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The Latest Technology and Mapping News from the World Wide Web and Shoothill

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Prime Deep Zoom featured on BBC Click’s Webscape

After being listed as one of the best visualisations on the web in 2013, from the folks at Visualising Data. Shoothill’s amazing Prime Deep Zoom was featured on the hit BBC technology show Click. Showcasing the Deep Zoom, Kate Russell talked about Microsoft’s, Prime Challenge.

The focus of the Prime Challenge is to find the “lost primes”; those prime numbers that have remained undiscovered in the race to always find the biggest prime. It is hoped that The Prime Challenge will also help to re-awaken interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects – a skill set that is becoming scarcer.

The Prime Deep Zoom was created for Microsoft to help highlight the scale of the biggest prime number ever discovered. Which at over 17 million decimal digits long, would be equal to having 1,584,106 contacts in your phone’s address book and if printed out to scale would cover over 6 acres of paper.

By using Shoothill’s Megafiche® technology, The Deep Zoom experience allows users explore the scale of the number, as within the Deep Zoom users can use the zoom controls, to see when each of the previous record-breaking prime numbers were discovered as well as relating the advances that have been made over the years.

If you want to see more of Shoothill’s feature videos head over to the archive’s

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More than 2.5 million Brits helped by online flood information

With floods sweeping across the country and affecting new areas every week, online flood information technology has played an integral role in supporting communities across the UK as they try to predict and prepare for severe weather conditions. By providing instant access to the latest weather data and water levels, access to online information has helped over 2.5 million people to plan journeys, avoid flood-stricken areas and prepare for all eventualities since the crisis began in December.  Since last Friday alone, the Shoothill FloodAlerts service which is built on Microsoft technology, has received 1.6 million online visitors.

FloodAlerts collates data provided by the Environment Agency to monitor water levels across the UK, allows you to search for any specific area of the country and view the status of flood warnings and other information such as determining if your intended route is underwater. You can also set up alerts to find out if your hometown is at risk from flooding, as soon as the data is available. The site has also helped the emergency services plan alternative routes in particularly badly hit areas.

Usually, the service receives only a fraction of the number of visitors it has this past week, but it was able to easily withstand the unpredictable peak in demand because it runs on Microsoft Windows Azure cloud technology.  The technology allows the system to be scaled up quickly to run at a much higher scale than would normally be expected of it, meaning that FloodAlerts has been able to seamlessly provide support to millions of people across the country.

The weather data is updated frequently at critical times like this so communities can be kept up to date about what’s going on in their area. To visit the site and see for yourself if any flood warnings are heading your way, please visit: http://www.shoothill.com/FloodMap/

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FloodAlerts map shows how the floods have unfolded across the UK

These images from the Shoothill FloodAlerts Map, show’s  how the floods have swept across Britain over the past 12 days.  The orange areas indicate flood alerts and the red lines are flood warnings.

It began on 1 February 2014 with alerts spreading across London and the south as well as Sheffield. There were also warnings in areas including Carlisle, Gloucester and Maidstone.

The Environment Agency received 150 reports of properties flooding in the Midlands, south-west and south-east England.

The FloodAlerts Map

The images are created from the Shoothill FloodAlerts Map and the Angling Trust Fishing Info, River Gauges by Shoothill.

FloodAlerts is a free to use application provided by the Environment Agency and developed by Shoothill to provide users in England and Wales with flood warnings.

FloodAlerts is the first graphical representation of the flood warning data which provides localised updates every 15 minutes, keeping users informed about the potential flood risks in their area.

If you wish to find out more about any of these products from Shoothill, please contact info@shoothill.com or contact the sales team on 0845 421 0390

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How online mapping has transformed the online property market

Online Property MappingGone are the days when people automatically headed out to local estate agents when they were searching for property in particular areas. Increasingly, individuals are using the web to look for their dream homes. This is no surprise. Cyberspace offers consumers greater convenience and it can be a much more efficient way of trawling the market for suitable real estate.

There are plenty of websites for people to choose from, meaning that if your online resource is going to attract enough interest, it must be user-friendly. With this in mind, you might be keen to take advantage of online mapping features. These handy web tools can make it much easier for individuals to target properties within certain areas.

Strong demand for properties

It certainly seems as though consumer demand for properties is high at present.According to figures provided by Nationwide, UK house prices rose by 0.6 per cent in November this year compared with the previous month. Meanwhile, they were 6.5 per cent up on the same month in 2012.

