Perfect Computer for Light Control
We use ShowMagic for our light control through a DMX-to-USB link, which suits us very well: the students like it and find it easy to use and like the feel of it in the performances. A screenshot of a demo version is below:
Now, as you can see, this is suited for touch screens, however it is currently being used on a crappy old Toshiba laptop that our Business Manager got from a closed down school.
Continuing with the back story, there seems to be a fault with either the DMX converter or laptop as sometimes 2 minutes before the performance starts lose control of the lights, whatever button we press does not change the settings of any of the lights, meaning we have to reset the whole system (takes around 5 minutes, which is 5 minutes too long when its 6:59 for a 7:00 performance)
Anyways, to stop babbling on, we believe it's the laptop that is at fault, so we need a new one for the next performance (The BM said he would at the last performance for the one a few days ago, however didn't). We need a laptop (preferably touchscreen) that we can use for the lighting system and also for PowerPoints for use in assemblies, I have looked at the Latitude XT3 but not sure due to the high price tag. It's either that or I may be able to persuade the BM to buy a touch screen monitor and just use a desktop connected to it.
Any suggestions will be appreciated!