High End Systems has today released the latest version of software for the Flying Pig Systems Wholehog III lighting console. Software version 1.3.6 adds initial direct interaction for remote focus with Cast Lighting’s WYSIWYG Perform R8 visualization software via Ethernet. In addition, this release improves the functionality of many existing features and enhances the overall performance and reliability of the system. Software version 1.3.6 is now available for download at www.flyingpig.com.

This is the second software release by the recently re-organized Hog development team, with the previous release of v1.3.5 just two months prior. Since the departure of several developers in January, High End Systems has been quick to build a new development team. While several of the original developers still occupy the London office, most of the new team is based in the company’s Austin, TX headquarters.

"We have assembled a fantastic group of enthusiastic programmers in conjunction with the Flying Pig Systems developers," says Robbie Bruce, director of software development. "These guys are dedicated to the future of the Wholehog III line of products and have demonstrated a remarkable ability to assess the existing code and implement changes as needed."

In keeping with its commitment to provide Wholehog III users with the latest in lighting control technology, High End Systems has implemented a new software development process. According to Brad Schiller, Director of Control Systems Development, a disciplined approach is applied to the development of new software. "We are targeting a new release about every two to three months to ensure important fixes and enhancement reach our customers sooner," he says. "The software team follows a development plan based upon user suggestions and the product roadmap."

Once new features and enhancements have been completed, a new in-house testing department confirms the software’s validity and stability. Finally, the tested software is released to the general user base. Schiller further explains, "When one version of software enters the testing phase, then our developers begin working on the next version. This cycle not only ensures thorough development and testing, but also provides users with a consistent set of improvements."

In the coming months, High End Systems will announce details of a new user-based, pre-release software evaluation program. "This program will collaborate with the internal testing department to appraise software changes and improvements prior to release," Schiller says. "The Wholehog III system has continued to grow and evolve since its release and High End Systems is fully committed to the future of the product line. We have a number of significant developments planned in the coming months and details will be released soon."