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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!

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!