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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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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES GQ SERIES™ LOUDSPEAKERS

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design GQ Series loudspeakers ****

Council Bluffs, IA – February 2014… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the new GQ Series loudspeakers. Encompassing five new models manufactured using MDF enclosures that are internally braced to ensure cabinet rigidity, the GQ Series loudspeakers are available in passive or active designs and are ideal for use by performing musicians and DJs as well as being an outstanding choice for event production, corporate AV, and education. more

MassAV Creates ‘Ultimate Production Snake’ by FiberPlex

It’s lights, cameras and a whole lot more action for massAV as a result of a new FiberPlex Technologies optical snake recently added to its linecard.

The live event AV staging and production company in Billerica, Massachusetts, purchased FiberPlex’s WDM optical multiplexer to create what massAV Director of Operations Aaron Raymond calls the ultimate production snake. “We build a lot of very high end video systems, and when you start adding multiple lines of HD video along with audio, data, lighting and control for an event, it really has to be fiber,” he said, adding, “We’d been limited in our use of fiber until now because it meant having to set up an optical transmitter and receiver on every single channel, and that got expensive.”

Now, with FiberPlex’s WDM-8 active wave division multiplexer, massAV can multiplex eight discrete signals at 3 Gb/s each for transporting video, audio, lighting and control feeds onto one fiber pair.

The FiberPlex WDM multiplexer comes in 16-channel and 8-channel models and are on a cost parity with copper and copper’s associated installation and handling expenses. As the cost of copper cabling continues to rise, companies like massAV are going the fiber optic route to transport large volumes of content. Optical fiber has ten times the transference rate of copper at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio.

“The FiberPlex multiplexer makes it so that we can run eight channels on the same fiber pair as opposed to dealing with the different types and sizes of copper cabling as well as the need to re-clock signals every couple hundred feet for longer runs,” explained Raymond.

As a result, massAV is able to replace 2,000 pounds of copper cabling with a 25-pound spool of fiber optics for large events, a savings that is realized by its corporate and other live event customers in reduced labor, setup time and transportation costs to truck in and set up copper cabling at events.

Multiplexing media and control signals onto one, 1/4-inch optical cable is also ideal for events that require running cables down hallways, across doorways or through public areas where bulky copper cabling is not practical, said Raymond.

massAV recently tried out the new multiplexer for a 1,500-person event with a main stage, two control areas, and 26 video projectors in the air – all tied together via the ultimate production snake consisting of little more than a spool of fiber optic cabling and a pair of WDM multiplexers. The setup involved multiple lines of data, video, audio, lighting control, intercom communications, and serial communications between equipment.

FiberPlex’s eight-channel WDM-8 and sixteen-channel WDM-16 multiplexers use interchangeable SFP/SFP+ modules for interfacing to a variety of gear and environments, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. massAV’s new multiplexer provides the flexibility now and into the immediate future as new media requirements change, noted Raymond.

FiberPlex recently took to the road to conduct a 25-city demo tour of its active wave division multiplexers as the ultimate production snake (check with a local FiberPlex representative for details). FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance
for Targeted Communications

Full 1080p HD Video Delivery for Digital Signage Networks

DSE, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA – February 12, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the SA1360 signage appliance player, providing full high definition (HD) 1080p video performance, delivering a quality digital signage experience.

The SA1360 features the powerful and energy-efficient Intel® Core™ i-series processor (i3 or i7) in a fanless, robust package, providing dual Full-HD video playback yet energy-efficient power consumption. The integrated Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional operating system offers a highly intuitive menu interface and enhanced flexibility to integrate with other applications.

With DVI and DisplayPort connectors for high-quality video and optimal display experience, the SA1360 powers displays with dynamic content while communicating with the server for updates. The SA1360 also offers up to 128GB of flash storage and up to 8GB of RAM, with TPM 1.2 support, and a PCI Express expansion port. With options for wireless networking, WebDT signage appliances offer flexibility in placement, and support growing digital signage networks.

The SA1360 is complimented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, URL, RSS, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a screen to be divided into up to eight areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video within a screen. This detailed management software allows quick updates over an IP network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.0 Pro now adds built-in Widgets, one-click publishing, an enhanced schedule interface, and more multiple-screen deployment tools.

The WebDT Signage System offers innovative digital signage hardware integrated with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered signage appliance players for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience while driving sales.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® operating systems, WebDT systems offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance

Extron Announces A New Era for Control

We are pleased to introduce Extron Pro Series Control Systems. Extron takes configurable control to a whole new level with advanced configuration software, exciting new touchpanels, more powerful processors, and a broad range of other tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. There are over 40 Pro Series control products; all designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful, and all backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and S3 customer support you trust. more

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF NEW CNK-IP SERIES INSERT PLATES FOR CABLE-NOOK JR™ INTERCONNECT UNITS

**** Photo: New CNK-IP Series Insert Plates ****

Brea, CA – February 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of three new insert plates for the company’s popular Cable-Nook Jr. interconnect boxes: the CNK-IP-111, the CNK-IP-112, and the CNK-IP-113. Designed for use with the Altinex CNK221 and CNK321 Cable-Nook Jr. interconnect boxes, the three new insert plates are manufactured from black anodized aluminum, are RoHS compliant, and provide connectivity for the most popular types of boardroom / meeting facility spaces—facilitating one’s choice of digital sound and picture (HDMI), analog video (VGA), and audio (3.5 mm to Terminal Block). more

Delvcam Introduces New Broadcast Multi-format 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – February 7, 2014 - Delvcam, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of cost effective professional LCD Production Monitors, today announced the availability of a new 3GHD/SD Multi-format Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor. The Delvcam DELV-2LCD7-3GHD brings 3G-HD broadcast quality & multi-format flexibility together in a low-cost rack mount video production monitor. With dual 7″ IPS screens, SD, HDMI, HD and 3G-SDI multi-format capability and tally interface, it’s the perfect professional video monitoring solution in the studio, live broadcast truck or fly-pack.Delvcam 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Rack Mount Video Monitor

“Providing a reliable and low-cost 3G-HD Dual 7-Inch LCD monitor with multi-format flexibility was our goal,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Delvcam. “The ultra slim design and broadcast quality of the DELV-2LCD7-3GHD delivers high end performance and at a very competitive price point.”

