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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.

Anniversary Week on JimOnLight.com – Friday Giveaways, and Grand Prize!

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Today is the last day of the week of giveaways – it’s been a great week, hundreds of people have commented, twittered, and just plain been awesome.  Thank you so much for every single one of your wonderful comments – I love writing this stuff as much as you love reading it!  I read the metrics for the site daily, and you guys are the most dedicated readership a blogger could ever want!

I want to give my best, loudest, and most energetic screams of appreciation to the people who provided the merchandise we were able to you awesome JimOnLight.com readers:

Last but certainly not least, Shannon Dudley at Inkblot Creative for the fabulous site design, and my awesome wife for the code!

Thanks a lot for reading JimOnLight.com – I promise to keep giving you the best news I can find.

Friday Winners – two Zinman software 3-Packs (iSwitch DMX, PocketLD, and GelCalc), two 9-LED flashlights, one BMI Supply t-shirt, and one license of Zinman’s ML Finder PRO software!

Zinman 3-pack:
Dominic from Seattle
Zinman 3-pack:
Aron Altmark
9-LED flashlight:
Ofir Dori
9-LED flashlight:
Noah on the Goah
BMI Supply t-shirt:
Greg Owen
ML Finder PRO:
David Atkinson

And FINALLY – the Grand Prize Winner – who will be awarded with a lux meter from Mastech, a $20 coupon for the JimOnLight.com store (ie, a free t-shirt!!) a full Zinman software suite (iSwitch DMX, PocketLD, GelCalc, and ML Finder PRO), a BMI Supply t-shirt, and a 16-LED flashlight!

Congratulations, Colin Riebel, you’re the grand prize winner!

Thank you for reading, everyone! New stuff coming up and daily articles, as always! Winners, I’ll be contacting you all in the next few days, so make sure that jim [at] JimOnLight.com is not getting thrown into your SPAM folder!

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:

FOR IMMEDIATE 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
-Wattage
-Color Temperature
-Lamp Hours
-Candela
-Candela Multiplication Factor
-Lumens
-Website URL (touch to open site within the App!)
Manufacturers Include:
-ADB
-Altman Stage Lighting
-Altman Stage Lighting TV/Fim; including HID
-Arri; including HID
-Colortran/Leviton
-ETC
-Mole-Richardson
-Selecon
-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 www.lightingiphoneapps.com
-PocketLD can be purchased for $9.99 via the iTunes App Store or by following this link…