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EFI Digital StoreFront™

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EFI's Digital StoreFront is the award-winning flexible eCommerce solution that offers the industry-leading print buyer experience designed to grow your business. Through the SmartStore functionality, it offers the best-in-class toolset for configuring and managing this Web-to-Print platform. With SmartStore Builder and Visual Product Builder, EFI™ Digital StoreFront® streamlines workflows for both print-buyers and administrators. Digital StoreFront is customizable to fit the needs of any print shop and can be used to enhance the user’s experience. By using the latest technologies (such as HTML5, CSS3 and responsive design) it guarantees a smooth transition from desktop to tablet and mobile devices.


Create an unlimited number of custom storefronts complete with specific brand colors and logos.
  • The new generation of storefront designs feature contemporary web design themes with over a dozen templates you can customize
  • SmartStore Builder’s advanced customization tools provide administration access to edit the SmartStore sites’ HTML and CSS
  • SmartStores use the latest responsive technologies (HTML5 and CSS3) to allow storefronts to scale smoothly from desktop to tablet and mobile devices.

DSFdesign Studio

Offer templated products that can be customized such as: postcards, business cards, banners and posters.
  • DSFdesign Studio™ is a web-based design tool you can use to create your own library of product templates, like business cards, flyers and banners
  • “On the fly” design functionality allows customers to edit and customize print products by adding text copy, editing titles and inserting images

Variable Data Processing

Create highly customized data-driven VDP campaigns.
  • From business cards to postcards and more, VDP software includes advanced features such as the ability to customize products based on rules-driven personalization
  • Whether you are looking to integrate EFI VDP powered by DirectSmile into your current mailing workflow, or utilize the Direct Mail Automation feature powered by AccuZIP, our technology has you covered for all of your mailing needs

Visual Product Builder

Create ad hoc products, obtain quotes and submit orders.
  • With the Visual Product Builder, buyers can upload a file, select the print and binding options, add, delete and rearrange pages, obtain a quote, proof their job and submit their order all in one intuitive online interface

Online job submission and management

  • Order creation: Digital StoreFront provides an end-to-end workflow solution from order creation and the checkout process through order tracking
  • Order animation: Automated production to Fiery and integration to MIS for planning, scheduling, costing and production
  • Order management: Buyers can create orders, check production status and reorder products in one location Shopping cart, payment methods and approvals
  • Shopping cart: Digital StoreFront makes it easy for users to order products through the storefront with an intuitive checkout process
  • Payment methods: Digital StoreFront provides the option to pay by Cost Center, purchase order, custom accounting codes as well as credit card transaction processing
  • Approvals: You can set up workflows with multiple levels of approval at the dollar amount and product level to automatically notify the designated person of pending orders requiring approval

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Hardware Requirements*


1.8+ GHz dual core processor


3+ GB
Note: Rendering files (such as in the display graphics industry) will require more RAM. We suggest a minimum of 8 GB for such environments.

Hard Disk

250+ GB
Note: 25+ GB hard disk space must be available on the operating system drive even if Digital StoreFront is installed on a different drive. This accommodates components that are installed on the operating system drive such as Windows Updates, Microsoft SQL Server, and third-party components.


DVD-ROM drive

External Ports

1 USB for software dongle, 1 Ethernet 10/100/1000 Base TNIC


Monitor that supports 1024 x 768 or higher resolution

*For the requirements for installing Digital StoreFront in a DMZ environment see the document IT Requirements for Running Digital StoreFront in the Digital StoreFront documentation folder on the server on which Digital StoreFront is installed.


Digital StoreFront Server

Note:  Digital StoreFront should be installed and run on a dedicated separate server.


Software & Component Requirements

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) with IIS 7.5  / Message Que
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or R2 (64-bit) with IIS 8.0 / Message Que (Standard or Datacenter)

Note: The server must be set up as an Application Server and not as a File Server for Digital StoreFront to install properly.

For Digital StoreFront site administration

  • Digital StoreFront website administration (the functionality on the Administration pages) is supported only on a machine running Microsoft Windows
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Note: Please install the 32-bit version of Java even though you are on a 64-bit machine because the DSFdesign Studio uses Flex, which does not support 64- bit Java.

For Server Side PDF Conversion

Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, or 2013 Professional (32-bit) with .NET programmability option set to “Run from My Computer” for all applications in th Office suite.

For File Preflighting

Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Web Browser

Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11                  Google Chrome  40, 42, 43
Mozilla Firefox 35, 37, 39                        Opera 9, 18
Safari 5, 6, 7, 8  (Mac)

Note: HTML5 is not supported on Internet Explorer 8 and 9.

Database Server

Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014 (64-bit) is included with the installation and w be installed if no local SQL components are present on the install machine.
Optional (Customer Supplied):

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard or Enterprise
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Standard or Enterprise

Important Note: Digital StoreFront 8.x requires SQL Server 2012 (64-bit) or SQL Server 2014 (64-bit). If you complete the default installation of Digital StoreFront which installs Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014, you will not later be able to configure Digital StoreFront to run with a lower version of SQL Server database cluster (e.g., a 2014 database cannot be mounted in a 2012 environment).
SQL Express Upgrade: The installer can only upgrade a locally installed version of SQL Server Express. If you do not have a locally installed version of SQL Server Express, you must upgrade SQL Server.

.NET Framework

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is required

MicroPress Support Requirements

To enable MicroPress integration version 7 or higher is needed

Requirements for MIS connectivity through the PNI (PrintNet Integrator; note the Pace MIS does not use the PNI)

The computer on which you install the PNI must meet the following requirement

  • Windows 2003, Windows 2000, or Macintosh OS X 10.3.9 and 10.4.5
  • 512+ MB RAM
  • 200+ MB free disk space
  • An Internet accessible static IP address. The address must be an Internet facing address that allows inbound traffic on port 10443 (HTTPS) and outbound traffic on port 80, 443, and 9443 (9443 is for PrintSmith only).

Outbound access to the Internet, an “always on” type of connection

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† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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