I am new to the software on a 30 day trial trying to figure out the fastest automated way to add products to the database
To transfer the existent product catalog to CS-Cart database, it is possible to make use of a built-in Import/Export module which allows to import and export products, customers and orders data via correspondingly formatted CSV file.
Please take a look at the following page of our online demo to see which kind of data can be imported via the CSV file:
Use navigation links inside blue section and tabs to switch between different objects which can be imported. Here you can import products, additional product images and other store object like orders and users, etc.
For more information on the import/export process please refer to the following page of our Knowledge Base:
CS-Cart Documentation — CS-Cart 4.15.x documentation
Also, as a solution, you can make use of a third-party tool for migration of your database. For more information please refer to the following page of their website:
Migration to CS-Cart in 1 Hour [Guaranteed] ✅ Cart2Cart™