Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Logo Design - Redux

We redesigned the Beat Rockerz logo with a modernized treatment using CorelDraw X6.
The updated logo is now includes:
  • Vector based format
  • Updated graphic elemets
  • New font (Mikodacs PCS)
  • Text gradients
  • Drop-shadow
  • High resolution output


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Web site designed for South Lake Union Endodontics

Google Sites website designed for South Lake Union Endodontics in Seattle WA.

Link to new website: South Lake Union Endodontics
Google Sites website designed for South Lake Union Endodontics in Seattle Washington
Website created using free CMS solution from Google (Google Sites).

Getting sweet on Google Sites. Pardon the Valentine's Day reference...'tis the season

The more we use GSites the more we like it.  Google Sites is a great alternative to the more prolific CMS platforms out there.  Definitely some design constraints, but for an affordable quick to market website, it's a worthy solution.
  • Free
  • SEO friendly
  • Custom URLs
  • Browser based editing
  • Granular permissions
  • Integration with Google Apps

DotNetNuke 7.0.3

DotNetNuke version 7.0.3 now available

DNN 7.0.3 Major Highlights
  • Fixed issue that prevented non admins and non hosts to save HTML content as a template
  • Fixed potential endless loop when using the device redirection on a new site
  • Fixed UI issue where sub menus could go off screen
  • Fixed issue that stopped users from switching sites from the control bar
  • Fixed CSS issue for disabled menu items
  • Fixed issue with link in the Journal when a site is restored in a different server
  • Fixed issue that prevented pop ups from closing when a window would not use the default alias for JQuery
  • Fixed errors when registering or logging in using a Twitter account
  • Fixed issue that stopped users from updating the Max File Size value
  • Implemented functionality in the Admin > Advanced Configuration > Languages so that users are able to re install and upgrade language packs
  • Fixed error in the HTML Editor Image Manager that stopped users from navigating the complete folder structure
  • Improved performance of the File Explorer when looking for files from an HTML module
  • Fixed issue where more than one language pack was being shown for each language during installation
  • Fixed issue where notification emails were not being sent
  • Fixed issue where the wrong timezone would be set in the host user's profile
  • Fixed issue where email was not getting delivered when a user received a message from another user
  • Fixed issue that prevented users from renaming pages that include special characters
  • Enhanced the flow when downloading documents that can be opened in a browser (like xml)
  • Removed non FIPS compliant code from the Client Resource Management component
  • Fixed issue where the user was not able to download language packs from the host > languages section
  • Implemented functionality to send query strings when redirecting sites using the mobile redirection feature

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1,100 Projects Completed

Some fun, some not...but all 1.1K are done!
My project numbering system is fairly straight forward.  For every new job that comes through the door, increment by one and add a customer code (i.e., 1100_WEB).  This morning we reached a milestone.  Well its not a big deal, but I liked the number.  It gave me an excuse to paint graffiti on the side of the building.  Just kidding.
Milestone reached: 1,100 projects completed.
It took us 11 years, and we've been consistent.  Completing roughly 100 projects per year.  All varieties, shapes and sizes.  From signage design to complete e-commerce websites, it's been a wild ride.

Meetings, phone calls, emails and texts.  1,100 projects down, and here's to the next!  Thanks to all of our customers who have trusted us with their web and marketing needs.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Google Plus Please Learn from My Mutes

Muting a Post on Google Plus is easy.  Don't like a post, no problem...click the mute button.

But, What If Your Mute History "Taught" Google Plus About What You Don't Like...

What I would love to see is the ability for Google Plus to learn from my previous mutes. Similar to how Pandora Radio works. The reader (in the case of G+) provides positive or negative feedback for posts in the stream, which are taken into account for future selections. Something like a "mute similar posts" button would be great.

Mute Google Plus Posts Consistently...

I almost always mute posts involving certain subjects. Especially when exploring the "What's hot and recommended" stream.

Improved Google Plus Content...

Content creators could also get a better feel for how unpopular certain subjects are, and based on number of mutes, adjust the subject matter or frequency of posts.

Better Google Plus User Experience...

I am still trying to better navigate the flowing waters of Google Plus streams.  Being able to personalize content based on my mute history would make for a much more efficient journey.  At least IMHO.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Animoto Video App Test

We're always testing out new web apps.  Today we tested the lite (free) version of Animoto.  Here's our take on it.

Lite Account Limits:
There is a limited library of pre-designed templates.  Most importantly, clip duration is limited to 30 seconds...which means you need to keep it brief.

Story Telling Features:
You can upload your photos and videos and add text "slides" to help tell your story.

Be Social:
Our favorite feature is the ability to auto publish on YouTube.  After that, export and download the MP4 file and upload to Facebook and Google+.

Our Test:
Here's what we came up with.  Not bad for less than an hour worth of effort.  Domo arigato Mr. Animoto...

Note: Video has soundtrack, turn down speakers.

The Verdict:
If you are looking for a free and simple way to create a video, give Animoto Lite a spin.

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