HTML5 Browsers

June 8th, 2011 • Comments
As web technology progresses, browsers are constantly being updated to include the latest technologies. One of the main current browser technologies is HTML5 - the latest version of the Hyper Text Markup Language most web pages are created in. The modern browsers support HTML5, though to varying degrees. HTML5 includes a whole range of improvements over HTML4, and the newer browsers support some of these new features but no browser supports them all. A good place to see the features your browser support is http://www.html5test.com/ where your browser receives a score - the higher the score, the more HTML5 features your browser supports. 

Why are we mentioning this? Blaq is constantly being updated to include new features, some of which are only available in HTML5. Some might not be very important (e.g. rounded corners on a box) but others may be very useful to you. Therefore, we always recommend our users keep their browser up to date with it's latest version, and if possible to use a browser which itself keeps up to date with the latest technology. Because of this, we generally recommend Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as our preferred browsers.



 

Better Job Tickets

May 12th, 2011 • Comments
We're currently making improvements to the job tickets. 

Jobs can currently have an invoice (postal) address and a delivery address. However, some Blaq users regularly have the need to send jobs to more than one location. We're adding the ability to enter multiple delivery addresses in a job, then allocate each address to either the whole job or individual sections. Each job ticket will then print with the delivery addresses allocated to it.  

We're making a few other improvements to the layout of the job tickets to reduce the duplication of information in the header and also making them clearer and more visually appealing. These changes should be available within the next week.



 

Local vs. Offshore SAAS

May 10th, 2011 • Comments
Whilst there are obvious reasons for using locally hosted SAAS (Software As A Service) such as local support and reduced latency (a contributor to the time taken for a web page to load/update), there are also legal and financial issues to consider. A couple of articles from earlier in the year on ZDNet (The pitfalls of offshore cloud - Business - News) and Computerworld (Legal risks of hosting data offshore highlighted - security, risks, macquarie telecom, compliance, cloud - Computerworld) discuss some of the issues involved and are certainly worth reading if you're considering an offshore service.




 

A fresh coat of paint...

April 27th, 2011 • Comments
Whilst our customers were enjoying the Easter long weekend, our designers were giving our website a fresh coat of paint. Although the web app was updated a few weeks ago, it's been a while since the design of the website has been changed so we felt it was due. Just like our web app, our site is best viewed using the latest browsers so if you're not using a current version of Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox or Internet Explorer, we'd encourage you to upgrade today.

We hope you all like the new look - feel free to let us know what you think in the comments!



 

Easter/ANZAC Day Break 2011

April 20th, 2011 • Comments
The Zignet office will be closed over the Easter & ANZAC Day break from Good Friday, April 22, returning on Wednesday, April 27.

As always, Blaq will still be available during the break and the service will be fully monitored.

We hope all our clients have a safe and enjoyable break.

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