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D-Tools Workflow-Enhancing Native iOS Mobile Quote App Now Available

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

CONCORD, CA, USA  MAY 27, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in electronic system integration software, announced today that the new D-Tools Mobile Quote app—an iOS-based companion app for its flagship software, SIX 2013—is now available for D-Tools users worldwide. This mobile extension of SIX 2013 provides mobile project quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential Audio, Video, and Security systems 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 timely product updates and enhancements, this new D-Tools Mobile Quote app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools SIX 2013 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 system integrators to access and integrate product category, sub-category and package information and price range from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the Mobile Quote 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 the full SIX 2013 software application for additional design work and synchronization.

A highly efficient productivity solution, the Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, extending them to the mobile environment where customer interaction often takes place. Enabling the specification of locations and systems provides integrators the ability to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing is automatically calculated, and customers are provided an accurate proposal that in many cases can be signed off for approval on the spot.

By using D-Tools mobile quoting software, integrators give their customers a professional and impressive solution that illustrates both their commitment to the latest in cutting-edge technology and respect for their clients’ time by offering fast bids on-site. An integrator’s customer no longer has to wait anxiously until the integrator gets back to the office and spends hours pounding out a quote. Solutions are quick, easy, and professional, allowing the integrator to get started on their project right away. Available to D-Tools customers via the Apple App Store, the Mobile Quote app will carry a monthly subscription fee of $25.00 per user/device.

“We’re pleased to make the D-Tools Mobile Quote app available to our global user community,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Providing our users the ability to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for our platform, and the Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures D-Tools continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding electronic systems integration customer base. The Mobile Quote app release is the first release of our mobile capabilities roadmap to significantly enhance and complete our project workflow. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, this new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which ultimately provides our customers a clear path for sustained growth.” 

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.

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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 platforms. 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 ormvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com

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

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More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33

Ahead of its general product release, expected before the end of June, CAST Software announces the distribution of the beta version of wysiwyg R33 design and previsualization software suite – the second instalment in the graphics upgrade — with three of its new and significant features, many of which were evaluated and requested by CAST Software’s partner base.

LED Video Walls / Screen Virtual Point Light
As content changes on screens such as LED video wall displays, they emit a light ‘glow’ into the surrounding environment. wysiwyg perfectly replicates this effect so lighting designers will be able to produce the most accurate previsualization and deliver stunning designs for their clients.

Shaded View Profiles
Promising greater workflow efficiency, Enhanced Shaded View Profiles allows users to save a combination of lighting settings under a profile for future use.

200 Lighting Universes
Saving perhaps the best new feature of R33 to last, CAST Software has doubled the number of universes giving wysiwyg users access to 200 universes. This translates to 102,400 DMX lighting channels, ensuring that no project is too big for wysiwyg.

But what does an industry professional see when looking at wysiwyg for the first time? Really virtually real super rich graphics driven by the ultimate software application that is so comprehensive that it deals with all aspects of lighting, including those things, which affect lighting like moving props, LED video walls, and reflective surfaces. wysiwyg lets them design and pre-cue, and then previsualize, run a sequence or take screen shots to test or share, ultimately delivering a design that can be faithfully replicated for real.

One lighting designer working with the beta version is Emiliano Morgia who said: “On seeing the beta version of wysiwyg R33, my first impression was ‘Wow’. In our lighting design projects we are often working to very tight deadlines so the Shaded View feature will ensure that we’re even more efficient. Additionally R33 packs some punch in creating realistic previsualizations for clients, especially those who are increasingly requiring LED video wall displays.”

“R33 represents a huge leap forward in functionality and the next instalment of the on-going graphics upgrade. The speed enhancement, file handling and navigation improvements are a result of the direct feedback from our professional customer base. R33 continues to unleash creative lighting for today’s needs and exemplifies what we are prone to say around CAST: it just keeps getting better!” explained Bruce Freeman, Chairman at CAST Group.

