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Cardsmith 2017: The Year Ahead

In the last year, we've done everything from new Hybrid Borders, major account updates, and Edit Card functionality - on top of two major site contests and our daily site upkeep . However we didn't get everything done and there are plenty of projects we are waiting to sink our teeth into! Here is a brief look at our goals for MTG Cardsmith and the community in the year ahead.

1. Major Server Update - things get old, and we're behind on some important updates that are preventing us from delivering an A+ experience with card editors. This is not only the most necessary update, it's also the most risky and hardest to plan for. Regardless, it must be done and therefore is the first item on our list. Once complete, new features ahead should be much smoother. Time Estimate: 1 month

2. Mobile Friendly Uploader - With #1 out of the way we can finalize the remaining work left here, and standardize around a solid, mobile-friendly upload/crop experience.

3. Update M15 Editor Form - All of our editors are due for a facelift, so we're starting with the primary editor first.

4. M15 Planeswalker Editor - Using the above inertia, we're due for a new planeswalker creator, with the latest frames, advanced features and a better uploader.

5. Retire Modern editor - This was the first editor ever made, and it shows its age on the front and in its code. We'd like to retire this editor, and potentially include modern frame selection options in the M15 card editor as an alternative.

6. Additional account features and site design improvements.


These are the major goals we have lined up. We also aim to keep improving and adding features as the game of Magic continues to change, and of course new set icons and new contests! With your help, we can get things in a solid place where we can continue adding ideas like transforms, full-art frames, and other community ideas.

Thank you for your support in 2016, and if you like what we're doing, we hope you will continue or start supporting us in the year ahead.

Happy New Year!
-The MTG Cardsmith Team
Cardsmith

ps. We're holding a New Year's contest until January 28th: 2017, Year of the Fire Rooster
Jan 10, 2017 by MTG Cardsmith
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Kaladesh Holiday Gifts - December Patreon Giveaway

Happy Holidays! We're unloading more Kaladesh packs than you can shake a stick at. Watch below to see the Rare giveaway for January Patrons! Congrats to our November winners Dager4 and DomriKade and December winner ZendikarIncarnate.
To join your fellow Cardsmiths and be eligible for the next drawing, support us on Patreon.com/mtgcardsmith. $5 Patreon members not only get added to the drawing, they also receive premium account benefits for each month they support.

Happy 2017! As always with the new year, we're reviewing our development goals and coming up with a plan. We've got some great ideas for the year ahead, and appreciate your support and everyone for being a member of our awesome community. Thank you!
Jan 02, 2017 by MTG Cardsmith
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Kaladesh Crack-a-pack for November

This month's video includes live giveaways, rough voices, four booster packs and a ninja cat! We head back to Kaladesh to see what gifts await us. Congrats to our October winners MattAlbrecht and Koover!
To join your fellow Cardsmiths and be eligible for the next drawing, support us on Patreon.com/mtgcardsmith. $5 Patreon members not only get added to the drawing, they also receive premium account benefits for each month they support.
Dec 01, 2016 by MTG Cardsmith
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Cardsmith Account Updates & News

We're excited to finally reveal some major improvements to the My Account area of MTG Cardsmith. All pages have been updated to the new site styles, with additional support for mobile users. The Account Home page has an updated activity feed, your latest card, your most loved card, and additional account information.


Much of the previous functionality for managing and deleting cards and sets is still the same, but with an updated and improved UX. We want to make it easier for members to manage their cards, so in addition to removal tools in My Account > Cards, a Remove Card icon has been added to the View Card page for any card you own. Members can also add cards they own directly to a set from the View Card page as well. We hope these additional tools give you more flexibility in curating your custom cards and sets.

As a new feature for our Premium members, account statistics have been collected and added to your Account Home page. Click the View Stats link to display your collection stats by Color, Rarity and Type. We hope to add additional valuable stats to this area over time.

What's next?

Well we've been working on this area for a while, but its time to return to our bread and butter. We want to update the card image upload process, and spend some time on a new M15 Planeswalker editor that will be as robust as its M15 Card counterpart. The old forms need to be brought up to speed with our new styles as well. How can you help make these things happen? Support us on Patreon.com or with a Premium membership! Proceeds go into supporting and improving the site.

Other News

On Dec. 1, we will be purging cards for accounts that haven't logged in since June 1, 2016. Premium members are excluded from this list. We do this every so often as the server begins to fill up with card images. It's necessary to clear away some of the old, to make room for new cards and new ideas. As long as you have logged in since June, your cards will be safe.
Nov 22, 2016 by MTG Cardsmith
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How to Edit Custom Magic Cards

Today, I'm going to teach you how to use the new Edit Card functionality that is now available with Premium Membership.This latest feature was added to give members an easier way to edit and modify cards based on other feedback from the community or "too-late" typing errors that can sometimes get missed. You'll need the original artwork image for the card, or if you want, replacement artwork to use instead.

While viewing the card you wish to edit, Premium members will see a pencil icon in the action buttons row. Click this icon to upload and crop your artwork.

After finalizing your crop, you will be taken back to the card editor - this time with all of the original card details loaded and waiting to be changed. From there on, edit and update your card as you see fit until you are ready to save.

We should note, there are three small things that cannot be updated through this method: the author of the card, the post date of the card, and the url of the card. These elements are key items for card data, and therefore must remain the same.

So there you have it, a quick look at a new feature to make creating custom magic cards even easier. Thanks for watching and if you enjoyed the tutorial please leave us a comment or share the video. Cheers!

FAQ:

Q. Why do I have to reload my image?
A. We don't have the capacity to store both original images and card images for every card. Having you upload the image allows us to keep costs lower and continue services for the overall community. Also, it makes it much easier to update or re-crop an image if desired.

Q. Will Edit Card ever be a free feature?
A. Because we have guidelines for card content and a limited team of moderators, we don't want to risk any user coming back and adding inappropriate content to cards that have already been through moderation. We also feel like this is worthy of a Premium Feature and rewards members who are able to, and willing to support the site financially.

Q. How do I become a Premium Member?
A. You can sign up for premium features either through our ongoing Patreon campaign, or directly on the site through the store.
Nov 04, 2016 by MTG Cardsmith
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