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We recommend the Monthly or Annual subscription plans to ensure you always have the latest
features. However, we understand that some customers simply want to pay once and not think
about licensing costs. For those users we offer a Perpetual License.
The Perpetual License is a one time payment equal to two years on the annual plan. If you
pay during Version 3.x you get all Version 3 features. Upon the release of V4.0 you will
only receive bug fixes. New X.0 releases occur annually.
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changing your subscription (say from a LX to a PRO) will immediately charge you the
difference between the two plans or the full amount if you are still on a trial. To avoid
being over charged we suggest not changing plans more than once per billing cycle. All
charges are final.
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For the regular functioning of Drafty we use Google Drive's file system. When you sign in
with Google you grant Drafty permissions to read/write to your drive. Upon first sign-in
Drafty will make a folder called 'Drafty' where all project files are written to and read
from. This is the extent to which we access your file system. If you are do not want to
grant us these permissions you may continue as a gues user but certain functions, like
saving and printing, will not be accessible to you. Read more about this and our logging
While we support Safari, we strongly encourage you to use the Chrome Browser.
Whoops! We’d love to let you log in, but so far Drafty is fully tested only on Chrome and
Safari. Support for Firefox
is coming soon. If you don't mind, please fire up Chrome or Safari and use that until we work
out our minor browser-compatability issues.
What is Drafty?
Drafty is a CAD tool. It combines the precision of CAD with the ease of hand
drafting. All of Drafty's symbols and tools by default create drawings that are
based on industry (USITT/ABTT) standard practices. Drafty is unique in that it
automates and simplifies tasks that are essential, but secondary, to communicating
the important information in a plot. Drafty takes care of layer management,
generates and updates a key as you draft, creates a database that updates
automatically and simultaneously as you draw, and more.
Traditional drafting programs offer a dizzying suite of tools when only a tiny
fraction of them are used in the generation of a typical plot. This excess of
options leads to work slowdowns, confusion, layer mismanagement, and overly complex
drawings for all but the hardest core of power users. For the rest of us, who just
want to get our paperwork out the door quickly, being freed from endless palettes,
tools, layers, classes, sheets, viewports, and myriad other complexities is a
relief. The simplicity of Drafty lets you focus on your craft, not the tool.
Properly formattted Channel Hookups and Instrument Schedules are generated with a
single button click.
Can I export my patch?
Yes. We currently support Patch Export formatted for ETC Eos Family, Grand MA,
Chamsys, and more.
I use SoftSymbols™, do you offer them?
SoftSymbols for Drafty by FieldTemplate are offered for individual purchase. We
currently have the ETC, USITT, Altman, Strand, Martin, Clay Paky, & Vari*Lite
libraries with more coming soon.
How about us Sound Designers?
We have partnered with the good folks at Team Sound, makers of the Go Box MIDI
controller for QLab, to deliver high quality audio symbols available for purchase
within the program.
Why so few buttons?
Our automated tools and workflows reduce the number of controls you are required to
manage, keeping focus on your design.
Can Drafty import files from other CAD programs?
We currently support PDF import. Most CAD programs provide a “Viewer”
tool in case you need to make small edits to a native file or generate a PDF. We are
working on DXF import.
Why is Drafty a web app?
The agility and power of web technologies is the cutting edge of software and we
find that an exciting place to be. That being said, we would love to create desktop
and tablet versions for all platforms where there is demand.
Can Drafty work off-line?
Once the program is loaded into your browser window, it is fully operational
off-line with the exception of cloud-storage and print. You can work without an
internet connection as long as you like. With our .drafty Import/Export features it
can work just like a Desktop app switching between multiple files.
Can Drafty generate Hookups and Instrument Schedules?
Yup! In one easy click. Drafty Pro ships with an integrated Database Manager
providing a complete spreadsheet view of your show with Instrument and Color totals
updating in real time. Access can easily be granted to electricians and other
collaborators with cloud-based file sharing.
How does file sharing work?
One of the benefits of using Google log-in is access to all the file sharing tools
in Drive. Just navigate to your Drafty folder and share files with collaborators.
They should then move that file from 'Shared with me' into their Drafty folder.
Note, that while you can both edit the same file we do not officially support
simultaneous editing. So be careful that each user has all the data before signout
or shutdown of their workstation. Click here for a list of Best Practices for collaborative file
What's with the name?
We think it's awesome.
