New Professionally Designed Websites Now at a Lower Cost Than Ever

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Rocket Web Design offers great looking websites at an affordable cost.

Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) August 26, 2013

A New Logo to Spark Increased Traffic for Commercial Website

Getting an advantage in business requires staying in touch with the important aspects of marketing and customer demand, and by partnering with Rocket Web Design, a business can do that and more. Changes in consumer trends in the digital age are enabling businesses to deliver a increased range of information to their customer base through creative and intelligent custom website design elements which including a modern, attractive and unique logo as well as customized designs. Businesses old and new are being separated by the simplicity and attraction that a customer has initially to their logo and later through an intelligent and attractively designed website.

Like a great book cover, a logo should present a message about what the customer might be able to find inside. Digital media and marketing solutions from Rocket Web Design provide a business the skills and attention to details like the generation of a unique new logo that will aid them in obtaining an edge to attract increased website traffic. This attention from a business logo that will bring in more traffic to the businesses website is documented by Rocket Web Design. The generation of a well designed business logo does many things to support more website traffic which can be explained during an introduction and consultation by one of Rocket Web Designs representatives.

Custom Website Design Provided by Rocket Web Design Provides Increased Website Traffic

A professional logo which gives a consumer a reason to be attracted to a businesses website is a great start. Rocket Web Design takes the task of providing a new logo and then explosively delivers the content of the website to the consumer. Rocket Web Design uses the latest technology and practices to build their web design packages. They connect these custom built websites to their tracking and reporting tools which provide the feedback necessary to continue to modify the impact of the solution to deliver increased website traffic and in turn more customers and revenue.

Contact the team at Rocket Web Design to become acquainted with an innovative leader of custom website design solutions. They can show you the data of increased efficiency and increased profits that many of their satisfied design package customers have had and explain how to obtain similar results.

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Hype 2.0 is a solid WYSIWYG tool for HTML5 animation and interactive graphics

When I made the transition from print designer to web producer in January, I wanted to make my graphic designing skills with me. PennLive.com, my day job, utilizes HTML5 to make the site desktop- and mobile-friendly and steers clear of Flash. While I knew some coding, I didn’t know enough to create some of the elaborate interactive projects that other newspapers have done, such as the New York Times’ Snow Fall and reshaping New York projects. In addition to custom components, the staff utilized jQuery and HTML5.

Nothing beats a good, solid foundation in writing code, but as someone making the transition from designing full-time in InDesign, I wanted to work with a WYSIWYG editor. Adobe came out with Edge in 2011, but it requires a Creative Cloud subscription. Sencha Animator is available as well, but the US$99 price tag might be a deterrent.

Then there’s Hype. Created by two former Apple engineers, it is a low-cost, yet powerful tool for creating keyframe-based animation in HTML 5. Version 1 made its debut in May 2011, and 2.0 was released on August 20. Some impressive work has been done with Hype, including this graphic from the Los Angeles Times, and I was eager to try it.

Design

If you’ve ever used Flash, Hype will look very familiar. Most of the program centers around the stage, with timeline and properties bars beneath it. On the stage, you can expand various panels for adding scenes to your content or various elements. The preview button allows you to toggle among your browser of choice to view your project.

Additional panels include an inspector, where you do the majority of your tweaking, a list of project resources, colors and fonts. Hype lets you bring your own fonts into the system through custom CSS or browsing popular open-source Google fonts, which is a really nice touch.

In addition to the stage, you’ll spend most of your time with the Inspector panel. The Swiss Army knife of Hype controls document settings, scene settings, metrics, elements, text, actions, and identity. There’s a number of pre-set canvas sizes you can use based off standard monitors, iPhone and iPad screens. You can change stage sizes on the fly, which is good for when a project’s demands suddenly change on you and you don’t want to start over from scratch.

Hype’s Jonathan Deutsch equipped me with a copy of Hype and pointed me to the site’s extensive documentation and YouTube tutorials. A lot of the newest tutorials addresses the features of Hype 2.0 — the biggest being the ability to preview your work on iOS using the free Hype Reflect. To go along with this, Hype lets you build the ability to add touch and swipe events so your project is desktop- and mobile-friendly at the same time. Other new features include the aforementioned web fonts, audio actions, curved motion paths and more.

Use

I had a bit of Flash training about six years ago, and a lot of it came back to me as I played around with Hype. If you understand the concept of key frames and animating elements between those frames, you won’t have an issue with Hype. You can bring in all sorts of material to Hype: images, video, HTML widgets and more.

A lot of Hype’s power comes from using the record button. In the timeline, either click where you want your key frame to be, or type in the time on the timeline. Hit the record button and either drag the object where you want it to go next or use the inspector panel to control things such as changing color, shape or opacity. You can establish different key frames for elements in the properties bar: movement can have one set of key frames, while opacity and color can have their own key frames.

Creating some of the graphic elements is where my frustrations came in. I really wish there was an easy way to create something as simple as a triangle in Hype without having to mask part of another shape or bring it in as an image. Food for thought for a future release. Some of the keyboard shortcuts were a bit perplexing as well. I’d like to see a switch to using the standard zoom keyboard shortcuts (⌘+ and ⌘-) rather than the ones built into the app (⌘ and ⌘), which didn’t even work when I tried using them because they conflict with bringing up the preference panel.

One of my favorite Hype features is an ongoing tracking of browser and mobile compatibility. I learned that no matter what I did, the animation I was developing was not going to be Opera-friendly. Internet Explorer hated my attempt at using background gradients.

My test project concerned homicides in Harrisburg in 2013, and each new discovery in Hype added to our excitement for the project. We figured out we could link to our site’s video player in Hype, letting us integrate previously posted videos into the graphic. You can see a version of the test graphic (note only one button is active) here.

After creating the graphic, I added a couple of swipe gestures and did a preview through Hype Reflect. If on the same network as the Hype desktop client, your iOS device will show up as an available preview option. In Hype Reflect, you have the option to test your animation in mobile Safari, access console messages and utilize a mirroring option that lets you make changes on the Mac and see them instantly on Hype. Using Hype Reflect, I was able to see that the video link didn’t work on mobile, and that the text rendered a bit differently than from the desktop version. Ah, well, back to the drawing board!

Another feature I really like is the ability to export to Dropbox, in addition to exporting to a folder. That made it very easy for me to share the test animation with a couple co-workers. You can also export your project as a widget for use in iBooks or Dashboard.

Conclusion

If you’re wanting to transition from doing Flash-based animation to HTML 5-based, Hype is a fantastic tool to start with if the thought of hand-coding interactive graphics sends a chill down your spine. I’m looking forward to using this more.

The 2.0 release addresses a lot of issues reviewers had with the initial release two years ago, and the support system is excellent. Tumult features work being done with Hype on its site and is experimenting with doing live tutorials through Google+.

Hype retails for $59.99 through the Mac App Store or Tumult, but is on sale for $29.99 until September 10. Those who purchased Hype 1.6 after July 20 are eligible for a free upgrade, and volume licensing is available. A 15-day trial is on site for those who want to give it a try.



