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FocusTrack info now available on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Focus Track in use on an iPhone

25 October 2010

UK - Paperwork is increasingly not 'paperwork' but virtual paperwork carried on laptops - until actually working in the theatre when real paper printouts have often been the most convenient way to access show information while walking around the stage focusing the rig.

Now FocusTrack, the production lighting documentation system, offers Paperwork To Go - allowing you to keep your paperwork in electronic form, and carry it with you on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

With the purchase of one enabler app ($19.99 for iPhone/iPod, $39.99 for iPad), any of the FocusTrack data files - FocusTrack, containing information about the positions used by the moving lights in the rig, RigTrack, containing all of the information about the rig as a whole and the focus of conventional lights, and Cue List, containing the show cue data from the lighting console, along with all of the focus and cue reference photographs, can be transferred to any of Apple's portable devices, referred to or edited while on the go, then returned to a main computer - Mac or PC.

"Apple has done a remarkable job of making the portable paperwork tools lighting people have been waiting for - lightweight, easy to carry, long battery life and much easier than paper to read in the dark!" notes FocusTrack's Rob Halliday. "We're delighted that FocusTrack can now complete the equation, letting you easily take all of the information about your rig, your moving light focuses and your cues with you wherever you are in the theatre. We think it will be the perfect choice for those moving around the stage re-focusing conventional lights, or for rep rigs where multiple electricians work to re-focus the rig between shows and will now be able to carry accurate, up-to-date focus information with them - even in their pocket if using an iPhone or iPod Touch."

FocusTrack is a solution for those looking to produce "complete, accurate, comprehensive show lighting documentation," says the company. FocusTrack can import show information from ETC Eos, MA grandMA and Strand 300/500-series consoles, automatically working out which moving lights are used in which positions, which colours or gobos are actually used, which lights have never been turned on and more. FocusTrack can import the complete patch from the console or other sources including Lightwright, and imports the show cue list from the console. The product is already in use on a range of shows, including the new US tours of Nine To Five, Spring Awakening and Hair, Billy Elliot worldwide, The Addams Family in New York and more.

(Claire Beeson)


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