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Crestron Launches Crestron Studio Software Making it Easier and Faster to Design and Programme Crestron Home Automation Systems (1/2/2013)
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Officially launched to the EMEA region at ISE 2013, Crestron Studio is a new software which enables integrators and CSPs to design and program the world’s most advanced home automation systems faster and with great ease. In a single, unified development environment, Crestron Studio provides everything needed to create touch screen GUIs for an impressive user experience with substantially reduced programming time. The new software simplifies the once lengthy tasks of system and GUI design and is backward compatible with existing programs so old projects can be easily updated and supported.
“Custom programming projects that require multiple tools can now be done in one unified environment that lets the programmer move quickly from one task to the next,” says Robin van Meeuwen, VP of Sales and Marketing. “Complex programming and GUI design tasks are now much easier and faster, to enable integrators to deliver a beautiful interactive Crestron user experience.”
Featuring SmartObject™ technology, programmers can quickly add a huge selection of controls, presets and metadata interfaces for everything from a simple keypad to more complex media players. Simply drop a SmartObject from the library into a project. Crestron Studio dynamically populates each control object automatically with the proper buttons, knobs, sliders and switches for each type of source, producing an intuitive, rich-looking user interface in a fraction of the time of previous design software. “For example, the media player requires only one object, one join number, one time for the entire project,” adds van Meeuwen. “"Drop the media player SmartObject onto a page and instantaneously populate your screen with the transport controls, album art, artist and song information, and even gesture controlled library lists. Utilize that same SmartObjects for multiple media players. SmartObjects will automatically display the appropriate buttons."
Built-in Smart Sizing™ technology intelligently and automatically scales all graphics to fit perfectly on each screen, providing a consistent, awe-inspiring user interface in every room. No reprogramming, redrawing, or resizing is necessary. You can even change touch screen themes on the fly without disturbing programming behind the scenes. Universal Upload enables just one project to be uploaded to all touch screens, smart devices and computers regardless of size, resolution or operating system simultaneously.
“The beauty of a Crestron home system has always been that you can control anything you want with a simple button touch, but it wasn’t always the easiest thing to do. That’s all changed. Now it’s much faster and easier,” said van Meeuwen. “Crestron Studio makes the simple repetitive programs easier and the custom work is easier too.”
Crestron continues to raise the bar on user interface design in home control applications. Using the latest technology such as Adobe Air®, HTML5, H.264 video Core 3 UI™-powered Crestron touch screens offer homeowners the ultimate interactive user experience. Cool kinetic effects provide a one of a kind interactive experience when using custom knobs, sliders, and gauges to adjust and monitor any system in the home including heating and cooling systems, audio, video, security cameras and other connected devices. Core 3 UI brings the user experience to life, making it fast, fun and easy to swipe, scroll, drag and drop.
“Feedback from integrators, systems designers and programmers who have had a sneak peak at Crestron Studio has been off the charts,” said van Meeuwen. “There’s a common ring to all the comments coming in from the custom electronics community, and that is: ‘I can’t believe how much easier you guys have made my job.’”
Accordingly, we have updated our programming curriculum to include this new programming technology. Whether you are new to Crestron or a programming veteran, we have an educational path for you. Watch how easy it is to design and programme a Crestron system using Crestron Studio software.
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