Meanwhile, over 100 beta testers, representing a cross-section of lighting professionals, are busy putting R33 through its paces and will be communicating their findings to CAST over the next weeks.

A full set of R33 features will be announced when the general release version of wysiwyg R33 becomes available, likely before the end of June.

R33 Beta LED Video Wall Glow Video: http://youtu.be/rQaoazMZ7dI

Twitter & Facebook: @CASTsoftware

CAST Forum: http://forum.cast-soft.com

www.cast-soft.com/blog

TDC provides core video expertise for largest-ever light festival Vivid Sydney

Aquatique Show International, Vivid Aquatique, Darling Harbour, Photography by Rodney Campbell.

TDC – The Technical Direction Company is proud to be deploying the full range of its professional and technical expertise in providing core technology and services to Destination NSW for the sixth annual Vivid Sydney festival running from 23 May to 9 June.

Anthony Bastic, Vivid Light Festival Director said: “Vivid Sydney is a unique celebration of light, music and ideas that will see the centre of New South Wales’ vibrant capital transformed by a series of state-of-the-art visual and creative art installations. There are two components to Vivid Light. The first is the Light Walk, which is the public interface of Vivid Sydney. This includes numerous light installations by artists. Secondly, also forming part of the Light Walk, are projections onto some of Sydney’s most iconic buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. We are thrilled to work with TDC in bringing the artists’ vision to light.”

“This is our third year of working with Destination NSW on Vivid Sydney, providing a huge range of technologies including 3D media servers, 3D mapping, video projection equipment, projection tower infrastructure and sound installations, not to mention our highly skilled crews to manage the technology,” comments Kain Jones, Special Projects Manager at TDC. “We have used our experience of working on Vivid Sydney for the last three years to apply the insights with have learned to how to adapt and continue to make sure that the elements TDC is involved in are amazing.

“As Vivid Sydney grows, new buildings and locations are added, so initially we spend considerable time analysing which technology is best-aligned to meet the artists’ vision. We get involved from the outset in installation design, mapping the buildings to enable the designers to create content specific to the outline of those buildings. We then work on optimal locations for projector placement, media server selection, lens selection and the number of projectors required to meet specific brightness (lux) output for each installation.”

“Vivid Sydney is a great challenge for our company, the scale of this event is enormous in regard to projection technology required to bring it all together,” comments Michael Hassett, TDC’s Managing Director. “This year over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors. This is a projection technology feat and not something that any company globally could pull together easily. We’re proud to be working with the great team at that Destination NSW again this year, and we look forward to the continued success of Vivid Sydney.”

• Over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors. Photography Rodney Campbell.

The TDC team preparing for Vivid Sydney. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

TDC getting ready for Vivid Sydney. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

And the last word goes to Olin Winton, Technical Manager at TDC who says: “It’s always a joy to work on large format projection projects and Vivid Sydney is no exception. The opportunity to display images on iconic buildings takes months of planning and long nights of alignment. This year we have added several new projects to our list, which we are extremely pleased with. Seeing it all come together, working with world class technicians and seeing the end result of people interacting with the buildings is extremely rewarding.”

World firsts from TDC

This year’s Vivid Sydney programme includes a number of significant technological and creative firsts.

Dichroic Dimensions

Digital Shamans, Dichroic Dimensions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Mordant Wing). Photography by Rodney Campbell.

Kain Jones points to one aspect of a unique interactive installation at the new building of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), where artist-in-residence Ross Manning has collaborated with multidisciplinary artistic collective, The Digital Shamans to give visitors the chance to projection-map the façade of the building using only their voice.

“There’ll be two microphones on a slightly raised platform. As the audience uses their voice to interact with the installation, various hidden layers of visuals and soundscapes will be revealed based on pitch,” explains Michael K Chin at The Digital Shamans. “TDC are an amazing company with the technical know how and equipment to cope with the subtleties in our work. Especially with the HD video taken of dichroic filters producing subtle gradients in tones and colour shifts, strong contrast and vivid colour. It’s been a pleasure working with TDC for the first time. They are very professional and their experience with past Vivid Sydney festivals has been invaluable.”

