Don’t just post pictures of your products, 3D anmimate them!

When a picture is worth a thousand words how many is a animation worth? In this case 120,000. That’s because this short 4 second animation is composed of about 120 frames, each worth a thousand words. If your product has multiple parts or moving pieces still photography may not be doing it justice. A simple 3D animation can go a long way to help showcase your product in it’s best light. Though 3D models can be expensive to develop they can pay for themselves many times over. Once a model has been created it can be endlessly repurposed at different angles in different scenes and in different colors. Present your technical equipment in an animated exploded view to highlight the details of it’s inner workings. Show how much fun your toy trucks can be in the dirt. Use a mechanism of action 3D animation to help your patients and physicians better understand the effects of your pharmaceuticals. Corner Edge Solutions can provide you with all this and more.

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Adobe’s Promising New Animation Tool

Last month Adobe launched a long awaited preview of its new standards based animation tool branded Adobe Edge, it’s like Flash for HTML. Edge promises to make animating web content easier for designers who are not that code savvy. Because its output is standards based and uses web kit, HTML5 and CSS3 it doesn’t require a plugin so animations will run in any modern browser including Safari on iOS devices like the iPad. I have finally found time to play with the app and am pleased so far with its simplicity. I’m not much at programming or hand coding so this kind of tool is great for me. The timeline interface is easy to use and understand and the properties panel makes tweaking and experimentation efficient. One of my favorite features is that you can open an existing html file in edge and start animating its elements. Pretty much any property can be animated, size, position, color transparency etc. What you will not find in this preview are complex drawing tools, support for creating CSS3 gradations or shadows or the ability to add interactivity but you can add those features to your elements before or after you animate in Edge. The program does not alter your existing html code much either other than adding some Javascript and CSS  include files to the head to manage the animations. Although it’s a limited preview this is already a handy tool for me and I look forward to a more robust release. Here’s an example of a page built in Dreamweaver and animated with Edge with minimal effort. http://design.corneredge.com/

Hurricane Preparations

The Corneredge team is busy providing detailed property reports for our Rennroc customers and disaster recovery partners in preparation for the hurricane.  Have you been flooded by a hurricane?  Are your IT systems in order?  Do you know your exposure and risk?  Contact us ASAP if you’d like us to help you prepare more.

Here is a cropped screen showing how we can analyze the locations quickly:

Rennroc NAT-CAT module view

Freedom Ride – Follow the riders live!

Matt at Corneredge was able to leverage some simple technology provided by Google with their Latitude software to track the real time location of this years freedom riders.  Check it out here:
http://www.pillar.org/missions/Freedom_Ride/where_are_they.asp

If you’re not aware of freedom ride, this year they are riding to support Urban Impact’s new program for girls.  Corneredge is a proud supporter of Urban Impact.  It is one of the awesome ministries that truly reaches out to kids in our own backyards in Camden, Brooklyn, New Brunswick and many other areas.  These kids have truly tragic stories.  From living on the street, bad family situations, only being able to get a meal at school, no heat, no Ac, no money… and often little hope.  Urban Impact gives them monthly activities, a message of true HOPE, mentors to work with them regularly, FOOD, and works with their local churches to ensure continuity.  The program really works, and can’t grow without outside funding.  Consider supporting them today.

Bridge the gap between print designers and web developers

We’ve  heard both sides of the story, from an art director venting “the programmers don’t understand the brand” to developers saying “the designers don’t understand the web.”

Corner Edge provides a unique service to several design studios and advertising agencies that eliminates this issue, allowing creatives to maintain complete creative control while reducing overhead cost through outsourced development. What makes our development service so unique is not only our top notch developers and database engineers but their collaboration with our design staff.  Our designers are steeped in a traditional print background. In addition to being excellent interactive designers, our staff has more than 20 years of experience in advertising, packaging, collateral and publishing. This diversity  makes Corner Edge designers ideally equipped to serve as liaison between our clients creative departments and our developers.

We understand both sides of the spectrum so nothing is lost in translation. If your agency/studio is geared primarily towards providing print advertising, package design or branding yet has a need to also deliver integrated, branded web initiatives Corner Edge can help you provide that service. Because our designers posses well rounded creative experience in both web and print they can effectively communicate with your creative team in the same language to ensure a cohesive brand translation from print materials to web and mobile devices.  This translates into time savings, fewer missed deadlines, and project success.

If your client needs a web site, mobile app, social media marketing, or other interactive product and your considering outsourcing the development be sure to partner with a company that understands your business and one that can bridge the gap between print and web.

10 Years of Innovative IT Solutions

Ten years ago this month Corner Edge Solutions was driven on to the technology landscape with a passion for helping businesses grow and thrive through innovative IT solutions. By practicing what we preach Corner Edge has not only survived a global economic downturn but has grown. The IT business sees more change at a faster pace than most any other. Our ability to be agile and adaptive to the continuous wave of technology has made our company stronger year after year. Consequently our customers have continued to benefit from our diligence. Corner Edge thanks all our dedicated hard working employees, past and present, for keeping us ahead of the curve. Most of all thanks to our loyal, faithful and generous clients without whom Corner Edge would not be what it is today, a healthy, growing IT solutions provider with an ever expanding offering of services.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary Corner Edge Solutions!

Please enjoy some fireworks!

Do you transfer files securely with your customers?

Email is not secure, and there are many ways to transfer secure files between you and your clients.   Many 3rd party solutions exist, but there are breaches here and there every once in a while, and there is this un-easy feeling of loosing control when sending “some where else”.

How nice would it be if you had a secure file transfer system built into your website? Secured with HTTPS, audited by YOU so you know WHO has permission exactly, and stored in a top tier data-center with 7+ layers of physical security and max web performance?

CornerEdge has built and hosted several of these file exchange and document management solutions for happy customers this year.   Contact us today for more information on how you can better service your clients with professionalism, ease, and the highest level of security for their information.