Pathfinder Core PRO offers you ultimate control of your Axia network. It is a toolbox that allows you to fashion your own custom workflows for your users. At its foundation it provides router control. By communicating with Axia devices on your network, it brings the sources and destinations together into a common user interface that can then be used to make route changes anywhere in the system.
It also offers control over console parameters, metering, audio levels, and many more parameters that an Axia system provides. Plus, it allows you to design your own user interfaces to display this information and provide your users with whatever degree of control and information over the system you deem appropriate. Building on the highly successful PathfinderPro product line, Pathfinder Core PRO strives to make the information about your Axia system more dynamic, visible, and accessible than ever before.
Pathfinder Core PRO uses modern web browser tools to bring a rich and dynamic user experience to the product, including web sockets and HTML5. This comes at the expense of being unable to support older web browsers. For example, web sockets are only supported in Internet Explorer 10 and later. Most of our development work has been done using Google Chrome which should provide the most consistent and best user experience. If you find things that do not work or behave properly in a specific browser or do not update the data properly, please feel free to file a report with Axia support so that we can investigate the issue. We are always striving to improve the user experience across all browsers.
If data does not seem to display properly or if data is missing, refreshing the webpage is sometimes helpful. Many browsers also have a key combination that will force a refresh from the serving device rather than relying on cached data; for instance, holding the CTRL and SHIFT keys while clicking the refresh button in Google Chrome.
All links necessary to configure, control, and monitor your Pathfinder Core PRO system are on the left-hand side of the Pathfinder Core PRO web pages. This will be referred to throughout the manual as the Navigation Bar.
While the links on this bar are presented alphabetically for ease of use, this manual will skip from link to link as we go through a logical progression of using the system.
The right corner of each web page displays a network connection icon. In normal situations it should look like:
This icon tells you whether the underlying web socket used to obtain and set information from the web page to and from Pathfinder Core PRO is open and communicating properly. If it is not, the icon will look like this, indicating a communication problem between your browser and Pathfinder Core PRO:
Check network connectivity between your browser and Pathfinder Core PRO and verify Pathfinder Core PRO is booted and functioning properly. An additional symptom of this problem may be that configurations look as if they were blank. Before panicking and assuming that your Pathfinder Core PRO has somehow been wiped of its settings, check to see if the network icon is in an unconnected state.
Many of the configuration pages in Pathfinder Core PRO need to present lists of data. For example:
There are a few conventions that apply whenever you see a list like this in Pathfinder Core PRO. The first is the Search box in the right corner.
Typing in the search box will dynamically filter the list. These filters are also often stored by the browser, so if you return to a page and do not see the expected data in the list, check the search field to see if you have a filter on the list.
Next, notice that each column header has arrows next to the header names. Clicking on the header will sort the list according to the data in that column. The column that only has the single arrow represents the current sort column. Clicking on that column a second time will flip the arrow to the other direction and flip the sort from incrementing to decrementing and back again.
Many of the lists will have the hyphen sign in the last column of the list. Clicking this Delete icon removes the selected list item from the system.
Many of the lists will also have a plus sign at the bottom of the list. This sign indicates that items may be added to the list. Clicking the Add icon will usually open another dialog box with specifics for adding the new item.
When lists expand beyond what can be viewed on a single page, page navigation buttons will appear:
Select an entries value from the dropdown list to define how many entries are shown on each page. Options include 10, 25, 50, or 100 entries.
This field displays the total number of items shown on this page and the total number of returned entries.
If your search returns more entries than can be displayed on a single page, click the navigation buttons to move through the pages of returned results.
Pathfinder Core PRO includes an event system called Logic Flows. Because Logic Flows can reach into almost every part of the system, they present a bit of a Catch 22 when it comes to introducing certain subjects in a manual.
There are certain subjects - such as Memory Slots - that are primarily useful in the context of Logic Flows, so you have to understand Logic Flows in order to make the best use of Memory Slots. However, the examples and discussions within the Logic Flow section of this manual also will refer to Memory Slots in order to present some of its examples.
Wherever possible, we have attempt to note this and refer to the relevant sections of this manual. However, as a reader, be prepared to skip around if necessary. If the manual is read from front to back, there may be points where we refer to subjects covered in a later section.