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ERA404 Credited in Signature Weddings, by Michelle Rago

January 8, 2007 - Press Releases

Creative Director, Don Citarella, receives credit in new book by client

NEW YORK — Michelle Rago, an event designer and the founder of Michelle Rago, Ltd., included a credit in her new book, Signature Weddings: Creating a Day Uniquely Your Own, to the book’s pitch designer and Creative Director of ERA404 Creative Group, Inc., Don Citarella.Read More

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Press Releases


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LookUp, ERA404’s New Project Tracking Tool, is Made Available

May 5, 2006 - Press Releases

Project Tracking Made Easier for Post Shops, Using LookUp

Project tracking on Flame*/Smoke* devices can become quite involved and cumbersome.
Multiple operators, long-term projects, and disconnects between crews sometimes make tracking, archiving, deleting, even wiring, a time-consuming task.

That’s why ERA404 Creative Group worked with operators to develop the LookUp Tool, an automated approach to tracking projects giving all LAN users with access one-click retrieval of all device statistics/status, projects lists and project management assignments (archive, delete, wire).

How It Works

By using a standard web server’s inherent sockets connectivity, batch-performing the IRIX “vstat” command, and storing system values to a database, LookUp is accessed in a web browser and makes project tracking a breeze. Any workstation with access to LookUp can schedule a regular task to update the LookUp database, so users will have the most current records when they arrive to work in the morning. Alternately, a server-side CRON can be scheduled for hourly updates to the system database.


From LookUp’s Summary (home) page, listed for each device is:

  • Device Name
  • Framestore Total Storage (MB)
  • Framestore Used Storage (MB)
  • Framestore Usage Percent
  • Hard Drive Usage Percent
  • License Expiration

Devices nearing their capacity are shown in red, to draw attention to potential system warnings or faults. License Expiration is also clickable to view license detail and is also shown in red when renewal is required.


Choosing a device from the navigation gives users a project-by-project breakdown of device activity, including frame usage, and management assignments. From a dropdown, users can mark a project for archival, deletion, and wire (to adjacent device). Free-text fields are given for each project, so that scheduling personnel and other users may enter comments about the project for other users to review. These assignments are stored along-side the projects and can be updated as often as necessary for up-to-date system-wide notification.


Technicians responsible for performing archives, deletes and wire transfers are given a To-Do “worksheet” as a guide for routine system maintenance. As projects are given management assignments, these specifications are automatically added to a printable To-Do list with checkboxes for on-site recording of task completion. Then, as projects are wired or deleted, the LookUp finds this activity and updates the database during the next scheduled update.


Because LookUp is installed on an existing intranet (or internet), access permissions can be administrated using standard network procedures. htaccess can govern LookUp scripts for one-touch access to intranet users, while requiring authentication from external internet requests. This framework gives your IT manager complete control over your devices’ project security.

Make the tedium of project tracking a thing of the past, by buying your license of the ERA404 Creative Group LookUp Tool. For more information, please contact:

Mike Citarella
Product Sales

System Requirements:

  • OS: Existing
  • Web Server: Apache or other existing
  • Database: MySQL
  • Processor Language: PHP 4.0+

* Autodesk Flame, Inferno, and Smoke are either registered trademarks
or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc./Autodesk Canada Co. in the USA and other countries.

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News Articles


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ERA404 Selected for Design Interact’s Second (Unofficial) Holiday E-Card Annual

December 25, 2005 - News Articles

by Joe Schepter

It’s that time of year again. Living rooms are filled with pine trees, elevators with familiar jingles and our Inboxes with holiday e-cards. In other words, it’s time for the Second Annual “Design Interact Unofficial Holiday e-Card Annual.”

This annual honors the top holiday-themed e-mails from designers around the world. As usual, this year’s crop was unscientifically selected by rummaging through our own mailboxes during the weeks before Christmas and choosing our favorites.Read More

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Information Resources


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Online Site and Application Cost Sheet

December 16, 2005 - Information Resources

Some of the other factors that influence Web pricing

Outside of Web design and development, there are many factors that could influence your overall pricing. Below is a list of some of these factors, broken down by site type. Please note that this is not a complete listing, nor should it be used as a cost estimate. This resource is provided to increase awareness only. For a more comprehensive estimate for Web site and application costs, please contact an ERA404 representative here.Read More

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