Programming Sucks, the New Adapt Software Designed for Crestron Automation Systems Removes Most of the Constraints and Complexities of Regular Software Programming

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Home Automation systems are only as good as the programs running them; the new pd adapt software simplifies the complexity of programming Crestron systems through its user interface and functionality.

The adapt software revolutionizes and expands the capabilities of Crestron automation systems far beyond anything else on the market.

Home automation is an exploding segment of the industry. More and more manufacturers are introducing products to address the growing consumer demand. But hardware is only a part of the equation. Software is the often underestimated, but frequently pivotal aspect of a project’s success. When it comes to software, in the industry, there are two extremes. Configuration based software that is simple and inexpensive but offers limited functionality and customization. And open, custom software that provides near limitless functionality and customization, but is complex, time consuming, and costly. The missing element thus far, has been a simplified software solution that leverages open, custom programming capabilities with a radically more efficient way to build, customize, and manage software for home automation projects.

Crestron is the largest control system manufacturer with the best reputation for flexibility and custom capabilities. Their programming software is open and typically only limited by the imagination and skill of the programmer. Programming their systems involves connecting basic logic symbols to build functionality. Simple functions may only require a few of these symbols. Complex functionality, such as controlling AV in a room, involves connecting a lot of symbols. And this can take days if not weeks to build even modest sized control systems. Touch screens have to be built object by object and page by page, and are very time consuming as well. The beauty of Crestron is that there is no presumption of functionality, only the basic building blocks. The downside is the time and cost involved. And the depth and complexity of it makes even small changes to a program costly.

As a Crestron Services Provider, PanTech Design has programmed hundreds of Crestron systems for more than 10 years. Out of this experience, they developed ADAPT.

ADAPT is a tool that takes advantage of the power of Crestron but overcomes the difficulties. Something that dramatically reduces programming time but still has all of the powerful, custom capabilities that Crestron is known for.

It is a revolutionary set of tools that simplifies programming for Crestron home automation systems. It includes SIMPL Windows software modules with rich built in functionality; Vision Tools interface projects that are intuitive, dynamic, and easily customizable; and the real game changer, the ADAPT System Manger application.

ADAPT System Manger is an easy-to-use “configurator” application that manages many of the details of a system without having to change the system’s source code. Details like room and device names, icons, connections on audio and video switchers, which rooms a touch screen can control, and what the home page of a touch screen looks like, and much more. Changing details like those used to take hours but now can be done in minutes with ADAPT System Manger.

So to sum up, the benefits of ADAPT are:

  •     Dramatically reduced programming time for Crestron home systems.
  •     Simplified changes and customization that don’t require a programmer to make.
  •     All of the open, custom capabilities that Crestron is famous for.
  •     And built-in functionality and user interfaces that provide a rich, empowering end user experience.

And finally, ADAPT is designed for any Crestron dealer. Dealers can hire PanTech Design, to program a system and then use ADAPT System Manager to modify and customize the software for their client;
Or, if the dealer has their own programmer, they can purchase the entire ADAPT Software Suite and leverage it directly for their business.

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