Custom Security Increased interest in home security has made the closed-circuit TV products from Honeywell Power Products more popular among custom builders. Honeywell says the product most of these builders specify is its four-camera unit, the HPTV 2404. For more information, visit www.honeywellpower.com. The Web site features more than 20 closed-circuit TV power products.
Desktop Flair Best Software, new owners of back-office software Timberline, now offers Timberline Office Desktop as part of the company's rollout of Timberline Office 2004. Timberline Office Desktop lets builders customize a view of the back-office software for top managers, accountants, and estimators. For example: Owners can set their desktops to see progress and profit reports; accountants can just see accounts payables, open invoices and accounts receivables; and estimators can have a quick view of open bids and vendor lists. For more information, visit www. timberline.com.
Audio Push The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has launched a campaign to increase familiarity and awareness of multiroom audio among builders. The CEA reports that 65 percent of American home builders now offer multi-room audio as a standard or optional feature. The group recommends that builders partner with professional integrators that can help builders locate qualified audio pros in their local markets. For more information, visit www.multiroomaudio.org.
Micro Partner Field2Base, the Tablet PC–based communications and forms management tool, has been added to the list of partners participating in Microsoft's Tablet PC initiative. Field2Base joins Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, and Kodak on Microsoft's list. For more information, visit www.field2base.com.