Use Lightform Cloud to enable a remote workflow by accessing Lightform devices in other locations, not connected to your local network.
We do not recommend using Labs for installations or productions where dependability is required. These features are experimental and unsupported, but we welcome bug reports and feedback to continue improving Lightform Creator.
Up until now, all Lightform devices used with Lightform Creator have been on your "Local" network. That is, the network you control and use in your own space, such as your home or studio. These devices connect to your network via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable and are automatically discovered and used by Lightform Creator.
Lightform Cloud is a new way of accessing Lightform devices not connected to your local network. A Cloud device is connected to the Internet on a different network (such as a showroom in a different city), registered to your Lightform user account, and is used similarly to a "Local" device. You can create a project, perform a scan of the scene, create content, and publish your finished project to the Cloud device.
Additionally, you can control some of the device functions from the Lightform user account page.
Benefits of Lightform Cloud
The primary benefit of Lightform Cloud is creating and updating content on Lightform devices installed in other locations.
- With a Local Device, you need to be connected to the same network as the device or set up a custom remote access solution using other third-party software.
- In contrast, you can access a Cloud Device through Lightform Creator and the Lightform Cloud website.
What You Need To Do
The following steps assume you've already purchased a Lightform device and have set it up on your local network.
- Create a User Account
Register for your account at cloud.lightform.com. Be sure to confirm your user account by checking your e-mail and clicking the confirmation link.
- Register your Lightform device
You need to register at least one Lightform device to your Lightform user account. Be ready to locate the device name and serial number. Log into your account and click Register.
- Start Lightform Creator and Log In
Start Lightform Creator on your Windows or macOS computer. On the main screen, click Log In. It will prompt you to enter your e-mail address and password. Use the same information you used when creating your Lightform user account. You only need to log in once.
- Enable "Labs" Features
Lightform Cloud features are currently only available in Lightform Labs. To turn access it, go to the Help menu and click Enable Labs. Once Labs features are enabled, you will be able to access Lightform Cloud.
- Welcome Page
The welcome page is similar to previous versions but has some additions. You will find a new Register Device on Lightform.com link. Clicking this will quickly navigate you to your Lightform user account page in a separate web browser window, where you can register more devices.
- Selecting a Device
When selecting a device, you will now have an additional Cloud Devices list. You will see this page when performing a scan on a new or existing project. You will also see it when clicking the Change Device button on the Control page. If you don't see your Cloud device listed, it may take a few minutes to appear after you've first registered it.
- Control Page
Cloud Devices are controlled exclusively via your Lightform user account devices page. While within Creator, if you've selected a Cloud device, you will see a layout similar to the following. If you click the Control on Lightform.com button, it will redirect you to your Lightform user account page within a separate web browser window.
- Other Features
If you ever want to navigate back to your Lightform account quickly, locate and click on the "Account" link in the lower right corner. Then click on your email address. It will redirect you to your Lightform user account page within a separate web browser window.