Key Questions To Ask Before You Begin Mobile App Development

by Saul Edmonds
 key app questions

Top Questions To Ask Before Developing Your Mobile App

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

Getting Started With App Development

Developing a mobile app will set your business apart from your competition. Businesses of all sizes are now incorporating mobile app development into their brand outreach to capture more audience share globally.

Before you consider developing your mobile project, there are important questions you need to ask:

Should I Outsource the Project?

When you develop your mobile app in-house, your team has more control over the entire project from start to finish. Your team can add more people on staff to help collaborate new ideas and visions on the fly. This process tends to be more expensive just because of the time involved in development. If more time is spent on testing and implementation, costs can really grow.

Outsourcing your mobile app enables you to put the development in the hands of a trusted company with clear timelines and set costs. A specialist development agency can take care of your app from concept to release more efficiently and cost effectively because that is what they are in the business of doing. 

What Device Should We Develop For?

With over 70% of Australians alone owning smartphones, it is projected that global ownership easily exceeds 800 million today.

With so many choices out there, it can be a challenge deciding which device your mobile app should be developed for. If budget allows, it is recommended to develop tailored solutions for both Apple and Android platforms. This increases your revenue opportunities with a diversified product strategy.

What Should the Mobile App Do?

Once you have identified the process of development and the platform to build on, define the specific purpose and required functionalities of your app.

Will your app be used for shopping, filing reports, or some other function? You need to determine if your app is going to be streamlined for one function or designed to perform multiple tasks for the user. It is sometimes better to create several smaller apps in circumstances where there are numerous features and functionalities.

The key here is to understand what your app should accomplish. Get to know your target mobile users and carefully gauge how your app can benefit them. 

Why is the visual design important?

During the planning process you need to make decisions about your platform, device types, the language, and the overall functionality.

The visual design and user interface of your app is another important consideration.

Did you know that he average user has over 35 running apps on their smartphone? With thousands more apps competing for their attention in the app stores - your app must stand out in a way that gets you the attention you deserves. Use brilliant visual design to set your app apart from your competitors.

Design is a key component of the success of every app.

When you take this step by step approach to developing your mobile app, you are setting yourself up for a better mobile experience for all. 

HAVE YOU GOT A GREAT IDEA FOR AN APP?

At Roundhouse, we understand that a successful app begins with a strategic plan for success. We have a complete range of app development, app branding and app marketing services dedicated to achieving your goals. Our talented team of experts works closely with you to create precisely what you need.

Get started now. Contact us here.

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Book an obligation free consultation with a qualified app expert.

phone : 1300 727 749

email : us@roundhouse.cc

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5 Stress Free Tips to Outsourcing Your App Development

by Saul Edmonds

5 Top Tips to Outsource Your App Development Effectively 

The other part of outsourcing is this: it simply says where the work can be done outside better than it can be done inside, we should do it.
Alphonso Jackson

Learn the 5 Tips to Outsourcing Your Next App Development 

Coming up with a great app idea is only half the battle, now you have to find the right app developer to bring it to life.

It can be very frustrating when you put everything into coming up with that amazing idea, only to have it destroyed by a developer who was not up to the task and created something that was not in line with what you envisioned. Pay close attention to the developer that you find, and follow these guidelines for a seamless relationship with your new partner.

1. The developer must understand your requirements

If you want more control over the eventual finished product, be as specific with the details early on in the development process.

The more details that you can provide, the easier it will be for the developer to come up with winning solutions, set timelines and cost effective pricing. Keep in mind that your project will only be as effective as the directions that you give to the developer. 

2. Crystal clear means spending less money

If your directions are less than precise, your developer is going to fill in those voids along the way with their expertise. If there are several voids, they are going to be inputting quite a lot to the overall app design. Then if you find you don't like something - the developer has to go back and undo the work and implement new coding. This all takes time and that all means more money in the end.

When you are crystal clear as to the direction of the project, there will be less times the developer has to make judgement calls. 

