chose the InfoComm 2011 show to take the wraps off its all-new Stardraw Design 7 system design/documentation tool.

The application is’s seventh-generation software solution for systems integrators. Offering ‘a holistic approach to system design and documentation’, it is a modular package allowing integrators to custom configure software to suit specifications and budgets.

Using an entirely new codebase, Stardraw Design 7 accesses a single project- and product-centric database which is accessible via tried and trusted task-orientated drawing environments – such as Block Schematics and Rack Layouts – as well as a new, grid-based product selector. A key advantage of this approach is that each environment is simply a ‘view’ of the central project database that contains all of the data relating to a project, whereby a change in one environment is passed to all others.

A new feature in Design 7 enables products that are not being used in the current drawing to be seen – ‘an extremely useful feature for keeping track of your project and for making sure that you haven’t overlooked anything when building your racks, designing your system schematic‘.

Other new and improved features include fully integrated project reporting, compatibility with the latest versions of AutoCAD (R12 – 2010) and Visio, as well as a built-in PDF-generator. There is also a Product Wizard – a step up from the Symbol Wizard in previous versions – which allows product with all of its associated symbols and data to be created.

An improved drawing interface and powerful new tools are also on offer.

‘We’re very proud of this new application; our most powerful and streamlined off-the-shelf design/documentation package yet,’ says CEO, David Snipp. ‘The codebase, although new to the product family, isn’t new to us. It’s been fully tested by well over 25,000 users in our OEM applications, and the results have been sufficiently convincing for us to want to make it publically available in the form of Stardraw Design 7. Nevertheless, in order to be completely sure that our product responds fully to market requirements, we’re initiating a public beta phase in order to give our customers the opportunity to come back to us with suggestions, observations etc. Customer feedback is the number one tool for us to improve our products and our service. We not only welcome feedback, we actively encourage it – hence the reason for the beta program. Come and register and tell us what you think.’ is inviting all interested parties to register for a public beta test in order to try out the new package for themselves. An official launch will follow later in the year once the beta feedback has been processed.


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