New Update Version 1.6.1 MyStyle Custom Product Designer Fixes Version 1.6.0 Handoff Bug

Please be aware that we recently put out an update v 1.6.1 of the MyStyle Custom Product Designer plugin for WordPress / WooCommerce. This release fixes a critical error in the mystyle handoff (present in version 1.6.0 only) flow that would prevent a design from being saved to the website or cart, but it would send the saved email to the author anyway. With version 1.6.1 this error is fixed.

This release was put out the same day that the bug in version 1.6.0 was reported. Thanks to Eugene for finding and posting the bug in the forum first immediately after the first release so that we could fix it and put out the next update quickly.

Who This Effects

If you have < 1.6.0 or you have 1.6.1 or higher, this will not effect you. You can safely continue to use the version you have, or download the WordPress marketplace version (1.6.1 or higher) and either way you should be stable.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone who updated between the two releases, but the fix was out really fast so it did not have time to show up on most sites.

Side Note: WordPress 4.7.1 fixes 61 WordPress Bugs

Let this be a lesson for ANY plugin, not just MyStyle, to always wait a day or two after a new release for any initial bug reports to come in and be fixed to avoid being the first one to discover an issue! Nobody likes to admit that bugs occasionally get shipped, but even in the most professional release processes in the most professional companies, the occasional bug slips thru the cracks, and the NEXT update is usually the fix for any round 1 issues. This is also true with WordPress itself. Just look at version 4.7.1 out now, it fixes 61 bugs that were present in their more major release of 4.7.0, and that’s the leading most widely tested platform in the world. We waited on 4.7.0 and jumped on 4.7.1, and we’re glad we did :)

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New Pricing for 2017!

New year, new leaf. Out with the old, in with the new.

We are still buzzing from the awesome response we saw in 2016 and very excited about 2017. We’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t for many of our users this past year, and we’ll be working hard to bring awesome features, upgrades, and optimizations to the MyStyle Platform that will help set everyone up for success that much more.

Enterprise Clients: New Capabilities in the Custom Developments Lab

We’ve got some really great new capabilities that are not available out of the box or in our current demos. If you are an Enterprise Client, please contact us here for a demo and quote for your project, and ignore our other pricing, as you will most likely do best with a custom solution.

Developers: New $99/yr Annual License for Developers

One major change is our entry level pricing. We’ve tried a lot over the years – free trials, up front charges, payment plans, monthly, yearly, high, low, we’ve tried it. Each time we’ve adjusted our service levels or features to match while trying to both open up access to a wider audience at a lower price point, while also requiring the features that we know are critical to success in the personalization space. This year, we’re making a change that we know will help. LOWER monthly pricing for entry level developer licenses when you purchase a year license will now replace our monthly developer Alpha license. This will really not affect any existing clients, Standard or Managed license clients, only the Developer license.

Why? Because We’re Setting DIY-Developers Up for Success, Not a 30 Day Demo.

This is for good reason, though, and one that is not obvious at first. For one, it’s a lower monthly cost in the end, our lowest yet, and for the bootstrap startup or unfunded business, that’s always a good thing. But, we do require for the new $8.25/mo developer license that you purchase for a year.

Why? Well, in a nutshell because people are slow and underestimate everything. Every day people sign up monthly and start their integration of MyStyle – very quickly, they’re up and running with a custom product, definitely within a week or two, in most cases. But, the website still says “Just Another WordPress Website”. Guess what – it stays that way for way too long, and that’s common. Now, you’re being rebilled for the customizer and yet you’re still in development. How many times have you purchased something and not actually used it for a couple months? It’s more common than you’d think, and really for most businesses who are looking for the cheap solutions, they’re doing everything themselves to save money around every corner, and that’s going to make things take a while – months in most cases.

Then, after months and months of development, fine tuning things, getting too busy to work on it, getting back around to it, finishing it up enough to a lunch, they do launch and… Nothing! Because the marketing hasn’t started yet. But, everything is working so that’s great – except 6 months has gone by and now you’re just getting your first traffic and your first sales, and your SEO is starting to catch hold. By the time you get from this point to the point you want to be at, selling multiple transactions every single day, it’s going to take 6 months to a year without funding or an advertising budget to jumpstart things. Thus, the cheapest possible license as a monthly commitment is already setting up unrealistic expectations for the website itself, not our plugin! We’re so much easier to implement than finishing the rest of the website, it’s crazy. Thus, entry level monthly commitments are really doing no favors for anyone if it’s cancelled a few months later because the website itself is still not done and the whole system hasn’t had time to run it’s course.

If you’re a lone unfunded business owner or developer working on your project with no funding, you’re going to need 6 months to a year to get this right, see the usage, see the sales, make some adjustments, and get things selling well, and you’re going to need your MyStyle app to be a 1-and-done thing that buys you a year of growth before you have to even think about it again. We know this will result in less signups, but you know what, we don’t care because what we want is to help people SUCCEED, not just spend $10 and quit too early, as is far too common these days on the web. With a year commitment, even WE have some time to help you get things right without having to charge you an arm and a leg to point you in the right direction, and we’re already in personalization for the long haul – so welcome aboard!

