ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
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Aries Graphics International announces a new co-marketing and software integration partnership with ikeGPS that focuses on helping sign shops realize the value of using LED Wizard with Spike. LED Wizard is the global leader in LED layout software for the sign industry, and Spike is an innovative signage measurement solution and software that won the 2016 Innovation Award from the ISA International Sign Expo.
This integrated solution enables signage professionals to use LED Wizard with Spike to streamline their workflow of designing and estimating LED channel letters and sign cabinets, saving considerable time and money. The solution is particularly suited to LED retrofits, where it is notoriously difficult and time-consuming to create an accurate estimate. It can be very challenging to capture a good quality, clean, and straight-on photo in addition to measurements while in the field, which leads to guesswork and poor estimates.
Enter Spike, which allows sign and digital graphics professionals to quickly and safely capture measurements for estimates of signage locations from a smartphone or tablet picture and the Spike device. A ladder, bucket truck and tape measure are no longer required to conduct site surveys and create estimates and designs, saving sign companies time and overhead costs on a traditionally lengthy process.
After capturing a photo of the existing sign using their smartphone and the Spike laser device, the signmaker uploads it to the Spike Cloud and creates a 1:1 scaled and perspective corrected JPG file. This is a very valuable file type that can be imported directly into LED Wizard already scaled and at proper perspective. At that point, the signmaker can use LED Wizard’s design and layout tools to match the font, draw various shapes, and/or trace the design on the Spike photo in preparation for LED population.
“This partnership with ikeGPS will bring tangible benefits to our LED Wizard customers worldwide, who are under constant pressure to create accurate estimates quickly,” says Jeff Fassett, President of Aries Graphics International. “I’ve seen some photos and drawings for retrofits passed off as “artwork” that are almost comical, and this causes delays, inaccuracies, and extra expense in the quoting process. But I know that if a customer is using their Spike device to conduct the site survey, the entire process is going to be faster and more accurate.”
“We are pleased to partner with such a trusted software provider to the sign and digital graphics industry, allowing us to bring Spike further into estimation processes for sign companies,” says Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “Working with LED Wizard and addressing pain points during LED estimation processes supports our mission to create a robust solution for the signage industry.”
This integration is now available to users of LED Wizard 7.1. Aries Graphics and ikeGPS will launch and demonstrate the new integration as part of a free webinar taking place at 11 am PDT Thursday, September 7th. For more information and to register for the webinar, please visit ledwizard.com/webinar or ikegps.com/webinar.
About Aries Graphics International
Aries Graphics International, Inc. is owned and operated by third generation signmakers, and has been a leading provider of design software to the sign industry for over 25 years. Our products include Sign Wizard for vinyl cutting and large format printing, Neon Wizard for neon pattern design, and LED Wizard for LED channel letter and sign cabinet layouts. We have thousands of customers in over 70 countries who use our products to improve productivity and enhance creativity in the sign shop. Find out more at www.aries-graphics.com or call us at 800 294-7273 or 805 642-2650.
We recently announced a new Spike Cloud feature, the Scaled Image*. The Scaled Image is a scaled 1:1 and perspective corrected (commonly known as deskewed) JPG.
Not only does the Scaled Image work with design tools like Illustrator, Flexi, and Corel, Spike Cloud users can now import the Scaled Image directly into AutoCAD or ARCHICAD, where they are able to immediately measure and design using AutoCAD’s or ARCHICAD’s native tools. Measure any height, width or area that is on the same plane that the Spike laser was pointed at, all from within your CAD software.
What used to sometimes take days to measure a project to be ready for AutoCAD or ARCHICADimport can now happen within hours, all from a smartphone. Also, save time and money by skipping the requirement to use Photoshop prior to getting your data into your CAD software. Spike’s Scaled Image is already perspective corrected, ensuring that the measurements taken will be to scale and the image is flat.
Equipped with Spike, anybody can easily capture dimensions of a project simply by taking a photo. All measurement work can be completed back at the office and natively within AutoCAD or ARCHICAD.
Watch the video below for a demonstration of using Spike with AutoCAD, or visit our Spike Support Center for instructions.
*The Beta version of the Scaled Image is currently available at no cost to Spike Cloud subscribers. In early 2018, we plan to release a set of Spike Cloud Professional features, via a paid subscription, which will include the Scaled Image. The base level subscription to the Spike Cloud will remain no cost to users.