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Think Big. Do Big. Enterprise Solutions for Web to Print and Decoration Businesses

For decoration industries that cover large markets and require the complex web to print solutions, our development team offers an open and collaboration-rich process to achieve specific business goals of your market.

Our team is capable of handling complex projects that may involve online product design tools and complex processes - from initial inception to final deployment. Respectively, we don’t end it up on last sign off and provide continuous support and updates.

Lot’s of SKUs? Complex pricing? Specific requirements for output? Our expertise here covers several decoration markets, from custom apparel printing to classic web2print. Having average experience of the team to 10+ years in active web applications development, we carefully do:

  • Initial evaluation and planning;
  • Requirements development;
  • Custom workflows implementation;
  • Integration with third-party APIs and hardware;
  • SaaS and PaaS deployments;
  • Team coordination and maintenance;
  • Continuous updates coordination;

Oh, and did we mention that we always embrace the challenge and push the limits of the mobile web? Yes, we always look for something new and never stop.

Are you planning to go big? Share your plans with us!

Template Based and Variable Data Printing with LiveArt HTML5

In web to print business, it is often required that user can quickly order personalized product out of certain template which already has design elements created by a professional artist. Such templates gallery may greatly help the customer in visualizing their desired product and streamlining the whole process of ordering.

 Designing business card with LiveArt HTML5 designer

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Template-based printing may also prevent users from placing design elements in an unlikely position than can be close or in safe or trim areas. While implementing the least is also important for online web to print design tools, a fixed elements template would guarantee that the output would be fine to print without going back to the customer for additional approval.

Variable Data Printing is extremely helpful for business card companies, where users can simply create a batch order by simply selecting a template, uploading company logo, and sheet with people information. The sheet would contain variables such as name, second name, address and email and so on that will immediately populate on design. Implementing VDP benefits easiness to both customer and business owners as it makes the whole process faster, cheaper, and bullet-proof valid.

LiveArt HTML5 Product Designer supports both template-based and variable data printing. While integrating, a business owner may set specific user flow rules and setup both normal and VDP products. Additionally, there is no need for learning specific software for creating such templates — everything is done within the same simple product designer.

To apply for VDP or Template-based printing please supply the following information:

  1. Product type you are going to print on.
  2. Pricing rules that are associated with user choices.
  3. How many and which variables will be required in each template.
  4. Applicable examples per each template and product type.

Our team will quickly get back with the applicable package and assist with the setup. In the future, you will be able to prepare own new templates and lists for VDP printing.

Online 3D Design Preview In LiveArt HTML5 Product Designer

Modern online product designers feature realistic previews that are shown in real time. Whether you add text or upload own artwork it is reflected on a product just in a split second. While a flat preview might be sufficient for a printed products industry or stationary, promotional products like cups or uniform might require a better outlook. That is where 3D preview of a design might benefit much to final look and feel of the personalized promotional product.

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Basically, a 3D design preview applies design onto a product model, allowing user to rotate the it in a 360 degree, while realizing how the end printed one would look like. A 3D product preview can be implemented for all types of LiveArt software, including LiveArt Lite and LiveArt HTML5 versions. Upon additional request, our team can build custom scenes for a product rather than allowing preview float in a space, which is the most simple implementation.

A realistic touch can be made for phone cases 3d preview, t-shirt 3d preview, mugs, cups, USB drives and a number of various products one can imagine.

Want a 3D Product Preview implemented for your project? Gather up a bit of information and let us know:

  1. Version of a product you are already using or planning to use. Applicable versions are LiveArt HTML5, LiveArt Shop and LiveArt Lite;
  2. A product type you would like to enable 3D preview for - t-shirt, cup, mug, banner, notebook, jewellery etc.
  3. Any additional preferences to controls or scene itself.

Today the personalization comes out of 2-dimensional into complete 3D, where one can 3D print small applicable things like phone cases. A 3D Product Preview or designer would benefit much to further augmented feeling of designing and engagement as well as customer love. Happy online designing!

 

Going With HTML5 Web Applications. The Battle Price For Mobile

HTML5 serves as a #1 buzzword for a long time now and plays well for marketing a new generation apps. Despite being not fully supported by most of the browsers and having small backward compatibility support, it is highly demanded and well sold. The battle for mobile users plays as a great incentive for company stakeholders that spend significant budgets. They do it with the hope to get fast ROI and calm down the angry mob of mobile users that demand a Flash application they used to running on a smartphone.

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Fortunately, HTML5 has shown its drawbacks immediately after first admirations subsided. HTML5 proved to be an expensive development for enterprise-level applications (like Facebook, who switched to native app development), although the internet is full of simple yet glamorous mashups and small utility apps.

When we first started development of HTML5 online product designer application, the QA and tests part of development started to take much more time than it was anticipated. Numerous browsers, platforms, mobile devices, at least 90% of them had to checked against each of LiveArt HTML5 feature. Aside of the touch functionality to work on tablet and smartphone devices, our developers had to continuously verify the look and feel to appear consistently across different resolutions. All of the above took much more resources than required for similar Flash application development.

No doubts, the obvious conclusion everyone will be able to make is that HTML5 development is much more expensive. Add responsive layout here and you will get at least twice as big budget for HTML5 than you would for Flash.

Another challenge is that unlike Flash player updates, which rarely affects much on the existing application, a release of new browser or iOS version may really ruin a day for your HTML5 application or website. While Flash player runs application in a “sandbox”, independent from other elements on your website, the HTML5 application consists of numerous components that work together to let end users feel a Flash-quality application. In Flash application, it’s responsibility of the Flash player to run your application in a correct way. In HTML5 application, it’s browsers responsibility to implement the web standards in a way to make the application work. Standards (like Javascript, CSS and HTML elements) are the ones that differ much in implementation in various browsers and platforms. What may work perfectly in iOS Safari would completely hang up your desktop PC under Firefox, a behavior you will never meet with Flash.

We are not advocating Flash here. As we all know, HTML5 is good because it works on mobile. You want to stay in business, you do the HTML5. It’s expensive, it’s painful in development, but in the end it will pay off in increased audience, become your love mark and keep you in the market.