3. The timeline breakdowns are key

Once you have provided the developer with clear instructions, it is their responsibility to step up and provide you timeline breakdowns for the entire project. If you request the timeline while still early in the process, the developer will be on the same page as you and ensure that all things are completed in a timely manner.

This is also a great way to eliminate some of the worry you may have each week wondering when your project will be completed. If you understand in advance how the process will be unfolding, you and everyone else involved can breathe much easier.

4. The build intervals

One of the ways that you and your team can ensure everything is moving according to plan is by taking part in the build intervals.

Each step along the way, if all team members take part in the process, everyone can ensure it is moving according to plan.

The best way for the project to stay on course is by stopping at designated time to inspect that everything is coming along as expected. This should continue happening right up to the beta stage of the development. Then things will begin moving even faster, and more input will be needed from your end to complete the app.

A few revisions along the way is expected.

The developer will most likely hit a few bumps in the road where they tried to implement a fix. If these fixes are not in line with the overall project, the developer will make those changes now and get the project nearer to the final stage.

5. Collaborative effort on all sides

Even though the developer has more experience, they need to be involved in the thinking process and creative goals of your project. This will ensure they understand why the app was developed and which emotion needs it needs to trigger in the user.

Your app is eventually going to connect to the audience on an emotional level too, so informing the developer as to those feelings involved will give them a better understanding when they are working on the functionality of the app.

Once your developer understand these aspects of the build, they will be in a better position to help make your idea a reality. That initial concept will now be able to come to life in your new app.

DO YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR AN APP?

Roundhouse has been delivering digital solutions since 2001. We approach every app as a unique opportunity for success - and take great time to work with you closely to ensure your project is a success. Our holistic approach to app development is what set Roundhouse apart. 

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Get started now. Contact us here.

  • Book an obligation free consultation with a qualified app expert.
  • phone : 1300 727 749 
  • email : us@roundhouse.cc
  • Learn about our web design here.
  • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

If you enjoyed reading this article, you may also enjoy the following:

1. How to Sell Your Brand in a Sentence

2. 7 Ways to Boost Your Sales With Social Media

3. A Guide to Brand Communications

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Author - Saul Edmonds

  • Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
  • Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

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3 Ways to Make More Money From Your App

by Saul Edmonds

3 Ways Your Mobile App Can Generate More Money

Do what you love and the money will follow - Marsha Sinetar

How to Make More Money From Your App

Apps are a business investment. A successful app will deliver a return on investment every day.

With several ways to monetize apps, it can be a challenge to determine which is the best to use. The key here is to understand how you want to monetise your app from the start. This way you can integrate monetisation into the development process and ensure that your app functions more seamlessly.

There are three popular pricing models to design your app around, and each is very unique in and of itself. 

These are the three different types of platforms that you can use to monetise your app:

1. FREEmium for Games and Apps

The freemium pricing platform is not only generating the most revenue for app developers, it is also the most popular.

Of all the apps currently in the Apple App Store, freemium commands an impressive 76% of the market. If you were to look closely at the Asian markets, you would see this model actually accounts for 90% of the market.

The FREEmium platform is pretty basic in concept. The app is designed with basic features, given to the user for free. Downloaders can enjoy the free app until they decide they want to upgrade and get more features. Then the app costs money. This platform is extremely popular with users for two reasons. One, they are getting the app for free. They can enjoy that free app and test it out before committing to spending money on it. 

The other benefit is the company is promoting good will by giving away their products. The user will remember this and it usually makes buying an app from that company much easier in the future. The free app allows the developer to remove that barrier that causes people to be hesitant about downloading apps.

The more apps are downloaded, the more popular the app becomes. People are also more willing to leave positive feedback when they were able to get the app for free initially. The ratings usually overlook certain bugs on account they got the app for free. This is definitely a win-win for the developer.

2. One Time Paid Mobile Apps

This app model is very popular too. Here, the user pays a price for an app and never has to pay again regardless how many upgrades or features are added to the app.

The app needs to be compelling enough for the user to lay out the money without first getting to sample the goods. Usually a developer who already has a record of creating high quality apps can work this platform much more effectively than a developer who is new to the market.

