MarketPlace Improvements

Major Improvements to The MarketPlace

The Renderosity Staff is excited to bring to you the most significant round of improvements made to the overall functionality of our MarketPlace in years. The goals with these improvements were to; improve search relevancy, maintain interface/layout consistency with those recent changes made to the Tutorials, Sitemail and Freestuff areas, increase intuitiveness within the ‘My Account’ area and streamline the checkout process.

To ensure you're viewing ALL the correct changes, please be sure to do a HARD refresh within your browser. Windows users - ctrl + F5. Mac users - Apple + R or Command + R. This should rid you of any caching issues.


Marketplace Search

When you visit the MarketPlace Homepage you’ll notice that you’re presented with a search field at the top of the page. Although a Marketplace search is nothing new, the ability to find exactly what you are looking for uses a facet technology to make it seem like it’s all new.

When searching - you have the drop-down option to search by 'Vendor' or by 'Title'. When searching by both 'Title' and 'Vendor' the search takes into account a product’s description, keywords, figures, genres, software, etc. However if you search 'Hair' by 'Title', for example, priority will be placed on products' in which 'Hair' is located in the title of the product.



Once results are returned, you'll be presented with multiple sidebars unique to your search. Please note that the sidebars will NOT appear unless a search is made. Each sidebar will allow you to further narrow your search by: Gender, Figure, Software, Genre or Department. When narrowing your search the sidebars will then be rebuilt based on the new results, displaying refined options specific to your last action. It’s important to note that any one particular product can apply to multiple facets. To remove a searched facet, one can use the ‘View All’ option found within each individual sidebar.



To further aid in your search you will also have the option to sort the returned products by: Price, Title and Upload Date.

We are currently working with all of our vendors and our current department structure to ensure that the search results provided are most relevant in meeting your individual criteria.


MarketPlace Design Changes

If you’ve spent any time navigating through our recently updated Tutorials, Sitemail or Freestuff areas you’ll notice a similar look and feel to our MarketPlace.

Product thumbnails will now be 300px by 350px (previously 214px by 214px). This will allow shoppers to more easily view a product prior to clicking through to the product page and, for the vendor, provide a more friendly layout dimension to display their product(s).

Vendor Bundles have also been simplified and updated through the integration of a horizontal glider element and details pertaining to each bundle can now be found on a bundle detail page rather than a ‘Quick View’ option.



Each product in the MarketPlace now has a larger and more in-depth ‘Quick View’ option (found directly to the left of the product’s price) that provides details for that particular product as well as any associated sale information or bundle it may be a part of. On the individual product description page when you ‘Gift’ a product a modal will now pop-up asking your for the recipient’s name and allow for a brief message.


My Account

When it comes to managing your Renderosity account, we’ve now made this easier and quicker than ever! These latest updates enabled us to greatly reduce page load time while making the overall interface easier to navigate.

For instance, leaving a review can now be accomplished without even visiting the product page. Simply visit the ‘Leave Product Review’ area in the left sidebar and find the product in which you’d like to review and a pop-up modal will appear.

When looking through your past purchases you now have the ability to expand each dated line item to reveal the individual products purchased in that particular order. Searching your orders is also now more efficient as you can find details on past orders by searching order id(s) or search by product title or vendor. If searching by product title - orders that contain products matching that title will be returned. Also, previous to this release if you looked at your ‘Item List’ it did NOT include items that were gifted to you. We’ve now included these gifted items so that you can be assured your item list is complete.



For those of you with rather large Wishlists, you now also have search functionality added to this area of your account.


Checkout

Last, but not least, the steps involved with the checkout process have been restructured and designed. The most noteworthy of which is if you do NOT have a shippable product in your cart you’ll be taken directly to the payment page where you can then process your order.


Please visit the appropriate forum links below for feedback:

Feedback Only Thread

Bug Issues Only Thread




Member Opinions:
By: PAnn on 6/23/14
Th only thing when I first logged in was the green prices etc. The green needs to be tweeked a little for easier reading by making it a bit brighter.... at least for my eyes.