Gamma World

Jess Johnson & Spinifex, Gamma World, Original Façade, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

Bringing together the worlds of live performance, interaction and visual art onto the original façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Gamma World’ combines isometric designs, old school gaming, pop up 3D books and forced perspective using 3D and animation tricks that powerfully takes the viewers on a journey through changing worlds.

Stella Carmody, Producer at Spinifex Group Sydney says: “What makes this projection so special this year is that we were able to combine our love of story-telling with the wonderfully inspiring artwork of Jess Johnson to create an abstract, engaging and playful piece of moving art on this iconic building. Hardware and projection mapping was undertaken by our good friends, large-scale projection experts, TDC.”

Urban Tree Project

Urban Tree Project, Ample Projects – MLC Centre, Martin Place. Photography by Rodney Campbell.

If you ever find yourself wondering what grew in the CBD before monuments of glass and steel, Urban Tree Project in Vivid Sydney 2014 will show you. The CTA building in Martin Place will grow out of the ground to become a magnificent living tree within the surrounding urban environment to celebrate and reflect on Sydney’s original green landscape. Design and animation company, Ample Projects turned to TDC to provide the projection solution.

“This project had unique technical challenges, so the natural choice for us was TDC. Ample designed a complex 3D mapping solution in collaboration with the TDC team. They were highly professional, providing projection design solutions for a cylindrical architecture screen with extreme focal planes. We look forward to working with them again soon,” says Ample Creative Director, Nicholas Tory.

“The shape of the structure was great to work on. We decided that the best solution was to map the projection to the curves of the building using Coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers,” comments Pete Lynn, TDC’s Media Server Specialist. “We’re very happy with the results.”

The projections for the Urban Tree Project are synchronised with a stunning laser lighting show as is the case with TDC’s projections for the Vivid Aquatique Water Theatre installation.

Spirit of Patyegarang

•	Patyegarang, Bangarra Dance Theatre Company – Vivid Light Walk Tour, Harbour Bridge Southern Pylon. Photography Greg Barrett.

Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading Indigenous performing arts organisation celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone the company presents its new production at the Sydney Opera House Patyegarang until 5 July and participates for the first time in Vivid Sydney with The spirit of Patyegarang. Projected onto the southern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The spirit of Patyegarang is a video installation marking the first Indigenous contribution to the Vivid Light Walk.

Bangarra’s Executive Director, Philipe Magid, said: “TDC is providing equipment and video expertise enabling our company to project a stunning work of art on to a section of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Through a fusion of dance movements and music soundscape and thanks to video projections supported by TDC, the important story of Patyegarang will awake and inspire with the sensations and emotions of ‘first contact’”.

Play Me

Play Me, Customs House, Photography by Rodney Campbell.

In a poetic explosion of colour, light and sound, ‘Play Me’ will transform the façade of Customs House into a series of massive ‘musical sculptures’ that are individually selected and manipulated by the audience.

“Each of these ‘sculptures’ depicts a family of musical instruments which the audience can ‘play’ in real-time using a touch screen located on a platform in front of Customs House bringing it to life in glorious torrents of ever-changing colour, light form and sound,” says Sergio Carrubba, director and projection designer at Danny Rose, the design team for this project. “We’ve worked with TDC before on the ‘Move Your Building’ exhibit at Vivid Sydney 2013. In all cases, TDC offers exceptional support during planning phases, onsite technical support and the very best in projection equipment to assist with our designs which will all be brought to life at Vivid Sydney.”

Ignatius Jones, Creative Director, Vivid Sydney, comments: “Vivid Sydney is a strange beast: on the one hand it is a major government initiative designed to drive visitation and tourist expenditure during the year’s lowest season, and on the other a celebration of the fusion of Art and Technology that is changing our world forever and for the better. As Creative Director I must split my focus between the exacting contractual and economic demands of government, and the necessity to provide cutting-edge technical solutions to all the issues of larges-scale – or should I say vast-scale – public entertainment.

