CAST Group of Toronto, Canada announces that this week begins the BETA version release of its industry-standard lighting design and previsualisation suite, wysiwyg R30 for testing by the carefully selected Beta Test Team.
CAST’s Beta testing program aims to uphold the highest level of dependability and robustness for which wysiwyg is renown by enlisting typical Members to test drive it in the field under real conditions. CAST carefully monitors the Testers and ensures a reasonable cross-section of uses in order to optimize the usefulness of the feedback. While Testers have come to expect a superior inventory of new features, R30 should serve up some surprises they never expected.
R29, released earlier this year, still continues to receive praise with its improvements that helped prove that wysiwyg is the invaluable tool that designers can’t live without, and not just a toy for making pretty pictures. Pretty pictures do have their place too! That is the backbone of wysiwyg after all – to see your designs come to life exactly as you planned, and being able to show your designs with as much accuracy as possible will win you jobs.
wysiwyg enables lighting designers to create stunning previsualisations and renders of a planned event without having to spend time and money making it happen at the venue in advance. The software is so named because it delivers what you see and gives you exactly what you get. The suite encourages creativity because previsualisation means it is quick and easy to try out concepts and tweak ideas.
Here are just a few features that R30 Beta Testers get to experience first:
• fastFan: this tool allows the user to create stunning fanned focuses for conventionals and moving lights, simply and succinctly. fastFan will save the user unbelievable amounts of time in creating their looks in Design Mode.
• fastFocus: Imagine being able to assign a selection of fixtures to a linear focus position. You move into a new venue, but your electric position might be moved four feet upstage. Move your fastFocus line, and all of the fixtures you assigned to that fastFocus line will retain their focus, spread evenly along that line. Extend the fastFocus line, and the fixtures refocus. This is a major time saver for wysiwyg Users.
• Vastly improved Layer Manager and Library Browser: new in R30 and beyond, wysiwyg will give the user a better way of organizing their Layers, giving the User a way to Merge Layers, which allows the user to combine one or more Layers into one. The Library Browser is getting a face lift as well, giving the User a Favorites folder, and a Last Used Objects folder that will vastly improve the User’s workflow.
While not a new R30 feature, CAST continues to remind current and potential users about the ongoing refinement of PC emulation software such as Parallels, Bootcamp and VMWare Fusion, which allow Mac users to easily work with wysiwyg on their existing computer. A common misconception is that only PC users can use wysiwyg, but a large percentage of our user base works full time on a Mac with wysiwyg!
The release of R30 is scheduled for early 2013. wysiwyg will continue to evolve and stay ahead of the curve in terms of cutting edge technology and CAST Software’s users are the most creative and productive professionals in the industry. It’s important to know the full capabilities of the tool you choose for your design process. Certain products may appear to have all the bells and whistles but be sure to dig a little deeper. Is it a complete productivity tool…or just a toy?
There are still a few spots available for additional R30 Beta Testers. To apply or find out if you qualify, contact CAST at [email protected] with the Subject line “Beta Testing” or call +1.416.597.2278.
To learn more about wysiwyg and other CAST products, visit www.cast-soft.com.
CAST Software Ltd., 35 Ripley Avenue, Suite 1, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6S 3P2. Tel: +1 416 597 2278. Fax: +1 416 597 9594. Email: [email protected].