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Initially Computer Effects Ltd was established by Alec Utting in 1984, to provide computer
graphics for advertising agencies and television before the
advent of specialist graphics equipment.
Since then, Computer Effects has developed software for
specialist applications, many of which required the use of
sophisticated scheduling algorithms. In 1986 development of the
scheduling program CelSport, for North Shore Netball was started.
The completed draw is displayed graphically on the screen and last minute changes are made
by dragging and dropping games to any free courts.
CelSport is now used by the majority of the Netball Associations in New Zealand, as well as
a number of other sports.
This was the first of the Cel Software Products.
Envelopes Made Easy grew out of Alec being appointed as
Recorder at his local church.
Membership Made Easy, a Parish Register, was also developed.
This may be used in conjunction with Envelopes Made Easy, or on its own.
Other Cel Software has included CelPics for displaying photographs in a Museum, CelCash and a simple DOS based cashbook.
Other packages developed include a system for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Alec joined the IT industry in 1971 and was Technical Development Manager
and later the Auckland Branch Manager for Progeni, the first NZ software company. He gained experience with scheduling while developing
the school Timetabler package into a usable product. This package was used extensively by Local Authorities in England.
He was responsible for the development of system generator software Progeni Tools still being marketed in the US by the
Progeni Corporation as ‘leading edge’ system software.
He was also responsible for much of the software design on the Poly computer developed for schools by the Government in 1980 in association with Progeni
and the Wellington Polytechnic. He programmed most of the early television graphics used in Auckland by TVNZ, especially the Heylen Polls presented by Larnie Hunter.
After leaving Progeni, he spent many years teaching Mathematics and Computer Studies at Kristin School , developing their network and doing their timetable.
He was instrumental in introducing the use of individual pupil laptops in the school.
He developed CelSport , Envelopes Made Easy and Membership Made Easy.
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