Friday, June 25, 2010

ETC releases updated iRFR application, with special features for iPad!

From the ETC Press Release today:

Available now on iTunes, software update v1.1.33 for the iRFR application has a number of new features, with several specifically designed for the Apple iPad.

When running the iRFR application on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, new features include a Cue Playback Display, which offers playback controls of the master cue list, and shows the current cue and dynamic duration, as well as several previous and pending cues.

A similar tool, the Cue List Display, provides the same information, but doesn’t have playback controls. This display is ideal for designers during previews who want to keep track of the cue status, but want to make sure they don’t hit the Go button by mistake! When this feature is used on an iPad, it is also possible for designers to make notes on a per-cue basis. Those notes can then be copied and pasted into an email for distribution. This feature was designed after watching designers monitor playback with their iPhone and then have to put the iPhone aside to make handwritten notes.

An additional new feature is a Pan/Tilt display that provides ETC axis controls on the Eos® product line. Also, a new Encoder Display – only on the iPad – allows users to create a page of encoders, which can be moved and resized as desired using standard Apple navigation techniques.

Finally, the new Console Connect List creates a list of different consoles to connect to. This is ideal for users with multiple control consoles or who work in different venues. Once the IP address of the device is entered, this can be stored along with a console name, enabling fast switching from one device to another.

These features are all available for ETC’s Eos, Ion® and Element™ control consoles. They will be added to Congo® and Congo jr consoles with a new Congo software update in the future.

As a reminder, all profits from iRFR application purchases are put toward ESTA’s Behind the Scenes program in North America and its British equivalent Light Relief. These programs provide emergency grants and financial support to industry professionals who are injured or sick. To date, the iRFR application has brought in thousands of dollars of support for Behind the Scenes and Light Relief.