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The WebPal Wire

Get our latest updates as we bring you new insight on how cloud computing is already changing in its infancy. Security, content and business process are just a few categories within of wide range of topics covered in our blog

Symfony Toronto Meetup: A guided tour of using Docker in your PHP web application

13-04-2016 Rachel

We are excited to be hosting the Symfony Toronto Meetup this Thursday, April 14th, at 6:30pm! The topic will cover a guided tour of using Docker in your PHP web application.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
6:30 PM
Palomino Inc. HQ
533 College Street #404
Toronto, ON

Guest speaker, Ethan Chiddicks will be discussing adapting a Zend/Angular web app to use Docker in production, pipeline and dev environments. He will work through the code to make it happen and talk about the benefits, gotchas, etc. General talk outline would be:

  • Good use cases for Docker
  • Dockerfiles and Docker-compose files
  • Example of a PHP simple application using Docker

It’s not too late to register. For more information see the Symfony Meetup event page. Hope to see you there!



New One-Time Play Video Feature Added to WebPal

24-03-2016 Rachel

During a recent update to the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) member portal, we introduced a new notable feature to the WebPal Cloud Server video node. The video player update now allows users to view videos, webinars, and workshops on a single view permission feature. This feature means that our clients can post a video for sale and only have their clients, members, or users watch it once per purchase. The one-time play feature is determined based on the percentage of the video that has been watched. The percentage can also be customized to the client’s preference.

 

CARA is the national voice for research administrators in Canada. With over 1000 members, the organization relies on the member’s only portal to share content to the community of Canadian research administrators from all sectors. The member’s only portal gives CARA members access to professional development opportunities including workshops and webinars, which is where the one-time video player is currently being utilized.

In 2015, CARA came to Palomino for the redesign of their website. After a successful redesign launch last year, we have continued to add new website features, such as conference registration forms, workshop and webinar signups, as well as the CARA job board, all powered by WebPal Cloud Server.

For more information on the WebPal one-time play video feature, or if you are looking to rebuild your website, contact us today at 1-866-360-0360 to get started.



Web App Security: a Deep Dive

22-03-2016 Rachel

At Palomino, we build web applications that support business processes using WebPal. These web applications are an extension of an existing business – no more, no less. They help our clients process data in real-time, offload onerous and error-prone administrative tasks onto self-serve customer portals, and gather larger amounts of data about their clients than ever before.

Moving these processes into the cloud has become a natural progression for any business. Of course, there are risks associated with this transition, and often, these risks are not very well understood. Every business owner dreads the feeling that one day, they will hear that their business data has been compromised, leaked, or hacked in any way. Few know how to adequately protect their business, and handle this risk.

To learn more, download our article aimed to demystify web application security risk, and provide a step-by-step guide on how you can manage business risk.

web application security



Announcing the Site Launch for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association

10-03-2016 Rachel

We are happy to announce the website redesign launch for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), powered by WebPal Cloud Server. CPIA is a member-driven, not for profit association that is dedicated to the growth and promotion of the plastics industry in Canada. The new CPIA website showcases the economic, social and environmental importance of plastics to all industry stakeholders and the public.

The new website features a sleek and easy to use look and feel, a responsive design, a members-only portal, as well as the option to view all content in both English and French. In addition, CPIA also offers an image bank for anyone from the public to register and download free graphic images. To access these images, you only need to register once, and can download as many images and log back in as you like.

As a long time client of ours, we are thrilled that CPIA continues to choose WebPal Cloud Server to manage their web content, and Palomino as their Managed Services Provider. “Thanks and congrats to your team,” said Darlene Gray, Marketing Communications Specialist, Canadian Plastics Industry Association. “As always, the Palomino team has provided excellent service, been highly responsive and have been a pleasure to work with!”

 

For a full list of the content offered to both the public and members, view the full news release from CPIA now. To learn more about Palomino’s web content management services, contact us today at 1-866-360-0360 and visit http://www.webpal.net/solutions.



Palomino Exhibiting WebPal at Guelph Technology Showcase

23-02-2016 Rachel

We are thrilled to be exhibiting WebPal Cloud Server at the 2016 Guelph Technology Showcase, on Wednesday, February 24th. The showcase will take place from 5:30 to 7:30pm, in the Science Complex Atrium at the University of Guelph. It will bring together 33 local tech companies and organizations with hundreds of computing students. The event is free to attend and is anticipated to attract between 300-500 Bachelor of Computer Science and  Software Engineering students.

Palomino has supported the University of Guelph’s Co-operative Education Program for a number of years through recruiting co-op students within the Bachelor of Computing program. We look forward to highlighting our managed cloud hosting, web application and content management solutions, and sharing our co-op success stories with the University of Guelph students.

5th Annual Guelph Tech Showcase
University of Guelph
Alastair Summerlee Science Complex
Guelph, Ontario
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
5:30 to 7:30pm

Image courtesy of University of Guelph



WebPal Supported File Formats

07-01-2016 Rachel

We are often asked which file formats WebPal supports. Any file format can be uploaded to WebPal and will be downloadable and shareable as-is. Additionally, the following document formats will be rendered on the WebPal Server as viewable pages and can be read or viewed online in WebPal without downloading.

