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Old 03-17-2009, 06:09 PM
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Hey,

I found your garage mod quite an impressive product. It would be nice to see a live demo though. One major drawback is that the price is too high. I found that C&D Garage is only 35 dollars, of course, your product might be a little bit superior, but dont know for sure as no demos yet.

Do let me know if the price can be slashed, since I want to jump onboard right away to enhance my automotive website (WheelsBD.com). I like the site btw, looks very clean indeed.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:58 PM
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Thanks for your post. To explain a bit about our pricing...

We realize that our prices are not going to be the lowest. This is due to how we are approaching our vBulletin product development, support, and documentation.

  • We have a team of three full-time, experienced professionals
    • 2 developers and 1 technical documentation/support
    • I not only do software development but also have more than 15 years experience in product management
    • Product management enables us to effectively evolve current and create new products based on the needs of our customers as they grow their sites
  • We support our product development with source code control, bug tracking, testing, and release management processes
  • We only focus on vBulletin products, add-ons, and vBulletin best practices
  • Our products are geared to build the site owner's traffic, member loyalty, and revenue
  • Every product is under active development and new releases will be provided several times per year.
  • Each product will have web-based documentation and help from within the product and from our web site on a version-by-version basis (click here for information on how our documentation works)
  • Each product will have a SEO module so that all user content submitted through the products (clubs, garages, showcases, and vendors/sponsors/advertisers) are crawlable by search engines and accessible via sitemap creation
  • Each product is supported full-time
  • For products like Garage we will provide data migration options when you are ready to migrate to DTO ShowCase
  • We are your partner - this means that if you have any question on how to best deploy our products (or any other aspect of developing your site) for the maximum benefit to site traffic, revenue creation, etc. we are here to assist.
If keeping cost to a minimum is your primary focus then I would encourage you to give C&D a try. If, however, you find value in working with a company whose mission is to provide business-class products, support, and service we would love the opportunity to work with you and demonstrate the benefits of a partnership with us.

I'll also mention that we will soon be offering a DTO Garage and DTO Garage Plus product. The Garage product will be offered free of charge and Garage Plus ($95 initial, $65 renewal) will include a host of features making it much more valuable to the site owner. I've attached a file comparing the two products. I expect these to be available within the next couple of weeks.

If you have any additional questions don't hesitate to ask. We're here to help you get the answers and solutions you are looking for.

Best regards,

Mark Ferguson
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File Type: pdf DTO_Garage_and_Garage_Plus.pdf (22.0 KB, 5 views)
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:17 AM
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thanks for the detailed reply. I will be waiting for the DTO Garage release. Just a question, the one you have for sale for 95 dollars right now, is it the Garage Plus? I would really like a demo site of it. Price is high and upgrading the license is even higher, guess we have to deal with it. Let me know.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:35 PM
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The version of Garage listed on our site will be changed to Garage and Garage Plus. There will be no costs associated with the base garage product and the costs that are currently shown will be associated with Garage Plus. You'll be able to use the base Garage product for no charge when it is available. If, after using it, you wish to upgrade to Garage Plus a license must be purchased. Of course, all data entered will migrate to the Plus version.

The installation/version upgrade service is really available just for those that are not technical and would like the software to be installed or upgraded to whatever the latest released version is available. After year one you only pay the renewal if you need support or wish to download the latest versions of Garage Plus. There is no requirement to do so.

As for a demo I can point you to one of our current installations on North American Motoring.com. The garage there, while an earlier release and a component of a paid membership program, has all the features of our base Garage product. The following steps will allow you to see the end-user visible integration points (postbit, garage view, and user profile):

  1. Click here to jump to a post on NAM where the user has an entry in his garage.
  2. Click on the garage link on the right hand side of the post and a pop-up menu will show the cars in this user's garage.
  3. Click on this garage to open a full view of the car
  4. Click on any of the images to jump into Lytebox display mode of high-res images. You'll also note the embedding of a dyno chart in one of the text areas. These areas support bbCode so you can embed anything, including YouTube videos, if you have created custom bbCodes to support that.
  5. Click on the Gnatster username in the post and select View Public Profile. You will see the garage link present under the Contact Info area.

    Please note that NAM is running an early 3.6 version of vBulletin. For 3.7 and later versions of vB you will see an additional tab added to the user profile which features garage entries that are publicly visible.
I will also contact you via private message to provide you with a login on NAM where you can edit, manage, and preview your own garage. This will provide you with an example of what the member, having garage permissions, may expect functionality-wise.

Thanks!

Mark
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:05 PM
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Hello,

Can you please speed up the DTO Garage Plus Production? I want to go ahead and buy it as soon as the complete package has been done. Guide me on how to purchase it as well. Let me know the exact release date.

Regards,
Meer Tauhid Husain
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:03 AM
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The Garage products are being worked around the clock right now (as well as our other products). I will have a better release date for you at the beginning of next week. In general I expect that we will have testing, documentation, etc. wrapped up in about 1-1.5 weeks.

Thanks!

Mark
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:20 AM
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great! thanks for the news....the faster it is, the better for me.
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