Column: A walkthrough guide of DLsite.com Part 4

A walkthrough guide of DLsite.com

This time, as promised, we would like to talk about the categories of our products!
They are presented by individual icons to give you some basic information about the products visually and instantly. But, our dear loyal customers of DLsite.com, can you tell how many icons we have?
Well, the answer is here!

As we have written in the previous part 3, most of the information on a product page are based on the submission from the circles. Icons that we focus on today are the same, and all we do is correct or add them occasionally when reviewing the contents prior to the sales so that the presentation will be accurate.

Categories

As you can see here, all category icons are in green color, and attached to each product almost anywhere it is presented on our website.
The category icons show the essential nature of the product, while other icons are mostly associated with the file format; so be sure to check this icon first among others!
To check their location on the product information page, please check the previous Walkthrough Guide Part 3.

Family Category Description
Manga Manga When a manga is in simple image files (such as PDF and JPEG format) and not much different from its printed version, it's labeled as Doujinshi;
when it is edited and optimized for the digital version such as a manga that comes with a viewer, it's labeled as Doujin Software. We consider the latter as a "Digital comic" (marked so in the Japanese sections).
Illustration Illustration
CG Collection
When a group of art images is in simple image files (such as PDF and JPEG format) and not different from its printed version, it's categorized as "illustration" and labeled with Doujinshi;
when it is edited and optimized for the digital version, it's categorized as "CG collection" and labeled with Doujin Software.
Illust+Novel Illustration+Novel (PDF) CG+Novel
When a set of art images and novella is in simple image files (such as PDF and JPEG format), it's categorized as "illust+Novel (illustration and novel)" and labeled with Doujinshi;
when it is edited and optimized for the digital version (such as html-viewable format), it's categorized as "CG+Novel" and labeled with Doujin Software.
Novel Novel This is a text-based product that comes with no or few images; thus, normally it gets rejected according to the compliance policy of the English section, as they are considered as not enjoyable for non-Japanese speaking customers.
Utility Tool Utility / Tool Always associated with the Doujin Software icon, this category groups mostly material data for your creation, especially games.
The file formats vary, so be sure to check if any special program is required for the use!
Anime Animation This is animated movie products. In whatever file format, it's always associated with the Doujin Software icon.
A viewer program is necessary to watch the contents of this category and sometimes special codecs may be required as well.
Voice Audio These categories are vocally or instrumentally auditory products and definitely not for those who enjoy visual art works. Not to be mixed with the with Voice and with Music icons in grey color, which represent an additional element to a product.
The most popular file format is mp3 (carrying the Audio (MP3) icon).
Music Music
Game
(Doujin Game)
Action
Quiz
Adventure
Role-Playing
Card & Block Breaking
Digital Novel
Simulation
Typing
Shooter
Puzzle
We don't go into the details of each game genre, as we think they are universal. :)
Usually, games are in application format (presented with the Executable File icon). As noted on the product information page, you may need to set Japanese font support on your PC to enjoy products in this format. This is especially important for products created with older versions of KiriKiri, a popular novel engine in Japan.
Also, some products may require special software to install separately, the most frequent ones being games created with RPG tkool. Please take note of Contents and Notice sections on the product information page, and try the trial version prior to the purchase if available :)
Other format Other format (PDF)
Other format (Non-PDF)
Other format (Game)
This category covers everything - manga, software and game - that the circle (or DLsite staffs) thought classifiable in none of the categories listed in the above.
Its genre, contents and file format can be anything, but probably the most frequent cases are products created using Adobe Flash/Air.

OK, now you know how many categories we have :)
In the next Part 5, we continue to look into more icons attached to products, repsesenting information about additional options.
If you have questions or requests about this series, please don't hesitate to let us know through [ Opinion Box ] !

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