Author: Tim Bigoness

Mobile Quote Now Available – Scope and Budget to Go!

Our first-ever iOS app is now available in the Apple iTunes store for download. This companion app to SIX 2013 gives our users a new way to leverage their investment in the D-Tools platform and introduces a new workflow that makes it easy for sales people to quickly get to the 2 most important aspects of any project: scope and budget. Getting to a clear project scope and budget can be a difficult and time-consuming task, often resulting in hours of work from an integrator putting together a proposal based on initial conversations only to have the customer suffer sticker-shock upon review.  Expectations from the customer on cost are often not in-line with the realities of delivering the experience they are looking for, and that can be a major hurdle for many integrators. Our new Mobile Quote app can help get this conversation started while actually onsite with the customer. The workflow for a Mobile Quote project is similar to the standard D-Tools workflow – you enter customer information, you can set locations and assign systems, but there is one major and significant difference – and that is working with a product category or sub-category rather than a specific product SKU. Mobile Quote takes product categories, sub-categories, Package information from a user’s SIX 2013 catalog as well as price ranges for each category and sub-category, allowing the user to...

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Mobile Quote: Selling to Scope and Budget

For years we have been asked about creating an easy-to-use, front end to the System Integrator application to help make it easier for sales people to put a simple quote together for their clients. Of course, as part of that conversation we have looked at many areas of the sales process and have come up with what we believe will be a very useful app for our customers. As we prepare for the release of our first IOS-based companion app to the D-Tools System Integrator platform (we’re in Beta now and we are planning to release in early April!),...

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Kaleidescape Rejoins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools System Integrator™ Users Worldwide Provided Free Access to Detailed Kaleidescape Product Specifications for Immediate Use CONCORD, CA – MARCH 3, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Kaleidescape has renewed their participation in the D-Tools MVP program. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Kaleidescape has pioneered the ultimate movie experience with its line of movie servers by simplifying and enriching the way discerning viewers manage and enjoy movies at home. Famous for its breakthrough user interface and long-standing heritage of performance and quality, Kaleidescape offers one of the most unique experiences in home theater entertainment. D-Tools SIX users will have immediate access to detailed information on the entire family of Kaleidescape products via the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify Kaleidescape products. “We are happy that information about The Kaleidescape System will be readily available to the D-Tools SI user base,” said Tim Barnes, Director of Strategic Accounts for Kaleidescape. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with an exceptional platform to further extend our reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products and utilize them more often in their client engagements.” The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that...

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D-Tools New and Returning MVP Partners for February 2014

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program provides comprehensive data from leading manufacturers to D-Tools SI software users at no charge to the user. D-Tools MVP members understand the importance of providing current, quality product specifications in order to better support their dealers in their client engagements. We would like to welcome the following Manufacturers to the MVP Program as well as our returning partners in February. Their product data is available to all System Integrator users free-of-charge.     New MVP Members     Born in the Florida Keys… Coastal Source is the brainchild of the D’Ascanio brothers, Tony, Franco and Amedeo. Their company, D’Asign Source, designs and builds waterfront estate properties. With more than 50 years of experience the D’Ascanio brothers have had countless encounters with products boasting lifetime warranties and claiming to be rust-proof, marine quality and 100% corrosion resistant… yet deteriorated in the harsh, coastal environment. Often quickly. The D’Ascanio brothers had to do better for their demanding clientele. Starting in the 1970′s they began to design and manufacture truly weather-proof outdoor speakers and audio systems. They also experimented by incorporating exotic materials into concrete molds to arrive at more durable architectural elements and features to adorn the custom homes they were building. These experiments led to the design of new materials and technologies they continue to incorporate into the properties they build. Their goal? To...

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D-Tools Manufacturer Partner News for February 2014

D-Tools MVP Manufacturer Partners realize the importance of bringing you their product information and have chosen to support the D-Tools user community by joining the program and making their product data directly available through D-Tools SI software. Read on for the latest manufacturer company news and product updates.       Atlona® Now Shipping New AT-HD-M2C Audio Converter Mixed Audio Conversion Now Available for Display Installations and Legacy Devices           Atlona®, a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company is now shipping its new AT-HD-M2C multichannel audio converter. Designed to simplify mixed audio installations, the AT-HD-M2C accepts Dolby® and DTS multichannel audio before converting signals into a two-channel audio format. This enables the reception of multichannel audio content, conversion into two channels, and playback on endpoints, which normally cannot accept multichannel sources — enabling full compatibility with both displays and legacy devices such as audio receivers. “When used with an Atlona HDMI matrix switcher, our new AT-HD-M2C delivers unparalleled audio experiences for both home and office settings,” said Steve Heintz, senior product manager, Atlona. “This seamless integration between devices enables sources such as Blu-ray players, game consoles, and set-top boxes to distribute the same content easily within multizone environments — ensuring that signals are received and properly processed in applications such as multichannel home theaters and two-channel bedrooms.” To convert optimized audio...

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