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BTX Enhances User-Friendly Pro Plate and Panel Designer Software

New Upgrade Includes Additional Connector Symbols From Neutrik(R), Switchcraft(R), and Other Major Connector Brands

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — Aug. 8, 2013 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that it has enhanced its free Pro Plate and Panel Designer software by adding many new connector symbols. Other enhancements include the availability of designation strips for flexible, in-field labeling.

“The newest upgrade to our Pro Plate and Panel Designer software has been introduced to give our customers even more flexibility and selection possibilities while maintaining the tool’s signature simplicity,” said Greg Schwartz, president of BTX Technologies. “Users can now select from more leading connector brands and use designation strips for increased labeling flexibility. The upgrades make the technology even easier, providing powerful new options that enable customers to design, configure, specify, and order custom wall plates and panels within a matter of minutes.”

BTX’s Pro Plate and Panel Designer software configuration and ordering application allows any user — from administrators to engineers — to begin designing and ordering products within a matter of minutes. Users simply drag a wall plate or rack panel from BTX’s extensive product library and start designing and configuring. Connector options, which appear in an easy-to-navigate menu, include popular products from manufacturers such as Neutrik(R) and Switchcraft(R), in addition to BTX’s own award-winning, patented connectors. Users drag and drop their choices to the desired spot on the plate or panel; optional engraving may also be added if desired. Once customers have completed configuring and designing, they can request quotes or order via the software. Most orders will be delivered within three to five days.

Available now, the latest version of the Pro Plate and Panel Designer software solution can be downloaded for free at www.btx.com.

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About BTX Technologies, Inc.
BTX manufactures and distributes the industry’s finest interface and integration products for audio, video, security, digital signage, and many other applications. Providing its customers with value-added “Beyond Distribution” services, the company backs every product it sells with a rigorous in-house testing program and highly trained customer support team. The company has been certified as an InfoComm International(R) Sapphire Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider(R) (CAVSP(R)) since 2007. In business since 1967, the company’s products are available online at www.btx.com, by calling 800-666-0996, and from a selection of international distributors listed on the company’s website.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA – AUGUST 8, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013. Available now to integrators worldwide, this new release adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamlining product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, SIX 2013 delivers timely software updates for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building on the new architecture of the System Integrator platform, SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business – estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects – and thereby improves – all areas of an integrator’s business.

“The SIX platform was conceived and designed with the ever-changing needs of the market and our customers in mind,” said Corey Krehel, CTO of D-Tools. “The result is a robust yet simple to use solution that enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles. Our Software Assurance customers will realize the added benefit of receiving new features as they are completed throughout the year, and we will make annual updates available to the rest of our user base through a more traditional upgrade process.”

D-Tools SIX 2013 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Product Catalog:
    • User-configurable pricing levels have been expanded
    • Create Price Rules across pricing levels
    • Find products and accessories used and replace
  • Projects:
    • Compare with Catalog
    • Split Bulk Wire for specific runs
  • Drawing enhancements:
    • Add Product Tree to Visio and AutoCAD
    • Shape Tree improvements
    • Shape and Block settings: Assign shapes to category types, categories, and products
    • Store and apply shape properties to individual products or categories
    • Support for AutoCAD 2014
    • AutoCAD – insert drawing pages
    • Visio – Elevation and Plan Shape improvements
    • Visio – Finish Wire with Graphic Line Ends
    • Visio – Custom mouse-over text on Visio Shapes
  • Calendar improvements:
    • My Calendar and Team Calendar
    • Project Calendar & Service Order Calendar
  • Foreign Currency in reports at specified exchange rates
  • QuickBooks Integration improvements:
    • Export to QuickBooks Purchase Order from Project Editor
    • Add to an existing QuickBooks Estimate from Project Editor

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. To learn more, please visit www.d-tools.com. Click here to visit the all-new SIX Wiki and here to visit the “Getting Started with SIX” videos.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

  

 

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PixelFLEX Visually Transforms Second Baptist Church Youth Retreats

Beach Retreat has been a tradition for the youth of Houston’s Second Baptist Church since 1978 and though the trips and the morals behind them remain the same, technology and imagery are ever advancing to enhance the experience and create powerful illustrations for thousands of high school and junior high students. Two years in a row, PixelFLEX has been able to provide Second Baptist Church with lightweight, flexible, high-quality LED video curtains that “wow” the students and staff alike, all at an attractive price point for the Church’s budget.

The retreat production crew used 2 18mm and 14 20mm PixelFLEX Curtains in collaboration with projection screens to bring life to stories told by pastors during the camps. The curtains were hung behind the narrator on stage with the purpose of giving the illusion that the audience was not confined in a room by four walls, but rather immersed and engaged in the story itself. Originally, static props were suggested as aids, but the team chose PixelFLEX as their creative solution and they agree that the effect would not have been as influential with a simple prop.

“We had nothing but absolutely stellar comments from everybody,” said Mark Sepulveda, Global Technical Director for Second Baptist Church. “We used it (PixelFLEX LED Curtains) differently from last year and it was much more engaging for the audience.”

The venues that host the retreats often have weight limitations for what can be hung from the ceiling, which offers few options for those who plan the set up. The fact that the PixelFLEX panels are so lightweight allowed for an easy set up without the worry of flying equipment that was too heavy for the location.

“Last year, we used it (PixelFLEX LED Curtains) more like eye candy,” Sepulveda continued. “This year, it was much more of an integral part of how we were managing the show from start to finish. We essentially wanted to take an entire surface behind the stage and turn it into motion so that the room became smaller and the audience became more engaged with the entire stage as opposed to it being a tunnel at the end of the room that everyone was watching. That was sort of our concept behind building the environment with the PixelFLEX Curtains.”

Second Baptist Church was founded in 1927 and is currently led by Dr. Ed Young, the fifth pastor to lead the Church. Second Baptist Church features five campuses offering 17 services each week to its 60,000 members.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

Alcorn McBride Promotes Larry Howard to Director of Sales

Alcorn McBride announces the promotion of Larry Howard to director of sales. Howard, who has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, joined Alcorn McBride in 2010 most recently serving as the company’s sales manager.

“Larry has done a great job plotting our sales strategy for long-term growth,” says Alcorn McBride COO Jeremy Scheinberg. “By expanding our distributor network and corporate partnerships as well as our training initiatives, Larry has helped to introduce us to new customers, while strengthening relationships with the great customers we have worked with for years.”

Howard says, “I’m pleased to be a part of the company’s continued expansion and growth. I’m looking forward to working as Director of Sales as Alcorn McBride continues to move forward with new products, new distributors and new customers. What drives me as well as the company is to continually find new opportunities both on the customer side and product side while maintaining our dependable and faithful current customers and our “go-to” products. Our recent new appointees of dealers and distributors along with several new product introductions have opened up new markets and territories. I am eager to watch these seeds grow the business we all strive for.”

Before joining Alcorn McBride Howard worked in various rolls encompassing product and business development, sales and marketing as well as technical management for Clair Brothers, Klotz Digital Audio Systems, Community Professional Loudspeakers, Tannoy, Soundelux Showorks, Planet Hollywood International and with Universal Studios Orlando in Tech Services.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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