So, the new developer price is now $99/yr, and it’s really in everyone’s best interest to jump into the year commitment so there is realistically ample time to develop, launch, grow, optimize, and see the full potential of MyStyle even though you, like all of us these days, are busy and are going to probably need all year to generate the sales and growth you’ll really be happy with. We really feel strongly that if DIY developers stick with it for a year, just a commitment of a year, they will almost always see the plugin perform wonderfully and make their money back and generate sales better than normal. This is going to encourage people to commit longer and in that extra time, as MANY successful entrepreneurs will tell you, it’s sticking with it beyond the point where everyone else would have normally given up and quit that makes you succeed where everyone else failed! So, forget a month, that’s for amateurs! Sign up today for the year, save a little money, and let’s have a year of successful launches and growth!

Twitter, Netflix, PayPal, Visa and More Go Down From Massive Cyber Attack, But We’re Still Up!

Crazy news today that some of the biggest sites on the internet are down today, but we’re still up with no downtime!

The sites that have been or are still down today include:

  1. PayPal
  2. Twitter
  3. Ebay
  4. Netflix
  5. Etsy
  6. Visa
  7. Reddit
  8. Github

+ MANY MORE

…And of course we can’t forget the target themselves, Dyn.com



This massive outage is the biggest in years, maybe the biggest ever, and is a result of a huge DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on the Dynamic DNS provider company (Dyn) that they rely on to point their domain name to their sites and services.

MyStyle Cloud:  No Outages!

We use both Amazon and Rackspace services and experienced no outage at all. Props to our ops team, Rackspace infrastructure teams, and especially to Amazon AWS and for bouncing back from this attack FAST after Amazon was also hit. Even though Amazon’s retail site was reported to having some connectivity issues and downtime for their own well known Amazon.com retail site Friday morning, our services and uptime has been 100% through the storm, and we are happier than ever to be using their infrastructure. Great job Amazon AWS!

Amazon, Maybe the Most Experienced History of Dealing With DDoS

Perhaps their professional and super fast handling of the situation comes from their history having been one of the victims of some of one of the first really major mainstream DDoS attacks way back in 2000. They’ve been dealing with this sort of attack since then for over 15 years now, and also showed that experience in 2010 when Anonymous tried to take down their network after Amazon decided to cut off WikiLeaks from their services over leaked State Department documents. That attack showed the world that Amazon’s infrastructure was so massive it could actually handle the load of the attack, just like it handles the massive traffic of the holidays for millions of people every day.

Knowing this, DDoS attacks against Amazon are almost pointless, because if Anonymous can’t DDoS hard enough to take down Amazon, really almost nobody can.  So, this time the attackers targeted a service provider for DNS to cut off some of Amazon’s sites and many networks rather than attack the networks themselves.  The ironic part is that the company taken down that caused all of the sites’ outages, Dyn, provides this service as a way for these major sites IP addresses to always be changing, something that helps prevent these sort of attacks in the first place by frequently changing the address.  It’s a smart move on the attackers part, to go over these massive networks’ heads to cut off power right by the switch, so to speak, but Amazon has pivoted and handled the outage so quickly, that the strategy it doesn’t seem to have a lasting effect on them.  PayPal, Twitter, and many others are still down, however, even though they have massice technical resources, showing how good the Amazon Ops team and network really is.

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Featured Website: Photos on Wood with Plakthat.com

Your Customized Wood Frames

photos on woodWith its unique blend of smooth grain, photos on wood have become an artistically beautiful way to share memories with friends and family. Plakthat.com has established itself as a leading business for custom design wood photos fit for any building or wall background it adjusts too. Personalized photos on wood steers away from the mundane canvas art and attracts an antique, natural looking setting against any background of choice. Coincided with the MyStyle Customizer, plakthat.com offers an array of personalized options for your creation to come to life.

Synthesize a Captured Photo on Wood

What’s extraordinary about any wood photo is that each wood grain can never be a replicate. This is what differentiates the product amongst other competitors and customers love the fact that it resembles a rustic setting. Each is handcrafted specifically with 100% FSC certified sustainable wood which is where the real nature feel comes to life. On the MyStyle Customizer affects can be changed and managed on any wood photo created. All wood photos allow an escape from the generic store bought brands where the Customizer allows for add in text, color changes, fades, frames, designs, and much more.

Create Your Own Photos on Wood

Personalization has never become more accessible than with the MyStyle Customizer especially when designing one’s own wood photos. A choice of seven frame sizes is available then the rest is up to your imagination. A four step process is presented to you through the Customizer which allows each customer to modify his/her wood print any way possible. Add photos from a special occasion like a wedding, birthday, anniversary or vacation then jet off into your own creative side. Try adding in meaningful texts then color coding the print with your office space at home. Wherever your mind takes you MyStyle Customizer has the tools for your unique frame.

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Featured Website: Custom Disc Golf Discs at FlyDiscs.com

Personalized Custom Disc Golf Discs

Since being launched as one of the top quality fly discs’ customizer, FlyDiscs.com has changed the game of designing one’s personal disc golf discs. With its innovative features, creating custom disc golf discs has never been easier. When you design your own disc golf disc the customer is unveiled by the MyStyle Customizer which allows full disc designs so you can add your own images, text, colors, patterns, effects, and more.