Responding to the findings, the firm’s chief economist Robert Gardner said: “Activity in the housing market has picked up strongly in recent months. The number of mortgage approvals for house purchase reached 66,735 in September, 34 per cent higher than the same period of 2012. A large part of the improvement can be attributed to further improvements in the labour market and the brighter economic outlook, which has helped to bolster sentiment amongst potential buyers.”

Location location location

When people are on the lookout for properties, they often have very defined ideas concerning the sort of areas they want to focus on. Indeed, location is one of the key factors that helps to determine buyers’ decisions.

It is no wonder then that a rising number of property websites contain mapping features that enable individuals to restrict their searches to particular geographical locations. Using special marking tools and radius features, consumers can streamline their research with impressive levels of precision.

Easy

The great thing about these features – at least when they are done right – is that they are extremely easy for people to use. By simply clicking on maps, consumers can achieve the results they are after.

Meanwhile, web users aren’t bombarded with irrelevant properties that fall outside of their preferred zones.

Come to us

If you think your website could benefit from a feature like this, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Shoothill we specialise in providing powerful mapping technologies and user-friendly applications that transform complex data into dynamic and accessible formats.

The fact is, web users are a discerning bunch and they are after the very best. If they come across other property websites that makes their searches easier and more enjoyable than yours, you will lose their interest.

To find out more about what we have to offer, simply take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and helpful team. With our help, you may be able to enhance your website and offer property seekers a more rewarding and useful service.

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Creating a Unique Online Presence with Software Developement

More and more businesses these days have an online presence, and if you want to get ahead in the online marketplace, you need to do everything you can to stand out from the crowd. If you want to operate online, then you’ll have a lot of competition, so it is important to have something which distinguishes your business from all of the others.

Employing the services of a Software Development Company is a great way to improve your website and boost your brand, but it is important to make sure that you choose an developer which is right for your business. A good Software Development Company will take the time to understand your business and what you want to achieve with your website before they start putting together a development brief. Even if you know nothing about the development process yourself, you will still have an idea of what your main goal is, so take the time to communicate this to the developer.

Ask to view proofs and mock-ups throughout the development process so that you can check that the project is progressing as you want. This will not only keep you informed, but will also allow you to continue contributing your own thoughts and ideas throughout. You may also be required to supply additional information during the process, so as well as setting up regular meetings with the development agency yourself, also ensure that you are available should they need to contact you.

Here at Shoothill, we are more than just a simple software developer. We are an award-winning software development company with a wealth of experience and ideas that can bring practically any concept to life and pride ourselves on bringing to life an innovative brand experience.

We use some of the latest technology available to create original and unique designs for our customers. We also deploy our projects on Microsoft Azure, which means that we can get applications up and running more quickly, and also make changes faster so that resources and design consistently keep up with changing business demands.

Some of our creative web design projects include the Sainsbury’s Meal Planner, which has helped many Sainsbury’s customers to improve their shopping experience by planning their weekly meals and creating a shopping list of essential ingredients. Offshoots of this project have also included the Sainsbury’s Roast and Easter Planners, which were featured on MSN.

Software Development Diamond Jubilee Deep Zoom and Map

Another project we were proud to work on was Deep Zoom mosaic for MSN for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, where users could post tributes to Queen Elizabeth II or messages of support, together with a picture which we then used to create a mosaic of the Queen.

Whatever your design ideas or goals, we’re sure that we can help here at Shoothill, combining our technological and design experience to bring ‘firsts’ to the online world. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to drop us a line or give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your ideas further.

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Storing millions of records online with MegaFiche® Deep Zoom

Here at Shoothill we specialise in making big data accessible and intuitive to interpret and manage. For example, our MegaFiche® Deep Zoom solutions can be used for the online archiving of millions of mages, documents and records.

More details

Megafiche ® is a Shoothill platform built on existing Microsoft Deep Zoom technology. The solution enables developers to create massive archives of images photo collections, complete with hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of embedded images and videos and all easily accessible on a single webpage.  All of these individual images are viewed with a smooth zoom control and the quality of the images is perfect, and much sharper than was previously possible.

Unlike ordinary deep zooms, our solution provides instant access to vast amounts of content and it also has the ability to handle much larger file sizes. This is what enables users to view the content in perfect detail, whether they are searching for pictures or documents.

