Windows Product Software for CS-Cart

Hey guyz, I dont know if this is available or not but i was just thinking of a windows software that could be used to add products and categories to your store.



I’ve seen this for Oscommerce and several other shopping carts.



How this works is the software that you install on your windows connects to the backend of your store, could be mysql. and pretty much you can control the your entire store from there.



I think this would be a great thing for people who have hundreds of products that they wanna add to the cart.



I wonder if the developers at CS-cart would do this in the future, and how much would it cost.

You can import a CSV file.



This means that you can use Excel or Access to create things in and then upload them.

yes, i know you could do that… but there are people like me :stuck_out_tongue: dont know how to work with excell or access fields…(if someone would help, it will be great).



By the way, creating an excell still take more time than actual program which does it for you.



Take a look at this for oscommerce… [URL=“http://www.oscommerce-manager.com/”]http://www.oscommerce-manager.com/[/URL]



This would great if you have people adding product to the store and different people who are taking orders (like in my case).



If there are several hundred orders per day, this software would make lot easier in stead of going to the website backend… right for us, its just so time consuming. Have to find a better option…



If people are not interested with this, ill see if i can find a good programmer to make this for us. Lets see how that goes.

I can gaurantee that you do not want to use an “mysql” access software program to up load information to you site. It will clog the database and bring your site to a halt.



I use microsoft excel that came with my pc 4 years ago and it works great. I am sure newer versions would work even better.



You really do not have to know excel at all other then how to save and open files. If you can copy and paste your on your way.



I am attaching a small csv file to help get you started. Open it in excel you will have a popup box asking you how you want to open it click “tab” “next” “finish”

the csv file is tab delimited. Look at the top row, it lists part of the category options, I do not use them all since they can be set up in the admin. area.



Just copy and paste you info into the correct columns and when you done save the file as a “tab delimited” file.



I hope this helps you some. I add dozens of items every day with no problem.

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mikeingb, firstly, I would like to thank you for your help with the excel.



As per the other software, I used to use Cre-Loaded before I was pulled toward this amazing cscart. I used that software from [URL=“http://www.oscommerce-manager.com/”]http://www.oscommerce-manager.com/[/URL] to add products to the site, and Not once in my 3 year business, the database was clog. The program works similarly the same way as you using excel… what it does is once you add all the products, then you tell the program to upload the saved product info to the database (just like uploading an excel from the admin panel).



But Since there is no such option, I will use excel. again thanks to you. May be in the future I will hope, someone coming up with such software.

This strikes me as just more of the wrong-headed thinking that is exemplified by CS-Cart’s Store Manager and Live Help. First, it denies utility to people who use an OS other than Windows even though the cart itself runs on multiple platforms. It also limits our ability to help one another since we cannot see or adjust the Windows code like we can the .php and .tpl files.



Of the 5 “killer features”, most simply overcome design flaws in OSCommerce that do not exist in CS-Cart. For instance, the first, Copy and Paste Products, demonstrates how you can assign products to additional categories (I can tell you from personal experiance taht this can be a dicey proposition when you later decide to delete a product) which is something that CS-Cart easily handles with secondary categories. CS-Cart 1.3.5 also allows bulk editing of secondary categories.



Easy Attribute Editor seems similar to Global Options in CS-Cart. Copy and Paste Attributes also seems like applying Global Options on indivudual or bulk products.



Finally, the fifth “killer feature” is wizards to export/import spreadsheets. The example shown actually demonstrates the value of using a spreadsheet (or database application) for managing and changing the data itself.



I personally hope that CS-Cart stays away platform-specific applications and instead focuses on making the most easily managed server-side cart in the business.



Bob

Nice post - some of it just over my head - but the Excel file format is pretty easy to work with without much learning.



I will be looking at this someday and producing a fancy sheet to make it easier and then linking it into access which offers even more options and custom reports etc.

[quote name=‘kandip’]mikeingb, firstly, I would like to thank you for your help with the excel.



As per the other software, I used to use Cre-Loaded before I was pulled toward this amazing cscart. I used that software from [URL=“http://www.oscommerce-manager.com/”]http://www.oscommerce-manager.com/[/URL] to add products to the site, and Not once in my 3 year business, the database was clog. The program works similarly the same way as you using excel… what it does is once you add all the products, then you tell the program to upload the saved product info to the database (just like uploading an excel from the admin panel).



But Since there is no such option, I will use excel. again thanks to you. May be in the future I will hope, someone coming up with such software.[/QUOTE]

The reason your database was not clogged is this OS is not an “mysql” software program. It is a glorified excel spread sheet and after watching the falsh demos I think excel is easier to use in MHO.

I use the CRE Loaded manger from Magnetic one for my other store and it’s awesome. Much faster and easier to work with than uploading and downloading spreadsheets. Especially when you are working with thousands of items. It also has an awesome quesry builder to extract any data you want. I hope they make it for CS-Cart.

Hi



I made a small win prog to edit the csv export file.

If anyone want to use it dowload from here [URL=“http://www.havsus.no/app.zip”]http://www.havsus.no/app.zip[/URL]

Its free and there are no help file or readme it is only the exe file the program was only ment to be used on my webshop.

[quote name=‘Lars’]Hi



I made a small win prog to edit the csv export file.

If anyone want to use it dowload from here [URL=“http://www.havsus.no/app.zip”]http://www.havsus.no/app.zip[/URL]

Its free and there are no help file or readme it is only the exe file the program was only ment to be used on my webshop.[/QUOTE]



first i would like to say, thanks! i think its great to have a program like this…:stuck_out_tongue:

but i have some problems with it, when i exported a csv and read it with your program. there’s no image location? when i selected one product, no discription is show, thats strange because there is some in my csv…

i use 1.3.5 sp2, is it made for this version?



i hope cs-cart is comming soon with an offline appl. for making products…