Sunday, August 12, 2012
My Digital Studio 2 - Weekend Spotlight
I just LOVE this advertisement for the new MDS2 (My Digital Studio 2) software! Although I'd never have the smoking iron problem, I just don't iron. Really.
Anyways, on to more info about the new MDS2 free trial. Here's some FAQ from the demonstrator website I thought you might find useful:
Q: How long can we take advantage of the MDS 2 Trial?
A: This is an ongoing offer. We want all our demonstrators and customers to be able to try MDS 2.
Q: Can I still have a MDS 2 Trial if I used the My Digital Studio Express Trial? A: Yes. Everyone will be able to take advantage of the 30-day MDS 2 Trial.
Q: What digital content comes with the MDS 2 Trial?A: With the MDS 2 Trial, you have access to almost $200 US (over $250 CAN) of digital content, including stamp brush sets, embellishments, punches, kits, designer templates and more. Click here to see a complete list of all included content.
Q: What's the difference between MDS 2 and MDS 2+?
A: MDS 2 and MDS 2+ both include the exact same design software. MDS 2 is our newly upgraded My Digital Studio software that introduces over 75 new design tools. When you purchase MDS 2, you will receive our full digital design software and some functional content including a few punches, card stock, and photo layouts. MDS 2+ is our MDS 2 software plus over $500 US/$650 CAN of digital content. You can view a complete list of the MDS 2 content here and MDS 2+ content here. Both MDS 2 and MDS 2+ are available on a disc (available soon) or as a download.
Q: What is the MDS 2 Upgrade?A: The MDS 2 Upgrade is for users who have already purchased My Digital Studio. They can upgrade to MDS 2 for the discounted price of $19.95 US/ $24.95 CA. The MDS 2 upgrade is only available as a download.
Q: Do I have to have access to the Internet to use the trial?A: Yes. You need access to the Internet both to place your order (on OEX for demonstrators, or as an online order for customers) and to download the program.
Q: Can I get the MDS 2 Trial on a disc?
A: No. The MDS 2 Trial is only available as a download over the Internet. There is a substantial amount of digital content included with the MDS 2 Trial, so it might take some time to download.
Q: What are the system requirements to use MDS 2 Trial?A: You can see the system requirements for MDS 2 and the MDS 2 Trial here.
Q: Is the trial version of the software different from the paid version of MDS 2?A: No. When you order the MDS 2 Trial, you will receive the full version of MDS 2. The software will function exactly the same as if you had purchased the software--you can design, purchase downloads, and print. The software in the MDS 2 Trial, MDS 2, and MDS 2+ is exactly the same. However, there is a difference in the amount of digital content included with each version of the software. The MDS 2 Trial includes almost $200 US (over $250 CAN) of digital downloads you can use during the 30-day trial period. Those downloads are not included with MDS 2, but they are included (along with many more downloads!) with MDS 2+.
Q: How do I order the MDS 2 Trial?
A: Through my online store (item 130910). You can order the free trial by itself, or add it to an order with stamping supplies or digital downloads. If the MDS 2 Trial is the only item you order, you will not be asked for any credit card or payment information. If you are a new customer, you will need to create an account.
Q: How do I install the MDS 2 Trial software after I have ordered it?
A: Your can access your MDS 2 Trial download through the Downloads section of your account. Make sure you select Mac or Windows, and the download and install wizards will walk you through the rest of the process.
Q: If I already have the original My Digital Studio, what happens to that program if I install the MDS 2 Trial? A: When you install MDS 2, the download wizard will ask you where you want to install the program. You can install MDS 2 directly over your original My Digital Studio program. This will allow you to have access to all the downloads you have already purchased for My Digital Studio in your new MDS 2 program without having to re-download any of your digital content. You can also choose to install MDS 2 in a different location on your computer. If you do this, you will have to download any of your previously purchased My Digital Studio content into your new MDS 2. If you do install MDS 2 in a different location, it will not alter your original My Digital Studio program.
Q: Will I be able to use any downloads I have purchased for My Digital Studio with the MDS 2 Trial? Will I need to download them again? A: You will be able to use any of your previously purchased digital content with MDS 2. Depending on how you have installed your MDS 2 software, you may or may not need to download your content again. If you install your MDS 2 Trial directly over your original My Digital Studio program, you will not need to re-download any of your content. If you install MDS 2 in a different location, you will need to re-download any of your content in order to access it in MDS 2.
Q: What happens to my original My Digital Studio content/downloads when I install MDS 2?
A: If you are installing the MDS 2 or MDS 2+, install it over the top of your original My Digital Studio software on your computer. The setup will automatically take care of it for you, just keep on clicking "next" through the process. You'll be replacing the software, but you'll keep all your downloads. They will be saved in your new MDS 2 components folder. You will be able to use your old content with the new design features such as coloring stamps, cropping embellishments, recoloring Designer Series Paper, etc. Keep in mind that old stamp brush sets will not have the .svg functionality so you won't be able to make them larger without pixalating (unlike new MDS 2 downloads).
