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Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by lighttechie5948, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. lighttechie5948

    lighttechie5948 Active Member

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    Hello. Does anyone know of any good CAD prgrams for lighting plots. I don't need anthing fancy, like 3D models. I just want to create 2D light plots that show where every light is on the stage and FOH. Oh, and Free would be nice.

    I currenly use the Student version of Lightwrite, if that helps?

    Any comments would be great!!!!
     
  2. Hughesie

    Hughesie Well-Known Member

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    yeah i have used one called microlux, i emailed them saying that they had no selecon symbols and they emailed back with a serial number saying fix it yourself so after that i had a look at the software and found it fairly easy to use enless you try 3d
     
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    I think this is probably one of the most discussed topics on this board. Please use the search feature on the upper right side of the screen. It'll save a ton of storage space for the site not having everyone re-post the opinions expressed in a ton of threads already. Grumble grumble mutter mutter......
     
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    Will have to agree....
     
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    Agreeing with Van et Footer. And then there is the storage space consumed by people flaming those who choose to ignore the hint of using the search button and continue a thread after an alternate existing one has been pointed out...
     
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    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    It sounds like all you need are some search terms, try these: Vectorworks, WYSIWYG, Lightwrite, and Softplot

    There are student discounts but nothing is cheap.
     
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    Actually, I think that there is some encouraging movement in terms of affordability. For example, we're now offering the standard version of Capture (www.capturesweden.com), but which only communicates with our systems at $399 ($300 with a controller). You wouldn't even need to buy one of our systems if you just want to design and visualize offline.
    I am certain that other vendors are going to be taking similiar steps. With some of lower end apps, like Magic 3D, getting better, I think that we are going to see more and more quality tools drop well below the $1000 mark. I realize that even $399 is steep for many folks, but when you consider that is already a $900 shift, I think it still helps show that there are some positive trends for folks who have don't have the luxury of giant budgets.
    -jjf
     

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