Why only Chrome and Safari?
Drafty is a sophisticated tool in its own right, and even more so by the standards
of a web application. As such we need browsers that support the most cutting edge
technologies that we are using under the hood. We have plans for Firefox support,
but if IE is your defualt you will need to download another browser.
Why can't I log-in?
enabled on your browser AND ensure that any pop-up blockers are turned OFF. This is
true not only for the log-in process but for the general functioning of the program.
OMG I didn't mean to delete Everything!! What do I do?
Because Drafty utilizes Google Drive, you have access to all the version controls
that Drive provides. Head over to our version control
primer to learn more.
I don't write in English, can I use Drafty?
For now we only have full support for Latin based alphabets. We are rolling out
support in other alphabets and scripts on an as needed basis. Drafty's UI currently
supports English, German, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. If you have a request for
additional language support please contact our suport team.
Does Drafty do 3D?
Well, YES … and no. 3D is just complex math, trigonometry and the like. Drafty
employs some very clever algorythms to accomplish sophisticated 3D calcultations for
the Smart Section, Auto-Worksheeting, Projector Screen Tool, and more. What Drafty
does not have is a 3D GUI. We believe the drafting experience is improved by
focusing on the output drafting plates rather than spending time spinning around 3D
How much does Drafty cost?
Drafty is available in monthly and annual subscriptions for individual users. See
our Pricing Page for details. For institutional
site licenses please contact our sales department through the [Feedback] button on
the Drafting Table.
Who made this?
Lucas Krech and Mark Maxham.
Lucas is a Lighting and Video designer with nearly 20 years of CAD drafting
experience and design work that has been seen everywhere from the basements of art
galleries to internationally acclaimed Opera houses.
Mark is a software engineer with over 20 years experience and more than a dozen
software patents to his name.
Embedded images in PDFs
Our PDF handler is awesome for vector graphics and paperwork generated by other CAD
programs. However, if you are looking to import a scenic drawing that is really a
JPEG or PNG of a scan wrapped up in a PDF you may have import issues.
We suggest only having one plot open at a time and when you need to bring up a new
file use the [Open] button. Also, be sure to close any tabs with Database Manager
prior to opening different files in order to mitigate any risk of data loss.
If you use Google's Desktop Sync you ought to turn it OFF during your Drafty session
as it can cause saving issues.
While primarily an issue with poor connectivity coupled with a VPN, we suggest
turning OFF your VPN during a Drafty session. We have been unable to test beyond a
very limited sample set and for the timebeing suggest this for all users.
Drafty can only save to your drive if you are logged in to a single Google account.
Being logged in to multiple accounts will return "Still connecting to Drive' and
will not resolve until all additional accounts are logged out. Likewise, several
If you encounter saving issues be sure to log-out of any additional accounts and
turn off your JS/Ad blockers. Please note that some blockers will require some
amount of time after turn off, if not a full restart of the browser, for all changes
to take effect.
A note on Safari
While not as bad as Internet Explorer, Safari has a number of very peculiar special
cases that we are working on. We are in the process of tracking down and fixing this
but strongly encourage you to use Chrome.
The Drafty team is very concerned about the security of your financial data. For this reason we have
adopted the Stripe API to handle all
financial transactions. What this means is that when you click the subscribe button, your data is
sent directly to the Stripe servers, so we never see your credit card information. Rather, Stripe
sends us a token indicating a successful transaction along with your email address. In practical
terms this means that even if our site gets hacked to the ground, your financial information is
If you would like to read more about Stripe's security measures head on over to their security page and take a
look. We feel confident entrusting our security and yours to the Stripe team.
For similar reasons, we are using Google OAuth 2.0 for our log-in. Like with your credit card, we
never see your password. All we get is your Google ID and a confirmation token that you entered the
correct data. A hacker would need to hack Google itself to obtain your password.
Drafty's cloud storage system utilizes Google Drive's file system. As such when you sign in you
grant Drafty permissions to read/write to your drive. Upon first sign-in Drafty will make a folder
called 'Drafty' where all project files are written to and read from. This is the extent to which we
access your file system.
The combination of these two technologies means that there is no way to connect your username and
password with your credit card information while using Drafty. We do store your username and email
in order to ensure your ability to use our services. This small amount of data retention is wholly
disconnected from both your password and your financial data.
