Lighting Designer is a quick and intuitive way to create overhead lighting plots for film, theater, television, concerts, and anything else you can light! The wide selection of equipment and simple yet powerful interface makes it easier than ever to illustrate and communicate your lighting setups, all from your versatile mobile device. Your iPad is a larger canvas and a great presentation tool; your iPhone will go with you anywhere. And if you like, your Plots will sync among all your iOS devices, so you can start plotting on one and finish on another.
LD is perfect for tech scouts, working while traveling, or just choosing the couch over your desk chair. While expensive drafting programs can take hours to use and years to master, Lighting Designer is an accessible way to plan your next show!
• Organize your setups into Shows, with details like shooting dates and crew members
• Choose from over 2000 built-in types of lights, grip equipment, camera gear, actors, and objects like furniture and musical instruments
• With a Crescit account, you can have access to an additional 25,000+ pieces of lighting equipment, gels, and gobo templates
• Use your own images to create custom fixtures on your Plots (read the User Guide for image specs)
• For each light, specify wattage, beam spread, light output, DMX address, color, and many other details
• Certain fixtures include info for exposure approximation; all can be user-configured
• Use Groups to create flexible collections of lights
• Notes allow you to describe every detail of your setup
• Pack your Truck to share gear among multiple Plots
• Draw a Floor Plan using basic shapes, including images from your device
• Lights can target other objects, and objects can rig onto each other for easy adjustments
• Email editable Plots to the crew, with images, equipment, and crew lists
• Undo/Redo functionality
• Optional iCloud sync
• Stealth Mode presents a dark workspace to reduce eyestrain and minimize your device's light in a dark environment
This version features an expansion of LD's Snap functionality, including a new easy-access menu and button, plus more snap points per object.
New bottom button for toggling Snap on/off, plus press-and-hold for a snap options list and grid selector
More snapping options; all objects now snap to and from centers, endpoints, and resize handles
Shapes display rig points
Line Shapes now snap to each others' ends and join intersections for smooth corners
Door Shapes show as opened 90º
Added doors and windows with multiple segments
Added the "Choose Groups" table for single and multiple Objects, for quicker Groups assignment
No longer shows Group stroke color in bottom controls
Protects against accidentally triggering a bottom screen swipe-up gesture while editing a Plot on devices without home buttons
Objects show their nickname and DMX channel when selected, even if hidden usually
Units restore their original color and rotation if they are dragged over other objects but not permanently rigged
Username and password suggestion for Crescit login
Stepper cell text field adjusts text smaller to ensure showing all numbers
LD does not keep asking for permission to "look user up by email"
Better layout for modal views on devices with bottom "safe area" (without home button)
Problem selecting and deselecting multiple objects
Problem changing beam spread on Crescit fixtures
Could not type Lux or FC values in Beam Setup table
Crash when changing FPS or changing between shutter angle/shutter speed in Beam Setup table
Fixed problem selecting and moving Shapes: Line, Window, Distance
Shapes list now displays Hide/Solo/Lock values properly
Window Shapes drawing incorrectly
Ratings and Reviews
I think having some templates or demo shows might help make it easier to understand at first
Developer Response ,
Thanks! I’ll think about the best way to make that happen! Some video tutorials are certainly long overdue, but I’m sure anyone working in film/tv/theater will understand the laughability of finding the “free time” to do it :)
Potentially great but buggy
I love the app for doing my overheads. Would however love desktop / laptop support and synchronization so I’m not stuck with only using my iPad.
Also the recent update is extremely buggy, ‘LD’ is constantly asking for permission to let others look me up my email and when I say don’t allow or allow it just pops up over and over again. This forced me to restart my iPad multiple times and im extremely concerned if I have to reinstall the app if it keeps happening, would I potentially lose my plots ?!
Developer Response ,
Interesting thing about the repeated attempts. I would recommend just allowing it; the only reason it asks is so it can determine whether or not you’re signed into an iCloud account, which is how it knows whether or not to allow the option to sync your Plots. The email thing is just its weird way of asking. None of your personal details are ever sent to Apple or to me automatically, and there’s no LD function to look people up by their email.
Update: in v3.5.2, the app should only ask you once and then leave it alone. I still recommend accepting, but if you don’t, it won’t affect the functionality of the app in any important way.
I life the potential of this app.
I do like the potential that this app has but one thing that i feel is missing, maybe i just cant figure it out, is the ability to type in room measurements instead of dragging. For instance when adding a rectangle shape it would be nice in the measurement bubble to type in the measurement when i tap it.
Developer Response ,
If you create a shape, then tap the “Shapes” button to open the detail table, you can enter the dimensions of the shape as numbers. You can do this with any object, with some variations for what type of object it is. Please email me if you have any other questions!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.