Posts by Tomislav Bilic

Meet our city! Meet Osijek!

The city describes itself. We would like to show you an autobiography of our town of Osijek in Croatia that lives by its own rhythm. According to author, here we live in a different, separate time dimension and our own perception of the civilizational happenings within the city. This video is 100% made out of images. There is not a single “live” video shot in it. One of the national most famous studios, Romulic & Stojcic team took over 90,000 photographs during several weeks of filming.

In case you choose to work with us some time, we hope you will come for a visit and enjoy your time here. 🙂

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Breaking News! eBay Acquires Magento!

I guess that the word is already spread. eBay Acquires Magento and Launches Open-Commerce Brand, X.Commerce. Since eBay and Magento have partnership for quite some time, I believe that this acquisition is not a huge surprise. Roy is happy. Yoav is happy. This seems to be a great thing for Magento Inc. I’ll ask a selfish question: “What does it mean to the companies like ours and what the hell is X.Commerce?”

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WordPress for Android

There I was yesterday, sitting at the caffe bar, waiting for friends to arrive. Newspaper news were boring since the topics were all about standard politics. During these times I often check latest comments on this blog and moderate (approve or spam) them. Logging to the administration via my HTC desire was a pain and clicking on that tiny “Approve” link is even more painful. I was thinking that native Android App would be of great help.

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1st Inchoo Learning Day

Check our images on FlickrWe’re hoping to start a new tradition with the event we organized today. 1st Inchoo Learning Day took place in Zlatna Greda, Croatia where the group of geeks (Inchooers) gathered to discuss and learn about programming best practices. The idea is simple. We will take one Friday every two months to go somewhere in the nature and spend a day working on education and knowledge sharing.

We knew it will be a fun event, but we weren’t sure if it will be as useful as we hoped. Now, few days after, things are clear. It was a great thing to have a day like this where developers will move away from computers and share knowledge between each other.

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Why are you switching to Magento?

“Hello! I run an online store for a few years. It was developed in osCommerce originally and that’s why the sales suck. I would like you guys to move my shop to Magento. I heard a lot of good things about it and I’m sure that once we move there, our sales will skyrocket.” This is simplified version of a talk I had few days ago.

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Free Facebook GUI PSD resource by Surgeworks design team

Ney Ricardo from our Surgeworks design team wrote a blog post few months ago that now became quite popular after it got featured on Smashing Magazine. To make designers and developers life easier, Ney created a Facebook GUI PSD resource that is given to you for free. The purpose of this GUI kit is to speed up Facebook interface design, sparing you from drawing all the comps and letting you customize all the texts, buttons and data as you need.

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Top 3 annoying things in Basecamp

“It’s simple for us and it’s simple for clients” cried Željko Prša, our frontend developer over a year ago in our first Ask a developer episode. Our clients know that we use Basecamp as our collaboration tools because of its simplicity and the fact that clients get familiar with it in a short time. However, we really miss some of the simple features that would improve usability a lot.

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Varien is now Magento Inc.

While I was checking today some Linkedin profiles, I noticed the fact that some people abandoned Varien. For those of you who don’t know, this is a company that created Magento. I’ll be honest and say that I had a moment of fear since our business is closely tied to Magento success. My worries went away the same second when I clicked on varien.com link. The step is logical.

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Mysteries of Magento Encryption Key

If you ever went through Magento installation process, you know that at some point you are asked for Magento Encryption key. Magento will automatically generate one for you if you do not enter anything in this field. For first installation, this is just fine. You will see a note that Magento uses this key to encrypt passwords, credit cards and more. Is this really the case?

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GoNab!t – Shopping Social in Middle East

“We just sold another one!”, cried Dan Stuart after 25 people ordered “AED 50 for AED 100 Worth of Authentic Lebanese Cuisine at Mashawi” deal. Only few hours later the deal is sold 66 times. GoNabit.com is a new Shopping Social site that offers users the chance to get money off a different service or product each day if enough people across that city sign up. This is the first group-buying platform in the Middle East, launched in Dubai last week and will be available in Abu Dhabi shortly afterwards. Those of you tech-geeks readers are probably guessing it right. It is powered by Magento!

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We are hiring!

Do you know what the word above means? If you do, than you might be one of the candidates for a job position in our company. As some of you who are visiting the site for a longer time know, Inchoo was founded in May 2008. At the time of inception, Branko and me were the team at the start. Today, our team counts 16 members. Are you interested to join?

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Most popular Magento oversights

We have a lot of inquiries from the store owners who are due different reasons unsatisfied with their existing developers. Some of them have a Magento store for over a year and they desperately need to upgrade. Most standard cases we have recently are the upgrades from Magento 1.2 to latest version and in such cases installations are usually over 1 or 2 years old. This article is not about developer oversights, but those little things that matter.

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Is it time for the 1st Croatian eCommerce client?

As some of you may know, our team is located in lovely small country called Croatia (it is in Europe). Our mission is to create a microbrand for  eCommerce development services. Since we were using Magento as a platform of choice, we ended up creating a microbrand for a Magento development services. On the long run, our goal is to be recognized in eCommerce community and not just Magento’s. There is a long way to go to achieve this, but here we are: working in the international world, with clients all over the globe. From US ones, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, France, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong. Only one Croatian client hired us for iPhone development services. Is it time for first Croatian eCommerce client?

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Where are my geocoins? Landsharkz is launched!

Do you know what is geocaching? It is an outdoor activity where the members use navigational techniques (ex. GPS) to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. Geocaching is most often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek”, sharing many aspects with orienteering, treasure-hunting, and waymarking. A geocoin, on the other hand, is a metal or wooden coin minted in similar fashion to a medallion, token coin, military challenge coin or wooden nickel. They are usually trackable on the relevant website using a serial number and website address engraved on the coin. It is a little hard to describe the whole process in two sentences, so we’ll get to the point of this article. We present you Landsharkz, online store where you can purchase Geocaching Supplies and Geocoins.

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