LiveArt Blog

New Year, New LiveArt

Hey everyone! It's a great year start, and our team is doing its best to provide constant improvements to our online product design tool. Let us have a look at what LiveArt will be in future versions.

Support of social networks. Adding own images from Instagram or Facebook has already become a must for most personalized products: phone wraps, custom canvases, cases, pillows, and apparel as well. Allowing people to access their Instagram feed with a click is another priority we are going to hit.

Responsive online designer. Yes, after several UX research tasks, our team is about to release a responsive version of LiveArt HTML5, allowing users to design their beloved customized products on smartphones, including Android, iOS, or Windows-based devices. More specifically, this would also be another step towards a complete design revamp of the tool scheduled to take place later this year.

Designer = Configurator. In addition to being an online product designer, LiveArt HTML5 became widely used as a universal product configurator, where users can create their product with parts or by modifying the existing options.

More integrations are coming. For a hosted platform of Shopify and another integration for a well-known .NET platform - nopCommerce.

As we have launched a Vote For Feature portal at http://liveart.uservoice.com/, you are more than welcome to check in regularly as well as subscribe to our Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Best Of Online Product Design in 2013

Now that we are about to enter the new year 2014, it’s time to remember what happened to us back in 2013 and what we’ve achieved with this great year.

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— First and foremost, we’ve finally raised standards for an online product designer that is totally cross-platform and compatible by releasing LiveArt HTML5 Online Product Designer. After almost half of the year development and refinements, we gave users the ability to smoothly design their product from various tablets as well as desktop PCs. Yet still, our Flash-based products would please desktop users who prefer solid experience and quick integration.

— Our components started to get integrated into a greater variety of platforms like Magento, WooCommerce, OpenCart, and many others. Hosted shopping carts like BigCommerce or Shopify can now embed LiveArt HTML5 as a hosted option too!

— As the custom decoration industry grows, so do our variety of products that can be customized by our tool. A recent project involving bottle opener customizer, online flag designer and do it yourself flask website proved that a design tool can be used to customize any printable or engravable product.

— Finally, our integration partners Peexl.com can now handle a number of eCommerce shopping cart integrations involving an outstanding Magento Community Edition as well as other popular PHP-based platforms.

We look forward to “unlock” new achievements in 2014 and would like to thank to all our clients and partners who stay with us and enjoy our online design products. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014!

Paradigm Shift of Personalization Tools Towards Simplicity

The online product customization software has been traditional in a sense of UI for over a decade now. The instruments might be different, going from old-school Javascript, then Flash and Silverlight, and, finally, Javascript again, albeit with more assistive technologies like JQuery and Bootstrap.

The advent of mobile devices powerful enough to compete with desktop PCs has changed everything in a way how common customer personalizes their product. The previous online personalization tools were mostly intended to work with desktop computers, which included a common single input device as a mouse (keyboards were never usable for customizing a t-shirt as a primary device). Using the above one could select a product from the catalog and add simple personalization of text and artwork.

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As users became more technologically savvy, the online personalization tools offered more and more features. At a certain point, they almost started to resemble professional software like Adobe Photoshop. Such tools offered users lots of buttons and options increasing both complexities of UI and CPU load at the same time. The online design tool right for the user had to choose now between sophisticated tools on the one hand and simplicity and load speed at the other.

The mobile interfaces for iOS, Android, Windows 8 devices came along with the simple concept that had to exist in all applications people would install. Respectively, users would expect same experience from HTML-based web applications for online product customization. The fact of expected simplicity has shifted the paradigm of complex and sophisticated features for the sake of clean and neat UI that would allow customers to quickly apply custom text and images to the product and checkout without lengthy and complex processes.

Are you still using old and complex online personalization tools? Need a replacement to quick and neat online product designer that would work on both desktop PC and all mobile devices? Request a demo today to get advice for the right online design software for your website.