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D-Tools 2014 Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended Through Friday, August 29th

Winning submissions will be announced during Design Awards Ceremony taking place next month during CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Colo.

CONCORD, CA, USA — AUGUST 19, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the call for entries deadline for its annual contest, the Design Awards, has extended and will close on August 29, 2014. D-Tools is pursuing System

Integrator SIX software users’ success stories and project designs that best represent how the platform has positively affected their business and ROI, as a way to showcase not only their efforts but also to demonstrate the benefits of using system integration design-estimation-proposal platforms.

Sponsored by AtlonaAnthony Gallo AcousticsIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio, Design Awards contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Winners will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users and chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners. Entries are being accepted from around the world and will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

Winning submissions will be awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners. Winners will be announced during CEDIA EXPO during a ceremony being held at 3pm on Friday September 12, 2014 in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools customers can submit their entries through August 29th by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at joshc@d-tools.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 platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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Extron Introduces MediaLink Controllers with Sleek New Designs

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MLC 55 RS and MLC 55 RS VC. These economical, easy-to-use MediaLink controllers are used for common AV functions such as power, input selection, and volume in single display applications. They feature a sleek new look, with redesigned backlit buttons and magnetically-attached faceplates that hide the mounting screws and configuration ports, giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Both models include unidirectional RS-232 and IR display control, as well as discrete ON and OFF display power controls. The MLC 55 RS VC model features a newly-designed, larger volume knob for smooth, precise volume control of Extron MPA Series and select XTRA Series amplifiers. Flexible mounting options allow the controllers to be installed virtually anywhere, including walls, lecterns, or tables. more

D-Tools Launches SI 2015 at CEDIA Expo

Latest version of award-winning productivity solution adds significant new features and functionality such as Mobile Installation management and inventory management through QuickBooks integration

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 12, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015. Being launched at CEDIA Expo 2014 and available in Q4, the new SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building upon new functionality within the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including inventory, 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.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526. There, executives will showcase the comprehensive system integration software platform which will include the following new features and enhancements:

·       Mobile Workflow & Installation Management

o   Track status of install tasks from any mobile device (phone & tablet)

o   Assign Mobile resources

o   Adaptive formatting to work on any device

o   Notifications for New, Revised, and Completed Tasks

o   Enter install status, notes, serial numbers and actual install times

o   Take photos

o   Syncs field information back into SI 2015

·       QuickBooks Integration:

o   Track inventory in QuickBooks

o   Track order status in QuickBooks

o   Group by Locations, Systems or Project Phases in QuickBooks Estimates

o   Sync Vendors when creating Items in QuickBooks  

·       Product Catalog:

o   Review and rate products

o   Add Alternates to Catalog Products

o   Enhanced search in Product and Labor Explorer

·       Projects:

o   Improved Project History Tracking

o   Improved Project Editor functionality

·       Drawing enhancements:

o   Speed enhancements for stencil/block updates

o   New filter options for Connected Wire and Disconnected Wire

o   Shape Tree improvements

o   Enhanced Shape and Block settings: multiple shapes and blocks can be selected, changed, and assigned

o   Additional settings to paste shapes and blocks as New, Clone, or Alternate

o   Support for AutoCAD 2015

The SI 2015 release comes on the heels of two product additions; the recently launched Mobile Quote native iOS application—which enables integrators and sales people to generate a quote and get to a budget number from any jobsite in the world and FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. SI 2015, Mobile Quote, FreeTools PSL, and other new enhancements will be shown in D-Tools’ booth #526 during CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools SI 2015 and other new product developments are encouraged to schedule a web demo in advance of the show or to visit booth #526 while at CEDIA Expo. Editors, writers, bloggers, and others providing journalistic coverage of the event and its exhibitors should request a press kit and other related information from Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, by e-mailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (406) 446-1283.

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 platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc.,  (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

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

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools SI 2015 – NEW For CEDIA Expo 2014

 

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All 11 Members of Catalyst AV Distribution Network Now Selling Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm


Nest is a key element in this specialty product distribution network’s growing portfolio of best-of-breed wireless technologies that help integrators tap new and/or previously unforeseen revenue opportunities within the home

Burlington, MA – August 11, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a nationwide distribution network of specialty products that serves more than 15,000 integrators from 15 regions in the US, today announced that all of its 11 member companies are now selling the Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ alarm. Both devices have received critical acclaim for their functionality, design and performance merits.

The Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like, creates a custom schedule for the home, and turns itself down when everyone is away. Once it learns the home’s schedule, Nest can help reduce heating and cooling bills by as much as 20 percent. It can also be adjusted from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in the home. It uses human voice notifications to tell customers where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives a friendly Heads-Up. It even integrates with mobile devices and sends messages if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp. It also has a Pathlight that glows white to light the way in the dark as customers pass below it.

Steve Presti of Easy Access Distribution

”Nest is a building-block manufacturer that aligns with Catalyst AV’s vision for the future of wireless integration technology,” says Steve Presti, principal of Easy Access Distribution and board member of Catalyst AV Distribution Network. “The Nest Learning Thermostat helps people save energy and Nest Protect helps keep people safe. Both products are contemporary-looking, quick to install and easy to use for homeowners. There are plenty of profit opportunities out there for the professional integrator to focus on broad-based energy management and home awareness products and Nest brings those products to the market today.”

“Both Nest and Catalyst AV are dedicated to providing professional integrators with the products and support necessary to execute their jobs with confidence,” said Gene LaNois, general manager, professional channel, Nest. “We are excited to work with Catalyst AV’s broad distribution networks to strengthen their offering and make Nest products more accessible to homeowners across the country.”

Catalyst AV is currently comprised of 11 privately-owned distribution companies:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
• CustomPlus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pmcav.co) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Extron Introduces New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Linear Launches Intelligent Three-Way Z-Wave Light Switch

Unlike most three-way switches that require a traveler wire, this smart switch can be installed just about anywhere there’s AC power

Carlsbad, CA – July 7, 2014 – Leading security and home automation, access control, and health and wellness manufacturer for residential and commercial markets, Linear LLC today announced the launch of its 3-way Z-Wave® smart switch, model WT00Z™. The new Z-Wave smart switch allows remote ON/OFF control and dimming of as many as five other Z-Wave controlled lights, and adds another intelligent control solution to Linear’s Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio. Linear, including its 2GIG® brand of products, is the largest user of Z-Wave chipsets in the world. Obituary

The Linear® WT00Z™ smart switch gives professional security and home automation installers an invaluable tool by offering a desirable home control lighting function that previously was either not possible or practical. Because the Linear 3-way smart switch does not directly control a load, it can serve as a virtual 3-way switch and be wired anywhere power is available, without the need for a traveler wire. When paired with a 2GIG® Go!Control® system, or other brand of home automation controller, the 3-way Z-Wave smart switch offers simple control of one, two or as many as five other lights, making it easy for consumers to quickly illuminate or extinguish lights with a simple flip of a nearby wall switch.

“This new 3-way Z-Wave switch is extremely important to our portfolio of connected devices. It solves a vexing problem for installers, while bolstering the capabilities and value of the Go!Control® automation panels they install. Controlling a light from two locations is a convenience most people have come to expect, but anyone who’s done electrical wiring knows it’s not always that simple,” said Duane Paulson, senior vice president of product and market development for Linear. “This new Z-Wave smart switch makes it easy. This is another example of our commitment to bring smarter products to market that add convenience, while enhancing the value of our 2GIG® home control platform, which continues to accelerate in popularity.”

Linear is also a principal member of the Z-Wave Alliance. “Z-Wave is at the heart of the world’s largest ecosystem of interoperable smart products, and it will continue to grow. Our partnership is stronger than ever and we remain committed to bringing innovative, intelligent Z-Wave control solutions to the residential and commercial markets,” continued Paulson.

Z-Wave® is an international wireless standard for intelligent, interoperable, low-power, RF mesh networking technology. This powerful smart chip and compact protocol enable two-way RF communications among Z-Wave enabled devices. Linear is now manufacturing, selling and distributing Z-Wave lighting control products that include: wall dimmers, wall switches, wall outlets, lamp modules, appliance modules, 3-way switches/dimmers, fixture modules, as well as international versions of the same products plus other Z-Wave enabled security and convenience devices. Linear also has the capability to utilize its extensive OEM experience to manufacture Z-Wave products for partner companies seeking their own intelligent lighting solutions.

