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jalindsey
06-28-2005, 03:32 PM
I am looking for someone who may know how, or know of software that will allow you to create customized products and preview them online. Something similiar to what "OFFICE DEPOT" does with their business cards...you can go online, upload your own logo, enter text, and choose templates and preview it then order it.

I already have the e-commerce part, I just need some sort of java applet perhaps where I can do this.

ipads.com is a GREAT example of what I would like to be able to do.

Thanks!

Jason

Twey
06-28-2005, 04:42 PM
Hm.
This depends on how flexible you want it to be. If you just want to upload an image then add text, perhaps with templates, you can do something server-side (PHP, ASP, Perl, &c.). Otherwise (placing the text, editing the image, adding sound, video, whatever), Java. You can use object serialization to send the card to a server-side script, which could make an image of it, or convert it to an image first using image-editing techniques. I suggest the former, because otherwise someone could capture the image between the server and client applet and just print it, but the latter would be easier to implement.
It might even be possible with JavaScript, at a stretch. I think it would be tricky, though.
One thing you will definitely need, though, is a server-side script. Quite apart from communicating with your e-commerce software, you'll need it to store the image, and create the image if using JavaScript or the second Java method, both of which wouldn't actually create an image but a set of properties that the script would use to create the image.

jalindsey
06-28-2005, 05:02 PM
REALLY, thank you! I appreciate the quick reply. I've tried using office depot or something similiar as a model, but I can't seem to get it to work.

Do you know of any software or person(s) that could do this?

Jason

Twey
06-28-2005, 05:45 PM
Which did you want?
If you just want the less flexible server-side solution, I can do it for you in PHP when I have a bit of spare time. Otherwise, try http://www.codelance.com/, because the others will take longer.