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26 February 2002 - Stardraw & RCI hammer out PanelBuilder

RCI Custom has signed a significant development and maintenance contract with software provider to create a new, web-based tool for the design and production of custom control and connection panels. PanelBuilder will be hosted on the RCI Custom website and allows registered users to design, specify and purchase custom panels through an easy-to-use drag and drop interface.

Managing Director of Stardraw, David Snipp, explained the background to the deal, “RCI had long been aware of the capabilities of applications like Stardraw Audio, but it was a trade show conversation that made them realise could develop an affordable custom solution.”

He continued “PanelBuilder is based on proven techniques seen in Stardraw applications for years, but it exploits leading-edge software and internet technology: it's fast, easy to use, powerful and, frankly, sexy.”

PanelBuilder is resident on the web server and works from within a browser, so there's nothing to download or install. It comprises a drag and drop interface linked to a complete library of all of RCI's panel products so the user simply selects the panel he or she wants, drags on the connectors that are needed, and sets engraving, finishes, artwork and so on. The resultant design is linked in realtime to sophisticated backoffice systems so that a user will get an automated quote instantaneously.

For users of RCI Custom's service, the advantages are clear – using PanelBuilder you can design a connector plate or panel in seconds without the need for complex CAD training and see exactly how it will look. You can get a price quote and drawing file for that panel immediately, any time of the day or night, even on weekends! The professional quality CAD drawing shows the panel exactly as it will look on completion, so you're guaranteed to get the metalwork you want, without the need for a lengthy approval process. And because you can view your work as it is created, there's little chance for error, and nothing's left to the imagination. Finally, with linkage into RCI's order-fulfilment system, PanelBuilder can even expedite the delivery process.

Snipp added, “OEM development of sophisticated systems like this is something is very good at, and that's been shown in recent awards. More and more manufacturers are finding they need to develop specialized software tools; the smart ones, like RCI Custom, realize they have to turn to a third party professional to get them on time, to spec, and within budget.”

PanelBuilder will be shown as a prototype by both RCI Custom and Stardraw at NSCA (stands 2507 and 1615 respectively).

Notes to Editor

Since 1995 has been a leading provider of software solutions to the entertainment technology sector, offering a range of award-winning system design, documentation and control applications as well as providing OEM software solutions for corporate customers. With offices in London and New York, regional partners and an installed customer base of almost 40,000 users spanning 82 countries, is focussed on serving the international marketplace, and delivers leading-edge solutions that exploit the very latest in software technologies.

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