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BitWise Controls Announces New Yamaha Module, Giving Integrators the Ability to Instantaneously Setup and Integrate More than a Dozen Popular Home Entertainment AV Receivers into BitWise Controls Systems

 

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO, USA   MARCH 28, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful and flexible control and automation systems, announced today the addition of its Yamaha Module to its ever-expanding lineup of third-party templates and modules available to BitWise Controls dealers. These modules—single files containing pre-configured GUI content and device programming—make it easier for integrators to set up, design, and install various products and subsystems. Each module is available for download at the Bitwise Online Store, where BitWise dealers can see his or her entire module purchase history, making it simple to provide updates, additions, and enhancements in the future.

“Yamaha’s YNCA receivers are very popular, are feature rich, and provide multi-zone capability, making them ideal products for home integrators and custom installers alike,” says Mark Buster, CTO of BitWise Controls. “By adding Yamaha AV receivers to our GUI Module lineup, we will be dramatically expanding the base of supported receivers on the BitWise Controls platform, making it easy and both time- and cost-efficient to integrate these components into any supported BitWise Controls system. It’s a win-win for both integrator and end user.”

The BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR Module lets dealers take full advantage of newer Yamaha AV receiver’s music streaming and multi-zone capabilities. Compatible with all receivers that support the YNCA protocol, the BitWise Yamaha GUI Module allows the end user to navigate and control supported music services like Pandora®, Rhapsody®, and SiriusXM®, as well as any attached USB storage, connected iPod®/iPhone®, or network attached storage (NAS). The module provides easy drag-and-drop GUI content for phone- and tablet-sized interfaces, as well. Other features include support for a main zone and a second zone, with simultaneous control of volume/mute across both. Additionally, a receiver’s scene functionality is integrated seamlessly, allowing the user to turn on the receiver, select the input, and choose the Surround option with a single touch from any BitWise-enabled device. Convenient popups make it easy to add tone, option, and surround mode selection to any GUI page in the BitWise environment.

The Yamaha Module works on both iOS® and Android® platforms, and is compatible with automation projects that use BC1, BC2, and BC4 controllers and with Yamaha RX-V671, RX-A700, RX-A710, RX-V867, RX-V871, RX-A800, RX-A810, RX-A1000, RX-A1010, RX-A2000, RX-A2010, RX-A3000, and RX-A3010 receivers, or any other Yamaha AV Receiver that utilizes the YNCA protocol.

 For more information, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phone, +1(425) 328-8640 or email, Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls

Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets. For more information, go to www.usa.yamaha.com.

Accompanying image: BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR GUI Module Screenshot

 

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D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP at ISC WEST 2014

Companion app to SIX 2013 enables security systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management.

D-Tools Mobile Quote is a Companion App to D-Tools System Integrator that extended the user's workflow to a mobile environment for onsite consultations.

CONCORD, CA (ISC West 2014 booth #26135) MARCH 26, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #26135). Available now for D-Tools partners worldwide, the new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad, then import them into the full D-Tools SIX 2013 software platform for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

A native iOS application, the D-Tools Mobile Quote app leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization.

The Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

“Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding security customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The Mobile Quote app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth. We think ISC West attendees will be excited by the capabilities of this powerful new app. ”

More than 4,500 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.

The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad® app will be demonstrated during ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, D-Tools booth # 26135. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information. Additionally, the all-new D-Tools SIX Wiki can be accessed here: www.d-tools.mindtouch.us and “Getting Started with SIX” videos can be accessed here: http://d-tools.mindtouch.us/SIX_Guide/004_Getting_Started.

iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award, as well as National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

Link to accompanying images: D-Tools Six 2013 R2 Mobile Quote app

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Installer’s Choice – An IMS Engineered Products Brand – Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Installer's Choice product specifications are now available to D-Tools System Integrator users worldwide

Participation in the D-Tools MVP Program enables global System Integrator™ users free access to detailed Installer’s Choice product information for use in designing, specifying and estimating low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications 

 CONCORD, CA, USA – MARCH 20, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products Brand – has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, those who use D-Tools for their audio video system designs and proposals will have immediate access to detailed information about the entire family of IMS Engineered products (IMSEP) via the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify IMSEP products.