For more information about the WT00Z™ 3-way Z-Wave smart switch, please visit www.linearcorp.com/threeway. For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587. Linear can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Linear LLC
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Linear LLC is an innovator in the health and wellness, security and access control markets. Since 1961, the company has designed and manufactured more than 2,500 products for residential and commercial use. Today, Linear is focused on wired and wireless technology serving the access control, security and connected business and home needs of its dealers, customers and OEM partners. The Go!Control® home management system and a growing range of Z-Wave automation, commercial entry and wellness products position Linear as a competitor in multiple growth industries for the long-term future.

Linear is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

Extron Announces First MediaLink Plus Controller Configured with GC Plus

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has 11 backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. more

Extron Introduces DTP Twisted Pair Extenders for DisplayPort

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP DP 230 and DTP DP 330, transmitter and receiver sets for transmission of DisplayPort, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals over a shielded CATx shielded twisted pair cable. The DTP DP 230 extends signals up to 230 feet (70 meters), while the DTP DP 330 extends signals up to 330 feet (100 meters). Both DTP DP models provide an effective means for incorporating higher resolution DisplayPort with embedded audio into Extron DTP Systems. They support computer-video to 2560×1600, 1080p/60 Deep Color, and 4K resolutions. The DTP DP 230 and DTP DP 330 also accept analog stereo audio signals for simultaneous transmission over the same shielded twisted pair cable. The compact enclosure size and remote power capability make the DTP DP models ideal for discreet placement in lecterns, beneath tables, behind flat-panel displays, or wherever needed to meet application requirements. more

Screen Innovations Creates New In-wall Screen Category

Austin, TX—June 2014—Screen Innovations (SI), the fastest growing technology-based screen manufacturer in the USA—and the undisputed world leader in ambient-light-rejection screen technology—has developed an exciting new in-wall installation option for its FlexGlass™ rear projection screen material.

FlexGlass™ In-wall is a revolutionary new option that integrates a screen into a wall for a flush fit and finish.

FlexGlass™ is the world’s first rollable glass projection screen with curve and custom capabilities ideal for commercial and retail installations. With FlexGlass™ In-wall, the screen is material inserted into a rigid frame at the job site, then mounted in a pre-cut opening. SI provides integrators with a template and step-by-step instructions to cut a precise opening in the wall.

FlexGlass™ Rear-Pro projection screen material is the most innovative breakthrough in rear projection screens in decades. For the first time, a screen has broken the physical barriers that limit all other rear projection screens. It does so by delivering unmatched edge-blend capability, zero hotspotting, almost infinitely variable viewing angle, and dark contrast because of its ability to reject ambient light.

FlexGlass™ is made from the same material as bulletproof glass, and is available in screens up to 9’ high and 99’ wide, allowing the best in flexibility, strength, and performance. It offers the benefits of the best rigid optical glass and panels, and, because it’s semi-rigid, FlexGlass™ can be used in curved configurations ideal for retail, in-window displays, exhibits, houses of worship, board rooms, corporate lobbies, and more. It can also be rolled in long, seamless sheets on 24” diameter cores, eliminating the logistical problems associated with moving rigid glass or Plexiglas sheets into and through buildings, elevators, and small doorways.

Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing: starting at $6,278.00 USD
Availability: June 1, 2014

Screen Innovations makes it easy to choose the right screen for each application, based on lighting, room size, seating distance, and more. Visit www.screeninnovations.com to check out the Screen Calculator, Screen Wizard, and Projector Wizard online tools.

About Screen Innovations
Based in Austin, Texas, Screen Innovations is a leading manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional, ambient-light-rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens that deliver an unparalleled video image in light or dark environments. Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience that rivals or surpasses traditional displays. Operating under the principle of “No matter the budget,” Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs.” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Visit www.screeninnovations.com or call 512-832-6939. Follow us on Facebook @screeninnovations and on Twitter @SIScreens.

Extron Now Shipping the Ultimate Presentation Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Extron DTP CrossPoint 84, the new go-to product for presentation systems. This highly versatile, compact presentation matrix switcher delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including a 4K matrix switcher, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP signal extension, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

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