Making Your

  • Written by Preston Callicott, CEO

Make Your Mobile Mark - Preston Callicott, CEO, Five Talent Software Inc.

This PowerPoint deck was presented at the GetWiredN.com conference held on October 19th, 2013 in Bend, Oregon at the Riverhouse Convention Center.

It covers the best mobile-based tools, utilities and apps for realtors and buyers/sellers available in the Central Oregon marketplace.

Technology advancements are happening at a supersonic pace, thanks, in part, to mobile technology.  But what’s more amazing is

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Responsive Web Design (RWD)

  • Written by Carey Dod, Senior Web Designer

2013 is heralded by many as the "post-PC era". Wikipedia defines the Post-PC Era as follows: "The Post-PC era is a market trend involving a decline in the sales of personal computers in favor of post-PC devices; which include mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. On post-PC devices, the use of traditional applications are de-emphasized in favor of mobile apps and cross-platform web applications as an alternative to application software that can only be used on a PC, along with an emphasis on portability and connectivity." Comscore stats in July of 2012 show that Mobile Phones and Tablets now account for 1 in 8 U.S. Internet page views. Recent Market statistics in May 2013 show that 34% of adults in the United States currently own a tablet computer, almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago- and these numbers continue to grow at an astounding rate. Global Smartphone and Tablet shipments exceeded PC shipments by an LARGE amount in the 4th quarter of 2012. All of this data is to prove one FACT: if your website doesn't accommodate mobile devices you are ignoring a growing portion of your potential audience.

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How Mobile Apps Now Define What’s Designed for the PC

  • Written by Preston Callicott, COO

About 3 months ago, I had an ‘aha’ moment: the tipping point has arrived - mobile apps have become the go-to deployment for business apps for many companies. I’ve followed the tech blogs about the forthcoming dominance of the mobile platform like everyone else, but it didn’t hit home until a discussion with a potential client about a new business application.

We talked about their requirements/wish list, and I mentioned we would design the application to be mobile-ready, and the client said, “What I need is a mobile app which is pc-ready”. Since then, this position has popped up in four other client discussions.

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Useless after 3 years

  • Written by Ryan Comingdeer

Think of your website like you think of your computer. Both are virtually useless after 3 years. Website technology, your company and how your consumers find you change at least every three years. Just think about the online tools that were available three years ago. The fact that mobile devices (phones and tablets) are almost outselling laptops was unheard of 3 years ago. Due to these changing factors and many others, businesses and organizations should plan to re-create their website every 3 years. This 3 year lifespan is suggested for several reasons:

Current design/branding preferences of users change

Approximately every 3 years there is a slight shift in User Interface design preferences. For example, the current design preferences seem to be going to more simple layouts with clear, visual calls to action. The average person will evaluate the relevance of a website within the first 3 seconds of visiting a website. If they don’t find a professional, simple and easy-to-use website then more than likely they will move on to find something else.

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JQuery Mobile Pros and Cons

  • Written by Ryan Comingdeer

Everyone has different experiences with technology, but I wanted to list my experiences with JQuery Mobile, the pro’s and con’s I've had to deal with. I have developed several mobile apps, on iPhone/iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows, over the past year and in the process have tried a few different technologies to make my life easier. I've used the native language, PhoneGap with Sencha Touch, PhoneGap with JQuery Mobile and Titanium. Since my background is in .Net, PHP and JQuery, I naturally gravitated towards JQuery Mobile. However, in several projects I've had to work around some JQuery Mobile issues, with a bit of frustration along the way. Here are a few of the pain points I experienced:

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