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CAST Software Wins Another Emmy for WYSIWYG

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CAST Software, makers of WYSIWYG, Vivien Designer, and the becoming-popular BlackTrax software have been awarded a second Technical Emmy for their WYSIWYG work.

From the blog post at CAST Software’s blog:

CAST Software’s wysiwyg was selected as a winner in the Pre-Production Visualization System category of the 2015 Technical / Engineering Achievement Awards for the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards. This is the second Emmy® that wysiwyg has received to date.

Organized by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), these awards were judged by a committee of experts and will be presented during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, January 8th, 2016.

wysiwyg’s previsualization and lighting design software is currently in its 35th edition and continuing. It is used globally, not only by lighting designers, but also many key players in video and scenic design to pre-visualize to test and prove viability in the 3D environment before any real money is spent, making the process much more efficient.

A team of really clever people are behind this software and an intensive beta testing program ensures that the features of wysiwyg all work properly and are constantly updated. wysiwyg is also available in a student edition and for education institutions.

“This award is a testament to our innovation over the years, the continual development of wysiwyg and to the creative customers who use it in their projects. We are really proud to be honored with this recognition,” said Gil Densham, President at CAST Group.

Committee Chairman, Robert P. Seidel, Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology and Chairman, Engineering Achievement Committee, NATAS adds: “The judges selected wysiwyg from CAST Software for its innovation and vision that has materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry.”

It sure was my pleasure to create the features for the versions I worked on in 2012 and 2013.  Hopefully those features helped.  I’m really super proud of everyone still at CAST that I worked with every day, those were some of the best times of my life with some of THE best people I’ve ever worked with.  I still use the software today for previz.

Congratulations to Gil, Dino, Peter, Igor, Eli (and the awesome software dev team), Carl and William the genius graphics ninjas, and all involved obviously, everyone deserved it.  We all worked super hard to make that software kick ass.  I’m super proud to see something I managed win an Emmy.

Have a good day, world of light.  I hope you get everything you want today.

 

A JimOnLight Life Update

Lumiere on her throne

Holy crap, I miss my freaking cat.

I have gotten quite a few emails about what I’ve been up to lately, so I figured a post is in order!  Life has taken me all kinds of places and in all kinds of directions over the last three months – it’s been a whirlwind, that is fo sho.  Back in December, I left teaching to take a promotion at CAST Software as the Product Manager for wysiwyg and Vivien Event Designer.  I have been working for CAST for about three years writing product copy and technical articles, and the job as product manager opened up back in December.  Pretty much everything has been going full speed since then.  I have been here and there, I just drove halfway across the country (from Oklahoma City to Iowa to Toronto) in my Mustang.  I had to drop of Lumiere at Grandma’s house so Daddy could come up to Toronto and work.

So I did this:

in this:

Misti the Mustang

You know, it’s true – they didn’t design Mustang seats for long-range comfort.  Yeah, I bought a Mustang.  Yeah, I f*cking love it.

A few weeks ago I saw a bunch of you at PLASA Focus in Austin, TX – got to spend three days with Rick and Adri and a ton of other awesome people, saw The Swinging Johnsons play at Antones, had an awesome breakfast with Gil and Bruce from CAST and Matthew Griffiths from PLASA (that guy is pretty cool!).  I think it’s a goal in my life to get Gil Densham to belly laugh.  I’LL DO IT, yes I will!

I have video and photos from PLASA Focus – they’re coming.  Hold tight.  I’m also finishing up the first episode of JimOnLight TV!

So now I’m up here in Toronto working my butt off and loving every minute of what I’m doing.  Besides JimOnLight.com, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve felt like that.  I’m living in a hotel right now; it’s a nice hotel and all, but I am very, very excited to get the **** out of here and into my own place.  I am looking at a place this evening that I want, really close to the office, and in a nice area.  I wish I could explain how thrilled I am at the prospect of getting out of this hotel and having my routines back!  Oh, and having my little meower back?  HOLY SH*T!  I have been without her for about three weeks now, and I miss the heck out of her.  it’s so funny – I never really thought of the impact of literally spending all day every day with her and then not being around her for a month or more.  That sucks!  My mom is saving my ass right now too, she’s watching lil’ miss kitty until I can get moved and come and pick her up.

Meow, eh?

Of course, I guess I could get out more.

So right now, I have three people I really like helping me make JimOnLight one of the world’s most visited lighting websites.  I have two jobs that I am completely in love with — I get to write JimOnLight AND I’m working on the cutting edge of pre-viz and tracking tech.  I get to do what I love all day long (and sometimes all night just because I can!) and I feel very lucky.  Now if I can get my cat up here and get her to poop in the toilet?

Amazing.

Jim Hutchison Joins the CAST Software Team!

I am really excited to announce that I’m now working for CAST Software!

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I approached Gil and Bruce from CAST Software at LDI 2009 about CAST’s role in social media, and that I wanted to help in any way I could.  After talks and strategizing for a while since the convention, they’ve decided to bring me on as their Social Media and Area Sales Manager!

This is just awesome for me.  I have A) been using WYSIWYG for a long, long time, B) really believed in what they’re doing up there, C) wanted to be a part of the CAST team, and D) I love talking to people about WYSIWYG!  This is like epic win for me right now.  So as of a few days ago, I’m playing on the CAST team of developers, experts, and really fun people.

In addition to my full-time roll with JimOnLight.com, I’m also going to help CAST branch out into the worlds of Twitter, Facebook, and other various social media streams.  YEEHAA!  I’m still gonna write about WYSIWYG stuff here, because I am a fan and a user!

In the mean time, follow CAST Software on Twitter and Facebook!

CAST Software on Facebook:  facebook.com/CASTsoftware
CAST Software on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/CASTsoftware

WOOHOO!

So, please resume your normal JimOnLight.com reading, sorry to interrupt!

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