Converting product images

Need: One of my distributors provided me a full catalog export in CSV format including product images. I have thousands of products that have been uploaded into the product database. But the included image files are not in the *.jpg *_i.jpg *_t.jpg file structure needed by AC7. Manually uploading every product image file one-by-one is not an option. All product image files were named matching the SKU value of each product and in GIF format. Solution: There are several image batch resizer utilities available on the internet. I reviewed a few and went with one from SoftOrbits.com. http://...

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PayPal Authorization Error Codes

Found this on the PayPal developer site researching a customer payment problem. https://www.paypal.com/IntegrationCenter/ic_api-errors.html This is a list of the PayPal payment processing response error numbers and their descriptions. Not incredibly helpful but it's more than Able gives you in the payment summary screen. ...

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Exporting CSV files in Excel 2007

I used the email lists export (thank you Able for having that feature) to migrate my subscribed users to my list server. The problem was the list server requires quote delimiters and the AC7 file doesn't have them. I thought Excel could do it by opening and resaving the CSV file. No-go, it's a common problem in Excel 2007 apparently. Microsoft wrote a nice little VBA.Excel app to do it for you. Here's the link with instructions and the code. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291296/en-us Enjoy! ...

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Adding a new page to AbleCommerce 7

I don't know if this is the "right" way to do it, but here are the steps I take to add new pages to AC7 with my own user controls for server-side content and functionality. Most sites will have some sort of custom menu component, as mine does. So the end result URL will be need to be added to your menu structure. If you are wanting something added to the header or footer links, just add a link to your page in the appropriate header/footer content page under Website/Content and Layout in the Admin screen. Step 1: Make a blank page Start by creating a new web page....

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Variants Explained

For those of us who are just getting into the world of ecommerce software products, the term Variants may be somewhat new. The intent of this article to provide some clarity and save you some time discovering what Variants can and cannot do. This is a work-in-progress so check back or subscribe to it. Explanation Variants are a way to present the visitor with choices about a particular product for sale. These choices can be presented as either a dropdown box or as graphical images called "swatches". Variants versus Kits Variants differ from kits in such they do not requi...

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