SHOWEAST (BOOTH #815), HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - Harkness Screens the world's leading manufacturer of projection surfaces for cinema and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness has released versions of its critically acclaimed Digital Screen Modeller and Digital Screen Archiver apps on to the Android Platform.
"Since we launched the apps at Cinemacon we've been totally blown away by the response from the industry. In a little under six months the apps have generated over 1,100 downloads from the Apple App Store and when you consider the size of the industry we're in, at least from a technical perspective, you realise what a remarkable achievement that is," says Richard Mitchell, Worldwide Marketing Manager at Harkness Screens.
The Digital Screen Modeller is a 3D simulation tool that allows architects, engineers and exhibitors to visualise and optimise digital cinema scenarios in a virtual environment to help make more informed decisions about screen, projector and lamp choices before they're even installed or as part of planned refurbishment projects.
The Digital Screen Archiver is a secure cloud-based tool that aids projectionists, managers, engineers and exhibitors to maintain their digital cinema auditoria. The tool enables key cinema data to be captured in a standardised format during maintenance visits and use extensive back-end reporting tools to schedule maintenance and monitor screen performance against industry standards.
"We've been working hard over the past six months to add in new functionality and content that's been requested by our customers and user base. However during that time there's been one recurring request from the industry as a whole; for the apps to be made available on the Android platform and following several months work and testing we're now able to provide a cross-platform solution," Mitchell adds.
"These apps have and continue to rapidly change the way exhibitors think about light on screen and screen management as a whole. We know that in the short time these apps have been available they've already started resolving real-world issues. Now that we have the apps available on via the Android Market we fully expect our user base to grow dramatically as we provide an alternative to the iOS platform," Mitchell concludes.
With Harkness having now completed the launch of both the Digital Screen Modeller and Digital Screen Archiver on both the iOS and Android platforms the company has turned its attention towards the creation of further tools and utilities aimed at providing practical solutions for screen lifecycle management.