Source: http://tumult.com/hype/

Article source: http://www.tuaw.com/2013/08/26/hype-2-0-is-a-solid-wysiwyg-tool-for-html5-animation-and-interac/

HTML5: The Future of Cloud Gaming?

Image: dalcrose/Flickr

Until now, the predominant model for “cloud gaming” has been one that mimics the way music and video is served, i.e. from a central location through the streaming of a continuous audio and video feed utilizing compression techniques. The most famous attempts to commercialize the pixel streaming model were perhaps OnLive and Gaikai.

The first one started as a true high growth internet star with an astonishing valuation, only to implode completely as the cost of running the operations ate the company from inside, while customers stayed away. The second, Gaikai, was marketed very confidently which got it acquired by Sony in 2012, and has since been shut down and never re-launched.

This method of delivering cloud gaming is both expensive to build and difficult to scale. It relies on high performance servers, geared up with top notch graphics chips, and paired with large scale network infrastructure. The whole point of this model is to do the heavy lifting on the server side and stream an elegant gaming video and audio stream to the client residing on a PC, tablet, mobile phone, or a TV.

A key challenge with this model is that it is fundamentally opposed to how the computing power distribution of the world looks like. Since the dawn of the personal computer and the shift away from mainframe, computer power has always been accumulated on the client (end user) side. This means that most of the computing power today resides with the user. Due to economies of scale, end user computing power is likely to remain cheaper than server side computing power. Pixel streaming is thus driving unnecessary duplication of (expensive) hardware.

Why put console potent gaming computers in expensive server racks if they are already in people’s homes?

In addition, pixel streaming requires gapless high bandwidth broadband all the way to the client’s side, which increases operating cost even more.

Streaming computer games is also very different compared to music and video. The simple reason is that gameplay video cannot be buffered. Since the user (player) is affecting the video feed each millisecond of the gameplay, images cannot preload and all video therefore needs to be served in real time, and this often leads to latency which adversely affects the gameplay.

Another factor that affects this model’s attractiveness is that it requires a platform dependent software client to be downloaded and installed — this is known to cause poor conversion due to the hassle it means for the potential customer. Even cloud gaming software in the form of browser plug-ins suffers from unappealingly low conversion rates. If you lose 50-80% of your potential customers already before they have tried playing it really hurts the economics of your on-demand gaming business.

Is there another model for cloud gaming? Enter HTML5, via the ubiquitous web browser.

Many have argued that HTML5 can’t compete with high quality computer gaming but this is about to change with WebGL powered HTML5. WebGL is a new standard in HTML5 that allows games to gain access to hardware acceleration. Just like native games. The introduction of WebGL in HTML5 is a massive leap in what the browser can deliver and it allows for web games to be built with previously unseen graphics quality. HTML5 as a cloud gaming solution addresses the key difficulties described above.

WebGL powered HTML5 leverages local (cheap) computing power, and not (expensive) server hardware. With the introduction of WebGL, HTML5 games can take advantage of local hardware just like native games, thus maximizing the local computational power available.

WebGL powered HTML5 does not require that much bandwidth during gameplay. Since the game assets are downloaded (pre-cached) before and during gameplay, even modest speed internet connections suffice.

HTML5 runs in the browser on multiple devices and does not need any special client software to be downloaded and installed. This is a pretty big deal. It allows for games to be published on nearly every conceivable web site, and since it runs directly in the browser, it opens up unprecedented viral opportunities and social media integration.

At the moment, there is one challenge still with HTML5 as a cloud gaming solution. For on-demand portals looking to offer cloud gaming, the current scarcity of high quality games on HTML5 is the biggest problem. The biggest advantages of the pixel streaming solution are the fairly moderate cost of onboarding games and that existing native games can be installed on the central serving system relatively easy, even though a certain amount of conversion requiring up-front investment is needed. Porting an existing game to WebGL powered HTML5 still means a fair amount of work.

However, as a number of “pure” HTML5/Web OS platforms, such as Firefox OS, Tizen and Chrome OS, are emerging into the internet ecosystem, this problem might solve itself. The arrival of these platforms eventually will lead to a growing portfolio of games on HTML5 and that portfolio might well be leveraged by on-demand player and online portals with already existing browser interfaces for their customers.

In conclusion, cloud gaming through pixel streaming has shown to be very expensive to operate and scale. In addition it requires thick wires (i.e. substantial, resilient bandwidth to reach the gamer) if he or she ever even manages to download and install the cloud gaming client required. HTML5 with the arrival of WebGL is a viable alternative to the pixel streaming model, since it leverages local computing power, requires little to no server muscle, can be delivered efficiently over standard internet connections, and be played in the browsers most people already have.

As the number of games utilizing this new HTML5 standard grows it might well play out as an elegant and cost-effective solution for on-demand media houses looking to integrate computer games into their online offering.

Marcus Kruger is the Executive Chairman of Goo Technologies.

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Article source: http://www.wired.com/insights/2013/08/html5-the-future-of-cloud-gaming/

A New Html5 Image Slider Just Introduced by Hi Slider

Hi Slider (HiSlider.com) specializes in providing the latest WordPress slider plugins, Joomla image sliders and other slide software information for users. Today, the website releases a new html5 image slider for users.

(PRWEB) August 26, 2013

Hi Slider (HiSlider.com) specializes in providing the latest WordPress slider plugins, Joomla image sliders and other slide software information for users. Today, the website releases a new html5 image slider for users.

According to an engineer from Hi Slider, the new slide software is specially designed to assist the slide software fans in the world to make their websites more beautiful and attractive, so that they can leave people with better impressions.

What is Hi Slider? “Hi Slider is a free software for personal use, which will allow users to publish responsive jQuery image slideshows, seamless WordPress slider plugins, amazing website sliding banners and fancy JavaScript slideshow presentations,” says, the CEO of HiSlider.com. “At the same time, Hi Slider allows a user to design his or her own templates with built-in setting features such as background, color, image, control button, navigation bar and more.”

The CEO adds, “We will launch a great range of templates for choices. With this free WordPress slider plugin, a user can publish a gorgeous slider to his website within minutes!”

About Hi Slider

Hi Slider (HiSlider.com) is affiliated with WONDER IDEA TECHNOLOGY LIMITED which is based in Hong Kong. Aware of the latest trends of modern web design, the company is committed to the development and optimization of web design, in the hope to help build a wonderful website with ease.