If your app is designed so well that you are sure users will simply fall in love with it, this is a great platform to jump into. The word of mouth marketing will definitely help to propel sales as more users become engaged with the content. Once the user has been using this app for a while and enjoying all the free feature upgrades, they are more likely to pass on the word to the masses about how happy they are.

Consider this platform when your app has been thoroughly tested and is destined to be the next best thing.

3. The Paid Apps with Paid Features

With this platform, the user pays a fee upfront for the initial download. Then - as the app is improved at later dates - the user pays again for new features.

While this is one of the roads less traveled when it comes to monetising apps, many developers are quite successful in this platform.

If your app is high quality and you are addressing a problem that many other apps miss the mark on, you may be in a great position to consider this monetisation platform. This platform will generate a recurring income stream to the business long term and can really help the developer create credibility with users.

Reserved for premium apps, don't be afraid to travel this road if you feel your app can deliver on the promise of solving a need.

HAVE YOU GOT A GREAT APP IDEA?

Roundhouse has been delivering digital design and marketing services since 2001. Our team of Australian mobile app developers works with you closely to develop your app idea. Our goal is to make your app a genuine success in the marketplace. From initial concepts, visual design, user interface, functionality and feature integration, development, launch and marketing - we provide a total solution to get your app downloaded by the people who matter most: your audience.

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Get started now. Contact us here.

  • Book an obligation free consultation with a qualified app designer.
  • phone : 1300 727 749 
  • email : us@roundhouse.cc
  • Learn about our web design here.
  • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

If you enjoyed reading this article, you may also enjoy the following:

1. How to Sell Your Brand in a Sentence

2. 7 Ways to Boost Your Sales With Social Media

3. A Guide to Brand Communications

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Author - Saul Edmonds

  • Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
  • Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

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5 Top Benefits of a CMS Website

by Saul Edmonds

If you are in the market for a new website or website redesign - you may be considering a Content Management System or CMS. 

What is a CMS?

A Content Management System is a system that is used to manage website content. Well known CMS platforms include: wordpress, joomla and squarespace. Managing content refers to the creating, editing, publishing, and distribution of website content. 

What are the benefits of CMS?

There are many benefits of having a website with CMS.

The most important of these is ease of use.

In fact, at Roundhouse the majority of websites that we develop make use of a CMS. A CMS is our preferred choice for both beginners and established professionals. Read on to find out why.

1. Easy Editing of Web Content

A CMS is easy to update.

No specialist knowledge is required. Every CMS based website owner can easily add their own text, data, blog posts, videos, photos and other content. No technical expertise is required - this saves money as everyone can DIY for website changes. The website owner simply logs in to an Administration panel via the internet.

Your web developer will ensure that your CMS website is designed for updates. This means that your web design and layout will be structured to maintain visual appearance and functionality - even with the addition of extra pages. No additional 'design fees' are incurred. 

2. Value for Money

A CMS Website has a lot of complex functionality built right in. 

This is a real money saver. 

A CMS offers the website owner a range of highly sophisticated features that do not require extensive customisation or 'build from scratch'. 

Every CMS system has an extensive range of options. 

Such functions include instant mobile site generation, built in social media broadcasts and feeds, built in e-commerce features, image upload and publication from smartphones, instant editing, cross browser compatibility, time-based publishing, seo optimisation and much more. 

Note that every CMS offers different benefits. Discuss your particular requirements with your web designer.

3. SEO Optimisation Built In

A CMS Website is friendly to search engines. 

This means that the search engine robots are can easily find, read and reference your information. Being found is the key to SEO and achieving search rankings.

Built in SEO features typically include: easy to customise page titles, headers and meta data; easy to add 'keyword focussed' URLs and easy to customise image alt tags. Optimise these to target your preferred keywords.

A CMS which features social media sharing integration and a mobile-responsive design will also boost SEO performance significantly.

4. Design Flexibility

Even with lots of predefined functionality, a CMS website is still highly customisable. 

A unique CMS design can be customised to best deliver your brand to your audience. 

