About Monument Designer

Online Monument Designer - Included in your Online Catalog!

Design Mart's new Online Monument Designer and Online Catalog allow you and your customers to draw designs and email them instantly or search our catalogs for the ideal monument design. Retailers, manufacturers and families are using these new online tools to communicate and design monuments that preserve the memories of loved ones. Please scroll down for information on DMart's Monument Designer. Please call us if you have any questions!

Monument Designer Introduction Video

Until now online monument designers could only create color pictures, which must be redrawn by CAD artists at your manufacturer. Design Mart has removed the unnecessary wait for approval drawings to be returned to the retailer by allowing you to create a color image, which is actually a production-ready CAD file for cutting sandblast stencil. Another unique feature is the ability to change and display the side and top of the monument rather than only displaying the front. These photo-realistic renderings may be changed to display polished, steeled/sawed or rock pitch tops and sides on monuments as well as bases. Polished margins may also be added to bases as seen in the image above.

Users may easily access hundreds of preformatted designs from popular Design Mart series including Precious Memories, A Closer Walk, Ties That Bind, and more. There are also hundreds of blank monument shapes and more than 3,500 design components for users to create their own designs or edit popular preformatted designs. Monument projects may be saved and opened later if changes are required or if you would like to use a monument again for another client. It is easy to change granite colors, background images and export a color picture which may be viewed in any web browser or photo viewer.


Online Monument Designer

Step 1. Monuments may be selected by browsing or searching the Online Catalog on any device, from large screen displays to tablets and phones. Customers are able to find a monument that appeals to them, in this case D1265.

Online Monument Designer

Step 2. The selected monument, D1265, is opened in the Online Designer, and may be personalized. In this case the middle section was enlarged, and inscription panels were added. A color picture was printed for customer approval, and a CAD file was exported for stencil cutting and manufacturing.

Online Monument Designer

Step 3. D1265 is sent to the granite supplier where it is opened in a CAD program. The file may be changed by the supplier or the file may be sent directly to the stencil cutting machine. There are no long waits for approval drawings.

Online Monument Designer

Step 4. Your customer is happy with the monument you helped them create. It looks exactly like the rendering you created because the stencil was cut directly from the drawing you made. Your supplier didn't have to create a drawing from scratch, and your customer was also pleased that there was no long wait for an approval drawing.

While monuments are viewed in color and color images may be saved, exported and emailed, Design Mart’s newest Online Catalog & Monument Designer distinguishes itself from all other online monument designers by utilizing vector (CAD) graphics. While users are viewing color images they are actually working with CAD drawings that may be ready for production. These CAD files save retailers and families from experiencing inconvenient turnaround times while waiting for approval drawings. On the manufacturer's end there is no more guesswork or time spent searching for artwork resembling the files in a color image - the file generated by Design Mart's Online Designer is ready to cut. DXF, PS, PDF, and SVG format options are available, which are compatible with all CAD or illustration programs such as Gerber, MonuCAD, Flexi, Corel, Illustrator, WinPC, Inkscape, AutoCAD, and more. As shown in the images, drawings do not have to be created by a CAD operator to match a color picture. The color picture is actually a CAD file that may be cut in stencil. Monument Designer

The Online Monument Designer lets you choose from more than 100 monument shapes and more than 3,000 carvings. The personalized login makes the Monument Designer look like it's your very own - with your company name at the top of the screen and on the final report. When you've finished designing and lettering your monument design you may view it in five colors of granite and email it to yourself, your customers or your supplier

A Summary Report is automatically generated - detailing the names of the CAD carvings* and lettering fonts used in the design. Retailers are finding it helpful to give a User Name and Password to customers who would like to design their own monuments. Others are designing monuments and emailing them to families for approval while sending the same design to a manufacturer for an estimated cost and delivery time.

No CAD experience is required, and the Designer is completely web-based. Anyone with an internet connection can use it. Free trials are available to any retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer. Please contact us for more information.

All New Updates Added to Online Catalog and Monument Designer

We are constantly upgrading the Online Monument Designer to provide users with more features while also making it more user friendly, and since it is web-based anyone who is able to negotiate web sites and browse the web can operate our Online Designer.

As shown here there are 12 new user interface options:

1. New, faster export and email filters for producing color pictures. Color images are now more compact and generate quicker than ever. There are also faster export options vector drawings that are compatible with Gerber, MonuCad, Corel Draw, Illustrator, AutoCad, Flexi, Lxi, Signlab, WinPC, and many more.

2. All new Global Search feature allows search terms multiple words or portions of words yielding more results in each category.

3. Search results are shown for each category as a red number at the bottom right corner of each category icon. In this example a search for “Angels” resulted in 28 Classic Monuments featuring Angels, 1 Blank Monument featuring an angel sculpture, 154 Angel sandblast components for placement on monument designs, and 18 laser etching Angels.

4. All D-mart books are available for browsing or searching. These monuments are complete and ready for names and dates Components may be removed, and others may be added. The user’s view may be changed from 1 to 4 columns depending on the size and number desired for preview at one time.

5. Users now see numbers in the top right corner of each representative component icon to display the number of search result in each category.

6. Keyboard Shortcuts are easy to display and allow users access to tools such as grid and measurement tools when needed.

7. Select, Pan, and Zoom tools have been moved to the bottom of the screen for easy access at any time.

8. The enhanced Layer Management tool makes it easy to select a layer or component for placement or change. Layers may be easily moved in front of or behind on another by simply clicking and dragging.

9. Granite colors may be quickly chosen for each monument base and vase. Each color is available in three textures: polish, frost, and rock pitch. Prices adjust as sides and tops are changed from rock pitch to sawn or polished.

