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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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Extron Now Shipping Two Channel Balanced and Unbalanced Audio Converter with Precision Input Signal Matching

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the BUC 202, a two channel balanced and unbalanced audio converter, and audio line driver. It features two balanced or unbalanced inputs and outputs, both on captive screw connectors. The BUC 202 provides two independent channels of signal matching between unbalanced and balanced audio equipment. Two rotary switches provide precise trim adjustment from -21 to +21 dB in clearly-labeled 3 dB steps. In addition to serving as an interface from consumer products to professional AV systems, the BUC 202 is a high-quality line driver for sending and receiving audio signals up to 1,000 feet (300 m). The unique 1U, quarter rack width enclosure, together with the included patented ZipClip 200 mounting bracket, offers the versatility to install the BUC 202 in a discreet location, such as on a rack rail, beneath a table, or within a lectern. more

RF Venue Releases RF Explorer® RackPRO™

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS: Boston-based wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Explorer® RackPRO™ a unique hardware/software spectrum analysis platform designed to manage and monitor any size wireless audio system from a USB-connected laptop or directly onboard a wireless equipment rack. The RackPRO is the first easy-to-use, affordable RF spectrum analyzer in a standard 1-RU housing with included RF coordination, monitoring, and management software all available from RF Venue.

“The ability to visualize, monitor and manage RF has never been more critical as the wireless spectrum becomes a more hostile and unpredictable place for wireless mics and IEMs,” says RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. “To date this capability has been limited to expensive test equipment and the expertise of trained RF system coordinators. We are thrilled to finally bring this capability to the broader wireless audio market in a system tailored for live production and installed sound.”

The RackPRO can provide a quick assessment of RF activity in standalone mode via an onboard LCD screen and front panel hardware controls, or connected via USB to a Windows or Mac computer for expanded functionality. With the included Clear Waves software, users can see spectrum activity in their venue, calculate sets of intermodulation distortion-free frequencies, and export it all to PDF report files or to compatible Shure® Wireless Workbench® and Professional Wireless Systems® IAS file formats. Individual transmitter frequencies can also be labeled and monitored to catch dropouts or interference before they ruin a performance.

“Clear Waves strikes the right balance between ease-of-use and powerful functionality for Windows users. We will also soon be releasing a RackPRO compatible native application for Mac OSX,” continues Regan. “For our dealers and customers routinely frustrated by the unpredictable nature of wireless audio systems, the RackPRO will provide greater reliability and long overdue peace of mind.”

The RF Explorer RackPRO is now shipping and is priced at $849 MAP. For ordering information or to join the fast growing community of RF Venue dealers, visit www.RFVenue.com or call 1-800-795-0817.

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events.
www.rfvenue.com
Contact RF Venue at 800-795-0817 or email orders@RFvenue.com for further details.

HARMAN’s JBL and Crown Elevate the Live Music Experience At Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Not your average music venue, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row serves up American gastropub food, drinks and live music, with some twists – table taps that allow guests to pour their own refreshments, giant video screens everywhere, and a live music stage equipped with HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers – which are elevated above the tables and crowd. It offers an alt-country environment with a punk-rock heart and a dance club pulse, courtesy of national and local artists and DJs.

Management company Riot Hospitality Group turned to a name that’s familiar to anyone in the music industry but perhaps not so well-known as a pro sound systems integrator: Sam Ash Music. “I’ve had a longstanding relationship with Riot Hospitality Group and we’ve designed and built and retrofitted other systems for them before,” said Jason Goldin, general manager of the Glendale, Arizona Sam Ash. “They were new to the live music space but knew it was a field that we have been involved in for decades. There’s nothing music-related that we can’t do.” Goldin collaborated with Arizona HARMAN Professional manufacturers’ representative, HP Marketing Company’s Andy Connors for additional design input.

Whiskey Row’s owners asked Goldin to help design a streamlined club/live sound rig that could integrate into the venue’s video-rich environment – and accommodate the unusual sonic requirements of the elevated stage, suspended above the bar. Whiskey Row’s all-HARMAN Professional audio system features six JBL STX835 loudspeakers, four STX828 subwoofers and six JBL PRX612M stage monitors. The loudspeakers for the stage above the bar – including the stage monitors – are suspended from the ceiling, and the loudspeakers for the main stage are hung from the bottom of the stage itself. In addition, two JBL PRX415 loudspeakers serve the outdoor patio.