A global supplier of AV and Data racks, IMS Engineered Products has more than 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing racks trusted by companies and institutions providing services that touch virtually every aspect of your daily life.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with D-Tools,” said Kevin Groom, VP of Sales and Marketing for IMS Engineered Products. “We believe it’s of the utmost importance that dealers have easy access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive product information available; it provides them with the details needed to help scope and specify the best products possible for successful client projects. Furthermore, our participation in the MVP Program not only benefits the integrator community but also helps us to broaden our market reach and build valuable new business relationships.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to have Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products company – sign on as an MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their products service virtually every sector of industry in both residential and commercial applications which will provide our users with high quality, versatile options for many of their client engagements.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About IMS Engineered Products
IMS Engineered Products, a division of IMS Companies, LLC, is a manufacturer of a full line of proprietary and custom enclosures and video mounting products for electronic packaging, data and audio visual applications under its IMS Engineered Products and Installer’s Choice brands. For more information, visit www.imsep.com and www.installerschoice.com.

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. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

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.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

 
Links to Accompanying Images:
D-Tools Logos
System Integrator™ Installer’s Choice Screen Shot

 

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Zektor Again Renews Partnership in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

Detailed Zektor Information Available in D-Tools System Integrator™ Product Database For Immediate Worldwide Project Specification

CONCORD, CA, USA – FEBRUARY 26, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Zektor has renewed their participation in the MVP Partnership Program. Detailed information about the entire line of Zektor products is available in the D-Tools product database for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify free of charge.

Founded in 2003, Zektor designs and manufactures some of the most recommended audio/video signal distribution and switching products for the global custom installation market.

“We are pleased to renew our participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, making our professional A/V switching equipment more readily available to system integrators and custom installers,” said Jeff Haynes, CEO at Zektor. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with an exceptional platform to further extend our product reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products. As a service-centric organization serving the dynamic custom installation trade, it is critical that detailed product information be readily available whenever are wherever it’s most convenient to those who need it. D-Tools not only provides this capability, it also simplifies the design and estimation process significantly.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP members worldwide help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“Zektor’s products are well known for their quality and compatibility and their products are an ideal fit for the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point program, so we are happy to have them renew their participation,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “D-Tools System Integrator users have come to rely on Zektor’s premium quality Audio Video Switching and Distribution options for their customers and we’re thrilled to make the lineup available to them for use in their system designs and proposals.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Zektor
Zektor is a designer and manufacturer of feature rich professional grade audio/video distribution products for the custom installer.  Zektor proudly designs, manufactures and supports all of their matrix products in the USA. Zektor was founded in 2003 and is a privately held company. For more information please visit their website at www.zektor.com.

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. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

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, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

Link to Images
Zektor Products Featured in D-Tools Six Data Library as Part of MVP Program Partnership

 

 

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Stealth Acoustics Renews Partnership in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

Detailed Stealth Acoustics Product Specifications Made Available to D-Tools System Integrator™ Product Database Users for Immediate Specification Worldwide

CONCORD, CA, USA – FEBRUARY 25, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Stealth Acoustics has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, detailed information about the entire family of Stealth Acoustics products will be made available for use within the D-Tools product database, better enabling worldwide D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify Stealth products for their A/V installations. Based near Seattle, Washington, Stealth Acoustics has been directly involved in countless systems integration projects spanning the Company’s near 40-year history.

