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Award-Winning Loudspeaker Manufacturer and Founding MVP Partner Triad Speakers Rejoins the D-Tools MVP Program Enabling Current System Integrator™ Users Free Access to Detailed Product Information

CONCORD, CA – August 23, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Triad Speakers has once again renewed their partnership in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Originally joining the MVP program in 1998, the same year D-Tools was founded, Triad is one of several founding partners of D-Tools.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Triad has been manufacturing high-end custom loudspeakers since 1982. While the company prides itself on offering unique, built-to-order speakers, their lineup of custom speaker solutions provides high-end audiophile sound and performance that unobtrusively blends into the specified environment. Featuring premium components and unparalleled design and build quality, Triad speakers offer not only exceptional sound, but outstanding reliability as well.

“We have enjoyed a valuable, time-honored partnership with D-Tools over the years that has provided us many tangible benefits,” said Paul Teixeira, Director of Marketing for Triad Speakers. “We are excited to renew our MVP partnership and look forward to introducing more of the SI community to our family of products.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program is designed to help provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate proposals to their clients.

“Triad Speakers has been the hallmark of high-end custom loudspeakers for some time, and D-Tools’ longstanding history with the company has always proven to be mutually beneficial,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Because of their lengthy tenure as a D-Tools partner and their renowned products and exceptional business standards, we are incredibly pleased to have Triad Speakers provide their full line of product information to the SI community through their MVP Program renewal.”

About Triad Speakers

Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member 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.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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ZIGEN Announces New ZIG-CX-100 HDMI Over Coax Extender Kit with 3D Pass-Through Allowing HDMI Signals to be Extended Over a Single RG-6QUAD Coaxial Cable

Award-winning product to be showcased during CEDIA EXPO, September 26-28, 2013 in Denver, CO 

LOS ANGELES, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #3429) – August 22, 2013 Zigen Corp., a leading provider of reliable and versatile HDMI and audio distribution solutions for the Custom Installation industry, announced today that orders for the new ZIG-CX-100 HDMI over coax extender with 3D pass-through are now shipping. An award-winning solution for residential and commercial Audio Video installations, the ZIG-CX-100enables HDMI with 3D signal to be extended over a single RG-6 quad coaxial cable. Attendees of CEDIA EXPO in Denver, CO September 26-28, 2013 are encouraged to visit booth #3429 to see how ZIG-CX-100 works and to learn more about the Zigen lineup.

Available for immediate delivery, the new Zigen ZIG-CX-100 is a transmitter / receiver extender kit for long distance transmission of HDMI video and embedded audio. The kit comes with built in bi-directional IR and RS-232 control signal pathway that can be passed over the same coaxial cable. It enables 1080p/24Hz with 3D up to 330-ft/100 meters, and is compliant with HDMI 1.4, 3D, HDCP, and DVI – D standards. The ZIG-CX-100 can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with matrix switching equipment to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations.

“We developed the ZIG-CX-100 to bring High-Speed HDMI video standards and full feature set – including 3D, bi-directional RS-232 and IR – to infrastructures that utilize coaxial rather than category cables,” said Ed Dellalyan, President of Zigen. “With this new solution, integrators now have a viable alternative for complex jobs involving long distance HDMI video with embedded audio transmission. This is something that’s been needed for some time in commercial installations, older homes with existing coax, and locations with outdoor displays where coax is more durable. As such, not only does it solve problems, it creates opportunities.”

The ZIG-CX-100 is an ideal solution for retrofit work or upgrades where it is impractical or impossible to run new category cables. It works especially well in locations that require multiple displays to show the same HDMI content as it enables up to 250 units to be linked in series to deliver the content to up to 250 displays. The ZIG-CX-100 is priced at $699 MSRP and orders are being accepted now for immediate delivery.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit Zigen during CEDIA EXPO in booth #3429, where the line will be fully showcased. More information about Zigen and the new ZIG-CX-100 can be obtained by calling (877) 650-5252, visiting www.zigencorp.com, or by emailing info@zigencorp.com.