The loudspeakers are powered by a combination of three Crown Macro Tech 12000i, two Macro Tech 5000i and an XTi 2 Series 4002 amplifier. “They have a lot of ‘intelligent’ features to help in system management, are loud and have that presence that the classic MA Series and other Crown amps have always had,” Goldin noted.

A Soundcraft Si Expression 2 24-channel digital console with Compact Stagebox and MADI digital snake, controlled wirelessly through Soundcraft’s ViSi iPad app, handle the live sound mix. A dbx ZonePro 1260 12 x 6 digital zone processor handles the audio signal processing and distributed audio to additional speakers throughout the club.

Choosing the loudspeakers was a tough call. Riot Hospitality Group wanted loudspeakers with plenty of presence that could pump out a lot of SPL for dance music, but also had excellent clarity for live music vocals – and could accommodate the unusual layouts and acoustic challenges of the elevated stages. “Because the one stage is literally flying above the bar in the middle of the room there was no conventional way of hanging the system that made sense,” Goldin pointed out. He decided to configure the loudspeakers as three stereo systems working together to create the desired coverage. “It turned out to be a perfect choice. The system is loud, and sounds clear and articulate from anywhere in the room.” He also commented, “clubs like this can beat the snot out of the gear. They play the system really loud, all night long, and it has been completely reliable.”

For Goldin, the HARMAN Professional gear performs “exactly as advertised,” even though he designed the system based on a combination of available specs and recommendations from Connors and HP Marketing, as well as personal experience with the products. “Whiskey Row is packing the patrons in every night, and Riot Hospitality was so pleased we’ve immediately started working with them for a sister concept in two other locations.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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

HARMAN’s Martin Professional MAC Quantum Wash™ LED Fixture Makes World Debut at Russia’s Arena Moscow Club

MOSCOW, Russia — Russia’s Arena Moscow Club recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Russian Internet—and the first registered domain name—with an extravagant concert event featuring an array of famous musical groups and musicians, such as Lyapis Troubetzkoy, Vasya Oblomov, Smyslovye Galljucinacii, Bravo, and Samsara. The event also marked the first official live performance of HARMAN Martin Professional’s MAC Quantum Wash LED fixtures in the world. Russian rental company Laser-Kinetics provided the lighting system.

The lighting design featured 37 MAC Quantum Wash lights that were placed on the web of trusses to provide the main wash effect with wide, powerful and bright beams, and to create decorative effects throughout the show. Twelve of Martin’s MAC Viper Profiles were also hung on the background and worked in tandem with 20 Martin MAC 700 fixtures that were placed on the top trusses to add flashes of energy to the concert and create bright mid-air effects. Additionally, the lighting designer installed 12 MAC 301 Wash lights on the side trusses above the dance floor for backlight and deployed 16 Atomic 3000 DMX strobe lights.

The Moscow Arena has a quiet ascetic design with no screens, scenery or any construction. Specialists from Laser-Kinetics, together with Lighting Designer Alexander Bel’kov and the production company, Art Koleso, decided to make lighting design the focus for this event. The creative design concept was based on the traditional Internet symbol – the web. Highlighted truss structures were placed in the corresponding geometrical order and a set of Martin lighting fixtures created an additional bright entourage with the new LED moving heads of the MAC Quantum Wash.

“We were in an extreme need of a powerful LED wash fixture,” said Alex Leonov, CTO Laser-Kinetics. “At the same time, we didn’t want to invest in another brand’s equipment. We are very loyal to Martin products as they proved to be reliable and efficient in rental business.”

The MAC Quantum Wash features tight beams, beautiful wash fields, a market-leading color palette, and uniform mixing that combines to accommodate the most demanding applications offering brightness and perfection. By combining an impressive 750-watts of RGBW LED power with Martin’s market leading optical system, the MAC Quantum Wash’s 1:6 zoom is guaranteed to operate with maximum output and ensure superior performance.