Possible uses

Megafiche ® is an exciting offering because of the many and varied ways in which this kind of technology can be used.  For example, for archiving purposes, once a Megafiche® has been created, it is impossible to alter or change it any way afterwards and so this creates an indelible record of whatever is being archived.  It is therefore quite possible to create one image, hosted on one web page and made from literally millions of individual documents or images.

Case in point

Megafiche® can also be used for more artistic purposes too and if you want to see our MegaFiche solution in action, you can take a look at the range of deep zooms we have created with it on our demo pages . For example, in collaboration with Sutton Images, we produced a collection of unique individual Shoothill MegaFiche Deep Zoom mosaic images showing Formula 1 world champions past and present.

One of the creations features World Champion driver James Hunt.  It was created in time for the launch of the Ron Howard movie Rush, which focussed on the love-hate relationship between Hunt and his arch rival Niki Lauda.  The image itself contains tens of thousands of smaller images sourced from the archives of Sutton Images. These are arranged in such a way to create a large mosaic of the life of James Hunt.  As well as being able to buy the overall image, people will soon have the option of purchasing any of the individual images that were used in its creation.

The cloud

Megafiche® Deep Zoom is designed to be used primarily on the cloud.  The reason for this is that trying to create the image on more ‘conventional’ servers would take a very long time (both to create and to upload to the internet).  So to speed this up and make the deployment much easier, Megafiche® is deployed on the cloud to not only create the Deep Zooms but also to deploy them to the internet at the same time.

If you would like to find out more about MegaFiche® Deep Zoom, simply take a look around the relevant section of our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team by phone or email. We’re on hand to answer any questions you might have.

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UK Government Leads the Way with Open Data

Open data is the idea that certain data (especially publically funded data) should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

When it comes to public sector datasets, open data can obviously be extremely useful to organisations and individuals, and luckily for people in Britain, the UK Government is leading the world in the way it releases information of this kind.

Data sets already made available in this way are being used by enterprises all of the country for a plethora of purposes in apps / websites etc.

For once, the UK comes out on top!

Recently, the Open Knowledge Foundation released an Open Data Index showing how well countries are performing when it comes to open data. The research was published ahead of the annual summit for the Open Government Partnership.

Britain came out particularly favourably in the analysis as it achieved the best score for open data, and just ahead of the USA. In total, 70 nations were included in the index and following the UK and US, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands achieved the highest scores.  At the other end of the spectrum, Cyprus, St Kitts & Nevis, the British Virgin Islands, Kenya and Burkina Faso ranked the lowest.

The index places countries on the basis of the availability and accessibility of information in ten key areas, including election results, government spending, transport timetables and pollution levels.

Driving democracy and innovation

Commenting on the importance of open data, Open Knowledge Foundation chief executive officer Rufus Pollock said: “Opening up government data drives democracy, accountability and innovation. It enables citizens to know and exercise their rights, and it brings benefits across society: from transport, to education and health. There has been a welcome increase in support for open data from governments in the last few years.”

Open Data Institute

Doing its part for open data, the UK government has opened up thousands of documents via its data.gov.uk website and it has invested £10 million in the launch of the Open Data Institute. Commenting on this, David Cameron said: “You can now map the crime on your streets, see the standards in our schools and the performance in your hospitals. You can see the businesses and people that the government meets with, the names and roles of senior civil servants, not to mention the pay of most of our top officials.”

Applications

For information like this to make a real difference, it is vital that it is presented in suitable ways of course and Shoothill FloodAlerts is a great example of this.  In collaboration with the Environment Agency, we created a map-based flood warning system that can be used by businesses and individuals alike.

Meanwhile, Crime Maps is another impressive use of open data. It enables people to check crime levels in particular areas. Using the resource, individuals and organisations can pinpoint the exact number of crimes that have occurred in certain areas and find out what sort of violations these were.

The future of Open Data

The realisation by the Government that as more data is released in this way, means not only less costs to it in distributing the data, but also more and more companies taking advantage of it and so boosting the economy (and creating more jobs).

At present, due to the cost of sourcing some datasets originally (geological surveys or maritime charts are expensive to produce)  not all Government data is available under open data for developers like Shoothill, but it has to be said, that this is one area where we have to give a ‘hats off’ to the UK Government  for really trying.

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Truly Comprehensive Flood Warning Solutions

It is an unfortunate fact that flooding caused by heavy rain affects far too many communities across the UK. Indeed, images of burst rivers, devastated villages, swamped fields and rescue teams wading through high streets on television news reports are now as expected as they are unwelcome.