10. Alignment tools make it easy to align one row of text with another, align text within a panel, and align panels on a monument.

11. Undo and Redo buttons have been moved to make them easily accessible at any time during the layout process and are part of the default user interface.

12. Text options are easy to find, and they allow easy selection of lettering style, size, line spacing, letter spacing, and text effects such as Skew and Rotate.

Even with all the new features the default User Interface (shown below) remains very simple and easy to navigate.

We listen to our users, and add features they request, but we also found ways to present the new features in a user-friendly way through the use of dockers and flyout menus. This new user interface gives users a lot more “real estate” (or screen space) to work with. In each new release we have found ways to minimize tools and increase the working canvas, while making tools easy to reach.

When all dockers and flyouts are closed users are left with a simple, clean view of the monument. From here users can export color renderings or import the image into a contract for client approval as shown below.

Although the new features make it look like a fully functional application that would typically be downloaded or installed from a CD, it is still all cloud based, which means users can access their work anywhere at any time. Users do not have to be in front of a PC or CAD program in a back room. They may work from a showroom, outdoor display, cemetery or an office to create and customize monuments that can be sent to any CAD program as shown below. All of a user’s work is saved on the cloud and can be opened and edited at any time.

A lot of effort goes into ensuring that the app is easy for everyone to use regardless of the type of device or browser. Browsers are constantly changing and evolving. These changes require constant vigilance to ensure that we are compatible across the board. This app can be used on Macs and any PCs with Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, and Chrome.

The Online Catalog portion of the platform is compatible with phones and all devices as shown below, and the Designer itself is compatible with devices including iPads and tablets.

Scroll down to take advantage of your free 30-day trial. Please give us a call 800-736-7455 if you need any help. We can connect to your screen if you'd like, and give you a tour through the app as we build.

Build Your Own Laser Etching Scenes in Monument Designer 2.0

If you etch your own designs or have them etched for you this news is for you! For two years our Online Monument Designer has allowed users to export vector designs that can be opened in CAD systems for sandblast, without having to track down components or creating drawings that aren't what the customer had in mind. Now we've added the capability of exporting high resolution etching files for laser and impact etchers.

Design Mart offers more than 1,800 laser etching designs via email or CD/DVD. We are in the process of adding all of them to the Online Monument Designer so users can add spot etchings to their monuments or create entire scenes. Etchings are available in the following categories: Angels, Animals, Buildings & Structures, Children, Crosses, Emblems, Faith, Floral, Hands, Hobbies & Leisure, Landscape, Marriage, Music, Other Art, Patriotic, Poems, Scenes, Sports & Transportation.

Components Make Our Art Unique

All of the etchings being uploaded to the Online Monument Designer have transparent backgrounds, which means that users may pull apart and customize etching scenes, like the one shown below.

This scene was composed using a buck, doe, fawn, and duck as well as trees, water, and drop shadows. It's as easy as clicking and dragging.

The fact that the Online Designer is cloud-based means users can access their work anywhere at any time. Users do not have to be in front of a PC or CAD program in a back room. They may work from a showroom, outdoor display, cemetery or an office to create and customize monuments that can be sent to any CAD or photo editing application. All of a user's work is saved on the cloud and can be opened and edited at any time.

A lot of effort goes into ensuring that the app is easy for everyone to use regardless of the type of device or browser. Browsers are constantly changing and evolving, and these changes require constant vigilance to ensure that we are compatible across the board. This app can be used on Macs and any PCs with Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, and Chrome.

The Online Catalog portion of the platform is compatible with phones and all devices as shown below, and the Designer itself is compatible with devices including iPads and tablets.

A free 30-day trial is available at www.designmart.com. Please call Design Mart at 800-736-7455 or email d-mart@designmart.com for more information.

Online Catalog and Monument Designer Subscription Pricing

 The Online Catalog offers an easy-to-search online database of monument designs features designs from our books and brochures, providing you with instant previews and detailed information for each. There are many ways to search for the perfect design for your customer.  The Online Monument Designer allows you to easily create color drawings for approval while also generating a ready-to-cut CAD file. Feel free to email us at d-mart@designmart.com or call us toll-free at (800) 736-7455 if you have any questions.

If you decide that you do not want to continue with your subscription to the Online Catalog & Monument, Designer, cancel before the end of the first 30 days and you will not be charged for that month. (Write down your email/username and password. You must log in to cancel or continue by yourself.) To continue with your subscription, do not cancel and you will be charged $79 monthly. If you suspend your subscription for a period of time and then reactivate it, you will not receive another free 30-day trial. There are no refunds or exchanges on any subscriptions.

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If you decide that you do not want to continue with your subscription to the Online Catalog & Monument, Designer, cancel before the end of the first 30 days and you will not be charged for that month. (Write down your email/username and password. You must log in to cancel or continue by yourself.) To continue with your subscription, do not cancel and you will be charged $79 monthly. If you suspend your subscription for a period of time and then reactivate it, you will not receive another free 30-day trial. There are no refunds or exchanges on any subscriptions.


Internet Browser Compatability

Internet browsers such as Explorer and Firefox upgrade from time to time to add new features, enhance performance, and improve security.  The security of our Subscribers’ monument designs and information is our priority, too. That’s why we continually upgrade our browser requirements.  In certain cases older versions of some browsers result in diminished performance.  In recent years it has become industry standard for you to upgrade your browser.  In fact, some browsers will do this automatically.  These browsers vary by operating system but generally include:
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome
Firefox
Safari and
Opera

Please contact us if you have any questions about browser compatibility or if you notice any part of the Monument Designer that is not performing correctly in your browser, and we'll be glad to help.








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