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System Integrator Visio & AutoCAD Integration

Streamline the design process and significantly improve communication across teams with detailed, engineered drawing.

Established universal industry standards are an important component of successful drawing designs and technical projects, creating uniformity and clear communication across all areas of those project. D-Tools System Integrator’s data-driven process leverage leading design applications – Microsoft Visio and Autodesk AutoCAD – to create easily create detailed drawings for effective communication with customers, internal teams, and other trades.

Visio Integration

System Integrator’s Visio integration is a data-driven interface that enables you to quickly and easily generate detailed single-line system layout, plan view, rack elevation, and schematic drawings by simply dragging and dropping products from your catalog or project file to your drawing surface. SI’s plug-in to Visio ensures that your bill of materials and drawings are always in sync, allowing the capability and option to draw first.

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Single-line System Layouts

Most products available in the D-Tools Product Library have .jpg images associated with them that can be used for line diagrams, as well as tied to project estimates and proposals. You can also add your own .jpg images to the products in your catalog. Simply drag and drop products from your project file onto the drawing surface.

Plan Views

Plan view drawings are a great way to communicate to installers where the equipment will be placed in a room or building. When importing a .dwg file into Visio, simply place equipment from the D-Tools project file onto the drawing surface. You can also import AutoCAD files into Visio and layer your equipment over the plan view, or create a plan view drawing natively in Visio.

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Rack Elevations

Rack elevations enables your customers to see what the finished system will look like from a point of view perspective. This is particularly useful for rack drawings and showcasing higher-end systems with custom cabinetry, or communicating how the system will fit into a particular room.

 

Schematics

Schematics are visual representations of the engineered system and allows you to virtually “connect” the system before you even order any actual product. This is the drawing that the installers will use to ensure that all the components are correctly connected, and gives the customer confidence that the system will work as promised. From this drawing, detailed installation reports can be generated for the entire project, such as wire schedules, wire checklists, and wire labels.

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Free Visio Shapes App

FreeTools PSL (Professional Symbol Library) is a free D-Tools application designed to provide Microsoft Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view shapes that will help make it both easier to create drawings using universally accepted industry standards and clearly communicate with trade professionals.

Learn more: FreeTools PSL

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AutoCAD Integration

System Integrator’s AutoCAD integration interface is data-driven and enables you to quickly and easily generate detailed plan view, rack elevation, and schematic drawings by simply dragging and dropping products from your catalog or project file to your drawing surface to create your drawings. D-Tools’ plug-in to AutoCAD ensures that your bill of materials and drawings are always in sync, allowing the capability to draw first.

Plan Views

Plan view shapes in System Integrator have unique capabilities, enabling users to assign shapes to specific categories or sub-categories, as well as offer control for specific variations by utilizing the Shape Data UI. The Plan Icon shape automatically configures itself based on the shape choices selected by the user. Variables such as mount type, color, text are configurable and offer the user complete control over look and feel.

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Rack Elevations

Rack elevations allows you to show your customers what the finished system will look like from a point of view perspective. It is particularly useful for rack drawings and showcasing higher-end systems with custom cabinetry, or communicating how the system will fit into a particular room.

 

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Schematics

Schematics are visual representations of the engineered system and allows you to virtually “connect” the system before you even order any actual product. This is the drawing that the installers will use to ensure that all the components are correctly connected, and gives the customer confidence that the system will work as promised. From this drawing, detailed installation reports can be generated for the entire project, such as wire schedules, wire checklists, and wire labels.

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– Matthew Smiley, CCS Presentation Systems

Industries Served

Residential AV
Commercial AV
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Security
EDU
Corporate
Government