After consulting with Zazzle, we’ve removed all except the “clean” image frames. Those were the ones that were available to the nIFTTTy Scheduler when creating pins for Pinterest. Zazzle were concerned that they looked like adverts coming from them, not us.
Zazzle required a specific statement to be placed on the image frames themselves and it was just too much effort to go back and update / remake all the exisiting ones. If we’d just removed the offending ones, there wouldn’t have been enough left to give variety between us all 😞
The “clean” image frames are the ones where the frame colour follows the average colour of the product image. As the text used is applied programatically, it’s something I’ve been able to change easily.
Now we’ve made the change, all existing nIFTTTy Schedules that were using image frames have now automatically switched over to using the clean ones.
There’s nothing for you to do – all will happen “behind the scenes”. If you were one of the ones who put in the effort of designing image frames for everyone to use, thanks and sorry it’s turned out this way 💐
We’re pleased that we’ve been able to respond so quickly to make sure the Nifty tools are fully compliant with Zazzle’s terms and conditions.
As is usual, since first releasing the video feature of the Nifty Product Stager, we’ve been improving things. We’ve tweaked the timing for each animation and the pause at the end of each cycle.
What does this mean? It means a viewer has more time to view and take in each design.
Here’s one we just made for one of the great designers at Zazzle. We loved the cute dragon!
The Product Stager gives you a shortened bit.ly link to use when sharing the video on social media.
It leads to an auto-generated page on our new PickFromHere.com site showing all the products in the “pull” from which the video was made. They’re laid out in a product grid, with each linked to its product page on Zazzle.
Note: if you’re going to share on Pinterest, you can’t use the bit.ly link because Pinterest doesn’t allow shortened links. Instead you need the long link in the Useful copy-paste items for your share section at the bottom of the Product Stager.
Just click the link and put in your store name – you’ll have your own video in just 2 clicks. How cool is that? 😎
You could use the video you download right away on Facebook just by dragging and dropping it into a new post or in a reply. But we don’t recommend it. Why? You’ll only get HD videos that are sharp and clean if you convert to MP4 first.
For Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you have to convert your video to MP4 – but don’t worry, when you make your video you’re given a link to an online converter that we’ve tried, tested and recommend.
You can either provide your own link to your store in the status text or use the one provided by the product stager.
Note: At the time of writing, Facebook is experiencing the occasional glitch. If your uploaded video gets stuck at Progress 0%, cancel the upload (not the post/reply) and drag and drop it again. After maybe 20 or 30 seconds, it should jump to Progress 90% and then quickly finish. If it still doesn’t, try cancelling and re-uploading again. Four tries is the most we’ve had to do.
Other POD storekeepers: as there’s no Nifty Promo Control Panel for you, start the tool directly. Don’t worry – it’s easy to get the product images you want – see the help in the Add your own images panel in the pre-staging area
Stage for you to work on to create your design
Background, Image and Foreground layers to keep you organized
Add frames, text and images using the pre-staging area
Design grid with snap-to
Template Library: use the in-built templates – available at the best sizes for various social media to start you off
Resize, squish and rotate anything you’ve added
Arrange within layers with buttons to send-to-back, bring-to-front, back-one and forward-one
Make your own templates you can use over and over again
In-built templates include magnetic image placeholders – drag and drop a selected image near one and it’ll resize and rotate to match, then snap into place
When you save your template, images will become magnetic placeholders when you next load!
Edit frames and text you’ve added to the stage with the editing panes
Other things we’ve been up to
We’re in the process of adding a News panel at the bottom of every Nifty tool to make it easy for you to keep up with updates. We’ll make another blog post when we’ve got more to say about it.