“TDC has an instinctive and comprehensive understanding of these issues. They are the perfect collaborators: calm, creative and totally competent. I would have no qualms in recommending them to anyone in the tough world of live mass entertainment, and hope to be working with them for a long time to come.”


TDC staff working on this project:

Kain Jones – Special Project Manager
Olin Winton – Technical Manager
Steve Cain – Head Technician/Media Server Specialist
Pete Lynn – 3D Media Server Specialist
Drew Ferors – Projectionist
Gareth Marsh – Projectionist
Katrina Harding – Projectionist
Isaac McKenzie – Projectionist
Adam Fiddler – Technician

TDC are working with following designers for Vivid Sydney:
• Urban Tree Project, Ample Projects – MLC Centre, Martin Place http://www.vividsydney.com/events/urban-tree-project
• Aquatique Show International – Vivid Aquatique, Darling Harbour, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/vivid-aquatique
• Patyegarang, Bangarra Dance Theatre Company – Vivid Light Walk Tour, Harbour Bridge Southern Pylon, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/the-spirit-of-patyegarang
• Starry Night, Brad Miller – Pier 8, Walsh Bay Wharf, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/starrynight
• Digital Shamans – Dichroic Dimensions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Mordant Wing), http://www.vividsydney.com/events/dichroic-dimensions
• Danny Rose – Play Me, Customs House, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/play-me
• Heinz Kasper – Mystery of Creation (Fragments of The Seasons), Cadman’s College, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/mystery-of-creation-fragments-of-the-seasons
• Jess Johnson & Spinifex – Gamma World, Original Façade, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, http://www.vividsydney.com/events/gamma-world-mca-original-facade

TDC equipment supplied:

• Over 50 Barco projectors will be deployed in total, ranging from the brightest projector in the world, the HDQ-2K40 (40,000 lumens brightness) along with Barco HDF-W26 (22,000 lumens brightness) and FLM-R22+ (22,000 lumens brightness) projectors.
• Coolux Pandoras Box Media Servers
• Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software

JVC 3.0 Firmware Upgrade for GY-HM600/GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Cameras Now Available

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company announces the availability of its Version 3.0 firmware upgrade for its GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 mobile news cameras. Available through the JVC Web site, the upgrade is free to all current GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 owners.

For both cameras, the upgrade includes 1080p/60 recording modes, Extreme High Quality (XHQ) recording with virtually lossless 50 Mbps H.264 (.MOV), and large file support for SDXC media cards. The firmware upgrade adds Zixi advanced streaming capabilities and live RTSP/RTP format streaming to the GY-HM650.

Using Zixi’s new Advanced Streaming Technology (AST), the GY-HM650 3.0 provides content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping. Proprietary Zixi algorithms maximize bandwidth to ensure reliable transmission, and advanced content aware error correction compensates for up to 30 percent packet loss. With the upgrade, the GY-HM650 is also compatible with JVC’s Professional Streaming Services, including the new ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi that provides reliable live content delivery to a variety of hardware decoders, CDNs, and the Web.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

Hisense H6 55” SMART TV With Android 4.2.2 Now Available at Walmart

Suwanee, GA – May 22, 2014 — Hisense today announced the immediate availability of the new H6 SMART TV powered by Android™ 4.2.2 for under $700 at select Walmart stores nationwide. The 55-inch H6 features a stunning, intuitive new user interface and comes with an incredibly simplified Merlin™ remote control air mouse.

“Today, by coupling Hisense’s television expertise with Walmart’s immense retail reach, we are delivering a truly smart TV at a highly accessible price point,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. “We are proud to bring Android TV to the North American market with the Hisense H6 and look forward to working with our various partners to advance the viewer experience of consumers everywhere.”

