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#1 Yaron Y. Dahan

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:14 PM

Does anyone know of a program that helps set up and print out lighting floor plans? or does anyone have any ideas for an efficient and simple architecture/design program that i could use to help desing lighting schema??
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#2 Timothy Brown

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 03:42 PM

Does anyone know of a program that helps set up and print out lighting floor plans? or does anyone have any ideas for an efficient and simple architecture/design program that i could use to help desing lighting schema??


Omnigraffle is sometimes helpful and is certainly quick and easy to use: http://www.omnigroup...ns/omnigraffle/

Also, check under the extras section for film lighting stencil set to be used in Omnigraffle.

Edited by Timothy Brown, 14 November 2006 - 03:43 PM.

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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:12 PM

Well that's coooool

I usually draw'em by hand, but for fun, I've been using MS Paint on occasion, ha ha

thanks!

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#4 Hal Smith

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:22 PM

Does anyone know of a program that helps set up and print out lighting floor plans? or does anyone have any ideas for an efficient and simple architecture/design program that i could use to help desing lighting schema??

In the Theatrical world there are three main programs used by many Lighting Designers. All three are three-dimensional with an option for two dimension plots. They're not simple but all of them work quite well.

Vectorworks Spotlight is at: http://www.nemetschek.net/spotlight/
WYSIWYG is at: http://www.castgroup...re/products.jsp
LD Assistant for AutoCad is at: http://www.ldassistant.com/ .

I personally use the LD Assistant in its Autocad plugin version. I've got fifteen years experience with successive versions of AutoCad and was able to leverage that to get up on the learning curve quickly. I tried WYSIWYG for a while and kept running into drawing functions I was used to in AutoCad that the CAD engine in WYSIWYG didn't have, like TRIM, SELECT ALL, etc.

If you don't mind creating your own fixtures, stands, etc. AutoCadLT would work pretty well. You would create them with the BLOCK function so that they could be placed in a library for future use.

None of the big three are cheap, but I've never seen a cheap program that really does the job right, better to bump along with something like Microsoft Visio (I know one Technical Director who uses it for simple plots) or customize AutoCadLT for your own use.
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#5 Yaron Y. Dahan

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 12:46 PM

thanks for the advice. I will definately take a look at all the progrmas more in detail, although for the moment, the 3d programs are not really what I am looking for at the moment. I'm looking for a simple way to draw floor plans without having to resort to paint or photoshop.... and i do them by hand for myself, the problem is i cant draw a straight line, and no one understands what I drew...
i have what is known as faulty linear syndrome...
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