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 WRITE
SOFTWARE

Need a complex or scalable software application designed?

We specialize in writing e-learning software, e-commerce websites, content management systems, digital asset management systems, intranet sites and building mobile apps for iOS, Android and the iPad.

Requirements & Specification

Our technical spec documents clearly outline your entire project’s feature set, timeline and cost. We partner with you to identify your business needs and opportunities before writing any code.

Architecture Planning

We highlight the best option(s) for building your software. We articulate, in plain English, how we will build your software and highlight the pros, cons and sticky points for each option we present so you get what you expect.

Designs & Development

Our design and engineering team work closely to create clean and effective software through a combination of wire framing, UX/UI planning, visual design, coding and testing. We’re big believers of agile development.

Quality Assurance

No project is released until we have verified that everything is behaving as you would expect. Our dedicated QA team will test and debug all written code and report back to our engineering team with any fixes.

Deployment & Maintenance

Once your project has been released into the world and your first users start providing feedback, we are happy to provide you with any additional support and maintenance. Growing your business, grows ours.

SEO, SEM & Social Media

Our team specializes in getting online businesses found through search engines and major social media outlets via Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and/or Search Engine Marketing (SEM).

Specialization

Medium to large e-Commerce projects, content management system (CMS), corporate portals, CRM systems, mobile applications, Flash to HTML5 conversion, responsive design.

E-commerce

Our flexible eCommerce solution includes the latest in payment processing, 3rd party shipping integration, discount tools, subscription services, fraud detection tools and transaction history.

Technologies

PHP5, Apache, Linux, MySQL, MongoDB, SphinxSearch, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Social Protocols, External API integrations, Mobile API Integration, Objective C, iOS SDK, JSON.

Featured Projects

Cutcaster

Spiral Scout's team of engineers built the entire site, including a robust digital asset management system and e-commerce engine. This included a highly complex search engine, a controlled vocabulary to help with faceted searching, a content upload system, user accounts and history, accounting software to help with tax withholdings of foreign sellers, a review area for reviewing uploaded user generated content and a database that can handle 100s of millions of images.
SphinxSearch, PayPal, ImageMagick, Amazon Cloud, FTP
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery

eLearning Template Library

Built a subscription based digital asset management library and highly customizable content management system. The site operators could ingest multiple files, batch them under similar tags and offer them to customers for immediate download. The system could store and deliver images, illustrations, video, flash, actionscript files, audio etc. Created a front end user interface which allowed admins to instantly edit any content on a page.
SphinxSearch, ImageMagick, CMS, PayPal, USAePay
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery

Girl-karma

Girl-karma is a private community of younger women who help each other by sharing their knowledge about beauty, fashion, and life. The site uses members’ preferences and interests to customize the user experience and serve them specific content based on what they are most interested in viewing. Girl-karma hosts videos, a Quora-style question and answer forum and customized questionnaires and pulling of Facebook data to improve the content shown to members. Spiral Scout built the entire Girl-karma site including their content management and account management system, where the team can manage and edit all users and site content from an easy to use interface.
SphinxSearch, ImageMagick, CMS, YouTube API
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery

Framed and Matted

Framed & Matted delivers elegant, simple and classic picture frames. Users can customize their frame via an online frame builder that allows them to drag and slide their frame to the correct size. Spiral Scout built the entire site which includes an e-commerce payment gateway, the ability to update any page on the site via an easy to use text editor, integrated FedEx shipping (via the FedEx API), a complex content management system to organize editor created frames, a reseller's API and referral program and a robust customer relationship management dashboard to manage all members and orders.
FedEx API, Image Magick, CMS, PayPal
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework
HTML5 Canvas, CSS3, jQuery

HTML 5 Games

We completed a large project where we converted e-learning games and quizzes from Flash to HTML5 for a client. This included building an engine that could quickly convert these games and an interface for the admins to configure any of the files by themselves.
Google Fusion Tables API, SCORM
HTML5, CSS3, jQuery, Canvas, Web Audio API

