This hugely significant milestone is the result of dozens of man-years of work on what is the most comprehensive, high quality line-art symbol resource available to the pro AV industry.
The Symbols Library, which now contains an impressive total of over 110,000 symbols of some 40,000 products, has been an integral part of Stardraw’s design software since 1992, and has been one of the features that sets Stardraw.com products apart.
Uniquely, each symbol is drawn in house by Stardraw.com’s professional drafting team to ensure a consistent qualitative standard. All symbols are vector-based line art and, thus, resolution-independent meaning that the more you zoom in, the more detail you see, and even at the highest zoom levels there is none of the ‘blockiness’ exhibited by bitmap (raster) images.
The addition of new products to the library is prioritized based on user requests submitted through Stardraw’s online Product Request Service;
this is another feature that is unique to Stardraw and ensures that only products relevant to the user base feature in the library.
“Since we have an installed user base operating in different industry segments across nearly 90 countries worldwide, it’s impossible for us to guess what particular products might be important for any particular integrator,” explained CEO Rob Robinson.
“Requirements vary hugely from market to market and country to country, so rather than randomly scraping catalogue data for products that may or may not be useful to our users, we encourage our users to drive the process themselves via Product Requests to keep the libraries relevant to their needs.”
“All we require is the manufacturer name and product model number and we’ll do the rest.”
“To ensure that the system remains democratic, we recently implemented a Fair Use policy by means of a Product Request Allowance based on the level of your subscription to ensure that product requests are properly and fairly prioritized. This speeds up the process for everyone and enables requested products to be published even faster.”
Symbols include technically accurate Block Schematic representations showing discrete inputs and outputs, Rack Layout and Pictorial Schematic representations showing, where data is available, graphically accurate front and rear view detail, side view depths and, where appropriate, Panel Layout
symbols with high detail front and rear views for creating custom connection plates, and Plan View symbols that conform to the J-STD-710 standard,
“Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols”.
“We’re immensely proud of our record with the Symbols Libraries,” continued Robinson. “They are key to the intrinsic value of Stardraw Design 7, and we are the only software manufacturer to offer such a comprehensive, user-focused and high quality service.”