The H6 comes with the Hisense Social TV™ App and Hisense Cloud Services Hi-Media™ Player and Receiver for sharing and storing all of your favorite videos and photos. It features a 120Hz refresh rate and is Energy Star 6.0 qualified. The H6 remote comes with just 30 keys, a built-in air mouse with IQQI Smart Input and voice search with a built-in microphone.

The SMART functionality of the H6 brings Vudu HD Movies, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Chrome™, YouTube™, Google Play™, Google Voice Search™, and PrimeTime applications into your living room. The Android-based TV v4 Media Streaming, multiple HDMI-In/Out, WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth and USB ensures that the consumer is never without content.

Android, Google Play, Google and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.

For more information please visit: www.hisense-usa.com. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HisenseUSA or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Hisense_USA.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China.

Hisense USA offers a broad range of technology driven consumer electronics products that are manufactured and distributed across North American, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. Hisense USA sells into national retailers across North America, including Walmart, Sams.com, Costco, P.C. Richards, Canadian Tire and more. The Company has established R&D centers in Atlanta, Georgia and San Jose, California to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense Company Ltd. has production facilities in China, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt as well as Mexico and is one of the largest television manufacturers in the world with over 10 million televisions produced per year. The Company has sales offices in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia while exporting products to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

Give Dad The Gift Of Summer Forever With A SunBriteTV Outdoor Television

THOUSAND OAKS, California— Between teaching his kids to play catch, BBQing with his friends or practicing his putt, there’s no father that doesn’t love to be outside! This Father’s Day, a SunBriteTV is the universal gift that every dad didn’t even know he wanted! And with SunBriteTV’s brand new Signature Series line of slimmer, brighter, lighter and more durable outdoor televisions, there’s never been a better time to start living life outdoors!

SunBriteTV’s father-friendly outdoor televisions are available in sizes spanning 32” to 65” and come fully equipped to endure years of any weather condition: they are weatherproof and repel rain, dust insects and are completely resistant to high humidity and salt corrosion.

“Dads already love to spend summer weekends outside,” said Cameron Hill, CEO of SunBriteTV. “A Signature Series SunBriteTV only enhances his backyard area— he can enjoy the great outdoors while not missing the big game!”

The new line of Signature Series models is currently available in 32” and 46” iterations with larger sizes to follow in late June.

First released in 2004, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions incorporate over 10 years of research, design and weatherproof technology, resulting in the world’s first and only time-tested true outdoor TVs.

Designed for permanent outdoor installations, 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.

New D-Tools website provides an enhanced, new Data Library that delivers in-depth analytical detail which benefits both users and manufacturers

CONCORD, CA, USA  – MAY 20, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today it has completed a comprehensive data update and has launched a new Data Library website, which together provide highly valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the software environment, enabling more timely manufacturer pricing updates, special offers, and other relevant information.

The new Data Library is designed to create branding opportunities for D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program partners, making their information more visible through the DTConnect feature. Not only does this attract authorized SIX users to MVP brands, it also facilitates additional sales and outreach opportunities for manufacturers participating in the MVP program. With these additions, the D-Tools software platform is more than just a workflow-enhancing tool for users; it is also a profit-generating program for MVPs that now provides greater visibility and analytical depth.

“We designed the new Data Library to include a cleaner visual style, better showcase MVP program manufacturer logos, and deliver more detailed product descriptions that now link to each MVP’s complete data catalog (as opposed to only linking to the company name),” says Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “This makes navigating the MVP partner data simpler, more refined, and will include the most current promotions and information available.”

Delivering tangible benefits that users will immediately experience and benefit from, D-Tools now features the most up-to-the-minute product information available. “By linking to the MVP’s complete product catalog, D-Tools has essentially taken the guesswork out of the system design and documentation process for the user, while giving the MVP the added benefit of increased visibility,” says Stone. “These are exciting enhancements that we’re excited to provide to our partners worldwide.”

