T-shirt design software reviews. Part 1 - one time payment software

December 29th, 2011

If you are ready to start your online custom design store business selling clothes, shoes, bags, greeting card, balls, skateboards, etc. and looking for a complete solution (shopping cart+T-shirt design tool), you are on the right place. This article gives informative overviews of ready to use custom T-shirt design software available in the Internet market. For you comfort we've divided an article into two parts. This is the first part where you can find information about T-shirt design software which is a one-time purchase, you don't have to pay any monthly fee for software usage. The second part will be devoted to recurring software.

When choosing a T-shirt design software for online store building, you should keep in mind that the better shopping cart platform is, the more shopping opportunities for your customers can be provided and easier for you to administrate the business.

So, let's give it a go! Below, you can find the most popular developers of T-shirt design software as a platform for your online store. We will describe only some features of below given products, more information you can find on original websites. Please note, all mentioned prices are valid for the beginning of 2012 and subject to change.

Alt-team www.alt-team.com

Price for Product designer software $450, no hidden fees, free installation, hosted on your server.

Price for T-shirt designer software $436, no hidden fees, free installation, hosted on your server.

Both Product designer software and T-shirt designer software offered by Alt-team are based on powerful CS-Cart shopping cart system with large number of features. There is only one difference: Product designer software includes four-mode flash Product designer tool (T-shirt designer, Sticker designer, Engraving designer, Fixed mode for customizing products with fixed text or image position), T-shirt designer software is a simpler version of Product designer software including only T-shirt designer mode.

CS-Cart ecommerce platform tells for itself, it is all-in-one powerful shopping cart system with lots of integrated payment and shipping methods, built-in affiliate system, extended import/export, gift certificates, multi language possibility, lots of available free add-ons and many more. By purchasing Product designer software or T-shirt designer software you can be sure that you get perfect shopping cart functionality (not just a catalog website with login and checkout) and good design tool with all necessary features.

Design tool by Alt-team has all standard functionality along with multiple sides design (front, back, on hood, on sleeve, etc), bold, italic text, arc, rotation tools. Flip/Order/Align tools for text and arts. Send to friend button. Administrator can set a cost per character or per line for the text fields and set a cost per square centimeter or per size for a customer's photo.

HarboArts www.harboarts.com/shirtdesigner/

Price: $1260 including free support.

HarboArts provides a package offer to start your online custom t-shirt store: the Flash T-shirt Designer plus a shopping cart. Let's see the features.

T-shirt designer is a functional one. It has all standard set of features (write/edit text, choose text size, font, color, upload cliparts from gallery, upload images/cliparts from PC, choose a product for personalization) and lots of extra features such as text outline, arc/curve/spacing text feature, arrow key movement, user-friendly "Clear selected", "Clear page", "Clear all" buttons.

Shopping cart functionality is simple enough, it is a feature-limited platform which is specially created for custom printing business, Pay Pal is only one integrated payment method.

HarboArts work with people who already have a website where they integrate the whole software.

Products designer www.productsdesigner.com

Price: from $2800 to $3800.  There are good discounts for people who would like to purchase two or more domain licenses.

Products designer company offers several packages which include complete website with shopping cart solution and preinstalled Flash products designer software module. Packages are a little different in functionality but in general we can highlight the following features offered by Products designer company.

Joomla/Virtuemart Design Software (v4.1) has default functionality of Virtuemart shopping cart plus product designer tool features.

Shopping cart features of On-line T-Shirt Designer v4.1, Flash T-Shirt Designer v4.0, T-Shirt Designer v4.0 (Shop Edition) are multi language option, forgot password option, Art / design gallery, user saved design management, popular products section, best seller section, newsletter subscribe, products gallery, user can add multiple products in cart for order, several popular payment gateways by default, etc.

Flash product designer tool which goes with shopping cart is an intuitive tool with user-friendly interface, standard set of features along with clipart and template browser module, preloaded products/clipart/shape library, preloaded fonts, multiline text possibility. There are many text effects and ability to work with cliparts: rotate/ move/ scale/flip clipart, etc.

Design 'N' Buy www.designnbuy.com

Price: N/A Free installation, 30 days free warranty & support

Design 'N' Buy lab offers a complete package which consists of Magento shopping cart and integrated advanced design tool studio.

It's impossible to list all Magento features, you can view them on Magento website. In brief, it's a powerful shopping cart which has everything you need for your selling business. It provides control of every facet of your store, from merchandising to promotions and more.

Design tool has many features, text effects, rotate/mirror/set height & width for images and cliparts. It allows to switch products in design area while keeping the customizations as it is. There is also a possibility to retrieve saved designs, manage image gallery for each user.

LiveArt Shop www.developflash.com

Price: $2970. Hosted on your server.

LiveArt Shop by Developflash is a complete e-commerce platform with flash custom product design software that allows you to design t-shirts, books, greeting cards and more products online.

