Crestron Studio Software Now Available for Download

Crestron says its Studio software eliminates the need for multiple tools for the programming of its automation and control systems.

As part of the development of its new Studio software, Crestron says it used technologies such as Adobe Air, HTML 5, H.264 and Core 3 UI.

The Rockleigh, N.J.-based electronics company Crestron is one of the largest manufacturers in the residential electronics market and it is generally regarded as a benchmark manufacturer.

Earlier this month Crestron announced that its new Crestron Studio software is available for download and it says this new software makes it easier and faster for electronics professionals to design and program advanced automation systems.

“Custom programming projects that used to require multiple tools can now be done in one unified environment that lets the programmer move quickly from one task to the next,” says Fred Bargetzi, vice president of Technology, Crestron. “Once complex programming and GUI design tasks are now much easier and faster, enabling integrators and CAIPs to deliver a beautiful interactive Crestron user experience.”

Crestron says the new software features its Smart Object technology that enables programmers to quickly add controls, presets and metadata for everything from a basic keypad to diverse media players. The N.J.-based company explains that all programmers need to do is drop a Smart Object from the library into a project, and it also dynamically populates each object automatically with the proper buttons, knobs, sliders and switches.

“For example, the media player requires only one object, one join number, one time for the entire project,” Bargetzi points out. “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 the same SmartObjects for multiple media players. SmartObjects will automatically display the appropriate buttons.”

Other technologies built into the software include Crestron’s built-in Smart Sizing technology that rescales graphics to correctly fit each screen, and other technologies such as Universal Upload that enables just one project to be uploaded to all touchscreens, smart devices and computers regardless of size, resolution or operating system. To ensure the software tools work across all platforms Crestron employs the latest technologies for Crestron Studio, including Adobe Air, HTML5, H.264, video and web browsing and Core 3 UI.

“Feedback from integrators, system designers and programmers who have had a sneak peak at Crestron Studio has been off the charts,” boasts Bargetzi. “There’s a common ring to all the comments coming in from the custom electronics community, and this is: ‘I can’t believe how much easier you guys have made my job.’”

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