Press Release - October 29, 2003

Announcing DynaScreensaver™

October 29, 2003, London, Ontario, Canada - Keith Peiris, the President, CEO and Chief Creative Director of Cyberteks Design, announced today the launch of the Dynamic Screensaver/Live Desktop and Interactive Zone created for the Atlanta Thrashers NHL Hockey Team.

"What separates Cyberteks Design from a lot of web companies out there is that Keith and the rest of the company have a true passion for hockey," said Thrashers Vice President of Sales & Marketing Derek Schiller. "That love of the game shows through in the quality of the work that they do."

"One thing our new site does is expand our outreach to the local, youth and grassroots hockey communities," said Schiller. "Working with the youth players in the entire Southeast region is an important goal of our fan development initiatives and it made sense to work directly with Keith, who as a youth player himself, knows exactly the type of web offerings that would appeal to this community."

"Atlanta gave us a great opportunity with this project," said Peiris. "They said show us what you can do with an interactive screen saver. This is the kind of project we really enjoy, working with a top-class organization like the Thrashers and creating something brand new." It also gave us an opportunity to work directly with the National Hockey League and the Thrashers, a Time Warner Inc. Company.

"With the re-launch of our Web site, Atlantathrashers.com, we're very proud of the new features that we've added, especially the creation of the Atlanta Thrashers Live Desktop by Cyberteks Design," says Schiller. "This screensaver was designed specifically for the Thrashers, and provides fans with live game updates, video highlights, player stats and an interactive calendar."

DynaScreensaver is a Live Desktop/Dynamic Screensaver that displays the following:

  • Live game scores
  • Play by play details
  • Video highlights
  • Game roster
  • Goal scorers
  • Player statistics
  • League Standings
  • Personalized Calendar with your team games and events
  • Latest news
  • Customized background pictures with your favorite players

This product was developed by London, Ontario based Cyberteks Design, a web design, multimedia and software development company using Macromedia Flash, SQL database integration and "push and pull" technology. It is now used by the Atlanta Thrashers NHL Hockey Team.

The DynaScreensaver builds on the universally accepted and widely used personal computer screensaver that historically has been able to offer only non-current information and images. DynaScreensaver takes screensavers to the next level using Macromedia Flash MX, advanced ActionScripting, database integration, and push and pull technology. This product connects to several data sources, both external and local, to deliver dynamic, ever-changing, always-current multimedia displays that are constantly updated by a remote Internet Server.

The technology used in developing the DynaScreensaver can be used as a marketing tool for many organizations throughout the world. It delivers rotating content you want the consumer to see to the consumer's screen with no action required. The content is refreshed approximately every 30 seconds. The client also has access to an advanced administration menu to add and manage their own content.

This product can be downloaded at one of the following websites addresses:

http://www.atlantathrashers.com

http://www.cyberteks.net/atlanta.htm

Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows 98SE, ME, NT4, 2000, XP
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 450 MHz CPU
  • 11 MB Hard drive space
  • Internet Connection (High Speed Internet recommended)
  • 6 MB Download (once)

Please note: If your network is protected by a firewall, you may have to get permission to utilize this program.

Quick User Guide

  • This Live Desktop/Dynamic Screensaver can be used as a Screensaver or as a stand alone product (Live Desktop).

  • When it is installed it will automatically set this product as your default screensaver. If you don't wish to set this as the default screensaver, please change it by right clicking on your desktop, then click on properties and change the settings under screensaver. The Atlanta Thrashers logo will be displayed as an icon so that you can click whenever you want this product to be displayed. Please note that if you run the screensaver and at the same time click on the icon on your desktop, the screensaver may crash and give you an error message to close the program. In other words, either you use the Screensaver function or the Live Desktop.

  • When the screensaver is running, when you click the "X" on the top right or press escape, the screensaver will close. Beside the "X" is the refresh button. If there is a connection problem, the data may not update. If you are experiencing problems, try using the refresh button to reset the program.

  • In order for you get the live updates, you have to be connected to the internet. If you are not connected to the internet, only the backgrounds will be displayed.

  • There are 7 buttons on the left hand side of the screensaver. They are as follows. GAME SUMMARY, CALENDAR, NEWS, STATISTICS, HELP, GAMES and ATLANTA THRASHERS WEBSITE.

