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The title is a big boast, but it is the slogan of software program F.lux. F.lux is an application which adjusts the color temperature of your computer monitors based off of the time of day. Our monitors are designed with a daylight color temperature, however the majority of us rely on our computers outside of the daylight hours, and staring at daylight color temperature fixtures can negatively impact your sleep schedule. And we all don’t get enough sleep as it is!

F.lux Enabled

F.lux Disabled

F.lux allows users to pick any color temperature between 2700 and 6500K on desktop for daytime and nighttime respectively, with markers for common sources. On iPhone users pick between a list of common light sources including candlelight, halogen, and fluorescent. F.lux takes care of the rest.

F.lux is very compatible with fluctuating schedules as well, for example, if you have a nocturnal working schedule (here’s looking at you, Mouse!), you can set a daylight temperature for your nights, and an incandescent for day. Another way I find F.lux useful, is as an assistant lighting designer it is sometimes easiest to keep track of what is happening on the stage via computer. I set my monitor to a similar color temperature as the stage, so I can more accurately document the colors of different fixtures and cues.

The iPhone app hosts an interesting feature, “turn off for color sensitive work.” So far, I have not noticed it take effect, having opened applications such as camera, photos, and Photoshop Express. However it does seem like an interesting feature which they plan to port to the desktop applications. For the time being, you can easily disable for an hour at a time on your desktop, if you are doing work where exact renderings of colors are vital. There seem to be many more exciting features in store for f.lux to allow for even more precise and intuitive control.

My preferences for F.lux

F.lux specifies in the installation directions, “Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it.” How very true. F.lux feels so natural, I often forget I have it running until someone opens their laptop at a tech table next to me, and I am blinded by the glaring, icy light.

F.lux is available on most Mac, Linux, and Windows OSes. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you can also join the party via Cydia. Download here.

iPhone Lighting Software: ZinmanCo’s PocketLD and Synthe FX’s Luminair v2

As far as iPhone software goes, “there’s an app for that,” right?  How about an app for MAKING ME A PIZZA RIGHT NOW AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

<deep breath>

Okay, I feel better.  But seriously, there are tons of apps out there for every single thing you can imagine.  The other day I downloaded an app from the iTunes store that played these crazy soundscapes to help you fall asleep.  Awesome.  As far as lighting goes, there are tons of apps out there for that, too.  But I think it takes more than the skill of coding an app to make an iPhone app – hell, there are programs out there that generate iPhone apps out of a website feed or a podcast stream, and apps that really do nothing at all.  You have to have an understanding of the basis of what you’re doing in order to make a useful iPhone app.

Two such iPhone app developers are Ryan Hisey from Synthe FX (makers of Luminair) and Mike Zinman of Zinman Software (makers of PocketLD and many others).  Both are pushing updates this week to their popular iPhone suites.  What these two guys do forges the way.  End of story.

First, Zinman Software’s PocketLD – a program that International Cinematographer’s Guild Magazine called one of the top five apps for filmmakers and cinematographers:

PocketLD V2.0 Now Available on the iTunes App Store

LONG BEACH, CA – ZINMAN SOFTWARE, makers of the popular lighting related iPhone apps, announces the release of PocketLD v2.0. PocketLD allows lighting professionals in theatre, film and TV to calculate the FC/LUX and Beam/Field Diameters for over 2000 fixtures and lamps.

V2.0 adds the functionality for users to edit the existing library, create their own fixtures and organize these fixtures into an improved Favorites List. New fixtures included in the library include Dedolight, K5600 and Kobold.

Developer Michael Zinman says “This is our most ambitious update for PocketLD since it was released two years ago. I’m so happy with these changes and I’m confident our world-wide user base will find the new functions a great add.”

Recently, PocketLD was featured in ICG Magazine (International Cinematographers Guild) as one of the top five apps for filmmakers and cinematographers.

For more information, visit www.zinmansoftware.com

Direct download of PocketLD v2.0 on the App Store is available by following the link below.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketld/id292911261?mt=8

About Zinman Software.

Zinman Software is a technology leader in applications for the event production industry. Among their products are a number of iPhone apps including Genielux, ML Finder, Pocket LD, Gel Calc, iSwitch DMX and TCP/IP Remote. For more information visit www.zinmansoftware.com.

Ryan Hisey and Synthe FX’s Luminair v2 – a lighting control suite that turns your iPhone into an amazing lighting tool for programmers, designers, lighting directors, and lighting technicians in all trades.  I mean, 36+ hours on batteries?!  Fuhgeddabadit.  Luminair v2 is being developed to do some amazing things in CAST Software’s wysiwyg, Release 25. More on that later, but be sure that it will rock!