By: drmx on 6/23/14
Search engine continues working only and literally on items names. Needs to be more extended and/or implement a tag system.
Some (many) authors do not use the promo credits; perhaps you can partially fill this field, or open it to discussion.

By: David4125 on 6/24/14
The recent marketplace improvements are well thought and make it a lot easier to see what I already bought or what's already in my shopping cart or on my wishlist.
I like them!

By: phoenixknight on 6/24/14
I saw these changes yesterday and overall liked the updates (especially seeing what the sale percentage is upfront).

One question I have & a feature that I've wanted for a while is a means, in the "Sale Items" subsection of the Marketplace, to filter by only newly marked sale items (say in the past 24-72 hours). There's always a lot on sale, so it would be helpful to be able to see only the newest listed sales (not the newest products in the Marketplace as a whole, the newest sales).

Apologies if there's already this function and I simply haven't realized it.

By: Godin on 6/24/14
Awesome! tThank you! I love it all! The background colors are perfect for my eyes since I have always trouble with light backgrounds on the internet hurting my eyes. Very Happy with the changes and the new marketplace seach system and thumbnails 300x350 Rock!

By: mirana on 6/24/14
What I am most loving is that we can see now on the product page if we already purchased it!

By: zaqxsw on 6/24/14
Congratulations! You managed to make your Marketplace worse than any I've encountered! You managed to send me back to shopping at DAZ... something I swore I would never do!

You can't even narrow down the results by male or female figures any more, so pity the fool who needs to find something for M4 because he has to wade through the thousand to one ration of V4 products to find it!

By: thaaksma on 6/24/14
@phoenixknight - When you're in the Sale Department you can click the icon to the right of of the large search bar to sort by newest to oldest and vice versa. Thanks,
Tim

By: Hinkypunk on 6/24/14
I think the new changes are awesome, but there are some things that I've found a little frustrating.

The ability to navigate by genre and item has been removed in two different ways and it makes it harder to narrow searches.

For example... I love outoftouch. Who doesn't? However, if youv'e been to the OOT store you will be presented with over 600 amazing items. Suppose I just want to look at OOT hair.... so I go to "3D essentials" which is where hair is located at now.

My search now yields only 595 items to sift through to find hair. Ouch. Having so many items falling under one category is rough.



Removing the genre has also been problematic. Suppose I want a new outfit.. I go to the MP, I go to 3D Essentials, then clothing, then it stops. Before you could narrow down just M4 clothing, or just V4 clothing, and you had the ability to look under Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Modern, etc etc.

Visually I think its awesome, but with so much content available, I'm having a hard time "window shopping" so to speak.

By: phoenixknight on 6/24/14
@thaaksma - Thanks, I'll try it out and see. I've played with those filters/search caveats a while back and it seemed to be more of a "date of product first added to the store," but I haven't tried it in a while.

I'll check it out later tonight or maybe over the weekend, since right now I'm only being shown one page of sale items (?) with no apparent other filters set. Might just be because I'm on a Mac or rushing things between calls at work.

By: jennblake on 6/24/14
@zaqxsw and Hinkypunk

To narrow down a specific product you are looking for now we are suggesting you use the Search at the top of the marketplace pages. For example if looking for Hair by outoftouch you would go to outoftouch's store front. At the top you will see a Search this store window. Type in Hair and then search. It will pull back all Hair by this vendor.

You can also search the entire marketplace for Hair by going to the Marketplace and using the search bar at the top. Type in Hair. On the left when those results come back you will see ALL hair results broken down by Gender/Figures/Software/Genre. So then you can click on those areas...say if you are looking for hair for Victoria 4. You would click on Victoria 4 and all hairs in the marketplace for her would be listed there.

Hope this helps.