Needless to say, the consequences of flooding can be disastrous. Households and businesses can be completely destroyed while livestock, pets and of course people, can be killed. Just last year, nine people lost their lives as a direct result of floods caused by persistent heavy rain.

Combating floods

The best way to combat the effects of flooding is to have early warning systems in place which are able to tell people that their area is likely to experience flooding. If they come early enough, flood warnings of this kind can save lives and reduce damage as residents can be evacuated and barriers can be erected to reduce the impact of floods on homes and businesses.

Of course, the real question is: how can pertinent information about possible flooding be collated, processed and displayed for the public to see in a quick and easy to follow way?

Well, that was the question the Environment Agency asked themselves a few years ago. To their credit, the Environment Agency explored every avenue and finally concluded that the best solution would be to get the UK’s leading software development company to create a map-based flood warning system for them.

And so they came to us here at Shoothill.

FloodAlerts

FloodAlerts is essentially a map-based flood warning system which utilises live flood data from the Environment Agency’s monitoring network and overlays it onto a Bing Map. This comprehensively accurate yet very easy to use interface operates all day every day, with live feed updates every 15 minutes to provide a constant source of relevant, reliable and vital information. FloodAlerts is available both to the general public and businesses, with tailored corporate versions offering companies the option to view flood alerts in the vicinity of their properties/assets.

The unmitigated success of FloodAlerts (hundreds of thousands of people have used it since it’s launch) has lead to it becoming an integral feature on the Environment Agency’s Facebook page. This means that anyone with an Internet connection can check real-time nationwide alerts at the touch of a button.

FloodAlerts for Windows 8

In addition to FloodAlerts on Facebook, our creative design agency has also developed FloodAlerts for use on Windows 8. Harnessing the power of key Microsoft technologies, such as Bing Maps and Microsoft Windows Azure, ensures that FloodAlerts on windows 8 remains a uniquely powerful application, processing real-time flood data from over 1800 Environment Agency monitoring stations throughout England and Wales and displaying this data on an interactive map. The Windows 8 Application has several new features, such as a full screen Bing Map, a Picture Gallery, where users can upload their own photos and a Twitter feed, connected to @FloodAlerts, the FloodAlerts official Twitter feed.

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Public sector digital framework firms announced

NHS bodies and local authorities will be able to choose from 183 companies selected to sit on a £40 million digital framework for building public sector digital services, unveiled today by government.

More than a third of the companies have never worked for government before, with 84 per cent of the total number defined as small and medium enterprises.

The framework consists of pre-approved suppliers which can bid for government digital contracts, meaning the public sector can reduce the time it would otherwise take to buy services under European Union procurement regulations.

Mike Bracken, director of the Government Digital Service, said: “To deliver the efficient and responsive services that the public demands, government must have access to the best, most cost-effective digital solutions.

“The Digital Services framework will be a flexible and speedy route for departments to the digital project expertise they need to transform their services.”

The framework will last for nine months, with total anticipated purchases estimated at up to £40 million, and will provide access to digital services including software engineering, product development, content design and system administration.

All firms on the framework are required to operate using an agile approach.

It will also cover individual roles, including developers, architects, managers, analysts, designers, and database, network and security specialists

The framework has been put together jointly by Government Procurement Service (GPS) and the Government Digital Service (GDS) specifically to support the Government’s Digital Strategy.

Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “The Digital Services framework shows how we are levelling the playing field for government contracts and living up to our ambition to support growth by giving opportunities to new entrants and smaller suppliers who can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions based on user need.”

Shoothill who are among the 183 companies who have made it on to the framework to support the UK Public Sector, for its digital services development needs. At the same time Shoothill have also successfully renewed their application to the G-Cloud Framework (cloud development services) after join the framework in 2012.

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G-Cloud – What’s it all about?

In October 2011, Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office) launched a new ICT Strategy. The strategy is an effort to deliver over £1.4bn of savings over the next 4 years and at the same time, help to improve the way public services are delivered digitally.

Previously, the Public Sector relied on issuing calls for tender applications to get contracts completed. Bidding companies were subjected to the tender process for each project they wished to participate in, thus making the process extremely time consuming (especially for SME’s). This difficulty, made it inevitable that the larger Systems Integrators (SI’s) were at an advantage, as only they had the resources to go through the tender process again and again. On larger projects, this meant that relatively few firms would even be considered as the work load was so great.