About Zigen

Zigen is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in Audio Video distribution solutions. Manufactured to rigorous standards and designed to provide HD solutions for complex Residential or Commercial audio/video installations, every product in the Zigen line is field-tested and installer approved. www.zigencorp.com

Zigen Press Contact:

Ed Dellalyan

 

6934 Canby Ave., Suite 107

Reseda, CA 91335

Phone: 818.654-5252

Email: ed@ZigenCorp.com

Web: www.zigencorp.com

 

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SnapAV Product Specifications and Dealer Pricing Now Available for Direct Download to D-Tools System Integrator™ Software

Authorized SnapAV dealers can access tiered pricing directly from D-Tools Data Library to further streamline estimation and project delivery 

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced a key productivity enhancement for System Integrator™ software users. Now, authorized SnapAV dealers can download the SnapAV product and pricing catalog directly through the D-Tools Data Browser. This convenient tool enables authorized dealers to download the entire SnapAV product line – including tiered pricing levels – into their System Integrator catalogs, significantly reducing the time and cost associated with creating accurate estimates and system designs for their client engagements.

“Making this information available to our Authorized Dealers through the D-Tools workflow is a great productivity enhancement for our joint customers,” said Craig Case, President of SnapAV. “We are pleased to work with D-Tools and share a similar vision of making it easier for system integrators to deliver world-class solutions for their clients. The combination of our deep product line and D-Tools’ powerful workflow gives today’s integrators the power and convenience to compete and win.”

As a D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner, SnapAV helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients, and the new functionality in D-Tools SIX enables delivery of specific dealer pricing, further saving time and cost.

“This is a game-changing tool and we are thrilled to offer SnapAV Authorized Dealer pricing to our SnapAV dealer customers directly from the Data Browser,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “This marks an important and significant step in the evolution of our platform, which has been built upon the goal of making the integrator’s job easier – while making it easier for our manufacturer partners to provide their dealers with the most up-to-date information available – which ultimately benefits the entire custom integration eco-system.”

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators to run more efficient businesses by providing high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and award-winning customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties.

SnapAV Brands include Episode® Speakers and Electronics, Wirepath® Surveillance and Structured Wiring, Binary™ Media Distribution and Cables, Wattbox™ Power and Surge, Strong™ Mounts and Racks, Camden™ Cinema Furniture, and Dragonfly™ Projection Screens. Additional information about SnapAV and its product brands can be found at www.snapav.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. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, emailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools or Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com 

 

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Luxul to Provide Detailed Product Information to the D-Tools MVP Program as Part of Partnership Renewal

Current and detailed Luxul product information is now fully updated in D-Tools System Integrator™ and free of charge to current SI users for immediate use and specification

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Luxul has recently renewed their MVP Program membership. Through the MVP Program, detailed information on of the entire family of Luxul products is now available in the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify the appropriate Luxul products. Based in Draper, Utah and led by Jeffrey Curtis, Luxul, is a leading innovator of Wi-Fi and wired networking products, whose products are used around the world in Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Military settings because they are powerful and cost-effective tools that offer maximum performance and reliability.

”Our product line continues to expand, and we are adding new high performance IP products to the mix on a regular basis. Because of this constant evolution, it’s important that integrators are kept up-to-date and aware of all our products and their specifications. Not only does the D-Tools MVP Program ensure this, it also provides custom integrators the tools they need to succeed,” said Kevin Hansen, VP of Commercial Sales, Luxul Wireless. “Since Luxul Xen products are sold exclusively to custom integrators, the partnership beautifully complements our commitment to deliver high performance solutions to the channel that increase performance, reliability and usability while reducing costs associated with installation and maintenance.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“Luxul manufactures high performance networking products that can easily help SI users overcome many typical implementation challenges,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Designed for efficiency and stability, Luxul products are a definite enhancement to the MVP program and we proudly offer their wireless and wired networking technologies to our user-base. We’re pleased to have them as part of the MVP Program.”