By: caty77 on 6/24/14
But with these changes, now i have a scrollbar horizontal on my pc, on ALL pages to RR. This is not really motivating to use the site ...
Please, repair site!!!

By: doglover49 on 6/24/14
lost the ability to sort by vendor when trying to see what items are on the wishlist during a sale.

can there be an alternative to the fixed page view of items purchased?

I preferred to be able to see all items purchased so I could use the browser find functionality to see if I had purchased the item already.

By: helgas on 6/24/14
Please check the three thumb nails under Market Place Search (top of this page). Nothing lines up including the thumb nails. It produces a step effect that is not very attractive.

In the actual store I see very large thumbnails between the new size. Hard Refresh does not solve the problem. I am using Chrome.

The red and green text is very hard to read. It needs improvement.

By: thaaksma on 6/24/14
@helgas - if you're seeing thumbnails that aren't consistent in their size, that's to be expected. since changing the size/format of the thumbnail images, we have asked that renderosity vendors update their product thumbnail images so that these display consistently throughout the marketplace. thanks, tim

By: DireLilith on 6/24/14
i was really worried, guys. to me, a part of thorough search options must include letting me choose which figures i am searching for. i didn't want to have to type 'v4' into every search. i wanted to examine items based on product, not product title or description. in the past, vendors were sometimes putting in inappropriate tags, such as 'clothing' in a 'pose' product, making the poses show up when i was looking at clothing. i see now that this is even less likely to happen. and i am soooo grateful that you have the figures option on the left hand side. i really value this change, for this reason. i'm so glad the search has been refined and i hope it brings only good things forward when we're window shopping!

By: TheMystEra on 6/24/14
Is there a possiblity to implement the Figures back in to the selection when - as an example - one follows the path of 3D Figure Essentials-Characters (or clothing or whatever) ... so that after the second selection one can use a third selection for the figure (like V4, Genesis, Mavka...)?

Besides that the new store looks nice so far... It's going to take some getting used to for me, esepcially as the featured Items seem even larger now. I get why they're on top and large and everything... Features are important after all :)

But I gotta say that the tech people did some really good work. Changing the store while it's online and not having problems at all... (at least I had none) that is impressive! Thanks to the Renderosity Team for the great work!

By: scooby37 on 6/24/14
@Helgas You say that you have asked the Renderosity vendors to update their Thumbnail images to the new sizes so that they display correctly, but I have heard nothing from anybody about updating mine. The first I new of it was when I saw the new thumbnails last night. I also checked the product submission guidelines and it still says that the main image thumbnail should be 214 x214.

By: kerrieanne on 6/24/14
I hate the new put most under essentials and no more under male/female v4/m4 etc. I preferred being able to choose a type for the clothes, hair and character.

By: Shozai on 6/24/14
Wonderful improvments. I love the new style :)

By: Paula Sanders on 6/24/14
When I click on My Shopping Cart at the bottom of the page, I get routed to a different page.

By: creativeguy59 on 6/24/14
The search is actually not an improvement as far as I can tell... also something is messed up with the account->Item list only showing 80... I have purchased a lot beyond 80 items ... the search sometimes finds it sometimes not. I do like the fact it tells you when you already purchased an item but the colors are a bit off for human readability.

By: Paula Sanders on 6/24/14
When I click on My Shopping Cart at the bottom of the page, I get routed to a different page.

By: JohnDelaquiox on 6/24/14
The last batch of updates made it really hard to find anything one was looking for. A bit of a testament to that I think is the fact that this batch of updates completely did away with the categories drop down menu rather than fixing it. The site search I think has been improved upon but still needs work. Let's say you type in M4 Clothing, you will not just find M4 clothing. You still have to scroll all the way down and look for clothing under the departments section. I like that whenever you click on a product, its product page opens in a new tab. That should be made into an optional feature, if it's not already. I also still am unable to find a lot of products in the off poser categories like Vue. Even if I type in something as general as Vue Presets or Vue Scenes I still can't find the products I am looking for. I have no way of telling if they were removed from the store or if they are still there. There is also no way to sort by product ranking anymore. Again I have no way of telling if the site ranking has been removed. There is also no way of sorting by popularity or sales. Like others have stated its harder to narrow searches.

