MLM Phase II

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Project Description



This project concerns the addition of image manipulation, security, and

other features, to the website at That website is a

multilevel marketing project geared to artists and merchants. Its structure

is described in more detail on the pages accessible from the

[url removed, login to view] home page.

Some of the technical features described below currently exist on the

website, but do not function properly. The developer who works on this

project must either fix or replace the matters described below if they are

not currently functioning properly.


We are looking for a developer with the following qualifications:

1) Experience working with image manipulation programs that interface with

PHP. Specifically, we need someone with experience installing on a server

and designing a website with the MagickWand interface to PHP. The site also

uses ImageMagick, and the developer will need experience using that program

to manipulate images. The configuration of the site is outlined in more detail at: [url removed, login to view] The developer should be familiar with all programs and specifications appearing on that page.

2) Two or three references of websites with image-manipulation features

comparable to the features described below.

While we do not require it, developers who are agreeable to an escrow

process in which the developer gets paid after the project is functional

will be given higher consideration.

By accepting this project the developer agrees that all inventions arising

from the developer's work on this project will be property of The Jonathan

Van Ee Company, LLC, and any of the assigns of such Company.


A. Priorities

While we want this project to work smoothly with all operating systems,

inevitably compatibility issues arise. The following priorities are

important to launch the site at an optimal time:

1) The image upload and manipulation features of the website must function

with both Internet Explorer and Mac OS X. While the image manipulation

features must function with Mac OS X, more minor matters should be optimized

for Internet Explorer.

2) The image manipulation feature should only handle TIFF, TIF, JPEG and JPG


B. Image Upload

The website must be able to upload tiff and jpeg (and tif and jpg) files

from both Mac and PC computers. The upload feature can be seen when you join

the website and, while logged in, going to "sell" on the home page. From

there you click on the first link called "Uploading an image that will be

printed through ReferHub". The upload form will then appear. If you fill in

the information requested by the form you will be able to test the current

upload process.

C. Magick Wand and File Management

Users must be able to upload tif and jpg files. If they upload a tif, then

the site must store such tif and use the tif itself for printing fine art

reproductions. However, the tif must be converted to a jpg for all other

purposes, which include files for displaying the image on the site and

printing it on merchandise (like coffee mugs, etc.).

Currently, there is a discrepancy in terms of the size of the image that

gets uploaded and the size that ReferHub says the image is. For example, you

can upload an image that photoshop will say is a certain lenght and width,

but then ReferHub will identify it as a different size. That kind of

discrepancy must not ocurr.

D. Backup

I am wondering what your thoughts would be for a cost effective backup

solution for what may be a huge amount of date (like several terabytes).

Right now I have a RAID array with about 1.2 TB mirror image storage (i.e.,

it has a total of 2.4 TB, which becomes 1.2 TB with the mirror image


E. PayPal & Completing Purchase

When a purchase is completed through PayPal the site must compute the

appropriate commissions.

Note that there are two ways to sell through ReferHub. One, you can upload

an image that gets printed. Two, you can upload an image of a product you

ship yourself. The PayPal integration is a little different for both of

these features. When an image gets sold, the customer pays ReferHub through

PayPal and ReferHub pays the printing companies with a check or other method

that does not directly use the website. If someone sells their own product

through ReferHub however, then the customer pays ReferHub through PayPal,

and ReferHub in turn pays the seller through PayPal. ReferHub keeps a

portion of the transaction (2.5%) to be paid in referral commissions and to

be kept as profit for ReferHub.

F. Changing Password and Password E mail address

Users must have the option of being able to change their password and the e

mail address that their password can be mailed to if it is lost.

G. Signal when someone gets $600 in commissions

When a user gets $600 in commissions the website must generate an

alert to ReferHub beacuse that user will have to fill out tax forms.

H. Written Description of Software for Completed Project

A written description of the software must be provided to facilitate the work that other developers may perform on the site.


Throughout the description of the modules below there are references to the

attached pdf document, which further describes the modules.

A. Image Fitting Module

When people upload an image they will be given the option of placing it on

various pieces of merchandise. When they select a given piece of

merchandise, like a coffee mug, they will be directed to the page that is

described in the "[name of merchandise]" page attached to this email

(another attached page describes another modification to the website that

must be made for images to be fitted on merchandise).

When they go to the [name of merchandise] page, they will not have to upload

the image, because it will already be uploaded. They will be able to modify

the uploaded image however, so that it will fit on the specific piece of


Here is an explanation of the sheet in the attached pdf file with "[name of

merchandise]" at the top of it

1. Image Quality Bar

This bar will show users what the image quality is. It will have a showing

of "best" if the dpi is 280 or greater. An image that is 50 dpi or less will

have a "poor" rating, and anything in between will be somewhere along the


2. "Save image for this merchandise" button

After they have fitted the image, they can click the "save image for this

merchandise" button. The website will then save an image that will be

displayed when someone clicks, from the product page for the image, on the

piece of merchandise. For example, if someone goes to the product page for

the heart that is fitted on to the coffee mug on the sheet attached to this

e mail, they would be able to click on the "coffee mug" link on that product

page. When they go there, they will see the image that gets saved when the

image was fitted on the product.

Another thing that will happen when someone clicks on the "save image for

this merchandise" is that the website will generate an image file that is

not more than 300 dpi. Here is an example to illustrate. Suppose someone

uploads a huge piece of artwork that is 10 x 15 inches at about 400 dpi and

about 45 MB in size. Suppose further that the coffee mug only can have

images that are 2 x 2 inches in size. When the image gets fitted onto the

coffee mug, only the printable portion will be saved, and it will be saved

only at 300 dpi (not 400 dpi).

The message that would be sent to the company that prints the merchandise

would include the image saved when a user clicks the "save image for this

merchandise" link.

3. "click here to reset image to its original size and position" button

If someone later wants to enlarge or otherwise change the image, they may

find that it has been cropped. If they want to get the same original image

back and work with it, they can click the button called "click here to reset

image to its original size and position."

4. Other matters

People uploading images must also fit the images on to an e greeting. This

way, the e greeting images will not be really big, or really small, or

otherwise distorted.

People must also fit their images to the area available for images on the

home page. When a product is selected to be "featured" in the admin section

of the site, then that fitted image must appear on the home page.

B. Security Module

This module is described in the attached pdf file. The financial numbers

that appear in it must coincide with the balance of the company in its

PayPal account.

C. Image Management Module

This module is described in the attached pdf file.

D. E Mail to Printing Companies Module

The site must also send an e mail to the companies that either print or sell

the product that has been purchased. That e mail will have the basic

information of who to ship the product to, and, if the company must print an

image, then the e mail will have a link to the image that must be printed.

The number of times an image is downloaded should be minimized. Thus, if a

printing company already has the image, it should not have to download it


ReferHub must keep a record of e mails that are sent with this module.

A model e mail to a printing company is illustrated in the "E mail To

Printing Companies Module" in the attached pdf. Towards the end of that

model e mail there is a reference to "[insert amount as described in the

written description of this module]". Here is the description of where that

amount should come from. For images printed on merchandise (like coffee

mugs) the printing companies tell ReferHub what they will charge. The

amount in the e mail simply confirms that number. For images printed on

fine art paper, the amount paid the printing company depends on the type of

paper (or canvas) and the size of the image. These amounts are currently

calculated by a spreadsheet in the admin section of the website.

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