an issue it does what it does best. It crashes or grinds away your time and instruction cycles doing not much at all or it just crashes. The third criticism is the fact that the computer required to run LSP almost has to be the very latest i7 or similar with 8GB or more of RAM, dedicated fairly high end graphics card and 64 bit windows. Having a SSD is almost becoming the norm too. LSP may run on a lower end PC but to get anything like the performance that LSP is being sold and demonstrated as having you need a very fast computer. My fourth criticism is that at this point in time the scheduler which is kind of the most important bit to get your lights flashing during December still has major issues based on conversations in chat, at the minis and on forum posts at ACL and LSP. I know that there are people who have not had a show due to LSP scheduler not working, people who have manually sat there during December and used the sequencer to play sequences all night long, people who have used Xlights or LOR to play their LSP sequences. I haven't used the scheduler myself as I have used LOR forever and gave up in my battles with LSP before I needed to use the scheduler. Both the scheduler and the playback engine of LSP are mean to be being fully re-written. My final criticism for today is that as of the last I heard the next public release of LSP is meant to be on the 1st of October. This is only weeks away from when people are expecting to actually be using the sequencer to finalise their sequencing and then output to their displays. Based on the fact that every sequencer has issues when they do a public release it is unlikely that all bugs still in the software will be fixed in the 8 weeks from then until December will be fixed as it is now more than 8 months since the end of last December and there are still dozens of bugs being reported as part of the beta program and from users. I criticise all of the sequencers that I have used for different reasons. LOR S3 is lacking in features, LOR Superstar is hard to use (for a novice) and is expensive for what you get, Vixen 2 has next to no tools or features, Vixen 3 is great but the channel setup is truly horrendous and the process to create a sequence seems a bit clunky. HLS confused me so I only tried it for a short time. Madrix isn't a sequencer as such and is priced well above the price range that most Christmas light decorators can afford. LSP is amazing in what it can do and the final result that can be achieved but it has so many issues that I will continue to give the LSP fanboys in chat a hard time whenever they are trying to convince someone to go with LSP. If there is a problem with something I will say that there is a problem. That's just me. I have no doubt that this post will get its own criticism and at some time in the future some or all of the issues above will get resolved and at that point I will actually stop criticising LSP for that issue. As usual I offer all LSP users the best of luck with their battles with LSP. Yes I know some people have had little problem with LSP but they are likely to be in the minority and I know a lot of amazing displays have been done with LSP but there has been enormous heartache for people using LSP thinking that it will work like expected.