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Vista 2 ‘Byron’ software to preview at Plasa

Vista 2 Byron
Jands will show a major software upgrade for their revolutionary Vista lighting console, at Plasa in September.

Originally released in 2004, the Vista introduced a whole new approach to constructing light shows, with ’think visually, work visually‘ as the core concept. The Byron release of the application takes this innovative approach to a new stage, introducing a true second generation of software, completely re-written from the ground up.

The Byron release reflects the attention Jands have paid to user feedback about the Vista, as well as the fresh vision Jands have brought to the whole concept of how a console works. The update provides easier and faster ways to do existing functions, and introduces a host of new features.

The Byron software will be free-of-charge to current users. Some of the key aspects of the new software include:

  • 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

Faster and easier to use, the Byron release is a lot more than just an upgrade of the existing Vista. It provides an unrestricted, reliable software platform for building an ever more sophisticated and powerful console in the years to come.

Jands will preview Vista 2 ’Byron‘ on the AC Entertainment stand (1-E10) at the PLASA trade show in London, 13-16 September 2009.

10 responses to “Vista 2 ‘Byron’ software to preview at Plasa”

  1. Brian Anslow says:

    my name is Brian, I am an addict. I have been an addict since vista was created and I will in the near future, be a T2 Byron owner. I just need the ISO 🙂

  2. Alan Clarke says:

    Sounds great… but I can’t wait until PLASA… I want it now!!!

    Good work Jands, I know it’ll be everyting you’ve said it will be… and then some!

  3. Hello. Will it be possible to book 30-45 minutes to check out Byron at Plasa sunday or monday?

  4. DavidM says:

    We are not booking specific times but please come to the AC stand on Monday and ask for Neil Vann.

  5. Hans says:

    Can not wait to meet Neil Vann and “Spantax” and have a long talk and hopefully a demo at Plasa.

  6. Seen it, had it explained to me, have been thoroughly blown away. It’s going to be all kinds of amazing…
    Neil, Alex, and Glyn made my night last night, and now they’re set to make my year…

  7. John says:

    I really want to know when I can get my hands on a copy of this OS. I love the vista, have used a T2 for 3 years now. I think this release sounds good I just want to play with it and see for my self:)

  8. David C Marshall says:

    As a new Vista user, I’m excited to see this new version come out soon. I’m a Hog loyalist, and while I have had my fair share of frustrations switching to a new system, the Vista seems like a good product. It’s great to see that it’s being made better, and I hope to see two major areas improved upon.

    First, being able to run the console more efficiently in a “live programmer” type mode would be most helpful. I’m sure this comes from my experience with the Hog platform, which it does very well, but for many of my shows, I have to run looks and modify them on-the-fly due to the nature of the shows. Sometimes things in the show change, and I can’t always have the time to pre-program to account for every possible change.

    Secondly, building some kind of iPod Touch/iPhone App would help tremendously for remote focusing and programming purposes. The upcoming release of the iPad will only make this kind of thing more valuable. Of course, being able to run the show away from the console (eg – sitting in the audience or even on-stage!) would be a cool added bonus to such an app, too.

    In any case, I can’t wait to see how Byron works out!

  9. Lee Forster says:

    I love the vista concept and can’t wait for the new release. When will this OS be released?

  10. David McAuslan says:

    When will Byron be released!! It’s getting really boring hearing the release dates over and over again!!

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