“Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.” says a quote by Thomas Carlyle. Can you cut the bark of a tree using a table knife? That’s probably a stupid question but makes a valid point in our today’s discussion. Before answering the ‘how?’ let’s get to an unfinished business.
As the above quote states, man is a tool using animal. But the writer missed one thing, that a man can become everything (only) when he uses the ‘right’ tool. No more how expensive or appealing, until your tool is made to do a particular task, you are just wasting your time and efforts.
Okay, so back to our table knife. That was an innuendo towards our discussion of product designer tools. You know customized products are a hit and you decide to opt for a product designer extension to launch similar products in your Magento store as well. That’s great! But what we intend to emphasis is that the product designer is a tool and you need to choose the right one to achieve your business goals.
There is a plethora of options available in the market and it’s never easy to make a choice. In this blog, we make it easier for you by short listing the best Magento Product Designer Extensions you must know about. Let’s go for a brief intro about the top 5 of them:
Advanced Product Designer by AppJetty
Among the present assortment of features we would the usability of the AppJetty Advanced Product Designer 10/10. With so many features like image filter, text fonts and designs, artistic drawing, etc., the product creates a unique selling for stores deploying it. The readymade templates carefully developed with the latest customer choices, is a hit among customers who want to keep their designing time limited. The product is efficiently responsive and you can go for it if you are looking for a designer that’s already full of clipart graphics to save you from designing them yourself. It’s a pretty all-inclusive extension and gels in well with Magento’ mechanics.
Custom Product Designer by Aitoc
Aitoc is in the business for 15+ years and their Custom Product Designer is something you can consider to boost up your sales from personalized products. The designer lets you select areas on the product where you prefer allowing your customers to paste their designs and edit them. You can quote different prices accordingly. The only shortcoming we came across is that you will have to build your own clip art gallery (that’s an effort inducing job) and you can only get SVG files to be printed. Check out next in the list, if these features are integral to your hunt!
Online Product Designer by Products Designer Canvas
Compatible with a range of products, Online Product Designer is one of the best available tools for retail stores. The product isn’t a warehouse of features but does provide the important ones to cater to a more technologically naive bunch of customers. Like most of the others in the group, Products Designer Canvas also provides free installation and bug updates at intervals. Though what makes it most preferable is that it is a budget friendly app and you can install it to take off your small print business without worrying about a huge investment.
GoMage Product Designer
GoMage’s Product Designer is developed keeping in view the businesses that provide product branding service in their ecommerce stores. The product is based on latest edge technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 and offers various other features to keep your customers engaged with the store. The extension is compatible for designing various products and it also allows various formats like PDF, PNG, and JPG. To make it brief, all in all it’s a good designer extension to consider for your business.
T-Shirt Designer Extension by App Customizer
As the name suggests, the T-shirt Designer Extension is bent more towards T-shirt designing with all features included keeping in view the relevant business. If you want to offer multiple products up for personalization, this isn’t the best option for you. But for a t-shirt business; it works great given that you (and the customer) won’t have to go through the hassle of managing features to design other products. It’s a pretty uncomplicated extension, for a concise t-shirt business!
All of the above mentioned are pretty much the masters of their genre, but to choose the best for your business is still your own wise decision. No product is ‘one size fits all’, so you have to put together your business goals and requirements with that of the capability of the product designer. One last tip, don’t go for a designer overloaded with features as most of your customers aren’t graphic designers but simple people with no or average knowledge of technological tools. For the rest, may the force be with you!
Mr. Maulik Shah is the founder of AppJetty, a leading web store for selling popular software add-ons, extension, plugins and themes. He is a tech enthusiast and regularly contributes to various technology blogs and websites.