Little Branch

Little Branch is a mobile social network where parents can privately share photos and updates of their children with close friends and family. The mobile app utilizes photo and video creation/hosting, a complex Facebook like timeline and newsfeed, friending/inviting capabilities and tagging specific moments in your child’s life. Members can also use photo filters which Spiral Scout created for them to add cool effects to their uploads. User can invite new members from their Facebook friends and contact list.
Facebook API, Instagram-like photo filters, Phonegap, Native iOS
PHP5, Apache, MySQL, Spiral Framework, Geo-location
HTML5, CSS3, JQuery

ePlanner

Spiral Scout built a visual tool for education professionals to help them organize their curriculum and lesson plans based on Benchmarks educational programs. Teachers could create, edit, view and delete individual or group lesson plans. The "calendar" application had all the features of your typical daily planner along with a sophisticated search option. Users could easily drag and drop lessons to different dates to better organize their curriculums or take into account holidays or weather cancelations on the fly. ePlanner was built for the desktop or iPad.
Lithium as SAAS
Spiral, MongoDB, PHP5
Backbone.js, Twitter Bootstrap, Less.js

eReader

Spiral Scout built a visual tool for Benchmark Education that is very similar to Microsoft's Powerpoint. Teachers can present e-books to their classes that have custom narration, drawings and zooming capabilities to enhance the classroom experience. Teachers can build these into their daily lessons. eReader was built for the desktop but work perfectly on the iPad and other mobile devices.
Narration engine, Drawing engine
Lithium as SAAS
Backbone.js, HTML5, Pure JS, WebAudio, UML, Canvas

TechAdmin

This application was a robust admin panel for all of Benchmarks educational clients i.e. school districts around the United States. Schools administrators could manage their entire district's student body and teacher base from one tool. That tool was built on top of Benchmark's custom API. All data was easily imported and exported from the system for ease of use. It was built in a modular way so it could be modified without any issues in the future.
BEC API
Spiral, MongoDB, PHP5
Twitter Bootstrap, Less.js, Spiral

Maharani Weddings

Maharani Weddings is an Indian wedding blog and content portal. Spiral Scout built them a fully customizable website and backend where their admins could manage all the site's content, edit any page's metadata on their site, add / delete advertisers and connect their users and content to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Visitors can search and browse through a directory of Indian vendors around the world and view daily reviews of Indian weddings written by the site's admin.
Pinterest API, Facebook API, Twitter API
PHP5, Spiral, MySQL, Sphinx, ImageMagick
Twitter Bootstrap. Spiral. Less.js, HTML5

Testimonials

eLearningBrothers Custom testimonial Todd A. Cummings
“Incredibly efficient and client focused. You can tell that Spiral Scout thrives on customer satisfaction. Focusing on the big picture they use their experience and expertise to ensure that every decision made aligns with the ultimate objective of providing a quality end user-experience. Spiral Scout epitomizes the concept of an ‘honest day’s wage for honest pay’. They are very fair and reasonable on price quotes for us, and their work is top notch. We feel every project gets exceptional value when the SS team is involved.”
 
Todd A. Cummings
girl-karma testimonial Jennifer Cain
“Although this was our first time creating a website, we felt like we were in great hands because Spiral Scout really guided us through the website creation process. They walked us through the different ways we could build our product and gave us advice on many aspects of the site, including user experience and SEO. During the bu ilding of the site, they were professional, personable and willing to go the extra mile. Overall, they gave us great value by giving us a great price, building things quickly and being responsive to our needs.”
 
Jennifer Cain
Founder, girl-karma
Maharani Weddings testimonial Shawna Gohel
“Spiral Scout was very easy to work with, and they just "get it". We were able to talk with them about the user flow and the interaction we desired with our fervent audience, and they thought through the whole process to create a cohesive system that helped both increase the number of our visitors and deepen our interaction with them.”
 
Shawna Gohel
Little Branch testimonial Dave Jamieson
“Spiral Scout provided incredible guidance and support throughout the mobile development process. They were very efficient in working through development challenges and ensured that our needs were met every step of the way. Their customer service, level of communication and response time was exceptional and they were a true extension of the team. With quality and reliability being key factors in a development team, Spiral Scout is the epitome of both!”
 
