fast reply to ‘Sharing Contracts’ by Kamal Fariz

Kamal Fariz just tweet me ( tekong ) about our contracts with our clients. In a midst of work-tornados, I’ve decided to take a spin-off from my work, and pasting some terms of contract that we’ve usually use for our clients.

Terms style 1

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Terms & Conditions

  1. Upon agreeing on the quotation of this project,invoice will be issued and the company shall receive 30% payment of this project. The project will be commenced once the payment has been made. This 30% payment is non-refundable if the client cancels the project.
  2. The company responsible to repair the mistakes that happen because from the erroneous and mistake from the company.
  3. The company will bear no responsibility if the mistakes in the final product happen because from the erroneous and mistake made by client.

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Terms style 2 that we’ve use for rush jobs

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Terms & Condition

  1. All items will come with 2 design proposals.
  2. The deadline of the project is 18th July 2008. Upon agreeing on the quotation of this project, the company shall receive 50% payment of this project. The project will be commenced once the payment has been made. This 50% payment is non-refundable if the client cancels the project.
  3. The company responsible to repair the mistakes that happen because from the erroneous and mistake from the company.
  4. The company will bear no responsibility if the mistakes in the final product happen because from the erroneous and mistake made by client.

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And our general terms

The above fee also includes the following:

  1. Web design consultancy in term of art direction and usability
  2. Installation and publication
  3. Basic Graphic User Interface (GUI) design

Terms and Conditions

  1. The project will be finished in 3 weeks time starting on the day of agreement of the invoice. The deadline is 31st October 2007 on Wednesday.  Upon giving and agreeing on the quotation of this project, the developers shall receive 30% payment of this project. This 30% payment is non-refundable.
  2. If the project exceeds duration of 2 weeks, because from the erroneous, delay and mistake from the client in providing information and content, the late submission from the developers to the client will not receive any discount.
  3. If the project exceeds duration of 2 weeks, because from the erroneous, delay and mistake from developer to submit the project to the client, the developer will give 10% discount to the client for the project.

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Well 2 weeks can be replaced with your timeline anyway. How bout your contract? If you want to find some examples, headover to Kamal Fariz’s post because I think he will update that post by time and by response he got from his tweets.

Work-Tornados. A good thing to start a new year, 2009. Right now we’re working with

  1. A game sequence/continuation from previous Barongan: Hikayat Syah Mardan for Dewan Bahasa Pustaka
  2. Corporate Identity + Product Packaging for one health product + company
  3. A proposal for Flash & ActionScript workshop with Teras One Solutions.
  4. There’s a lineup of interesting jobs might coming in @_@ well might-lah.

And our target for 2009, is to expanding & hiring Insya-Allah. Wishing all readers a good start and good luck for new year 2009 :)

December 23rd, 2008 by Tekong Posted in tutorial, Uncategorized |

Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended Review

Acrobat 9 BoxLast 2 week, Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended was launched. I was unable to attend the launching event since I went to Singapore for Community Work with Jamiyah Singapore but thanks to Anne from PPM Technology & Communications for passing me the Trial CD of Acrobat 9 Pro for me to test it. Oh it was the right time to test it since the company portfolio getting bigger and need an update so I decided to make he new update of company portfolio using Acrobat 9.

Upon installing and looking at the guide for newbies. i start with scratching my head. I always view PDF but to make a PDF is a new thing for me actually. Automate function in Photoshop were very useful. All the file for the company profile were 10MB but it was shrinked to 7MB with Maximum Setting. Then i start to insert media to my PDF.

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June 16th, 2008 by tekong Posted in Adobe, Cool Stuff, Flash, tutorial |

Learning from the experts : Photoshop CS3

On Monday 26th May, i was invited by Anne from PPM Technology & Communications to the Photoshop CS3 2-hour workshop at Teras One Solution, Bangsar. I’m no photoshop experts. i just use what i know but I’m very happy to learn something absolutely new that i don’t try it before.

The instructor is Stephanie Wong, a Certified Expert and Instructor at Teras One Solution.  Among the invitees are Mixter from Mixter Studio and Brandon form IT-Sideways. the topics that she teach is Quick Selection, Smart Filters, Vanishing Point 2 and merging photos. I never knew there was a Vanishing Point 1 perhaps and that merging photos is not a typical merge. it’s very useful.

Quick Selection tool is a tool like the Magic Wand, just that it’s more clever, you just have to drag it. Well i think most of us know what is Magic Wand for. Quick Selection is for us to select the part of images. Oh another shortcut key that I’ve learnt, is the use of ‘ [ ‘ and ‘ ] ‘ to increase the brush size. Every pixel that you touch with Quick Selection tool, it will be selected.

