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Post 75 made on Sunday February 18, 2007 at 23:33
CE Pro Magazine
April 2003
On February 18, 2007 at 14:40, roddymcg said...
I like Moe's analogy.

If you are not allowing customization I think you are
missing something huge here. Our client's love this feature.
Some of our client's have personalized themes for each
room and house each house in one case. One has a picture
of their house on all the touchpanels.

Personalization and custom are huge factors...

Crestron is our go to currently if this matters.

A lot of passion on this one.

A lot of high-end custom integrators have gone out of business for this very reason--over-customizing, saying yes to anything. How do you keep your programmers in check when it's oh-so-tempting to perfect every little detail of an interface?

I happen to have Crestron, got to pick any interface I wanted, and it's nice (guifx). But if the integrator had come to me and said this is what your interface will look like, I'd have been fine with that. That's why I went with Guifx, using the same template that so many integrators seem to use.

Would I like the design to match my Frank Lloyd Wright-style mid-century modern home? Sure, but I wouldn't pay a programmer $100 per hour for the extra effort.

High-end, complete customization is a good business model for some, but it represents a very small portion of this industry. The large majority of integrators use less-customizable products like HAI. That's a swell business model, too, and shouldn't be pooh-poohed. (ha ha, I said pooh-pooh)
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