Text Documents

  • Microsoft Word 6.0/95/97/2000/XP (.doc and .dot)
  • Microsoft Word 2003 XML (.xml)
  • Microsoft Word 2007 XML (.docx, .docm, .dotx, .dotm)
  • Microsoft WinWord 5 (.doc)
  • WordPerfect Document (.wpd)
  • WPS 2000/Office 1.0 (.wps)
  • OpenDocument formats (.odt, .ott, .oth, and .odm)
  • OpenOffice (.sxw, .stw, and .sxg)
  • .rtf, .txt, and .csv
  • StarWriter formats (.sdw, .sgl, .vor)
  • HTML Documents (.htm, .html)
  • Adobe (.pdf)
  • DocBook (.xml)
  • Unified Office Format text (.uot, .uof)
  • Ichitaro 8/9/10/11 (.jtd and .jtt)
  • Hangul WP 97 (.hwp)
  • T602 Document (.602, .txt)
  • AportisDoc (Palm) (.pdb)
  • Pocket Word (.psw)

Spreadsheets

In addition to, Calc 3 can open the formats used by OOo 1.x (.sxc and .stc) and the following spreadsheet formats:

  • Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP (.xls, .xlw, and .xlt)
  • Microsoft Excel 4.x–5.0/95 (.xls, .xlw, and .xlt)
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 XML (.xml)
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 XML (.xlsx, .xlsm, .xltx, .xltm)
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 binary (.xlsb)
  • Lotus 1-2-3 (.wk1, .wks, and .123)
  • OpenDocument formats (.ods and .ots)
  • OpenOffice 1.x (.sxc and .stc)
  • Data Interchange Format (.dif)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Text CSV (.csv and .txt)
  • StarCalc formats (.sdc and .vor)
  • dBASE (.dbf)
  • SYLK (.slk)
  • Unified Office Format spreadsheet (.uos, .uof)
  • .htm and .html files, including Web page queries
  • Pocket Excel (pxl)
  • Quattro Pro 6.0 (.wb2)

Presentations

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP (.ppt, .pps, and .pot)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx, .pptm, .potx, .potm)
  • StarDraw and StarImpress (.sda, .sdd, .sdp, and .vor)
  • OpenDocument formats (.odp, .odg, and .otp)
  • OpenOffice (.sxi and .sti)
  • Unified Office Format presentation (.uop, .uof)
  • CGM – Computer Graphics Metafile (.cgm)
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)

Graphic files

BMP JPEG, JPG PCX PSD SGV WMF
DXF MET PGM RAS SVM XBM
EMF PBM PLT SDA TGA XPM
EPS PCD PNG SDD TIF, TIFF
GIF PCT PPM SGF VOR

 

To learn more about WebPal Cloud Server, contact us today or view our solutions here.

 



Canadian Career Colleges Powered by Cloud Solutions

08-10-2015 Rachel

When the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) came to Palomino for managed hosting services, it was soon after that NACC’s existing online examination system, NOEL, was not operating as efficiently and smoothly as they had hoped. Knowing WebPal Cloud Server offers a framework for custom education applications, WebPal was a clear fit for the rebuild of NOEL v.2.0.

Deployment was a breeze – NOEL is extremely stable and career colleges from across Canada are now using it with ease. “On behalf of NACC, I would like to extend our thanks and congratulations for the launch of Noel v.2.0 this month.  We at NACC are happy with the time and care you took with each of the staff involved, making sure that all of the needs of the updated exam system would meet with not only our but our members’ expectations,” says Debbie Archer, Director, Finance and Administration, NACC.

“The feedback from our member colleges has been nothing but positive.  The ease of use and the time saved is a big bonus to the day-to-day users of the program.  It looks great! It is very exciting to see how the development of each of the upgrade components was put in place and how each revision helped reach the goals that we were hoping to accomplish.”

We will be showcasing our education and learning platforms at the BC Career College Association (BCCCA) Annual Conference from October 7th-9th at the Marriott Downtown Vancouver. Be sure to stop by our booth to learn more about WebPal Cloud Servers managed solutions. If you are unable to attend and want to learn more about WebPal, contact sales@webpal.net, 1-866-360-0360 or visit www.webpal.net.



Queen’s Smith School of Business Chooses Palomino as Managed Hosting Provider

01-10-2015 Rachel

Today, Queen’s University announced the launch of The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business, formerly known as Queen’s School of Business. The new name came as recognition of the gift of $50 million from Queen’s alumnus Stephen Smith. This is the largest donation to a Canadian business school, and the largest gift given to Queen’s University in its history.  Palomino is excited to be part of this launch by hosting the Smith School of Business on a dedicated WebPal Cloud Server, and supporting the school during the deployment process.