The Delvcam 3GHD/SD Dual 7-Inch Monitor is available and shipping now. To learn more about the DELV-2LCD7-3GHD and other Delvcam products visit www.delvcam.com.

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About Delvcam
Delvcam is a US based design and engineering firm that specializes in LCD rack mount and camera-top monitors for broadcast, multimedia, video and film professionals worldwide. Our design philosophy first and foremost is to talk to professionals in the studio and on location to determine their exact needs. We then hit the lab to come up with the best light weight, high resolution LCD’s loaded with multiple inputs and outputs at an affordable price.

Delvcam is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Extron Introduces the Ultimate Presentation Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP CrossPoint 84, the AV industry’s first fully featured, true 4K presentation matrix switcher. The highly versatile, compact 2U DTP CrossPoint 84 delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an 8×4 matrix switcher with 4K inputs and outputs, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, and comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry. 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

Christie Delivers the Intuitive Touch and Affordability in Commercial Grade Full HD Flat Panels

Christie® is debuting its new 65-inch flat panel digital display solutions at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 4-6. The affordably priced, LED edge-lit Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P have a thin profile – just 2.7-inches deep for the touch (T) and 2.1-inches deep for the non-touch (P) version – making for easy installation and complementing any setting with their elegant design. Both commercial-grade LCD flat panels have the reliability and image quality needed for meeting rooms, classrooms and digital signage in corporate spaces, museums, education facilities, houses of worship, theaters, and hospitality and retail environments where conveying the message with bright, brilliant images for long time periods without interruption is essential.

Featuring up to four simultaneous touches, the Christie FHD651-T has high-accuracy infrared touch technology with superior touchscreen performance in a fully integrated package.

“Whether it’s touch or non-touch LCD flat panels, Christie has what end users are looking for: high quality, durable and easy to integrate visual display solutions at a low cost of ownership, backed by Christie’s unbeatable customer service and technical support,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “With the Christie commercial-grade 65-inch flat panels, end users can count on professional AV performance with brilliant visuals and greater functionality all at an affordable price tag. They can relax in the knowledge that they have a display designed for long run times each day and years of use with the added assurance of a full commercial warranty. And with their small bezels and super slim profile, the sleek and elegant Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P easily and seamlessly fit any space, while meeting U.S. ADA requirements.”

Mountable in portrait or landscape mode, both flat panels have built-in speakers, offer a wide range of inputs to easily connect any source and support RS232 commands for ease of automation and control, while displaying up to 1.07 billion colors and 4000:1 contrast ratio for true-to-life images.

Both flat panels seamlessly combine with the Christie Brio multi-site presentation and collaboration solution. With long-lasting LED backlighting, the new flat panels are energy efficient and consume minimal power for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P Flat Panels Deliver:

− Up to four simultaneous touches for the Christie FHD651-T.
− Commercial-grade LCD with anti-glare coating.
− Landscape or portrait orientation.
− Wide range of inputs including DP, DVI, HDMI.
− Support for RS232 commands.
− Seamless integration with Christie Brio presentation and collaboration solution.
− Built-in 10W speakers.
− HD resolution, 360 nit brightness, 1.07 billion colors, 4000:1 contrast ratio.
− An aesthetically pleasing, small bezel and thin profile design, complementing existing architecture.
− Compliance with U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and barrier-free environment standards in other countries (installed depth of under four inches/100 mm).
− Energy-efficient, long lasting edge-lit LED backlighting.
− Less than 0.5W standby power consumption, meeting the most stringent regulations.

The new Christie FHD651-T and Christie FHD651-P ship in March with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Wirebox Media Adds Yamaha CL5 to Production and Rental Inventory

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Wirebox Media (Smyrna, Georgia) has added a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console to augment its existing Yamaha digital console line along with the NEXO systems already in inventory. “We selected the CL5 primarily because our operators are already familiar with the Yamaha interface, design, and software but we also take into account the renowned reliability and stability of the Yamaha digital platforms,” states Tim Harrigan, Owner, Wirebox Media.

In addition to the CL5, Wirebox added Rio3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes. “Integrated with the recommended Cisco switches, we have a redundant network with 500’ of fiber, says Harrigan. The Dante redundant fiber network was a key factor in the purchase. The system was flawless on its first outing for Ted Turner’s 75th birthday party hosted by Jay Leno. As a requirement, all equipment selected for the show was backed up with redundancy, from microphones to generators, which made the CL5 system the obvious choice.”

“The console surface is stellar, Harrigan notes, who was sound designer and mix engineer for the Turner event. The custom layers enabled me to work fast and layout the console exactly as I needed, which is key to event like this with so many elements involved.” Harrigan used the iPad interface to tweak the video mix; on the show network they had the video department 350’ feet down the hall in another ballroom. The second Rio (1608-D) was placed in the video room which supplied them multiple record feeds and playback inputs. The audio team had their own in-ear mixes on the CL5 Aux busses for communications with Harrigan that enabled them to also relocate with the video department to make necessary changes.

For more information on Wirebox Media, visit www.wireboxmedia.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Wirebox CL5 In Action At Ted Turner Bash

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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