Wow, this is one stupid post, but I thought it was worth a shot. I'd like to get some more programming experience, especially with boards other than our strand 300 series. Now I know they make offline editors (not sure of pricing or availability.) but you can't really see what you program there. I mean it would be a step up from not programming at all, but I wondered if there was any type of like program that also had a quite simplistic picture of a stage or something, so instead of going "theoretically, when I push this button, that light is going to turn on"; it'd be more like "what happens when I press this button? oh the cue follows 15 seconds later". Wow it's late, and I'm sure that made no sense, so let me try and rephrase what I mean. I'd like to get some more experience programming, but our dept. head is quite paranoid that something will mess up our board. So there is no learning / experimentation / developing of skills and techniques to be applied to future productions. Everything is "on-the-job" so to speak. And to be quite truthful I have so much fear messing somethin' up I won't press most of the buttons. Over the past year I've gotten quite familiar with a bit of the basic features, but I feel (like our brains) I'm only utilizing 10% at most, of the power of our board (and I know it the best!). I mean, I don't know how the learning process is anywhere else, but how do you teach/learn consoles? It's all self-taught here, which I guess is half the problem. And our dept. head won't really let me learn / try things out. (Example, we have a current issue with our faders. I got a bit of syntax from here that looks like it should fix the problem. It's a fade up time issue on all channels. The syntax was something like "1-100 TIME 0 *". Seemed simple enough, and theoretically I can't think of anything that'd mess up or interfere. But I didn't get the go-ahead to plug it in. Instead, it looks like the "Strand guy" is coming out...) I'd love to figure out things like fade profiles, split fade up/down times, effects, macros, I-Cue, and stuff I don't even know about because I haven't learned it, etc. but I don't have the time, or permission, to go ahead and learn. It's a tad bit frustrating.