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Action DASHBOARD 3 Help

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016 03:53PM PST
Information about the Action DASHBOARD 3, tips & tricks, troubleshooting, and licensing.
 

About

Discontinued
We have come to the conclusion that it is time to throw the ol' DASHBOARD 3 a retirement party! Sadly, all good things come to an end; but luckily, GREAT things take their place. We are now focusing all of our caffeine-induced energy on our new (and quite fabulous) DASHBOARD 4. DASHBOARD 4 offers great features, free tools, and is compatible with Photoshop versions CS5 through CC. Subscribe to the DASHBOARD 4 here.

For you folks who already have DASHBOARD 3 installed, we will continue support for a bit, but it will be retiring to a warm, scenic island destination soon. Very soon, and it will no longer work at that time.

Kubota Action DASHBOARD 3
DASHBOARD is a palette for your Photoshop actions. Imagine adding a search engine to your current Photoshop Actions Palette. Utilizing advanced keyword search functionality, you can now quickly and easily launch and apply your Kubota Tools to create the fabulous, inspired images you visualize. The DASHBOARD search field finds enhancements by name or type, such as black-and-white, color, or creative enhancements. Also, intuitively enhance your images by searching by type of image, such as “fashion,” “wedding,” “baby,” “portrait,” “senior,” etc. You can also search based upon the mood you want to convey by typing in emotional keywords such as “romantic,” “fun,” “funky,” “dreamy,” “edgy,” etc.

System Requirements
• Adobe Photoshop CS3 or CS4
• Mac OS X 10.5 or higher OR PC Windows 7, Windows Vista or XP

Last Released Version
Version 3.0.6 was the last version of the Action DASHBOARD 3 released. To see what version you are running, please go to the Settings menu at the bottom of your DASHBOARD and select 'About.' In the window that appears, you will see the version. If you are not running 3.0.6, you may contact us for a link to download it.

3 VS 3 Pro
The Pro version will allow you to run, keyword and add descriptions to any third party actions from another company you own (don't worry, we still love you if you do) or have created some of your own. You can easily upgrade to the Pro version for only $49 by clicking on the 'Update' button at the bottom right of your DASHBOARD.

Available Products
• DASHBOARD Pro • Artistic Tools V1 • Artistic Tools V2 • Artistic Tools V3 • Artistic Tools V4 • Artistic Tools Viva La Vintage
• Artistic Tools Pow Wow! • Production Tools V2 • Creative Tools Lensbaby Pak • Sales Session Actions

Individual Kubota Actions
Kubota actions in DASHBOARD 3 can only be purchased in paks.

Load User Actions (non-Kubota)
The Pro version will read all actions from your Photoshop Actions Palette, whether you've created them or have purchased someone else's.

CS4 Or Higher
Artistic Tools Pow Wow!
It's Just a Vibe I Get, Jewels, Kubota HiDef, Mini Epic, Pow Wow

Artistic Tools Viva La Vintage
Nostalgia, VinTageous

Creative Tools Lensbaby Pak
Plastic Lens - Fantastic, Single Glass - Vitamize

Sales Session
POPalicious
 

Licensing

License Number
Your license number is the pin code that begins with KUB followed by a series of numbers and letters. This code will activate the products that you own on your DASHBOARD. If you are unable to locate your license number, please contact our office with your name and email address.

Activation
To activate your product(s), please go to the Settings menu at the bottom of your DASHBOARD and select 'Activate.' Enter your license number along with your information and you're all set. If you decide that you want to add more Actions to your collection or upgrade to the PRO version at any time, you can just click 'Update' at the bottom of the DASHBOARD. You will be shown all the product options that are available for purchase. It is a requirement that a computer be connected to the Internet during activation of any of our licensed Photoshop products. This is an added security measure that ensures individuals are using legal copies of our software. We apologize if this is an inconvenience, however, we find this to be a protective strategy we plan to uphold. We appreciate your understanding.

License Use
The license number for your product(s) will allow you to activate on two computers of your choice.

30-Day Trial Mode
It is normal for your DASHBOARD to appear as a trial version for the first 30 days following your installation. Everyone who receives DASHBOARD starts off in trial mode, which includes all of our Actions and the Pro version of DASHBOARD. This allows customers who do not own all of the actions that are in the DASHBOARD 3 to try them out so they can better decide if they would like to purchase them at a later time. You can enter in your license code any time within the trial period, and you will still have access to everything for those 30 days. At the end of the trial, your license will activate the products you own.