With the WebPal Cloud Server locally hosted within Ontario, WebPal is not only a perfect fit for their infrastructure requirements, but the school is also able to comply with all data management policies. Utilizing the WebPal Cloud, the Smith School of Business is able to have:

  • Managed Infrastructure
  • Secure Hosting
  • Server Clustering
  • Security Reviews

“The WebPal Cloud environment is perfectly suited for our organization’s requirements. Palomino was able to provide top-tier service and support, resulting in a seamless infrastructure transition” says Michael Farrell, Systems Analyst, Information Technology, Smith School of Business. During the project implementation, the Palomino team remained agile and was able to help resolve any unexpected complications throughout the process.”

For more information on the Smith School of Business, the announcement can be found here.

 

About WebPal Cloud Server

WebPal is owned by Toronto-based Palomino Inc., a software and web solutions provider known for world class development and maintenance of complex online collaboration systems and user-centric applications. Palomino’s approach to web-based productivity is centered on latest desktop and mobile web-client technologies. WebPal enjoys a diverse SMB and enterprise client base with applications in document management, online business work flows, web portals and content management. For more information about this announcement and Palomino Inc., contact sales@webpal.net, or 1-866-360-0360. To learn more about WebPal Cloud Server, visit www.webpal.net.



How Bus Transportation to meet Pope Francis is Made Possible

23-09-2015 Rachel

The World Meeting of Families 2015 is officially underway, with Pope Francis currently in Washington DC, and making his way to Philadelphia on Saturday, September 26th through Sunday, September 27th. The WMOF will bring together hundreds of thousands of families, and over 150 nations represented. With the Congress taking place now, and closing events including the Festival of Families on September 26th, and the Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, September 27th, it is anticipated that 1.5 million people will attend the Sunday Mass alone.

 

Palomino is working with GO GROUND, the official transportation management partner of the WMOF, to develop a web portal for the transportation logistics for all private and commercial charter buses for the Papal visit this weekend. After months of development, the portal allows trip organizers, passengers and bus operators to register, book seats, locate event locations, parking spots, and routes, track GPS coordinates of bus drivers, issue parking credentials and permits, all using the WebPal Cloud Server platform.

We are not doing this all alone. The GO GROUND portal has been integrated with Stripe and Acceptiva for payment processing, Glympse to track the GPS coordinates of drivers, as well as Twilio for SMS text messaging and real time updates.

To date, there have been over 100,000 passengers registered via the WebPal GO GROUND portal, planning over 2,500 bus movements from hundreds of Parishes.

Overall, the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia is projected to be the single largest bus transportation event in the history of North America. The Palomino team is very proud to be the technology provider for this event and welcome Pope Francis to Philadelphia!

For more information on the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, visit http://www.worldmeeting2015.org and see the Palomino GO GROUND press release here.



Innovative Technology Announced by Palomino Inc. in Collaboration with GO GROUND for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

15-06-2015 Rachel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2015

Rachel Lapp

Palomino System Innovations Inc.

1.416.964.7333, x127 (office)

rachel.lapp@palominosys.com

Robin C. Dance

GO GROUND

312-273-1353

robinc@goground.com

 

P R E S S  R E L E A S E

 

Innovative Technology Announced by Palomino System Innovations in Collaboration with GO GROUND for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

 

Toronto, ON and Chicago, IL (June 15, 2015) – Today, Palomino Inc. announced another bold element of its partnership support of GO GROUND to deliver an innovative ground transportation web solution for the  World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015The Official Registration Site  will handle information for all commercial charter buses and privately-owned  buses coming to Philadelphia for the historic visit by Pope Francis this September.

Using WebPal Cloud Server, Palomino has developed a cloud solution for charter bus registration, certification of operators, logistics leading up to the events, and bus parking for the thousands of buses traveling to Philadelphia for this historic event.

“The group communication and logistics innovations we are introducing are unprecedented in the industry.” says Bill Maulsby, CEO of GO GROUND. “Our web based strategy to enhance the charter bus experience would not be possible without Palomino.”

Says Markus Latzel, CEO Palomino Inc: “A secure content management system such as WebPal is essential for the business needs of a fast-paced deployment such as the WMOF portal. We are thrilled to work with the GO GROUND team on this endeavor and are proud to help with an event as important as the World Meeting of Families.” Palomino has delivered high quality software products for GO GROUND, including a real-time mobile application program interface which enables organizers to locate event locations, parking spots, routes, GPS coordinates of tracking bus drivers, among the many key components.

 

 

For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, see:  www.WorldMeeting2015.org and see the bus operation registration announcement here.

 

About Palomino Inc.

Palomino Inc. (www.palominosys.com) is a software solutions provider offering web-based productivity applications, centered on latest web-client and mobile technologies. Palomino’s WebPal Cloud Server 3.2 (www.webpal.net) is a powerful, adaptable cloud content management solution to a diverse SMB and enterprise client base with applications in online document management, web portal content management, and file storage. WebPal has been adopted by over 300,000 users in different verticals such as healthcare, public sectors, financial services and associations.

 

About GO GROUND

GO GROUND is a leading group and event ground transportation management firm engaged in collegiate & professional athletics, special events and corporate travel. GO GROUND is the exclusive ground transportation partner of the NCAA Championships including March Madness, and also serves the NBA, Texas Longhorns, Kentucky University, CBS Sports and other world-class programs.

 

About World Meetings of Families

Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015).  Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.