A CMS website should be visually consistent with your brand style and colour. The design should be refined to enhance conversion, where your website visitors become your customers. Pages must be easy to navigate and product information readily found.

5. Web Analytics

A key element of any website's success is the monitoring of performance metrics. 

The CMS website owner can login to view such analytics as traffic (the number of unique website visitors per day), referrers (where the visitors referred from - for example: which specific links, search engines or social platforms did people click from to arrive at your site?), specific search engine queries and more. 

This is a great way to track the popularity of your website. It helps to better understand your user. A CMS will also provide statistics for page views, time spent on the website, the geo-location of visitors and more.

A CMS web solution has many benefits. From customisable design, extensive functionality and affordability - it is the ideal solution for most small to medium business owners.

Roundhouse is a Gold Coast based web design company that specialises in CMS based web design. We develop customised CMS websites to build your brand online. Contact us to discuss your next project.

Talk to us. We can help.


Contact Roundhouse Now! 
Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

  • strategic brand design
  • web design & development
  • app design and development 
  • digital marketing 
  • creative engagement 

    Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

    Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

    Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

    Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

    Phone : +617 1300 727 749
    email : us@roundhouse.cc

    • Learn about our web design here.
    • Learn about our app development here.
    • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

    Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
    Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

    Top 5 Reasons To Get to Know Foursquare

    by Saul Edmonds

    Beat your competition and get found with a local marketing strategy. Foursquare is a useful addition to your 'local business' promotion plan - that is, the drive to convert and retain local prospects and customers. 

    Read on to learn a little more about foursquare and why it could work for you.

    What is Foursquare?

    Foursquare is a free mobile app for business and was first released in 2009.

    Go Local

    Foursquare is all about location based marketing for business : Geo targeting.

    It is a marketing tool to promote businesses locally.

    Clients who live or work nearby are the mainstay of most business with a real world store or office address. 

    Coffee shop, hairdresser, mechanic, retaurant - local businesses of this type - need to find customers from the surrounding area or tourists passing through the area. 

    It makes sense to make your business more visible to the local sector and foursquare can assist with this.

    Top 5 Reasons to Get Involved with Foursquare

    1. Link Value

    In terms of SEO, Foursquare has a high Domain Authority score - which means that the search rank of your business website is benefitted by your profile on Foursquare. Ensure that the information you provide about your business is consistent throughout all media channels.

    2. 'Word of Mouth' Local Promotion

    Foursquare is built for referral business. Foursquare users review and share comments, pictures and activities regarding the businesses they use. Personal recommendations are highly trusted. If your service or product garners some good reviews on foursquare - your business should profit.

    3. Get known Locally

    Let local customers get to know you. A foursquare profile will enhance your business visibility.

    4. Opt-in Marketing

    Take full advantage of foursquare by offering foursquare users specific deals and special offers. This can lead to the exchange of contact information between customers and the businesses they prefer, and in turn lead to extended opt-in marketing opportunities.  

    5. Social Media Networking

    Foursquare brings the faces of local customers to life with display pictures and first names. Get to know the people who know you!

    In this 'Age of Attention' everything in marketing is about the individual.

    Foursquare offers the business owner many advantages when it comes to building that all important local base.


    Contact Roundhouse Now! 
    Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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    Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

    As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

    He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

    Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

    • strategic brand design
    • web design & development
    • app design and development 
    • digital marketing 
    • creative engagement 

      Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

      Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

      Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

      Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

      Phone : +617 1300 727 749
      email : us@roundhouse.cc

      • Learn about our web design here.
      • Learn about our app development here.
      • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

      Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
      Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

      Is Google+ for Business Worth It?

      by Saul Edmonds

      At little over a year old, Google+ has struggled to gain a foothold in the social world.

      Given this state of affairs - is it beneficial to maintain ANOTHER social profile? Haven't we got enough already?

      The short answer - Yes. 

      Google+ is worth it.

      Why?

      SEO. 

      In terms of organic search engine results, companies that take advantage of Google+ will benefit from increased search rankings. 

      Google+ integrates heavily with other Google services : search, Google Places, Google Maps, Google Docs, GMail and more.