“MAC Quantum Wash fully meets our expectations,” stated Leonov. “We have received a powerful LED wash light, the one that we expected. Martin even added an ability to create decorative effects, and in fact, now we have a ‘2-in-1’ fixture. Evidently, it’s a time for a new generation of moving heads and MAC Quantum is a bright representative of this generation.”

“We just used the fixtures for the first time, so we don’t know all their features yet but we are going to experiment! The first impression is definitely positive! Now we can say that the MAC Quantum Wash has a brilliant color palette and ability to create beautiful effects due to the rotation of the lens.”

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Dayton Dragons Hit Another Home Run with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Consoles

DAYTON, Ohio – Mandalay Baseball, the parent company of the legendary Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball team, contracted integrator Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group to completely renovate the video control and broadcast room at their Fifth Third Field Ballpark. The new setup now comprises two HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 consoles, significantly expanding the digital capabilities of the broadcast and production team.

Commenting on the project Darren Whitten, Account Executive with Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment, said, “We are honored that Mandalay Baseball chose us to provide the integration services for their new control room. Even though they’ve never had problems filling seats at Fifth Third Field, the new control room will definitely enhance the game day experience for their fans.”

The ballpark holds the record for consecutive sold-out games, which include all American professional sports teams. As a multi-use facility with seating for 7,800, it is used for baseball and various specialty events as well. Thus, the new digital system is fine-tuned to be flexible and expandable: the Si Expression 3 was installed in the production control room, feeding live signals to the audience, while the console in the broadcast room is responsible for broadcasting 25 games every season to local CBS affiliate networks.

“We wanted to move away from complex analog structures, and decided that the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 was the best choice,” said Scott Rohrer, Creative Technologist for Mandalay Baseball. “When compared with a Yamaha LS9 console, the Si Expression blew it out of the water, in terms of digital options and what we could do with it. From my experience with the Si Compact line and this console, Soundcraft has earned a well-deserved reputation.”

Given the limited size of the booths where the operations take place, the Si Expression 3 consoles fit the bill by providing great power in a reasonable form. Also, both consoles are configured with a Soundcraft Dante™ option card, which adds huge expandability and provides a 64 x 64ch interface to any Dante-compatible device from HARMAN or other third-party manufacturer.

“The new consoles allowed us to play around with many digital options; MADI links, and the functionality of the Dante card was a big advantage,” according to Rohrer. “Having 10 games under our belts so far with the Si Expression, the digital flexibility has been simply amazing. Our system now has a much more simplified integration of networks and gear than before, without compromising the audio quality.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

CRAS Sets Broadcast Audio Students on the Right Track with HARMAN Studer Vista Consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Studio Monitors

GILBERT, Arizona – Located in the Arizona desert, the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is an oasis for aspiring audio professionals. Established in 1980, CRAS offers a comprehensive educational program designed to prepare students for the fast-paced, challenging world of audio recording and sound engineering. Recently, CRAS expanded its Master Recording Program to include a Broadcast Audio segment, and outfitted its facilities with world-class HARMAN equipment that includes Studer Vista digital consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Series studio monitors.

The Broadcast Audio segment focuses on the opportunities and workflows and technologies that are specific to live television broadcast. Students will work out of the CRAS Broadcast audio production room as well as the CRAS mobile production trailer and work hands-on with the Studer broadcast audio mixing consoles. “Our program has always required students to study onsite for 30 weeks and then go on a mandatory internship, but we expanded that to six more weeks in our program and that includes the new Broadcast Audio phase,” said Robert Brock, Digital Department Director at CRAS. “We want our students to understand the requirements of working in broadcast production—being able to focus while working under a director and handling the pressure that comes with live broadcast.”

Brock noted a need at the educational level to raise awareness of opportunities in the broadcast industry. “The problem is a lot of people haven’t had the exposure to audio for broadcast, so there’s kind of a feeling within the broadcast industry that there isn’t a passion for audio,” Brock said. “We want to make our students aware of the numerous opportunities that exist for audio engineers in broadcast.”

