Four years ago we started developing Lightforge predicated on the idea that we could make a software lighting console every bit as good, or better than other professional lighting consoles on the market. I feel that we've made that idea a reality, and today I am pleased to announce that we have officially released Lightforge. This marks a new era in our company and I look forward to what the future holds!
This is a huge milestone for us, but it truly is just the beginning. Lightforge updates will continue to roll out regularly adding new features and building upon the great foundation that we currently have. We already have a list of new features that we have slated for sometime later this year, and our desire as always is to continue to expand and improve Lightforge so long as we have users who will benefit from it.
What does this mean for users?This means that we've finished every feature that we set out include in this release. Testing is finished, and therefore the period of time where we are offering Lightforge usage for free in return for testing feedback is ending. To continue using Lightforge you will need a registration key to unlock Lightforge out of Evaluation Mode.
What is Evaluation Mode?
Evaluation Mode is the state Lightforge runs in before a registration key has been used to unlock it. In Evaluation Mode Lightforge is full functional, everything works exactly as it does in the full version with one exception. Periodically the DMX output will set all values to 0, hold for a second or two and then set all DMX channels to their previous values. This allows you to learn how to use Lightforge and all of it's features without having to purchase it first.
What do licenses cost?A Lightforge license costs $500. We give price breaks for multi-license packages. This is meant to be priced in the same ballpark as other professional creative software, and a fraction of the cost of equivalent lighting consoles.
Where can I buy it?You can purchase licenses through the Lightforge purchase page.
What happens if I don't purchase a license?All beta versions of Lightforge are set to expire one month after the release, so Lightforge will continue functioning normally until September 18th at which point it will switch itself to Evaluation Mode which allows testing of all of Lightforge's features but periodically disables DMX output.