  • GAME SUMMARY window will have the following features:
    • Live Score - The live score will appear on the left hand side with team logos. The time and period will be displayed on the yellow bar of the game summary.
    • Game Roster - This will display roster of both teams with Position (POS), Goals (G) and Assists (A) up to that game. To look at the full list, please use the scroller on the right hand side of the Game Summary window.
    • Live Game - Text based play by play summary of the game will be displayed and updated whenever an event occurs. Up to the minute events are loaded remotely from the database.
    • Goals - A detailed listing of all goals and assists scored during the game will be displayed. It will also display Even Strength (ES), Power Play (PP), Short Handed (SH), Empty Net (EN) and Penalty Shot (PS).
    • Final Summary - Box score, Attendance, 3 Stars, Goalies names and Player summaries of both teams will be displayed. The player summaries will include Goals (G), Assists (A), Points (P), Shots (S), Shot Percentage (S%), Plus/Minus (+-) and Penalty Minutes (PIM).
    • Video Highlights - Video highlights will be displayed a few hours after the game is completed. Video Highlights of previous games can be viewed through the calendar functions. Please note that you require Windows Media Player to view the Video Highlights. If you don't have Windows Media Player Plug-in, you can download it by clicking the area at the bottom of the Video Highlights Window.

      STATISTICS window will have the following features:

      Skaters - Detailed statistics of all Atlanta Thrashers skaters will be displayed for the entire season. This will include Games played (GP), Goals (G), Assists (A), Points (P), Plus/Minus (+-), Penalty Minutes (PIM), Shots (S) and Shot Percentages (S%). Using the scroller function at the right, users can read the full list. Please note that all columns displayed can be sorted by clicking on any one of these headers.
    • Goalies - Detailed statistics of Atlanta Thrashers goalies will be displayed for the entire season. This will include Games Played (GP), Minutes Played (MIN), Wins (W), Losses (L), Ties (T), Goals Against Average (GAA), Penalty Minutes (PIM), Shots Against (SA), Goals Against (GA), Save Percentage (S%) and Shutouts (SO). Please note that all columns displayed can be sorted by clicking on any one of these headers.
    • Playoff Picture - Standings of the Southeast Division and the playoff picture of the Eastern Conference will be displayed. This will include Ranking, Games Played (GP), Wins (W), Losses (L), Ties (T), Over Time Losses (OTL), Goals for (GF), Goals Against (GA) and Points (PTS).
  • CALENDAR window will have the following features:
    • Thrashers Homes Games - Will be displayed in Red box.
    • Thrashers Away Games - Will be displayed in Blue box
    • Thrashers Other Events - Will be displayed in Yellow Box.
    • Your Personal Events - Will be displayed in Black box
    • Add Your Personal Event - You can add your personal events like birthdays, appointments or any other event you like. Please click ADD EVENT button and you will be prompted to enter the date and your event description. Only you can see your personal events. All personal information will be stored in your personal computer. So if you enter your personal events from the computer at home, and then open the screensaver at your office, you will not see your personal events.
    • Edit Your Personal Events - You can edit your personal events.
    • Delete Your Personal Events - You can delete your personal events
    • Zoom in Calendar - This will give you a Full Screen Version of the Calendar. This will display the results of all previous games and also the Video Highlights of all previous games. If there are several events, the users can use the scroll function available for all days. You also can add your personal events from this screen too. Furthermore, a link to BUY TICKETS is at the bottom left of the screen. You can use the ARROWS and change the months as you wish.

  • NEWS window will display the latest Thrashers news and press releases. The Atlanta Thrashers staff can add their own news items at any time using the administration menu.

  • GAMES window will simply launch the Thrashers Games section on www.atlantathrashers.com

  • SETTINGS - When you first installed the screensaver, you will get 4 background images. If you do not wish to have all 4 backgrounds, you can click on the Settings button at the bottom left corner and de-select the backgrounds you don't want displayed. The Atlanta Thrashers may add more backgrounds in the future. You will prompted to download those images from the Thrashers servers. Furthermore, if you have dial up internet connection, you should select LOW BANDWIDTH VIDEOS from the settings menu. The individual Windows (Game Summary, Statistics, Calendar and News) can be moved using the left arrow button to any position you wish. However after you moved your windows, if you want them in their original position, you can click RESET PANEL POSITIONS button. Panel positions are saved for the next time you use the program.

 

 

 

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