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Pick from Professionally Crafted Discs

With the art and design of creating your own custom disc golf discs it is imperative the discs meet professional standards. Using the MyStyle Customizer features, FlyDiscs.com offers four brands of dics all critical elements when playing the game. You have the option to choose between creating a driver, midrange, putter or standard ultimate frisbee. With each customizer option comes versions of each brand to pick from. Like for the midrange you have the option to choose from six different subcategories of midranges spanning from the Latitude 64 Gold Core disc to the top seller Fuzion Truth disc. It doesn’t stop there with the added enhanced description of why each disc varies and gives further information on specific strengths it offers to your game.

Design Your Own Disc Golf Disc

With the complete four step process you can construct your ideal fly disc in minutes. It starts with background features which includes colors, shades, logos, patterns, and adjustable features. Then moves into add in personal photos and texts which can look great together or separate. Scan the browse page for unique ideas that customers are saying look best on a disc golf disc. Once your creation is complete and you’ve saved your desired disc, buying and checking out never got simpler. With its elite status as a customizer flydiscs.com is changing its reputation as an online disc ecommerce website that each player has to check out!

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Form, Features & Functionality at Your Fingertips

Many people like MyStyle for the quality look and feel that it brings to the personalization experience. It looks professional, clean, and it’s able to be customized with your branding, and the UIs move and behave smoother and more intuitively than other apps.  That’s great, and it never hurts to look good.

Still, MyStyle has a lot to offer in the UX beyond the smooth UI and graphics that other apps just can’t seem to get right, that are a big part of it’s high completion and conversion rates for design – something that can be a point of failure for users that have little or no experience with design or graphics.

With tons of experience over the last decade, we’ve learned where to expose features to the user, and where to hide them away and make them automatic functionality.

Layers as a Concept

Layers is something that unless you’ve used a graphics editor, you probably are not that familiar with.  Once you know how they work in Photoshop, or Illustrator, or whatever graphics software you might use that support it, it’s logical and easy.  But, that initial learning curve is tough at first without a tutorial or a person teaching how to use them. Many developers will aim to try to copy Photoshop in UX because they themselves are familiar with it’s vocabulary and UX metaphors, but that’s actually a big mistake.

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Hide the Concept for Usability, Automate the Functionality for Design Success
Since MyStyle caters to the common online shopper who is often non-technical when it comes to design and graphics, “Layers” as a concept must be implemented and functional the whole time the user is designing, but it has to be hidden away from the user’s experience to make it smooth and easy without that learning curve.  This doesn’t mean it’s not there, though. It just means it’s running behind the scenes instead of competing visually in the UI controls for attention, like Photoshop, the way many apps make the mistake of doing.

There are an unlimited number of layers with sophisticated groupings automatically set up and generating and removing within the both the product template and the user’s design object layers.  You can find “bring to front” and “send to back” buttons in the adjustments panel for any object to work with layering, but it’s not required and in most cases isn’t needed.  Groupings of the layers ensure that text can’t get stuck behind images, that backgrounds are always in the background, that patterns fit in the middle, uploads go on top of background and patterns, monograms in front of that, and so on.

This automatic layer control makes the design process easy for the user, ensures logical and common composition ordering occurs naturally, and allows users to compose dozens of layers without ever having to hear the word “layer” once.

Dynamic Process of Composition

Composition is the process of combining and layering graphics together within a defined space.  This seems obvious enough, and with computers the rules have definitely changed, but the roots go back to drawing and painting and still hold true today with computer graphics.  MyStyle has made a 1-2-3-4 step composition process that accomplishes the natural back-to-front approach starting with the lowest possible UX barriers to entry.  This linear UX makes the question “what should I do next” a sort of non-issue, because everyone gets that “steps” go in order. At the same time, you can click any step at any point, so you don’t have to go in order. While simpler users will just follow the order of the steps as is and do great, more advanced users will try to click steps out of order more often, and quickly discover that they can still work in any order they want, should they want to go back and change something up, or skip ahead to a feature they want immediately.

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A Good Composition Starts with a Background You Like
Any good painting starts with with a color palette and laying down background.  In the beginning of the MyStyle apps intro, it shows an animated arrow to the main composition steps, pointing at Step 1 – Backgrounds, in most cases.    This gives the user instant gratification to play around with some color choices, either solid or a gradient from one color to another, and requires zero content on their part.  As they move through background images, patterns, etc, they already get to see how easy it is for them to control their design and steer it into the realm of their personal tastes.

From here the Upload Images and Add Text features come into play for most users, as steps 2 and 3, layering perfectly and auto positioning as they go, to try to automate as much of the tedious obvious chores of a composition intuitively without too much intervention needed.

As a Result, the composition a user comes up can surprise them, as they often get further along artistically with more elements than they’ve ever done before.  For many people who are not photoshop users, this is the first time they’ve done a cool gradient, a photo or image, a pattern, some text or a monogram all together in one composition.

