iPhone Apps For Lighting Professionals

Sep 16, 2009 by Derrick Faw · 10 Comments ·
Filed under: Computing, Equipment, Internet, Lighting 

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I came across several applications for lighting professionals while researching our recent post iPhone Apps For Filmmakers. Lighting engineers can enjoy a full array of sophisticated apps to assist in their work.

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PowerCalc by West Side Systems, LLC (Cost: $0.99)

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PowerCalc performs basic electrical power calculations with watts, volts, amps, and motor power factor. More Info

Luminair (DMX Remote) by Synthe FX, LLC (Cost: $99.99)

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Luminair enables you to wirelessly control, view, record and manage intelligent DMX lighting fixtures, consoles, media servers and other software directly from your iPhone or iPod 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. Video Demo   

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DMXCalc by West Side Systems, LLC (Cost: $0.99)

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Entertainment lighting equipment uses a control system called DMX512. DMXCalc is a simple and elegant calculator which does address arithmetic for DMX equipment. More Info

DMXtoolSet by Holger Blümler (Cost: Free)

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Most features and functions of this app require external hardware interface at docking connector. This hardware receives audio output signal that carries the DMX data. This works like a modem via FSK (frequency shift key). But the app also works without external hardware. In this case you can use the DIP-switch tool. It calculates DMX channels to DIP-switch settings. The DMX hardware interface may be purchased separately at hmb-tec.de or futuresoundfactory ebay shop.

iSwitch DMX by Michael Zinman (Cost: $4.99)

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iSwitch DMX is an easy to use binary DIP switch utility for stage lighting electricians, technicians and programmers. Selecting a DMX address updates the DIP switch graphic with the correct DIP switch settings. You can also select an offset for your next DMX device to display the next subsequent address & DIP switch settings.

iSwitch by Michael Zinman (Cost: $4.99)

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iSwitch is an intuitive binary DIP-Switch calculator for engineers, technicians and programmers. Selecting a Device address updates the DIP switch graphic with the correct DIP switch settings. You can also select an offset for your next device to display the next subsequent address & DIP switch settings.

Light Calc by Michael Kohler (Cost: $4.99)

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Light Calc is a photometric calculation tool for professional lighting designers and theatrical electricians. It allows you to carry a pocket database of commonly used theatrical lighting fixtures that you can quickly access in the field. Light Calc allows a user to select a type of lighting fixture, choose one of several lamp types, and set a throw distance. The calculator will then return a beam diameter and field diameter, in feet, as well as center field illumination, in footcandles.

Light Calc Lite by Michael Kohler (Cost: Free)

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Light Calc Lite is a simple beam calculator application for Lighting Professionals. Simply enter a beam angle or a field angle and a throw distance to calculate the expected diameter.

PocketLD by Michael Zinman (Cost: $19.99)

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PocketLD is a photometric database and calculation tool for theatrical and TV/Film lighting professionals. Simply enter your throw distance, than select manufacturer, fixture and a lamp to calculate beam/field diameter and fc/lux. More Info

ML Finder PRO by Michael Zinman (Cost: $39.99)

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For lighting designers, stage electricians, programmers and techs, ML Finder PRO is the perfect companion to any toolkit. ML Finder PRO is a complete list of parameters and channel assignments for over 500 lights, LEDs and media servers. For the tech addressing a light plot, a designer determining the functionality of a moving light, or a programmer building a profile for their lighting console. This information is nicely integrated into one app. More Info

ML Finder by Michael Zinman (Cost: Free)

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For the stage lighting tech addressing a light plot. ML Finder displays the DMX footprint for over 500 moving lights, LED’s and media servers. Know how many DMX channels each device uses, in any mode. Simple to navigate and FREE to download!

