Customer Focus Announces Issue of U.S. Patent
Customer Focus, Costa Mesa, Calif., (previously known as Technologo and Trade Only) announced that on Aug. 11, 2015 a U.S. patent was issued, covering a number of claims related to the creation and rendering of artwork onto images online, and the subsequent output in the correct format for Web publishing or as a print-ready file. In addition, the patent covers technology designed to assist suppliers with reducing inventory levels through the use of historical data to predict future order likelihood.
The core technology protected by the patent is used currently in the Artworktool.com and Technologo solutions, and provides the capability for users to create an artwork canvas or access print template to the correct size with a single click, using print area data on the website or from user-inputted dimensions.
With a comprehensive set of tools within the solution, users can quickly and easily create print-ready artwork for any purpose and to any size, change fonts, and add layers and text effects.
Designs can be outputted directly to a Web page to assist online sellers of promotional products, exported to be used as a Facebook cover or Twitter image, added to Google Drive or Dropbox, integrated into existing ERP workflows, and shared amongst friends on social media networks.
In addition, through seamless integration with Fotolia, users can instantly search from 30 million stock images, and add to the design with a single click, or connect Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to use existing images and content in new artwork creations.
"The grant of the U.S. patent is the culmination of three years of work and investment in this innovative solution, allowing any website publisher to fully integrate HTML5 artwork creation ability into their site," said Richard Sowerby, executive chairman of Customer Focus. "With wide ranging applications for website and email marketing publishers, print, sign and personalized gift companies, as well as all the students worldwide that need to create content, Artworktool brings design and artwork creation to everyone online."
"Our team has created a solution that answers a clear market need in the print, signage and promotional product sectors," said Vicky Robinson, group managing director of Customer Focus. "Incomplete artwork and lack of position guides make up the majority of an estimated 62 percent of orders not being factory ready. This solution presents an instant solution to address one of the major inefficiencies in the supply chain.
"For the first time, artwork can be uploaded, edited and even created by an end-user or distributor, instantly viewed as a virtual sample with the correct print method, and then a print-ready file appended to the order," she continued. "Alongside the many B2B applications, our users can be up and running with a free account by simply logging in with a Facebook or Google+ account, and they will instantly have access to all of the tools needed to create artwork for home, business, school or college."
Invented by Martin Varley, the patent was issued Aug. 11, 2015 with Patent No. U.S. 9,104,298.