Interactive Customizable Software
for Interior Designers
Find how Net Solutions helped Sampleboard build an interactive product that got them funded by Google
SampleBoard.com is a creative web tool that equips the user to compose inspirational moodboards in just minutes.
Sampleboard needed to create a product with a section for suppliers to upload their products, so that designers could use them to design their boards - without the involvement of the super admin. The client also wanted to create a site from scratch with features that were already present on the site - plus additional features based on payment, community, membership and web 2.0 features.
- Interactive web based Product
To develop a platform where they could showcase their products to be used in design boards and sell them eventually. The client wanted to create an online tool, similar to Photoshop, to be used by designers to compose their own design boards. The tool was required to have all the typical functionalities of Photoshop, which could be used online.
- Turnaround Time
Web based online designer product needed to be developed from scratch which was complex to develop and everything had to be built from scratch, with ongoing improvements and fixes due to its complicated nature.
Net Solutions was responsive not only from the initial consultation, but also with sales, all the way through to supplying a detailed quote with the exact features and benefits described. They were reliable in the IT management of the website, once it was up and running. Their ability to stay robust with staff size, and still manage adequate personal engagement with clients, is impressive."
The site was to be developed in Java, the sample board creator in Flex, with REST web services to be used for interaction with the site.
The web application met all the SLA requirements on memory usage, peak traffic, transaction requests and response times thereby delivering a very high performance.
Flex based interactive tool
A rich Flex based interactive tool was developed for easy viewing of design pictures and searching of boards by different search criteria. There was also the need for rich admin functionality, to enable detailed website status reporting. The flex tool interacts with the website with the help of REST web services. Extensive database and page caching, using pearcache and memcache, enables the website to load quickly even on dial up connections.
The answer, proposed by Net Solutions, involved using MVC architecture to create a user-friendly site that was built to utilize the power of scalable dual web servers and a database server. The architecture and coding allowed for server farms to be integrated seamlessly as the data and application usage grow. The modularity of the code allowed creation and addition of plug and play features like social calendar, photo sharing, and slideshow galleries.
- SampleBoard is one of four businesses selected for Google's Umbono programme.
- It helps designers create and share digital sampleboards, and discuss new business opportunities through the Design Directory. It helps them to connect with like-minded designers, and establish an online creative portfolio. On top of that, it's a fast-growing social networking community catering exclusively to the creative industries.