3P Desktop Publisher
The 3P Desktop Publisher software can be used to design many different print products. The design is carried out by the customer on his own PC in offline mode. The application is intuitive to use, as it follows the Windows standards and requires no handbook.
The range of possible print products is unlimited. It includes photo books, photo calendars, photo cards, greeting cards, business papers and advertising material. Projects can be saved, re-edited, uploaded and re-ordered at any time. If the upload of a large project is interrupted, the concurrent upload will continue at the interrupted page. There is also an offline mode for retail shops, and an integrated CD/DVD burner. The application supports automatic updates of binaries, prices and products.
The workspace of the 3P Desktop Publisher supports text frames, image and clipart objects and advanced elements such as curved text, boxes and arrows.
For text elements, the application provides an integrated Richtext editor. Images and text frames can be positioned freely, rotated and overlapped with transparency. Images can be cropped, edited, resized and enhanced with frames and shadows. Pages can have backgrounds with transparency, as well as page numbers.
Most DTP editors only allow basic formating of each text element as a whole. The 3P Desktop Publisher goes one step further and enables you to do full richtext editing inside text elements, including tables and lists. The advantages of a typical layout application, a classic text editor and an image editor are thus combined in one flexible "desktop publisher".
The image editor includes rotation, cropping, transparency, sepia, grayscale, frames, borders, shadows, HSL exposure correction, automatic histogram equalization, red eye removal, sharpening, shadow highlighting, automatic color correction, white balancing and many more image enhancement tools. You can also add over 50 effects to your images, like oil paint or glass block transformation.
After the design of the print product, the upload and order process can be initiated by clicking a single button. This automatically opens a wizard, which validates the design of the product pages and the embedded image elements. When all pages are validated, the customer can sign in to the shop or register as a new customer. The transmission is done page by page, with a failsafe interrupt recovery, i.e. uploaded pages don’t need to be uploaded again. After completion, the customer is directed to the storefront, where he can review and complete his order. Old uploads can be reopened, modified and reordered.
Projects can be saved, re-edited, uploaded and re-ordered at any time. If the upload of a large project is interrupted, the concurrent upload will continue at the appropriate page.
Drag & Drop
Image and text elements can be dragged into the workspace from the integrated file explorer or from folders on your disk. You can grab images and text from webpages, and automatically add captions from the EXIF & IPTC data stored in your images. The 3P Desktop Publisher is fully object oriented in a way, that elements can be grouped and overlapped, and page layouts can be stored as custom templates.
The 3P Desktop Publisher is a free Windows application, which can be easily dowloaded and installed directly from the shop. After the initial installation on the client PC, application bug fixes and upgrades, as well as new or modified products are automatically downloaded and installed at given intervals. This guarantees timely product and price changes, as well as high customer binding and loyalty.
The interface of the 3P Desktop Publisher incl. textures, colors, products, layouts and workflow and can be fully branded and customized by you as the Print Service Provider. You can even define which menu items appear in the Easy/Expert modes. We provide a Setup-Wizard application, which helps to create new installers whenever you open a new shop or update the client software for existing shops. From time to time, new binaries (updates, upgrades) of the 3P Desktop Publisher are provided by our development team and automatically downloaded by the Setup-Wizard.
The shopping cart displays a low resolution PDF preview of the uploaded product. The customer can add or remove products to/from the basket, change product options and select the payment and shipping methods. Depending on the payment method, further steps can be initiated, organized by the 3P Backoffice in queues. Finally, the customer is asked to accept the legal terms of the Print Service Provider, so that the order becomes legally binding.