By: MattGreenfield on 6/24/14
Glitch notice: In both IE and Firefox, the page selection option isn't displaying missing on the Prime Products section. As a result, only the newest set of Prime items can be viewed.

By: jakiblue on 6/24/14
No page links showing in the Prime section - at least in Chrome. Can only see the very first page that I land on when choosing "Prime" and that's it...can't go to next pages as the page links are nowhere to be seen.

By: Hinkypunk on 6/24/14
@jennblake - Perfect :) That works much better!

Thank you ma'am!!!

By: Scallywag on 6/24/14
I like most of the changes but it seems less user friendly with so much going on. The size of the images compared to the text is not very appealing when viewing the product page. I either get huge pictures and real small text or the other way around. Is there some way to fix that? The same problem happens with the free stuff pages!

By: esper8 on 6/24/14
It's a total mess!

Product thumbnails are all different sizes and search categories are so basic they are totally useless.

Go and have a look at how DAZ have their store organised, then come back and do the job properly.

By: grichter on 6/24/14
Really miss the ability to sort my wishlist by vendor. Please bring that feature back. When you are buying items and checking your wishlist it is common for a vendor to have multiple items for sale at the same time which sort by vendor made easy to find. Now you can't do that.

By: Ippotamus on 6/24/14
Wow, I can not find anything. Browsing/window shopping around the store has become an absolute mess. I used to come here and go to MarketPlace > Software > DAZ Studio and then browse through the compatible releases, maybe pick something up that caught my eye.
Now? Impossible.
Hope you can fix it. I don't see myself shopping here much until you do.

Good luck!

By: cwichura on 6/24/14
The new jumbo-sized thumbnails waste epic amounts of space. Only get two products per row now, instead of the previous four. The 'Sponsored' box at the top is now so large that you don't even see products from the category you've selected (e.g., new releases) without having to scroll down. This is a horrible browsing experience. Please give us the option to revert to sane-sized product thumbnails.

By: Kaleb242 on 6/24/14
The new button iconography is decent, love being able to see an item is purchased without having to try adding it to cart to check!

Unfortunately, the mobile layout on iOS 7+ iPhone 4S is actually a terrible user experience.

I preferred using double taps, and pinch/zoom/pan browsing in the previous desktop-sized version. Really hating the dumbed down mobile layout, menu hiding, oversized buttons and poorly wrapped grid layouts.

Please give me a way to use the desktop layout on high density mobile displays!

By: Adelheyde on 6/24/14
Everything looks great. I've noticed, however, that the Prime Products page is missing the button to move on to the next set of products. @phoenixknight mentioned a similar problem with the Sale Items page.

By: jakiblue on 6/24/14
I think the size of the thumbnails on the store page is really throwing me off. They are all different sizes at the moment. Some are large (REALLY large) some are small. Looks really untidy. Whether that is somethign that may change if an optimal thumb size comes in, I don't know. But the GREEN text...wow, that is REALLY REALLY hard to read on the dark grey background. OUCH.

By: wiz on 6/24/14
I used to have 4 columns of reasonably sized thumbnails for the sale items, and now I've got two columns of giant sized icons and have to scroll forever to get through one page. (I assume the rest of the marketplace is also like that). It seems you forgot to actually put some "improvement" into your improvements. Either that, or you totally screwed up your QA before putting a shaky beta online.

By: Gropoupou on 6/25/14
Why price are they written in so dark green? Are you ashamed of asking them?

By: mahakali on 6/25/14
Good to see that when I sort by price, that the second page doesn't automatically jump to higher priced items like it did before. But, I did notice when you sort by price it does jump around a bit, while it has the lower prices in order, you get some which pop up lower and higher later throughout the search. I guess it doesn't take sales into account or something.