For the purposes of debugging and tech support Drafty does track and log user activity within the
application. File names and actions using our tools are logged. We collect basic information like
location, browser type, and OS. If you would like to have this information deleted from our servers
please contact our support team via the in-app 'Feedback' button.
The collection of emails as part of the web service shall never intentionally be made available to
third parties, including but not limited to, Drafty's vendor partners. We retain email addresses
solely for the pruposes of important communication between us and our users. We will never sell,
license, or otherwise distribute our email lists for commercial purposes.
We hope this makes you feel taken care of. It sure allows us to sleep well at night.
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entity (User), and the owners of the Software for the purpose of using the software known as Drafty
(Software) and it's various functions and serivces (Services).
By using the Software you agree to be legally bound by the terms of this agreement.
Forum Selection. User agrees to the resolution of any disputes
between User and the owners of the Software, in the Superior Court of San Mateo County,
California, and agrees to personal jurisdiction in the State of California for purposes of
resolving any such disputes.
Disclaimer of Warranty and Limited Warranty. This Software,
help files, and any accompanying manual are provided “As is”, without any
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by using the software.
Grant of License. This Agreement grants the User the right to
use Drafty for the intended purpose only of drawing lightplots, sound plots, video plots,
and other associated paperwork in the creation of a work for live performance, broadcast,
film, TV, or other media.
The tools are provided as a web based cloud service and no part of the software,
code, image assets, files, &c. may be taken or stored permanently except for
that which is necessary for the regular intended functioning of the software as a
web application. The sole and only exception to this is the download of PDF, PNG,
JPG and CSV files for final export from the program as provided in the software as a
regular function of the Software itself
This license for use shall remain in effect so long as the User’s account is
paid and in good standing. The license for use shall be revoked immediately at the
termination of the paid period of the subscription. Revocation of the license for
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agreement including, but not limited to, inappropriate or unauthorized use.
Access to show files and related documents shall not be assumed past a termination
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services are part of the paid subscription. The owners of the Software may elect to
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imply any contractual obligation to continue providing such services.
This license is provided to the single paid User. No right is granted to any third
party. Sharing of this account or license, except and only if done within the
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Drafty is provided in Monthly and Annual Subscriptions or a Perpetual License. The
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damages in a court of law including but not limited to the full payment of all legal
fees and associated expenses incurred by the owners and creators of the Software in
pursuit of such claims.
The owners of Drafty and Lumax Software LLC retain the right to alter the terms of
this service agreement at any time without prior authorization or consent from the
Limitations and restrictions. The User may not reverse
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the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this
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for the User failing to unsubscribe.
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granted as part of this Agreement to the User with regards to ownership, sale, rental, or
licensing of any aspect of the Software. The sole exception is in the distribution of final
paperwork as provided for through the export buttons (“Plate”,
“Hookup”, “As PNG”, “As .CSV”, and “As
.Drafty”) in the software program.
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The User agrees to upload only images for which they have the right to use. We will
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In App Purchases. Drafty offers certain supplemental symbol
libraries provided by 3rd party vendors for sale. These library sales are a one time
purchase and are immediately added to the user's subscription and exist as part of the
user's account so long as their account remains in good standing. All in app purchase sales
are final and non-refundable.
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that they are providing their username and email to Lumax Software LLC and that said email
may be used in direct marketing campaigns to the User. Lumax shall provide an 'Unsubscribe'
or 'Opt-Out' feature for all users should they elect to stop receiving marketing emails.
Lumax may still retain said email addresses in the unlikely event of a data breach and need
for emergency communication with impacted users.
Indemnification. The User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless
the owners and creators of the Software, Lumax Software LLC, and their heirs and assigns,
from any damages resulting from a failure to deliver paperwork to clients in a timely
The Software is a drawing tool only. No rigging elements, lights, speakers,
projectors, devices, or other drawing elements shall be assumed to convey
suggestions or expertise in the proper rigging, installation, and handling of
lighting, sound, projection, or other equipment and materials.
Text elements are sample text only. No claims to legal advice or representation
shall be made either express or implied through the providing of sample text as a
drawing element in the Software’s documents.
The User shall indemnify and hold harmless the owners and creators of this software,
Lumax Software LLC, and their heirs and assigns, shall any material or physical
damage result from the improper handling, use, installation, or rigging of any
element as created in a drawing through the use of the Software.
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“Stunningly simple, ingenious and very useful development
for lighting designers.” Richard Pilbrow, Lighting Designer
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