Advertiser Shout-Out: Mike Zinman and ZinmanCo

When I have advertisers, I like to give them a shout-out once a month.  This month’s advertiser is Mike Zinman of ZinmanCo – the guy who has brought a lot of great software to the market, starting way, way back with AutoBlock for AutoCAD.

ZinmanCo has produced several very good pieces of iPhone software lately – iSwitch and iSwitch DMX are very fantastic dipswitch calculators, and when you’re sitting in a scissor lift trying to calculate dipswitch addresses on the back of a Cyberlight, are well worth five bucks.  Portfolio, one of Mike’s newest creations, is an iPhone based portfolio that helps you carry your design life on your iPhone.  TCP/IP Remote is a good remote connectivity program.  GelCalc helps you calculate sheet, cut, and size calculations for a ton of fixtures, and PocketLD is a beam calculator, intensity calculator, and desk reference rolled into one.  Mike Zinman’s work is great.  Go check out his line at iTunes!

Mike Zinman and ZinmanCo’s iPhone Offerings on iTunes

PocketLD, from Mike Zinman and The Zinman Co.

Mike Zinman, creator of iSwitch (the dipswitch calculator), GelCalc (the color filter calculator), and excellent titles like AutoBlock for AutoCAD has released yet another awesome iPhone program – Pocket LD for iPhone.  First and foremost, if you’re an LD and need touch-of-the-finger photometrics calculations and fixture database info, just go buy it right now.  It’s ten bucks.

The official release:

Michael Zinman, developer of iSwitch DMX and GelCalc! for the iPhone & iPod Touch announces its latest release, PocketLD.
PocketLD is a database and calculation tool for theatrical and TV/Film lighting professionals.
Simply enter your throw distance, than select manufacturer, fixture and a lamp to calculate beam/field diameter and fc/lux.
Fixture & Lamp Database Includes:

-Beam and/or Field Angles
-Lamp Code
-Color Temperature
-Lamp Hours
-Candela Multiplication Factor
-Website URL (touch to open site within the App!)
Manufacturers Include:
-Altman Stage Lighting
-Altman Stage Lighting TV/Fim; including HID
-Arri; including HID
-Strand Lighting
-Strand Lighting TV/Fim; including HID
-and Generic PAR lamps
More Features:
-Access the manufacturers website by touching on their respective URL link within the App.
-Free upgrades include new fixture & lamp libraries.
More Information:
-Additional screen shots and a video demo can be viewed at
-PocketLD can be purchased for $9.99 via the iTunes App Store or by following this link…
-Questions can be directed to Michael Zinman at

iSwitch for iPhone, by Mike Zinman!

If you’re an AutoCAD user, then you remember AutoBlock for AutoCAD – the lighting block tool that pretty much all of us AutoCAD users used back in the day.  Mike’s come up with a great new iPhone app for we lighting designers and technicians – the iSwitch DMX dip switch calculator for iPhone!

The official press release:


Michael Zinman, developer of the successful AutoBLOCK 2000, software for AutoCAD, has released iSwitch DMX for the iPhone or iPod touch. This is an easy-to-use calculator for addressing DMX devices and generating a graphical Dip Switch Layout.

Entering any number between 1-512 generates a graphical dip-switch layout in real-time.
Includes an offset picker and Regenerate button to quickly generate the next DMX Address and dip-switch layout for that address.

iSwitch DMX can be purchased directly though iTunes via the App Store under Utilities for $4.99. Follow this link to go directly to the iSwitch DMX site on iTunes:

For more information, or to watch a video of this app, visit the website at

Go support the maker of AutoBlock! It’s $4.99!