About Luxul

Luxul is a leading innovator of high performance networking solutions for implementing superior residential, commercial, industrial and mobile military network solutions. Designed for use in residential and commercial environments, the new Luxul Xen family offers a complete line of pre-configured modular solutions that simplify network design and deployment—resulting in a scalable network that is both powerful and easy to install. The complete Luxul Xen line includes High Performance Wireless Access Points, Gigabit Ethernet Switches, Commercial Grade Routers, and Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) solutions for residential or business networks. In addition to the Luxul Xen family, the company also offers a line of rugged solutions for mobile network deployments. For a complete list or Luxul products, visit http://www.luxul.com. Luxul products are widely used in residential, hospitality, healthcare, mining, military/defense, education, and mesh networking applications.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s -flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

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ICE Cable’s “Big Mouth Payout” Bulk Cable Box Saves Integrators Time and Money

Proprietary cable-wind, massive pay-out hole and heavily reinforced box eliminates headaches caused by common “fall-apart” boxes and tangled cable messes

Los Angeles, CA – August 21, 2013 – ICE Cable Systems (2013 CEDIA Expo booth #1552) — which serves integrators both directly and via more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally – is now shipping its new Big Mouth Payout (BMP) bulk wire & cable box. BMP incorporates four distinct design advantages that help the integrator run more efficiently on the jobsite.

4-inch payout hole and proprietary winding pattern
The BMP box combines a 4-inch payout hole with a proprietary cable-winding pattern. According to ICE president Brian Rizzo, the payout is more than twenty times larger than what’s currently available on the market today. “Our payout and wind pattern help eliminate everyday pull-problems like kinking, knotting, recoil and tangling. Removing these obstacles makes a one-man wire pull — for example from atop a ladder — significantly easier,” says Rizzo.

Ascending and descending foot-markers
Incorporated on the cable jackets are ascending and descending foot-markers which make it effortless for the integrator to identify how much cable has been used and how much remains. The result is optimal usage of the entire wind and the elimination of scrap; it also solves the common problem of tracking usage which according to Rizzo can often be difficult when more than one technician pulls from the same box.

Ultra-durable, weather resistant cardboard box with reinforced handles
To withstand abuse on the jobsite, the BMP box is comprised of an extremely durable water resistant cardboard along with dual-layer reinforced handles. According to Rizzo the cardboard is burst-tested to withstand 21 kilograms of force which far surpasses what is currently available in the channel today.

”BMP is a great example of ICE Cable’s understanding of what’s important to the integrator,” says Wally Whinna, principal of Allnet Distributing and board member of the Catalyst AV network, which distributes ICE Cable nationally. “Advantages like this make it easier for integrators to finish their pre-wire jobs faster and with less hassle.”

All box cables (category, speaker, coax, alarm, control, etc.) by ICE ship in a BMP box, many of which are available in runs as long as 1,000 feet.

For all ICE Cable Systems media inquiries please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or

ICE Cable's Big Mouth Payout box combines a 4-inch payout and special wind pattern

paul@mutocomm.com.

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

SIM2 Announces Los Angeles Road Show Event as the World Launch of SUPERLUMIS

Miramar, Florida—August 2013— SIM2 is pleased to announce that, after successful stops in the UK, Miami, and most recently, Hong Kong, the 2013 SIM2 World Road Show is coming to Los Angeles August 21-22. This exclusive event—accessible by invitation only to SIM2’s valued business partners—will be held at the prestigious Actors Center of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, and will mark the world launch of the SUPERLUMIS, a new benchmark for SIM2.

World debut of the SIM2 SUPERLUMIS

“The 2013 Road Show to date has far exceeded our expectations, and given our strong market position on the West Coast, we have high expectations for these next few days as well!” said Maurizio Cini, CEO and President of SIM2. “This event marks a special moment for SIM2, with the world launch of the new SUPERLUMIS. What better place to announce the evolution of the award-winning LUMIS Series than in the heart of Hollywood?”

Created with the objective of outlining SIM2’s strategy for the CI market and unveiling some of the main technological developments planned for the next few years, the 2013 Road Show offers its key partners unprecedented access to products, information, and new business opportunities.

These events provide an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy a hands-on demo experience with the latest SIM2 projectors—products that not only represent state-of-the-art technology but extraordinary means for a successful business. In addition to the SUPERLUMIS, the event will feature the 4K CINEMAQUATTRO, the superbright SIRIO, the award-winning M.150, and the limited edition, ultra-exclusive FUORISERIE projectors.