For more details, please visit: http://www.HiSlider.com

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11060606.htm

Article source: http://www.watchlistnews.com/2013/08/26/a-new-html5-image-slider-just-introduced-by-hi-slider/

IGC Announces Brava! 7.2 With First HTML5 Viewer for CAD


SCOTTSDALE, AZ — (Marketwired) — Aug 26, 2013

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC™), a leader in viewing, collaboration and redaction technology, today announced version 7.2 of its Brava!® viewing and collaboration software. In addition to the universal viewing, robust collaboration, secure redaction and versatile publishing features that Brava users enjoy, Brava 7.2 offers significant enhancements:

  • View CAD drawings on any platform. The cross-platform Brava Enterprise HTML5 client now offers vector viewing for crisp views at any zoom level and the ability to set layer visibility and view object attributes.
  • Sign documents electronically. Add electronic signatures to documents, or even create a signature template for common forms and agreements to sign and initial everywhere at the click of a button. With the HTML5 client, integrators can set up a workflow to add a signature page automatically.
  • Streamline repetitive form reviews. Use the new Checkview feature to speed up the review process. Flag form areas requiring review and add instructions for the reviewer. Reviewers are stepped through each area and must approve or reject each area to move on to the next.
  • Compare documents quickly. The new text comparison features helps users find differences more quickly by collapsing large areas of unchanged text, highlighting lines with changes and allowing users to change the colors used to indicate differences to accommodate users with color-blindness.
  • Create PDF/E and Fast Web View files. Publish files to PDF/E for engineering and technical documentation, and to Fast Web View, a format that restructures PDF documents for page-at-a-time downloading from web servers.

“Companies today need features that increase worker efficiency and reduce errors, and the new Brava 7.2 does just that,” said IGC CEO Gary Heath. “With new features like electronic signatures that can hook right into the ECM system, and Checkview that aids in repetitive form reviews, Brava makes formerly tedious tasks quick and virtually painless.”

Try the new vector-based HTML5 Brava client at
tinyurl.com/bravahtml1.

Learn more about what’s new in Brava 7.2 at
bravaviewer.com/whats-new.

About IGC

Since 1990, IGC has been a leading developer of commercial software products for viewing, collaboration and redaction. IGC products, including Redact-It®, Blazon® and viewing/collaboration/annotation tool Brava!®, are renowned for their cost-saving value, ease-of-use, features and scalability. The products have been deployed by thousands of corporations, law firms and government entities in the United States and internationally. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, IGC maintains offices in the United States and has key distribution partners worldwide. For more information, visit
www.infograph.com or follow us on Twitter @IGCsoftware or Facebook at
www.facebook.com/InformativeGraphics.

Note to Editors: Informative Graphics, Brava!, Blazon and Redact-It are registered trademarks and IGC is a trademark of Informative Graphics Corporation. All other names are the properties of their respective owners.

Media Contact:

Christine Musil
Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC)
602.971.6061, ext. 133

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Article source: http://www10.mcadcafe.com/nbc/articles/1/1214023/IGC-Announces-Brava!-7.2-With-First-HTML5-Viewer-CAD

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BusinessRadioX® Welcomes Its Newest Host, Desiree Scales with Bella Web …

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Desiree Scales, founder of Bella Web Design and new host of High Velocity Radio

Desiree has a great reputation in her field, and it makes perfect sense to move her from guest to host.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 26, 2013

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, BusinessRadioX® welcomes to the studio the latest addition to its radio family, Desiree Scales with Bella Web Design, who will host a new weekly edition of High Velocity Radio.

Scales will host the High Velocity Radio show on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. EST, and will interview thought leaders who are blazing a trail in their industry by thinking out of the box and breaking new ground. These leaders will share their stories and inspire others to take a new look at what is possible and challenge what was thought to be impossible.

Originally a guest on several of BusinessRadioX®’s prominent shows, Scales’ expertise has earned her recognition as a valuable resource to listeners as well as the BusinessRadioX® team. “Desiree has a great reputation in her field, and it makes perfect sense to move her from guest to host. She’s a great fit for RadioX,” said Lee Kantor, founder of BusinessRadioX®.

Scales founded Bella Web Design in 1998 following a successful career as a flight attendant for United Air Lines and an analyst for Delta Airlines. Since the company’s launch, Scales created a track record of success and profitability for Bella Web, which has helped over 1,000 companies build and maintain a strong online presence with services such as compelling web design, web hosting, ecommerce, automated marketing, SEO, email marketing, and social media coaching. Scales is also an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant (ICC).

She has been a featured online marketing and web design expert for USAToday.com, CBS News in Atlanta, 11Alive, and NBC Nightly News.

Please join us for her inaugural episode as host of High Velocity Radio on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 2 p.m. EST.

About High Velocity Radio:

http://highvelocityradio.businessradiox.com

High Velocity Radio celebrates top performers producing better results in less time. The show brings in business leaders and experts to talk about their methods and to help listeners develop the competence, confidence, and commitment to succeed with speed.

About Business RadioX®:

BusinessRadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get The Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. BusinessRadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://www.businessradiox.com.

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Canva Aims to Turn Anyone into a Designer

Canva is a new service that aims to democratize the design process process by making it easy for anyone to design. The Australia-based company nabbed $3 million in seed funding earlier this year — from Facebook Director of Engineering Lars Rasmussen, Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman and other investors — and finally opened its doors today.

CEO Melanie Perkins tells TNW that Canva’s vision is to make the future of design “much simpler and more collaborative,” opening it up to literally anyone.

The site’s integrated design process puts everything at a user’s fingertips — including professional stock images, fonts, design layouts and other tools — and uses a simple drag and drop process. That’s opposed to existing methods which, Perkins says, require users to do different things on a multitude of platforms, which is inconvenient and fiddly.

Canva also lets users share links with colleagues and friends and edit designs from the site directly, eliminating painful email chains and the difficulties of tracking new versions of designs.

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Perkins says the service is aimed at all, from professional designers — it has a library of one million images and “hundreds” of fonts — to novices and those seeking to do little more than design a new Facebook cover image or business card. Canva includes step-by-step instructions and challenges to bring confidence to even the most reluctant folks out there.

“We want to be able to educate people by giving them the tools, confidence and ability to create things that they feel proud of,” Perkins added.

The service has initially rolled out to “selected” users in the US and Australia, but it will expand globally over time. Those interested in the service can reserve a place — and personal URL — by visiting the homepage.

Canva is free to use, but the company will make money from stock photos, which are priced at $1 each. Users only pay if they publish a design using a stock images, meaning that they can experiment with images for free.

➤ Canva.com

Headline image via Thinkstock

Article source: http://thenextweb.com/dd/2013/08/26/canvas-simple-and-collaborative-web-based-platform-aims-to-turn-anyone-into-a-designer/

Top of the List: Web designers



Ranking on Google, Bing

We rank the Birmingham area’s largest website designers.










Anna McFall
Research director- Birmingham Business Journal

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The August 23 edition of Birmingham Business Journal focuses on technology and we list the area’s largest web design companies, ranked by number of web design staff.

Intermark Interactive tops the list this year, with 41 web designers on staff. Infomedia Inc. follows at No. 2, with 21 designers.

Here are the largest Birmingham-area web design firms ranked by number of design staff:

  1. Intermark Interactive- 41
  2. Infomedia Inc.-21
  3. Zeekee Interactive-19
  4. Kinetic Communications-15
  5. o2ideas-14
  6. (tie) Whiteboard IT-14

We also looked at the top five ranked by number of sites designed in 2012. Here’s the rundown:

  1. Zeekee Interactive- 325
  2. Vehicle Media – 115
  3. Infomedia Inc.-94
  4. o2ideas-78
  5. Telegraph Branding – 57

For the rest of the List, including the names of top local executives, contact info and notable clients, see the August 23 print edition of the Birmingham Business Journal.