The result was only a few firms to choose from, long timescales to get projects completed, and in some cases complete abandonment due to the spiralling costs (for example the ill-fated £11.4bn National Programme for IT for the NHS)

Enter the G-Cloud Framework

The idea behind the G-Cloud Framework is a simple one – rather than applying to tenders separately, the vendor goes through one (very thorough) tender process.  They are processed with the same level as detail as in a normal public sector tender but if successful, they are then accepted onto the G-Cloud Framework. From there, different public sector organisations requiring ICT services can then choose a vendor directly from the list of already approved suppliers, without needing to go to tender.

This makes whole process much quicker and more cost-effective for the purchaser, while the vendor can reduce the overhead of applying for many tenders separately (and so reduce its costs). The other benefit for the vendor is that G-Cloud creates a level playing field with any of the other competing businesses.

Shoothill was accepted onto G-Cloud III in 2012 and G-Cloud 4 in 2013 for mapping services. The framework is proving to be popular with vendors as they see the advantages of the concept, while also realising that merely being accepted onto G-Cloud is confirmation of their qualifications in whatever area of ICT expertise they specialise.
G-Cloud is a good idea.

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Bringing Historical Maps to Life using Bing Maps and GIS

Using GIS technology to develop interactive historical maps is fantastic way of bringing history to life. Shoothill has taken part in several projects that have seen us use this technology to layer digitally scanned historic maps from both World Wars on to Bing Maps.

A new exhibition, entitled Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia, opens this week at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. This exhibition showcases many of the greatest maps in the world, new and old, physical and digital. On loan from the Vatican, the British Library, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice as well as from some of Australia’s leading cultural institutions. This priceless collection of maps, which inspired the very idea of Australia, has never before been seen together, under the one roof.

Additionally the exhibit has used GIS technology to develop a series of high-tech interactive apps. The exhibit provides visitors with access to behind-the-scenes information and historical context to the extraordinary pieces on display. However it is not as yet available online.

Shoothill have recently developed an Energy Tracker for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) which now forms their ENEGIZED! Exhibit. An interactive touch screen display allows visitors to view and zoom in on renewable energy projects in Massachusetts. The map is updated by the museum every six months using their own data from their Production Tracking System. The interactive exhibit is enhanced by a 32-inch 3M Multi-Touch display that is operated by using touch screen controls to zoom in, out and pan around the map, to select the type of alternative energy and to select the year. The map which is available online can be viewed here.

Since then Shoothill has gone on to produce interactive maps for world-wide projects such as The War Horse Journeyfor MSN & Disney, Interactive Battle of Britain and Time Map Berlin, For each of these Shoothill had access to hundreds of fantastic historical maps. From these projects Shoothill now has the ability to turn any accurate historical map into an interactive application for education, planning, and also for online digital exhibits.

To find out more about Shoothill’s Time Map contact us on 0845 421 0390 or at info@shootill.com

The Mapping Our World exhibition will run from 7 November 2013 to 10 March 2014 at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, ACT. You can learn more about the exhibition at http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/mapping-our-world.

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How FloodAlerts has Brought Flood Warnings Online

For many people across the UK, flooding is a continual threat whenever heavy rain falls. Households and businesses lucky enough to be based in areas unlikely to experience flooding may not realise just how devastating and dangerous floods can be—in 2012, the UK and Ireland were struck by some of the worst floods in decades, causing at least nine fatalities and over £1 billion worth of damage.

In such terrible circumstances, flood warnings can save lives and reduce damage if they come early enough—residents can be evacuated and barriers can be erected to reduce the impact of floods on homes and businesses. Many of us have seen the aftermath of mass floods in news reports: fields swamped; towns and villages devastated; rescuers wading through streets to help evacuate those stranded in their homes. Preparation is key, and up-to-the-minute coverage is essential.

In 2012, the Environment Agency worked with Shropshire-based software development company Shoothill Ltd. to create a new map-based flood warning system, FloodAlerts. The system receives live flood data from the Environment Agency’s monitoring network and overlays it on a Bing Map; operating all day every day, FloodAlerts updates its feed every 15 minutes to provide a constant source of vital information for anyone concerned about any particular areas of the UK.

