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Shopify Integration Guide

Adding 3D to a Shopify site benefits brands and buyers alike, creating a more immersive and confident shopping experience while driving stronger business results.

Dopple Visual is designed to seamlessly integrate with your Shopify site and enables buyers to view selections in real-time through high fidelity 3D and augmented reality. Additional features such as Snapshot, personalization, and product animation further enhance the experience.

This guide describes how to embed Dopple Visual in a Shopify store.

The Dopple app welcome screen

Prerequisites

Before getting started, make sure the following prerequisites are met:

  1. Your Shopify store is using a compliant theme: a store with at least an Online Store 2.0 theme.
  2. Your Shopify store’s domain (e.g. www.your-website.com) has been authorized by Dopple.
  3. You have a valid client ID, product name, and product namespace ready for use.
  4. You know the configuration properties and values available on your 3D product (typically found in your product’s configurability matrix from Dopple).
  5. You have at least one product created in your Shopify store.

Installation

First, visit apps.shopify.com/dopple-visual to install the Dopple app on your store. After installation, you can access the app using the search bar at the top of your store’s admin screen.

Search for the Dopple app in your store

Configuring the app

From the app’s home screen, go to Manage Settings and enter your Dopple client ID and the default namespace to use for your 3D products.

Edit your Dopple app settings

Next, check the “Use custom inputs for product options” if your product’s variants are configured using another app instead of within Shopify’s default product variant settings (such as an app to add more variants via metafields), or if you plan to build your page’s UI and configuration logic manually.

  • Leaving this box unchecked will allow the Dopple app to automatically detect your product variants from your default Shopify product’s settings, letting you more easily map those variants to their 3D properties and values.

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    If your products all have fewer variants than Shopify’s product limit (100) then we recommend unchecking this setting.

  • Checking this box will require you to manually enter the names and categories for your variants, along with their corresponding 3D properties and values, but will allow you to create an unlimited number of variants.

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    If any of your products exceed Shopify’s product variant limit (100), you will need to check this setting.

The final steps will be broken into two sections according to your choice above:

  1. Default integration — if the “Use custom inputs for product options” setting is NOT checked.
  2. Custom integration — if the “Use custom inputs for product options” setting IS checked.

Setting up your product

Regardless of which integration method you choose, you will always be able to configure your product’s 3D settings within the Manage Products section of the Dopple app.

Select the product you want to configure, and enter the name and optional namespace override for your product.

Heads up

Be sure to enter the product name and namespace exactly as they are configured for your product in the Dopple platform. Any typos will cause the product to not load!

The settings under the Display Options section can be used to customize the final output of the embedded 3D product. Here, you can decide which Embedded UI features to enable (only available when using the Visual Component, not the Visual API).

Product properties

Default integration

With the “Use custom inputs for product options” setting unchecked in your Dopple settings, navigate to the Manage Products section of the Dopple app and select your product.

With the default integration, the Dopple app will automatically detect which variants and categories are already configured on your Shopify product, so you only need to enter the Dopple properties and values associated with each variant.

Product options using the default integration

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When entering an RGB color for the value of any property, use the format R,G,B without any spaces, brackets, or quotes (for example: 255,128,0).

Custom integration

With the “Use custom inputs for product options” setting checked in your Dopple settings, navigate to the Manage Products section of the Dopple app and select your product.

  1. Under the Product Options section, click “Add new product option” to create a category for your product’s variants.

  2. Enter a name for the first category of variants, such as “Colors” or “Materials” (any name of your choice will do).

  3. Click “Add new value mapping to product option” to begin adding variants and their corresponding 3D properties and values under this category.

  4. Enter a display name for the first variant, such as “Black” or “Red” (again, any name of your choice will work, as long as it is unique within this category).

  5. Add the 3D properties and values for your product to the “Dopple property” and “Dopple value” fields.

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    Use the “Add new property” button to add multiple properties/values to the current variant. This is also useful if you want to trigger other properties to change when this variant is selected.

    You are free to add as many property/value pairs to each variant as you need!

Product options using the custom integration

Adding Dopple to your site pages

From your Shopify store’s dashboard, navigate to Online Store > Themes > Customize to begin adding Dopple content blocks to pages on your site.

In the Sections panel, click either the “Add block” or “Add section” buttons, then click the “Apps” tab to choose your app block.

