Tri Vantage seeks customer feedback on new software for design of marine interior and exterior makeovers
Hands-On Demonstrations of System Prototype Debuting at Marine Fabricator National Convention Jan. 20-22 in New Orleans
MarineFabricatorMag.com | January 19, 2012
Tri Vantage®, distributor of marine fabrics and hardware, is developing a new software program that assists marine fabricators with boat makeovers using marine fabrics above and below deck.
A prototype of the new system will be available for comment during the Marine Fabricators Association National Convention on Jan. 20-22 in New Orleans. Visitors to the Tri Vantage booth, No. 300, will have an opportunity for hands-on demonstrations and to provide feedback.
Based on a platform similar to Tri Vantage’s popular Awning Composer™ program for shade solutions, the new “marine composer” program will enable fabricators to select a three-dimensional boat interior, such as a V-berth or stateroom, and apply different fabric selections for interior cushions, mattresses, pillows and window treatments and exterior cushions and enclosures. The system also provides similar capabilities for imagining new canvas applications in cockpits and on deck.
“Photographs of boats were used to create the three-dimensional models that allow fabricators to show different fabric options,” said Mark Stiver, project manager at Tri Vantage. “This new planning and marketing tool is being explored to help marine fabricators expand their opportunities for all areas of a boat, inside and out.”
Visitors to the booth will also be able to see how the system adds three-dimensional waves to each rendering to give a lifelike appearance of the boat on water.
According to Stiver, marine fabricators have expressed an interest in a system similar to Awning Composer, which allows awning fabricators to explore multiple shade options based on photos of homes and commercial buildings.
“One of the great things about the new marine composer software will be the way it can be used on a laptop or a table either in the fabricator’s shop or onboard the customer’s boat,” Stiver said. “As with Awning Composer, customers are invited to participate in the design process, which is fun and engaging and encourages exploring many different solutions.”