Synthe FX release Luminair v2.0 for iPhone & iPod touch
Cincinnati, OH, February 25, 2010 – Synthe FX have released Luminair 2.0, a major upgrade to the wireless multi-touch DMX control app for iPhone and iPod touch. Luminair is revolutionary wireless lighting control software, which uses the Art-Net protocol to control
compatible lighting equipment and media servers via the iPhone and iPod touch’s internal Wi-Fi hardware.

Among the new features in v2.0 is “Stacks”, which is a cue-list playback system designed to make it very easy to put together shows for a wide variety of uses. Cues can be programmed directly within Luminair, and also recorded as snapshots from an external console or any other DMX control source. Standard playback life using the device’s internal battery can run up to
3.5 hours, and can be extended to over 36 hours using a 3rd-party external battery pack. Playback will run indefinitely when the device is plugged into a power source.

Another major new feature in Luminair 2.0 is the ability to assign images as visual references to cues, using the iPhone’s built-in camera, photo library, or transferred via Luminair’s internal web server. Users can browse and trigger Quick-Touch cues using a CoverFlow view, which renders the assigned images in breathtaking OpenGL 3D. Also dependent on the new image
reference support in version 2.0, is the ability to export “Fixture POV” images and data directly over Wi-Fi from Cast Software’s next release of WYSIWYG R25.

Other notable new features in 2.0 include full group support, cut/copy/paste capabilities, accelerometer support for XY controls, plus extensive additions and refinements to the existing feature-set. Company founder and lead product developer Ryan Hisey says “The ability to program and playback shows directly from an iPhone or iPod, for periods lasting greater than 36 hours on batteries is really amazing. We’re really excited to see how our customers push the boundaries of automated lighting control.”

“In this release, we also took advantage of a lot of the great features that are built-in to the iPhone and iPod touch, such as the accelerometer, camera, and photo library. The images in CoverFlow look absolutely amazing, and users can easily add their own custom images and icons via multiple convenient methods. Additionally, we are very excited to be working with
Cast Software, who is a highly respected industry leader, on such a groundbreaking new feature for lighting pros.”

Availability
Luminair 2.0 is available for download now, exclusively from Apple’s iTunes App Store. For all existing customers, version 2.0 is a free upgrade. Full product details, videos, and screenshots can be seen at http://synthe-fx.com/luminair

Keep up the excellent developing, dudes.

Genielux is Taking Flight – Beta Testing Now!

Mike Zinman just sent me an email saying that his new venture, Genielux, has hit the ground running – and he needs people with equipment for sale or rent to sign up, for free for a limited time, over at the Genielux website.  This thing is gonna be pretty darned snazzy, methinks – we’ve been needing something like this for a while now.

The site is in beta right now, and Mike’s looking for people with available equipment inventory to sign up, for free again (see, I used the keyword free, so that’s twice now).  Go over to Genielux and list your sale or rental equipment!

Mike sent me this info – a promo and info on signing up:

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Imagine — your entire inventory on demand around the world, 24/7.

This is Genielux.
Genielux is a new breed of search. A smarter, quicker, easier and much more accurate search engine for the entertainment market. You may manage a company with a large inventory, or own a small boutique with specialized inventory, or you might be an individual that owns and operates a single piece of gear. No matter how big or small your inventory is, there’s a place for you on Genielux.

The website is www.genielux.com
Click on Sign Up Today

Your coupon code is: 48635836
This code expires 1/1/2010

After you have entered the promotional code and completed the registration, you will receive a confirmation email. It will say “You will be billed $2 USD monthly for your order (ID# xx).” But you will be charged nothing with this coupon. You won’t even have to enter your credit card information. The $2.00 charge per month is what the cost is to join without the code.

It’s very important that I get your feedback on your likes and dislikes about the signup process. If you have any suggestions or comments, I’d love to hear them. After all, this is what testing a product is all about.

What Is Genielux?
Genielux is a comprehensive resource for producers, designers, and industry professionals to easily find rental gear and to purchase entertainment equipment anywhere in the world. Vendors can create an online company profile which includes their sales and rental inventory. Visitors can search for a specific piece of gear by model and geographic location. Genielux searches the extensive database and displays a list of companies by location matching gear for hire or sale.

