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The Phoenix Device in the Configuration dialog allows to easily monitor and remote control different functions of a Christie Phoenix controller. Note that the device is only available in the licensed Widget Designer edition, not the Free version.

Adding a New Phoenix Device

To add a Phoenix device, open the Devices menu and select "Christie > Phoenix > Create Phoenix". This opens the Configuration dialog. Alternatively, you can add a new device in the Configuration dialog with the "+" button.

On the right side, you see several options:

The Name is the unique identifier for this Phoenix object in WD and the general rules for naming objects apply here as well (only letters, numbers and underscore are allowed, the first symbol must be a letter).
If you like, you can change the default name to a more descriptive one. When scripting, enter the name to access available members as described further down.

The ID is currently used internally only. In upcoming versions it will be possible to use it for addressing the device.

The "Enable" check box is ticked per default. On the left side, you should later see that the icon in front of your Phoenix device is a filled blue circle. An empty blue circle indicates an enabled device where the IP address is not available. A filled gray circle indicates a disabled device.

Now, please enter the IP address of the Phoenix controller. Click the "Apply" button to save any changes done here. You can also use the shortcut [Ctrl + Enter] to do so.

You can close the dialog now. The newly created device will also be added to the Devices menu > Christie > Phoenix and can be opened from here or with Devices menu > Configuration.

Using the Device in Regular Scripting

After creating a device, you can access its commands and parameters easily via scripting which allows to perform actions on the device as well as retrieve information from it.

To send commands to the device, first create a CustomScript button or use the Macro editor or anything else with a scripting field. If you enter the device's identifier name into the script field (per default that is "Christie_Phoenix1"), Script Assist will offer you a list of all Phoenix Members.
Some of them are commands to perform actions on the device, e.g. applying a layout:

You can also retrieve specific values via scripting in the same way as from other widgets (e.g. a Fader value):

vlist = Christie_Phoenix1.LayoutNames

This member returns all layout names as a list that can be displayed in the Debug Logger or assigned to a variable, DropDown List, etc.


The Phoenix tutorial shows how to build a small interface to interact with a Phoenix system and uses the most important commands and Event Listeners.

Using the Device with Event Listeners

Event Listeners can be added to the Configuration dialog and provide a simple way of listening to triggers from connected devices.

Please see the chapter Event Listener for a detailed description of its functionality and Phoenix Events for an overview (with examples and description) over the events raised by a Phoenix device.