The full Lists are available only to subscribers. Subscribers can view the entire Top 25 list online here. Each week we bring you Lists like this.

Coming up:

•In the August 30 issue, we take a look at venture capital in Birmingham.

•I am currently surveying Birmingham-based commercial interior designers, landscape companies and janitorial service providers. If you would like to be added to my database for these or for any list, please send an email to amcfall@bizjournals.com.

Anna McFall is the research director for the Birmingham Business Journal. She compiles the weekly Top 25 Lists of businesses in various industries.Click here to follow her on Twitter.

Article source: http://www.bizjournals.com/birmingham/blog/2013/08/intermark-interactive-tops-list-of.html

IGC Announces Brava! 7.2 With First HTML5 Viewer for CAD

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(Marketwired – Aug 26, 2013) – Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC™), a leader in viewing, collaboration and redaction technology, today announced version 7.2 of its Brava!® viewing and collaboration software. In addition to the universal viewing, robust collaboration, secure redaction and versatile publishing features that Brava users enjoy, Brava 7.2 offers significant enhancements:

  • View CAD drawings on any platform. The cross-platform Brava Enterprise HTML5 client now offers vector viewing for crisp views at any zoom level and the ability to set layer visibility and view object attributes.
  • Sign documents electronically. Add electronic signatures to documents, or even create a signature template for common forms and agreements to sign and initial everywhere at the click of a button. With the HTML5 client, integrators can set up a workflow to add a signature page automatically.
  • Streamline repetitive form reviews. Use the new Checkview feature to speed up the review process. Flag form areas requiring review and add instructions for the reviewer. Reviewers are stepped through each area and must approve or reject each area to move on to the next.
  • Compare documents quickly. The new text comparison features helps users find differences more quickly by collapsing large areas of unchanged text, highlighting lines with changes and allowing users to change the colors used to indicate differences to accommodate users with color-blindness. 
  • Create PDF/E and Fast Web View files. Publish files to PDF/E for engineering and technical documentation, and to Fast Web View, a format that restructures PDF documents for page-at-a-time downloading from web servers.

“Companies today need features that increase worker efficiency and reduce errors, and the new Brava 7.2 does just that,” said IGC CEO Gary Heath. “With new features like electronic signatures that can hook right into the ECM system, and Checkview that aids in repetitive form reviews, Brava makes formerly tedious tasks quick and virtually painless.”

Try the new vector-based HTML5 Brava client at tinyurl.com/bravahtml1.

Learn more about what’s new in Brava 7.2 at bravaviewer.com/whats-new.

About IGC
Since 1990, IGC has been a leading developer of commercial software products for viewing, collaboration and redaction. IGC products, including Redact-It®, Blazon® and viewing/collaboration/annotation tool Brava!®, are renowned for their cost-saving value, ease-of-use, features and scalability. The products have been deployed by thousands of corporations, law firms and government entities in the United States and internationally. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, IGC maintains offices in the United States and has key distribution partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.infograph.com or follow us on Twitter @IGCsoftware or Facebook at www.facebook.com/InformativeGraphics.

Note to Editors: Informative Graphics, Brava!, Blazon and Redact-It are registered trademarks and IGC is a trademark of Informative Graphics Corporation. All other names are the properties of their respective owners.

Article source: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/igc-announces-brava-72-with-first-html5-viewer-for-cad-1824220.htm

IGC Announces Brava! 7.2 With First HTML5 Viewer for CAD


SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Aug 26, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) –
Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC(TM)), a leader in viewing,
collaboration and redaction technology, today announced version 7.2
of its Brava!(R) viewing and collaboration software. In addition to
the universal viewing, robust collaboration, secure redaction and
versatile publishing features that Brava users enjoy, Brava 7.2
offers significant enhancements:


        --  View CAD drawings on any platform. The cross-platform Brava Enterprise
            HTML5 client now offers vector viewing for crisp views at any zoom
            level and the ability to set layer visibility and view object
            attributes.
        --  Sign documents electronically. Add electronic signatures to documents,
            or even create a signature template for common forms and agreements to
            sign and initial everywhere at the click of a button. With the HTML5
            client, integrators can set up a workflow to add a signature page
            automatically.
        --  Streamline repetitive form reviews. Use the new Checkview feature to
            speed up the review process. Flag form areas requiring review and add
            instructions for the reviewer. Reviewers are stepped through each area
            and must approve or reject each area to move on to the next.
        --  Compare documents quickly. The new text comparison features helps
            users find differences more quickly by collapsing large areas of
            unchanged text, highlighting lines with changes and allowing users to
            change the colors used to indicate differences to accommodate users
            with color-blindness.
        --  Create PDF/E and Fast Web View files. Publish files to PDF/E for
            engineering and technical documentation, and to Fast Web View, a
            format that restructures PDF documents for page-at-a-time downloading
            from web servers.

“Companies today need features that increase worker efficiency and
reduce errors, and the new Brava 7.2 does just that,” said IGC CEO
Gary Heath. “With new features like electronic signatures that can
hook right into the ECM system, and Checkview that aids in repetitive
form reviews, Brava makes formerly tedious tasks quick and virtually
painless.”

Try the new vector-based HTML5 Brava client at
tinyurl.com/bravahtml1.

Learn more about what’s new in Brava 7.2 at
bravaviewer.com/whats-new.

About IGC
Since 1990, IGC has been a leading developer of
commercial software products for viewing, collaboration and
redaction. IGC products, including Redact-It(R), Blazon(R) and
viewing/collaboration/annotation tool Brava!(R), are renowned for
their cost-saving value, ease-of-use, features and scalability. The
products have been deployed by thousands of corporations, law firms
and government entities in the United States and internationally.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, IGC maintains offices in the
United States and has key distribution partners worldwide. For more
information, visit www.infograph.com or follow us on Twitter
@IGCsoftware or Facebook at www.facebook.com/InformativeGraphics.

Note to Editors: Informative Graphics, Brava!, Blazon and Redact-It
are registered trademarks and IGC is a trademark of Informative
Graphics Corporation. All other names are the properties of their
respective owners.


        Media Contact:

        Christine Musil
        Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC)
        602.971.6061, ext. 133
        Email Contact

SOURCE: Informative Graphics

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Article source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/igc-announces-brava-72-with-first-html5-viewer-for-cad-2013-08-26

TiVo Roamio review: A pretty good DVR with a silly name

I have never made a technology purchase that my wife has greeted with more skepticism than the original TiVo digital video recorder. It was 1999 and the idea of recording TV shows to a hard drive instead of a videotape seemed extravagant and pointless. Within a month she had come all the way around on the TiVo, and in the intervening 14 years roughly half of American television viewers have followed. DVRs these days come in all sorts of variations, mostly offered by your cable or satellite company, but TiVo’s still offering a nicer alternative for cable subscribers who are willing to pay for the privilege.


