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When will the next update come out?

My name is Clayton Combe, and I’m a DP, Gaffer, and Board Operator based in New York. I created LD in 2012 because it didn’t exist yet, and I continue to develop it solo, in my spare time. Because of this, it’s impossible to say when I’ll have time to work on it.

Can I run Lighting Designer on a Mac?

As of now, macOS and iOS are still different operating systems, so although they share two programming languages and many development frameworks, the answer is no. I do plan to develop a macOS version of LD at some point; after all, now that LD can sync its data among devices, having a Mac to create Plots and an iPad to share them would be the best of both worlds. The only question is when, and unfortunately that’s not one I can answer until I actually begin development.

Will you make an Android version?

The Android development landscape is very different from iOS. Apple provides a lot of consistency, even across its various sizes of iPhone and iPad, and goes out of its way to make it easy for third-party developers to deliver stable apps to users. Android, on the other hand, allows hardware manufacturers to tailor its operating system to their own devices, and user adoption of new versions of Android is not nearly as high as iOS. Because of this, it would be incredibly time-consuming to maintain LD for all these different devices and versions, and I barely have time to keep it up to date for iOS alone. For now, I have no plans to create an Android version of LD.

Can I import/export x file type?

LD uses the proprietary .ldshow and .ldplot file extensions to send Shows and Plots from one device to another. You can add to a Plot any image you can get into your device’s Photos. Other than that, there is no file import. LD can export your Plot renders as .png images (as an email attachment, text, file share, save to device Photos, print, or anything else you can do with an image). It can also attach to an email .txt files of your Plot’s patch list, crew info, and equipment order.

How do I change units of measurement?

When you first open a Plot, tap the units button to cycle through feet (ft), yards (yd), and meters (m). You can also cycle through by double-tapping with four fingers on the workspace, or open the Display Settings table to change grid preferences.

Can I create my own types of Plot objects?

For now, the closest you could get to a custom object is by adding an Image Shape. It will not be targetable like a Unit, but it will appear on your Plot. Try using an existing object and changing its nickname.

Can I resize Units?

Every object in the inventory is sized specifically to the manufacturer’s specifications. If you find your objects are too large or too small, it means your floor plan is not to scale. Turn on the grid and resize your floor plan accordingly.

Do you offer group discounts?

I have enabled volume discounts for educational institutions in the App Store. This provides a 50% discount for purchases of 20 units or more, once you’ve enrolled as an educational organization.

I don’t have the latest version of iOS. Can I still download LD?

The App Store will allow you to download the “last compatible version” of an app, and I’ve made every version of LD available for download, but I do not maintain any version of LD except the latest. For that reason, and for the optimal operation and security of your device, I highly recommend keeping your device up-to-date with the latest versions of iOS and LD. For a list of iOS versions and device compatibility, check out the iOS Support Matrix.

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