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Using the SmartFade Manual

This manual will hopefully get you up and running in no time. These are the manual conventions.


Instructions are shown in a table with columns for Action, Console and Feedback.

Action Console Feedback
Activate Blackout mode Screen Shot 2018-11-21 at 1.16.20 PM.png Button lights up. No output except from the Independents.*

*There may be a comment like this with an asterisk.

Menu Directions

Many functions require menu navigation. For brevity’s sake, menu navigation is conveyed in the following method:


Each “>” indicates passage to a new menu sublevel, usually by pressing the MENU button. Items [within brackets] are changed with the wheels.

Displays are shown like this

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Text Conventions

  • Buttons in tables are shown as images. Buttons in text are indicated with bold capital letters followed by the word button. Like STACK button.
  • References to other parts of the manual are indicated in italics. When viewing this manual electronically, click on the reference to jump to that section of the manual.
Note-Icon.png Note: Notes are helpful hints and information that is supplemental to the main text.
Caution-Icon.png CAUTION: A Caution statement indicates situations where there may be undefined or unwanted consequences of an action, possible data loss or equipment problems.

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