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The Top Apps for Stage Tech

The inside scoop on the top apps for stage and theatre tech

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The Top Apps for Stage Tech

Rehearsal 2 is a powerful app that works with almost any device, and which enables cast and crew to organize their scripts and work process while in production.

Courtesy of Sotto Voce Film+Works

It seems like there are a hundred enticing new apps out there popping up every day – which is especially good news for those in theatre tech, who often spend their work days climbing things, moving things, building things, interacting with actors, dodging sets and props, and more.

There are now a rich assortment of useful theatre tech apps out there for the performing arts, and I’ve assembled a list of some of the most notable, below:


The Barbizon Handbook
Developer: Useful Development
Developer's Website: http://usefuldevelopment.com
Developer's E-mail: mailto:showme[at]usefuldevelopment.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.barbizon.android&feature=also_installed#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwNCwiY29tLmJhcmJpem9uLmFuZHJvaWQiXQ..
Price: Free

Description: Barbizon's famous little flipbook is now available as an app, and best of all, it’s free. With the arrival of the Barbizon Electrician's Handbook App, Barbizon Lighting Company provides entertainment techs with all the information or cross-referencing they need, even on the go, in a terrific free app for any stagehand.

Easy-Prompter
Developer: Graphite, Inc.
Developer's Website: http://www.graphiteinc.com
Developer E-mail: mailto:apps[at]graphiteinc.com
Listing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nextw3.teleprompter&feature=also_installed
Price: $.99

Description: Easy-Prompter is a clever teleprompter script scrolling app with optional reflection for use with mirrors, while also offering a high-contrast invert mode for automatically converting black-on-white content to white-on-black.

eSET
Developer: Patzer LLC
Developer Support: http://www.orangegroupapps.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eset/id509969881?mt=8
Price: $.99

Description: eSET provides a streamlined and most efficient method for easily acquiring the unique language and terms used in the tech of performing arts and live entertainment, with over 2000 industry terms included.

GenieLux
Developer: Michael Zinman
Developer's Website: http://www.genielux.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/genielux/id345959197?mt=8
Price: Free

Description: Genielux is a real find, a simple yet powerful little app that can help users find the exact model of lighting, audio, video, or other production gear they need at a moment’s notice, and no matter where they are. In just a few taps, GenieLux searches accessible inventory with local vendors for rent or purchase, returning a list of results based on your current GPS location (or another chosen location).

My Lines
Developer: Randy Threewits
Developer’s Website: http://www.mylinesonline.com
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-lines/id393204594?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Price: $9.99

Description: My Lines is an app that can serve as a valuable tool for memorizing lines, presenting the script in a way that shows the lines of the actor's role separate from those of the rest of the cast.

Pocket Call Sheet
Developer: Snake Byte Studio
Developer's Website: http://www.pocketcallsheet.com/
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-call-sheet/id371900568?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Price: $6.99

Description: Pocket Call Sheet enables anyone to create powerful, industry-standard digital call sheets for multiple productions, and eliminating the need for relying on physical production offices to output the necessary call sheets. With Pocket Call Sheet, it’s possible to schedule your production even on the road, distributing schedules and requirements to cast and crew via mobile technology and the power of the Internet. The app even enables the Line Producer, UPM, 1st and 2nd ADs to sign off on call sheets from their own devices, as well. Sheets can be e-mailed in either PDF or HTML format, cutting out the necessity for needless printing and copying.

ProPrompter
Developer: Bodelin, Inc.
Developer's Website: http://apps.bodelin.com/proprompter/producer
Listing (iTunes): http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/proprompter/id309792203?mt=8
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Price: $9.99

Description: Developed by professional teleprompter manufacturer Bodelin Technologies, ProPrompter allows anyone to use an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a smooth-scrolling professional teleprompter.

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