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Dan VanOrden
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Sawtooth Ideas was featured in the Idaho Statesman Business Insider. Russ speaks to our longer-term vision to build disruptive 3D technology.

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Sawtooth Ideas is the technology startup company I co-founded with Russ Whitney earlier this year. We just released version 1.0 of our first cross-platform software product IdeaRoom, which runs on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad. 

IdeaRoom targets the woodworking industry and transforms woodworking plans from flat 2D documents into more useful and engaging 3D experiences. We built a proprietary 3D graphics engine called EDGE (Enchanted Designs Graphics Engine) that allows non-expert users to easily visualize and manipulate 3D models in domain-specific ways. For woodworking, this includes seeing the project with realistic wood textures, exploding the model to see how all the components fit together, or isolating and measuring individual parts and pieces. In the future, you will also be able to customize the project by resizing, changing parts, and applying new textures. 

Our bigger vision is to create domain-specific 3D web, mobile, and desktop applications in many industries that allow anyone to perform functions that might otherwise require expert CAD users, whether it be personalizing products while shopping online, customizing the basic layout or features of your new home, or just clearly understanding how to assemble the product you bought at Ikea. 

You can learn more and download IdeaRoom on our website (www.sawtoothideas.com). The Mac and iOS apps are in the app store. Even if you aren't a woodworker, we'd love to have you check it out and hear your input and ideas on what we've built so far and what we should build in the future. If you see an application of this concept in your industry, please reach out and let me know. 

For the technically inclined, here is a list of some technologies we use: Ruby, Rails, REST, Haml, Sass, CoffeeScript, MySQL, OpenGL, C++, C++/CLI, C#, Objective-C, WPF, Cocao.
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If you get a chance to see Trivium in concert, I highly recommend.
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Develop.idaho and Tech Cocktail were good to us. Sawtooth Ideas made the front page of the Idaho Statesman today. Chad Harbig, our UX Designer, is featured in the photo showing off our software on the iPad. Russ Whitney is quoted in the story:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/04/04/2062685/idahos-software-developers-get.html

Will Fowler, our Business Development Intern, was captured in on of the Tech Cocktail gallery photos:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/04/03/2062544/tech-cocktail-432012.html#wgt=rcntgal

The story was feature on the home page as of this morning:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/

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I jumped off the entrepreneurial cliff and co-founded a startup company called Sawtooth Ideas. We are currently in beta. What we are looking for right now are woodworking designers with woodworking plans to publish for sale on the site. If you know anyone, please send them our way.

Checkout the website: www.sawtoothideas.com

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sawtooth-Ideas/154574217984153

And there's more to come... We're working on software to help designers quickly translate 3D models (from Google Sketchup) into woodworking plans and allow builders to customize, view, rotate, and explode the plans in 3D on their desktop, tablet, and phone. Very fun technology.

I'll keep everyone posted as we make progress.

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Develop.Idaho is coming up next Tuesday. Get tickets while you still can.
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