I had a great conversation with Gil Densham from Cast Lighting yesterday. We’ve been talking about the upcoming release of WYSIWYG R25 and some of the new features that will be implemented in R25, as well as all kinds of developments that the Black Box system is having. Gil also informed me about a new Cast Software offering – a limited time WYSIWYG student version. Normally the student versions of software are fairly limited, whether it is in features or a big watermark somewhere on the drawing or something equally as pervasive. However, the student versions usually have a reduced price tag too, so the balance finds its way in there somehow.
The student pricing, also called Cast’s “Perform SSE,” is a full version of the Perform suite with visualization. You will get a dongle which is your property – the dongle will come authorized for the student version of the suite, which includes everything but tech support and updates. What I understand the details to be is as follows:
- it’s the full version of Perform. Viz, console connectivity, the works.
- the student WYSIWYG suite is $499
- the $499 that you pay as a student is fully applicable to a full version when you’ve graduated – essentially you’re getting the program for nothing if you plan on upgrading at the end of school.
- you get a dongle that you can travel with, and you’re not limited to using a student version in the computer lab.
- you do have to prove that you’re a student currently enrolled and taking classes.
- It’s essentially a full version of R22, which has all of the great viz and beam stuff.
- the student WYSIWYG will have a 1000 channel limit.
I love my WYSIWYG. After my eyes, it is my number one lighting design tool. If you’re a student, and you want to get in on this, email [email protected] and give them the hey-what’s-up. If you ever have questions about WYSIWYG, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the JimOnLight contact form, just put WYSIWYG somewhere in the subject.
Cast also has some cool student pricing on a specially packaged student version of WYSIWYG Design, and their Event Planning and conceptual design package, Vivien. I haven’t ever talked about Vivien much, but it is a cool product. I’ll talk a bit more about this in the near future, but for $199 and a $30 “initiation fee” you get one year of the software as long as you’re a student. The cool part of that money is that if you were to buy four years at $199 a year, at your graduation they will credit you every dime of that money towards upgrading to the full version.
You’re going to use a lot of software in your lives to design lighting – some of it is cool, some of it is a waste of your time. WYSIWYG has taught me more, saved me more time, and saved my rear end more times than I can count. That’s why I write these posts.
Have a great weekend, everyone!