Rob Halliday, the creator of the FocusTrack software has announced the release of a new tracking software package called SpotTrack.
SpotTrack is a new program for making and managing followspot cue sheets – something that has traditionally been done in Excel or Word using ad-hoc documents created from scratch as required. SpotTrack, by contrast, has been built for the job – managing shows with one to four spots, and making it easy to do things that have traditionally been hard, like printing the cue sheets for each spot without it being full of blank lines occupied by cues for the other spots. At the same time, SpotTrack breaks up the cue sheet into scenes or songs, making it easy for the caller and all of the spot ops to find their place when jumping around the show during technical rehearsals.
SpotTrack also aims to reduce the amount of typing required of whoever is running the spots – the LD, associate or spot caller. Clustered around the main cue sheet area are shortcut buttons that can be customized with character names, beam sizes or regularly-used instructions – ‘iris in’, ‘fade out’ or whatever. All of those things are then just a click away.
SpotTrack provides a home for lots more information than just the spot cues themselves: it can store the setup for each spot (type, colour load, operator), details of the characters in the show (name, cast name, understudy name), pictures of the characters, and even the show’s cue list, which can be imported from FocusTrack which can, in turn, import show data from ETC Eos/Ion, MA grandMA and Strand 500-series consoles.
SpotTrack is available on a “per Show” license through SpotTrack.co.uk at £45 UK or $72. USD. What makes purchasing a copy of SpotTrack unique is that a portion of the purchase price goes to either ESTA’s Behind the Scenes or the UK’s Light Relief to help our brothers and sisters who are unable to work. For more information, download a demo or to purchase a copy of SpotTrack, visit their website at www.SpotTrack.co.uk.