“Over the years, the D-Tools MVP Program has enabled us to facilitate better communication with our dealers and introduce additional custom integrators to our award-winning line of Stealth Acoustics speakers and amplifiers,” said Steve Olszewski, Vice President of Stealth Acoustics. “We’re pleased to renew our membership in the D-Tools MVP program as it helps to ensure the best invisible audio solutions are available to the D-Tools System Integrator™ user community and that detailed product specifications are available whenever and wherever they are needed.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to welcome back Stealth Acoustics as a returning MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their unique and totally invisible audio solutions enable D-Tools SIX users to recommend great sounding and aesthetically-pleasing audio options to their clients for a variety of creative applications.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Stealth Acoustics
Stealth Acoustics is a division of Dimensional Communications, Inc., who for over 37 years has been a US-based systems integrator with a passion for creating high quality audio solutions. Starting as a boutique retail stereo store, Dimensional formed its speaker manufacturing division in 1977. Today, Stealth Acoustics is a world-recognized leading invisible speaker manufacturer with a continuing passion for creating speaker systems that not only sound great and provide installation simplicity, but which also offer unprecedented levels of elegance, value and performance to the home owner.  For more information please visit www.stealthacoustics.com.

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. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at info@d-tools.com, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DTools, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool or visit D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com.

D-Tools Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

LINK TO IMAGES:
Stealth Acoustics D-Tools Data Library screenshot

 

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D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 Adds New Features and Functionality That Maximize Systems Integrator Operational Efficiencies

CONCORD, CA – FEBRUARY 12, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a new release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 R2. Available now to integrators worldwide, the SIX 2013 R2 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both maximize the efficiency of their business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamlining product updates and enhancements to its users, SIX 2013 R2 is immediately available to all registered SIX 2013 users.

This third release on the new architecture of the System Integrator platform, SIX 2013 R2 offers efficiency improvements to key areas of the software – catalog, projects, system design, and reporting. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, and prepares users to work more effectively and efficiently with the company’s new iOS-based Mobile Quote iPad app that will be available in March.

“Our team has continued the work which began with the initial release of the D-Tools SIX platform, and we’re very pleased to offer this update to all users of SIX 2013,” said Adam Stone, President of D-Tools. “In addition to a number of significant new features and enhancements, this release will integrate with our new iPad Mobile Quote app, which will give our users the ability to generate quotes in the field and bring those into SIX 2013 for further system design and management.”

D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Mobile Quote Integration (Mobile Quote App available soon)
  • Vendor Management
  • Catalog:
    • Integrate Vendors into Catalog and Projects
    • Product Import enhancements
    • Add “Created On” date
  • Projects:
    • Improved Project Views
    • Drag & Drop on Summary Views
    • Optional and Alternate Items
    • Update Project Items from a .CSV file
    • Store and apply filters in Custom Layouts
    • Filter Item Summary
    • Improved Tax Settings and management
  • Drawing enhancements:
    • “Paste Special” function in Visio and AutoCAD to give option to paste shapes with options to Prompt (or) Clone or Alternate
    • Add Mass Update to shape shortcut menus in Visio and AutoCAD
    • Allow multiple Visio drawings of same project to be opened in same Visio instance
    • Location and System Visio Shapes
    • Connections made in Visio Line drawings also work on Plan views and Schematics
  • Reporting improvements:
    • Upgrade to Active Reports 7
    • Improved image quality for Logo and Cover page
    • Custom Cover pages and Proposal reports by Project
  • QuickBooks Integration improvements:
    • Sync all products and labor with QuickBooks
    • Assign a customer job to selected purchase order line items
    • Transfer Part Number to QuickBooks item
  • Numerous usability and performance enhancements

More than 4,500 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 view “Getting Started with SIX” videos.

Press Contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

 

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D-Tools Delivers Slate of New Features and Services Aimed at Boosting SI User Productivity Including Updated and Expanded Six 2013 Software Platform, Native iPad Mobile Quoting App and Exclusive Hosted Solution Powered By Amazon Web Services

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

CONCORD, CA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 stand #1-N53) – Feb. 3, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate the newest release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013 to ISE 2014 attendees along with an all-new iOS-based mobile design and proposal App for the iPad, and an exclusive D-Tools Web Hosted Solution, a cloud-based workflow solution available to System Integrator users worldwide.

Now available to integrators worldwide, D-Tools SIX 2013 adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable commercial and residential AV integrators to streamline business processes, increase profitability, and reduce overhead. SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions such as 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, straightforward solution that now can improve all areas of an integrator’s business.

