The PocketWizard Plus III, one of the most popular models in our current line of products, has new firmware available in the form of version 1.200!
One of the most noticeable differences to be found in the new firmware is the new system to monitor battery level. In our previous firmware, battery level was conveyed solely by color, but in firmware revision 1.200 we have changed this to be more intuitive and even easier to read. Now when the battery is between full and fifty percent the Status LED will blink green once, when between fifty and twenty-five percent the Status LED will blink amber twice, and when below twenty-five percent the Status LED will blink red three times.
Along with the improved battery indicator we have also made adjustments that improve communications between the Plus III and the MultiMax as well as improved compatibility with several older flash models. To read about these changes read the Plus III Firmware 1.200 release notes.
To update your radio simply plug your radio via USB into your computer and open the latest PocketWizard Utility (version 1.54) and the option to update will come up automatically. If you do not have the latest PocketWizard Utility, find it on our Downloads page.
If you haven’t done so yet, head over to the PocketWizard site to download the latest version of our Utility software, which allows you to download any firmware updates we offer in the future.
From the press release:
Utility version 1.54 and 1.55 offers a few new features from Utility 1.35 including the ability to upgrade your PocketWizard Plus® III with future firmware updates.
Utility 1.54 and 1.55 offer many improvements including improved help text, automatic notifications for new firmware and the addition of a scrollbar to the inner frame allowing for better full screen operations on smaller displays. Additionally, a final version for PowerPC-based Macs running Mac OS X version 10.5 (“Leopard”) was created.
Read the press release, the release notes (PDF), and go to the downloads page to get started.
We know there are many anxious photographers out there waiting patiently (and a few not so patiently) for the products we’ve announced and have yet to ship. It’s been a busy summer in development and all of these projects are moving along. Here’s an update for each:
ControlTL for Nikon: What was thought to be a relatively quick leap from the Canon version to the Nikon version has taken far longer than expected. The intro of the 5D Mark II threw the whole schedule for a loop as the new Canon required a complete development process of its own for ControlTL – it was not as simple as a cut-n-paste of the ControlTL firmware already developed for the other Canon cameras.
Six months later and with the release of the 4.30 firmware in July, we finally put Canon behind us and switched over to Nikon full time. There is a bunch of work already done, especially on the hardware side, but the communications systems are entirely different. We are making great progress now and we are pushing forward as fast a possible. Our last estimate was for a “Fall 2009” intro and we just might have something by December 20th and make it on a technicality, but it is more likely to be January 2010 for the 344MHz FCC version, allowing for a solid beta test period. 433MHz CE versions would follow shortly behind by a few weeks.
AC7 Shield for Canon Speedlites: The AC7 is nearing completion. Pre-production pieces have started to arrive and we should have boxed units ready to go around October 1st.
AC9 ZoneController: Plastics for the AC9 ZoneController are being finalized now and units using prototype shells have been in testing for a couple weeks. The final product has an expected availability date of November 1st. This little product makes life a whole lot simpler when it comes to lighting control.
And to make things interesting, look for a new product announcement next week for two more ControlTL products (Nikon users – there are multiple development paths, this does not impact Nikon development in any way).
Charles Maring at WPPI ©Dave Schmidt
It’s not easy launching a new product. Does it satisfy our customers’ needs? Is the box the right color? What about our dealers in Nome, Alaska, can we get them product in time? These are just a few questions going through a product manager’s mind before a product launch. Such was the case with PocketWizard’s new Mini/Flex System. On Monday morning, February 16, we took the wraps off the new system at the 2009 WPPI Convention. Gagasville. What, you’ve never heard of Gagasville? That’s where photographers go when they go ga-ga. Now, we really had our work cut out for us. Fast forward to today and let’s bring you up to date as we prepare to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere. Mini, Flex…you rock!