Changelog 2.2

Users have asked, and we have responded with Brand Sprokit 2.2. This new release comes with several improvements and the addition of email alerts. Users will be alerted when: a project is submitted for approval a project has been approved an asset is submitted for approval and categorization an asset has been approved and categorized an admin user adds them to Brand Sprokit a project deadline is approaching More improvements and user prompted upgrades are underway.

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Changelog 2.1

In response to user’s input, we have released Brand Sprokit 2.1 (Brand Sprokit Enterprise) that offers better brand management capabilities than ever before! In the past, there were two types of users – Admin Users and End Users. Brand Sprokit 2.1 now includes several new user categories: Super Admins, Super Editors, Group Managers, Group Editors, and End Users. The new Group Manager and Group Editor categories will provide you with intermediary levels of account control so that the central marketing unit can delegate some of the developmental work to department-based staff.With the new user categories, units and divisions that support their own marketing teams can create and approve their own unit-specific templates and can upload their own branding assets with top-level oversight from the central team. All within the same Brand Sprokit account. Now that the 2.1 has been released, it is a good time to review your users and determine if they are appropriately assigned the correct user […]

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March 6, 2013 End User Training Opportunity

While you can regularly schedule an online group training session for your organization, we will occasionally hold training sessions that are open to all. We are holding one such training session for end users on Wednesday March 6, 2013 at 12:00PM Noon Eastern Time. Contact us to let us know you would like to attend and we will be sure to send you the webinar information for the training. And remember, all training is provided at no additional cost to subscribers and 30-day trial users.

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PRINTsprokit 2.1 is Coming

In response to user’s input, we will soon be releasing Brand Sprokit 2.1 (also referred to as Brand Sprokit Enterprise) that offers even better brand management capabilities. The great new additions will be released in early August, and we want to make sure you are ready for them! Currently, there are two types of users – Admin Users and End Users. Admin Users create and manage the templates, while the End Users create projects. With the 2.1 upgrade, Brand Sprokit will include several new user categories: Super Admins, Super Editors, Group Managers, Group Editors, and End Users. Current Admin Users equal the new Super Admins and End Users are still the End Users. But the new Group Manager and Group Editor user categories will provide you with intermediary levels of account control so that the central marketing unit can delegate some of the developmental work to department-based staff. With the new user categories, units and divisions that support […]

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Implementation Across Your Campus – Learn the Knowledge

We’ve seen tremendous interest from Brand Sprokit users in learning about how others are implementing and using Brand Sprokit most effectively. We’ve developed two avenues for idea-sharing on Brand Sprokit: If you are interested in learning how other marketers are using Brand Sprokit effectively (and in sharing your great ideas, too), just let us know. Post a question or comment on this blog! This is the place to ask questions, discuss specific challenges, offer ideas, and see how others are using this incredible tool. Write in the comments section below and regularly check back to review others’ comments, answers, and ideas. We will also start other blogs on specific topics with questions from you. Anything and everything is fair game! Be sure to take this opportunity to discuss with others and learn and share the knowledge!

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Planning the Templates and Media Assets

We have heard time and time again from trial account users and current account holders that Brand Sprokit is an extremely intuitive tool to use. While easy to use, many struggle with the planned use of Brand Sprokit. Here are some easy tips for planning ahead and getting the needed templates out to those who need them quickly. Shortly after creating your company’s Brand Sprokit account, go to the top one or two departments that typically need the most branded design materials and help them plan ahead for the templates they will need for the coming year. For example, the alumni relations unit will need business cards, stationary, a thank you notes, and event posters. Setup a “Group or Subgroup” for each department and end-user accounts for each colleague in the one or two departments mentioned above. Provide at least one trustworthy person in those departments with the ability to “Upload Media”. After a week or so […]