ML Finder PRO from Mike Zinman – Moving Light Application for iPhone

A new one from Zinman Software – ML Finder Pro, an iPhone app geared towards choosing moving lights from Mike’s database of fixtures.  Some info:

Key Features:

• Over 500 devices included in the database
• Search by Maker & Model using the search & scroll bars
• Explore color, gobo and FX systems for each device
• View ranges (DMX values for a parameter)
• Know how many channels each device uses; in any mode
• Discover the channels and values to Shutdown, Reset, Lamp Off and Lamp On devices
• Easily identify 8bit & 16bit parameters
• Filter & display the type of parameters that you’re looking for
• Free Upgrades

More Features Coming Soon:
• Find the closest rental house that has any selected fixture available for rent via your current GPS location or by Zip Code and/or Country.
• Compare multiple fixtures
• Weight & power consumption

Watch the video and learn more online at www.zinmansoftware.com
Here’s a direct link to the iTunes App Store
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=318786552&mt=8
Follow us on Twitter!
http://twitter.com/zinmansoftware

Nice, Mike!

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Wybron Is Releasing Something Awesome for iPhone

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Okay, I’m in Seattle.  I land on the tarmac at SeaTac, I fire up my iPhone, and I get an email from someone telling me about a cool new iPhone app from Wybron that *could possibly be* released this next coming week.  Maybe.  Perhaps.  Or so I heard…

So instead of getting a nap like my adorable snoring wife who’s asleep here next to me – we went to bed at 2:30am and got up at 4am to fly to Seattle – I am more interested in sharing the news of this new iPhone bit of coolness.  This new application from Wybron appears as if it’s going to be a visual reference for gobos – variable spin and focus parameters is all I know of right now, but as soon as I get more info, you can guarantee I’ll share it with you!

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Light Writer – Photography Effects for iPhone

Did you ever have one of those persistence of vision (POV) gadgets?  I had one that had 4 LEDs on a stick that moved back and forth very, very fast, and would spell out programmed sentences and images.  I think I won it at a Dave and Buster’s or something like that.  You know, the same concept as these things:

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Well, the other day I read a post at Hack N Mod about an iPhone app called Light Writer – it’s a POV device that you can use to do some light painting – I believe that this is the first one I’ve seen that doesn’t used LEDs.  It’s pretty cool!  I took a picture and did some shameless self-promotion:

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I think it was a buck, or $0.99.  Here’s a direct iTunes link to the Light Writer app.  Thanks for posting about it, Hack N Mod!

Mike Zinman’s Portfolio for iPhone

Mike Zinman, lighting designer and iPhone app master, has released a new one.  I just got a press release, and I happened to be sitting in front of my computer – so here you go!

Zinman Software Announces “Portfolio” App for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch
Portfolio enables you to organize your photos & graphic images in category folders & sub folders that can be custom named, sorted and displayed at your fingertips, with many cool options.

Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2009 — Zinman Software has announced today that Portfolio is available for purchase on the Apple iTunes App Store for $0.99.

Portfolio is the perfect app for Photographers, Illustrators, Artists, Designers and anyone looking for an intuitive way to showcase their work on an iPhone or iPod Touch. Includes the same look and functionality as Apple’s Photo app, with improvements relating to an electronic portfolio. Portfolio lets you organize your images in folders and subfolders that you can name and sort, letting you keep your entire portfolio or photo album at your fingertips, the way you want to see it.

You upload your images to a free Google Picasa Web Album, and synchronize your account to Portfolio with one touch, wirelessly.

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About Portfolio:Portfolio
enables you to organize your photos & graphic images in category
folders & sub folders that can be custom named, sorted and
displayed at your fingertips, with many cool options.
You upload your images to a free Google Picasa Web Album, and
synchronize your account to Portfolio with one touch, wirelessly.

Features:
· Slideshow with 4 different transitions
· Create multiple albums and sub folders
· Similar navigation to Photo App
· Support for Portrait & Landscape orientations
· Easy and quick to setup

Within each individual folder or sub folder you can:
· Toggle captions on and off
· Set caption background color to either black or white
· Set caption background opacity between 10-100%
· Set Slide Show animation and duration
· Shuffle Slide Show Animation on/off

More Options:
· Upload your own thumbnail images or let Portfolio create them for you.
· Synchronize either individual albums or all albums at once.
· Remove individual albums from Portfolio.

For additional information; including help, please visit the Portfolio web site www.portfolioapp.net
Portfolio can be purchased directly on the iTunes App Store for 0.99 USD via this link: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=299457222&mt=8

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ZinmanCo’s PocketLD 1.1 Released

Mike Zinman from ZinmanCo – the guy who brought you great iPhone lighting products like GelCalc, iSwitch DMX, and PocketLD has updated PocketLD to version 1.1 – updated fixture libraries, manufacturer links, and all kinds of other great stuff.

Check out Mike’s iPhone Lighting Apps store, and get PocketLD 1.1 here (direct iTunes Store link).

I had a chance to sit down and interview Mike at LDI this year – more on that soon, as I get some time to transcribe the interview.