Licensing & Registering Issues
If you are having challenges registering your Photoshop products, please make sure that you are connected to the Internet. Once you are connected, enter your license number (pin code). If you have already registered this license number, you will need to enter the name and email information as it was entered originally. Please see the error codes below to remedy your particular challenge.

Error 11 — Entering wrong license number for the product.
Error 54 — Not connected to the Internet.
Error 88 — Entering the wrong code in the wrong product.
Error 258 — The email being entered does not match our records.
Error 0XB — You have already activated the limit of computers that your license allows.

If you still continue to experience challenges, please contact us for further assistance or try removing any past licensing.
 

Tips & Tricks

Hotkey for the Action DASHBOARD 3
On the DASHBOARD, in the "Kubota Basic Tools" section at the top of the list that appears, select and play the ‘Create a shortcut for the Dash.' Playing this will give you instructions on setting up your hotkey.

Hotkey for an Action
1. Open any image.
2. Create a new set on your Photoshop Actions Palette and name it “My Customized Action."
3. Create a new action in that set, name it appropriately, choose a function key and click 'Record.'
4. Go to File > Automate > Copy Kubota actions...
5. Click on the drop-down menu found in the new window and start typing the name of an Action. Once selected, click 'OK.' This should apply the Action to your image.
6. Now, make any opacity or layer adjustments as desired while you’re still recording.
7. When you are done playing actions, click the Stop button found at the bottom of your Actions Palette.

Batch Or Customize
1. If you are batching, go to the "Settings" menu bottom of the DASHBOARD and select ‘Ignore Stops.' If you are not setting the action up for batching, please proceed to step 2.
2. Open any image.
3. Create a new set on your Photoshop Actions Palette and name it “My Customized Actions” or something similar.
4. Create a new action in the set you just created, name it appropriately, and click 'Record.'
5. Go to File > Automate > Copy Kubota actions...
6. In the new window, select an action from the drop-down menu and click 'OK.' This should apply the action to your image.
7. Now, make any opacity or layer adjustments as desired while you’re still recording. If you’d like to combine this with another action, please repeat steps 5 and 6.
8. Go to File > Save As and choose the format you would like your post processed image to be converted to.
9. When you are done playing actions, click the Stop button found at the bottom of your Actions Palette.

Logo Placement
In order to use the logo placement actions from Production Tools V2, you’ll need to do a set-up action first. Go to your Photoshop Actions Palette and look for the "Kubota set-up Actions," then follow the instructions below.

1. Find the action named "Open Logo."
2. Click once on the name of the action, then click the round 'Record' button on the Actions Palette.
3. Go to File > Open and open your logo.
4. Click the square 'Stop' button on the bottom of the Actions Palette to stop recording.
5. That’s it! Go ahead and close the logo file. Now you can place the logo on future images by simply running any of the three logo placing tools from the DASHBOARD.

Logo Opacity at 100%
Please create a new custom action and set the opacity to 100%. To create a custom action, follow the steps below.

1. Open any image.
2. Create a new set on your Photoshop Actions Palette and name it “My Customized Actions” or something similar.
3. Create a new action in the set you just created, name it appropriately, and click 'Record.'
4. Go to File > Automate > Copy Kubota actions...
5. In the new window, select an action from the drop-down menu and click 'OK.' This should apply the action to your image.
6. Now, make any opacity or layer adjustments as desired while you’re still recording. If you’d like to combine this with another action, please repeat steps 5 and 6.
7. Create a save step by going to File > Save as and save as a jpg with your desired settings.
8. When you are done playing actions, click the Stop button found at the bottom of your Actions Palette.

View Original Baseline Image
Please follow the steps below to setup your "Show Original Baseline Image" action.

1. In Photoshop, go to File > Scripts > Script Events Manager...
2. Check ‘Enable Events to Run Scripts/Actions:.’
3. In the Photoshop Event drop-down menu, choose ‘Open Document.’
4. Select 'Action,' 'Kubota set-up Actions 2' and ‘Take a baseline image snapshot.'
5. Click ‘Add,’ and the event should will appear in the menu field.
6. Click ‘Done’ and that’s it! Now, the next time you open an image, a snapshot should automatically be taken and will then allow you to use your "Show Original Baseline Image" action.
 

Troubleshooting

Lost Installer or Jump Drive
Please contact us.

Find My Action DASHBOARD 3
To get your DASHBOARD back up, simply go to File > Automate > select the Kubota Dashboard 3 Palette... The DASHBOARD should immediately reappear. You may want to see if you have the Auto Close feature turned on as well by going to the Settings menu > Auto Close Dashboard.