The U.S. portion of the tour concludes September 4-5, in the Penthouse of the Waldorf Astoria, in New York City.

For more information, visit www.sim2usa.com.

Casio Launches Extra Value Warranty Program for Entire Portfolio of Lampfree Projectors

DOVER, NJ, August 15, 2013 – Casio America, Inc. a leading manufacturer of projection technology, announced today the launch of a new Extra Value Warranty Program for its portfolio of LampFree projectors. The purchase program offers a one-year or two-year extension for up to a total of five years of coverage for parts and labor. This new extended warranty is available for purchase at any time during the original warranty period and applies to the Signature, Short Throw, SLIM and Pro series of projectors.

“The launch of the Extra Value Warranty Program demonstrates our commitment to providing consumers with high-quality, industry-leading LampFree projectors,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “With this new program, Casio has made one of the industry’s best warranties even better. It allows consumers to purchase LampFree projectors with the assurance that they will receive reliable, long-term operation.”

Casio’s original warranty program offered three years parts and labor coverage and several of the models offered a warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source for up to five years or 10,000 hours. Depending on which option the consumer chooses, the Extra Value Warranty extends the standard parts & labor coverage for up to two additional years after the standard warranty ends.

For consumers who use Casio’s LampFree projectors frequently – ten hours per day for five or more days per week – Casio also offers Extended Use Applications. The standard light source warranty is one year or 6,000 hours, but with the Extended Use Application, consumers can purchase a two year Light Source Extended warranty, which will provide three years parts and labor and three years or 15,000 hours on the light source.

Extended warranties are available for purchase through Casio’s Authorized Dealer and Reseller Network. Depending on the model, the extended warranty price ranges from $100.00 to $360.00.

For additional information regarding Casio’s portfolio of LampFree™ projectors and our warranty programs, please visit www.CasioProjector.com.

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets
calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit
www.casiousa.com.

 

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Catalyst AV Specialty AV Products Distribution Network Appoints Custom Partners, LLC to Serve Metro-NY Territory

Burlington, MA – August 12, 2013 – Nationwide specialty AV products distribution network Catalyst AV — which formed in December 2012 — has filled its metro-NY slot with the appointment of Custom Partners, LLC.

Custom Partners was founded in 2003 by Rich Radimer and Ron Wood – both principals of independent sales rep firm Proact Sales. Along with distribution manager Bryan Bentley, outside salesman Mike Baker, and sales manager Patty Russo, the distribution company has more than 100 years of combined experience selling consumer electronics.

By way of the affiliation, Custom Partners picks-up many Catalyst AV lines including Vivitek projectors, ICE Cable, Perfect Path cables, Vanco accessories, Catalyst AV HDMI interconnects and ClearView surveillance.

”The timing is great for Custom Partners joining the Catalyst AV group,” says Chris Wyllie of Long Island-based integration shop S.E.A.L Solutions. “Custom Partners’ warehouse is easy to get to from all 5 boroughs of New York City and Long Island. For a business like mine, where we’re constantly on the road, having value-added lines like this easily accessible to us makes all the difference in our day-to-day operations.”

With the addition of Custom Partners, the Catalyst AV network grows to 12 member companies totaling 18-locations stateside, bringing the amount of integrators served to more than 14,000.

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)
• Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)

Custom Partners LLC is located at 151 Fairchild Avenue, Unit 4, Plainview, NY 11803.
Phone: 516.352.7533; Fax: 516.352.7923. Website: www.custompartners.com.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 14,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
www.catalystav.com

D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

 

 

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D-TOOLS SIX 2013 ADDS SIGNIFICANT NEW FEATURES and FUNCTIONALITY THAT MAXIMIZE SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES

Productivity and performance enhancements to the award-winning software platform now available to current SI users as part of D-Tools’ shift to annual product release cycle

CONCORD, CA – AUGUST 8, 2013 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, SIX 2013. Available now to integrators worldwide, this new release adds valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamlining product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, SIX 2013 delivers timely software updates for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building on the new architecture of the System Integrator platform, SIX 2013 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business – estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SIX 2013 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects – and thereby improves – all areas of an integrator’s business.