By: toastie on 6/25/14
Horrible! The colours are dreadful. It's almost impossible to read and it hurts my eyes. Haven't bothered to try the search etc. as looking at the pages is such a horrible experience. Think I'll probably be shopping elsewhere from now on as my eyes are watering too much to continue here.

By: aqua1955 on 6/25/14
The improvements you made make it easy to use, except for the searching machine. There is too much space to get to a right item you are looking for.
The site is further great to look at.

By: EleganceAtNight on 6/25/14
The license number of my Poser 10 purchase no longer shows up along with the purchase in the order view or item view. Other than that, I think the new site looks clean and is pleasant to shop from.

By: mazzam on 6/25/14
Poor human factors. Text in saturated colors on a black background is close to invisible. Store management should tell the technical staff that this has to be fixed. Or provide a means for members to chose lighter colors in their member profile. Otherwise changes look mostly positive.

By: Natolii on 6/25/14
The updates make it easier to view. I can see where the larger images might be a pain for customers still using single or 20-25 in class monitors.

I am going to echo the need for advance drop down options for at least figure. Using the Search is great if you have something specific you are looking for, but if you have a concept in your head and are trying to see if something might have come out that is close to it (I do this alot) this makes the store more difficult to shop. Especially if you have to wade through several pages of v4 to get to m4.

By: posfan on 6/25/14
The Wishlist can no longer be sorted after vendors like before, now I need extra steps to find anything in it. And the MP search gives still to many useless results, not to mention you removed essential genres to narrow down searches. SO not really improvements at all!

By: addy on 6/25/14
Love the new look/design, really easy on the eyes and makes browsing the marketplace a lot more fun! The searching machine is a bit frustrating now with the new categories but I like the rest of the changes a lot :)

By: TwiztedMetal on 6/25/14
Some Things are Nice but for the Most Part the HUGE thumbnails Bother me and My Banner is Huge and distorted and I think The little icons were much more appeasing to the eye

By: gwp on 6/25/14
Some pluses, some minuses. Like several other people have written, I very much miss the ability to sort by vendor in my wishlist. When a particular vendor is having a sale, I would like to be able to see all of the vendor's items that I have placed in my wishlist.

By: mustakettu on 6/25/14
Given that everyone seems to have their monitors calibrated differently, let alone the fact that many people have various eyesight issues, it would be probably worth it to implement different "skins" for the website. For instance, between my monitor setup and my eyesight trouble, I can barely make out this light grey font on darker grey background; I'd appreciate a way more contrast-y colour scheme (and with a background lighter than the font).

By: wiz on 6/26/14
"might be a pain for customers still using single or 20-25 in class monitors."

Nice elitist jab, but it's a pain on my dual 30s, too.

By: speculoos on 6/26/14
Personally I think that it is easier to find what we want faster than before. One of the most appreciated features is that we can see immediately if we have already purchased something. An effective step forward! :)

By: Aletha on 6/26/14
I LOVE IT!!!

Yaw did a Great job.
I Love the most is you can tell what you already bought, whats in your wish list & what's in your cart, that saves me sooooo much time.

I Love the pictures are larger to be able to see the product, instead of clicking just to see if you might like it, also saves me time.

Just them 2 things really makes the up grade Awesome! well worth my buying time. :)

Thank you Rendo & Everyone that had a hand in it. :)

By: SeanMartin on 6/26/14
The styling is nicely done, but I do miss the option of simply adding into my cart directly from the main page without going to the specific item's page.

By: Rhyull on 6/26/14
Haven't checked the search yet but any improvements in its intelligence will be welcomed. Generally happy with everything else now it seems possible to transfer all from wishlist to cart without the script having a panic attack! Not happy with everything I click opening a new tab in FF. If I want it in a new tab I can right click for myself.

