Just to report my findings in regards to the countdown timer.
In short, it's a really bad solution. We calculated it could require up to 5.2M frames per day, per use to generate the animated GIF. We were going ot apply this to an email that goes out to quite literally millions (I can't disclose on here), and with the largest of servers that's just not possible.
In addition, we suspect Google Mail may cache images, which could affect all Gmail users, meaning the timers could all be out.
I think this solution is too ahead of its time, but we're investigating other ways that exploit the .gif/php... hack.
I'll report back on my finding when we have that. :)
Yes, Sir! Such a difference a year makes in the industry - This time last year it was an after-taste of maybe's and possibilities, now we're looking at certainties and solutions.
This is excellent, thank you Jason!
I'd better let the boss know that I'm going on an email vacation on the other side of the office for a week. Finally, a use for those vanity bean bags! :)
I'll report back when I have a working solution. Same shout out to anyone reading too, please share your solutions.
This is awesome, and thanks Team Litmus for an excellent conference. Having learned of your relative infancy (and I mean that respectfully) it's incredible the standard you've set in the industry and the incredible 2 years of conferences that I've personally attended.
I'm particularly keen on learning more about the countdown timer hack that was cited, in addition to any resources on how B&Q achieved that amazing hover menu effect I believe is called a 'content carousel'. Do we have any resources, blogs, guides or breakdowns on the preceding?
And Paul Airy, I see your name in this topic, just wanted to drop a line to say that was an incredible segment you presented at the conference. I'll be taking your advice to our V2.1 template that will be in WW circulation.
Nathan, NVIDIA (EMEAI)