We are a Microsoft BizSpark’s Featured Startup of the Day

We are a proud member of Microsoft’s BizSpark Program. Through this program, Microsoft helps new startups get all the software they need, to design and develop their idea into a product. They also provide heavy discounts on Windows Azure Cloud hosting. Since we are a self-funded startup, it’s been a huge help from Microsoft.

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And today, we are very excited to have been selected as a ‘Microsoft BizSpark Featured Startup of the Day’. Where BizSpark team picks a prospective startup, and showcases it amongst 50,000+ startup founders. Who are as crazy as us, to chase their dreams right to the end…

BizSpark Featured Startup on Azure – Centramation Systems Private Limited

If you have a great idea that you are ready to execute with your own funding arrangement, following are some of the benefits of being part of the Microsoft’s BizSpark program:

  • You get almost every Microsoft product at no cost for 3 years, via MSDN Subscription.
  • You get a heavy discount on Windows Azure Cloud services.
  • You get a one-year free Windows Phone and Windows 8 Store Developer License.
  • You get access to a huge community of startup founders.

Click here for more information about Microsoft BizSpark.

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Help is on the way!

We are currently working on building a comprehensive Help section. We have planned a set of articles, to explain various segments and functionalities of the product.

We will also produce two quick overview videos, to quickly familiarize you with the product.

Later, we plan to start two more sections:

  1. Tips & Tricks
    • Alternate and unique uses of existing functionality, which you might have not explored.
  2. Case Studies
    • This section will explain how you can utilize this product for a particular scenario.
      i.e. if you are a student, if you want to use it as a CRM tool, if you want to use it just for organizing your day, if you are a travel company etc.

But meanwhile if you have any questions, please use the feedback widget located at the bottom of every page. (Please see the picture below)

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or use this direct link.

Thank you for being with us.

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Email Reminders & Notifications

Based on a lot of feedback from our users, we are now bringing email reminders and notifications to remind me this.

Why do I need email notifications?

  • Great way to keep your whole team in the loop.
  • Avoid unnecessary communication by automatic notifications.
  • Never forget any work-item while you are away.

What are the different email notifications available?

  1. New Notifications – Upcoming Work Items – Due Work Items
    • You will receive an email reminder every time you have pending notifications, upcoming work items or work items that are due.
    • The service checks for new events every hour, and skips the reminder if there’s nothing to send.
  2. Weekly Digest
    • You will receive a personalized email about your work every Monday, so that you may plan your week accordingly.
    • There’s no skipping. The service will report even when no work items are found, so that you can plan you idle-time.
  3. New Features – News – Announcements
    • You will receive this email, when we have something new to share with you, regarding the service.
    • The sole purpose of this email is to keep you up to date with our product.

How do I enable email notifications?

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Please follow these steps:

  1. Login to Log into your Account
  2. Click on ‘Preferences’ (at the top right corner)
  3. Under ‘Email Reminders and Notifications’ section
  4. Indicate how you would like to receive email reminders for various events, by ticking the checkboxes.
  5. Click ‘Save’ to retain the changes.

Note: Even though email notification is a great automated way get notified, you should not rely on email notifications for mission critical work.

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Talk to us – Let’s build a productivity app that we want.

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No more support tickets; no more help-desk; no more levels of hierarchy; no more chains of bureaucracy. You can interact directly with the team behind “Remind Me This”!

We are eager to hear about what you think and feel. So we have made it very easy for you to talk to us. You can use either our Contact Page or the feedback widget located at the bottom of almost every page. (Please see the picture below)

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When you should contact us?

  • When you need help, or have a question or query
  • When you have feedback for us: suggestions, comments, remarks…
  • When something needs enhancement
  • When you find a portion that is not working properly
  • When you want to tell us what you like and don’t like, about the application; or
  • When you’d like to just stop by and say “Hi!”
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How to produce a home-made stop-motion video?

Why create a stop motion video?

A stop motion video is the best low-budget option, to tell a story with creativity. Though stop motion is the oldest form of video, it still remains a very interesting way to represent your thoughts. If not done properly, many modern product-videos often look like an advertisement, and hence end up being boring. We wanted to tell our story, in a way that is fun to watch, conveys the message clearly, and simultaneously shows you our ‘wannabe artist’ side.

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There are many guides on the Internet on how to create a stop motion video, but this is how we did it…

What do you need to produce a stop motion video?

  1. A Story
  2. Little bit of drawing skills
  3. Stationery – pen, paper, scissors, crayons
  4. Camera – though a DSLR is better, you can also do make it with your Point-n-Shoot camera. …In fact, even a webcam is fine.
  5. Tripod or glass-top table – or hire a brain surgeon to hold your camera real steady :D
  6. Dark Room – or do what we did : Just wait for the nightfall, before shooting.
  7. A Computer and some Free Software: Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, Audacity
  8. Microphone (a USB one is better, but one with an audio jack is also fine)
  9. A lot of patience (this is very important!)
  10. One spare day (yes ; it will take a full day)

The Setup

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As you can see in the above picture, we have a camera on a tripod, facing the floor. Where we have placed a plain card-board taped to the floor (so that it won’t move while shooting). You can use any camera. If you don’t have a tripod, you can use a glass-top table and put your camera on it, facing the floor. (Or find a way to stick your camera as displayed in the first image ) And no ; holding it reeeeeeal steady will not work. ;-) )
We also have a light bulb hanging next to the camera. You may even use a table-lamp. The purpose of this illumination is to avoid any unwanted shadows, and provide consistent light towards on the card-board.
We connected the camera to a computer with a USB cable. This allowed us to look at the shoot on the screen, and capture it with a mouse-click. That way, we don’t move the camera. You can use a remote shutter release if your camera does not support a computer connection.

