2.3. Catalog Wizard
In order to make the process of catalog creation easier you may use Catalog Creator Wizard, which will guide you step by step through the catalog configuration. Click on the following button to run Wizard:
You will be forwarded to the Catalog Settings Page, where you can fill general information such as Catalog name, language, currency, your store name etc.
Currency, Store Name, Address, City, State, Country, Phone, E-mail, Store URL - these fields will be automatically added from store settings. You can modify these fields, if needed.
You can enable “Retrieve products information from Store Manager every time before catalog generation” option, if you need to automatically update products data which were added to the catalog.
In case, you have changed product price, new price will be displayed in catalog. This field is recommended to use.
Description - use this field for making notes and comments in process of catalog handling.
Language field allows select and implicate for catalog the appropriate language from the drop-down list.
You can choose the language used in the admin panel or any other of the suggested variants below:
Next step is Add Products to your Catalog:
You can search necessary products in the category tree, putting a check marks next to those categories, which include the required items.
Products section allows you to manage status of products.
Image - displays product image, if you have set up FTP connection previously and you have your pictures uploaded.
Name - displays the name of the product according to the language you have chosen in your catalog.
SKU, Price, Special Price - reflect the product code, price and special price.
Creation date - indicates the date, when product was created in your store.
Is New - if you select this option, “New Product” icon will be displayed next to the product.
Is Printable - this field allows you to display product in PDF catalog. If you remove it, product will be shown in table, but won’t be printable in PDF catalog.
In Stock- displays products quantity available.
Position - shows the sort order of the product and its position at the catalog page.
You may add products or remove existing ones. In case, you want to see how product will look like in the catalog, select it in grid and click on Preview button.
If you want to set products order as in grid, click on button illustrated opposite.
If you select “Enable Drag&Drop” option, you will be able to move products using drag&drop technique and build order of products placement on catalog page.
All the columns except “Position” can be sorted out.
“Update Selected” option allows to get fresh data for selected products from your store.
On the next step you have to prepare catalog layout.
Select a layout, which you like and modify it according to your taste. Use Layout Editor menu to perform following operations:
- select one of default layouts from drop-down menu;
- clone layout;
- create new layout;
- rename layout;
For each page of your future catalog you can create a separate design, text color, background picture and few other layout settings in Title Page tab.
You may browse picture directly from your PC to set it as background or special price picture.
You can also use color palette to add custom colors.
If you want to make some changes in catalog you can use Advanced Layout Editor button.
Please, note that it is recommended to make a copy of layout before making changes, as if you update PDF Creator to the latest release, the changes in predefined layout can be lost.
Click on 'Close Wizard' button to exit from catalog creation functional.
In order to save current catalog in PDF format press the appropriate button in the toolbar:
You can simply add new catalog to the existing catalog list by using the 'Create New Catalog' option.
If you hover the mouse on the Catalog field you will see the catalog settings form.
Specify the main data and store URL to which this catalog is assigned.
Clicking on Products position you will see the two-panels form, the left one is for group data and the right one - for products information.
To be able to add new group data to the current catalog you should press the appropriate button from the top toolbar and press OK to save the entry:
Press to remove selected group and its products.
To edit current group data click on the corresponding button in the toolbar.
The right panel's toolbar serves to:
- add necessary products to the created groups,
- remove selected items from the product list,
- update selected one(s)
- disable/unable 'Drag-and-Drop' function,
- check the catalog external view with products in it.