Dynamic Steps
The steps in MyStyle can be configured to go in any order at all, so the app is not stuck in it’s default configuration, although the default configuration does use the back-to-front composition that works really well.  So, if your product does not have a background ever, or your users 100% just want to start with an uploaded image for whatever reason, then steps can be removed or re-ordered however it needs to be to fit the demographic and primary use cases best.

Unique Trending Features

It’s not uncommon for the MyStyle dev team to create both hot new features for the out-of-the-box customizer, as well as custom features for specific MyStyle apps and clients.  This can add a special element to your app that you think will fit your users or your products needs more specifically than the general design tools already do.

Note: You can find lots of great add-ons in the MyStyle Marketplace to add special elements to your MyStyle apps.

 Some unique custom features we’ve developed in the past have included:

  • Custom Color Palettes
  • Custom Pattern Libraries
  • Custom Product Navigation
  • 3D Rendering / Preview
  • Acrylic Frame Customizations
  • Changing Template Size Options & Shapes
  • Patterns; special size scaling and/or repeating patterns
  • Gloss and Matte finish lighting effects
  • Price calculations (based on sq ft of actual design area used)
  • Laser and Engraving output
  • Filters
  • Custom Monogram Shapes
  • Custom Fonts
  • Custom Background Libraries
  • Custom Foreground Libraries
  • Product Option Overlays (like a photographic options that can be toggled on or off to layer on top of the design as predefined add ons)
  • Special Vehicle Trims
  • Special Templates with Predefined Text
  • Effects Layers and Textures
  • Custom Watermarks and Overlays
  • …many more

The Tip of the Custom Iceberg

These concepts are some of the core of why the MyStyle Customizer is so good at what it does. But, the list goes on and on. This is the base that you want in place for users to have design success, and fall in love with your brand for the ability to take products to a personalized and special level with great up-front features and tons of hidden automated power and functionality at their fingertips. Beyond this, the sky is the limit on how we can customize our customizer further to take your brand to the top of conversion optimization and user satisfaction with the best UX possible for customized configurations and personalized prints.

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Custom Hockey Puck

Custom Hockey Pucks Launch on PuckStyle.com

Custom Hockey Pucks Now at PuckStyle!

After launching a MyStyle site with hockey accessories like necklaces and bracelets late last year, PuckStyle has now released custom hockey pucks that you can design online.

Custom Hockey Pucks

The hockey pucks on PuckStyle are custom printed in full color with the customer’s design. The customer is able to use the MyStyle Customizer to design the custom puck with their own images, logos, text, monograms, colors, patterns, effects, and more. We’ve made what is probably the most advanced custom hockey puck designer on the web!

Two Sided Custom Puck

The custom puck is a two-sided product that can be chosen to have either a 1 or 2 sided print. When a user is on the product detail page, they can choose whether they would like a 1 or 2 sided print on the puck. While in the customizer, you can design both sides, or just one side and leave the other side blank. Once in the shopping cart, the product option for 1 or 2 sides can be changed for any last minute up-sells to 2 sides.

Legit Official Game Pucks

The founders of PuckStyle are 2 guys who know hockey well – a pro hockey player currently playing in Europe, and a hockey coach here in the USA. They promise quality pucks that pass size and weight and bounce test standards. With PuckStyle yo9

Ready to Design Yours?

Want to give PuckStyle a try? Head on over to the site and design your own hockey puck!

Design Yours!

MyStyle Custom Product Designer (WordPress Plugin) Update v1.2.1

New update to the MyStyle Custom Product Designer just went out to the WP Plugin Marketplace.

Highlights

One common bug with the newest versions of WordPress + WooCommerce was that new resposnive resolution image features were overriding the product image in the cart.  This has been fixed so that the customized product image is now what shows as the thumbnail again, as usual / expected.

Updates

  • Updated the author from mystyle to mystyleplatform.
  • Fixed bug with the thumbnail image in latest WP (caused by srcset attribute).
  • Now validating the mystyle product options.
  • Fixed some WP Coding Standards issues with some of the test files.
  • Added more sophisticated notices system.
  • Fixed some CSS issues with the admin screens in the latest WP and fixed a typo in a CSS name.
  • Updated the readme.txt to reflect that WP 4.4.1 is fully tested and working.

Get the Update

To get the update, simply log into your WP Admin > Plugin list and click “update” on the MyStyle Plugin.

If you update manually on your server, download the lastest release from the wordpress plugin marketplace, and replace the previous mystyle plugin with the plugin files/directory in your wp-content/plugins directory (standard WP Plugin structure).

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Custom Car Wraps Now Has Fleet Graphics and Fleet Wraps!

Use Custom Car Wraps to Create Custom Fleet Graphics and Fleet Wraps!

Custom Car Wraps, the #1 site for car wraps and vehicle wraps, is proud to announce that you can now get fleet graphics and fleet wraps! Use the Custom Car Wraps car wrap designer to create the perfect vinyl wrap design and then use that design as the mockup for your fleet graphics. By partnering with VMS, the leading fleet wrap and vehicle graphics company in the industry, Custom Car Wraps has taken fleet graphics to an entirely new level.

