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Archive for August, 2009

Looking Ahead To Fall & Winter

The venerable Farmers’ Almanac (which has a very loyal following) predicts that we are going to have a very cold winter. Numbing cold they say. Two weeks ago, the Kiplinger news letter predicted the same thing. In the August heat the thought of a warm sweater and a dinner  of homemade tomato rice soup and grilled cheese sandwiches does not sound wonderful. But come November, it will be heavenly.

Isn’t that the complaint from season to season? We can’t wait for the first crisp days of autumn, and the glorious display of maple and oak trees turning gold and bronze and deep red. The smell of apple cider when you come in from that long weekend hike is enticing. Then the long winter has us longing for the first daffodils and the happy trill of birds.

With all the technology the weathermen have, the weather remains unpredictable. At DDA, we are the opposite. We are  steadfast in our desire to do good work for all our clients. This has not always been easy in this economic turndown. Some of our projects get put on hold so long, it is hard to gear up and remember where you left off. But we have a process that includes details, details, details from emails and notes project coordinators make so nothing falls through the cracks except the original deadline imposed by that client.

There is nothing more satisfying to our programmers, videographers, content writers and especially project coordinators than a responsive, enthusiastic client. That client always gets more than any other because the synergy just catapults the project into a different realm.

So this is a plea to all medical and corporate managers who would hire us this Fall, stay in touch, keep us informed, communicate especially if your project is very complex. We are up to the task and unlike the weather, we are predictable. If we say we can meet your deadline, we will.

Entry by: elizabeth

Webcast Your Way to Victory!

For being registered on a bunch of different 3D forums, I get a lot of email invites nowadays to webinars and free 3D modeling classes/demonstrations. Its really cool because these are all live streaming events, using services such as Ustream and GoToMeeting to display the “teacher’s” desktop to thousands at once.

I guess the only thing is, using those services means you’re limited to just the tools that are pre-built into them. What if you needed a customizable interface that would change as the presentation goes on, allowing users to interact with the teacher using more than just microphones and text chat? That’s where DDA comes into play. We have extensive experience in the web streaming field, having worked with clients such as Oncura to create interactive web streaming experiences for hundreds of users.

Entry by: Rob

Make Some Space!

I’m not one to brag, but this weekend to celebrate my birthday I went out and bought myself Rock Band for Xbox 360! Well, actually it was Rock Band 2, but the full instrument set and game is out there for only $100 - and I couldn’t pass that up!

With retailers trying to make space for all the new huge boxes coming out this holiday season (The Beatles’ Rock Band has its own set of instruments, as does Guitar Hero 5, Lego Rock Band, and Band Hero; and Tony Hawk’s Ride comes with an actual skateboard deck that you stand on) they’re marking down big box items like Rock Band 2 that are not even a year old.

$100 is less than half price for RB2, and it acts as a platform for so many other things. With the Rock Band 2 instruments, you can play Rock Band 1, Beatles Rock Band, or any of the Guitar Hero games, just with the discs (no more huge instrument boxes required.) Its crazy how much shelf space these things take up; its likely going to be a problem when everyone’s instruments start getting old and broken - we’ll have plastic drums and guitars choking up landfills everywhere.

At DDA, we do a bit of shelf space management ourselves. In designing a website or interactive portfolio, decisions have to be made as to which items are the latest and greatest, and which should be left in the digital “landfill.” Videos, 3D modeling and animation, Flash projects, writing, coding, graphic design; none are safe from the eventual culling made necessary by the creation of new, fresh content! Of course, we always keep all our work archived somewhere (and usually uploaded to the internet as well,) but as a matter of priority (or in creating a client portfolio) decisions have to be made. Just like the massive Rock Band boxes, there is only so much space to display everything; so out with the old and in with the new!

Entry by: Rob

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