Posts and “Light Plot Deconstructed” WINNER!


Ladies and gentlemen – I am proud to announce the winner of the second half of the and Light Plot Deconstructed contest.  We had many entries, lots of interest, and we’re pleased as punch that everyone was so receptive!

The cold, unfeeling finger of the Random Number Generator chose our second winner – congratulations, Michelle Ramsay!

REMINDER! The iSquint and JimOnLight Light Plot Deconstructed Contest!


You didn’t forget, did you?  We have so many entries – the contest ends at midnight tonight for a signed copy of Greg Hillmar’s book, Light Plot Deconstructed, about light plots and all of the wonderful things that are involved.

As in all contests on JimOnLight, this one is just as easy — to be entered into the completely random drawing for the last signed copy of Greg’s book, all you have to do is leave a comment on THE ORIGINAL CONTEST POST, here. Leave your name, email address (which will of course not be published or shared with anyone), and if you’re feeling generous, leave me a note!  I LOVE your notes!

I will be running this section of the contest from right now until October 30, 2009 at midnight central time.  Once the contest is closed, I’ll just stop allowing comments on the original post.  Good luck, and thank you so much for reading JimOnLight and iSquint!

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!

Review of “LD Assistant” for AutoCAD

Designers all have their own preferences when it comes to CAD programs.  I try to stay in a wide triangle of CAD and visualization suites, with my favorites being Vectorworks 2008, WYSIWYG (I have R21), and AutoCAD.  It seems that every few years I encounter a reason to brush up on one of the three, so I just got proficient on all three.  Go figure.

AutoCAD users can benefit from a new build of a lighting-specific design and CAD program called LD Assistant, by Design and Drafting.  Christian Choi, a standard in the concert production realm, wrote a fantastic review of the product for LiveDesign Magazine.  Check it out.