The CEDIA Designer (TCD), the software that helps integrators create home cinema or media room design plans, documentation, and models in minutes, is being embellished with a host of software updates from CEDIA.
They include the following: the documentation report can now be generated in Spanish; sound bar products can now be specified within the tool; the addition of a new Project Progress feature.
"The new features in The CEDIA Designer showcase our commitment to continuous improvement," said TCD creator Guy Singleton. "The addition of Spanish-language documentation, sound bar products, and Project Progress builds on TCD's status as the most powerful cinema design tool around. Integrators deserve software that responds to and evolves with their needs and these upgrades deliver."
The Project Progress feature allows users to demonstrate which stage the project is in. Project managers will find it beneficial for validating to customers the phase the project has reached, including: sales agreed, trim out, first fix, and second fix stages.
TCD allows integrators to enter in room dimensions and materials, equipment choices, and placement, producing a client-ready 30-plus-page cinema design proposal. Users are guided through the design process and the resulting design report is complete in minutes, not hours or days.
"From the sightlines to the seating and screen types to the projector selection and proper Dolby Atmos speaker placement, the documentation includes everything," said LED Systems LLC Chief Technologist Lewis Franke. "TCD paid off for me immediately during the first project I used it. I delivered a more expensive proposal than the other bids, because the software helped me show the client the necessary changes and accommodations others were leaving out."
The new TCD developments follow several others recently announced, including immersive virtual reality render capabilities and the introduction of Samsung's The Wall, a consumer modular MicroLED 146-inch display. Both features are available to TCD users at the Cinema Room Pro tier.
In addition to a complimentary subscription to the Media Room tier of TCD, a CEDIA membership unlocks discounts to all other TCD tiers, according to CEDIA.