Smartphones have become one of the handiest devices any professional can own. Not only do smartphones allow us to easily communicate with people in several different ways, smartphones are also now our means of finding jobs, organizing tasks, and completing collaborative projects. We even use our smartphones for banking!
It should come as no surprise then that there are AV-specific apps that can help you problem solve for various situations.
There are many apps out there available in the Google Play or Apple App Store, however. In the interest of making your hunt for the right AV apps easier, we’ve rounded up several of the best apps from both stores.
This first app gathers several frequently used tools technicians need for audio, video, lighting, and power configuration. AV Tools has calculators for signal testing, DMX address, and voltage (current and drop). The app even has pin-outs for common AV connectors.
We highly recommend this app for both its versatility and low price point. The app is available as a free version with ads, with an ad-less Pro version for $3.29 on the Google Play Store, while Apple’s App store offers it for $2.99.
Live Toolkit is an app that’s only available in the Apple App Store. While it’s a little pricier than the previous app, Live Toolkit has everything you need when you’re a technician who’s pressed for time. Especially if you handle many local and outdoor events, you’ll want to invest in this app.
Live Toolkit enables you to use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to set up your PA systems and lighting. There’s a delay calculator to convert between time and distance, an option to save all your speaker and amp settings, and the option to set up DMX and DIP function, just to name a few key features.
Investing in this app guarantees you won’t be left in the lurch if any venues you work at leave all of the set-ups for you at the last minute.
LED and digital signage is one of the leading trends in the AV industry right now, which is why technicians who have relevant training in this area land more jobs. There are opportunities in LED signage in a number of different markets, including commercial, entertainment, and corporate. Pixel Perfect is an essential app for freelancers working with digital signage because it’s all about managing LED displays.
Pixel Perfect is an Apple app that gives technicians access to a database of over 100 manufacturers’ screen specifications. A technician can display the dimensions of screens according to the manufacturer and manipulate the orientation and max wattage determination of specific screens as well. For $4.99, digital signage technicians really get their money’s worth!
This free app focuses on an area of AV important to both freelance technicians and AV companies: interactive presentations. Presentations must be effective to ensure stakeholders are kept in the loop and ready to buy in to each stage of a project. Pointer is an Apple app that turns your smartphone into a controller for your presentations, allowing users to interact with and highlight presentations and documents.
The app requires users to install either Dropbox or Google Docs to access specific docs. Once you have everything set up, however, you have a seamless presentation controller that can handle various document types. Pointer also supports wireless connection through Apple’s AirPlay.
Last on our list is an app that’s bound to be handy for those technicians handling outdoor presentations. Sun Surveyor is an app that can track the sun’s path and help you determine the best set-up for your audience’s viewing. The app utilizes 3D compass projection to predict the sun and moon’s path, and it has a customizable time zone feature as well.
Sun Surveyor is available in both app stores, priced at $9.99 for the full version and free for a limited Lite version.
We hope this list gives you the resources you need to continue getting steady work as an AV freelancer!