Add an app block

Currently, there are two types of app blocks available for non-product pages:

  1. 3D Product — This will embed the 3D product on your page using either the Visual Component or a <canvas> element with the Visual API, along with adding the window.doppleShopify object to the global scope.
  2. 3D Product (Data Only) — Use this block if you only want to expose the window.doppleShopify object to your page but not use the app’s default Dopple embed. This is useful for more customized themes and pages, where you need access to the product data when building your own custom UI for the 3D products.

After adding an app block to your page, select which product to embed.

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For Shopify product detail pages (PDPs) only, a single PDP 3D Product block is available. For this block, the product will automatically be selected by Shopify when a user navigates to that product’s page.

The window.doppleShopify object

When the Dopple app is active on one of your store’s pages, the window.doppleShopify object will be available in the global scope. This object contains all information about the current 3D product along with some additional Dopple-related data (such as which Embedded UI features you have enabled).

Properties

  • clientId: Your Dopple client ID.
  • namespace: The default global namespace set for your products.
  • customAttributes: true if your product is set to use custom attributes.
  • productConfig: The product configuration object.
    • doppleProductName: The product name.
    • doppleProductNamespaceOverride: The product namespace override (if one was set).
    • productPageOptions: The product page options object.
      • visualApiEnabled: Whether or not to use the Visual API (if set to true) or the Visual Component (if set to false).
      • mediaPosition: The media position.
      • embeddedUI: The embedded UI object, with information on which Embedded UI features (such as AR, Fullscreen mode, and Snapshots) are enabled.
    • sitewideBlockOptions: The sitewide block options object.
      • visualApiEnabled: true if the Visual API is enabled (implies using the Visual Component if false).
      • embeddedUI: The embedded UI object, with information on which Embedded UI features (such as AR, Fullscreen mode, and Snapshots) are enabled.
    • doppleAttributeMap: The product attribute map.

Working with the attribute map

The doppleAttributeMap object can be especially handy when following the custom integration steps above, allowing you to easily access the entire map of properties and values available on your 3D products.

For example, this:

// This will display the map of properties and values available on your 3D product
console.log(window.doppleShopify.productConfig.doppleAttributeMap)

Will display an object like this in your console:

"doppleAttributeMap": [
{
"attribute": "Category Title (e.g. Colors)",
"valueMapping": [
{
"value": "Variant #1 - Black",
"doppleValue": "11,11,11",
"id": "386c184c-e412-4307-b9b8-44bd5bb00e6b",
"doppleProperty": "material_color"
},
{
"value": "Variant #1 - Black",
"doppleValue": "metal",
"id": "935fffb3-d90c-4195-b4db-60594d751ab0",
"doppleProperty": "material_type"
},
{
"value": "Variant #2 - Red",
"doppleValue": "220,10,28",
"id": "4ffaa98f-8acb-4b1b-a015-20a821e53db2",
"doppleProperty": "material_color"
},
// etc...
]
}
]
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Notice that the Variant #1 - Black variant above is listed twice: once for setting the material_color property and once for setting the material_type property. This is designed to give you full visibility into the options available on your 3D product.

However, when working with this object (such as dynamically creating your configuration UI according to the options available on your product), it may be easier to transform the object into a simpler format. For example, this code snippet will group your variants into categories, combine any variants with the same name into a single object, and discard the unnecessary id property:

let groupedCategories = window.doppleShopify.productConfig.doppleAttributeMap.map(category => ({
    category: category.attribute,
    variants: Object.values(category.valueMapping.reduce((acc, { value, doppleValue, doppleProperty }) => {
        acc[value] = acc[value] || { name: value, values: [] }
        acc[value].values.push({ property: doppleProperty, value: doppleValue })
        return acc
    }, {}))
}))
console.log(groupedCategories)

Now, groupedCategories will be easier to iterate through and work with:

[
{
"category": "Category Title (e.g. Colors)",
"variants": [
{
"name": "Variant #1 - Black",
"values": [
{ "property": "material_type", "value": "metal" },
{ "property": "material_color", "value": "11,11,11" }
]
},
{
"name": "Variant #2 - Red",
"values": [
{ "property": "material_color", "value": "220,10,28" }
]
},
// etc. for additional variants...
]
},
// etc. for additional categories...
]