I gotta tell ya I am pretty disappointed with all of the T-shirt design tools on the market. With the exception of Advanced Artists FREE open source tool. It has not even gotten started yet and it's already looking good. I'm anxious to see how it shakes out.
I will first start off by saying it has been proven that an online design tool can be accomplished. If you don't think so, visit Custom T-Shirts - Design Your Own T-Shirts Online - Free Shipping!
and play with theirs. I ordered a shirt last month and it was as seamless as it gets. I uploaded my company logo in Ai, it looked great on the design tool and when I got my shirt it was spot on. Yes, I understand I am giving props to my competition but hey, if the accolades apply...
I'm not sure the market has defined where this tool will fit in to the industry yet.
With Inksoft you have to pull teeth to upload a company logo. Yes they have a great tutorial on how to prepare your artwork in order to be successful, but really? Come on.......How many customers are going to go thru that to order a shirt? They can pop on over to the above mentioned and be done in the same time as it takes for them to contact the person who designed their logo - if they even know who it is - I'm tired just thinking about it. The band director at "your name" high school with their school mascot logo is not going to go and get their logo optimized. Period!
Deco does have a good idea when you upload your logo it askes you how many colors are in it. At least the price quoted to your customer will be correct even if there are other issues with Deco's pricing model.
As you can tell, I am FRUSTRATED at where the industry is. Partially because all of the companies are charging thru the nose like their products are "ready to go" when in fact they are far from it. Advanced artist "openTshirts.org" seems to be the only level headed business man who wants to make sure the product is ready to go...and even then it's FREE. I will tell you, however, if I could find a solution that works....I will pay for it.
Who created custom inks??? That's the one I want....for now.
Anyway, If you are looking to jump into this new area of our industry, I STRONGLY encourage you to first define how you are going to use the design tool in regards to your business platform. How are your customers going to use it? And then, make sure it delivers what you expect!!!!
I would love to here from anyone who is using a tool, which one, and how it works.
I called an inksoft "customer" to inquire how they liked it, and within an hour inksoft called me and said...."We heard you talked to our customer so and so."
What's up with that??? What customer would call the company and advise them that someone called to get a reference???? A bit weird if you ask me.
Best of luck to ALL the companies and their efforts, and to all the business owners looking to utilize them.