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Avolites Releases Titan Version 10!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s dropped!  Titan v10 is now available for download:
http://www.avolites.com/software/latest-version

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FARMINGDALE, New York – June 28, 2016 — Avolites’ much anticipated Titan v10 software is now available to download for free onto all consoles from the Tiger Touch Pro (inclusive) onwards. Some older consoles may be compatible with v10 if an upgrade kit is fitted (please contact Avolites or US distributor Group One Ltd. if unsure).

Titan v10 is the result of a year of research and development by a dedicated team of Avolites developers, enhancing the best-loved features of Titan v9 and introducing a wealth of new ones. Many of the new features have been created in response to user and industry feedback.

“We’re thrilled that Titan v10 is now available for our users—we believe the new software will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of lighting designers, improving workflow and facilitating even more creativity and amazing results,” says Avolites Sales Director, Koy Neminathan. “Titan v10 will make our range of industry leading consoles even more powerful and able to adapt to the way our users like to work. We can’t wait to see the new features in action on more demanding shows than ever before!”

Officially launched at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt in April, one of the most striking additions in v10 is the full 3D visualizer powered by the Capture engine, which allows the user to create and edit shows right inside the Titan interface and lay out fixtures in the space using the console’s encoder wheels.

Titan v10 also allows the user to view intensity values in one place via the Intensity Grid. This clearly shows levels, source of information, whether increasing or decreasing and tracking information.

Avolites has also added the set legend Halo, which allows the user to add color borders around fixtures and groups, enabling fixtures to be viewed much more easily within the console screen, especially if there are a lot of them. Users can also easily identify which group they belong to.

Another feature is Freeform Workspaces. No longer restricted to just four workspaces per screen, pick any position and size for windows in seconds and store them to workspaces for quick access to the information one needs.

Titan v10 now offers a very useful UNDO feature, offering a 20-step back history, in addition to a new REDO history, too. Massively speeding up programming, the user can undo almost any action on the console including delete, merge, move and loads more. View history in the new undo window, and click any point to undo back to that action.

There are also extra directions including random for the hugely popular Key Frame Shapes feature, offering many more looks. Key Frame Shapes allows one to create spectacular effects from scratch. Using palettes or the programmer to define the frames, and powerful tools such as transition curves, phase and spatial direction, it is possible to create radically different looks for each channel in seconds.

And Avolites’ industry-leading Pixel Mapper gets even more powerful with the new Motion Blur effect, which creates trails that follow the element. Users can also now use the faders in Live Shape Editing to alter the shape with incredible ease.

Titan v10 includes the much-used Multi User Networking feature, allowing one to connect multiple consoles together to work collaboratively on the same show. A show can have multiple users, each with their own User Settings, Handle Worlds and Selected Key Profiles. When set to Multi User, consoles can also still be used as backups.

All Avolites consoles will ship with Titan v10 installed from Avolites’ head office in London from July onwards.

For a full list of Titan v10 features, visit: www.avolites.com/products/titan-features

To download Titan v10, head to: www.avolites.com/software/latest-version

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a US importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, elektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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Reader contact:
Avolites US / Group One Ltd.
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel: 631.396.0184 / Fax: 631.396.0190
Email: sales@g1limited.com
Web: www.avolites.com / www.g1limited.com


Titan V10 — full features blurb:

Key Frame Shapes 

Introducing the amazing new Key Frame Shapes, providing the capability to create spectacular effects from scratch. Using palettes or the programmer to define the frames, and powerful tools such as transition curves, phase and spatial direction, it is possible to create radically different looks for each channel in seconds. Synchronise these together for dramatic impact. Integrate Pixel Mapper effects with Key Frames using one simple interface.
See Key Frame Shapes in action in this video from Robe!

Multi User Networking

Connect multiple consoles together to work collaboratively or independently on the same show. A show can have multiple users, each with their own User Settings, Handle Worlds and Selected Key Profiles. When set to Multi User, consoles can still be used as backups.