The Same Fleet Graphics Used By Major Fleet Management Providers

Because Custom Car Wraps runs on the MyStyle Platform this partnership has allowed anyone looking for fleet graphics to use the exact same technology and design software that is used by the major fleet management companies. Add any of your logos or business information to your wrap, save multiple designs, and use multiple vehicle models to get the exact look you’re going for with your fleet advertising. After you’ve created the perfect look for your vehicle fleet you can send your designs and all the information about your fleet directly to us for a quote. We have a proven and dedicated and process for handling fleet graphics and now you can get that same level of dedication to your fleet graphics directly from Custom Car Wraps!

Looking for More Info on Fleet Graphics and Fleet Wraps? Click Here!

Design Your Own iPhone Case and Create Custom iPhone Cases with Case Monkey

Case Monkey Lets You Design Your Own iPhone Case and Create Custom Cases

One our favorite customization sites is our original “design your own iPhone case” online app called Case Monkey. Featuring all the latest models of iPhone from the original iPhone cases to the latest iPhone cases we keep Case Monkey up to date with the latest in iPhone personalization. You can upload your own pictures and get your own photos on any iPhone case. Use our backgrounds, featured iPhone case art, or just create just about any custom iPhone case you can think of.

Every Type of Custom iPhone Case

Case Monkey specializes in adding brand new iPhone cases as soon the latest iPhones and their phone cases are available. After we know exactly what a new iPhone is going to look like and how various phone cases hold up, (tough iPhone cases vs. thin iPhone cases), we are able to offer the best customization possible for you to design your own iPhone case online. Case Monkey also has custom tablet cases, custom Samsung cases, and of course custom iPad cases. If you’re looking for strong tough cases or cases with heavier hand feel then Case Monkey has a ton of options. If you’re looking for a slim fit or thin shield case, or just looking for cheap iPhone cases with great shipping, then Case Monkey has a ton of iPhone case options.

Create iPhone Cases and Get Your Photos Prints on an iPhone Case!

Looking for that perfect personalized gift for just trying to get some inspirational quotes on an iPhone case? Case Monkey has the top tier iPhone case designer that allows you add your own text to any custom iPhone case. Need to add your business or logo to an iPhone case? No problem! Case Monkey has one of the best wholesale iPhone case and bulk iPhone case programs. Use the contact form to learn more about corporate programs. Design your own iPhone case and create custom cases online with Case Monkey!

Design Your Own iPhone Case and Create Custom Cases Online!

Woo Commerce Plugins

Awesome Discounts on Premium Woo Commerce Plugins

We now offer the best Woo Commerce plugins with amazing discount prices in our marketplace. For the most part, we’ve got every official WooCommerce plugin by WooThemes for 50% off or better. We’re able to pass these amazing discounts on to our customers, saving you hundreds, even thousands of dollars on these plugins. If you’re looking for a specific plugin that we don’t have in our marketplace, please contact us and let us know and we can probably add it for you.

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Woo Commerce Plugins

WooCommerce is well known as one of the best e-commerce systems in the world, integrating seamlessly with WordPress and making ecommerce easier than ever. That’s great, and most people get up and running with Woo Commerce just fine – until it’s time to start adding features that come in the way of plugins. WooThemes has put out lots of great plugins, but they’re all very expensive. Even for things that seem like they should be free, like PayPal as a payment method in checkout, starts at $79 and can range as high as $399 when you buy direct from WooThemes – that’s too much! If you purchase here on our website, you get the EXACT same plugin, for half the price!

Discounts on All the Best WooCommerce Plugins

We have discounts on literally all the best WooCommerce plugins by WooThemes. How is this possible? Because when you buy from WooThemes, you’re really paying for support that we can offer even better at half the price. Every plugin they sell for $100, for example, comes with 1 year support and updates. We offer the exact same thing, 1 year of support and updates, at $50 (or whatever half-off of their price is). Is their support worth paying double? No way! Plugins for the most part don’t need much support, and when you buy from us you get 100% USA-based senior level experts helping you get your plugin up and running, not generic tier-1 support and forums from WooThemes. So all-in-all, not only can you save 50% or more on your plugins for WooCommerce, but you can actually get even better support from us, too.

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MakeCustomSigns Launches! Design Your Own Signs and Custom Signs!

MakeCustomSigns is Live! Make, Design, and Create Your Own Signs!

MyStyle Platform is excited to announce the launch of our latest partner property where you can design your own sign, MakeCustomSigns! Using the MyStyle Platform custom product designer MakeCustomSigns allows users to create outdoor signs, yard signs, banners, flags, and business signage. MakeCustomSigns is the most advanced custom sign site online and uses all the features of our MyStyle Customizer to let you add images, text, pictures, colors and get your design printed on any sign. We even use them in our own offices for our own signage!

What Kind of Custom Signs Are Available on MakeCustomSigns?

