High End Systems (HES; Austin, TX) is today releasing version 1.3.7 software for the Wholehog 3 operating system. This new software provides many enhancements to the already feature-rich lighting console and adds several new features including Tap Sync for chases, additional comment macros and new preferences for show customization. Users may download the free software and enhancement details from www.highend.com or www.flyingpig.com.

During development of v1.3.7, the HES Engineering department introduced a Software Testing Program allowing select programmers and operators of HES equipment to work directly with the internal Testing Department and Engineering staff. Program members downloaded beta versions of software and tested software for stability and functionality prior to this release.

"We have gone through the major and minor bugs so everyone else doesn't have to," says Jon "Hillbilly" Weir of Majestic Productions, describing his experience as a beta tester in the program. "Throughout the program, the HES software engineers have been quick to fix bugs and add features as we have come up with them. It's been great to give feedback and see it quickly implemented in the software. With the release of version 1.3.7, the public will immediately have a very stable and much improved batch of software."

The HES Software Testing Program will continue with future releases for the Wholehog 3 system and other HES products. Says Scott Blair, HES Software Testing Program Administrator, "The program has proved to be an invaluable resource for us by expanding our testing resources and providing direct communication with many of the industry’s most knowledgeable Wholehog 3 users. In return, we have provided them with an opportunity to help shape the future of the products."

High End asks individuals interested in participating in future testing to apply for the Software Testing Program at http://digital.highend.com/library/betasignup.nsf/request?OpenForm.