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 platforms. 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

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

Accompanying Images
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools Data Library Screen Shots

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Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows Video Wall Management Software Now Available

Exciting new digital signage functionality for Mura-based video walls to be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014

Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows Video Wall Software

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Matrox MuraControl™3.0 for Windows® video wall management software for Mura™ MPX-based video walls. Top new features include the ability to render HTML5 feeds such as social media, weather and stock market data and the ability to add multi-lingual Unicode text overlays across individual source windows or the entire video wall.

“This update to MuraControl gives video wall integrators and system builders even greater control over Mura MPX-based video wall content and layouts,” said Helgi Sigurdsson, product manager, Matrox Graphics. “The intuitive, feature-rich application lets user create, save and edit layouts offline or in real time so their content appears exactly where and how they want it.”

Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards let integrators easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls of almost any size. The boards feature highly flexible, universal input channel support for both digital and analog (DVI, RGB/VGA, Component, S-Video & Composite) video signals plus exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content. Compatible Mura MPX analog video capture cards provide additional NTSC/PAL/SECAM input channel support and the Mura MPX-SDI board features two 3G SDI video inputs and two DVI outputs.

Additional new features in MuraControl 3.0 for Windows include support for analog input capture adjustments, options for “signal lost” events that let the user define what appears on an overlay window when the source signal is lost or not connected and options for input auto detect filtering that let the user specify a source type.

MuraControl 3.0 will be demonstrated on Matrox Mura-powered video walls for the first time at InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth N2247). Mura capabilities will also be showcased through rich transitions and eye-catching effects applied to both recorded and live content using the latest Mura Network API — a platform that software developers and equipment manufacturers can use to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls.

Availability
The Matrox MuraControl 3.0 for Windows software license is now available for purchase. The free 21-day trial version of MuraControl 3.0 for Windows is now available for download from the Matrox website. The Mura Network API and the lower level C/C++ style DWC API are now available to developers. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Triad Speakers, Inc. adds Cost-Effective Models to Invisible DesignerSeries Line

DesignerSeries is a comprehensive line of high-performing, vibrating-panel sound systems that mount behind-the-wall, making them invisible to the eye. The company has added 3 new entry-level models that range from $500 to $700 MSRP each.

Portland, OR – May 13, 2014 – Triad Speakers, Inc. has added 3 new entry-level models to its DesignerSeries line of behind-the-wall loudspeakers: the DSi-1 ($500 MSRP each), the DSi-2dc dual-channel stereo version ($700 MSRP each) and the higher-performing DSi-3 ($700 MSRP each). The addition of the new models brings the DesignerSeries to 11 models in total. Prior to the DSi-1, MSRP for entry-level was $650.

The DesignerSeries are passive speaker panels comprised of a powder-coated aluminum frame, a rigid aluminum honeycomb core (with paper skin covering) and transducers. All the components — along with the use of a required high-pass cross-over filter (sold separately) — work in concert to create a vibrating element that produces sound waves. The result is a full, warm sound.

All DesignerSeries panels easily mount in between walls studs in typical home construction. The panel’s paper skin provides a high-bond surface for adhesion to plaster, drywall compound, mud skims and veneer. Once covered and painted the panels are invisible to the eye.

According to Triad Speakers’ Marketing Director Paul Teixeira, the 3 new DSi models boast a small footprint (measure 15.75-inches H x 11.8-inches W x 1.6-inches D), thus allowing for even greater installation flexibility.

“Our ability to hit lower price-points on such sophisticated technology gives the Triad dealer more options to place music throughout the house,” says Teixeira.

The DSi-1, DSi-2dc and DSi-3 speakers all carry a 10-year limited warranty. The speakers are shipping now. For more information visit www.triadspeakers.com or call Triad Speakers toll-free at 1.800.666.6316.

For all Triad press inquiries please email paul@mutocomm.com or call 631.849.4301.

About Triad Speakers
Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Chairman of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

DPA helps Joel Compass Perfect His Microphone Technique

Emerging UK artist Joel Compass has become the latest in a long line of singers to join the DPA Microphones’ fan club.

