With a newly updated article on a popular topic at On Stage Lighting, we look at stage lighting design software and CAD options when it comes to planning and communication in our lighting world in an extended Guide To Choosing Stage Lighting Design Software.
VectorworksWhile tools in lighting planning continue to develop, there are still key professional CAD tools in professional stage lighting. On Stage Lighting seeks to help Vectorworks users to transfer their learning to AutoCAD. Meanwhile, AutoCAD users can quickly pick up skills in Vectorworks using their own prior knowledge.
An up to date look at stage lighting iPhone apps and what they do.
July 2008 saw the start of stage lighting’s entry into the world of Apple’s iPhone apps – lighting themed software that you can use with the iPhone (or iPod Touch) and now, the iPad. Since the first few iPhone apps became available, the market has become awash with beam calculators, DIP switch thingies (seriously, just read our article on how to work our binary DIPs without all that technology) and other goodies. Luminair were early on the scene with V1 of their iPhone based DMX controller and have continued to develop the product, while traditional console manufacturers have added remote functionality that can be controlled via your phone.