We are pleased to announce the release of eDocBuilder 3.0, which incorporates some great new features into our variable data publishing solution! These are some of the enhancements we think you’ll be most excited about:
Font and Image Library
The new Library tab in eDocBuilder’s admin area gives you the ability to manage fonts and images that can be used in any or all of your templates. If you have a font that you need to use in multiple templates, you’ll now only need to upload it one time! In the Library Fonts and Library Images sections, upload one or more font or image files to make them accessible to each template. You can select multiple files at once from the dialog box after clicking “Select,” or simply drag and drop files from your computer into the library area. To delete fonts or images from the library, check the box next to them, and click “Delete Selected.”
Once you have uploaded fonts and/or images to the Library, you can enable them on a template-by-template basis. Go to the Assets area of your template, and expand the Fonts, Graphic Files, Background Files (more information below), and/or Image Picker Groups sections. Place check marks next to any fonts or images that you would like to allow your customer to use in this template, or click “Check All” to select everything in the Library. Make sure to click the “Save” button for the specific section and Commit Changes in the Field Setup area.
Swappable Background Images and Color Swatches
Easily allow your clients more customization options by giving them the ability to change the background for some or all pages of their template. You can allow your users to select from various background images and/or color swatches. This option is only available for templates that use eDocBuilder’s Interactive Designer.
How to Set This Up
In your Interactive Designer template’s Assets area, click on Background Files. You will see any images you’ve uploaded to the Library in the Library Images section. You can also upload files that you’d like available just for this template by clicking “Select” and choosing files, or dragging and dropping the files from your computer. When you’re done, check the box next to any of the library images and/or template-specific images to include them as backgrounds (or click “Select All” to enable all of them).
To set solid color swatches as available background options, check the box next to “Allow solid color as background, using this palette”, and select a previously-created color palette from the dropdown menu. (You can create palettes in eDocBuilder’s Color Palettes area.)
You can also vary which backgrounds are available to individual pages in your template. To set page-by-page background options, follow the above process, but then also select a page number from the pages dropdown, and be sure to click “Set page options.”
When you are finished configuring your template’s backgrounds, click “Save Background Files Options,” and don’t forget to click “Commit Changes” on the Field Setup page.
Your Customer’s Experience
When your client customizes an Interactive Designer template that has background options enabled, they will see a “Backgrounds” button. Clicking this button brings them to a selection area, where they can choose from the images and solid color swatches that you have configured. To return to the original background image, they can click “Reset.”
Font Name Displays in its own Style
A very popular feature request has been to display a font name as the font would actually appear. In other words, your script font’s name would display in the font selection menu written out in that script font. We’re happy to announce that this is now a reality. No action is needed on your part; you’ll see going forward that font names display like this in both the Assets area inside your eDocBuilder admin account and in any Interactive Designer fields where you allow your users to customize the typeface.
Multiple File Upload
Throughout the eDocBuilder admin area and in Interactive Designer template file upload fields, you can now upload more than one file at a time. Simply click “Select” and then choose one or more files, or drag and drop files from your computer.
New Orders Page
We’ve enhanced eDocBuilder’s Orders page to make it easier to find current and previous eDocBuilder sessions (times that a template has been opened for customization). The columns that you’ll see in this area are:
SessionID and Remote Tag – These pieces of order identification information are most useful for clients who integrate eDocBuilder with a system other than Pressero, Aleyant’s web-to-print solution.
Order Date – This time stamp refers to the time the eDocBuilder session was opened.
Template Name – The name of the eDocBuilder template used in the order
Order Name – The Identifying Field set in the template’s Template Info area to help you more easily distinguish orders from each other
Hit Count – For forms-based (standard) templates, this is the number of times that the user clicked “Update preview” during customization. For Interactive Designer templates, it is typically the number of times the preview was viewed. When this number is 0, it means that the user viewed the template and immediately abandoned it without customizing (forms-based) or never viewed the proof (Interactive Designer). This can assist you in determining which of your templates may need to be improved.
Open? – If there is a check mark in this column, the user who began this eDocBuilder session has not yet completed editing their order or adding it to their cart. This may be a session in progress or one that the user abandoned.
Approved? – A check mark in this column indicates that the user has checked out with this order. Note: This column does not refer to the template’s approval status in Pressero.
Edit Order – Click this link to open the eDocBuilder session for editing.
First Page Preview – For forms-based templates, sessions where the users has clicked “Update Preview” will generate an image in this column. For Interactive Designer templates, sessions that have been successfully added to a user’s cart will display a preview image here. If neither of these conditions are met, a default camera image is displayed.
Download Proof PDF – If the conditions for “First Page Preview” are met, you will also be able to download a proof PDF by clicking this link.
Generate – This button forces the production file to be regenerated. Only sessions that are closed and approved can be regenerated.
Download Production File – If an order is closed and approved, you can download the production file by clicking this link. If you use eDocBuilder without Pressero, you may need to click the “Generate” button first.
We hope you find these features useful; we’re already hard at work on even more upgrades for eDocBuilder!