is advanced residential entertainment and home management software for
AMX hardware, available to integrators for professional installation.
CineTouch is a feature-rich and high-end
product designed to be configured in as little as an hour by the dealer,
using NO PROGRAMMING, NO COMPILING CODE, and NO TOUCH PANEL
DESIGN OR EDITING. Compared to custom programming, CineTouch
costs less, does more, installs the same day, and looks great.
is CineTouch different from my own custom programming? CineTouch is a finished product that you control and
configure without programming, compiling, or even touch panel design.
Features and options are clearly defined and demonstrable before a sale.
The total cost of the software is known and certain right up front.
You and your customer will KNOW you’ll both be satisfied and on
time. Because there is no custom code, there’s no danger of misinterpretation,
delay, missed expectations, or time-consuming revisions. Systems set
up and run in as little as an hour and reconfigure anytime just as quickly,
without code or panel changes. No programming is ever required. When
upgraded features become available in new core software, all systems
can use it, often without changes to their database. And any CineTouch
system can be updated and expanded anytime by any trained dealer. Never
again dread a phone call from a customer who wants something changed
or added. Never again fear losing key staff who are the only ones who
understand your custom code!
is CineTouch different from using a contracted programming house?
With CineTouch, the dealer owns his own destiny. Systems can be quickly
maintained, reconfigured, and upgraded by any trained staff, without
going back to a programmer. There’s never missed expectations
or runaway costs because you can show exactly what you sell, deliver
it on schedule, and adjust it yourself whenever necessary. Need to revise
channels, favorites, and dialing when the local lineup changes, or add
a few TiVo’s to an already installed system? With CineTouch, you
can do it yourself in minutes. At no added cost.
is CineTouch different from programming aids and templates?
With CineTouch, you quickly configure each system using
a web browser. No matter what you do, you can return to that configuration
tool for more changes. No one on your staff needs to program, compile
code, or revise touch panel projects to fit each room in each job. By
comparison, even the best programming tools and templates require some
programming and code compiling skills, and are only useful if you stay
within the limits of the templates. But customers universally demand
more functionality, appearance, and diverse device control than templates
offer. This forces the dealer to add custom programming to each project
after using the templates. Some tools cannot be used for further modification
once custom work has been added. Each job then becomes a custom project,
and maintaining or upgrading can mean starting all over. However, CineTouch
is a product, and you have a wide selection of robust feature offerings
and upgrades without programming. Product advancements are done professionally,
centrally, for ALL customers. Updates can be applied to any installed
system, even remotely, usually without any data or hardware changes.
Because CineTouch is data-driven and extensible, new
devices and behaviors can be added and changed anytime.
have (or am) an experienced AMX programmer, why do I need CineTouch? CineTouch lets you sell better, bigger, more profitable
AMX systems more quickly and reliably than you or your
programmer can do alone. Instead of paying yourself or your programmer
for hours of custom coding, you can be selling more systems, deploying
them faster, and upgrading them simply, quickly, and profitably. Technical
skills and intimate familiarity with the AMX platform
can only accelerate your success with CineTouch. Using
advanced functionality for custom behaviors, making new device drivers,
creating custom panel Themes per customer specification, and consultation
for more junior CineTouch dealers are all avenues for
additional business, all made possible by eliminating custom programming.
is CineTouch on AMX different from other control products and platforms?
There is no other control system like CineTouch, and
there is no other hardware platform like AMX. Instead
of custom code or rigid behaviors, CineTouch is entirely
data-driven. Every operation, device, user preference, and even appearance
is coordinated by the central intelligence provided in the CineTouch
on-board relational database. The robust AMX hardware
provides the only dedicated control platform capable of supporting the
CineTouch architecture. Unlike PC-based solutions,
AMX has no moving parts, is designed for years of maintenance-free
use, and is optimized exclusively for control applications. AMX
is the proven leader for use in the most demanding commercial, educational,
and government campuses worldwide. CineTouch and AMX
make an unbeatable combination for reliable and feature-rich high-end
Programming. None. Not even code compiling!
exactly what you install – no functional surprises
jobs accurately with Up-Front software prices – no
and run within hours every time – no delay surprises
single code base – systems vary only in configuration data
system specifics are quickly configured in a web browser
behavior adjusts on the fly from panels on a running system
to 50 rooms– 50 sources– 50 UI devices– 100 system
devices– 24 user profiles
panels synchronize to show current states regardless of who does
and Personalization let each user make their own changes
and maintenance is done remotely over the Internet
of supported lines of hardware, more added each month
driver extension and a community driver exchange
updates or additions take only minutes using a browser
training and support provided for self-sufficiency
kind and how many devices are supported by CineTouch? CineTouch supports many hundreds of system devices
and source product lines already, and more are added every week by our
staff and our dealers. New devices can be added in the field when required.
You aren’t limited to AMX control components
either. You can retrofit an ailing or aging control system by adding
an AMX processor and CineTouch software.
CineTouch supports legacy AMX hardware including PHAST
as well as other brands for fast, easy and affordable upgrades reusing
most of the existing equipment. CineTouch enables unlimited
combinations of rooms and equipment lines from leading manufacturers.
You don’t have to ‘stay in the box’ of limited pre-configurations.
Lists of supported devices are available on request.
long has CineTouch been available? CineTouch has been in development for over ten
years and has been available to dealers since 2007. CineTouch has been
shown extensively as a featured guest of AMX
and of Audio Design Associates and
Meridian Audio at CEDIA,EHX , and CES
trade shows for the last five years. In February of 2011, CineTouch made its internation debut in the ISE show in Amsterdam, Holland, and began worldwide distribution. Currently in version 8.0, CineTouch
is a robust, well supported and thoroughly tested system that typically
runs trouble free for years at time. But it's so easy to change, most
customers want new sources and features every year. So instead of fearing
the next time the phone rings, CineTouch dealers know
their existing installations are a continuing source of revenue with
satisfied customers who keep coming back and buying more.
What does AMX think of CineTouch? CineTouch And AMX have been partners in sales and marketing for years. In April of 2011, the Vice President of USA Residential Sales at AMX, Blake Jackson, presented CineTouch to all US AMX dealers in a series of Web presentations promoting AMX hardware bundle deals and a cooperative CineTouch discount on software. Although content on the slides was supplied at his request, he selected and edited them as he wished for presentation to AMX dealers. Mr. Jackson's comments throughout are clearly from personal experience. His testimonial exhibits the strong relationship and trust between the companies. Watch and listen to his thoughts about CineTouch in his own words in this segment from the live AMX Webinars.
do I buy CineTouch and how much does it cost? CineTouch is a software product available only to AMX
integrators and consultants for professional installation. CineTouch
generally costs less than custom programming from commercial programming
services and usually does far more. Most feature prices scale with the
size of the system in order to provide the best value. This keeps small
systems affordable even when they have many luxury options. To make
it easier to calculate pricing, CineTouch offers an
automated pricing spreadsheet that lets dealers plug in quantities and
features, and immediately see the effect on the software price.
CineTouch is NOT priced by the number of sources- you
can add them anytime. Best of all, since CineTouch
is dealer configured and reconfigurable anytime in minutes, you never
pay a programmer for changes. You do them yourself, over the Internet
or right from the touchpanels.