By: HeavyRay on 6/26/14
I would like the ability to search for an item in my wishlist and then 'move it to the top.' The 'move to top is available when viewing the wishlist in its entirety, but NOT available in the derived search results...

By: boobunny on 6/28/14
You combined departments. There use to be a model and a texture(such as for hair). Now they are all together (which some vendors were putting their textures in the model department anyway before). Takes more time to search through a department when looking for an item that you have no clue what the name is, but visually know what it looks like. Would like to see more departments and vendors putting their content in the correct department.

By: markad on 6/28/14
I'm not impressed with the changes to the website. I have to make my browser full screen to have any chance of see what's presented, and I hate when sites force me to do that. It looks bad on my iPad, where in the marketplace I can see 2 items per screen. On my desktop, I can see less per screen, meaning it takes me longer to browse and I see fewer items in the time I browse, so I potentially buy less. I can't sort my wish list by vendor, which I did a lot. Basically, I have less functionality and there are exactly zero advantages to the new stuff. As a software developer, this version would fail all of the checks I have to pass to get my software to our customers.

By: Arvanor on 6/29/14
I don't like the big images in the store. Please make them smaller or give the option to set the size for oneself. This is way too big for me.

By: Philodox on 6/29/14
I'd hardly call the changes "improvements". The removal of sub-categories has made browsing a chore that has 3 times now (and this update is only a few days old) caused me to give up looking for anything in the store, since quite literally everything in a category is shown, including figures that I am not looking for anything for (and in many cases, don't even own). Consistency in the menus is fine, but there are to many variables here that make that inconvenient for this store.

By: ssgbryan on 7/2/14
Like most folks, these changes are not improvements. I suspect that the people that ok'ed the changes don't actually USE the store.

Quick question - Did you realize that you broke the customer's ability to check to see if any of their products were updated?

Example: I check once a month to see if a product is updated. Under the old system, I click on update, I would get every product that was updated - in order latest to newest. With the reset, I now only get the updates PER PAGE! I can only check 50 items at a time - why is that a problem? I own 2335 items - which means I would have to scroll through 467 pages to see if I had any products updated.

By: thaaksma on 7/2/14
@ssgbryan - In order for you to look at product updates, please refer to the screenshot found via the link below. If you copy and past this into your browser it should give you a better idea as to how this works.

http://bw-1651cf0d2f737d7adeab84d339dbabd3-bwcore.s3.amazonaws.com/photos/File7305.jpg

Thanks,
Tim

By: skyvendik on 7/3/14
I like color design and technical improvements .. but all is weirdly OVERSIZED

By: wimvdb on 7/6/14
You pretty much removed the ability to browse the store on categories/
The sidebar is supposed to limit the search based on filters but they seem to cancel each other out and are extremely unreliable.
The software filter is pretty useless as well since a filter like Poser 2014 can handle all Poser items, but returns only a subset of poser items
The filters also do not distinguish between meshes and materials. The sidebar suggests it does, but the result is 50% wrong

Using this new search feature pretty much guarantees they you will not find a large proportion of the available items

And change that price and discount color!!!!!

By: Lyne on 7/8/14
No one is listening to many of us asking that the green and red of the price/etc fonts be changed or just LIGHTER to show up against the dark background.. sure the dark grey is easy on eyes, but to have the prices hardly show up against it?!?! Come on! and by the way, the fact that an item in my wish list is on sale DOES NOT SHOW UP anymore in my wish list!! I have to use your bandwidth to constantly check back at the product page. I'm NOT renewing my Prime...this and the search engine are NOT better. :(

By: lulu18 on 7/8/14
Visually I think things look terrible, the size of the products images are way to big, I seem to be scrolling for ever. As stated by others the green price text is hard to read, search features are terrible and overall it now takes so much longer to load pages like 'What's New'.

If I had to compare this new layout to RDNA's new layout, theirs wins hands down. Sorry :(

By: Darkworld on 7/11/14
you guys knocked it out of the park. love the upgrades!


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