Multiple consoles on the same show allow your backstage tech to exchange, reset or fault find on fixtures, or even patch in floor packages, without interrupting programming. The ability to have multiple programmers working at the same time enables speedy programming, with palettes being made or edited on one console automatically updating to other connected consoles.

Networking of the outputs using the Titan Network Processor allows system capabilities to be increased to up to 64 DMX universes, catering for even the largest world class spectaculars. All of this can still be used in conjunction with Titan Remote!

Full 3D Visualiser

V10 features a full 3D visualiser powered by the Capture engine. Create and edit your show right inside the Titan interface. Lay out your fixtures in the space using your console’s encoder wheels.
Channel Intensity Grid 

See all your intensity values in one place with V10’s Intensity Grid. This clearly shows levels, source of information, whether increasing or decreasing and tracking information.

Freeform Workspaces 

No longer restricted to just 4 workspaces per screen, pick any position and size for your windows in seconds and store them to your workspaces for quick access to the information you need.

Undo 

Massively speed up programming with comprehensive Undo functionality. Undo almost any action on the console including; delete, merge, move and loads more. View history in the new undo window, and click any point to undo back to that action.

Pixel Mapper with Motion Blur 

Avolites’ industry-leading pixel mapper gets even more powerful with the new motion blur effect in Titan V10, allowing for even more creative possibilities.

Unmatched Pixel Mapping Capabilities 

The industry’s best pixel mapper allows complex multi-layer effects made in record time, across all fixture groups, as if they were one entity. Create and animate pre-programmed or custom content using Avolites’ unique Quicksketch tool and image import. Use Gradient Fill to create smooth, soft edge transitions and exciting layered effects, now even quicker using cross-layer copy and move functions.

Align

Effortlessly copy values across fixtures, either in a recurring pattern or a smooth fade.

Quicksketch

Quicksketch icons are fast to find during show time. Create custom icons instantly with Avolites’ unique Quicksketch drawing tool.
Titan Remote

Use the remote for fast and simple fixture focusing or updating palettes when away from front of house. Program, Edit or Playback all of your Cues, Cue Lists, Chases and Effects.

Titan Remote works as a separate networked console, giving you all of the facilities and tools of Titan. Available on iOS and Android.

RGBW, WWCW, and ARGB colour mixing and Pixel Mapping

Get maximum punch and more accurate colours from your LED fixtures, thanks to new, four-channel pixel mapping and colour mixing.

Show Library

The central point to access any item within your Titan show. All show elements can be searched or filtered using the quick filter, with each element appearing in page order for easy grouping. You can un-assign items rather than deleting them, so you never lose that all important cue which allows you to use the show library as a cue store.

Also the hub for importing programming from any other Titan show, Show Library allows you to quickly switch between shows when importing content.

Clip Select

Video Media Integration with instant multi-layer patching and Video Clip Selection by image preview.For servers supporting CITP.

Cue List View

Tapping once in the Playback display will open the Cue List View. Tapping twice on a cue opens the Channel Grid View for the current Live cue. All views are programmer interactive. Copy, Paste and ‘Select Range to Edit’ provide a powerful editing tool for cues, Palettes and Chase steps.

Move in Dark & Tracking

Easily create complex cue lists with the help of extensive move in dark and tracking options. See exactly what each step contains using the shape and pixel map views. Edit values directly from cue view, and set fade times over the whole cue, attribute groups or individual channels.

Show Import

Quickly create new shows from the best parts of your past productions. Reuse any part of your show from Shape Palettes to Fixtures and Cue Lists.

Set List

Cue pages can now follow the shows running order – no matter how late you are given the set list. Display helpful notes like songs, follow spot colours or operator cues.

Show Reports

Create a cue list hard copy for the director or arrive at the venue with your rig pre-patched by sending in advance your fixture patch to the venue crew.

Exchange Mapping

Fixture exchange is revolutionised with a unique visual, Attribute Mapping System. Customise any fixture exchange to fit your needs; for example, old Gobo 1 to new Gobo 3. Keystone Custom fit your projection onto any surface. Stretch, adjust, tweak to fit at your fingertips.

