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The Cinema Design




The Cinema Design (TCD) is a cloud-based design tool that allows home cinema professionals to design any dedicated cinema or media room in minutes.


TCD calculates and produces in minutes what would typically take an experienced residential cinema designer weeks to design, producing a comprehensive design to guide the physical home cinema installation, as well as a PDF ready to produce to a client.


The benefit of this integration is to eliminate the double date entry of parts in D-Tools projects. It is offered without an additional cost, and utilizes the "Import" feature available on SI2017 or newer versions of D-Tools.


To use this integration, you will need an active account with TCD.




Since this is an "import" integration, meaning that data comes from TCD into D-Tools, there is no setup needed.


The only required step is to create a project in D-Tools, then import the Project_Items from the TCD export (csv) file.



Importing TCD Items into a D-Tools Project


1. Export your projects from TCD. For instructions on this step, click on the following link: https://thecinemadesigner.com/


2. Create a new project or open an existing project:


3. Once the Project Editor is opened, click on "Import and Update" as shown below:




4. You will be prompted to browse for the TCD "csv" file. Once the csv file has been selected, the Map csv File interface will open. Depending on your spreadsheet, you may not see all of the steps shown below.




5. You may need to map the columns in your csv file to Database Fields in the SI 2017 Catalog. Some fields will be pre-mapped if they are an exact match or if they are a close match. TCD is constantly improving their process so the mapping process can be pre-mapped for you. Please note there are only two required columns that must be mapped: Manufacturer and Model.


If your CSV file has dimensions or weight columns, you can choose the measurement.


(Optional) If you need to Map any field, click the "Map" link next to any field you wish to map or re-map and the following form will open. Select you field (or the [None] button at the bottom if you wish to unmap a field) and then click [OK].



Once your fields are mapped, click [Next>].



6. On this next step, if there are Manufacturer names in your spreadsheet that are not already a part of your SI Catalog, you can choose to allow the Manufacturer to be created or you can map to an existing manufacturer, e.g. different spelling in your Catalog.




7. Click the "Map" link next to each name that you wish to map to an existing Manufacturer and the following form will open. Make your selection and then click [OK].



8. On this step, if there are Category names in your spreadsheet that are not already a part of your SI Catalog, you can choose to allow the Category to be created or you can map to an existing Category, e.g. different spelling in your Catalog.




9. Click the "Map" link next to each name that you wish to map to an existing Category and the following form will open. Make your selection and then click [OK].




10. This step is primarily a summary of what you have done on the previous steps. Here you can also choose whether to use the Part Number or Accounting Item Name fields, if they exist in your CSV file, to match to SI Catalog Items. These options are useful if you do not have a Model field mapped in your CSV file.




11. When ready, click the [Finish] button. This will open the following form:




12. This will list all of the items in the CSV file. The "In Catalog" will indicate whether or not the items already exist in your SI Catalog. The Filter section of the ribbon allows you to filter between: All, New, Matched, and Inadequate:





Items not already in the Project.


Items that already exist within the Project.


Items with not enough information for importing into the Project. These would be products that have no Model, Item Number, or Accounting Item Name fields mapped. This could also be items not assigned to a Manufacturer.



13. (Optional) You also have the option to manually map any items in the CSV to Products or Labor Items in your Catalog:




14. When you are ready, click the [Import] button and choose whether you are importing New, Matched, or New and Matched items:



The following form will open:




15. Here you can choose your import options as well as verify what columns you wish to import. Click [OK] and you will get a confirmation fo your import:




16. If there were no Locations and/or Systems in the CSV file, you can assign them within the Project Editor.


Success! You have imported your Project Items from TCD into a D-Tools Project.


For details and instructions on the TCD Export, please visit this link: https://thecinemadesigner.com/d-tools.html


If you have any additional questions, please send an email to api@d-toolshelp.com 






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