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Cheap/Free Light Plot Software?

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by thorin81, Oct 19, 2005.

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What Light Plot software do you use?

  1. VectorWorks

    97.8%
  2. SoftPlot

    0.6%
  3. LightWrite

    1.1%
  4. Other (Please specify in a post)

    0.6%
  1. thorin81

    thorin81 Active Member

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    Does anyone know of a cheaper, effective light plotting software? I really like SoftPlot, but the demo is so limited that I can't do anything with it. VW is just too expensive, and WYS is not effective for what I need. Does anyone know of a good, cheaper/free alternative?

    Can't wait to hear from ya'll!!

    -Nick
    thorin81
     
  2. JP12687

    JP12687 Active Member

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    define cheap?
     
  3. propmonkey

    propmonkey Well-Known Member

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    lx designer...ive messed around wtih it a few times
     
  4. moojoe

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    AutoCAD.

    since when was LightWrite a plotting program? thats a paperwork program.

    though, i personally think that the best is hand drafting.
     
  5. kingfisher1

    kingfisher1 Active Member

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    what's wrong with a good old stencil and pencil?
     
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    I believe a student version of Vectorworks is only about $200. That's what i got. I searched around for some alternatives, but always came back to VW, SoftPlot, WYG.
     
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    I believe Microlux has a free version, I use wyg, but plan on switching to VW, the drafting in wyg sucks.
     
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    Wysiwyg is unveiling a new pricing structure in January of 2006. Maybe along with a new pricing structure they'll update the CAD interface. I agree Radman, compared to AutoCADD wyg just sucks.
     
  9. Radman

    Radman Well-Known Member

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    Academic Superstore has great student discounts. Vectorworks 12 + Renderworks 12 is only like $159.90 for K-12 and college students! I just found it today and I plan on buying VW along with some other things (maybe a 2 gig SanDisk memory key!) soon! They also have free ground shipping (at least currently they do)!
     
  10. kingfisher1

    kingfisher1 Active Member

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    k-12 eh? I wonder how many 1st graders buy vector works in a year?
     
  11. bdesmond

    bdesmond Active Member

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    K12 is the industry term for the lower-ed vertical.

    www.journeyed.com is another one of those discount stores.

    Personally, I used to draw it all by hand, I had paper I'd printed that had scale outlines of stage, locations of pipes, etc and I'd draw whatever I wanted on it by hand. USually used lightwright to do the paperwork though Excel can do it just as well.
     
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    Im a first grader and im working for U2 as their lighting designer

    BIG BRIGHT EXPENSIVE LIGHTS

    lol
     
  13. Chris15

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    Given that U2 finished in Sydney last night or the night before, they must be in Melbourne in the next day or two...
     

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