      Brand promotion on Google

      Google is tying 'Google+' profiles to it's other service offerings in such a way that it cannot be ignored.


      Contact Roundhouse Now! 
      Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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      Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

      As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

      He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

      Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

      • strategic brand design
      • web design & development
      • app design and development 
      • digital marketing 
      • creative engagement 

        Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

        Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

        Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

        Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

        Phone : +617 1300 727 749
        email : us@roundhouse.cc

        • Learn about our web design here.
        • Learn about our app development here.
        • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

        Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
        Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

        PayPal Here. There. Anywhere

        by Saul Edmonds

        PayPal Here is the upcoming service / device / app from paypal taking mobile ecommerce to the next level. You’ll be able to accept credit and debit card payments on the go so you’ll never miss a sales opportunity again. PayPal Here also helps you keep track of your cash sales and allows direct invoicing too.

        Pretty interesting development in the world of mobile ecommerce and one which we at Roundhouse will be watching closely.


        Contact Roundhouse Now! 
        Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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        Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

        As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

        He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

        Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

        • strategic brand design
        • web design & development
        • app design and development 
        • digital marketing 
        • creative engagement 

          Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

          Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

          Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

          Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

          Phone : +617 1300 727 749
          email : us@roundhouse.cc

          • Learn about our web design here.
          • Learn about our app development here.
          • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

          Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
          Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

          Messages Beta

          by Saul Edmonds

          Damn you apple, yet another goal kicked for uber integration.


          Contact Roundhouse Now! 
          Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

          Saulke (1).png

          Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

          As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

          He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

          Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

          • strategic brand design
          • web design & development
          • app design and development 
          • digital marketing 
          • creative engagement 

            Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

            Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

            Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

            Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

            Phone : +617 1300 727 749
            email : us@roundhouse.cc

            • Learn about our web design here.
            • Learn about our app development here.
            • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

            Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
            Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

            Ready to GO MO ?

            by Saul Edmonds

            No we’re not talking about the nuturing of a well polished handle bar moustache folks.

            Google has launched a new service named GoMo aimed at helping developers and site owners to ensure their website works for mobile. This is becoming a real focus for business as the way that customers consume the web expands to include more mobile devices.

            Millions more people are using mobile devices to get online every day.

            Does your business have a mobile-friendly site?

            Visit www.howtogomo.com on your desktop (or your own phone!) to see the difference.


            Contact Roundhouse Now! 
            Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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            Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

            As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

            He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

            Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

            • strategic brand design
            • web design & development
            • app design and development 
            • digital marketing 
            • creative engagement 

              Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

              Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

              Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

              Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

              Phone : +617 1300 727 749
              email : us@roundhouse.cc

              • Learn about our web design here.
              • Learn about our app development here.
              • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

              Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
              Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

              Squarespace V6 public beta invites

              by Saul Edmonds

              Squarespace is our cms and web publishing platform of choice here at roundhouse and we, like I’m sure many developers & agencies are watching keenly as v6 unfolds its wings to the online community.

              Although still tantalisingly close, not a lot of information has been released about specific details regarding version 6, but safe to say it will be a fantastic evolution of the current revolution that squarespace has been pushing forward over the recent years.


              Contact Roundhouse Now! 
              Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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              Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

              As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

              He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

              Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

              • strategic brand design
              • web design & development
              • app design and development 
              • digital marketing 
              • creative engagement 

                Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                email : us@roundhouse.cc

                • Learn about our web design here.
                • Learn about our app development here.
                • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

                Biophilia

                by Saul Edmonds

                We love the interdisciplinary artistic project Biophilia from Bjork. It is an extraordinary and innovative multimedia exploration of music, nature and technology by Bjork, her longtime design collaborators M/M (Paris) and Scott Snibbe (for the biophilia iphone / ipad app).


                Contact Roundhouse Now! 
                Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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                Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

                As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

                He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

                Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

                • strategic brand design
                • web design & development
                • app design and development 
                • digital marketing 
                • creative engagement 

                  Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                  Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                  Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                  Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                  Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                  email : us@roundhouse.cc

                  • Learn about our web design here.
                  • Learn about our app development here.
                  • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                  Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                  Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

                  iphone 4 Tip - Hard and Soft Reset

                  by Saul Edmonds
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                  ‘Now that the storm has passed and rebuilding will restart, the future is even brighter.’ (David Stockman)

                  If your iPhone 4 does not respond - freezing, unable to turn on - you may need to do a reset.

