Designs show the best-of-the-best created with System Integrator software Over $25,000 in prizes offered by Draper, Elan, Screen Innovations, Atlantic Technology, AudioQuest and AutoDesk
Indianapolis, IN, September 9, 2005 - The winners of the prestigious 2005 D -Tools Design Awards in the Best Residential System, the Best Commercial system, the Most Unique System, and the Best Overall System categories were announced at CEDIA today. The D -Tools Design Awards were created to showcase the best of the best residential and commercial projects created with any version of D -Tools System Integration software. Winners were selected by the D -Tools Development team and Certified Partners.
The designer for the Best Overall System was Bill Cole of Sound Advice from Springfield, Massachusetts for their whole house system design. Cole's complete system design and simple, but thorough use of all aspects of the software in the plan, elevation and schematic views garnered him the coveted award.
The Most Unique System was designed by David Jasak of Texas Integrated Systems. The main level of the home is an open floor plan inside of a 'glass box' and the lower floor was completely underground. The challenges of wiring and equipment placement, as well as excellent line drawings, elevations and nice integration with AutoCAD earned him the praise of the judges.
The Best Residential System design was captured by Phil Grenier of Home Systems Design Associates Inc. of Norwell, Massachusetts. His clean plan views, documentation, excellent phone power and lighting documentation, good schematics as well as a cleanly designed elevation rack make him D -Tools' best residential system designer of the year.
Second and third place designs were awarded to Sol Calderon of Home Technologies Inc. and Tony Welch of Magnolia Audio Video Design Center respectively. Both designs used the software and accessory packages to create clean elevations, plans and schematics.
Best Commercial System design was given to Jeffrey Grim of Lights -out Operations Services & Technology from Syracuse, NY. The design of a data center had a nice use of elevations, custom stencils, unique use of jpeg images and clean floor plans and schematic diagrams to earn Jeff the commercial award this year.
D -Tools Manufacturer Partners participated in the Design Awards by sponsoring categories and providing prizes to the winners. Over $25,000 in prizes have been provided by Draper, Elan, Screen Innovations, Atlantic Technology, AudioQuest and AutoDesk participating. D -Tools is also offering a copy of System Integrator 4.5 Standard - a $3,000 value - for the winners in each category. All entrants were recognized for their submissions with a prize package valued at $100.
Besides the manufacturer prizes, each winning company will receive an award for their office. "Winning the Design Award is an exceptional accomplishment," said Jeff Rader, Director of Marketing and Communications and Design Awards coordinator. "We've found a award that matches the classiness of being the 'best of the best.'"
Winners will be showcased in D -Tools booth #325 at CEDIA. "We could think of no better place to show off the winning companies than at CEDIA in September," said Rader. "We wanted to find as big a venue as possible. Winners will certainly have the opportunity to brag during the show. This will also show other system integrators what's possible with the software."
About D -Tools, Inc.
D -Tools is a worldwide leader in easy -to -use, highly accurate system design software. The company, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, offers a wide range of products and services created to simplify the complicated design, engineering, documentation and estimating processes that accompany residential and commercial installation projects of any size. D -Tools is the recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association's Mark of Excellence Award (2004, 2005), National Systems Contractors Association and Sound and Video Contractor's Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award (2004, 2005) and CE Pro's High Impact Award for Design Software.
For more information, contact D -Tools at (866) 386 -6571, e -mail at info@d -tools.com or visit D -Tools online at www.d -tools.com.
About Atlantic Technology
Since it was founded in 1989, Atlantic Technology has become one of the most highly regarded companies in the home theater industry. Specializing in complete high performance multi -channel speaker systems and home theater electronics components, Atlantic Technology produces equipment that doesn't just put viewers 'in the movie theater...' it puts them 'in the movie.'
AudioQuest, based in Irvine, CA is a manufacturer and distributor of premium performance audio, video and custom installation cable products and accessories. Founded in 1980, the company sells to 325 specialty audio/video dealers in the United States and 45 independent distributors around the world.
Draper, Inc., is a Spiceland, Ind. -based manufacturer of projection screens, lifts and mounts for projectors and displays, window shades and gymnasium equipment. In addition to its Spiceland facilities, Draper has manufacturing or sales operations in Malta, Ohio; Fullerton, Calif.; Blackwood, Gwent, United Kingdom; Nacka, Sweden; Halmstad, Sweden; and Hong Kong. Draper products are shipped to dealers throughout the United States and more than 100 foreign countries. For more information on Draper, visit www.draperinc.com.
About ELAN Home Systems:
ELAN Home Systems is a leading manufacturer of innovative, award -winning Multi -Room audio/video and home automation systems. Based in Lexington, KY, the company's systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third -party products to create a seamless, easy -to -use "whole house" experience. The company's unique products provide complete lifestyle, feature -rich solutions, yet can be configured to fit the specific needs of every homeowner. ELAN products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.
About Screen Innovations
Premium Quality Meets Exceptional Value. Screen Innovations is a premium video projection screen manufacturer that serves both commercial and residential markets with a wide variety of screen solutions. With over 35 years of combined experience in consumer electronics, Screen Innovations' leadership team brings to bear unsurpassed market expertise. The founders of SI come directly from the world of consumer electronics and posses an inherently unique and broad understanding of the elements necessary to produce products that are technologically advanced and affordably priced. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the company has committed itself to changing the face of the "projector screen quality vs. affordability" quotient. The company features a comprehensive product line of front and rear projection screens that exceed industry fit and finish standards with progressive new designs that outlast and outperform other current technologies.
For more information on Screen Innovations, visit the web at www.ScreenInnovations.com.