Thank you for visiting us at Premiere vision, Paris

The AVA team would like to thank all who took the time to come and visit us at Premiere vision Paris.


Whilst at the exhibition we showcased the latest features and updates from our recent release of AVA 4.16!

If you’d like more information about AVA’s softwareservices and training, or if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our team will be happy to help. Feel free to contact us or  take a look at our events page to find out where you can visit us next.

The Christopher Soper Design Centre – Opening

AVA and Stead McAlpin are delighted to announce the launch of The Christopher Soper Design Centre at the end of September 2017. The hub will be located onsite at Stead McAlpin’s factory in Carlisle.

We are excited to announce that the centre will be opened by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester.

The aim of the design centre is to facilitate the start-up process for enterprising new textile design businesses and to support the education of textile design trainees.

Selected interns and entrepreneurs will use the design centre to assist them in their careers and kick start their businesses. During their time at the centre they’ll be given opportunities to advance their technical knowledge whilst receiving advice and guidance from industry experts.

As part of this unique opportunity, designers will have access to AVA work stations, digital printing facilities and wet rooms as well as design archives dating back to the nineteenth century.

The first lucky entrepreneur will start their journey at the centre in January 2018.

Watch this space! We are extremely excited about this new initiative, bringing education and industry closer together and hopefully helping to launch the next big name in textile design.

AVA Development Plan Movie in the making

Late last year AVA opened our doors and invited London based filmmaking company, Media Nerd, to work with us to capture and create a video illustrating the benefits of AVA’s Development Plan.

Whilst we believe AVA is full of stars, we had the difficult task to cast just six members of our team to feature alongside four of our fabulous customers on screen.

Dressing room dramas aside, our staff scrubbed up well after wardrobe and makeup tweaks – all done up it was time to step in front of the camera. A daunting task to say the least…lights, camera, action!

dpvideo01First up to get the camera rolling was the very composed Joanne Ratcliffe, Design Manger of Adamley Textiles, a local customer of ours who kindly agreed to feature as part of the video. Joanne has previous experience of speaking in front of the camera being filmed as part of the BBC Ones Country File and she proved to be a real pro!

Certainly a tough act to follow,  our next customer on set wasn’t phased at all… Chris Whelan, Director of Pure Design Studios, based in Bollington, Cheshire. Chris arrived at the offices prior to his time slot not really sure what to expect; however both ourselves and Media Nerd were impressed with his confidence and delivery when on the spot and in front of the camera, he was a  natural … the next James Bond we suspect!

Our last but not least on screen customer duo were the lovely Jenny and Jo, both design managers at Louvolite.  Louvolite design and produce blinds for the home furnishing market and are based in Hyde. X marked the spot where they stood and both ladies appeared to be at total ease, settling into the bright lights and camera- two beautiful budding actresses, a new career may await these two ladies!

dpvideo07Next to take to the centre stage was the AVA star struck team. Bravely agreeing to feature in front of the camera we had a range of staff from our Development Plan team, Customer Service Director, Commercial Director, R&D Director, Finance Manager before wrapping it up with AVAs CEO Nick Langford.  Thankfully, Media Nerd’s guidance made the process run as professionally and smoothly as possible with their coordination, tips and tricks reassuring any nervous participants and putting them at ease for their 15 minutes of fame!

We’d like to thank all of our customers for their time, kind contribution and thank you to Media Nerd for their professional assistance from start to finish.

To watch our promotional movie, get the popcorn ready, sit back relax and follow this link…. we hope that you enjoy! autographs can be arranged if necessary :)

(Coming soon in AVA’s supported languages; Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish)


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New advice for choosing hardware

AVA is a powerful graphics application but most of the processing has always been done on the CPU (Central Processing Unit). The faster the CPU, the faster AVA will run.  AVA has also been optimised to take full advantage of multiple CPUs. So when specifying a new computer, you’d just look for the fastest CPU with the most ‘cores’. There is, however, another variable when selecting a computer and that’s the graphics card (GPU- Graphics Processing Unit). Since most of the work in AVA is done on the CPU we used to advise people that they only need specify a basic GPU. However…

AVA 4.15 has an exciting new Structure Simulation window which displays emboss, blown vinyl and other structures in three dimensions. Since the 3D calculations are done in the GPU, it is now advisable to specify a better Graphics card when choosing your computer. In recent years the Mac operating system has also started to use the GPU’s more so you will gain there too.


New versions of the operating system (mac OS) can now be downloaded for free. You are reminded that AVA 4.15 requires mac OS 10.11 or newer and we recommend the latest 10.12 mac OS Sierra.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require hardware advise or help in installing an operating system as we’d be happy to help you.

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