Compass, a 21 year old from South London who is rapidly making a name for himself as an up and coming R&B star, was switched on to DPA’s award-winning d:facto™ Vocal Microphone by his tour manager Mark Portlock and his engineer Liam Halpin.

“DPA microphones are renowned for their audio quality and very low noise floor, so I initially considered the d:facto Vocal Microphone for another artist I am working with who has a particularly quiet voice,” Portlock says. “However, once Liam and I demo-ed it we realised it would also work really well for Joel’s voice, which has a great dynamic range. We introduced him to the microphone and he absolutely loved it. He is now using d:facto for all his live vocal performances.”

Liam Halpin adds that DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone has made his life as an engineer much easier because he can use it with any professional wireless microphone system.

“DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network supplied us with an adapter that gives us seamless integration with all of the professional wireless systems we usually encounter,” Halpin says. “I am a big fan of Shure’s wireless system but that doesn’t preclude me from using other brands of microphone. There is a correct microphone for every situation and in Joel’s case, when it comes to live vocals, it’s the DPA d:facto. With this microphone all I need is an adapter, a capsule and a grill and I can walk into any venue and use any wireless system – I don’t have to take in my own. That saves us having to rent in a wireless system and allows us to use the right microphone for the artist and the performance space.”

Joel Compass has been making waves in the UK after getting an early buzz from media outlets such as MTV and Digital Spy. As well as performing his own material, Compass also writes for other artists and is making a name for himself as a producer – indeed his ballad, Run, was written with Rihanna in mind. His latest single Forgive Me is currently climbing the UK Top 50 and he has been making high profile appearances at the MTV Brand New awards, at London’s Red Bull Studios and live support shows with Rudimental and US star J Cole. He is also working on projects with established artists and his own debut album Science. A busy summer including live shows at Glastonbury and Wireless and secret garden festivals awaits.

Mark Portlock and Liam Halpin believe that introducing Compass to the d:facto has had a number of hidden benefits, not least helping him redefine his microphone technique.

“DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone seems to work best when artists use In Ear Monitors, because that’s when they can really hear the difference it makes to their voice,” Halpin says. “With Joel, we started out using wedges but this was a real pain because he would sing right off the mic, often with his hands covering parts of the grill. Eventually, when we switched to d:facto, we persuaded him to move to IEMs, which he now has in both ear. The change this made to his mic technique was dramatic. Suddenly he could hear his own voice properly and he got right on the microphone because he was enjoying the improved sound so much. It’s made a huge difference to his performance and to the consistency of his sound – in fact I would go so far as to say that this microphone has done more than anything else to get his live performance to where it is now.”

DPA’s d;facto Vocal Microphone now features on the equipment rider for every gig that Joel Compass does and as a result Portlock and Halpin’s favoured rental company, Encore, has invested in its own stock. The microphone is also proving popular with the studio and broadcast engineers the team have encountered during the filming of some of Joel Compass’ gigs.

“It’s really funny how their faces light up when you tell them your artist is using a DPA microphone,” Halpin laughs. “Studio and broadcast engineers are usually pretty disdainful about live mics but with this one they are more than happy. They know all about the audio quality of DPA so the d:facto gives us credibility.”

Portlock adds that the d:facto Vocal Microphone also gives Joel Compass credibility, especially among other artists who recognise that it is a significant investment. He gives DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network much of the credit for making it possible to move Compass onto a d:facto – and for supporting the team while they made the switch.

“The d:facto is not cheap and there is no way we would have committed a developing artist to such an expensive microphone if we hadn’t had fantastic distributor support,” he says. “The fact that Sound Network was able to lend us the d:facto Vocal Microphone in various forms so that we could try them all out – with cable bodies, adapters, different coloured grills etc – made a huge amount of difference. It gave us the confidence to go with the microphone and it also inspired our rental company to buy stock of its own so we now have access to mics that we can rent through them.”

To see Joel Compass in action at Transmitter Live using DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7stBS5lYtI

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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