Suddenly a post appeared on REDUSER.net titled "Interesting new production software" - and as it turns out - it is something very near and dear to my heart. A web-based tool for the production industry - currently titled "theproductionapp". I immediately signed up for beta and made direct contact to folks behind it - as this is something I have been thinking about for a while now compiling notes and concepts. At first glance, I think these guys can deliver the goods and I'm keen to drown them in feedback and suggestions. ProductionApp Press Release 27-11-08 'Irish Digital Lab Develops Production Software' www.theproductionapp.com At the Digital Media Cube, a hub for incubating high-tech start-ups, a web based tool is being developed specifically for the Production industry. This highly innovative tool, currently codenamed 'ProductionApp', eases the pain of managing and communicating production information. The application will allow users to save time and money through increased efficiency. ProductionApp will streamline the creation of unit lists, call sheets, movement orders and more. ProductionApp will be provided using SaaS (Software as a Service), a highly innovative business model. This means a low cost of ownership for the user coupled with continual ongoing updates to the product in line with user feedback. This means that users will always be on the latest version and ProductionApp will always grow in accordance with feedback from the entire user base.
ProductionApp will offer a free plan to its users for core features and will charge a small monthly fee for its premium package. The project is a collaboration between Warrior Films and Web Splash. These two highly innovative companies were selected to participate in the state sponsored CREATE program run by the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) where ProductionApp is currently being developed. For more information on ProductionApp, to sign up for updates and become a beta user visit www.theproductionapp.com
I just started the public beta of DROPBOX - and I must say - this one is a no-brainer. Supercool folder sync utility. Very, very cool. We run Leopard Server at the shop and have a network drive we use for critical shared documents - but DROPBOX is so simple and effective, I can see immediate ways to use it in addition to Leopard server. You can get it HERE