New Design Viewer Coming June 14

Along with the unveiling of our online store yesterday, we also mentioned that we would be launching a revamped design viewer. The design viewer is a white-label resource we make available to LightCMS Designers to easily show off the available free templates in the system. You can see the current version of the design viewer here. We wanted to let you know that we'll be launching the new design viewer at the same link on Tuesday, June 14th.

The new design viewer will feature the twelve new store designs we added to the system yesterday, as well as all the other designs in the system.

New and Improved

Filters to Help Narrow Your Options

The new Design Viewer (which happens to be built on the LightCMS blog element) has some great new features. For example, we've created filters that will allow you to narrow down what you or your client needs based on color or category.

Slick Page Previews

When you click on a design, you'll get to see exactly what every individual template file looks like, including the new product-specific inside pages on the new store designs.

The changes will go live next Tuesday, June 14. We wanted to give you a little heads up about the coming change. If you'd like to see the new design viewer in action, the LightCMS branded version is up and running now at designs.lightcms.com. The only difference will be that the Design Viewer we launch at designs.publishpath.com will be white-labeled and will not include the LightCMS branding.

Let us know what you think!

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Brad Parnell wrote:
beautiful! I can't wait

Thu, June 9, 2011 @ 4:39 PM

2. John wrote:
Love the new design viewer (and product options)! Thank you!

Just a couple of questions....

1. When you get to preview a design, the text at the bottom now has public instructions on downloading designs for free. Can this be re-worded or removed? This is something only account holders can do anyway, not clients, and something we charge for. This message will give the wrong impression to clients, and most would probably prefer to control the instructions on that step.

2. The old design viewer allowed you to interact with pages, in addition to viewing images. Is this still in the plans, or would we need to implement a design on a site to demo?

Thanks,
John

Tue, June 14, 2011 @ 12:59 PM

3. Tim wrote:
Hi John,

Thanks for that catch. Sorry we missed that. We've removed that content.

Thanks again,
Tim

Tue, June 14, 2011 @ 1:13 PM

4. Tim wrote:
Oh, and John, I only answered your question #1. On #2, we have moved away from the old version. The new version is designed to present the designs better and for quicker reference, but it won't have the ability to interact with live pages. So, yes, you could set up your own demo sites to do that if you require it.

Tue, June 14, 2011 @ 1:21 PM

5. Matt wrote:
The new viewer is great!
Will there be an easy way to embed this onto our existing websites, or are you recommending we simply link to the white-labeled page?

Tue, June 14, 2011 @ 5:07 PM

6. Tim wrote:
@Matt, the viewer is simply a standalone resource you can link your clients to or use when you are in a meeting with them. It's not designed to be embedded into another site, though you could technically do this by showing it through an iframe.

Tue, June 14, 2011 @ 5:10 PM

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