Now all you need is a dark room to start shooting. And like us, if you do not have a dark room, just wait for a nightfall. If you start shooting while the sun is up, then as the time passes (…and trust us ; this always takes longer than expected), your picture will have different color-tones and light & shade. And when you render your video, you will notice this change.

The Process

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Step 1/5: Story Boarding

Just as in any movie, before you start shooting, you need a story. You need to decide the following things, as you prepare your storyboard. You will also need a script for the voice over; i.e. what you are going to say to explain each segment of the video.
What do you need to convey?
How many shots will you take?
What kind of animation will each shot have?

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Now if you look at our storyboard, you will find that it is nothing fancy. Just a diary with a rough-draft of our though process.

Step 2/5: Sketching / Doodling

Sketching

Once you have the initial draft, you can start sketching it on paper/thin cardboard. If you are like us and not very good at sketching, use a fat tip pen to sketch. It will help hide your imperfections. Once all your objects are on paper, add life to them by colouring them with crayons.

Step 3/5: Cutting

Cutting

Now take a pair of scissors and start cutting your objects. You don’t need to be very precise in cutting, as the same coloured background will hide the jagged edges, if any.

Step 4/5: Shooting

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This part requires a lot of patience. So be prepared. Now construct the kind of studio as mentioned in ‘The Setup’ section. And according to your story board, place your objects under the camera, and start taking pictures …lots of pictures! (In our case, we took around 900 frames.) If you want to induce animation, move your objects frame-by-frame and take pictures at each stage. So that when displayed at high-speed, they give the illusion of movement. More the pictures, smoother the movement. As your audience is aware that it is a stop-motion video, it’s OK if the animation is not as smooth as Disney cartoon.

Step 5/5: Rendering and Recording

The last part of the process involves the following freeware:
for video editing – Windows Movie Maker
for audio editing – Audacity

You can now easily import all you photographs to your Windows Movie Maker Project, and it will show them as frames. The speed of the video is governed by the time-duration of each set of frames; generally 0.3 sec will give you a decent degree of animation. Wherever some explanation is necessary, one can even ‘pause’ the animation. We used a 3 to 5 sec frame time, to explain most part of our video.

Once you are through, you can export your project as a video, or can even upload it to YouTube. But before that, don’t forget to record the voice-over with Audacity. You can use Windows Sound Recorder, but it lacks editing functionality. So you will have to start over, on every mistake… You can then import the recorded audio into your Windows Movie Maker Project and change the frame timing accordingly. Once you are satisfied with the end-result, you can finally export the project as a HD Video.

Final Product

Though this can be a tedious process, it requires a lot of planning, designing and creativity. And that is the fun part! At the end of it all, you will have a very unique product video, exactly the way you wanted.

The result of all this hard work looks like this:

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We have reached one thousand users – A small, but very important milestone

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Yay! We have just reached 1000 users in less than 100 days after launching remindmethis.com. Most of the companies announce when they reach 10k or 100k users. But we believe that the first 1000 users are very important. Because they are the early adopters, who gave our application a try when we were new and unknown. Feedback from these early adopters pointed us in the right direction. They helped us validate our assumptions and implementation, while executing our idea.

Thanks a lot to all of you!

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Get to know us – Who is behind the curtain?

We are a husband-wife team, who are passionate about our line of work ! Hence, it was lot of fun building and launching our very first product – Remind Me This. And we are very proud of what our venture has accomplished so far.

Please take a look at our behind-the-scenes story.

Our very first interview with Sudarshana Banerjee on techtaffy.com
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Welcome to our blog

Let’s build a Community together

Howdy! A bit late to the party, but we finally have a place where we can directly talk to you. We are more interested in building a user-community than building a customer-base. So let’s work together on developing a perfect Productivity and Collaboration Solution.

Are you tired of the recent flood of To-Do List Apps?

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So are we. Of late, there have been just way too many To-Do List Apps in the market. We believe there are no other types of software in the market, where you have so many choices. These apps are great for managing personal tasks and grocery lists. But when you are working on something serious, what they lack most is the functionality.

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On the other hand, the options available to work on a serious project are very complicated and take a big chuck from your daily schedule. This is the reason many teams use Project Management Software at the initial stage of Project Planning and Designing. After that, it’s The Wild Wild West! Because once you start executing your work items you tend to be more focused on work, and less on the documentation and reporting part. And this is where these complex Apps get in your way.

So we built “Remind Me This” – simple enough for your serious projects, so that it never gets in the way.

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