LiveArt designer tool is featured enough. A customer can add custom graphic, write text with various effects (bold, outline, italic, arc up/down, skew, wave and more), drag and drop text or image out of preview to remove it, rotate image and scale it across the printable area, click-to-print™ to send your design to printer. Distress, multicolor, draft save and much more features. LiveArt provides just few fonts and cliparts for test and sample purposes. It's up to administrator to add more.

LiveArt shopping cart offers easy checkout system integrated with PayPal Website Payment Pro, order tracking system with ability to have configurable statuses, possibility for administrator to manage customer shipping and billing information, custom email notifications, unlimited amount of pages supported, etc. Also, LiveArt Shop has basic SEO tools.

iScripts  www.iscripts.com

Price: $497 + pay for installation.  Files hosted on your server.

iScripts company provides very informative user and admin demo for their iScripts PrintLogic software to fast learn what their online store solution is about.

The administrator can add unlimited number of products and categories, update prices, upload pictures, and ship items to customers. Other features include affiliate programs, multiple skins, add/edit newsletters, category and keyword searches, gift coupons, five flat rate shipping and shipping API’S: UPS, USPS, FEDEX, Canada Post, and Australia Post, the most popular payment gateways like: PayPal, Authorize.net, Your Pay, World Pay, Blue Pay and Google Checkout. Shopping cart solution by iScripts has an open sourse code which is possible to modify to meet a customer's requirenments.

Online design tool allows you to personalize t-shirts, caps, bags, mouse pads, or mugs, then select graphics, sizes and more to create the personalized product. Among design tool features are text outline, text rotate, text in bold or italic but there is no alignment, arc tool, email to friends option, etc.

Amazing T-Shirt Designer www.amazingscripts.com

Price: 1200$

Infogate T-Shirt Design Studio www.infogatesoftware.com

Price for Standard Edition $1100, for Plus Edition with color and design same as your website $ 1250.

Amazing T-Shirt Designer by Amazing Scripts and Infogate T-Shirt Design Studio by Infogate Software are very similar advanced tools with all standard features plus extra features such as text effects including text outline, text shadow, arc, swoop, corner, blimp, wave and more, possibility to resize the text/graphic by drag-n-drop feature, “get a quote” and “add comments” buttons. The user also has the option to save and email the design to his friends.

Shopping cart functionality is limited to login/register page, create your design feature, products catalog, choose products for personalization, buy design through a shopping cart and a little more. Extra functionality is possible to be developed for additional price.

No Refresh www.no-refresh.com

Price: from $ 1500 (for basic T-shirt designer) to $ 5500 (for Sign designer and Skins designer). One time payment.

By purchasing T-shirt design software you get a Content Management System (CMS) and a T-shirt design tool.

T-shirt design tool has all standard set of features plus text alignment tool, flip/flop tool, rotate clipart/image/text option. There are just few preloaded fonts, clipars and colors, so it's up for administrator to add more.

Shopping cart functionality is limited enough and actually No Refresh provides a lot of optional features for extra pay. Provided software is available in multiple languages and developed specially for selling customizable products. It is already integrated with PayPal basic, PayPal Pro, authorise.net, offline bank transfer is also available.

Online-Product-Designer www.online-product-designer.com

Price: N/A

Online-Product-Designer company provides a complete website with eCommerce system, online advanced t-shirt design tool and its admin. The price for software would include website design, website development, 90 days maintenance support and a life time license for the application.

According to the information given on the site, shopping cart system features a possibility to add products, create categories and subcategories. Customers can edit their profile and browse through their account history. There are also discounts section, hot design section, newsletters, contact us form, payment through Pay pal facility. After creating a design customers place their order in the shopping cart/ basket and proceed to make the payment. It is possible to choose the template, and unique box design for your store.

T-shirt designer tool has all standard features plus rich predefined gallery of cliparts and possibility to manipulate with layers , it also allows multiple sides design. Some of the options one can make use of are rotate, flip tools, zoom, text effects, etc.


Melco www.melcousa.com

Price: N/A, there is no clear information on Melco's website if they offer one time payment or recurring software.

Melco company engineers and manufactures embroidery machines and software in the United States. They have been around a long time and offer totally customizable products.

Melco offers LiveDesigner eCommerce solutions for different needs. You can get a complete solution to start an online eCommerce apparel personalization business or if you already have an ecommerce platform and looking just for a designer tool Melco's software can be integrated into an existing online shopping cart. You need to contact them directly to learn about prices and detailed features.

CBS alliance www.cbsalliance.com

Price: N/A, there is no clear information on CBS alliance website if they offer one time payment or recurring software.

CBS alliance claims to provide custom T-shirt packages so that everybody can decide which one to choose. There is no description for provided packages on CBS Alliance website, you should contact them directly to get any information. They work individually with their customers and claim to implement any functionality which you need for your T-shirt design tool and for a shopping cart.


T-shirt design software reviews, Part 2 - recurring software





"Thanks for the post. It was good reference for me to choose the T shirt design software. I tried some free. But took one paid as it fits with my requirements."


"http://imagegeneratorscript.com is another good website that offers you the necessary tools for creating personalized t-shirts or banners.
congrats for the review, it's pretty cool ;)"

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