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Light Blue Software has released version 4.2 of Light Blue, its business management software for photographers. Completely redesigned from the ground up, this update adds iPad and iPhone versions to complement the desktop software. The mobile apps are slimmed-down versions of the desktop software, giving you the information you need on your jobs and contacts when you’re out and about. These apps are built to interact with Light Blue Software’s cloud-based systems, so you don’t need an internet connection to get at your information, which is especially useful in areas with low network coverage. Existing users of v1–v3 can update their copy of Light Blue 4.2 for $150. New users can register their copy for $470.
Light Blue Software Press Release
Light Blue v4.2 released, including iPhone and iPad apps
Light Blue Software ships a new release of their award-winning business management software for photographers, with iPhone and iPad apps available in the App Store.
12 July 2013
Light Blue Software today announced the immediate availability of version 4.2 of Light Blue, their award-winning business management software for photographers. v4.2 marks the addition of iPhone and iPad apps to complement the desktop software, as well as the removal of the ‘beta’ label from previous v4 releases.
In building the new software, the Light Blue team has drawn on the company’s considerable experience in the sector to build a ‘complete solution’ for photography business management. It combines job tracking with task management, document and email mail merging, quoting, invoicing, expenditure and reporting. Linking of income and expenditure to shoots makes reporting on revenue simple, and the software has a number of built-in reports to help photographers actively manage their business.
Completely redesigned from the ground up, the software combines a highly polished interface with exceptional ease of use, a rich feature set and an impressive attention to detail. Built as a native application for Mac OS and Windows, it looks and feels like other applications you’re used to. The company has also built a cloud-based system to allow connectivity between machines, which lets you work offline, then sync your data between machines when you’re online.
The iPhone and iPad apps are slimmed-down versions of the desktop software, giving you the information you need on your jobs and contacts when you’re out and about. Again, these apps are built to interact with Light Blue Software’s cloud-based systems, so you don’t need an internet connection to get at your information, which is especially useful in areas with low network coverage.
“Our ambition was to build a system that has everything you need to run a busy and successful photography business, is really easy to use, and makes it really simple to share information between computers, iPhones and iPads”, explains Tom Catchesides, Director at Light Blue Software. “Over the last few months we’ve been improving our software based on the feedback we’ve been receiving, and we’re proud to have had so much praise from both our customers and the trade press.” The company was also awarded the prestigious “Professional Product of the Year” at the 2012 Societies Convention in London, UK, pipping both Canon and Nikon to the post.
“We’ve built our online services to provide the great advantages of desktop software – in that it’s always accessible even when you’re offline, and that it’s really fast – with seamless background syncing to update your data on all your devices”, says Catchesides. “It’s also incredibly simple to set up – there’s no need for any complicated network setups, and you don’t need one machine to be a server. Turning on syncing is as simple as ticking a box, and our cloud-based systems handle everything else.”
A free, fully functioning 30-day trial of Light Blue can be downloaded from http://www.lightbluesoftware.com.
Pricing, availability, updates and support
- Light Blue v4 is available immediately.
- Existing users of v1–v3 can update their copy for $150.
- New users can register their copy for $470.
- The online services are an additional monthly fee, starting at $15 for up to two devices, with a ‘device’ being a Mac, PC, iPhone or iPad.
- The iPad and iPhone apps themselves are free but require a subscription to the online services; each iPhone or iPad counts as one device towards the subscription level.
- Standalone customers get six months of updates included, while customers subscribing to the online services receive updates for as long as they’re subscribed.
- Light Blue Software offers free email support to everyone.
Development of the iPhone and iPad apps has been supported by the Centre for Enterprise Development and Research at Anglia Ruskin University, where Light Blue Directors Hamish and Tom are Enterprise Fellows.