Blade Control

An intuitive hand eye action affording fast, accurate control of shutter blades.

Global Palettes

Global palettes are importable between shows, and allow users to apply information universally to all fixtures possessing intensity, colour, pan or tilt attributes. When imported, Global Palettes will match these attributes across all fixture types, saving you from having to recreate the palettes. Global palettes can be recognised by the ‘G’ in the top right corner of the palette handle.

Nested Palettes

Create palettes which reference information from another palette. When the originals are updated, they will also update the nested palette. You can toggle between whether the palette remains nested or not, allowing the palette to have hard attribute values, or to continue referring to the base palettes used to create the nested ones

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!

LEAKED: Luminair 2.0 Screens!

I can’t say who was the leak, but I can definitely say that they were leaked!  Check out some screens from the upcoming Luminair 2.0.  Very exciting!  I will be writing soon about an interesting collaboration between Luminair and WYSIWYG, too!

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Wybron Updates The Moire Gobo Library

Wybron has added 1,500 Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to their great Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone.  If you’ve never played with this application, it’s probably one of the cooler apps I have on my phone – the ability to take two gobos and experiment with spin speed and direction is pretty outstanding.  From the press release at Wybron:

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Wybron is pleased to announce the addition of Goboland, InLight Grayscale and GAM Halftone gobos to our popular Moiré Gobo Library™ application for the iPhone. This increases the number of available gobos by 1,500—to over 5,000 A-size gobos which users can search, browse and experiment with, making Moiré the most comprehensive gobo library app on the market.

Features:

  • Adjust the focus of the gobo to create a blur effect.
  • Spin the gobo in either direction at different speeds.
  • Use the “TwinSpin” (trademarked by GAM) feature to overlap and spin any two gobos, at any speed and in any direction (both gobos spinning in the same direction or each gobo spinning in a different direction).
  • View gobos on a white or black background, simulating the look of the gobo itself or the image it produces on a dark stage, or with a background color taken from our Gel Swatch Library app.
  • Search gobos by name and number
  • Sort gobos by name and number in ascending and descending order
  • Flip a single gobo by swiping horizontally
  • Flip the two gobos in a TwinSpin by swiping horizontally for Gobo A and swiping vertically for Gobo B
  • Maintain a list of 12 most recently viewed gobos
  • Send comments directly to the developer with the feedback button
  • The updated application will be available for download during the week of September 7, 2009. Users who have already purchased Moiré Gobo Library will find that their libraries will update automatically through the Apple App Store.
  • The Moiré Gobo Library runs on the iPhone or iPod touch and can be purchased through Apple’s App Store. Just click on the App Store icon from the main screen of each device, or access the App Store through iTunes.

Synthe FX Releases Luminair 1.5

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Luminair has been rocking the iPhone for a while now – the iPhone/iPod Touch DMX device control application uses Art-Net to communicate with devices employing Wi-Fi over your network.  It’s sexy.  Synthe-FX just released Luminair 1.5, an update with great features for the interface, real time data display, and moving light control just to name a few.  From the product page for Luminair 1.5:

Luminair enables you to wirelessly control, view, record and manage intelligent DMX lighting fixtures, consoles, media servers and other software directly from your iPhoneTM or iPodTM touch. Using Artistic License’s Art-Net protocol over your device’s built-in Wi-Fi connection, Luminair communicates with other compatible hardware and software nodes on your network. A gorgeous user interface provides desktop-calibre features and performance, all on a mobile platform. Use Luminair as the ultimate remote focus tool, for advanced architectural lighting, or simply as the centerpiece of your intelligent lighting rig.

Multi-touch output controls
As a pocket-sized DMX controller, Luminair is in a class all by itself. Multi-touch fader controls allow you to manipulate DMX values with accurate precision. Control fixture color values in both CMY and RGB color modes with color changer tracks. XY grid controls allow you to pan and tilt moving heads with fine control. The touch-board channel editor provides quick channel setup for all of your DMX fixtures. Quick-Touch cues, each with an assignable fade time, allow you to store fixture information for easy touch-based triggering.

