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Busy busy busy

Posted on : 12-10-2010 | By : Chuck | In : New Deal Multimedia

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There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs done.

Despite this, things at our shop have been going rather smoothly. The workload is very sporadic. Some days we have very few people come in. Other days we may take in 5 machines in just a few hours.

This is one of the slower times. On the bright side it gives me more time to work on websites and cleaning our office. There are only 2 rooms most customers ever see, and when we’re extra busy those are the only two rooms we make sure to keep clean. Now that it’s slowed down for a little bit it’s time to catch up on cleaning!

One of these days we may get computer repair moved into its new, bigger room. One of these days.

Office Space

Posted on : 09-06-2010 | By : Chuck | In : New Deal Multimedia

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Anyone who follows New Deal Multimedia on Facebook will have known about this for quite some time. Around the end of March, Kegan and I signed a lease on a downtown storefront and office space for our business. We spent the entire month of April remodeling and repainting the building. The first couple weeks of May involved moving in, and we finally held our Grand Opening ceremony on May 22.

It has certainly been quite the experience getting everything ready and finally opening the doors for the first time. Since opening, our business has increased and we have been able to meet many new people. It also helps being “stuck” here all day–there are less distractions than when you work at home. (The lack of satellite or cable tv probably helps some too!).

Those of you interested in remodeling pictures, check out our Facebook page.

Realestate Manager 2.0 released

Posted on : 19-11-2009 | By : Chuck | In : New Deal Multimedia, Programming

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Version 2.0 of New Deal Multimedia’s Realestate Manager software is now available. I’ve been working with one of our current clients to upgrade them from 1.1 to 2.0. They are also getting a new website template in the process, so it’s taking longer to upgrade.

The New Deal Multimedia website has not yet been updated to reflect the new version. That’s another project me and Kegan have been busy with. Expect to see some changes to the main New Deal Multimedia website in the coming weeks.

Now would probably be a good idea to write an installation script for Realestate Manager. So far all of the installs have been done by hand…

There are not enough hours in the day.

Realestate Manager 2.0 Picture Preview

Posted on : 01-09-2009 | By : Chuck | In : CakePHP, New Deal Multimedia, Programming

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Since Real Estate Manager 2.0 is now almost ready for release, I figured I would share the differences between the current version (1.1) and 2.0.

To start things off, the Admin control panel home page has been completely revamped. The old one might as well have been a blank page. The new version provides links to the the most important tasks, and also includes software update notifications. (click for full-size images)

Version 1.1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

Up next, the Listings index page has been revamped. In version 1.1 all of the listings in each category was displayed under the category heading. This was problematic since listings could be in multiple categories, which led to the same listing being shown multiple times on the index page. In version 2.0 there is a dropdown menu so you can either select which category to view or view all of the listings.

admin_listings_index1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

The next biggest improvement is in the area of photos. In version 2.0, the photo ordering (numbering) system has been improved, and we have removed the ‘default’ checkbox. The image with the lowest order will now be considered the ‘default’ image for a listing. You can also change the order of every photo for a single listing at the same time.

Version 1.1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

The photo uploader has also been improved. You can now queue up over 25 separate images to upload for a listing at a time. Descriptions can be entered for each image. Once you have all the photos added to the queue, simply click on the “Upload Queue” button and watch as it uploads all of the photos.

2.0 Photo Uploader

2.0 Photo Uploader

The deleting of items (listings, categories, photos, etc) has also been improved. Deleting items now uses javascript-based dialog boxes to ask you to confirm if you want to delete an item. Upon confirmation the item will be removed from the page right before your very eyes.

Version 1.1

Version 1.1

Version 2.0

Version 2.0

The last new feature I’m going to show today is the new static page manager. Now you can edit your static pages from directly inside of Real Estate Manager. A WYSIWYG editor allows you to create pages with controls that will be familiar to anyone who has used a word processor such as Microsoft Word.

Version 2.0 Page Editor

Version 2.0 Page Editor

Version 2.0 is now complete as far as new features go. The next few weeks will be spent testing the software and fixing bugs. After the testing process is complete we will try to get a live demo available and release the software.

If you are currently using version 1.1and would like to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the new version before your site is upgraded send an email to support@newdealmultimedia.com and we will get a test environment set up for you.