MakeCustomSigns has all of the most popular types of signage including banners, vinyl banners, outdoor signs, yard signs and even indoor signage like posters. MakeCustomSigns also specializes in signage like flags and a-frame signs for small and large businesses. If you want to design your own sign you’ll find multiple sizes of each of their designs and some of the lowest possible prices. They also do custom bulk signs and wholesale signs so you can get your own logo printed on your sign. Check out MakeCustomSigns and design your own custom sign!

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Flasks.com Launches MyStyle Personalization for Custom Flasks!

Taking Personalized Flasks to the Next Level

Industry leader Flasks.com, an established online retailer for all types of flasks in many sizes, launched MyStyle to add personalization to their ecommerce and they are seeing a great response just in time for the holidays. This launch solidifies Flasks.com as the ongoing leader in flask personalization and customization and as usual customers have nothing but positive responses.

Flasks are an amazing product for customization for a lot of reasons. For one, flasks are great event gifts for things like weddings, bachelor parties, 21st birthdays, graduations, baby showers, anniversaries, etc. A Flask is a keepsake that you can use again and again and have to cherish for years if not decades. Adding your own images, colors, text, monograms, graphics and effects gives users unlimited possibilities to create their own personalized flask designs.

In addition to MyStyle powered full color printed flasks, Flasks.com also offers leather and engraved metal options, too. Check out the site and custom flasks!

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Wholesale Canvas Prints On MakeCanvasPrints!

Wholesale Canvas Prints Just Got a Whole Lot Better!

MakeCanvasPrints Wholesale Canvas Prints We’re proud to announce new pricing for MakeCanvasPrints wholesale canvas prints! By improving our bulk canvas prints process we’ve been able to pass the savings on to you for high volume and high quantity canvas prints! We’re able to accept large run canvas prints for photographers, offices, and events in both RGB and CMYK format. Please get in touch with us over on MakeCanvasPrints to learn more about our wholesale canvas prints and wholesale canvas printing.

Who Uses Wholesale Canvas Prints?

The most common customers on MakeCanvasPrints in the past have been: photographers, artists, major brands, small to mid sized commercial offices, residential housing units, hotels, and organizations with large spaces like universities and churches. A large order of canvas prints is one of the easiest ways to add color and differentiate wall space. Based on the size of your prints, the design of your prints, and the delivery date of your prints pricing may vary. Please let us know of any special color requirements or any particular design notices in advance so we can be sure your order is perfect!

Contact MakeCanvasPrints about your wholesale canvas print order today!

Feature Update: Custom Text Goes Multi-Line By Popular Request

Today we’re pilot testing a new feature update for the improving the custom text tool to easily allow the user to create custom text on multiple lines, rather than having to add them one line at a time as it’s always been in the past. The feature will still yield to single-line text as the default text tool, as it’s simpler and works better for many products that way. But, you can elect to upgrade to the multiple-line text tool for no extra cost. Both versions are supported by the desktop MyStyle Customizer at this time.

New Multi-Line Custom Text Tool Makes Poems and Long Quotes Easy!

Poems, Song Lyrics, Quotes and Passages Welcome!

We see a lot of custom text designs created all the time, and the biggest need for this new multi-line text tool has got to be for Poems, Song Lyrics, or Quotes and Passages where there are anywhere from 5 to 50 lines of text. These designs previously would really take a long time to create one line at a time, and getting the line spacing and alignments even was really tough unless you have a really great eye for detail. Now, using the new tool, all of that is eliminated and the alignments and line heights will all be automatic. Just drop your poem or long paragraph into the new feature and you’re done when it comes to line spacing and alignments.

Multi-Line Text as Easy as Can Be

The new feature update has really made it super easy to control a paragraph of custom text. When you type in the text editor, simply press “enter” as you would in any word processor to break one line to the next. Then, you can use the Left, Center, and Right buttons to align the paragraph to any one of those settings. Other than that, it’s the same old awesome text features that were always available, including lots of great fonts, custom colors, advanced effects like dropshadow and glow.

Try Out New Multi-Line Text

To try out the new feature, head over to the best Custom Canvas Print site on the web, MakeCanvasPrints.com

Designing a Custom Chevron Pattern with MyStyle (screen shot)

New Feature: Custom Patterns

A new feature for Custom Patterns has been released in the current version of the MyStyle Customizer (desktop only right now). With this new feature, the user is able to create very unique pattern based designs using premade pattern assets for patterns like Chevron, Polka Dots, Floral, and many more. These patterns add a whole new dimension to the aesthetics users can achieve very quickly thru our app, and includes some very popular current trends that match up with monograms or uploaded photos and other features in the app.

Designing a Custom Chevron Pattern with MyStyle (screen shot)

New Custom Patterns

With the controls shown above, found in the Backgrounds step of the MyStyle customizer, the user can now try different pattern designs very easily, and apply any color to the pattern. The current library includes pattern assets for Chevron, Polka Dot, Stripes, Optical Illusions, and much more. The patterns themselves have transparent negative space once loaded by the app, giving the user the ability to also choose solid colors and fades for the background to show through the pattern. This creates some very interesting design aesthetics, especially with interesting background gradients or images combined with the pattern assets. Our proprietary process allows the patterns to maintain excellent anti-aliasing for smooth curves and lines at just about any size or rotation.

