CEA, CEDIA collaborate on software for ANSI architectural drawing symbols
CEA and CEDIA have teamed to produce software versions of the symbols defined in the publication of ANSI Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. The software can be used in programs like Microsoft Visio and AutoCAD.
The breakthrough was announced by CEDIA's R10 Residential Systems committee.
The ANSI standard, released in April, "defines a common set of floor plan icons that represents all facets of pre-wire and installation of electronic systems, products and devices in residential and commercial environments," said the organizations in a joint press release.
The file formats for the symbols are in black and white and include: .dwg for use with AutoCADD and compatible software; .vss stencils for use with Microsoft Visio; .png graphics with transparent backgrounds; .jpg standard graphic format with white backgrounds; .gif graphics with transparent backgrounds; and .tif graphics for printing, non-transparent.
“Not only was the architectural drawings standard a huge milestone for the low-voltage industry, but it took the very important step of providing the actual symbols themselves," said Walt Zerbe, product manager, audio, for OnQ Legrand and NuVo, and Chairman of the R10 committee. "All of the actual symbols are included with the standard in trusted industry formats, which can be loaded into your favorite design and layout software tools.”
Said Dave Wilson, vice president of technology and standards for CEA, “Common symbols will help to ensure that home design projects are completed as planned, no matter who does the planning or who does the building.”