The new D-Tools iPad App is a native iOS application that leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

Finally, D-Tools Web Hosted Solution – Powered by Amazon Web Services™ is a “plug and play” option for users that seek mobility and cloud-based storage of D-Tools SIX 2013 Server data. Because the D-Tools Hosted Solution is powered by Amazon Web Services, it features the highest possible level of scalability, security and performance. This new feature-set enables remote access and secure offsite storage for the entire System Integrator user community and delivers an easily accessed and utilized extension of the system that can be used anywhere or any time it is needed.

Currently, 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. The D-Tools SIX 2013, iPad App, and Hosted Solution each serve to improve operational capacities and to reduce overhead, while providing efficient workflow. Demonstrations of the D-Tools platform will be provided during ISE 2014, being held 4-6 February 2014 at the Amsterdam RAI in the Home Cinema Europe stand #1-N53.

Any press seeking to schedule time to discuss the D-Tools advantage, should contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com or calling +1 (425) 328-8640. Press kits for ISE will be made available the week prior to the show at www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

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.

 

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BitWise Controls BC1, BC2 and BC4 Home Automation Controllers to be Featured During Exclusive 2014 Integrated Systems Europe Demonstrations in Home Cinema Europe Stand 1-N53; BC1 and Room Remote will Control Theater Demonstration

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (Integrated Systems Europe 2014 – Stand 1-N53) — Feb. 3, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems will be featuring its suite of home automation products at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (ISE). BitWise controllers serve as the hub of any home automation system, allowing components and devices to interact with one another both wirelessly and seamlessly. Three controller models are available including the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; and the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects. BitWise Automation Controllers can be controlled by the new tactile, hard-button BitWise Room Remote or by iOS® and Android® devices via fully customizable graphic user interfaces (GUIs).

The top-end BC1 is a 1RU unit suitable for any residential or commercial application that easily controls audio/video, lighting, HVAC, shades, security systems and more. It features a built-in astronomical clock that provides event scheduling based on the time of day, sunrise or sunset, and includes eight IR ports (routable and attenuable), four SPDT relays, analog or digital signal sensing capabilities as well as customizable email notifications and two USB ports allow for future expansion. BC1 can be shelf or rack mounted using provided rack ears for added convenience and versatility.

The BC2 is a powerful midsized controller that features four IR ports (routable and attenuable), two SPDT relays, and analog or digital capabilities. Its compact chassis belies its powerful capabilities. It’s suitable for most any residential or commercial automation application, especially those that have fewer devices to control. Two USB ports allow for expansion, and like the BC1, email notifications can be customized.

The BC4 is an ideal single-room or expansion solution that can be used independently or in conjunction with BC1 or BC2 Automation Controllers. It offers one RS232 port, four IR ports plus a built-in blaster, two SPDT relays, and two-way interaction for a single device is supported via a serial or network connection.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, HVAC, shading systems, and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way interaction with serial and networked devices is supported. For the ultimate in ease and accessibility, BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for a variety of Apple and Android devices as well as with the new BitWise Controls Room Remote.

Experience the scalability and flexibility of BitWise and its suite of automation controllers During ISE 2014 at the Home Cinema Europe stand 1-N53. Those interested in scheduling an appointment with key BitWise executives to learn more about the simple superiority of the BitWise Controls lineup during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by calling +1(425) 328-8640 or writing to Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls
Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Torus Power to feature three premier power conditioning lines at Integrated Systems Europe 2014; The AVR2 Series, the new TOT Series and the RM Series are now available for international sales and distribution

TORONTO, ON, CANADA and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (ISE 2014 Stand #5-R128) – Feb. 3, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing, will be showcasing a variety of its popular and versatile power conditioners at ISE 2014, including the premiere AVR2 Series, the popular and newly-expanded TOT Series, and the original RM series. Torus Power’s line of reliable, affordable toroidal isolation power conditioners provide clean, protected power to custom audio video installations of nearly any size or configuration. Used in residential and commercial applications to significantly improve sound and video quality and performance, Torus Power products are available with North American or International outlets for use in Continental Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia, and the line meets both IEC and Neutrik standards. Shelf, rack and wall mount configurations are available throughout the line for added versatility.

