2.1 Tab Start

In this tab you can press the following buttons:

Icon Label Description


Saves the current program plan.


Note of the Programmer on saving the plan „Do you want to save your changes?“ This note appears in case there are changes in the background of the plan that haven‘t yet been taken over into the plan. Here it makes sense to firstly call the function Track changes before saving the plan. You may activate/deactivate this note-option in Admin > Options > Planning > Apply modification log automatically.


Please do not forget to save your program plan periodically.

Open new schedule

A click on this button opens a new scheduling window. This will be empty since the desired channel and time period that needs to be opened has to be selected at first. To open a program schedule, select the service from the channel-list and the start date (see 1.3 General Functions).

Enter the number of days that should be opened and load the program plan with the button . You can open various scheduling windows of different channels or time periods at the same time (another scheduling window of the same time and channel can only be accessed read-only).

Please mind to resolve the locking (write-protection) to edit a plan or to write-protect it so other users can edit the plan.


Please remember to deactivate the locking (lock-symbol in the navigation bar of the Programmer). Otherwise you will only have reading access in the Programmer. This is necessary above all for simultaneously opened scheduling sections e. g. in the Programmer and Planner. The same plan can only be opened once with writing access - parallel editing of the same plan is not possible!

Activate/copy variation

Variants are program schedules that refer to a certain channel and serve as alternative to the actual schedule. This can be useful in various ways:

  • Variants can serve as alternative in case you have to ponder between several options.
  • Variants can serve as substitute schedules, in case scheduled events have to be cancelled or take more time than expected.

Variants are stored in the database and can be transferred to the actual schedule if required. Every user who is entitled to edit a program plan is also entitled to edit the corresponding variants. It is possible to create variations for planned services. The variations are special copies of the planned service that are flagged as Cannot be planned. However, the other settings and parameters (including the user rights) are copied to the variants.


 Variants of channels can be created in the ContentExplorer with the button Admin > Edit parameter > Channel > Create a new variant for this service : In order to edit the variants, you should define channel groups that include the main service and the variants. Channel groups are also created in the ContentExplorer (Admin > Edit parameter > Channel group).

In the Programmer, you can copy the real plan for a certain time frame from a main service to the variant with this button.

The alternative schedule in the variant can be edited in the Programmer in the usual way. If you would like to copy this schedule from the variant to the main service, you can also use the assistant Activate/copy variation. It is also possible to save the original schedule in another variant. If this option is selected, the schedule of the main service is copied to the backup variation before the variation plan is copied to the main service.


To close the program plan after saving it please use the cross button in the title bar or press this button.

Edit event

Opens the dialog Edit event.

Edit program

For each scheduled event you may view or edit the program data of the program or series episode in the dialog Edit program. Select the scheduled event and click Show program in the context menu of the right mouse or click this button. Here you will find detailed information in the various tabs, e. g. on the program version, texts, materials, on the parental rating data, on the length of the program or video and audio settings.

Edit series

In case the scheduled event is a series, you may also show and edit the series data. Click Show series in the context menu of the right mouse or click this button while selecting the event. The dialog Edit series opens. Here, you may edit the episode lengths, titel types and you may add further episodes.

Edit sequence

In case the scheduled event is a sequence, you may also show and edit the sequence data. Click Show sequence in the context menu of the right mouse or click this button while selecting the event. The dialog Edit sequence opens.

Edit material

The dialog Edit asset also is a ContentExplorer dialog. Usually the material data is collected in the ContentExplorer in the various tags of this dialog. However, you may also view and edit these data within the Programmer and Planner. For further information, please see the ContentExplorer User Guide.

Insert ad break

This function allows you to insert ad breaks individually for scheduled events provided that you haven‘t inserted the ad breaks already via a loaded slot template. You can position them before, within or behind scheduled events in the program schedule. With this function you can insert the ad breaks either

  • before the event
  • within the event or
  • after the event.
  1. Please select the event (or several events by multi-selection by pressing the key [SHIFT]) and choose the option Insert ad break in the context menu of the right mouse or click this button.
  2. Please select the position of the ad break (before, within or after the event).
  3. The dialog Indicate duration of ad break opens.
  4. Enter the duration of the ad break and click OK. The ad break will be inserted according to your specifications.

Play clip

Opens the Media Player for playing the currently selected element, if the media archive is effectively linked with the CreateCtrl Suite.

Show archived elements Shows all archived elements, see Archive.

Undo Undoes the last action and restores the previous state of the program plan. Can be used more than once [CTRL + Z].

Redo Redoes the undid action. Restores the state, before something was undone. Can only be used, when something was undone recently and nothing was done in between [CTRL + Y].

Highlight all Selects all elements of the program plan [CTRL + A].

Copy Copies the currently selected element [CTRL + C].

Cut Cuts the currently selected element [CTRL + C].

Insert Inserts the previously copied or cut element [CTRL + V].

Delete Deletes the currently selected element [DEL].

Print Opens the print dialog for printing the program plan [CTRL + P].

Print preview

To enter the settings for printing the program plan, open the dialog Settings for Print List with this button. The preview will open after affirming the setting with OK.

Printer setup To select the desired printer or to adjust the attributes for printing please select the option Printer setup