When doing web application development, we’re often looking to provide users with context in a natural way to make it easy for them to understand and interact with an interface. Context tends to make everything easier to understand. For the latest version of our Art Thief app, we did just the opposite. We brought the interface to the context! What the heck does that mean? Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
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With the new year unfolding, Zurka has hit the ground running to increase our already-extensive repertoire of technical skills and now can proudly add augmented reality into the mix. We recently released version 3.0 of our Art Thief app for another one of The Art League's Patrons' Show. Version 3 of this popular iOS app is particularly exciting because it now includes new augmented reality (AR) features. These give users the ability to visualize any event artwork on the walls in their own homes.
This past week, we implemented and launched Build a Gift, a new custom website feature for our client, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market. Balducci’s was looking to enhance their customers' experience by offering a new product option where they can create their own gift baskets. Instead of only offering prearranged gift baskets, Balducci’s wanted to grant creative liberty to their customers and allow them to arrange their own gift baskets, including selecting the type of vessel and the products themselves.
We’re excited to announce the launch of the new e-commerce website for our client, Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market! Our team worked above and beyond to deliver a stunning website matching the sophistication and caliber of the Balducci’s brand. Not only was it fun to work with such an elite client, but the project itself challenged us to build something more robust than the average e-commerce site or content management system.
This summer, Zurka got the exciting opportunity to give back to the Drupal community by hosting a Drupal4Gov Half Day: Drupal Global Training Day at our Tysons Corner headquarters! Drupal4Gov is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting and serving government employees committed to open source technology. Drupal4Gov is also responsible for organizing and hosting the annual three-day conference Drupal GovCon, which is dedicated to connecting people from across the nation who use, design, develop, and support the Drupal platform with a focus in government. Despite the conference's focus on government, there also is typically a heavy representation of attendees from the private sector as well.
On June 21st, the Center for Computational Science at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) earned an “Excellent” score on the Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI) with key support of our on-site Zurka team. Since 2002, Zurka staff members have provided NRL with web development and more recently IT infrastructure and support expertise. Despite our long-lasting partnership with the lab, this was the first CCRI that Zurka had been involved in, and we delivered with flying colors.
Meeting a project deadline and its deliverables doesn’t always equate to project completion. Oftentimes, our work with our clients continues long after a website or web application launches. This could be for anything from implementing routine security updates to creating a new customized feature that wasn’t included in the project’s initial scope of work. Every client is different, and Zurka is a master at creating tailor-made features required of any client, no matter how unique. Recently, we provided some of this out-of-the-box work for our client TASTE by customizing Drupal’s order fulfillment process to streamline TASTE’s shipping process.
We’re excited to announce the launch of the EMpower website for American Fuel & Petroleum Manufacturers (AFPM). As a leading national trade association, AFPM members comprise virtually all U.S. refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries. AFPM’s members convert oil and natural gas into the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and petrochemicals that power our modern way of life. Members of AFPM come from industries that support over three million U.S. jobs and add nearly $600 billion each year to the U.S. economy. Not only do they make modern life possible for U.S. citizens, but they also make it attainable.
The Women's Ice Hockey Club at the University of Virginia (UVA) is a club sport team comprised of about 15 students who love ice hockey and competing in the Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference. Since it is a club and does not classify as a varsity sport, the team is eligible to receive limited funding from UVA. Members rely on donations and fundraisers to help support the team’s activities. Expenses for the team include transportation, room, and board fees for away games and tournaments; jerseys and other team equipment; the cost of ice time; and referee fees.