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Helpful Apps for Lighting Design

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Whether you’re a lighting pro, a student, or an aficionado, don’t miss this comprehensive list of mobile lighting apps that may be just what you need when working on your next production. Best of all, they’re just as mobile as your trusty tool belt.

BeamCalc
Developer: West Side Systems
Developer’s Website: http://westsidesystems.com/f-pl/f-beam/beam.html
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beamcalc/id287943253?mt=8
Price: $14.99

Description: BeamCalc calculates the geometry and photometrics of spotlight beams. By placing and directing up to three light sources (chosen from the BeamCalc library included), you’ll be able to evaluate and compare lighting characteristics such as: elevation angle, beam and field pool width, illumination, and shadow length.

CXI Color Calculator
Developer: Wybron, Inc.
Developer’s Website: http://www.wybron.com
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cxi-color-calculator/id284971655?mt=8
Price: $4.99

Description: The CXI Color Calculator enables lighting production personnel to easily 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 some GAM, Lee, and Rosco gels.

DipSwitch
Developer: Tom Weber
Developer’s Website: http://lightdesign.from.lu/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dipswitch/id287111147?mt=8
Price: Free

Description: A small app created in order to assist lighting techs with quickly and easily setting up DipSwitches on Lighting Devices. Simply enter the DMX Address of the given Fixture and DipSwitch will provide the correct Dip Switch Settings.

DMXCalc
Developer: Ruby Rubenstahl
Developer’s Website: http://www.ruby-lighting.com
Developer’s E-mail: ruby[at]ruby-lighting.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rubyrubenstahl.DMXCalc&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5ydWJ5cnViZW5zdGFobC5ETVhDYWxjIl0.
Price: Free

Description: DMXCalc is a DMX DIP switch and offset calculator for professional lighting systems.

Gel Books OLD
Developer: Ari Shaw-Faber
Developer’s Website: http://arilab.atspace.com/gelbooks/
Developer’s E-mail: ari6126[at]gmail.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_ari6126.GelBooks&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImFwcGludmVudG9yLmFpX2FyaTYxMjYuR2VsQm9va3MiXQ..
Price: Free

Description: This nifty little app provides highly useful information about the gels and color filters used for theatre lighting. Please note that users must install AppInventor Extender for the app to work, and Gel Books also requires an Internet connection.

iGobo
Developer: Blue Pony Digital
Developer’s Website: http://www.apollodesign.net/igobo
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/igobo/id397032703?mt=8#
Price: Free

Description: Apollo’s iGobo™ seamlessly enables lighting designers to view full screen images of the company’s extensive library of over 2000 standard metal and glass pattern gobo designs. The library is searchable by name, number or keywords, and users can compare up to four gobos at a time on a single screen. Images can also be flipped or rotated onscreen.

LDTools
Developer: Juha J.
Developer's Contact: jj.skynet.dev[at]gmail.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.jj.LDTools&feature=also_installed
Price: Free

Description: This app offers a handy tool set for lighting technicians, accomplishing such tasks as:
  • Calculating numeric DMX address from DIP switch configuration.
  • Calculating DIP switch configuration from numeric DMX address.
  • Calculating universe number from DMX addresses over 512.
  • Calculating the ArtNet universe (subnet:universe) from DMX addresses over 512.
Lighting Handbook
Developer: Andrew Derrington
Developer’s Website: http://www.lightingappstore.com
E-mail Developer: mailto:lighting[at]aderrington.co.uk
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/lighting-handbook/id335372862?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
Price: $5.49

Description: Lighting Handbook is a valuable tool for technicians in theatre, corporate and events fields, displaying information on nearly 900 moving lights, dimmers, conventional fixtures and effects. When connected to the Internet, the manual is available for immediate viewing, or can also be stored offline within your mobile or via a favorite PDF Viewer. If your device is connected to the internet, the manual will then be available for viewing within the app. You can also store manuals for offline viewing either within Lighting Handbook or in your favourite PDF viewing app. Also includes Pinout diagrams for the most popular data and power connections, a Lamp Guide, library of manufacturers, and more.

LightingPad
Developer: Alcorn McBride Inc.
Developer Website: http://www.alcorn.com/products/lightingpad/index.html
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lightingpad/id378694460?mt=8
Price: $9.99

Description: As an app for those in the industry, LightingPad is the perfect tool for controlling small shows, or for installing and testing lighting systems. It's also great for programming Alcorn McBride LightCue Pro lighting controllers. Simply connect any Art-Net compatible DMX device to your wireless network, and you have a complete lighting console in the palm of your hand.