Streaming video to iOS devices is built right in to the high-end Roamio models.

It’s been three years since the last major hardware update from TiVo, but in August the company announced and released three new DVRs. It was the first time in about six years that I’ve used a TiVo, having spent the intervening time using DirecTV’s homegrown DVR instead. The experience was strangely familiar, but TiVo has come a long way in the intervening 14 years. This modern TiVo can record up to six shows at once, stream live TV and recordings to iOS devices, and play streaming Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant video. It’s the closest thing to the all-in-one television hub that has yet been invented.

Wherefore art thou, TiVo?

Before getting into the details, let’s break down the basics of what these boxes are and how they work. There are three models of these new TiVos, which might have been called “Series 5” but instead have the unfortunate moniker of Roamio. (The previous generation was called Premiere. Maybe the 2016 model will be called Hamlet?)

The $200 Roamio is the base model and it’s different from the other two models. It’s physically smaller, for one, and it’s got the smallest amount of onboard storage: 500GB (Tivo’s estimate is 75 hours of HD video). Strangely, this low-end model is the only one of these with an off-air ATSC tuner, meaning that in addition to cable, you can plug in an antenna and record television freely over the public airwaves. It also lacks the built-in streaming features of the two more expensive models; a $130 TiVo Stream add-on box is required to enable those features. And it can record only four shows at once via a multistream CableCard (provided by your cable company).

TiVo
The top-of-the-line Roamio Pro

The $400 Roamio Plus and $600 Roamio Pro are exactly the same as each other, other than the size of their internal hard drives. The Plus comes with a 1TB drive (up to 150 hours of HD), and the Pro with 3TB of storage (up to 450 hours of HD). Both models support only CableCard (they can’t record over-the-air), but can record up to six streams simultaneously. They’ve got the formerly separate Tivo Stream functionality built in; this means that users of the TiVo iOS app can stream video from these devices without the need for additional hardware. That same app can also download shows off the TiVo’s hard drive for later viewing; you could pull off a couple of your favorite shows and watch them on an airplane, for example. (TiVo said that an Android version is on the horizon.)


Downloading to iOS devices is easy, but takes a while.

Currently, the streaming features work only on the same network that the DVR’s on—in essence, within your home. But TiVo promises that “very soon” the iOS app will be updated to support streaming and downloading from outside the home. That will be a great addition, because it’ll let you download shows from anywhere and stream shows without the need for something like one of Sling Media’s Slingbox products. I saw a demo of this feature and it looked pretty good, but it will definitely require a fast Internet connection on both ends for it to stream high-quality video.

Now some of the important details. First, these devices only work with cable TV (and over-the-air antennas in the case of the low-end model). They use something called a CableCard, which is a government-mandated piece of hardware that opens up cable systems to third-party devices like TiVo. Satellite providers are not covered under this law, and so if you’re a DirecTV or Dish Network customer, you can’t use this product. (DirecTV does currently offer a TiVo-based DVR—after a long absence—but it’s based on the Series 3 technology that’s now two generations out of date. Get with the program, DirecTV.) The Roamio line will, however, work with Verizon FiOS TV service.

Second, TiVo isn’t just a piece of hardware you buy: It’s also a service you pay for, in addition to your cable bill. Currently TiVo requires a $15 monthly fee per DVR or a one-time $500 payment for the lifetime of the box. That lifetime service saves you money only if you keep the box longer than just under three years. That’s not unreasonable, but it’s a gamble. So there’s an up-front investment and an ongoing charge, which means TiVo is always going to be more expensive than the box your cable company will provide for you (even from those companies that charge a monthly DVR fee). But with a user interface superior to most provided hardware, it’s a cost many are willing to pay.

Getting started

Installing the TiVo (I’m going to try to use the word Roamio as seldom as possible from here on out) was remarkably easy. I already had cable in the house for my Internet access, so all I needed to do was go to my local Comcast office, pick up a multi-stream CableCard, and I was ready to go. I plugged the CableCard into the back of the TiVo, plugged it into my network (I used ethernet, though these models do offer built-in Wi-Fi as well), and connected it into my TV.

It took maybe 10 or 15 minutes to get from that point to being able to watch live TV; that’s too long, but my experience starting up DirecTV’s DVR was no different. Setting up was easy—since the TiVo came direct from TiVo.com, it was already connected to my existing TiVo account, so I didn’t need to enter in a user name or password.

TiVo
Insert CableCard and go.

While I was at it, I also set up a $100 TiVo Mini on the other TV in my house. Originally, every TV needed its own DVR, but the TiVo Mini is part of a TV-industry shift to a different approach. The idea is that every house has one powerful server hooked up to programming—the Roamio, in this case—and several lightweight client boxes that just stream video over a home network. The TiVo Mini is tiny and has no hard drive—it’s like a bigger version of the Apple TV or Roku box. It behaves just like a TiVo (and requires its own $6-a-month or $150 lifetime service charge), but it isn’t connected to your cable, just to your main TiVo.

The TiVo Mini didn’t get up and running right away—since I bought it from Amazon, I had to go to TiVo’s website to connect it to my account, and I needed to wait until the next morning and restart the box before it recognized the Roamio in my living room. But once they made that connection, the two devices worked flawlessly together. (To watch live TV, the TiVo Mini temporarily hijacks a single tuner belonging to the main TiVo box, but since there are six to choose from, it rarely causes any conflicts.) If I had a bigger house with more TV sets, I could buy more TiVo Minis and connect them to the Roamio as well. Depending on the number of tuners and TiVos in your house, you can have up to eight TiVo Minis as part of your network. And because the Roamio supports dynamic tuner allocation, the tuner is only used when the Mini needs and otherwise released back to the DVR for use (the Premiere models support the Mini, but not dynamic allocation). Because of the bandwidth involved to send that video around the house, note that you can’t use a wireless connection to add a TiVo Mini, so must have either ethernet or a MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) adapter installed.

High definition… mostly


Detailed information is available for most episodes, with links to Netflix when available.

When I abandoned my Series 2 TiVo five or six years ago, it was capable of showing high-definition programming but all the device’s menus were still in standard definition. Over the years, parts of the TiVo interface have been upgraded to HD, but even with new model there are amazingly still menus that are in standard definition. If you go one level down in any of the settings menus, you’ll be in interface screens that look no different than those in the original TiVo circa 1999. It’s kind of ridiculous.

That said, most of the interface is in HD now, and it looks great. The text is readable and there’s a lot of extra information (like the season and episode numbers for many TV shows) that true TV aficionados will love. Maybe it’s just my years with the DirecTV DVR (and interacting with the stock Comcast DVRs of friends) talking, but the TiVo interface seems much more attractive and thoughtful than the bog-standard cable boxes out there. It’s actually a pleasure to use the interface, right down to the same old silly beep-boop sound effects that were there in the original TiVo. (Some killjoy friends of mine suggested turning those off, but I can’t help it—I love the cheesy sound effects.)

From live TV to streaming


The What To Watch Now display offers a collection of programs worth watching.

