Some of you may have seen this in the past couple of days… Apple’s new “Powerful” TV ad for the iPhone 5s features Luminair for iOS controlling some stage lighting. The ad and more info about the featured apps is available at the following link:
It’s becoming really common in architecture, displays, museums, installations and more to use apps like Luminair installed on a central device in a fixed location, like a wall or on a specialized device stand. iOS devices benefit from a fantastic 3rd-party accessory ecosystem, and there’s some really nice products available for mounting devices from companies like Heckler Design, iPort, and many more.
One issue that immediately becomes apparent in situations like this, is what happens when a customer, volunteer, or other user touches the device’s home button? Well, by default they’ll go to the home screen and can open any other app installed on the device. This can obviously present problems in regards to issues like security and usability.
There’s a great solution for this in iOS 6 and iOS 7, named Guided Access. Guided Access allows you to keep your iOS device in a single app, and allows you to control which features are available to the user. When you set a passcode for Guided Access, user won’t be able to switch to another app. You can also designate certain portions of the screen as inter-actable by the user, while preventing them from accessing other parts of the screen, by simply drawing a line around the controls on-screen.
Despite it’s .5 versioning, this is probably the biggest update Luminair has ever received. For the first time ever, Luminair’s codebase is now unified across all iOS devices*. Luminair running on an iPhone is actually a brand new app, now based upon Luminair for iPad’s award-winning design, with a new UI optimized for 4″ iPhone screens on the 5, 5s, 5c, and 5th generation iPod touch. It now benefits from core-feature compatibility with Luminair running on an iPad, as well as iCloud syncing between all iOS device types.
As a result, you’re feedback has been answered. Luminair for iPad is now a universal app, newly renamed as Luminair for iOS. The iPhone-only version has also been updated to v2.5 and will still be offered for those of you not interested in using an iPad.
The new features…
One of the biggest new features in Luminair 2.5 is support for controlling Philips Hue lights right alongside DMX-controlled lighting. While these are mostly home-focused products with limitations compared to DMX-controlled lights, we think they can be utilized as design elements in things like film and TV production and architectural lighting, as well as by enthusiasts who’d like to mix and match different types of lights. Smart lights like Hue are one of the next logical steps with LED lighting control, and we intend to continue to add additional support and features for these systems in the future. Ultimately they are another tool for your designs, and we can’t wait to see the way that you use them.
The next major feature to be added is one that’s probably been requested more than any other feature since Luminair for iPad was originally released. That feature is a new Sound Active mode, part of the new Timing FX options, located in the Stacks mode toolbar. Sound Active mode can detect sounds from the built-in microphone and other audio input hardware to trigger lights show synced to music.
But we did not stop there. The new Sound Active mode also supports Inter-App Audio (IAA) on iOS 7. Luminair can receive sound from IAA supported apps to trigger your light shows. IAA is brand new on iOS 7, and new apps are being added frequently that support this functionality. For all of you iPad DJ’s out there, Algroriddm’s djay 2 already supports IAA, so you can use it as your playback source for Luminair.
Many of you are eager to hear news of what’s next with Luminair. With the release of iOS 7 today, here’s just a little status update. First of all, the existing Luminair apps have been tested and will run on iOS 7, with some minor UI issues here and there. If you encounter any issues on iOS 7, please go ahead and report them to support.
Now for the status update on what’s next. Sometime in the next few weeks, Luminair v2.5 will be released simultaneously for iPad and iPhone as free updates to the existing apps. v2.5 has been under development for some time, and since this past June has been developed under the new iOS 7 SDK in preparation for this Fall release. This is an exciting update for reasons that are yet to be revealed (sorry!), and you’re really going to enjoy the new features. More info on v2.5 will be available before it’s release, so please continue to check our news page, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.
5 years ago today on July 24th, 2008, Luminair for iPhone was released on the App Store! The very first lighting control app for iOS, launching just a couple of weeks after the App store first opened!
It’s amazing to see the places Luminair has shown up around the world and the projects it’s being used on 5 years later. This is such a wide range of fields… From Oscar and Emmy winning movies and TV shows, to children’s theater, architecture, weddings and more… Bringing creative lighting control to the masses!
Thanks to everyone for coming along for the ride and making Luminair a success! You’ll be glad to know that there’s some great new things in development for future versions of Luminair. More on that soon, so stay tuned!
Luminair for iPad made a brief cameo on the latest episode of the popular American TV show “Modern Family” last night! The character Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) uses Luminair for iPad for some pretty outrageous home control, including lighting, fireplace, and even a dishwasher!?
Watch the full episode, titled “Mistery Date”, over on ABC’s web site.
ARRI, the world’s largest supplier of motion picture equipment, features some quick clips of Luminair for iPad in action in their showreel for the new L-Series lighting fixtures for Film & TV production.
Check it out at the following YouTube link (starts around 1m35s mark):
More info on the ARRI L-Series:
Apple recently updated the AirPort Express Wi-Fi router. The AirPort Express has always been really popular with Luminair users, due to it’s portability.
Older generations of the AE always required being put into a Bridge mode to properly communicate with an ethernet to DMX interface connected to it’s single ethernet port, so we always provided a nice little setup guide that walked users through this process. The new AE now includes dual-ethernet ports, and it’s easier then ever to setup for use with Luminair and Art-Net/sACN DMX interfaces.
We’ve created a revised PDF setup document for the new AirPort Express (3rd-gneration), available for direct download at the following link:
I’m thrilled to announce that Luminair has been awarded a lighting “Product of the Year” for 2011-2012 by Live Design Magazine This is a huge honor, and we’re super excited to accept this award.
Live Design will have more info in the May issue of the magazine. Awards will be presented during the Broadway Master Classes next month, along with the Excellence In Live Design Awards.