While in the development stages of the Broadcast Audio segment, CRAS found an ideal partner in Studer. “We never want to do anything halfway when it comes to technology, because we want to serve the students but also want to show the industry how committed we are. A lot of manufacturers offer educational discounts and that’s fine, but we really wanted an educational partner and something that was mutually beneficial to the manufacturer and to our students. And this is where Studer really stepped up, they really understood that we wanted a partner that had some vision of their own.”

This vision led to the creation of StuderBroadcastAcademy.com, developed in partnership between Studer and CRAS. The training program is available to professional engineers but also provides the basis of the curriculum at CRAS. Students can operate a Vista 9 console in the audio production room, a Vista 5 in the mobile broadcast unit, or get training online at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com using the Studer Virtual Vista software.

“When you sit behind the Vista 9 or the 5, the user interface with Vistonics™ displays makes it really intuitive once you have it set up and configured,” Brock added. “It’s very easy to take a student who knows very little about consoles and explain just a few things and they can navigate the system, which isn’t true of all consoles out there.”

In addition, CRAS outfitted its studios with two 5.1 surround sound systems consisting of JBL LSR6325 studio monitors with LSR6312S studio monitor subwoofers. “I was at JBL’s headquarters in Northridge, California and [JBL Professional’s Senior Manager, Recording & Broadcast] Peter Chaikin showed us the LSR6325 monitors and we really liked them,” Brock noted. “They were the right form factor and sound really great. What I really like is as a system when coupled with the sub, they sound better than anything else out there. As a singular system, it jibes together really well.”

CRAS worked closely with veteran audio engineer Fred Aldous and other professionals to help CRAS devise the approach of the Broadcast Audio segment. “Fred has been working with our instructors once a week to get them up to speed on everything, and in the meantime we’ve reached out to NASCAR, the NFL and other organizations to get connected with some A1 engineers in the field. We’re really trying to connect closely with the industry,” Brock said.

For more information on CRAS, please visit www.audiorecordingschool.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Extron Now Shipping Pro Series Control Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of many exciting Pro Series control systems products, including TouchLink Pro touchpanels, IP Link Pro control processors, Global Configurator Professional, LinkLicense, and several Pro Series accessories. Extron Pro Series takes configurable control to a whole new level with a broad range of tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. In addition to more processing power, greater security, and enhanced overall performance, all Pro Series control systems are designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful. As always, these new Pro Series products are backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and award-winning S3 customer support. more

D-Tools Adds Planar and Runco to Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program, Providing Integrators with Detailed Product Specifications for Lauded Commercial and Residential Video Solutions

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ software users now have the entire catalog of Planar and Runco products at their fingertips, giving them the tools they need to specify and integrate some of the most sought-after video products available.

 
CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 30, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Planar and Runco, maker of high-end, high-quality video solutions for both the commercial and residential markets, has joined its D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Planar and Runco join the ranks of 150+ other MVP program vendors, in what is now one of the largest and most complete software-based product databases available for the electronics system integrator.

With the addition of Planar and Runco to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools Global System Integrator™ for electronic system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on Planar and Runco’s entire product offering. This includes dozens of projectors, displays, video processors, players, video walls, large-format displays, and monitors. Now, integrators and systems designers can access and specify the most current available specification information on some of the most venerable video products on the market.

“For both the commercial and residential markets, Planar and Runco are among the most respected names in video,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “By adding them to our ever-growing roster of MVP vendor partners, we dramatically boost the number of available video product options that our community of users can access with a simple keystroke.”

Whether it is a sophisticated commercial video wall with all the associated video processing, or a high-performance home theater, Planar and Runco rounds out the D-Tools MVP program’s already robust video product offerings and gives integrators the tools they need to specify cutting-edge systems with ease.

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, along with current data 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 their products. It is also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer service.

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Planar and Runco 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. Once launched, customers already on D-Tools’ Software Assurance plan will receive a discounted monthly subscription rate of $12.00 per user/device.

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, by calling (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About Planar and Runco
Founded in 1983, Planar and Runco represents the very best in both commercial and residential video products. Planar is the global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest performance. Runco, which Planar acquired in 2007, has been the leader in the custom home theater industry that is committed to research and development in cultivating the finest products and services in home theater video displays. For more information, visit planar.com and runco.com.
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

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Planar and Runco logos

 

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