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Atlona® Continues Participation in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ users maintain free access to Atlona® product detail for up-to-date specification in Audio, Video, and IT-based projects

CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 07, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that Atlona® has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Now, D-Tools SIX users will continue to enjoy immediate, free access to the entire database of Atlona’s residential and commercial distribution solutions. Via the D-Tools product database, D-Tools System Integrator™ users are better equipped to specify all Atlona products.

“Atlona is an industry-leading audio video signal distribution solutions provider and their products have historically been both highly sought-after and heavily utilized within the D-Tools platform,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We’re pleased to have them renew their participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, availing Atlona product specifications to D-Tools users worldwide for use in their electronic system designs, estimates, and proposals.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner 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 users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free of charge, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

“Atlona is once again excited to participate in the D-Tools MVP program,” says Ken Eagle, Director of Training and Technical Sales, Atlona. “D-Tools continues to help us support our dealers, enabling them to offer better solutions and design even the most complex applications for their clients.”

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Atlona products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

About Atlona®
Atlona® is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.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.

Media 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

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Now Available – The Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased announce the immediate availability of Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

Extron XTP Receiver with 90º HDMI Output for Installation Behind Wall-Mounted Displays Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is very pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP R HWP 201, a Decora®-style wallplate receiver for XTP Systems. It features a unique, Extron-exclusive design specifically to handle the space constraints behind wall-mounted displays. The HDMI output connector is oriented upward at a 90° angle, which minimizes stress on the cable and allows for a low-profile flat panel display installation. This HDCP-compliant receiver accepts XTP signals from up to 330 feet (100 meters) away over a single shielded CATx cable and outputs video, audio, control, and Ethernet to the display. It also provides HDMI audio de-embedding with analog stereo audio output and volume control. For simplified integration, the wallplate receiver can be remotely powered by the XTP CrossPoint matrix switcher. The XTP R HWP 201 is designed for use in XTP Systems to support long-distance signal transmission in wall-mount environments. more

West Coast Catalyst AV Distribution Network Member Custom Plus Distributing Announces Expansion in Northern California

Auburn, WA – April 16, 2014 – Custom Plus Distributing and manufacturers’ rep firm Oliver Marketing today announced the addition of a new distribution warehouse in San Jose, California. This is the second location for the sister companies in Northern California.

This announcement represents the fourth location for Custom Plus Distributing and Oliver Marketing, headquartered in Auburn, WA – with additional locations in Portland and Sacramento.

The new location will be led by San Jose resident Kevin Mitchel, who brings a strong background in custom home audio and video, including years as a Regional Sales Manager for Atlona Technologies.

“We’re excited about the appointment of Kevin Mitchel as Branch Manager,” said Mike Munger, General Manager for Custom Plus Distributing, adding “Kevin will be able to provide superior support to customers through his deep understanding of custom integration needs.”

The location will carry Nest, APC, EnGenius, Atlona, TiVo, IC Realtime, ClearView CCTV, Vivitek, ICE Cable, Perfect Path, Vanco, Rapid Racks and Mounts, Catalyst Wire & Cable, 2GIG, Sony, Russound, Klipsch, SpeakerCraft, URC and more.

The warehouse is merchandised for integrators to evaluate and select their items in a self-serve shopping environment. This allows them to see the breadth of product available to them, easily identify deals, and through quick product selection, move on to their jobs.

Bob Oliver, President and Owner of Custom Plus Distributing and Oliver Marketing, commented, “Silicon Valley is a hotbed of growth and we are committed to delivering the same superior products and levels of customer support that our company has become known for in the markets we serve.”

The new Custom Plus Distributing location is 751 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA 95131.

For more information visit http://www.customplusdistributing.com/sanjose.html or email info@customplusdistributing.com

About Custom Plus Distributing
Established in 1996, Custom Plus Distributing is a leading Distributor covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Northern California and Nevada territories. Custom Plus Distributing specializes in both car and home categories, providing audio, video, security, and networking products. CPD is also a founding member of Catalyst AV, a consortium of consumer electronics distributors, serving over 15,000 dealers nationwide. www.customplusdistributing.com

About Oliver Marketing Inc.
Oliver Marketing, Inc., a manufacturers’ representative firm, was founded in 1986, and represents major brands Sonos, Harman, Sony, Kenwood and Rockford Fosgate, among others.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-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

Rocky Mountain Region Catalyst AV Distribution Network Company HCA Distributing Grows Staff and Provides Details of Upcoming Vendor Expo

Denver, CO – April 10, 2014 – HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) – the Rocky Mountain region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network – has appointed several consumer electronics industry veterans to its sales force. The company is also gearing-up to host its annual Vendor Expo, held May 13 – 14, at its Denver headquarters.

Michael Thompson will serve as HCA Distributing sales manager for Utah, western Wyoming, western Montana and eastern Idaho markets. Thompson was formerly Rocky Mountain Sr. Account Manager for AVAD where he was responsible for New Business Development. Thompson is based in Murray, Utah. He can be reached at 385.414.2791 and via email at michael@hcadist.com.

Brett Olkowski will assume duties for HCA Distributing will call sales, product support, and outside sales for south Colorado. Previously Olkowski was a Premier Account Manager for Mountain West Distributing and also held positions at Denver Audio Designs, Soundings and Circuit City. Olkowski is located in the Denver-metro area and can be reached at HCA’s main phone number of 303.339.8969 and via email at brett@hcadist.com.

