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Project: Virtual Intercom Flash Interfaces

Virtual Intercom Flash Interfaces
ClearCom
Spring 2003 - Winter 2005
Cambridge

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Description

ClearCom is one of the two key brands that comprise Vitec Group Communications. They supply "mission-critical, high-performance voice intercommunications"* systems worldwide in a variety of markets.

* - source: www.clearcom.com

The project's goal was to create a management and configuration application that could be used to control a large, multi-site communication system. Having performed requirements analysis, Hearfield Research designed and prototyped application concepts in Macromedia Flash with a C# / Microsoft SQL Server back-end developed by the client's in-house team. For the production release, it was decided to use C# Windows Forms with embedded Macromedia Flash user interface objects which offers a higher degree of richness for the user but with the necessity for a fat client application.

ClearCom products have a distinctive and attractive appearance and Hearfield Research was keen to use accurate virtual representations of these for configuration purposes. Having created the Flash versions of each key product, Macromedia's Flash programming language ActionScript (versions 1 & 2) was used to reproduce and represent product functionality, enabling buttons to be 'pressed' and knobs 'turned'. One of the key tasks for each interface in the application is the assignment of channels to each system button. Using Flash, it is possible to drag and drop communication targets onto each button in a logical and intuitive manner.

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