Custom Libraries for Custom Patterns

The library of pattern assets available will grow over time, and exclusive pattern libraries per-site are also supported if clients want to provide their own collection of pattern assets just for their own site(s). To provide pattern assets to us, you simply need to provide black and white versions of your pattern around 3000px in size, and we can take it and integrate it from there either in our main library or as a private asset for your MyStyle enabled site.

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Fly Discs Announces Custom Ultimate Frisbee Discs

Custom Ultimate Frisbee - Design Your OwnMyStyle site FlyDiscs.com recently announced that they now have custom Ultimate Frisbee discs available for customization. This is a new addition to the site’s already popular disc golf selection, and opens up the custom printed disc service to an additional sport – ultimate frisbee.

Customize Ultimate Discs Online

The new ultimate frisbee customizer is the best in the industry – for one, because it may be the only online ultimate disc design app on the web. Even if there are others out there somewhere, this is the same great design app seen used in the rest of the FlyDiscs.com site for all of their custom discs.

Upload Images, Choose Colors, Add Custom Text, and more

Custom Ultimate Frisbee DiscIf you’re not familiar with FlyDiscs, they allow users to design their own custom printed discs online in a matter of minutes. The design tool is very easy and intuitive to use, allowing users to create their designs with different options for uploaded images, backgrounds, foregrounds, text, color fades, and more of the great MyStyle app features.

Ultimate frisbees are a bit more friendly to a wider audience as they are larger, and an ideal choice for a disc to play catch or a round of ultimate with. This is a great addition to the fly discs catalog and one that has already had a huge response and great reviews. We look forward to ordering one of our own with our logo on it!

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Custom Car Magnets from Custom-Car-Wraps.com

Custom-Car-Wraps.com Launches Custom Magnets!

Custom Car Magnet ExampleMyStyle website Custom-Car-Wraps.com, a leader in the industry for customers to create mockups of vehicle wraps quickly and easily online, has introduced new products including custom magnets. This is a big shift for the company whose previous focus was entirely wraps and searching out wrap shops from their directory.

A Very Affordable Alternative

This new product offering from CCW is really a perfect fit for the business owner or marketer who is exploring vehicle advertising, but doesn’t want to shell out the $1000 to $10,000 that a full vehicle warp is well known to cost. Instead, a custom printed magnet like the ones they are offering now brings a whole new price point that just about anyone can afford, $50 or even less for a smaller size. If you’ve been wanting to do a vehicle wrap or ad and a wrap has just been out of your budget, then a custom magnet is a perfect solution for you.

Custom Magnets Are Reusable

Another great advantage of using magnetic signage for vehicle advertising is that they are completely removable, reusable, and easily applied to any metal surface like a car door without needing any installation help. It’s a true DIY product. With a magnet, you’re able to use it with any vehicle you want, whenever you want, saving a lot of money. Going to work – slap it on. Going on a date? Take it off! Any self-employed service or business owner can really appreciate that flexibility to have a branded vehicle advertisement exactly when you want it.

Design Your Own

Design a Custom Magnet Online with Custom-Car-Wraps.comAs with any MyStyle product, the Custom Magnets that are available now on Custom-Car-Wraps.com are easily designed online in minutes. Adding your own logo, some eye catching colors, some custom text or contact info and a web address, are all super easy and can be done by just about anyone without any need for photoshop or any design software knowledge. It’s easy, quick, and free to design and save as many as you want!

Learn More About Custom Car Magnets Here

New Feature: Editable 3D Canvas Wrap View for Design Your Own Canvas

Making Canvas Wraps Easier Than Ever with this Awesome New Feature: 3D Wrap Views

We’re happy to announce the availability of a new feature for Canvas Wraps Customizer (or any custom rectangular printed product where the graphic wraps around the squared edges). The 3D Wrap view helps users understand instantly where the “bleed” and “wrap” zones are instantly, without having to think about what a “bleed” is or read the help bubble trying to explain the concept. This makes accuracy of print images increase significantly, as many users previously were a bit confused about where their text should and shouldn’t go.

Customizing a Canvas Print in the 2D Full Template View Mode

3 Automatic View Modes In Customization

The feature consists of automatically switching between a 3D-Wrap View, a 2-D Full Template view including outer bleed/wrap areas, and the final Cropped Straight-On View. The first two, the 3D wrap view and the 2D Full Template view, switches back and forth automatically as the user works on their design. When they mouse over the canvas, they see the full view, to position their objects inside the red bleed/wrap guide line, keeping their text inside the “safe zone”. When they reach step 4 to complete their order, the outer areas of both views are cropped off and hidden to show the final product straight on, eliminating any question of what will be cut off around the edges vs on the front face of the canvas. This final straight on view sends thru as their main image, staying consistent with the traditional artwork view that is expected on art print and canvas sites.

Completed Custom Canvas - in 3D Wrap View Feature

DPI, Accuracy, Inches & Pixels

Our manufacturers’ specs are met to the inch and pixel with exact settings to ensure accuracy. Users can’t be bothered with understanding DPI, PPI, bleed in inches, or any of that. The information is there for them in a help bubble if they are curious, but really they want to know what they see on screen is what they get in the mail, and that’s exactly what our accuracy can ensure.