The AVR2 Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression solution. Designed for large-scale custom installations such as studios, consumer home theatre and audio system installations, and other mission-critical applications, the International AVR2 Series features two (2) models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. Both provide enhanced Ethernet (IP) control and monitoring functionality in addition to automatic voltage regulation, automatic reboots, versatile scheduling options, and individually addressable outlet zones. These models come in 3U and 4U chassis sizes with 5 or 8 outlets and 8A or 16A Output Current Ratings respectively, with either 220V or 240V Input Voltages, all of which readily accommodates a wide range of residential or commercial applications.

The TOT Series, now offered in two models, the TOT Mini (3A and 7A) and the TOT Max (15A), expands the Torus Power lineup to include an affordable entry-level price point that also delivers highly effective power conditioning. Employing Plitron toroidal isolation transformers and NBT noise filtering technology, the TOT Series restores incoming power to its clean original state and protects valuable systems from voltage sags, brownouts and surges. TOT also provides very low source impedance to connected devices, enabling high current delivery – up to the rated current limit – on an instantaneous basis; ensuring dynamic components are never starved for power. TOT Mini is suitable for providing Torus isolated power to components such as digital projectors, flat panels, powered speakers, media or source players, processors, and network devices. TOT Max features a larger capacity toroidal transformer and can be used with most audio systems and mid-power amplifiers.

The RM Series, Torus Power’s original line of reliable, affordable power conditioners have been providing clean, protected power to custom audio video installations for years. Available in a variety of configurations for North American and International use, RM Series models include the RM 8 CE and RM 16 CE. RM 8 CE is an 8A model and RM 16 CE is a 16A model; both are available with either 220V or 240V Input and Output Voltage, with 5 and 8 outlets, and 3U to 4U chassis sizes respectively to accommodate shelf, rack or wall mount applications. Torus Power RM Series toroidal isolation power conditioners are suited for a variety of installations from simple front-end systems to complex custom installations.

Showcasing a variety of versatile and technologically unrivaled power conditioning solutions for residential or commercial applications, Torus Power will exhibit at ISE 2014 in stand # 5-R128 with RGB Audio Visual Inc., a leading UK-based distributor of custom AV systems and components.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and also a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling +1 (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands as well as medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO 9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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Perfect Path Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Participation in the D-Tools MVP Program enables System Integrator™ users free access to detailed Perfect Path product information for use in designing, specifying and estimating low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications

CONCORD, CA – January 28, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Perfect Path has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Perfect Path has an extensive history in making cables, spanning over six decades with products featured in more than 100 million residential installations. Their professional-grade broadband, telecom and satellite cable and connector products provide the perfect signal from its inception to the TV. Perfect Path (PPC) has distinguished itself as a leading provider of high performance cables, as well as providing the industry with a vast range of solutions such as their locking HDMI connector.

“Our goal at Perfect Path is to deliver the best home theater experience possible and we are excited to provide our product data to the global D-Tools System Integrator user community,” said Eric Bodley, VP and General Manager, Perfect Path. “We have no doubt that this will be a rewarding partnership as the D-Tools MVP program will strengthen our relationship within the integrator community as well as better enable us to communicate the value of our product line to a multitude of potential new dealers.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator software platform.

“Perfect Path cables and connectors provide integrators top of the line performance as well as bulletproof reliability,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As a go-to brand in the category, we are pleased Perfect Path has chosen to participate in the MVP program and look forward to making their product information available for specification and use by the entire D-Tools System Integrator user base in the near future.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Perfect Path
Perfect Path is the consumer cable and connection brand created by PPC, the global leader of interconnect products in the cable and satellite industries. We feel that, with an entertainment signal, the One Perfect Path is total control of ultimate performance and bulletproof reliability, from the signal’s inception to the back of your HDTV. And only Perfect Path by PPC, the cable/satellite industry’s Number One choice for signal delivery, can deliver this unbroken stream of excellence.

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. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

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.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

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