Next is Smart Objects & Smart Filter. This is totally something new for me. If Stephanie didn’t teach this, im very sure im still using the old traditional method, do-see the results-not satisfied and do it again-thingy. So first is Smart Objects. It was introduced in Photoshop CS2. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondescontructive editing to the layer. Cut it short, it’s like the Movie Clip in Flash. here’s the tutorial for you at Photoshop Support.

As for smart filter, remember the days what we have to apply the filter, undo-it and then, re-apply the filter to suit our configurations? With Smart Filters, no need to go through complex process again. if it doesn’t suit your needs and you need some tweak, you just need to click at Smart Filter layer at Layer Panel. View the tutorial here at Photoshop Essentials.

Next is vanishing Point. All the time before this, I have to press ctrl or alt to control the ending points of the picture and to make it follow the perspective. vanishing points make it a lot easier. you define the 4 points of the plane/perspective area and then, tweak the point till it suits you. Again I was amazed. there was so many things i missing in using photoshop. I’m not an avid learner to seek for tutorials but I’ve just found this Vanishing Point tutorials for you to play with.

And lastly, Stephanie teach us how to merge photos. this is not a simple merge. This totally blown me away. With auto align layer, you just need to import your chosen picture, select the layers and then, click Edit>auto-align layers. After that, start masking it. Youtube demo here. In the same category, is a Photomerge tool. Now amateur photographers can say bye-bye to wide lenses. with your shaky hands, you still able to do great panoramic pictures of the places. here ‘s the tutorial for your at Photoshop Support.

Well that’s the new stuff i found out and at least i’m very lucky before CS4 will be published. Please make use of things that i share here. Practice makes perfect :)

May 28th, 2008 by tekong Posted in Adobe, Cool Stuff, English, tutorial |

Adobe launches Adobe TV

adobe.jpgAssalamualaikum and Peace be upon you dear visitors. Howdy everybody? Hope you guys fine and healthy and happy.

Speaking of which, Adobe TV just launched 9 April 2008. Here’s the news

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe® TV, a free online video resource for expert instruction and
inspiration about Adobe products, including the company’s Creative Suite 3 family of world-class creative tools.
With multiple channels, original series programming, and content from Adobe, leading training organizations and the world’s leading subject matter experts, Adobe TV
delivers a virtual library of entertaining and instructional videos.
Designers, photographers, video professionals, and developers will find product deep-dives, innovative tips, techniques from luminaries, and behind-the-scenes tours
of the hottest creative shops and Adobe product teams.

Oh sweet. Let’s make use of the Adobe TV should we? :) Lot’s of video resources, trainings and demos.

Thanks to Anne from PPM Technology Communications for the news

April 10th, 2008 by tekong Posted in Adobe, Cool Stuff, tutorial, Web |

Arabic Text in Flash CS3

When Flavert Media Lab started developing al-Quran for PSP in end of 2006, we tried to import Arabic text into the application to optimize the file size. At the end, we failed to get the solution and using JPEG images for the Arabic text. Recently, we learn that we can import the Arabic text (and other eastern text) into Flash CS3. In this tutorial we like to share how you can import Arabic text into your Flash project. We will need Adobe Flash CS3, Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Wordpad.

Step 1

You need some Arabic text. In this tutorial, I copy the text from http://www.al-islam.com

Step 2

Paste the copied text into Windows Wordpad. You will notice that the Arabic text is in correct arrangement. ( I tried to paste the text directly in Microsoft Office, however the text is not in correct arrangement). Then, save the file in *.RTF format.

Step 3

Open your Microsoft Office 2007, and open the saved file. You will notice that the Arabic text is in correct arrangement. You need to set the styles, align , color etc that you want your Arabic text look like in Flash. Then, select all and copy the text.

Step 4

Open your Flash and create new FLA. Then you just press CTRL+V to paste the text. The Arabic text will paste correctly in the FLA. If you double clicking the pasted text, you will notice that the text is in shape format.

I tried to use Microsoft Office 2003 for the process, but it doesn’t work. So, you really need Microsoft Office 2007 for this purpose. I not sure if this process can be use in previous Flash version. If some of you try this tutorial in different version of Microsoft Office or Flash, feel free to comment this post.

*You can import Arabic text into Illustrator CS3 using the same process.

-Faisal Arbain-

February 15th, 2008 by sabau Posted in Flash, tutorial |