Luminair - DMX lighting control
Developer: Synthe FX
Developer Website: http://synthe-fx.com/products/luminair
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/luminair-dmx-lighting-control/id285556077?mt=8
Price: $99.99

Description: As the original and most advanced DMX lighting controller for iPhone, Luminair offers DMX lighting control software that allows users to wirelessly control lighting fixtures, dimmers, consoles, and media servers all via a Wi-Fi connection. Luminair works by transmitting and receiving DMX data using the Art-Net and sACN E1.31 protocols, so it's compatible out of the box with lots of existing equipment on the market. It works great for controlling color-mixable LED fixtures, studio lighting, moving lights, and any other DMX enabled equipment. Use Luminair as the ultimate remote focus tool, for advanced architectural lighting, or simply as the centerpiece of your DMX lighting rig. Requires Art-Net Nodes, and a wireless Network.

LX'PERT
Developer: Defiance Studios
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.cassera.lx&feature=also_installed
Price: $2.99

Description: An app providing helpful tools for lighting technicians, including an Ohm's Law Calculator, a Voltage Drop Calculator, a Horsepower Calculator, a DMX to Dimmer Converter, a Dip Switch Calculator, and a Nema Connector lookup.

ML Finder Pro
Developer: Michael Zinman
Developer’s Website: http://www.zinmansoftware.com/
Listing (Google Play): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ml-finder-pro/id318786552?mt=8
Price: $39.99

Description: ML Finder Pro is an app for lighting designers, stage electricians, programmers and techs that contains information on over 500 DMX devices: Moving Lights, LED Fixtures, media services, including DMX mapping, and more.

Moiré Gobo Library
Developer: Wybron, Inc.
Developer’s Website: http://www.wybron.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/moire-gobo-library/id311789736?mt=8
Price: £6.99

Description: The Moiré Gobo Library is a UK app that's still valuable across the pond, and which lets lighting production personnel browse, search, and experiment with more than 3,600 different A-size gobos from a rich assortment of manufacturers.

PocketLD
Developer: Michael Zinman
Developer’s Website: http://www.zinmansoftware.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/pocketld/id292911261?mt=8
Price: £13.99

Description: Pocket LD is a UK-based photometric database and calculation tool for theatrical and TV/Film lighting professionals. The app has been chosen by many award-winning cinematographers and Broadway lighting designers.

RigCalc
Developer: D2Flying
Developer’s Website: http://www.d2flying.com
Developer’s E-mail: rigcalc[at]gmail.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.d2flying.rigcalc.android&feature=also_installed
Requirements: Android 1.5 and up
Price: $4.99

Description: This powerful set of tools for the entertainment rigger is now available for your Android phone. Includes calculators for:
  • Common unit conversions
  • 2 and 3 point bridles
  • Counterweight weights & bricks to use
  • Pulley fleet angle
  • Pulley resultant force
  • Pulley D to d ratio

ShowTool LD
Developer: Daniel Murfin
Developer’s Website: http://www.dsmurfin.co.uk/showtoolld-home
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/showtool-ld/id319523749?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Price: $5.49

Description: A comprehensive suite of lighting design and electrics utilities for theatre and film, including Beam Calc, Gel Cuts, DIPS Calc, Power Calc, and DMX Calc. Version 2.3.1, the latest, also offers several new features and improvements.

Swatchbook
Developer: Paul Blakely
Developer’s Website: http://paul.blakely.net
Developer’s E-mail: paul[at]twincitiesprod.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.blakely.paul.swatchbook&feature=also_installed
Swatchbook Ad-Free (Google Play Listing): http://www.google.com/url?q=http://paul.blakely.net&usg=AFQjCNE2bNv32Tan7dwbhebKOTnCPezkmg
Price: Free. Ad-Free Version: $.99

Description: Swatchbook offers a swatchbook for lighting designers to pick gels from, in app format. Gel brand names listed include Rosco, Lee, Gam, and Apollo. The app also allows a designer to find similar gels to any they may already use, and can also offer suggestions for gel colors based on a picture. Gels can also be easily saved to lists for browsing or comparison later on.

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