Friday, December 19, 2014

SVG Editor Improvements

A few images of recent work on the bezier draw tool for the SVG Editor.  Will be moving onto the database connection and converting the svg into a jrxml file for use with Jasper.

If you play with the editor, then go to View (top menu) -> SVG Source, you can copy the source and paste into any text editor, then save with a type of '.svg'.  From there, you can use in a variety of apps, html pages, etc.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

SVG Editor with Personalization

A long, long way to go, but here is a link to an online svg editor that will soon have Personalization capabilities.

Not even remotely close to beta.  Yet .........

Monday, November 17, 2014

Online SVG Editor in Progress

An Online WYSIWYG (HTML 5) SVG Editor is in progress, that will allow integration of variable data.

The online, SaaS version will replace our current Template Editor but this new SVG editor will also be available for purchase for use with MySql, PostgreSql and other DBs.

Stay tuned.  I'll be uploading images and update capabilities every week.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Google believes in Paper

I received my 5th Google snail-mailing (1st class, presort) in the last three months a few minutes ago from our trusty USPS delivery guy.  This particular mailing is for the Google Engage program: :

"Google Engage is a program that helps you master the art of online marketing so you can help your clients succeed online."

What I find interesting is not the specific program, but the fact that Google recognizes that not all decision-makers 'live on the web'.   The mailing includes a short letter, along with a 14.75 x 6.75, trifold brochure with and additional, glued envelope containing pre-coded (essentially, personalized) activation cards.

This method of binding 'the Cloud' to personalized print is a solid method of acquiring new business while establishing contact with decision makers that have better things to do than spend their day 'blogging'.

Print still works.  Personalized (variable data print - VDP) print works better.  Combining Personalized print with 'the Cloud', is better yet.

Don't believe in Print?  Throw out your Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Driver's License, Marriage Certificate, Life Insurance Policies, Divorce papers, Property Deeds.  You'll become a believer.

The most important documents in our lives are printed.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Paul Harvey, Super Bowl

Paul Harvey originally delivered the speech in 1978 at a Future Farmer's of America (FFA) convention.

Contrast this to a recent Employee Benefit News survey : Employees' top 10 desired perks.
- 1/2 day Fridays
- Daily Catered lunches
- Massages
- A nap room
- Private restroom.
+ a few other 'must have' items

Who said today's Americans have become spoiled?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Template Editor update

We purchased the Domain name '' over the weekend in preparation for releasing the updated & recoded Template Editor.  I'm trying to restrain early enthusiasm, but if it lives up to the specs, there will not be a viable rival on the web.  Several required features were ticked off last week and when it reaches Beta, we'll be putting it up at, complete with variable data (personalized) demos and samples.

Finding a 'good', available domain name is not my idea of fun, but this one would seem to fit the bill as far as SEO.

Had a chuckle this AM when I received a letter from an 'entrepreneur', that claimed they had appraised the worth of the domain at $50,512.  Now that's a pretty good ROI for two days.  
$12 -> $50,512 


A quick check on (which we also own), displayed  ~ $350 k.  All I need to do is sit around all day coming up with domain names & I'd be rich in a week.

Something tells me the site review wasn't overly fussy about placement of the decimal points.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Benefits, Compensation & Financial Services Directory (Free Listing)

We do a fair amount of work for Benefits, Compensation & Financial Services Consultants & Advisers and had several brief conversations with customers about general 'business' and their relative lack of exposure on the web.  SEO stuff I guess, though I would never lay claim to being an expert at SEO.  One item came up in every conversation; the difficulty in getting any inbound links in that type of business.

Now, that's not to say that you can't add links at non-related directories, but I see little point in the exercise.  You can also pay for links, but $300 here and a $1,000 there can add up in a hurry, with little return.  In addition, the link directories that you do manage to find that are pertinent to that profession are scattered all over, with the majority of them requiring that you purchase 'membership' just to see plain text.  You'd think that an href tag was incredibly heavy.  Total nonsense.

IMO, Web Pirates are in play.  "Take what you can and give nothing back."

We certainly have the server power, database and the web-tools, so I decided that we'd build a Benefits, Compensation & Financial Services directory at HR Communications.  No charge, no hooks, no gimmicks, just a fair exchange.

As of today, Benefits, Compensation, Financial Services and Human Resources Professionals can add a listing, link or url at no charge.  Companies, vendors, individuals - I don't care.  In return, we ask that they poke around our site and at least understand what we do and how we may able to work together at some point in the future.

We'll create a subdomain of HR Communications + an interface for creating and editing the listing, but with The Web System that's no big deal.

So if you know anyone in HR, Benefits, Compensation or Financial Services and they'd like to submit a listing - send them our way.  No hooks.  No upsell.  Submit your site for free here.