Dave Jamieson
Founder, Little Branch

Featured Clients

Who We Are

We’re a team of product people and skilled engineers who take complex challenges and create simple to use solutions for our customers.

John

John is the co-founder and product manager for Spiral Scout, a leading web and mobile software development agency in San Francisco. He works closely with Spiral Scout clients to define their business and technical goals and then works tirelessly to implement their vision. John is a former Wall Street stock trader turned entrepreneur. He founded his first online business, Cutcaster, a stock photography marketplace in 2006. From there, he has worked on over 40 software projects and helped numerous clients launch successful online businesses. Originally from Syracuse, NY, John went to college at the University of Pennsylvania and currently works out of the Founder’s Den in the SoMa district. When he isn’t working, he is busy playing squash or rooting on Syracuse Men’s Basketball.

Anton

Anton (JD) is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Spiral Scout. He has over 12 years of programming and database administration experience. JD oversees everything from writing up a project’s discovery document, to software architecture planning, to writing custom code, to managing the Spiral Scout software team. JD doesn’t just code. He has a keen understanding of business and customer development that is invaluable for any customer planning their online businesses. When he isn’t working, he is busy building anything that involves a circuit board or watching HBO mini-series.

Andrew

Andrew is Spiral Scout’s lead front-end developer with advanced knowledge of JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. His main responsibilities include overseeing the entire front-end team and for creating responsive, fluid, and maintainable interfaces by utilizing JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. Andrew has extensive experience building web and mobile applications and working in Java enterprise-sized applications. When he isn’t working, he is busy building robotic, remote controlled cars and drawing.

Andrey

Andrey is a senior level front-end developer with extensive knowledge of web development (CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, PHP) as well as Windows and Linux system administration experience. He graduated within the top of his class from Belarus National Technical University, where he took master level courses during his last year. When he isn’t working, he is busy planning his next vacations.

Alex

Alex is a front-end web developer knowledgeable in CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript as well as working extensively within mobile application development and Flash to HTML5 conversion. In addition, Alex has experience in Linux and Windows. When he isn’t working, he is busy writing music and being an all-around great guy.

Valentin

Valentin is one of Spiral Scout’s back-end PHP developers. Valentin has extensive experience using MySQL, JavaScript and CSS, which allows him to solve multifaceted tasks. He graduated from the Belarus National Technical University. When he isn’t working, he is busy building his shoe collection.

Klim

Klim is a passionate QA Engineer with more than three years testing and debugging web and mobile applications. In the past, he has worked with Raymond James, Viacom and Reed Exhibitions. Klim is particularly interested in data integration and migration. Currently Klim is learning more about Internet Advertising and Reporting technologies.

Nataliya

Nataliya brings a vast amount of experience to Spiral Scout as our newest front-end engineer. She has strong skills in HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3 and JavaScript as well as various JS libraries and plugins. She actively participates in various conferences and hackathons. Besides working, Nataliya likes to travel and play boardgames with friends.

Sergei

Sergei graduated from the Belorussian National Technical University with a Master degree in computer science. He has over 6 years of software development experience working with .NET technologies, Adobe Flash and building iOS apps for the iPhone. Sergei is interested in all things mobile, getting the latest gadgets, traveling and reading.

Sebastian

Sebastian is Spiral Scout's lead designer focusing on user experience and interactions. He is responsible for establishing the design scope of any project, consulting directly with the clients, creating the wireframes and user flow design and then using his Photoshop skills to design the visual skin for the software that Spiral Scout creates. He's amazing at making the impossible look simple through his design.

Vanessa

Vanessa is Spiral Scout's CFO and tax accountant. She handles all things related to finances, book keeping and tax-related issues. She's a Certified Public Accountant and a Quickbook's Pro.

Yauheni

Yauheni (pronounced like Evgeny) is our newest front end developer, who has experience with CSS, HTML and JavaScript. He graduated from Brest State Technical University with two majors in computer science & economics, both of which help him to analyze technical issues not only from a programmers’ point of view but from a business case view. Yauheni also has experience in SEO best practices. During his free time, he likes going to the gym and boxing.