Automatic Close
If you go to the Settings menu on the DASHBOARD, you'll see the option "Auto Close DASHBOARD." If there is a check next to it, the feature is turned on. To turn it off, simply click 'Auto Close DASHBOARD' again.

Actions Unavailable
We recommend you reset your licensing by following the steps below.

1. Close Photoshop and remove the specified folder relative to your operating system.

MAC: Finder > Hard Drive > Users > Shared > Kubota Image Tools > and remove the KAD3 folder.

VISTA / WIN 7: C:Drive > Program Data > Digital Elements > and remove the KAD3 folder.

Tip: If you do not see the Program Data folder, please go to your Control Panel > Folder Options > and click on the View tab. Now, scroll down and turn on the ‘Show Hidden Files and Folders’ option, press APPLY and then OK. Now try browsing to the path above again.

XP: C:Drive > Documents & Settings > All Users > Application Data > Digital Elements > and remove KAD3 folder.

Tip: If you do not see the Application Data folder, please go to your Control Panel > Folder Options > and click on the View tab. Now, scroll down and turn on the ‘Show Hidden Files and Folders’ option, press APPLY and then OK. Now try browsing to the path above again.

2. Now open Photoshop and license your product.

Red X's
Please see resetting licensing information.

Missing Actions
It is possible that you have a license code that is not fully populated with all of your past purchases. You may need to contact the Kubota Team in order to update your license. Please include your name, email address and current license code in your email to us.

Red X's and Online Request
Ensure you have Internet access and click 'Update' on your DASHBOARD to call home for products updates. If you would like this to happen less frequently, you can go to your Settings menu at the bottom of your DASHBOARD and select 'About.' Click 'Auto Updates...' at the bottom of the About screen and switch the option to monthly.

Blue Question Marks
Please see resetting licensing information. It is possible that you have a license code that is not fully populated with every one of your past purchases. You may need to contact the Kubota Team in order to update your code. Please include your name, email address, and current license code in the email.

Missing Cursor
If you cursor seems to be missing on the DASHBOARD, you are experiencing a bug in Adobe Photoshop. You can avoid this issue by removing the DASHBOARD from the image workspace. If you keep your DASHBOARD on a second screen or on the other Photoshop Palettes, you should not have an issue with the cursor.

Missing Graphics and Action Errors (CS5 Mac ONLY)
If you are experiencing a cog looking graphic as the header for your DASHBOARD this is likely due to a known bug in DASHBOARD 3. This issue is caused by an unusual character in an action set, on your Photoshop Actions Palette. You should be able to fix this issue by removing your Plug-In.

Go to Applications > Adobe Photoshop CS4 > Plug-ins and move the Kubota Plug-In to your Desktop or some other temporary location. Then open Photoshop and examine your actions for symbols or characters such as trademark symbols or copyright symbols.

If you have found nothing then please go to:
Hard Drive > Users > your user (the little home) > Library > Preferences and rename "Adobe Photoshop (your version) Settings" folder to "Adobe Photoshop (your version) Settings.back."

The files that you renamed with "back" will store all of your old content in Photoshop (meaning all your old actions, brushes and settings information). The next time you open Photoshop, all of these folders and files will be recreated with new preferences, which should help to clear out any bugs you may have. You many need to move content from the renamed folder to the new one Photoshop has created in order to restore old preferences, but this should put you on the right track to getting the DASHBOARD to play nice. :)

Wrong Date or Time Error
Please check your system date and time. If you have happened to make a change to this, you will have to set it back and close and reopen Photoshop to reset.

CS2 and/or Mac OS X 10.4
Please contact us.

Error "Command "select” at step _ is currently unavailable."
Select 'Reload Tool Presets' from the Settings menu on the DASHBOARD and then try the Action again.

Error "Command "make” at step _ is currently unavailable."
Please check the following things if you are getting this sort of error message.
• Have you created a new layer that an action would have trouble running from (e.g. text, curve, etc)?
• Are in 8 bit or 16 bit mode? Many Photoshop filters and adjustments will not work while your image is in 16 bit mode. You can change your mode from Image > Mode.

Error "Command "invert" at step _ is currently unavailable"
Please go to Window > Adjustments. You'll need to make sure it's in list view (see screenshot below), then click on the little button at the top right of the palette. In the menu that appears, click on 'Add Mask by Default' and make sure there is a check mark next to it. Now, try running the action again. It's a default setting that should already be turned and on may not be for some reason.

Error 'You can't open the application _______ because PowerPC applications are no longer supported' (Mac OS X 10.7 only)
With the release of 10.7 (Lion), it no longer supports installers built for PowerPC machines. So, it sounds like you are running an installer that is outdated. Please contact us.

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