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10/4/2010 1:33:18 PM

Donna
Donna
Posts: 86
Hi all you people I don't know. You're out there, right?

I'm Donna and grew up (going through the teens is growing up, right?) in the Bremerton area, right across the water from Seattle. I miss the PNW. I miss it hard. Especially when I have to live through 3-4 weeks of 100+ temps. Right now I'm living and working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas and, unfortunately, I am unable to swing a convenient disappearance for the upcoming Superbowl. This thing (Superbowl) is going to kill me. Or make me want to kill. One of those. I have 2 kids, one with a Graphic Design degree that she's actually using in her job, and one with an Anthropology/English degree who I think may just be a professional student. On weekends I'm on a (don't laugh) Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast. Yeah... I'm pretty much crazy I guess.

I have been working in pre-press and graphic design for about 12 years and after several shop closings and layoffs I have landed at a small print shop with big plans. I am excited about learning this new venture as I have always wanted to get into web design stuff but never had time to learn it. Now I can do it and learn as I go. I'm also excited about being in a small shop rather than the large ones I learned the craft in.

I'm going through the training webinars right now and trying to catch up on the ones I missed, since I started in the middle. Anxious to get going on it and through curiosity, came to the forum where there is a whole lot of no one around. I figured if someone NOT actually on staff started writing something that might change... I could be wrong but let's give it a shot.

Introduce yourself! Do it. You know you want to. Please?
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10/4/2010 4:36:22 PM

reynoldsrj
reynoldsrj
Administrator
Posts: 35
Donna,
I got older in Montana, then moved to Seattle and now live in Bellingham. I never have actually grown up. And I am so happy that you have posted. This forum is for dealers and users and not for staff. We have created the app and monitor it, of course, but it is for the users. I will ask Patrice to mention once again in an upcoming news letter that this Forum exists for people like you.

Thanks for taing the time to stop by.

Bob
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10/5/2010 12:01:45 PM

GraphicsNow
GraphicsNow
Posts: 13
Donna,

Good afternoon from Greenville, South Carolina. I'm the pre-press guy here at a small printer called Graphics Now. Like yourself, I've always wanted to integrate web sites into my job but never could quite master HTML, FrontPage, GoLive or Dreamweaver despite trying them all. Basic sites could be accomplished but anything more than that, forget it. I was happy to hear about NSNA and their ProFusion product and our company jumped in to become a CPrint ProFusion dealer. I attended all of the webinar sessions and look forward to working with NSNA when we get clients who need website assistance (and SEO too).

It's been a slow process getting going. I'm not in sales so I don't correspond with clients or prospects; I simply get the work done when it comes in. We've done one website which went live a few months ago ... but that's about it. I look forward to the day when we get more clients and more websites put together. The more I work with these modules the more fluent I will be. With hopes of doing Website seminars (like Patrice does), I need the practice on these products.

As for my background, I ran my own real estate marketing company full-time for 12 years from 1997 to 2009. While 2007 was my best year ever, when the recession hit both the economy and the real estate industry, my business pretty much died. I've found a home here at Graphics Now and have been here a little over a year. Great people work here and hopefully our new website/seo/email marketing services will increase sales.
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10/5/2010 1:57:39 PM

Donna
Donna
Posts: 86
Yay!! But do you have a name?
I used to live in Charleston, SC many moons ago. I grew up a Navy Brat. You live everywhere and have hundreds of acquaintances and very few real friends. Sadly, all I can remember of that area is the smell of the paper factory, going to the zoo and learning that a buffalo can pee for like 15 minutes so you should pay attention cause it will definitely run right to where you're standing, and that I was glad we moved because I did NOT want "Goose Creek High School" on my transcripts. These are things that are important to an almost 9th grader.

Welcome to the forum!

I was learning another system this summer and while it seems really powerful I found out quickly that if you don't know html and css you really get stuck fast trying to make something look the way you want it to. I was worried that, having to learn html and css and maybe java in between my normal duties, I would not be able to learn fast enough to make people happy. I like knowing that if I can't make something happen there is someone I can turn to here. It seems like it will make getting this new aspect of our shop started so much easier.

I haven't gotten to play with building a site here yet but I'm sure that when I do get into I will be spending some time here trying to get answers. That being said, tell all your friends to come here and make some noise cause I will be picking your brains soon!
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10/12/2010 9:59:23 AM

GraphicsNow
GraphicsNow
Posts: 13
Hey There Donna.

Thanks for the advice on the buffalo. Next time I run into one I'll make sure I'm not downstream. ;-) You mentioned "learning another system" and I would guess it might have been Adobe Business Catalyst? I researched that one as well but for a variety of reasons I feel ProFusion/NSNA is the way to go for people like us that really don't know HTML, CSS, etc.

Have a great day and hope you get your first site soon!

Glenn Johnson
Graphics Now
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10/12/2010 12:49:12 PM

Donna
Donna
Posts: 86
Yes, it was Business Catalyst. The only thing I really liked about it was I could create websites all day long in a trial mode, using all the modules they had, while I learned the system. I actually learned a lot from doing that. Trial and error are awesome teaching tools. LOL! I also started learning Dreamweaver and a lot of HTML and CSS while I was trying to make it do what I wanted. That being said, I prefer to have a 'safety net'.
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10/26/2010 11:26:41 AM

Donna
Donna
Posts: 86
So... there are 36 members of this forum... I'm guessing at least 10 of those are employees or something... that means 24 of you people haven't introduced yourself yet. You realize that Glenn's ego will just inflate at an exponential rate if someone else doesn't start a topic or something. (he thinks he is royalty...)
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