Well I have had a look at the Beta version of Jands Byron. And I was mighty impressed. This is in my mind a major step up from the Jands Vista lighting system. While Vista was pretty good, Jands have listened to their customers and basicly taken Vista apart and re-built it with some great improvements. From their website some of the key features are :
- genuine, zero-configuration, ‘no I.T. guy needed’, automatic networking
- tracking backup that synchronises a second console or PC to take over seamlessly in the case of a failure
- a second-generation timeline providing visual split fade times, a per-step timing structure that lets you instantly set fade and delay times for some or all the events in a step, and new filters that make it easier to see what’s going on with big rigs
- an extended generic fixture model that doesn’t limit the use of non-standard or overlapping features and adapts to all types of new and unusual fixtures
- a completely overhauled user interface reflecting user feedback, with search functions built in throughout
- a brand new visual method of controlling media servers
- new Matrix layouts and effects for use with LEDs and other fixtures
- a Command Line window that accepts keypad input for fixture selection, levels, timing, store and other frequently used commands
Well I can tell you the improvements will be very welcome. This system is very visual, and since lighting people are working in a visual medium this makes the system very intuitive.
I had a hands on demo at the recent Jands@Home show in Adelaide, and it felt so nice to use, a real step up from Vista. I did not have to think at a tangent to use this system. You could use this system with very little help. You can lay out the fixtures on the screen in what ever way that will help your plotting process. It is easy to grab lights or dimmers and quickly modify the look on the fly. The record process is a lot nicer, set you look and then move on to the next one with a simple press of the stylus – such a easy simple way to get cue lists happening. One thing that is really obvious is the fact that a novice user can quickly have a lighting show up and running. The further you drill done into the software the more wonderful features that are available. The effects are wonderful and as like so much of this software you can customise it.
This software was demonstrated on the T-2 and T-4 Consoles, which were released when Vista came out. It will also be available to run on your laptop with a dongle. So if there is a demo in a city near you – attend you will be pleased that you did.