Since its inception, FloodAlerts has received much acclaim, as well as winning the prestigious Innovation in Enterprise award from the Guardian’s Innovation Nation Awards 2012, an impressive achievement for any creative development agency. Hundreds of thousands of people have since used FloodAlerts to check flood danger levels in their area. The service is available both to the general public and businesses, with tailored corporate versions offering companies the capacity to view flood alerts in the vicinity of their properties/assets. People with holiday homes in areas prone to flooding can use the service to check up on their properties and maintain a close, up-to-the-minute watch over their risk status wherever they are.

FloodAlerts flood mapping is now featured on Facebook pages for the Environment AgencyFlood Group UK and the official FloodAlerts page. This allows visitors to these pages to quickly and easily jump to the map and check nationwide alerts at the touch of a button. By featuring the app on Facebook, Shoothill and the Environment Agency has made an astute move: given the nature of social media, more people than ever may become aware of flood risks in their area than ever before, potentially saving more lives and raising awareness of the importance of being prepared.

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Smurfs 2, Around the World Map

With  Smurfs 2 now out in cinemas around the world. Shoothill’s  Smurfs Around the World Map has filled up nicely with smurfy antics from fans this summer. Check out what fans have been up to here.

Shoothill developed the interactive map for Yahoo! and Sony Pictures Animation. Inviting visitors to enter a competition to win tickets to the London premiere of the film (now released worldwide) by posting their pictures and messages, onto an interactive, customised Bing map which was created specially for the movie launch.

The Smurfs 2

American 3D family comedy film and a sequel to the 2011 film The Smurfs. It is loosely based on The Smurfs comic-book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo. It is the second installment of a projected trilogy, produced by Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film is directed by Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first, with all the main cast returning. New cast members include Christina Ricci and J. B. Smoove as members of the Naughties, and Brendan Gleeson as Patrick Winslow’s stepfather. The film was released on July 31, 2013 and is dedicated to Jonathan Winters, who voiced Papa Smurf, died on April 11, 2013

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Sainsbury’s Meal Planners, Shoothill launches its first in the series

Shoothill, the UK-based software development and data visualisation specialists, have today released the first stage of a range of applications they have developed on behalf of Sainsbury’s.

Working closely with the teams at Microsoft MSN, Gravity Road and PHD, the Shoothill development team have produced the Meal Planner application.

Meal Planners

The Meal Planner,  helps take the pain out of planning your meals for the week and then makes the shopping even easier by pulling together all of the ingredients from all of the selected recipes into an easy to read shopping list.

Users can visit the site and plan their meals for the week ahead by simply dragging and dropping the featured recipes or meal plans into the planner. Users can also view the ingredients required by searching for recipes, individual ingredients, meal types or dietary preferences and then view a shopping list of ingredients, either on a day by day basis or all together in one list.

The site has been designed using responsive methods to allow it to be used on mobile devices as well as on PC/MAC and is just the first stage of a multiple stage release of the Sainsbury’s Meal Planner which will introduce new features, including personalised login and a shopping basket, in future releases.

Rod Plummer, Managing Director of Shoothill, said “This is just the latest of many projects we have developed on behalf of Sainsbury’s and it really endorses the work the team are doing back at base in Shrewsbury. This first stage release of the Meal Planner is one of several stages already planned over the coming months and is just the latest in a long line of applications we have built on behalf of Sainsburys”.

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Hygiene ratings interactive map

The Guardian published the hygiene ratings on a Google map online at the end of July. The red dots  indicate businesses that have failed food inspections by the FSA across England and Wales. You can click to see detail on the name of the business and when they were last inspected.

However if you are a Windows 8 Fan, and have it installed on your computer or you have one of the flashy surface devices you can download the Food Hygiene app created by Shoothill. using the same data from the Food Standard Agency.

The Windows 8 Food Hygiene Application

Ensure you know the FSA hygiene ratings before you dig into your Friday night takeaway! The Windows 8 application is designed to work on Windows 8 PCs and surface devices and is provided free of charge and advert free by the Food Standards Agency.

Users can search using the following options:

  • Search around your current location – by using the built in GPS location technology on the windows surface device to pull in information around the user’s current location
  • Search by business name (or part of the business name) – search for a specific food outlet or use the application to check out local businesses or competitors to see what rating they have been given
  • Strange town or city? Away from home? New to an area? – search around to find the best places to eat near you
  • Search by Postcode – Need food delivered to your door? Use the first part of any postcode to see the hygiene standards for any nearby takeaways and other places to eat

Hygiene ratings map

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