GelCalc by Michael Zinman (Cost: $4.99)

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iSwitch DMX is an easy to use binary DIP switch utility for stage lighting electricians, technicians and programmers. More Info

Gel Swatch Library by Wybron, Inc. (Cost: $19.99)

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The Gel Swatch Library by Wybron, Inc., lets lighting production personnel browse, search, and compare more than 1,000 gel color filters. More Info

CXI Color Calculator by Wybron, Inc. (Cost: $4.99)

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The CXI Color Calculator from Wybron helps lighting production personnel find and program colors for the CXI dual-gelstring color changer. Scroll through two overlapping gelstrings of cyan, magenta, and yellow to blend the ideal shade, then plug its numerical values into your lighting control console to have a CXI color changer move to that color. The Color Calculator also gives you the values needed to replicate several colors from the GAM, Lee, and Rosco collections of theatrical filters.

ShowTool LD by Daniel Murfin (Cost: $3.99)

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ShowTool LD is an easy to use, yet powerful suite of utilities for Lighting Designers and Electricians.. More Info

BeamCalc by West Side Systems, LLC (Cost: $1.99)

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Use BeamCalc to calculate the geometry of spotlight beams. Enter the height of the fixture above the focus point, the horizontal distance between the fixture and the focus point, and the fixture’s beam angle. BeamCalc displays the resulting throw distance, elevation angle, and beam width at the focus point. Adjust the position to achieve a specific elevation angle. Adjust the position and beam size to achieve a specific width. For use in architectural, display and entertainment lighting design.

ProjectorCalc by Michael Kohler (Cost: $4.99)

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ProjectorCalc is a program for professional lighting technicians and projectionists. Its primary purpose is to determine the size of a projected image given various information about the projector and it’s location. ProjectorCalc allows users to enter details for a projector and its location in relation to a projection surface.ProjectorCalc will calculate image width, image height, diagonal length, brightness in Nits, total projected area, and how many pixels per inch the projected image will be. Additionally, ProjectorCalc can give you an estimate of how much keystone distortion will occur by calculating the length of each side of the distorted image.

Moiré Gobo Library by Wybron, Inc. (Cost: $9.99)

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The Moiré Gobo Library from Wybron, Inc. lets lighting production personnel browse, search, and experiment with more than 3,600 different A-size gobos. More Info

iGobo by Richard Williamson (Cost: Free)

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Rosco iGobo for iPhone and iPod Touch is the perfect tool for lighting designers, technicians and creative directors on the go. Containing the entire Rosco gobo library of more than 2300 images, iGobo makes it easy to browse, compare and select steel, glass or effects gobos, black and white or color, no matter where you are — in your studio, at the tech table, in a design meeting or even in transit. More Info

Black Steel Gobo Catalogue by HILLA Limited (Cost: Free)

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GOBOLAND is an independent, specialized manufacturer of high quality glass and steel gobos for all lighting fixtures.Easily browse the award winning Black Steel Collection™ gobos. The App doesn’t require an internet connection while you browse the 1200+ gobo patterns available in high quality Black Steel or Glass.

Light by Digital Film Tools (Cost: $1.99)

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Light can be added to a scene where none existed before just as if you were adding light at the time of photography. Realistic lighting and shadow is introduced using digital versions of the gobo library created by Gamproducts. More Info




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10 Responses to “iPhone Apps For Lighting Professionals”
  1. martijn says:

    Guys,

    Check the fixture tester app! It is a simple artnet app to test lighting systems during setup, including address test, parameter test and macros. It saves us a lot of time!

    Martijn

  2. Karl Gunkel says:

    lighting. the App for all lighting profs. bit.ly/lightingdesign

  3. Karl says:

    LIGHTING App ca 60 lighting manufacturers and 120 catalogues in one App. http://www.bitly.com/lightingdesign

  4. Clayton Combe says:

    If you’re looking to do visual plot layouts, you should check out Lighting Designer for iPad. It’s a one-of-a-kind tool that helps you create detailed plots extremely quickly, and share them with your crew.

    I created LD to make it easier for people to do their jobs. And the more feedback I get from users, the easier it is to do that! So if you’ve used it, let me know what you do and don’t like!

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