One of the new features on the Roamio is the What To Watch Now display, which tries to give you suggestions about what shows are on right now that you might want to watch. Some of it is based on data about what shows are currently being viewed, and some of it’s based on filters such as Sports, Movies, and Kids. My initial reaction was that this seemed like a weird feature, because if you’ve got a terabyte of television sitting on your hard drive, do you really need to flip around the dial to see what’s on? However, as a sports fan I found the Sports filter to be exactly what I wanted: I was in the mood to watch a live sporting event and I wanted to know what was on, and the TiVo had my back.

When I spoke to TiVo executives about the launch of the Roamio, they were especially proud of the search features, and I can see why. Almost every time I searched for something, a letter or two was all that was required to bring up that item in the search results. TiVo’s obviously weighting their results based on popularity or my preferences or some other Google-like voodoo, but it worked far better than other TV programming searches I’ve seen.


Netflix is more integrated with the regular TiVo interface than Hulu Plus, but when it’s time to watch you switch to a separate Netflix app.

And once I burrowed into the show I was searching for, I found pretty rich data: a season-by-season, episode-by-episode organizational structure with details about each episode. TiVo even integrates show data from Netflix into this view, so I can see episodes that are airing on TV as well as episodes that are available on Netflix, simultaneously. Puzzlingly, though TiVo also supports Hulu Plus, that data source doesn’t seem to be properly integrated into TiVo searches: A search for The Thick of It brought up a result with a Hulu Plus logo on it, but there was no episode data and I couldn’t jump to an episode directly from that menu as I could for programs that were on Netflix.


TiVo supports lots of video-on-demand services, but to varying degrees. And Amazon Prime free streaming isn’t supported at all.

Speaking of streaming services, I should mention one of my biggest disappointments with this new generation of TiVo: a positively outdated Amazon Instant Video app. Not only is show data not integrated into TiVo searches, but there’s no support for Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming. So if you’re a Prime member with free video streaming, you’ll need a separate box to watch that stuff—TiVo doesn’t deliver. (Prime videos aren’t supported on any TiVo, for the record.) It’s theoretically possible for TiVo to upgrade the Amazon app (behind the scenes there’s now a full HTML5-based app environment so that TiVo can add more third-party apps as it goes along), but it doesn’t sound promising.

I was also disappointed that, although Netflix shows appear in the TiVo search interface, you can’t do anything but watch them. There doesn’t seem to be a way to save them to the Netflix queue or even add bookmarks to those shows to the TiVo’s My Shows screen for quick access later. The Netflix integration TiVo offers is nice, and I’d like to see it repeated for Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, but it could also be even better.

In certain markets (including mine), TiVo has a deal with Comcast that gives TiVo users access to Xfinity On Demand content. I found that the On Demand data wasn’t entirely consistent on the TiVo—the On Demand app showed that all episodes of season 7 of Doctor Who were available to stream, but TiVo’s search showed only a random subset of those episodes. I also had an issue getting my CableCard authorized to play On Demand content, but some time spent with Comcast customer service ironed that out.


The YouTube app is based on HTML5.

But wait, there are even more supported services: TiVo also plays YouTube videos and live baseball games for subscribers to MLB.TV. The HTML5-based YouTube app supports the same DIAL protocol protocol as does Google’s Chromecast. What this means is that you can connect your YouTube mobile apps to your TiVo and then transfer the YouTube videos you’re viewing on your mobile device to the TiVo; the TiVo loads the rest of the video itself and starts playing it, and your YouTube app remains as a remote control.

I’m a baseball fan and MLB.TV subscriber, and I’m happy to report that TiVo’s MLB.TV app works well. It launches quickly and the video seemed smoother to me than it does on either the Apple TV or my Roku box.

Launching extra apps quickly is a big deal for TiVo. In the past, one of the major criticisms of TiVo users has been the speed of the interface and, most particularly, the amount of time it took to launch an app such as Netflix. My colleague John Siracusa told me that it takes essentially “forever” to start Netflix on his previous-generation TiVo Premiere. On the Roamio it took about 10 seconds, which didn’t seem too bad. All the other apps seem to launch fairly quickly, too. It would be great if the launches were instantaneous, but it’s a big improvement.

In general, I found the responsiveness of the TiVo interface to be good. My DirecTV DVRs were often extremely sluggish, and it frustrated me to no end. This is not to say that there aren’t places where the interface is laggy, but in general it seemed responsive enough. My biggest concern when I started using the Roamio was that it would be unacceptably slow, but it doesn’t feel that way.

Bottom line

The TiVo Roamio isn’t for everyone. If you’re satisfied with your existing cable box, if you are a dedicated Dish Network or DirecTV user, or if you’ve cut the cord and are no longer watching “channels” of anything, there’s nothing to see here. But if you’re a digital cable subscriber who wants a better interface, the ability to stream and download shows to iOS devices, and single-box access to numerous online streaming services, TiVo Roamio offers a premium TV viewing experience. It’s the closest thing to a single, do-everything television box out there right now.

The $400 Roamio Plus is the sweet spot of this product line. Unless you live in a large house with lots of TV watchers, the TiVo Roamio Pro and its 3TB hard drive (and $200 larger price tag) is probably overkill. And unless you absolutely need an over-the-air tuner, the lower cost of the Roamio is mostly offset by the required $130 purchase of TiVo Stream if you want to stream videos to iOS devices.

Using TiVo isn’t essential—it’s a luxury item for people who don’t want extra boxes and crappy interfaces. If you’re one of those people (and I have to say, I think I am), Roamio is for you. Unless you can’t handle Shakespeare puns—then you’re entirely out of luck.

Article source: http://www.techhive.com/article/2047346/tivo-roamio-review-a-pretty-good-dvr-with-a-silly-name.html

Technical Doctor Inc. offers WordPress Based Websites to its EMR Clients – PR

Technical Doctor Inc. is one of the leading consultants for
EMR Implementation, EHR Selection and HIPAA Risk management to Medical
Practices in Chicago and Houston. They have an expert team of Healthcare IT
experts who help Physicians and Practices overcome any lacunae in their
systems, workflows and IT.

They are now offering WordPress based Medical websites to
their clients and other Medical Practices who wish to upgrade their presence
online. Technical Doctor Inc now has a Website Division which has expertise in
building WordPress Websites, Digital Marketing and Social Media Management for
Healthcare providers.

Technical Doctor showcases its additional knowledge in the
E-book titled Medical Website Essentials available now on its website. It can
be downloaded
here
.

Mr. Vinod Venugopal, CEO at Technical Doctor says It is
vital for Medical Practices to make their presence felt online. We added this
service into our bouquet because we felt our clients could do with a good
quality presence which not only helps attract new patients but also helps you
interact with your existing ones.

Technical Doctor has already built websites for NWS Physicians, Partners in Primary Care, Du Page Pediatrics amongst others.

About Technical
Doctor Inc.

Technical Doctor is the leading provider for all information
technologies within a physicians practice and/or hospital group.  