Q: Can I place a print order with the trial version?
A: Yes. You have full access to everything you can do in MDS 2 for a full 30 days. This includes full designing functionality, printing, and the ability to purchase downloads.
Q: Do my 30 days start as soon as I download the MDS 2 Trial?
A: Your 30-day trial period starts as soon as you launch the program. It does not matter when you download the program, your 30 days will start as soon as you actually launch (open) the program.
Q: Will the trial still last 30 days even if I order it in the middle or end of the month?
A: You can order the MDS 2 Trial at any time. The trial period is not tied to the calendar. The trial period will begin as soon as you launch the program, and you will be able to use it for the next 30 days.
Q: What happens after the 30-day trial period is over?
A: When you launch the software after the 30-day trial period is over, you will be prompted to enter a product key. You will not be able to use the software again until you have entered a product key. You can get a product key by purchasing MDS 2 or MDS 2+. We strongly recommend purchasing MDS 2 before your 30-day trial period is over. If you wait until after the trial period has expired, you will have to re-download all you digital content.
Q: How do I purchase MDS 2? A: Simply add MDS 2 (Download 130644 or Disc 130645, available soon) or MDS 2+ (Download 130646 or Disc 130647, available soon) to your next order. Customers who have already purchased My Digital Studio can purchase the MDS 2 upgrade (item 130650) for the discounted price of $19.95 US/$24.95 CA.
If you order a download version of the software, a product key will be e-mailed to you. If you order a disc version, the product key will be included in the software packaging. Once you have received your product key, enter the product key when the program prompts you to do so. If you purchase the disc version, you will need to use the installation discs in order to access the included digital content. The installation wizard will walk you through the process, including entering the product key.
Q: Can I purchase the software and enter the product key before the 30-day trial is over?A: Yes. You can purchase MDS 2 and enter your new product key at any time. After you have purchased your software, click the "Register" option instead of "Continue with Trial" when you open MDS 2. You can then enter your product key. We strongly recommend purchasing the software before the 30-day trial is over. If you wait until after the trial period has expired, you will need to download all your digital content again.
Q: What if I don't want to purchase the software at the end of the trial period?
A: You can uninstall the software at any time.
Q: What if I do the MDS 2 Trial, and decide I don't want to upgrade my software? Will my original My Digital Studio program still work? A: Yes. If you have installed your MDS 2 Trial on top of My Digital Studio, you will need to reinstall your original My Digital Studio program, and any downloads you have purchased, in order to have access to all of your artwork. If you have installed the MDS 2 Trial in a different location, simply uninstall MDS 2, and your original My Digital Studio program should not be affected.
Q: Do I get to keep the content included in the MDS 2 Trial?
A: No. We have included a generous amount of content with the free trial so you will be able to design a broad variety of projects during the trial period. You will not have access to this digital content when the trial period ends. All the MDS 2 Trial content plus downloads worth an additional $350 US/ $450 CAN are included when you purchase MDS 2+. The MDS 2 Trial content is not included when you purchase MDS 2.
Q: Can I purchase just the content of MDS 2+ without purchasing the software?
A: The only way to get all the digital content in MDS 2+ bundled together is to purchase MDS 2+. All the downloads included in MDS 2+ are available for sale as individual downloads. You can buy them all individually, but they are only available as a bundle when you purchase MDS 2+.
Q: What happens to digital downloads I purchase during the 30-day MDS 2 Trial period?A: You will have continued access to any downloads you purchase during the trial period. If you choose to purchase the software, you will simply need to enter a product key, and you will be able to use all your downloads like normal. If you do not purchase the software, you will still have access to your downloads through your download manager, and you will be able to load them to the digital design software of your choice.
Q: Can I use My Digital Studio downloads in other design programs?
A: Yes. The My Digital Studio downloads will work with any digital design program.
Q: Will my saved projects be lost when the free trial ends?
A: You will not be able to edit any of your projects through MDS 2 after the trial period has ended unless you purchase the software. If you do purchase the software, you will be able to access all your projects. If you don't choose to purchase the software, we recommend you save your projects as jpg files. You will then be able to use them like you use any of your jpg (picture) files.
Q: Can I have two MDS 2 Trials?
A: No. The MDS 2 Trial will only work once. After your 30 days are over, you need to purchase the software to continue using the program.
Q: Are there other free My Digital Studio downloads available?
A: We do occasionally offer free My Digital Studio downloads. These are generally promotions that run for a short amount of time, and will be announced. Download some of our free digital downloads for the 2010 In Color Card Stock and Designer Series Papers. You can find links to those downloads here.
Q: Will MDS 2 work on my iPad?
A: No. We do not have a MDS 2 app at this time.
Q: How do I use MDS 2?
A: We have several videos and resources available for both you and your customers on the training section of MyDigitalStudio.net that will help you learn how to use the program.
Hope that helps! Have fun creating!