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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.

Thanks to JimOnLight.com Sponsors – January 2010

Folks, the readers of JimOnLight.com have been called a lot of wonderful things – “the most dedicated readership in the lighting industry,” “a very engaged group,” and my personal favorite, “the most supportive group of readers that a website could be fortunate enough to have.”

Yeah, that’s right, you guys rock.

Advertisements on JimOnLight.com are hand-picked.  I keep reputable companies on the site because you all deserve to have relevant ads supporting JimOnLight.com.  If it weren’t for the great companies that advertise on JimOnLight.com, I wouldn’t be able to write every day for all of you.

If your company is interested in being a part of this awesome community, check out the advertising page.

January Sponsors:



Electronic Theatre Controls – you might know them as ETC – is a great company that is known for their Source Four line of luminaires and their outstanding lines of lighting control consoles.  ETC has also entered the rigging market with their Prodigy line of hoists, and the LED market with the Selador line of fixtures.  Check them out if you haven’t – it’s worth your while!

Genielux is the new rental and sales locator for lighting, audio, video, staging, and entertainment production gear.  Using your iPhone, you can find out who has 300 star strobes in Stickney, Illinois when you’re in a pinch or find out who’s got your Meyer cabinets in Tookus, Nebraska.  For suppliers, it costs you a couple of bucks a month to get your information into Genielux and help people in a pinch.  Oh yeah – and for users, the Genielux iPhone app is completely free!  How much better does it get to help out the industry?

I gotta believe that everybody knows Mike Zinman and Zinman Software – he started out rocking AutoCAD with AutoBlock back in the day – now he rocks the iPhone software market with great software like ML Finder PRO, PocketLD, GelCalc, iSwitch DMX, and Portfolio.  Check out his stuff – it’s a time saver!

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Thank you to our sponsors, and thank you to every JimOnLight.com reader on the planet!

Genielux is HERE, Today!

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Mike Zinman has released another something awesome – an app for iPhone that finds gear for rent or purchase, wherever you are.  Meet Genielux:

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From the ZinmanCo press release:

LONG BEACH, CA – The Zinman Company, a technology leader in iPhone applications for the entertainment industry, announces the worldwide launch of GENIELUX™. GENIELUX allows users to quickly and efficiently search the inventory of rental and sales companies around the world by type of equipment, location, and distance from the user.

The initial launch will allow vendors such as production companies, rental or hire houses, or individuals with rental or sales inventory to list their gear in the worldwide database. The second phase in February 2010 will launch the searchable database and the free iPhone application. The database will include lighting, control, audio, video, rigging, special effects, and more. For a limited time, new listings will be upgraded to a Featured Listing for no extra charge.

“GENIELUX is the ideal tool to quickly locate any piece of gear in the world, whether it’s lighting, control, audio, video, or even rigging or special effects,” said Michael Zinman, President and CTO of The Zinman Co. “This application saves critical time in the production process and when the iPhone app is launched it will allow you instant access anywhere your phone works.”

The application is free to users. Equipment listings are $2 per month for a standard listing and $12 per month for a featured listing. A single listing can include an unlimited amount of gear. All listings purchased before February 1 will be upgraded to a Featured Listing for no extra charge. For more information, visit www.genielux.com.

Mike has released the actual iPhone app today – people, if you have a product to rent or sell in the lighting world, pay the two bucks and get your name in Genielux! Get the Genielux app, FREE, here.

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.

Mike Zinman’s TCP/IP Remote Update – Free for Software Owners

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Mike Zinman, the guy who writes all of the awesome iPhone lighting software that we all love has released a free update to his TCP/IP Remote app.  TCP/IP Remote is a net remote for anything you can connect to – lighting consoles, media servers, projectors, home automation – if it has a TCP/IP interface, you can control it.

Here’s a press release:

Zinman Software has updated TCP/IP Remote v2.0, now available on the iTunes App Store. Many new improvements have been made; including better user customizations to the GUI, unlimited pages of Macros, unlimited pages of Terminal/Remote views & buttons, ability to edit buttons inside the App, plus much many new features.

Version 2.0 is a free upgrade to existing version of TCP/IP Remote.

About TCP/IP Remote:

For IT professionals, systems integrators, and anyone looking for customizable control of any software or hardware capable of TCP/IP communications.

Use TCP/IP Remote to control video projectors, lighting and media systems, home automation and much more.

For more information, please visit Zinman Software online @ www.zinmansoftware.com

Thanks, Mike!

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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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

Mike Zinman’s TCP/IP Remote

tcpipheaderI just got to my hotel here in Hampton, VA – and I got news that Mike Zinman is about to release a new iPhone app!  The newest release in the ZinmanCo line is the TCP/IP Remote – a software control using the iPhone to control automation, media, lighting, and control systems.  Assignable macro buttons, hot keys, and talk to anything that receives a TCP or UDP message.

From the website:

For IT professionals, systems integrators, and anyone looking for customizable control of any software or hardware capable of TCP/IP and UDP communications.

Includes a full functional Terminal, 25 assignable “hot keys,” and 12 one-touch macros for common entries.

You can label any of the 12 macros and 25 hot keys, which makes this app very versatile for any type of application.

Use it for any device that can receive TCP/IP & UDP messages.

LANGUAGES:
English

REQUIREMENTS:
Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch
Requires iPhone 2.0 Software Update

VERSION:
1.0

For Lighting & Media Systems:

* MA Lighting Systems (GrandMA)
* Martin Maxxyz Manager
* ETC Pharos Lighting Systems
* GLPs Creation
* Interactive Technologies Cueserver
* Coolux Pandoras Box Media Server & Player
* Coolux Media Manager

For Automation & Show Control Systems:

* Crestron Systems
* AMX Systems
* Control4 Systems
* IR Trans Systems
* GlobalCache Systems

Check it out!

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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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