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Withdrawal of all but “Clean” image frames for the nIFTTTy Scheduler’s use in Pinterest

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.

example of a "clean" frame with a product image in place
Example of a “clean” frame

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.

Improvements to the Product Stager’s Video feature

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!

visit: http://bit.ly/2Skq4Iv to pick and buy

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.

If you want to have a look, visit: http://bit.ly/2Skq4Iv

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.

Demo of the Zazzle and Society6 Video capability for social media

We’ve surpassed ourselves on this one – so everyone says!

We made this video using the new version of the Nifty Product Stager.

Space-themed watches for astronomers and astronauts-to-be

There’s one for Zazzle, one for Society6 and one that works for most other PODs (print-on-demand stores).

Why not try the beginner-mode on your store? It lets you get one for your most popular product designs on Zazzle or random ones from your store on Society6:

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.

Why is pedisinistrous not a word?

We have “ambidextrous”, meaning able to use both hands equally well. Dextera is latin for “right-handed” and “ambi” meaning “both”.

So, surely if you can’t dance, you’re pedisinstrous. 😂

Just a thought….


And if you don’t believe us, look up pedisinistrous on Google. This post is likely the only search result (or will be!)

We’ve been busy little bees this month

You asked for an easy and quick way of staging your products to make attractive, compelling and oh-so-clickable images for your social media promoting.

We can hardly believe it ourselves but we’ve managed to make and release a new Nifty tool to let you do just that in this important run-up to the holiday season.

Here’s a few examples of what you can make in just a few clicks, drags and drops:

A really great bonus is that you get given a link to use with your new graphic that takes the visitor to a product grid page where they can click to see and buy what they like!

And, of course, this is all free! So cool 😊

Main benefits

  • Free!
  • Easy to use, in-built templates for social media
  • If you can click, drag and drop, you can use it
  • Super fast to place your product images with the magnetic template placeholders!
  • Zazzlers: start from your Nifty Promo Control Panel to select what you want to promote. When you’ve done that, the product stager is in Step2
  • Society6 storekeepers: start from your Nifty Promo Control Panel to select what you want to promote. When you’ve done that, the product stager is in Step2
  • 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

Features

  • 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

a screenshot of the full tool showing the stage and pre-staging area
the full tool showing the stage and pre-staging area

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.