“The SIX platform was conceived and designed with the ever-changing needs of the market and our customers in mind,” said Corey Krehel, CTO of D-Tools. “The result is a robust yet simple to use solution that enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles. Our Software Assurance customers will realize the added benefit of receiving new features as they are completed throughout the year, and we will make annual updates available to the rest of our user base through a more traditional upgrade process.”

D-Tools SIX 2013 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Product Catalog:
    • User-configurable pricing levels have been expanded
    • Create Price Rules across pricing levels
    • Find products and accessories used and replace
  • Projects:
    • Compare with Catalog
    • Split Bulk Wire for specific runs
  • Drawing enhancements:
    • Add Product Tree to Visio and AutoCAD
    • Shape Tree improvements
    • Shape and Block settings: Assign shapes to category types, categories, and products
    • Store and apply shape properties to individual products or categories
    • Support for AutoCAD 2014
    • AutoCAD – insert drawing pages
    • Visio – Elevation and Plan Shape improvements
    • Visio – Finish Wire with Graphic Line Ends
    • Visio – Custom mouse-over text on Visio Shapes
  • Calendar improvements:
    • My Calendar and Team Calendar
    • Project Calendar & Service Order Calendar
  • Foreign Currency in reports at specified exchange rates
  • QuickBooks Integration improvements:
    • Export to QuickBooks Purchase Order from Project Editor
    • Add to an existing QuickBooks Estimate from Project Editor

More than 4,400 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 visit the “Getting Started with SIX” videos.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association’s Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer’s Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor’s Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro’s High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

  

 

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Pro Audio Technology Subwoofer Offers Big Impact from Compact Design

Professional-grade components, visceral bass performance, and a surprisingly compact enclosure make the LFC-10sm the perfect choice for space-conscience home cinema installations.

Huntington Beach, CA – August 6, 2013 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in loudspeakers and DSP-programmable amplifier systems for residential properties, today announced the LFC-10sm subwoofer, a compact, high-output low-frequency performer ideal for size-constrained home theater installations or larger systems featuring multi-subwoofer configurations.
Designed to deliver the same signature cinema-quality sound for which PRO is known from an enclosure measuring only 14 x 26 x 12 inches, the LFC-10sm can easily be located within cabinetry, or even placed discretely in-room, making PRO’s trademark high-impact yet musical bass performance accessible to media-room and multi-purpose room installations.
PRO equipped the LFC-10sm with a sophisticated 10-inch woofer featuring a highly rigid glass-fiber reinforced diaphragm driven by a massive magnet, and an over-sized surround for extra-long linear excursion. The subwoofer’s over-sized, front-firing free-flow port also enhances the LFC-10sm’s low-frequency extension and output, while giving integrators much more freedom in terms of cabinet or room placement.
“Owing to its exceptional components and meticulous engineering, the LFC-10sm delivers output levels and muscular yet musical bass that belies its modest size,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “It provides all of the visceral slam that customers and integrators expect from PRO subwoofers in a housing that can easily be integrated into virtually any room.”
Additional installation flexibility is provided by PRO’s PMA digital processor / amplifier, which delivers either 450 or 1000 watts of power depending on the installation needs, and provides a fully DSP optimized signal to the sub. The PMA power source also allows for in- room performance calibration via a powerful suite of controls, including parametric EQ and delay.
With its cinema-quality bass reproduction, maximum output levels greater than 110dB, and new lower price point for this level of bass performance, the LFC-10sm is expected to be a very popular solution for a broad range of applications. The LFC-10sm is available now. For more information, please visit: www.proaudiotechnology.com.

Pro Audio Technology custom designs and manufactures DSP-driven loudspeakers and amplifiers with preeminent consumer and professional-grade audio engineering technology to produce sonically accurate, inherently robust audio systems. Pro Audio Technology loudspeakers are built with the amplifier as a critical part of the signal path, resulting in performance optimized systems that deliver a dynamic, true-to-life listening experience. The sound system of choice for discerning music and home theater enthusiasts, Pro Audio Technology is available globally through an elite group of high-end residential custom installers.

 

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