Contact: Carlton Guc
Phone: 888-267-0859 x87
Date: January 9th, 2007

SoftPlot Version 9 includes Field Template SoftSymbols

Stage Research, Inc. and Field Template today announced a new strategic software alliance.  SoftPlot Version 9, a significant upgrade to Stage Research’s lighting software, will be exclusively equipped with Field Template’s SoftSymbols™. SoftPlot 9 is scheduled for release at the USITT National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, in March 2007. 

SoftPlot is a Windows-based lighting design application that creates graphic light plots and support paperwork simultaneously in real time. Designed for all levels of lighting design, from theatre to film to TV, SoftPlot is the intuitive solution for both lighting students and professionals. 

Field Template’s SoftSymbols™ is a CAD-based lighting symbol package. Steven Shelley designed the symbols based on the patented icons used to create his award-winning series of Field Templates™.  A SoftSymbol and a hand-traced Field Template symbol of the same lighting fixture are identical in the digital and analog worlds. No other symbol library can make this claim. 

By combining the two products, SoftPlot version 9 will provide users with a significant upgrade of the SoftPlot application to easily design and manage the light plot and paperwork, while utilizing SoftSymbols to produce superior graphic drawings. 

Bill Kirby, SoftPlot developer, stated: “We’ve had our eye on SoftSymbols for some time.  Their symbols have a clean, easily recognizable style.  They also started appearing in lots of drawings, and our clients started requesting access to them. With the SoftSymbols alliance we’ll offer our clients the same symbol advantages that Vectorworks users have enjoyed plus the enhanced ease of use provided by SoftPlot Version 9.”

Fred Allen, General Partner of Field Template, remarked: “Since the beginning, our goal has been to distribute SoftSymbols across all CAD programs, striving to create a single symbol standard for the entire industry. This alliance with SoftPlot is a significant step towards achieving that goal.” 

SoftPlot is available in both 2D and 3D versions for individual users.  Site licenses will be available for institutional, corporate and education institutions.  Please contact Stage Research,, for more SoftPlot information and purchase details.

About Stage Research, Inc.

Stage Research, Inc, creators of SFX, the industry’s standard for sound playback, provides software and hardware solutions to the theatrical and related industries. With over 10 years of experience, Stage Research has the experience and expertise to bring superior products to designers, operators, and technicians to meet the demands of today’s entertainment requirements. Along with its SFX software used on Broadway, the West End, academy and theatres all over the world, Stage Research also provides other audio and lighting software solutions to entertainment professionals including sound design management (ShowBuilder), lighting design (SoftPlot), lighting control (LightFactory), and photometrics (LightShop Online).

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