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 Nathaniel Courtens
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e-mail: courtens at ... .com

  • Web Work
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Computer Skills
  • Education
  • Languages
  • Teaching

    My most recent site is the one for my other business (also – in Switzerland.) This site is an application (program) which includes, reseller accounts, online accounting and invoicing capabilities, and order tracking with customer email automation. It also has the capability for customers to make their own online film transfer order estimates. It tracks number of visitors and captures the search words visitors use to find us.

    Other sites that you see under (my web design home page) are somewhat old since I've been mostly spending time on my film transfer business.

    However, I do maintain a few of them on a regular basis. I have some long-term, regular customers - one is

    I have been doing business as and providing web services since 1998

    I produced, designed, and programmed all the material contained within my site. Functions include: shopping cart, search, login and account management functions, and more.

    At one point, I specialized in the redesign of corporate websites - adding streaming content (video, mp3 and flash), design and implementation of database driven web applications to various web sites.

     Web Work:

    Worked as User Interface Manager for Commerce Syndication Networks Inc. (Website is currently down due to company restructuring.)
    Apr. 2002 – Aug. 2002

    Worked closely with developers and designers producing custom designed stores.

    Designed and integrated new templates with existing store pages. Also, refined existing pages by adding new functions and a revised layout to the page providing a better shopping experience for the shopper.

    The custom designed stores had to seamlessly match existing clients’ websites.

    Some sample stores:

    Redesigned CSNI’s website. (Website is currently down due to company restructuring.)

    Also, fixed many previously coded pages that had Netscape browser problems.

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    Worked for Graphics Ink
    Oct. 2001 - Mar. 2002

    Work included:
    Template design and Programming

    A few websites worked on:

     Awards & Recognition:
    "Golden Web Award Winner" Award from the International Association of Web Masters & Designers.
    "Best of Santa Barbara 2000" Independent Reader Poll.
    Speaker at UCSB extension web design class (2/18/2000)
    Subject: "Streaming Media: Use and Limitations on the Web."

     Computer Skills:
    Web and Graphic Programs:
    DreamWeaver (ASP), MS InterDev, Flash MX, NetObject Fusion, HomeSite, PhotoShop, Fireworks, QuarkXPress, ImageReady, Illustrator, LiveMotion, CuteFTP, TopDog.

    Programming and Languages: Visual Basics (VB/ASP) and (PHP), building dynamic PDF files, HTML, JavaScript, expert in fixing old browser issues (Netscape 4.5, and up).

    Streaming Media Related Programs:
    Vegas Video, Premiere, Quick Time Pro, Sonic Foundry, RealProducer, D-Vision Pro, Sadie (equivalent to ProTools) Audio File Converter and File Rippers.

    Worked on many streaming media related websites.

    General Programs:
    Access, Excel, Word, WinFax Pro, PowerPoint, Quicken, PageMaker, and FileMaker Pro, TopDog, Norton System Works, WinRAR/WinZIP, FTP program, backup programs.
    Operating Systems:
    DOS, Win 3.11, Win 98, Win NT, Win2000, WinXP and Linux (SuSE).
    Network, Internet:
    Win2000 Server/Web-Hosting (IIS 5.0), ADSL, router, hub, and firewall configuration.

    Computer Hardware:
    Building and upgrading computers (Graphic/Video Card, Sound Card, SCSI, IDE-HD, FireWire, Fax/Modem, Motherboard, RAM, Network).

    BA in Motion Picture and Video, Brooks Institute of Photography, 1996.
    Nine times honor-roll student.
    Film Production Experience and History

    MA in architecture. Architecture School of Zürich, Switzerland, 1988.
    Architectural Experience and History

    Speak Fluently: English, German, Swiss-German, and French

    Write: English and German

      What is offers Super 8mm film transfer to DVD.

    The image below displays the home page of the website. The top portion features flash animation which can be self-managed in the administration section of the website.

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    The website allows for customers to write about and rate the service provided.

      dvd film transfer
    The administration pages allow for managing all the orders, and for sending correspondence to customers.
    It also allows for tracking visitor's traffic to the site, and follows which pages they view. It also helps evaluate the performance of online advertisement.


      Work for CSNI:

      Work for Graphics Ink