Technical Doctor only hires qualified HIT (healthcare
information technologists) members that understand a physicians practice and
workflow.  Technical Doctor believes that continuing billing during the
implementation, training physicians and staff members properly, and utilizing
technology to assist in patient care is the key to a successful EHR for every
practice.  These beliefs are what keep Technical Doctor ahead of all
other IT companies. 

Article source: http://pr-bg.com/content/view/11787/79/

New Features of Automated Joomla to WordPress Migration with CMS2CMS …

Ternopil, UK — (SBWIRE) — 08/26/2013 — CMS2CMS, a young but already widely-known automated website migration tool, has developed robust features for migration from Joomla to WordPress and is happy to share the news with the world.

CMS2CMS developers’ team is constantly working to improve customer migration experience, based on their feedback and suggestions. So, a whole set of new features voted for by clients have been added to meet their requirements and eliminate migration risks and fears.

Content Migration

- Pages
Data from static pages (like About us page) will be moved into corresponding WordPress pages.

- Articles
All the articles from Joomla are converted into WordPress posts.

- Categories/Sections
The relations between them are preserved, after migration posts will belong to the same category they did before.

- Content Images
Images are moved to WordPress with the posts they belonged to on Joomla site.

- User Data
Users’ details are migrated including their username, email etc.

- Internal Links
The site navigation is preserved after migration, so links to migrated site content will be live.

- Comments
As out-of-the-box Joomla doesn’t support comments, they are migrated from JComments extension directly into WordPress.

SEO Migration

Since losing rankings and SEO juice after website migration is the major concern among website owners, CMS2CMS did their best to minimize any negative effects after Joomla to WordPress transfer.

- SEO URLs migration
All internal links will be formed accordance to the structure a user defines on the new WordPress site (this is optional).

Note. It is required that a client configures custom URL structure before the migration for this option to work as desired.

- SEO data migration
At the moment, it’s possible to migrate meta keywords and descriptions from sh404SEF Joomla extension into WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin (it has to be installed on WordPress site prior to initiating migration).

- Automated 301 Permanent Redirects
As an option, clients can choose to receive a set of redirect rules generated for their specific websites to insert into their configuration file. This is the best practice for preserving rankings and traffic after migration.

Module Data Migration
As mentioned above, the following modules are supported:

- JComments – directly into WordPress
- sh404SEF (meta keywords and descriptions) – into WordPress SEO by Yoast
- Phoca Gallery (images and galleries) – into NextGen Gallery.

Finally, to simplify the matters, CMS2CMS presents a plugin for Joomla to WordPress migration available for download at WordPress repository.

Why use CMS2CMS to Migrate from Joomla to WordPress?

- It’s fast (5 min setup and 15 minutes average migration)
- It’s easy to use for clients with no technical expertise
- It has 24/7 support available
- It saves time and efforts for migration
- It has free Demo available

CMS2CMS Special Offer

As a bonus for new clients, there’s a 10% discount provided for users who are performing their first migration.

Find more details about Joomla to WordPress migration with this service here: http://www.cms2cms.com/supported-cms/joomla-to-wordpress-migration

About CMS2CMS
CMS2CMS is the automated migration tool that allows its users to migrate their website content from one CMS platform to another as well as supports migration of data between forum platforms. The main goal of this online service is make the migration process fast and flawless for any user, whether they are the experts or non technically savvy.

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CMS2CMS
support@cms2cms.com
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http://www.cms2cms.com

Article source: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/new-features-of-automated-joomla-to-wordpress-migration-with-cms2cms-preserve-seo-and-move-modules-data-312953.htm

Social Media Feather: a super lightweight WordPress sharing plugin

I’m still working on the new Ghacks theme behind the scenes, and one of the things that I really wanted to tackle was to remove the old social media sharing plugin AddThis as it was making use of JavaScript which had to be loaded on every page load.

That did not add a lot to the load time of the website, but it did add something, and forced users to make yet another request.

I decided to look for a sharing plugin for WordPress that would not load external JavaScript to speed up the page loading time of the site.

I stumbled upon Social Media Feather after some digging around and it appeared to be exactly what I was looking for in first place. Part of the plugins descriptions contains this paragraph:

The primary goal behind the plugin is to provide very lightweight WordPress social sharing and following that doesn’t add any unnecessary burden to your site and especially on your users.

What sets WordPress Social Media Feather aside from the plethora of other social sharing and following WordPress plugins is its focus on simplicity, performance and unobtrusive impact.

In order to achieve this the plugin makes no use of JavaScript and as a consequence it’s really fast while still providing all the social media functionality you might need.

I ran tests on a local WordPress development environment and came to the conclusion that it indeed was as lightweight as the developer claimed it would be. It did not make external requests, and loaded only a couple of small social media icons on pages where it displayed the sharing options.

social media feather

plugin in action

The plugin can display sharing and following buttons on the blog. It usually makes sense to display sharing buttons on post pages, and follow buttons somewhere else to avoid confusion. The sharing functionality works nearly out of the box, but if you want to make use of follow buttons as well, you need to add the social media pages that you want followed in the settings.

Here you can also modify share links and titles for several services, change icon appearance, or add extra CSS styles to the icons.

The sharing buttons are not displayed by default, and you need to enable that either in the options, by checking the “display sharing buttons” preference, or by adding the plugin call to your WordPress theme template files directly. The plugin supports shortcodes as well that you can add to widgets or in posts directly, if you prefer that. I have used a shortcode to display the follow buttons on the right sidebar.

All functionality up to this point is free to use. The author has made available add-ons for the plugins that are not free but extend the plugins functionality. You can buy icon packs, a grey fade add-on, or a light prompt add-on which loads overlays with options to like, send or share when a user clicks on a social media icon. This will also display the number of likes a post has received then which the default button listing won’t (since it is static).

Without that add-on, users are always redirected to a new tab page where they can enter a comment and click on the share button.

Verdict

The plugin is bare bones in comparison to sharing plugins or scripts that display the like count directly on the site. That comes as a price though as contents need to be loaded from various Internet sources which slows down page loading times.

Not loading scripts directly has a positive effect on privacy as well as Facebook, Google or Twitter do not get to know that you have visited a website on page load.

I have removed the big follow boxes on the sidebar as well, and replaced them with the plugin’s follow icons instead.

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Article source: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/08/26/social-media-feather-super-lightweight-wordpress-sharing-plugin/

Canva attempts to bring Photoshop-like design power to the Web

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Writers have got free online publishing tools like Medium and PressBooks. Photographers can use PicMonkey and Pixlr.

But what have graphic designers got?

Photoshop still sets the standard for graphic design, but it’s expensive, and there’s a high barrier to entry. But an Australian startup launching into private beta out of stealth today thinks it can offer something almost as good that’s totally online, and free.

Sydney-based Canva launches to users on its waiting list in the US and Australia today, letting people design Facebook banners, business cards, posters, infographics, and more, with drag-and-drop functionality and access to a stock image library made up of 1 million items.