Van Coble was promoted to sales manager at HCA Distributing effective January 1, 2014. Previous to his hiring in February 2013, Coble was employed as a Residential Integrator at Arapahoe Distributing, and has extensive experience in Commercial Integration and Live Sound and Lighting with C & S Communications, Stormfront Productions, Atlantic Audio and the Blockbuster Pavilion – all in Charlotte, NC. Coble is located in the Denver-metro area and can be reached at HCA’s main number of 303.339.8969 and via email at van@hcadist.com.

Annual HCA Distributing Vendor Expo: HCA Distributing Principal Ron Perron invites all Rocky Mountain-area dealers to attend the company’s annual Vendor Expo taking place May 13th & 14th at their Denver location of 2650 W 2nd Avenue, #15. Event hours are 8 AM – 3 PM each day.

Approximately 30 vendors will be represented including TiVo, EnGenius, Atlona, Sanus, Chief, Middle Atlantic and Sonance, with additional vendors expected to be announced shortly. The Expo will consist of product presentations, mini-trainings and one-on-one time with HCA staff and vendors. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. For more information on the Expo, contact HCA Distributing at 303.339.8969 (or toll-free at 877.532.3027) or via email at info@hcadist.com.

About Catalyst AV: Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-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

D-Tools Furthers Standardization, Fully Integrates Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into System Integrator™ Software Platform

J-STD-710 Industry Standard Architectural Drawing Symbols are used to represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Builders, Interior Designers, and other Professional trades

D-Tools System Integrator system design and proposal platform now features industry standard shapes for more seamless integration and better communication of project parameters with associated trades.

CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 09, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced full integration of Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform. Straightforward and easily-recognized, J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Interior Designers, CE Manufacturers, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades.

“By implementing industry standard J-STD-710 Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ platform, electronic systems integrators are provided an effective means for producing professional-looking, easily recognized proposals and design documentation that allows them to compete at a higher level and win more bids,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Not only does standardization provide extensive value to every entity involved in a given installation, it will soon be a service that systems integrators will be required to provide. Essentially, we’re giving integrators a leg-up on their competition by encouraging the early adoption of industry standardized.”

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, J-STD-710 implementation consists of nine categories of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol–that D-Tools has converted into nine separate Microsoft® Visio stencils. The categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Electronic Safety and Security, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new D-Tools J-STD-710 stencils are available now for download and use by authorized System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing the J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, electronic systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners across different trades. Not only does this new standard provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

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.

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
 
Accompanying Images:
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools Screen Shot of J-STD-710 Industry Standard Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.d-toolsblog.com/presidents-perspective/jstd710-symbols/

References:
The official J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/InfoComm R10WG7 Residential Systems Documentation Working Group who produced a joint White Paper post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/36035.htm
http://www.cedia.net/insights/cedia-blog-detail/blog/2013/12/09/method-to-the-madness-the-future-of-design-documents
https://standards.ce.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=2

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SunBriteTV Introduces Outdoor Wireless HD To Backyards Nationwide

THOUSAND OAKS, California— SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, has broken the wireless HD barrier with a universal outdoor transmitter module for both residential and commercial applications.

Completely weatherproof and wireless, the SunBriteTV Wireless HD Transceiver (SB-HDWT) is capable of transmitting full 1080p HD content to any SunBriteTV within range of 150 feet via an HDMI-in and HDMI-out transceiver. The peripheral device is compatible with all SunBriteTV models as well as other HDMI-featured products.

“Consumers have anxiety regarding wiring and connectivity,” said Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “The Wireless HD Transceiver makes it easy and painless for both homeowners and professional installers to send a high-definition signal to an outdoor TV—anywhere in the backyard living space.”

“In some instances, running hard wiring can be difficult, time consuming, and costly to the homeowner. Custom integrators now have a simple, cost-effective solution to address problem installations,” said Dixon. “In that sense, this product will make outdoor TV even more accessible to thousands of homeowners.”

The SB-HDWT carries an MSRP of $595 and is available through SunBriteTV’s Authorized Dealer Network or online at www.sunbritetv.com.

Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. All models function flawlessly in temperatures spanning -24 to 122°F and feature ruggedized exteriors that can handle any climate. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

ICE Cable Systems Receives HDBaseT Certification on Cat5e and Cat6 Products

The certification propels the brand towards a leadership position in the CEDIA channel and further cements its value proposition of high-performance yet cost-effective structured wiring solutions

Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems today announced that its Cat5e and Cat6 cables have received HDBaseT certification. This means the products perform to specs as defined by the HDBaseT Alliance.

According to ICE Cable President Brian Rizzo, the certification serves to propel the company towards a leadership position of HDBaseT Cat 5e/6 cable solutions in the CEDIA channel. It also further cements the brand’s value proposition of delivering high-performance yet cost-effective solutions.

HDBaseT
HDBaseT is a connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

”With HDBaseT, installers are running video, audio, ethernet, control and power all on one cable, all of which requires equipment “handshakes” on each end. We want to help installers do it right the first time so they can move onto other areas of the job,” says Rizzo. “ICE Cable has spared no expense in the making of our product, from the quality and quantity of copper and compounds we use, to our tangle-free dispensers,” says Rizzo.

ICE Cable HDBaseT Products Feature Set
ICE Cable Systems’ HDBaseT-certified Cat5e and Cat6 cables are sold in bulk cartons of 1,000 feet/ 305 meters. For installation convenience the cartons incorporate REELEX II® payout technology which delivers tangle-free pulls and according to Rizzo also contributes to signal performance. The wire is also UL listed, ETL verified and RoHS compliant.

Where to Purchase ICE Cable
ICE Cable Systems has more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy or by calling ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

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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