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Lightwright for Mac

Manage professional lighting design paperwork.

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Lightwright overview

Lightwright is a unique cross between a spreadsheet and a database, designed specifically to manage professional lighting design paperwork. Lightwright understands what designers and electricians do with their paperwork. It knows that dimmers and circuits shouldn't be overloaded, that striplights have more than one color, that color scrollers have a whole series of colors and need a control channel, and that some lights don't use color at all!

Lightwright knows that you might need to change all of the R-33 in the sidelights to L-110 and it lets you make changes like these in ways that are blindingly fast, simple, and designed to fit the way you work instead of the way computers work. It can find mistakes, compare two sets of paperwork, figure your circuit and dimmer needs, automatically renumber a pipe, renumber or rearrange your channels and dimmers, or even assign dimmers automatically based on your channels. You can enter text almost any way you want and use footnotes and ditto marks to cut down on typing and wasted paper.

It includes professional-standard focus charts, including sketches, imported photos or graphics, designer location, shutter cuts, beam edge and orientation, and other notes. Lightwright knows you have work to do, so it includes a fully integrated work notes database, which can include notes that apply to specific lights or general notes that refer to channels, dimmers, or notes that refer to nothing in particular at all (such as "Where shall we have dinner?").

What’s new in version

New features:
  • Support for Lightwright LLC’s new web server, including version checking, automatic bug reporting, and license quantities greater than 6.
  • Lightwright requires access to the internet at least once a month, to check for updates and confirm license validity. Lightwright now sends our server either "macOS" or "Windows" and the software build number to let us know how many users are on which platform and what the adoption rate is
  • Multiple-cell worksheet edits are 7-10 times faster, though you probably won’t notice it unless your show has thousands of worksheet rows
  • Training (.lwtrn) files must be dropped on the worksheet window to activate the training license. The user’s documents folder and the desktop are no longer scanned for these files
  • John McKernon Software branding has been replaced by Lightwright LLC. Updated Lightwright icons
Bug fixes:
  • Windows on external monitors that were subsequently disconnected didn’t move to an available monitor the next time Lightwright was launched
  • The severe window flickering issues on Windows are fixed
  • The fixture database was missing lights from Chroma-Q
  • If you opened a .lw5 file or older, Lightwright could LOSE ALL OF THE FOCUS CHART PICTURES
  • Lightwright didn’t keep track of which registration was set as the Active one
  • The Marks list could have too many possible characters in it (ALUMS, WEDGE)
  • When Lightwright adjusted universe boundaries (for Vectorworks compatibility), the universe# and DMX# on lights could be changed to incorrect values. PULED
  • A problem happened when choosing Setup/Marks. LEAPS
  • If the maintenance window was open and you clicked back on Lightwright from Vectorworks, multiple "busy" windows appeared in Lightwright and wouldn’t go away. JAXIE
  • A window could be moved so far up or down the screen that it was unreachable
  • Many Vectorworks data fields were cleared when data was going from Lightwright into Vectorworks
  • Using the Groups window’s "Show on Worksheet" command failed if the group contained channels our of numerical order
  • [Maybe fixed:] When launching Lightwright on Windows, there could be an initialization error. AIRED
  • When working in the Cable or Breakouts column in Maintenance/Circuit Name, opening the Choose List for Cable or Breakouts did nothing. KLOPR
  • Rearranging the order of a maintenance list caused multiple worksheet window refreshes. KLOPR
  • Registration information could be erased if language was set to anything other than English
  • An error when opening the Adding window. TOPOS
  • Clicking items on lists (such as Reports, Error Checks, etc.) sometimes checked the wrong line

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