JIm's Ad Hoc "ramble" about CHROMTECH Website. . . yes it has been a long time . . . and literally it has been a pain in the arse! . . .all the "foibles" of PCs . . . the Internet . . . ever ongoing ugrading and debugging of Op System and software a la Windows etc generally mixed with "scumbag" fraudsters, scammers, viruses etc . . . blighted by the Worldwide tyingup of "bandwidth by "nerds"with next to useless Facebook, Twitters . . . mobile phone "junkies" . . . AND a strong argument for a decent / secure independant business WWW
INTRO Our Intro to web design and the Internet started way back in 1992 wit old Bulletin Boards and CB Radio etc 14
. . . beleive me before Telstra even new of the Internet
All Hack work Coding Much of our early page design was via hack coding or basic HTM editors . . . in hindsight absolute "crap" of course and nowadays very few would ever bother Wysiwyyg and PageLayot software was primitive until about 1998 with the advent of NetObjectsFusion which we still use to this day progessively updating right thru' version to curent NOF15(2016 and waiting . . . but most of it patchwork and vitually obsolete ! much of it proves still to be junk ! The uniqie brilliant feaure is the heirarchail design layout structure simplifying the chaos in our early Sites; > 1000 HTML Pages auto Flash NavBars were goog! Potential The "break through" was ADOBE's Acrobat PDF - but for years they stiffed the market around; extorted page fees and was fill of bugs 2018 We progressed to .XIF format from PAGIS XIF from Xerox looked promising but soon a few later fell over . . . disappeared DJVU was a fantastic original intro to PageTurn Format with searchability but was crippled by other more "commercial" intersts and lost end user favoe when eventually Celartem virtually privatised it altho' at the timeattracted a lot of professional interest . . . archiving/lbraries . . . a highly condensed and a real bonus !! back in the days of loswey Internet speed and storage hard Drives Phased out by us as from round 2000 PDF was our main stay but was very slow AND at the time was chronically hindered by obsolete one-at-time page serving - still a fundamental design issue !
From bout 2006 Various PageTurn (E-books evolved in quick succession These never "took off and were a bit Mickey Mouse" cumbersome and slow require user ti install readers
Adobe Acrobat PDF continued to slowly but mainly as a page design editore Many new features but even now is relatively slow - STILL NOT page-Serves In pracyice limite to !25pages MAX 10Mbyte file size mainly due to archaic Web speeds For years these were ridiculously slow !
PDFs were also impossible to edit for year and years - a real hindrence to website designers for obvious reason ! BUT also paranoiia of local Network Web Administrators in Universities and large Corperations stifled more widespread use of PDFs All this slowly changed but it took years and until ADSL and decent bandwidth was opened up !
Flipping BOOK ~ from 2012 was one of the first really innovative and highhl succesful PageTurn web-publishing concepts PDF > simulated compatability vis mini HTML huge overall file files and cumbersome to use. This started emulating compatability with AppleMAC; I-PADS mobile phones and eventually certainly led to Chromtech mass publshing FipPAGE Catalogs on our Website and is still in use today 2016 Problems are . . . massive overheads re number of files and server storage equired, maintenance and conversion time from PDF tp FlipPAGE AND local server Uploaod "to the cloud" vis Our "Chronically Bad Upload Internet speed 800fks) . . . still a major limitation in 2016 . . . bandwidty generally being choked by those "stupid" phones and "twitter & twats" out there!
. . . so much for current BBN . . . yeah! Compatabily and speed was dramatically improved when Cloud-Server evolved and became more usable from>2014+
We've dunped the "local guys" and "our Cloud" is USA-based and as far as we can tell it is Not a shared system but dedicated to our site ( in Total >150GByte of stored info Moreso We managed to evolve proto SHOP (Mal's Cart and eventually integrate our hugh Accounting Database / Price List into FlipPAGEs for on-line Shopping Purpose. THER IS NO affordable CART or System that can effectively counter the pseudo manipulation of Currency Echange Rates and Price Maintenance is is still an impossibly ridivulous chore wor any on-line Shopping Cart of and signicance ( Chomtechs Sites tries to cover some 40,000 individual product items A lot of our initial Shop Cart was via MAL's Cart a 3rd party"hobby-business based effor ( still popular_ and wih many interesteing ( but very limited features) stll used in our Chromtech miniSite and proto SHOP ( At best this is for a quick grab of indicative prices on some of our more "popular" items
Almost ipossible to keep up-to-date
13 onwards was crippled with the advent of new HTML5 web standards and HTML5 destroying Adobe "Flash" a backbone of NOF for years in an effort to wipeout Adobe Flash by APPLE Inc and cohorts Even now they still don't recognise FLASH NOR PDF and "fans" now require 3rd party plug-ins on their "Mickey Mouse" Systems
FlipHTML5 in many respects is a brilliant Update on the FlippingBook concept - altho' still a bit limited in the on-line Cloud-Served version - more featues are in the DeskTop Version of FlipHTML5 but still has serious implementation "bugs". Limitations ? . . . 450 Page(PDF) limit or 150Mb maximum per page "bundle" unlimited total Cloud Space BUT SEARCH Page Results are NOT highlighted Still it's very much most useable for us . . . VERY EASY and FAST to implement and Web Speed is very good !
Alltho we also retain Fliipping BOOK ourFlipPAGE) . . . unfortuneately requiring some Duplcation particlarly as it is virtualy unlimited page size ( eg800p PDFs per catalog bundle.
There is NO WAY you can do this in PDF * hours to download.
FlipPAGE and HTML5 are FAST & only ~ 20 secs overhead then < few secs for each new PageTurn within.
We BUNDLE Multiple Catalogs/Brochure in many Catalory Bundles
As of 2016 FlipHTML5 is our preference (see the BookCases) and ALL new larger Catalogs and brochure (via Poduct Catagory)_ will be updated in this format. There is also a PDF Archive ( a bit cumbersome to use but almost complete ) is retained for completeness ONLY but generally we still use PDF for smaller files / individual prodict items <5 pages but >25PDF is next to useless as it's just too Slow!
Our use of WYSIWYG HTM pages is now slowly being phased out or of minimal use by us ( heavy maintenace required due to our OEM updates) Simplistic Webpage design now utilise "HTML5" WIX and this is also is fully compatible re phones etc
We have done the Very Best we Can to keep focused and up-to-date . . . Net Speed is now completely up to YOU and your ISP Plan . . but gimmicks are still evolving in the broad sense - Australia now downwards adjusted relatively to that of a 3rd World Country under "Turnbulls so-called BBN""
Our (New(er) Site(s) ARE more responsive and Compatible with ALL Systems from PC > AppleMAC > I-PADS > Mobile Phones including Androids Includes comprehensive Nav Bars and Buitl-in SEARH Capability and as of 2015 a flull-blown SHOPPING Cart via oue NEW 2016 Site is now "pansied" up a bit in OUR more gimmicky 2016+ Site
COMPLETE DISCLAIMER Our Technical website is full of backup info and a PC is recommended for Maximum benefit to you, !
. . . but we still refuse to "pamper" to those mobile phone "junkies" and the "Twitter & Twat" mentality and their dyslexic "txt mode brains"