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Wybron Creates iPhone App

Two new iPhone and iPod touch applications developed by Wybron are bringing an innovative, high-tech approach to choosing and mixing colors for the company's color scrollers.

The Gel Swatch Library lets users browse, compare, and search nearly 1,000 gel colors made by GAM, Lee, and Rosco showing similar and complementary colors for each shade. The CXI Color Calculator lets users create nearly 500 different colors for the CXI IT dual-gelstring color-mixing scroller.

The Gel Swatch Library condenses the information found in gel swatch books into a simple interface for the sleek Apple devices already in the pockets of many lighting pros. The CXI Color Calculator simulates the color-mixing capabilities of the CXI with two overlapping gelstrings of cyan, magenta, and yellow. The application also displays the values necessary to produce several GAM, Lee, and Rosco gels.

Wybron was part of a select group of programmers chosen to join Apple's developer program. As of the Apple World Wide Developer Conference last month, only about a sixth of those who applied had been accepted – about 4,000 approved developers out of an estimated 25,000.

The Gel Swatch Library costs $9.99, and the CXI Color Calculator costs $4.99. Both can be downloaded from the Apple App Store, accessible through an icon on the iPhone and the iPod touch or the iTunes store.

To go directly to the Gel Swatch Library in iTunes, click here. To go directly to the CXI Color Calculator application in iTunes, click here. For more information about the applications, visit, or call 719-548-9774.

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Period Corsets a SCORE Hero

The Seattle Chapter of SCORE, the U.S. Small Business Administration's volunteer arm, presented its 104th HERO Award to Period Corsets of Seattle, Washington. Co-founders Becky Kaufman and Susan Davis were recognized at its meeting.

Period Corsets began in 1997 when Ms. Kaufman and Ms. Davis laced together their knowledge of historical costume and costume technology. The business developed from their love of theatrical costuming and fine, precise stitching; they wanted to create historically accurate costumes while adding an artistic touch. Both have worked in professional costume shops around the country since the mid 1980s. Past clients of Period Corsets include Madonna, Metropolitan Opera, Disney Productions, Jane Austin Society, Civil War reenactment, television, and British theatre.

For more information, visit their website at

The HERO program identifies and recognizes successful small business firms. The selection criteria measure each candidate according to revenue, profitability, growth, years in business as well as innovation, problem solving, and service to the community.

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Sapsis Rigging Goes to the Opera

Sapsis Rigging, Inc. was part of the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Festival production of Die Soldaten at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The firm provided rigging consultation, design, and equipment for this landmark opera production from 20th-century German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann.The rigging equipment for Die Soldaten, which included over 150 chain hoists and approximately 3,000 feet of truss, was part of an overall load-in that took two weeks to complete.

For more information, contact Bill Sapsis at

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Firm Part of Sandler Center Design Team

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander was a key member of the design/build team for the new Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The design team was led by Clancy & Theys Construction Company and included CMSS Architects with consulting architects Philip Johnson / Alan Ritchie, as well as acoustical consultants Kirkegaard Associates.

Preparations for the new Center began in 2001 when a 43-member advisory committee determined the need to replace the area's aging 1,000-seat Pavilion Theatre. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander's work included the planning of the facility, development of the Performance Hall seating configuration, and design of the theatrical systems including the theatrical lighting and rigging systems for both venues.

The Sandler Center was recently recognized with an Award for Design Excellence by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the AIA.

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Serapid to Showcase Stage Lifts at LDI

Serapid, Inc., a leader in customized stage lifts and scenery wagons, will exhibit at the 2008 LDI Show in Las Vegas, Nevada October 24 to 26.

Serapid's patented, award-winning LinkLift is currently lifting stages, platforms, pianos, and orchestra pits all over the world.

Stage wagon systems feature high transfer speeds and low noise levels. Their silent chain technology, which incorporates sound-proof materials for the chain rollers and guides, allows it to glide along at a whisper.

Serapid will also exhibit the Telescopic Seating Module (TSM) for use in telescopic seating and retractable bleacher systems.

For more information about Serapid solutions for stage engineering visit their booth at LDI 2008 (#2641), call 586-274-0774, e-mail, or visit

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Adds Equipment for Staging of Candide

English National Opera has added automated scenic effects to its new production, Candide, using a Stage Technologies' rental system. Candide is a co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and is now at the London Coliseum for a limited season.

Stage Technologies worked with English National Opera in 2003 to install a permanent, emergency stop infrastructure into the entire stage house.

For more information, visit

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