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Evaluating Customer's Canvas

The Customer's Canvas Design Editor is distributed in two versions: on-premises and cloud. The on-premises version is deployed on your Windows server, physical or virtual, giving you full control over its resources and configuration. This version requires experience with ASP.NET. The cloud version is already deployed on our servers and it does not require any Windows server experience. Both versions have the same features and provide the same capabilities to integrate into web-to-print sites. You can evaluate any version:

  • The On-premises version represents a compiled code of Customer's Canvas, which you deploy to your IIS Server.
  • The Cloud version requires only a web browser to start the evaluation.

These versions include a demo application demonstrating features of the Design Editor and how it can be applied to a typical web-to-print workflow. Evaluation versions are full-featured and the only limitation is that they expire in 30 days.

You can contact our sales engineers to request a trial access.

Evaluating Customer's Canvas On-premises

When you request the Customer's Canvas evaluation package, you get an e-mail containing a link to download the package. In this package, you can find the Customer's Canvas application, License Manager, assets, and user data.

To launch the application, perform the following steps:

  1. Download
  2. Deploy Customer's Canvas on your computer as described in the corresponding topic.
  3. Launch License Manager. Note that you need an Internet connection to register an evaluation license key.
  4. Click Activate 30-day evaluation, fill in your account details, and then click Proceed.

    Getting a trial key in the Licence manager.

  5. Verify the license type and expiration date in the confirmation dialog.

    Getting a trial key in the Licence manager.

  6. Browse the index.html page.

To launch the application on an old computer, like Windows 7, make sure that Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or higher is installed. This is required even if you run the application in a different browser because the IE engine is used for LESS compilation on the server side.

Now, you can continue with:

Evaluating Customer's Canvas in a Cloud

When you request the trial, you get an e-mail confirmation containing:

  • A login and a password for your shared hosting account.
  • The API URL used to integrate Customer's Canvas into your system. The URL appears as follows:, where xxxxxxxx-yyyy-xxxx-yyyy-xxxxxxxxxxxx is a unique identifier of your Customer's Canvas instance.

Though you can still use the HTTP protocol, it's recommended to integrate the Hosted solution using the HTTPS protocol due to the move towards a more secure web.

To run the trial application, you just need to open index.html in your browser.

Now, you can continue with the following:

Demo Application Overview

Both Design Editor versions contain a one-page demo application with the same interface and functionality. In this demo, you can edit a product. To get the print-ready output file, click the Download PDF button.

Edit the product template.

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