Jul 17 2008

Developed Widgets & Gadgets Live Now!

The DexKnows.com site recently posted a new page I helped develop.

It contains all of the current Widgets, Gadgets, Text Links, Banner Ads as well as ‘What & Where’ Search boxes. It’s known as the Free Tools page and is available anywhere on the Dex site if you head to the bottom of the page and click on the link, ‘Free Tools’ in the footer. This is right in between the ‘Direct Marketing’ & ‘View Phone Books’ links.

These are nifty little free tools that one can use to search the Dexknows site.

The Search Boxes are great for embedding into your own HTML page. They come complete with Javascript, CSS, & HTML code for a great looking resulting search box! They come in a few varied sizes to perfectly fit into the right spot on your web site. 728 x 90, 468 x 60, 300 x 250, 234 x 60, 160 x 600, & even a 120 x 90 size, which is pretty small, but could very well fit in a tight spot.

If you only want a text link, this is also available. Banner Ads as well.

The Gadgets and Widgets include an iGoogle Gadget for your iGoogle Home page. There’s a Google Desktop Gadget which you’ll have to download the Google Desktop application first, but the link for that downloaded is provided. Then there’s a Yahoo! Widget that also requires an external application to run, but once again the link is conveniently provided. There’s even a Apple / Mac Dashboard Widget, which I’m quite fond of being a Mac user. ;-)

The next feature is a Widgetbox Widget and I’ll embed it below to show you how easy it is to obtain. Go ahead and try typing something into the ‘What’ & ‘Where’ boxes and hitting enter or the ‘Find’ button above and see how the widgets work and function.

I personally like the cohesive design on all of these. Some sites have multiple platform widgets and gadgets, but haven’t kept the design the same across the board. Maybe because there were multiple people working on the different platforms? Perhaps. Not the case here though. I saw the design & development from end to finish and the result is there for you to see.

Can’t wait for our next versions of these to come out! In the meantime, enjoy!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees

Jul 13 2008

Flash File Indexing Example from Google Search Results

So I’m making progress on the new design of the site, but it’s just taking some time as it’s hard to find just that, TIME! ;-)

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a little something. Recently, Google announced that they had improved their Flash file indexing. Google Flash indexing, may be something most of you are not familiar with. And perhaps you also don’t wish to make yourself familiar with it, which is perfectly fine. For those of us who are aware of the difficulties we Flash Designers had with site content which contained almost exclusively flash. The search engines were not able to crawl and index the content within the flash file. Therefore, webmasters and designers were frantically duplicating content into meta tags and such. Well, no need for that anymore!

I have an example of how Google indexed my flash content. First, let’s look at the Search Results page. I first typed in site:www.studio119.com to see which pages have been indexed by Google. Then I clicked through the pages of results to find the flash content.

Google Flash Indexing Search Results

After I found the flash file that had been indexed I looked a little closer:

Google Flash Indexing Detail

The first portion looks like it took the first few lines of text, or copy and put it to the Title of the page. The second, description portion looks like it repeats the Title and then adds on the URL of where the flash file points to after it is through, which is broken now as this is an older file, but I’ll use it for demonstration purposes for now.

Interesting I thought, so thought I’d share it with those of you that might be worried about how Google handles flash currently.

More to come soon! Stay tuned!

Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees

Jul 4 2008

New Design to Studio 119 site coming soon!

Stay tuned! Formulating a new design for the site. It’s about time I must say… the site has been effective, but needs a freshening-up, so-to-speak.



Monday, March 9th, 2009

I recently found the time to update the Studio 119 Degrees Web Site. Please have a look and make a comment here as to what your thoughts are on the new look and feel to the site.


Chris J. Politzki
Studio 119 Degrees

Jul 1 2008

The Chris J. Politzki Blog | “Moving In Still!”

Just set-up my first Blog here… Within the next few days I’ll start posting items of interest.

Keep checking in!