Try It Out at MakeCanvasPrints

Our Beta release is testing now on MakeCanvasPrints.com – perhaps the easiest custom canvas print design tool on the web today.  MCP enables happy customers who design their own canvas prints with photos, effects, and tons of cool custom text additions every single day:

Design a Custom Canvas Print
 
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Latest MyStyle Site Has Launched – Fly Discs! Design Your Own Disc Golf Disc!

Custom Disc Golf Discs, Ultimate Frisbee Discs, and Frisbees!

Ever wanted a custom disc golf disc? Us too! So we went ahead and launched the latest super cool MyStyle Site: Fly Discs – Design Your Own Disc Golf Disc!

This is another one of our signature sites and we’re really proud of how well its turned out, (not to mention how cool our discs look!) We partnered with some of the top brands to make sure that every disc from our site is top quality and ready for course. This was one of first sites to go live with the mobile HTML5 customizer at the same time and we love the site design. A completely circular product makes for some interesting designs and we’ve already seen some great ones using everything from spirals to pepperoni pizzas. Definitely a great site to check if you’ve ever wanted a custom disc or ultimate disc and we’re confident this has to be one of the cooler brands in customization. FORE!

Missed the link? Click here to get custom disc golf discs from Fly Discs!

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Mobile Customizer Is Launched! Design Your Own Products in HTML5!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new product customizer for mobile web! We’re pushing the boundaries of HTML5 and web tech to bring mobile customization and mobile personalization to the MyStyle Platform. You’ll see our new mobile product design tool rolling out across many of our sites as we test the waters and launch new features. So far so good and the designs are looking great. If you want to see it in action head over to design your own skateboard on your phone at Whatever Skateboards or try it out by getting your phone pictures printed on canvas and MakeCanvasPrints.

Screenshots of Our Mobile Customizer

Want to take a peek at our mobile customizer? Here’s a few screenshots we snapped so you can take a look:

Whatever Skateboards Mobile Customizer MakeCanvasPrints Mobile Customizer

So… What’s It Like? How Are The Designs?

We’ve tested this on multiple devices and the experience is great on both phones and tablets. We’re super happy with the performance on iPhone 5 and iPads in particular and the experience is the the current best in class. We’ll be adding more spice to our mobile customizer coming soon; new features are on their way! It is definitely exciting to see mobile tech and HTML5 break through previous performance and UX barriers to become a viable option for mobile customization apps and mobile personalization apps. The designs on the products coming out look great!

What Products Are Available?

Using our MyStyle API we’re able to provide nearly our entire product catalog from all manufacturers and printers to be designed on cell phones and other devices. That’s a staggering number of products that are live for people to design! We have to admit, its pretty fun to try the mobile customizer so give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

Bella Moulding Launch! Frames Customizer Is a Go!

We’re always launching new products and sites here at MyStyle but we recently launched with Bella Moulding, the leader in framing, using some tech we’re particularly proud of: a frames customizer! This is the first time we’ve ever seen a frames customizer being used in the wild and the Prima frames they’re used to make look awesome. Its no surprise that industry leader in framing and framing technology used MyStyle to power their customization solution. While the frames customizer is for Bella Moulding customers only here are a few screenshots to show off our cool work…



Brand New MyStyle Partner Site – Welcome MPS Prints!

Custom Metal, Glass, and Wood Prints!

Looking to get a custom metal, glass, or wood print? Look no further than the latest edition to our MyStyle partner sites: MPS Prints!

Built using the MyStyle Platform and using both MyStyle custom products and the MyStyle Site format MPS Prints is one of our newest and shiniest MyStyle sites. Currently our only site displaying two new personalized products available through the platform, glass prints and metal prints, MPS showcases some of the best features of the platform. We’re especially proud of the way the metal prints turn out; if you’re looking for a professional or long lasting personal gift we highly recommend taking a look at the metal prints on MPS Prints.

Missed the link above? Click here to get custom metal, glass, and wood prints from the new MPS Prints!

MyStyle & Coveroo – Launching the Perfect Match!

MyStyle & Coveroo

Coveroo has launched their customization integration with MyStyle! This is huge news for the platform as Coveroo is one of the largest names in customization and custom printing & fulfillment. They’ve also been a long term, top-tier partner with MyStyle for a number of projects and products including offering a wide assortment of cell phone cases for customization on a number of MyStyle sites including our flagship site Case Monkey! Check out Coveroo’s custom cell phone case integration under their “Create” link on Coveroo.com.

As a leader in the customization space we couldn’t be happier to be powering part of the Coveroo product customization process. One of the best parts of partnering with Coveroo is their ability to custom print on nearly any product for any manufacturer. This extends well outside of the cell phone cases they are best known for and includes a huge variety of products for many manufacturers. If you are a manufacturer looking to get in to customization but are trying to find the perfect printing and fulfillment partner Coveroo will be your best choice.

Click here to see Coveroo’s custom cell phone case MyStyle integration. Click Create!

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