Loupedeck hopes to win the hearts and minds of streamers with its latest round of Loupedeck Live updates. There’s a new-looking user interface that simplifies the first-time user experience and the integration of Philips Hue lighting to make mid-flow lighting changes a scribble.
First, let's look at Loupedeck's new UI. I just installed it on my machine to see what the fuss is about, and then it’s much cleaner and simpler than the standard user interface. Remove the main UI to eight simple pages with some preinstalled shortcuts. For the most part, though, it’s an empty space for your own selection of shortcuts from the menu on the right.
As I mentioned in my Loupedeck Live review, you need to spend some time getting the Loupedeck exactly the way you want it. If you don’t want to or just want an Elgato Stream Deck alternative for streaming, this new user interface looks like the piece and simplifies the process a bit.
Then there’s native support for Philips Hue software, which means you can change the lighting settings (as long as it’s compatible with Philips) by clicking with a touch keyboard or rotating a sphere. You can access Philips Hue applications from the Loupedeck software and add shortcuts directly to screens easily enough. There are shortcuts like "switching light", "switching area" and even "switching rooms" if you really want the kindest dramas to work.
Philips Hue Bridge is also compatible with the Loupedeck CT.
Lots to play with, then. If you already own Loupedeck, you can download the 4.3 update from the Loupedeck website.