Digital Division Newsletter
 

Happy Holidays! All of us at Digital Division wish you a joyous holiday season and a very happy new year. We have some special news to share with you in our December 2009 e-newsletter: Digital Division's ten year anniversary! Read on for more about this special event, other exciting client news, and a Web tip on how to deal with files that are still too large to email in 2010!

Inside this issue ...
:: Our Anniversary: Digital Division Celebrates Ten Years of Excellence in Web Design, Development, and Training
:: News: Broadcasting Board of Governors Selects Digital Division to Perform a Web Site Redesign - September 2009
:: News: Digital Division Designs, Programs and Launches The All New BRYCS Web Site - September 2009
:: News: Digital Division and InterAmerica Technologies Partnership Wins Senate Approval - October 2009
:: News: Digital Division Launches the All New Endocrine Society 2010 Annual Conference Web Site - October 2009
:: News: Digital Division Offers Brand New Client Portal - November 2009
:: News: A Browser Compatibility Fix-Up for ACC.com - December 2009
:: Web Tip: Sending Large Files in 2010
 
 

Our Anniversary: Digital Division Celebrates Ten Years of Excellence in Web Design, Development, and Training

When Heidi Swenson founded Digital Division in 1999, she had no idea that her Web design, development, and training firm would still be working hard and growing a decade later. We are thrilled to celebrate our ten year anniversary with all of you! We look forward to the new technological developments in the next ten years of business. We also look forward to working with our current clients on new projects, and working with new clients as well.

Please tune-in to www.digitaldivision.com to watch Heidi Swenson deliver a special message to all of you who have helped our company grow throughout the decade. Thanks to you all!

Digital Division Celebrates 10 Years!
Celebrating Ten Years of Digital Division!

 
 

News: Broadcasting Board of Governors Selects Digital Division to Perform a Web Site Redesign - September 2009

Due to the outstanding Web site services Digital Division provides, the Broadcasting Board of Governors selected Digital Division to provide Web site redesign and video services. Work on this Web site (http://www.bbg.gov) will be launched late 2009/early 2010.

BBG broadcasters distribute programming in 60 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 175 million people via radio, TV, the Internet and other new media. The BBG works to serve as an example of a free and professional press, reaching a worldwide audience with news, information, and relevant discussions.

 

BBG.gov
Broadcasting Board of Governors - BBG.gov

 
 
 

News: Digital Division Designs, Programs and Launches The All New BRYCS Web Site - September 2009

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) is the Office of Refugee Resettlement's national technical assistance provider on refugee child welfare. In June of 2009, BRYCS came to Digital Division with the impossible task of completely redesigning the entire Web site within a three month timeframe. The redesign included programming and implementing an all-inclusive Content Management System (CommonSpot), rebuilding the entire back-end database of Clearinghouse resources, and building a comprehensive Promising Practices interactive map and search feature as well. On September 29th, 2009 Digital Division made BRYCS dreams come true - http://www.brycs.org.

The completely new, redesigned, re-organized, and re-engineered Web site was launched and received with overwhelmingly positive feedback. The BRYCS team now has a Web site that they are not only easily able to manage, but are extremely proud of as well.

 

BRYCS.org
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services - BRYCS.org

 
 
 

News: Digital Division and InterAmerica Technologies Partnership Wins Senate Approval - October 2009

Digital Division and InterAmerica Technologies have partnered to deliver exceptional Web design, development, and training services to the government and private sector. The United States Senate has awarded InterAmerica and Digital Division a multi-year contract to perform Web site development for Member offices and Committees.

The contract includes full life-cycle Web site development, including design, build, and programming. Specific programming services will focus on creating custom ColdFusion applications and CommonSpot Content Management Systems. Digital Division and InterAmerica Technologies look forward to fulfilling Web site requests proposed by Member offices and Committees of the United States Senate.

 

InterAmerica Technologies
InterAmerica Technologies

 
 
 

News: Digital Division Launches the All New Endocrine Society 2010 Annual Conference Web Site - October 2009

Within a three month period, Digital Division completely redesigned, built in CommonSpot, and re-programmed with high-end features, the all new Endocrine Society Annual Conference Web site (www.endo-society.org/endo).

