Creativemark was established in 2003 as a new media consultancy to provide services to a large UK publishing company and later expanded internationally. Specialising in the software market, we've built our reputation around our excellent relationships with various software developers, enabling us to help them promote their software within the UK publishing market (magazines and online) and helping them build their brand and expand their customer base. Since 2009 we've been building our own technology to power digital distribution. This includes our own CMS (content management system), server farm and, through FastSpring, a system to take payments and provide digital content without leaving your armchair. See the Services section for more information
Early History. Prior to 2003, the founders of Creativemark were firmly established within the software industry. In 1995 Chris Wiles had the idea of developing a suite of Internet software to get computer users connected with the minimum of fuss. NetConnect, distributed by our European partners, Haage & Partner Computer GmbH, became a success both in the UK and European market, receiving numerous awards through the industry. STFax, again popular through UK and Europe, was award-winning fax and voice software that enabled the end-user to use their computer to send and receive faxes, plus turn their system in to an answer-machine through their modem.
2003. The launch of Creativemark as a small consultancy to provide new media services within the UK computer magazine industry. Our role was to forge relationships with various software developers so we could compile and publish CD-ROMs for distribution with computer magazines such as the now defunct Personal Computer World. By end of 2008, PCW magazine had 13 worldwide syndication partners for the disc (and only the disc) content, which was unheard of elsewhere within the industry. Using our expertise within the software market, we moved on to provide online services within the UK magazine industry and were the first to enable full application downloads through a magazine, Computeractive, rather than on the standard distribution media such as a CD or DVD.
Early 2009. We started developing our own technologies to enable us to work with partners to provide software by digital distribution, across the Internet. Although some of these technologies are still in development, the Software Store concept originally launched on the Incisive Media V3.co.uk brand and later Computeractive and PC Pro websites.
2021. After twelve years, we're still managing and hosting our Software Store concept along with our publishing partners, including IDG, Dennis Publishing, CHIP and Omsoc Publishing. We've since switched to FastSpring as our choice of partner powering the transactions for our store partners.
Developed, produced, host and maintain software stores for various Dennis Publishing brands, including PC Pro and Computeractive. Dennis Publishing is a UK consumer and B2B magazine publisher, with key consumer brands such as Auto Express, The Week, Money Week, with B2B brands including IT Pro and Channel Pro.
We supply and maintain the PCWorld Software Store, plus negotiate, host and support the PC-Welt single-page Software Offer, which is based on our most recent technology.
In 2011 we partnered with BetaNews Inc to supply Downloadcrew, which is our premier destination for software news and reviews. We also work with BetaNews to power, host and maintain their FileForum Software Store.
We've been working with Datormagazin, Sweden's popular magazine and website for PC users, since 2014. We supply software news and reviews (from Downloadcrew), host and support the Datormagazin Mjukvara Software Offer page and more.