                  Try a Soft Reset First

                  • Step 1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then drag the slider.
                  • Step 2. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.

                  A Hard Reset is the other alternative.

                  This is basically a forced reboot. Rest assured that your iphone data remains safe during this process.

                  • Step 1. Press / hold the Home button and the Sleep / Wake button simultaneously.
                  • Step 2. Continue holding both buttons until the iPhone shuts off and begins to restart.
                  • Step 3. Release when you see the silver Apple logo.

                  You have completed a hard reset successfully.


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                  Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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                  Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

                  As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

                  He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

                  Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

                  • strategic brand design
                  • web design & development
                  • app design and development 
                  • digital marketing 
                  • creative engagement 

                    Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                    Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                    Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                    Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                    Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                    email : us@roundhouse.cc

                    • Learn about our web design here.
                    • Learn about our app development here.
                    • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                    Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                    Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

                    Xero: the best invoicing tool for designers?

                    by Saul Edmonds
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                    The Dream

                    Xero began life in 2006 : a collaboration between Rod Drury (serial entrepreneur) and Hamish Edwards (accountant). They worked to build a revolutionary saas (software as a service ) - an online accounting system for small business that was so good, it was actually fun/ intuitive/ stress-free to use. Accounting - where you actually wanted to do the books!

                    The History

                    Every business must monitor the flow of money, expenses, debts, purchases, profits. Success begins and ends with the accounts. Even in the Clouds - accounting is still http://accounting.Traditionally, this was the time honored debit and credit double entry bookkeeping method. Xero is one of the few double-entry systems available online today. (much preferred by accountants)

                    The double-entry bookkeeping system has a history that extends back to the 12th century where every transaction was recorded into at least two different accounts. (Equity = Assets - Liabilities. This equation serves as a built in error detection system).

                    Of interest - the modern use of double entry bookkeeping is credited to Tuscan born Luca Pacioli. (1445 - 1517) He was a Mathematician, Tutor and Franciscan Friar with wide ranging interests that included religion, business, military science, art and music. He gave special importance to the disciplines of mathematics and accounting, and was a close friend and collaborator of Leonardo da Vinci.

                    1+1 = Xero

                    Xero is an online accounting application. It has accounting, expenses, receivables, payments and contact management tools which can be integrated to provide a unified view.

                    Favourite Features

                    - the centralized ‘Contacts’ database (instead of separate ‘Customers’ and ‘Suppliers’)

                    - the support of direct bank feeds (from most major banks)

                    - the Xero iPhone app (also for Windows Mobile and Blackberry)

                    - the handy dashboard: keeps your mind on the task at hand (ie: getting work done & payments turned over). The dashboard shows bank balances, charts, top customers ect at a glance.

                    - the generated reports: easy to read & comprehend for non accounting users

                    - handy Google Docs direct save feature

                    - handy Skype integration

                    Remote Viewing

                    Our main reason for moving all our accounting records into the Clouds was to enable us to run our business from anywhere in the world. (Invoices from Istanbul - very nice)

                    The Solution for Creatives?

                    The simple yet intuitive interface easily passes the first test: Xero looks good. (We like this)

                    It has a contemporary design feel. It’s easy to use. When work gets busy it is always a temptation to get lost in the work and put off bookkeeping tasks - not a good idea! Xero genuinely makes life easier: begin able to share your records directly with your accountant online is a good thing.

                    Working in a creative agency means long, busy hours. Anything that makes the process of running the business more effectively is worth a look. After all, most creatives prefer creating.

                    … We like Xero.


                    Contact Roundhouse Now! 
                    Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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                    Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

                    As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

                    He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

                    Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

                    • strategic brand design
                    • web design & development
                    • app design and development 
                    • digital marketing 
                    • creative engagement 

                      Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                      Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                      Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                      Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                      Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                      email : us@roundhouse.cc

                      • Learn about our web design here.
                      • Learn about our app development here.
                      • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                      Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                      Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

                      Moog - Then & Now

                      by Saul Edmonds

                      For lovers of early synth and old-school electronica you can’t (and shouldn’t) go past the creations of legend Robert Moog.