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Changelog 2.0

Brand Sprokit v2.0 with highly requested new features! Here are the new features that you, the user, have requested to make Brand Sprokit 2.0 more effective than ever: New grid lines in the Template and Project editor pages to help graphic designers and end-users with text and image placement. Click on the “Show Gridlines” toggle button at the top of the Template and Project editor pages to turn on or off the gridlines. All gridlines as well as fold and bleed marks have been removed from all PDF output files. Users no longer have to hide bleed and fold marks from the layered PDF output file. User-friendly tool for photo cropping in the Template editor pages. To make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version, right click your mouse while on the Brand Sprokit page, and choose “Reload.” That’s all there is to it! When the title bar at the upper left reads, “Brand Sprokit 2.0” you’re done! […]

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Scheduled Maintenance 05.11.12

We are in the process of improving Brand Sprokit. To make this change we will be upgrading our servers over night. You will still be able to access Brand Sprokit, however, between 2:00 am and 10:00 am Eastern Time on Friday, May 11, 2012 you may experience slower than normal operation. Thanks for your patience. UPDATE — Our maintenance has been successfully completed. If you are still experiencing delays or issues, please contact us.

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Changelog 1.8

Brand Sprokit v1.8 is here with expanded functionality! The new features make Brand Sprokit 1.8 more effective than ever: New layouts for Advertising formats and Rack Cards – 67 different layouts in all Insert your institutional logo to customize the Brand Sprokit dashboard Enhanced email function allows you to respond from personal email accounts Users can “see” only those layouts for which there are approved templates To make sure you’re using the most up-to-date version, right click your mouse while on the Brand Sprokit page, and choose “Reload.” That’s all there is to it! When the title bar at the upper left reads, “Brand Sprokit 1.8” you’re done! Talk to us: If you have ideas to make Brand Sprokit easier and more effective, we’re anxious to hear them. And remember that we provide free training for administrators (designers) and departmental users to make sure everyone knows how to take full advantage of all Brand Sprokit features. Thank you for choosing Brand […]

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Changelog 1.7

Brand Sprokit v1.7 is released and includes great new user upgrades! To make sure you’re using the most up-to-date software, right click your mouse while on the Brand Sprokit page, and choose “Reload.” When the title bar at the upper left reads, “Brand Sprokit 1.7” you’re good to go! (You can also manually clear your computer’s cache. See instructions below.) The features in v1.7 improve capabilities and the end-user experience: New sizes have been added to the available template layouts Admin and End User Help Menus are now directly linked to Brand Sprokit. Click on the question mark icon at upper right to access detailed help menus The “Revision” button allows the Administrators to automatically return a Project to the end user for revisions, along with a personal email for detailed instructions The “Fit Image” function makes it easier for end users to place mistake-free, well-cropped photos into image hotspots The Text Editor function alerts end users […]

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Scheduled Maintenance 12.31.11

We will be performing a server upgrade on Saturday, December 31st beginning at approximately 11:15PM and ending at 11:45PM Eastern Daylight Time. We do not expect Brand Sprokit to be down for the duration of the entire maintenance window but you may expect delays. Thanks for your patience! UPDATE — Our maintenance has been successfully completed. If you are still experiencing delays or issues, please contact us.

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Changelog 1.6

The new features make it easy to ensure pinpoint accuracy in template creation and reinforce for departmental users that unapproved PDFs remain DRAFTS until approved by the account administrator. The DRAFT wordmark appears on any PDF that has not yet been approved by the account administrator to ensure that unapproved files remain secure. In Template Editor, you can now move text/image hotspots one pixel at a time using the arrow keys on the keyboard (with “Move Text” button on). Page guide marks are now visible while working in the Template or Project Editor, as well as in PDF files, and can be turned on and off by toggling the “Show Guides” button. Guides include: Black bleed-crop marks (1/8 inch inside all sides of the canvas) Gray text/image-safe guides (1/4 inch inside bleed crop marks) Green page fold marks If you have additional ideas for improving Brand Sprokit, we’re anxious to hear them. And remember that […]

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