Input analyzing & recording
Luminair’s Art-Net input port allows data to be displayed in realtime, as a touch-scrollable overview of all channels in the input universe. Selecting a specific channel shows the current value, as well as the past 24 seconds of data in graph form. Luminair also offers the capabilty of recording snapshots from the Art-Net input port directly to Quick-Touch cues, a useful feature for backing up from a console or any other DMX source.

Over the airwaves
Wireless connectivity allows you to be unchained from the lighting desk or closest patch-bay. Simply connect a hardware Art-Net to DMX converter to your Wi-Fi router and lighting equipment. Luminair is compatible with any standard Wi-Fi router, and supports all existing security settings such as WPA, and WEP for keeping your network locked. Efficient use of your device’s processor, memory and network communications, help conserve battery power for long use.

File management
Both fixtures and entire projects can be saved and restored at any time, making Luminair an indispensable tool for configuring your intelligent lighting networks. A built-in file manager makes this a simple process. Restoring lighting settings for your next location, event, or mood is as easy as selecting from the project and fixture preset files saved on your device. File transfers to and from your device(s) is handled via Synthe FX LCompanIon app, which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and above.

Industry standards
Luminair was created with industry standards in mind, and is compatible with numerous existing hardware and software products. All DMX signals are computed natively on the iPhone or iPod touch, without relying on a master console’s proprietary protocol. This makes Luminair versatile for both initial installation, as well as switching between and/or upgrading your lighting equipment in the future. One recommended cost effective Art-Net to DMX converter is Enttec’s ODE, for which we now provide a 10% off coupon with every purchase of Luminair.*

Check out this video on using Luminair 1.5 – worth a look!

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

Wybron’s CXI-IT Color Calculator for the iPhone

CXI-IT by Wybron Color fader users, attention:  Wybron has an iPhone program that is made to correctly calculate the percentages for their CXI-IT color fader – you know, the one with two CMY rolls that mixes 432 “distinct” colors.  It’s also the fader that has the photometric sensor to detect if the lamp’s on, heat sensors, and all the bells and whistles that come with Wybron’s InfoTrace system – the remote device management system Wybron wrote.

Ok, enough of that – this post is about their CXI calculator for the iPhone and iPod.  Wybron’s CXI Calculator gives you the ability to mix the two CMY strongs together and find the specific colors you want to create.  From Wybron’s website:

Mix the perfect color for your CXI IT dual-gelstring color changer with Wybron’s CXI Color Calculator for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Using the Color Calculator’s simple interface, scroll through two overlapping gelstrings of cyan, magenta, and yellow to find the perfect color out of nearly 500 different shades. Then plug its numerical values – either decimals or percentages – into your control console to create the color on stage.

Or find the values necessary to replicate popular GAM, Lee, and Rosco gels.

The Color Calculator replaces the plastic color wheel lighting pros have carried since the CXI came into existence in 1998. But now, with all that information on your iPhone or iPod, you can fit a wealth of knowledge in your pocket.

And the devices’ illuminated screens let you mix and match colors even in the darkest theater.

The Color Calculator runs on any iPhone and iPod touch and can be purchased through Apple’s App Store. Just click on the App Store icon from the main screen of each device, or access the App Store through iTunes.

You can get this program either from the iTunes Store or by clicking the direct link here.

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What’s Your Drafting Poison?

We all have our choices in drafting software, and there’s three main platforms out there with several smaller companies making programs.  What’s your poison?  I’m a WYSIWYG man myself, with AutoCAD being my goto 3D platform..  But I also know Vectorworks too.  So – what do you use?  Post in the comments, I’d love to hear your preferences.  Also, if you draft by hand (and many do) tell us!

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:

iSwitch DMX iPHONE APP RELEASED

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:
http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=286911472&mt=8.

For more information, or to watch a video of this app, visit the website at http://www.lightingiphoneapps.com.

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