                      Still going strong Moogmusic has brought out FILTATRON, a great real-time audio effects suite and powerful studio tool in a tidy lil’ package as an iphone app


                      Contact Roundhouse Now! 
                      Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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                      Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

                      As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

                      He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

                      Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

                      • strategic brand design
                      • web design & development
                      • app design and development 
                      • digital marketing 
                      • creative engagement 

                        Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                        Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                        Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                        Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                        Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                        email : us@roundhouse.cc

                        • Learn about our web design here.
                        • Learn about our app development here.
                        • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                        Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                        Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

                        Firefox and the Wizard of Ogg

                        by Saul Edmonds

                        “Rubiks Lodge” by G.LAudio, Firefox and HTML5.

                        One of the positive features of HTML5 is a simpler system for adding audio to your web page or blog.

                        No longer is flash, quicktime or WMP required. With HTML5, audio is directly embedded into the web page : no third party plug-ins or javascript needed.

                        Adding an audio file is now as easy as adding an image.

                        Who or What is Ogg Vorbis?

                        Firefox, however, will not play MP3s. Firefox requires all audio files to be converted to the .ogg format. The Ogg Vorbis digital audio compression format is similar to MP3. It is considered to be superior to MP3 in that encoding into .ogg produces effectively smaller file sizes of higher sound quality. Additionally, the .ogg format is patent and royalty free.

                        Get with Started with Audio in Firefox

                        HTML5 audio is pretty simple. Follow these steps to get started in Firefox:

                        1. As Firefox 3.6 will only support .ogg, all MP3s will need to be converted. Switch Audio File Converter Software is one example of an easy to use multi format audio file converter for PC and Mac. A basic version is available for free download
                        2. Embed the audio tag in your code.
                        3. <audio id=”player”></audio>
                        4. Provide the source audio file:
                        5. <source src=”audio.ogg”/>
                        6. Play Sound
                        7. You could autoplay the audio on load with a simple attribute autoplay like this:
                        8. <audio id=”player” src=”audio.ogg” autoplay></audio>

                        Simple play and stop functions could be assigned as onclick event of buttons as follows:

                        • To the play() function of the audio object:
                        • http://document.getElementById(“player”).play();
                        • To stop/ pause playing audio:
                        • http://document.getElementById(“player”).pause();
                        • Firefox has announced that it will continue to support only the .ogg format due to it being a patent and royalty free codec. As HTML5 is implemented we will undoubtedly become familiar to .ogg as an alternative MP3.

                        Contact Roundhouse Now! 
                        Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

                        Saulke (1).png

                        Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

                        As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

                        He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

                        Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

                        • strategic brand design
                        • web design & development
                        • app design and development 
                        • digital marketing 
                        • creative engagement 

                          Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                          Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                          Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                          Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                          Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                          email : us@roundhouse.cc

                          • Learn about our web design here.
                          • Learn about our app development here.
                          • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                          Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                          Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

                          Ping Pong Ninja - In-office ping pong rankings

                          by Saul Edmonds

                          I’m seriously thinking about setting up a ping pong table in the studio just so I can use ping pong ninja.

                          The guys at campaign monitor take their ping pong pretty seriously and developed this great application to monitor all their ping pong prowess and competitive streaks .. awesome … if we ever find the time to have a big ol’ fun / leisure area in our studio, it’ll have a nice big ping pong table in it and ping pong ninja adorning the adjacent court.


                          Contact Roundhouse Now! 
                          Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

                          Saulke (1).png

                          Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

                          As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

                          He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

                          Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

                          • strategic brand design
                          • web design & development
                          • app design and development 
                          • digital marketing 
                          • creative engagement 

                            Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

                            Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

                            Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

                            Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

                            Phone : +617 1300 727 749
                            email : us@roundhouse.cc

                            • Learn about our web design here.
                            • Learn about our app development here.
                            • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

                            Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
                            Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

                            by Saul Edmonds