Brands Overview

   MaestroPreviously known as Transact Maestro.  |   Template Designer Form Builder  |   21.11 This feature was updated in 21.11.

When an organization creates a template, they often want to reuse the structure of the template while still being able to adjust many of its attributes, such as background colors and button styles. This is commonly done for the sake of white-labelling, so an organization can create configurable copies of its templates to eliminate the need of creating a new template every time they enter into a white-labeling deal.

To streamline this process, Maestro allows you to use brands. A brand is a variation of a template.

A brand defines the physical appearance of a Maestro form and is stored within a template. Brands control colors, fonts, and other aspects of a form. Brands are created in the template by the Template Designer. Brands ensure that all the forms have consistent colors, fonts, and other design elements. If a change to a brand is required, for instance a new color, all that is needed is a modification to the brand and a re-publish of the form – each form does not need to be modified individually.

For example, you may want to have a template defining the same form structure, but with different colors, heights, and widths configured in several brands. This is illustrated in the example below.

Every Maestro template has at least one brand, named Default. Even if you don't plan to have multiple brands, you still need to use the Default brand to configure the Theme Options and Item Properties within the template. You can't rename or delete the Default brand.

You can create as many brands as required and then apply a brand to a form as you work on. When a brand is not needed any longer, you can remove it. It's recommended that only a Template Designer manage templates.

A brand shares the same underlying structure as the original template, meaning all of the components in the View pane are the same, but the properties and styles can be adjusted on a per-brand basis.

When you edit a form with multiple brands in the Maestro editor, you can see extra options, such as the Brand button where you can switch a brand and the Build with Options where you can choose which brand to use while generating a TM Form Version deployable file.

Brands are variations of templates. They share the same underlying structure as the original template, meaning all of the components in the Structure pane will be the same, but the Theme Options and Item Properties that affect those components can be adjusted on a per-brand basis.

For example, if a template has three brands, you could configure each brand with a different color scheme:

Every template has one brand by default, and that will be enough for most organizations. If additional brands are created for a template, Form Builders will be able to apply those brands to forms.

When creating a brand, a Template Designer will:

  1. Configure Theme Options
  2. Configure Item Properties

Next, learn how to create a brand.