Built with Qt
Effective collaboration during complex creative team projects is an unrivaled challenge. Countless emails or update notifications cross paths and often cause confusion as well as issues with version control.
To overcome these challenges, Bluescape set out to develop a platform that would help business service operators and advertisers develop creative concepts interactively, in real-time, across multiple devices and geographies. The company wanted to ensure that concepts could be shared internally and with clients for rapid ideation, iteration, and implementation on a number of different platforms.
A first iteration of the cloud-based software platform was written for a multi-touch graphic wall. According to Demian Entrekin, CTO of Bluescape, the team found that the first development environment they used did not provide enough flexibility or headroom, so the company started looking for alternatives.
With the help of The Qt Company Professional Services, the Bluescape team quickly built tools and objects that users could interact with in real-time. The collaborative wall features an unprecedented amount of workspace that spans 160 acres – that's more than 145 football pitches. It also enables multidirectional voice and video and event tracking, making it ideal for customer presentations, strategic planning, rapid ideation, client approval, creative execution, media planning/buying and risk analysis.
“There are three key advantages to using Qt, the first is speed, which becomes a big money saver and the second advantage, and the third is reliability – and this reliability has helped us minimize the risk during the development of such a complex platform.”
Entrekin explained that one of the advantages of working with The Qt Company service engineers was the amount of insight and understanding about the platforms development pipeline, so the team could stay on top of new technologies and features as well as being able to provide feedback and requests in a real two-way conversation.
“One of the biggest surprises for me about using Qt is that there were no surprises – it really delivered what we wanted it to deliver, and then more,” said Entrekin.
Bluescape is a visual collaborative workspace designed to help people and enterprises produce great work. A subsidiary of Haworth, Bluescape was conceived in 2010 when Haworth partnered with Obscura Digital to create a new way to interact with large data sets. Today, Bluescape works with some of the most creative enterprises in the world.