Mobile applications are becoming the most preferred way of marketing, connecting and engaging with customers. Developing a mobile or smart device application can be costly, so you need to be sure you do it right the first time to get repeat engagement and results.
Here are the three most important questions to ask yourself, before you make the investment:
Do you need a mobile app or a mobile website? This is one of the most important decisions to make while planning a mobile app development initiative. If you don’t have a budget to build an app, don’t do it just for the sake of having an application. If mobile website would work best, go with that. If enhancing your mobile site is easier, do it, because it works across many different Smartphone platforms.
What kind of phones or smart devices do your customers use? While developing an application you need to keep in mind that it should work on all kinds of different platforms. Companies that develop their first app for every platform are not recognizing where their customers are and where their business will fit in best.
Do you actually have the time keep up with a Mobile app? The applications that do best in the market demand users to come back over and over again, and that requires ongoing up gradation of new content. If you can’t do that, you won’t get repeat visitors and your app will end up failing. So its important to have the time and budget for ongoing mobile app maintenance and management.
Even if you think you have a great idea for a mobile app, you have to always look at the pros and cons involved in developing an app. Whether it’s a developer or a app development company, it’s easy to forget about what you’re really trying to achieve with the app because you become so focused on the actual look and feel. The best applications don’t just look good, they actually solve a problem or simplify life for the mobile consumer.
So think before you act and always plan with an open mind. Mobile apps are a way to the future but they also require time and money investment, but if you are ready to take up the challenge and feel confident about the final results, then go for it!
3D has become one of the most dynamic and path breaking achievements of the decade. Films, games, applications, utilities, software scripts, products etc, all have an element of 3D. In scientific terms, a three-dimensional space is a geometric 3-parameters model of the physical universe in which we exist. These three dimensions are commonly called length, width, and depth (or height).
3D originated from the very basic theory of elementary geometry, called polyhedron (or polytopes). Polyhedron is a geometric solid in three dimensions with flat faces and straight edges. So in regard to three dimensions, the theory signifies that there are nine regular polytopes: five convex and four nonconvex.
In the world of 3D computer graphics, geometric data is stored in computer software for three-dimensional representation. 3D computer graphics are often referred to as 3D models and rely on many of the same algorithms as 2D computer vector graphics in the wire-frame model.
With so many 3D computer applications, scripts, tools, plugins, platforms, engines, and packages available it is sometimes overwhelming for an aspiring 3D artist to decide where to start from. Here is a list of the top 5 most widely used applications:
3D Max: One of most widely used 3D applications by professionals, and students. 3D Max is more popularly known as “Autodesk 3ds Max”. Autodesk offers a ton of programs for 3D modeling, animation, and special effects, but 3ds Max is by far the best application for someone who is learning 3D, and wants to take it into a profession.
Maya: “Autodesk Maya” is another award winning application that is used in all kinds post production studios across the world, and is easily one of the most professional, and versatile 3D platforms available.
Cinema 4D: “Maxon Cinema 4D”, is one of the most user friendly 3D applications available. You can choose from an array of different editions and bundles. Whether it is post production, architectural visualization, or even engineering, the different bundles have different modules to fit your every need.
Lightwave: “NewTek Lightwave” is another high-end 3D platform that has a steep learning curve, but is used quite widely in the post production world. It is a complete modeling, animation, and rendering package, that provides full functionality for your imagination.
Softimage: “Autodesk Softimage” (formerly Avid Softimage XSI) is a node-based visual effects platform, which is used for everything from games to movies, and even in television post production.
Apart from the above, there are many other 3D applications and utilities available online. Depending on your need and interest, you can learn, experiment and implement any 3D tool or utility for your project.
3D as a theory or phenomenon is constantly evolving. With the coming of virtual reality and augmented theory, there will be a time when all human life will easily understand and talk the “language” of 3D.
Scribd uses iPaper which is a rich document format similar to PDF built for the web, which allows users to embed documents into a web page. iPaper was built with Adobe Flash, allowing it to be viewed the same across different operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, and Linux) without conversion, as long as the reader has Flash installed (although Scribd has announced non-Flash support for the iPhone). All major document types can be formatted into iPaper including Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, OpenDocumentdocuments, OpenOffice.org XML documents, and PostScript files.
The idea for Scribd was originally inspired when Trip Adler was at Harvard and had a conversation with his father, John R. Adler about the difficulties of publishing academic papers. He teamed up with cofounders Jared Friedman and Tikhon Bernstam and they attended Y Combinator in Cambridge in the summer of 2006. Scribd was launched from a San Francisco apartment in March 2007 and quickly grew in traffic.
In September 2009, BusinessWeek named Scribd one the “World’s Most Intriguing Startups”. In December 2009, Forbes named Scribd one of its “10 Hot Startups”. Fast CompanyNamed Scribd “One of its Top 10 Most Innovative Media Companies” in February 2010. In May 2010, Scribd was recognized as one of the “2010 Hottest San Francisco Companies” by Lead411. On September 1, 2010, the World Economic Forum announced the company as a Technology Pioneer for 2011. After the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award, Time Magazine named Scribd one of the “10 Start-Ups that Will Change Your Life”.
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Microsoft SharePoint is a popular web application platform developed by Microsoft for small to large organizations. It is designed as a centralized replacement for multiple web applications and supports various combinations of enterprise website requirements. It is typically associated with web content management and document management systems.
SharePoint’s multi-purpose platform allows for managing and provisioning of intranet portals, extranets and websites, document management and file management, collaboration spaces, social networking tools, enterprise search, business intelligence tooling, process/information integration, and third-party developed solutions. SharePoint can also be used as a web application development platform.
SharePoint is designed to be highly scalable. It is capable of supporting multiple organizations on a single ‘server farm’. Microsoft provides SharePoint as a free product, sells premium editions with additional integration and functionality, and also provides SharePoint as a cloud computing solution as part of BPOS and Office 365. The product is also often sold as a cloud solution by local third-party vendors.
Mobile applications are transforming the way small businesses acquire new customers, service their clients and manage their operation. The new generation of iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile devices offer an unmatched level of flexibility and ease-of-use. Irrespective of the size of your company or which industry you operate in, mobile apps enhance your market presence and grow your top line:
Mobile Apps can be categorized:
• Multimedia applications
• Utility applications
• Security applications
• Enterprise applications
• Travel applications
• Internet applications
• Entertainment applications
• Communication applications