The main premise of Canvas is that it provides all the basic elements you can ask for in designing composite graphics, including pre-sliced images, a font library, and various templates that make the design process very straightforward and easy to use. Designers can also share links to their works-in-process, allowing for online collaboration. They pay only for specific images or other design elements selected from the stock library – each item usually costs $1 or $2 – and they do so only when it comes time to publish, print, or share their graphic.

It seems like the sort of tool that could come in very useful for bloggers like us who are often stumped when it comes to finding appropriate images to illustrate posts about generic topics that don’t have obvious artwork options, such as stories about studies, reports, or funding rounds. Incessant Facebook profile tinkerers will also like it.

Canva is pretty easy to use, but my experience with the product suggests there is a learning curve and that beginners will feel very much confined to the templates and guidelines, which means it can be difficult to build anything outstanding early on.

Also, the stock images are of varying quality – many of them are, in the tradition of stock libraries, exceedingly cheesy, if not quite rivaling ShutterStock in terms of WTFness. And I wonder how effective the search function is: On searches for “newspaper” and “magazine,” I was served up photos of grinning models pretending to read, rather than actual pictures of newspapers or magazines.

Given these quibbles, it’s probably fair to note that Canva is still an alpha product, even though it has been in development for a year and in testing for the last six months.

I wrote about Canva’s fundraising process after visiting the startup’s Sydney headquarters in April. After getting an intro to Charles River Ventures’ Bill Tai at a conference, the Canva founders found themselves pitching investors at Tai’s kiteboarding event in Perth. One intro led to another, and the Australians soon found themselves with $3 million in funding from Silicon Valley investors without having to move any of their team to the US.

Canva, which will remain based in Sydney, is one example of an Australian startup that has found a way to get past the Series A problem that the local market faces. While there are plenty of seed funding options in Australia, the middle stages tend to be problematic due to a lack of capital in the area and a lack of support for the tech sector among institutional investors. So, it behooves companies like Canva to get creative in the way they seek out funding.

Perhaps the real answer for Aussie entrepreneurs is that they need to start attending more kiteboarding events.

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Hamish McKenzie is a Baltimore-based reporter for PandoDaily who covers media, politics, and international startups. His first name is pronounced “hey-mish” and you can follow him on Twitter. Also: How to pitch Hamish.


Article source: http://pandodaily.com/2013/08/26/canva-attempts-to-bring-photoshop-like-design-power-to-the-web/

bestwebdesignagencies.com Reveals Consorte Marketing as the Fourth Best …


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bestwebdesignagencies.com has revealed Consorte Marketing as the fourth best website design service for the month of August 2013. Website design agencies are analyzed by the independent research team to learn which agencies provide the best website design services. While there are thousands of web design and development agencies offering services in the industry, only the truly best are showcased within the ratings.

The independent research team at bestwebdesignagencies.com performs an in-depth evaluation of the web design services in order to remain apprised of the latest feats of competing web design services. Competing services are put to the test through the use of five criteria of evaluation in areas including design analysis, project analysis, stock quality, ease of access, and design quality. The ratings of best web design services are reviewed based on the results of the evaluation to feature the best in the web design industry.

For a more rigorous analysis of contesting website design consultants, the independent analysis team at bestwebdesignagencies.com communicates with customer referrals of the top contesting mobile development consultants. Customers are asked various questions about the solutions produced to them and about their experiences with the mobile development company. Customers often go out of their way to reach bestwebdesignagencies.com directly to tell of their experiences and opinions pertaining to mobile development solutions.

Customers of mobile development services often turn to bestwebdesignagencies.com when searching for impressive custom web design consultants. The independent research team has announced Consorte Marketing as the fourth best custom web design firm based on the results of the analysis process. bestwebdesignagencies.com strongly believes in the custom web design services provided by Consorte Marketing and has preferred them for businesses looking for the most impressive services.

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Top Custom Website Design Firms Rankings in New Zealand Announced by new-zealand.bestwebdesignagencies.com for August 2013

(PRWEB) August 26, 2013

The August 2013 edition of the rankings of best custom web design companies in New Zealand has been declared by the independent research team at new-zealand.bestwebdesignagencies.com. The listings consist of the ten best custom web design companies in the mobile development industry based on a thorough evaluation of how they provide their services. Each month, the listings are reviewed based on the results of the evaluation process which aims to highlight only the best companies based on merit. Businesses often turn to new-zealand.bestwebdesignagencies.com when searching for custom web design companies in New Zealand which are experienced and well adapted to the latest industry trends and developments.

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2- EcActive

3- DNA Designed Communications

4- The Web Company

5- Digital Media Developments Ltd

6- Datum Connect

7- GetNet

8- Zyber Limited

9- hairyLemon

10- NZ Internet Services Ltd

The new-zealand.bestwebdesignagencies.com independent research team spends time investigating website design agencies in New Zealand by taking a systematic look at key strengths and competitive advantages of competing web development agencies. The ratings are formulated through the use of a set of evaluation areas. The five areas used to benchmark and compare website design agencies include ease of access, stock quality, design analysis, design quality, and project analysis. Web development agencies are put to the test to ensure the best agencies are listed to assist businesses in selecting the absolute best website design agencies to meet their specific needs.

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bestwebdesignagencies.com Reveals Consorte Marketing as the Fourth Best Website Design Firm for the Month of August 2013

(PRWEB) August 26, 2013

bestwebdesignagencies.com has revealed Consorte Marketing as the fourth best website design service for the month of August 2013. Website design agencies are analyzed by the independent research team to learn which agencies provide the best website design services. While there are thousands of web design and development agencies offering services in the industry, only the truly best are showcased within the ratings.

The independent research team at bestwebdesignagencies.com performs an in-depth evaluation of the web design services in order to remain apprised of the latest feats of competing web design services. Competing services are put to the test through the use of five criteria of evaluation in areas including design analysis, project analysis, stock quality, ease of access, and design quality. The ratings of best web design services are reviewed based on the results of the evaluation to feature the best in the web design industry.

For a more rigorous analysis of contesting website design consultants, the independent analysis team at bestwebdesignagencies.com communicates with customer referrals of the top contesting mobile development consultants. Customers are asked various questions about the solutions produced to them and about their experiences with the mobile development company. Customers often go out of their way to reach bestwebdesignagencies.com directly to tell of their experiences and opinions pertaining to mobile development solutions.

Customers of mobile development services often turn to bestwebdesignagencies.com when searching for impressive custom web design consultants. The independent research team has announced Consorte Marketing as the fourth best custom web design firm based on the results of the analysis process. bestwebdesignagencies.com strongly believes in the custom web design services provided by Consorte Marketing and has preferred them for businesses looking for the most impressive services.

About Consorte Marketing

About bestwebdesignagencies.com

bestwebdesignagencies.com is an established independent research firm focusing on the evaluation and ratings of mobile development consultants all around the world. The ratings are crafted by the independent research team each month to highlight the best custom website design consultants based on their achievements and their rating achieved through the proprietary evaluation process.

For more information about Consorte Marketing visit:

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The 50 best custom web design companies for August 2013 can be found at:

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