Digital Division redesigned the Annual Conference Web site three years ago, and has built the Annual Conference Web site every year thereafter. This year, the Endocrine Society once again requested a brand new look, and with it, more robust functionality.

This year, the Web site includes a more interactive Scientific Research program, workshops, Google MINI search, integration with social sites such as Twitter and Facebook, and a host of other new features, all built within the CommonSpot content management system.

Once again Digital Division delivers on building a beautiful, state of the art, easy-to-update, user-friendly Web site for our clients.

 

ENDO 2010 Annual Conference Site
ENDO 2010 Annual Meeting - www.endo-society.org/endo

 
 
 

News: Digital Division Offers Brand New Client Portal - November 2009

Digital Division now offers improved customer service through its brand new client portal Web site. The Web-based system allows clients to log in and quickly contact staff. Each request is tracked with our improved ticketing system to help ensure issues are fully and promptly addressed. Clients can be automatically notified by email of the status of ongoing projects or subscribe to an RSS XML feed with updates as well.

Our new client portal also offers new invoicing and payment options. Clients can easily view and print their invoices anytime by logging into the Web site. They also automatically receive printable receipts by email when their payment is received.

Are you a Digital Division client? Log in today and let us know what you think at http://ddiv.freshbooks.com!

 

Digital Division's New Client Portal
Digital Division's New Client Portal

 
 
 

News: A Browser Compatibility Fix-Up for ACC.com - December 2009

When the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC) recently discovered their Web site did not look and function consistently across all browsers, they turned to Digital Division's front-end Web development and testing expertise. Our team was able to test the Web site in more than eight Web browser and operating system combinations and provide a detailed compatibility report.

The inconsistencies we found included some serious layout problems in older Web browsers like Internet Explorer 6 and 7. These are common but serious issues for most organizations, who typically find that 45% or more of their target audience uses older Web browsers.

Our skilled Web developers were able to fix these problems -- which mainly occur in front-end technologies like XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript -- in a way that worked correctly across all widely used browsers. The fixes were followed up with additional testing to ensure the issues were fully resolved. Our team then provided ACC with thorough documentation that will help them avoid challenging compatibility problems in the future.

 

Association for Corporate Counsel
Association for Corporate Counsel - ACC.com

 
 
 

Web Tip: Sending Large Files in 2010

It's nearly 2010 and it's still hard for many people to send large files that are too big to email. Transferring files by FTP is a great option for the Web site developers, but what about everyone else? Here are some useful options.

1. Use a Web-based file transfer service.

There are several Web-based services for sending large files. The most well-known service is YouSendIt, which has been around for a long time. YouSendIt's free service works well but isn't as user-friendly as the paid version, which is also available.

A newer and easy-to-use alternative to YouSendIt is Drop.io, which allows you to upload up to 100MB of files to a single Web page for one or more files -- and create as many pages as you like -- without even creating an account. Drop.io is also highly configurable, offering password-protection, email uploads, voicemail recording, and other helpful features. Drop.io also offers paid services, which allow larger file sizes and other options.

2. Get a Gmail account.

Strange but true: many free email services now allow larger file attachments than corporate email accounts. Most notable is Google's email service, Gmail, which allows file attachments of up to 25 MB and allows over 7 GB of storage per account.

If you're communicating with someone who can't receive large files by email, you could even set up a special Gmail account just for that project. That way you can upload files by emailing them to the project's email address and share the username and password with your collaborator, giving each of you access to send and download the same files.

3. Try peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfer in your chat program.

Peer-to-peer file transfer is where files are transferred directly from your computer to another computer without using another server inbetween. There are several easy ways to send files peer-to-peer. One of the easiest is through a chat program like AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). If you and the file recipient are both using AIM, you can transfer files easily by right-clicking on a user's name and clicking "Send File". The other user has to be online to confirm that they want to receive your file.

Other chat programs that allow similar easy P2P file transfer include Skype and Google Talk.

What's your advice for sending large files the smart way? Reply to this email and let us know what you think!

 

Sending Large Files in 2010
Tips for sending files that are still too large to email in 2010

 
         

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