Replace your print buttons with a link to a high-quality, pre-made PDF. Each PDF features the product information contained on that page. The entire process is automated.
Your content, including images, is checked every night. If anything has changed, or if products have been added or deleted, the PDF is automatically updated. Always Fresh® ensure that your PDF is always current with your latest content.
Once you make the link from your site to the product PDF, you are done. You never need to touch it again. The PDF is updated automatically — the link never changes. And you get to specify the name of the link.
Your e-store product images (especially if there are zoom images) are well suited for creating the flyers. Images are automatically resized and optimally arranged for best fit with text, attributes, and SKU tables. You can have multiple images per product.
Use the same product descriptions for print as you have for your e-store. Bullets, other simple HTML, and descriptions of any length are supported. And Catalog-on-Demand Plug-Ins can be used to automatically transform content (such as stripping out unwanted HTML) to make it more suitable for your Always Fresh Flyers.
The product attributes you have made for your e-store will also work for your Always Fresh Flyers, at both the product family and SKU levels. You choose which attributes you want to appear. Plug-Ins can be used to transform attributes, or even generate new attributes.
Your e-store prices can be published or not, as you want. You can show multiple prices if needed. Price overrides are supported. Using Plug-Ins, you can compute prices based on any other product data or other conditions.
SKU tables of any length, with any number of attributes are supported. Column widths are computed automatically, or you may set the width for consistency across products. Tables automatically flip if there are more attributes than will fit in the available space. Plug-Ins can be used to generate table values from any available data.
SKU graphics are especially useful for showing color variations or product configurations. It is also a good way to show accessories or replacement parts. You can show as many as you need — they will automatically carry over to the next page if needed.
You can brand every Always Fresh Flyer with your own logo and colors. You can use your own background artwork.
Give your Always Fresh Flyers a more professional look by filling white space with ads or artwork that you create. You can create as many different filler ads as you want. The ad that is the best fit will always be selected. Use the "ad test" feature to find out what size ads will work best for your publication.
If you wish, a unique QR code is generated and placed on every Always Fresh Flyer. If viewed online, clicking on the QR code (or the product image) takes the reader to the corresponding product on your site. If looking at a print copy, scanning the code with their phone or tablet will take the reader to the corresponding page on your site.
All western and eastern European languages (such as Greek, Cyrillic, Croatian, etc.) are supported, including special characters. Languages can be blended to any extent, such as when descriptions contain terms or attribute values in a language different than the rest of catalog. Most of the world's currencies are supported. Catalog-on-Demand Plug-Ins will work with any language.
Here are the steps to create flyers (PDF for every product) in Catalog-on-Demand:
After you have spot-checked your flyers, you are ready to enable them on your e-commerce site.
Contact your e-commerce provider to inquire if they offer support for linking to a PDF per product page.
Making a background graphic
A few notes
Special note for flyer backgrounds
Make your design around the edges. Assuming you make the background graphic 1275 x 1650px, the page content will be:
You may enter up to 12 lines of text. The text will be left justified.
You may enter up to 12 lines of text. The text will be right justified.
Making a footer graphic
A few notes
If you want people to be able to click on the footer graphic, then enter a URL here. Click on the Test button to see if your link works as expected.
All product images are automatically resized to the maximum height that you specify. The default height is 2.0 inches.
A QR code lets people use their phone or tablet to quickly go to your e-commerce site from a printed page.
The QR code will appear only for those products that include a URL in the data. If the product data does not include a URL, then a QR Code will not appear with the product, regardless of this setting.
You should select the Large option if you want to be sure that your codes can be read by older smart phones (2008-9). If you are not concerned about this issue, then choose the Small option because it will take less space on the page.
If you have some sku table columns that you would prefer not be included in the catalog, list them here. Each column label should go in its own field. Click the plus sign for each column name.
This is where you can enter substitutes for column header labels. For example, suppose the original column header says Material but you would prefer that it say Fabric.
You would enter Material in the left field, and Fabric in the right field. To add more substitutions, just click the plus sign.
This applies only to product families that do not have multiple skus (such as multiple sizes, colors, etc.).
If you want the price to appear in large type, without the sku number, choose retail format.
If you want the price to appear with the sku number, in the same way as if there were multiple skus, then choose table format.
This page allows you to configure the color of each element in the presentation of your product information. Special note: If your products each have a single SKU (no SKU table), then the price will be published in the color of the product name. The currency will be published in the color of the Column Label for the SKU table.
Making a filler ad graphic
A few notes
Check this box if you do not want the price to appear in your publications.
Choose your currency symbol here.
This prefix will appear in the file name, before the job number. Typically this would be the name of your business. Use hyphens in place of spaces.
This is best done by your e-commerce (or template/theme) provider.
Ask them to build in links to a "PDF for every product". It is simple! Send them to this page.
This is a free service from Catalog-on-Demand. Explain to them that their services and products will be more useful by allowing their users to include this link on every product page.
If you cannot get support from your provider, you will need to put a linked image on every product page, like this:
<a href=[URL of the Always Fresh flyer] target="_blank"><img src=[URL of the PDF icon]></a>
For the URL of the PDF icon, most sites use this link:
However, you can use any other icon that you prefer.
The URL of the PDF flyer is constructed like this:
https://www.catalog-on-demand.com/PDF-e-Link/?AID=[organization ID]|[product code (encoded)]
Important! Be sure to put a pipe delimiter | between the organization ID and product code.
If you are using a Catalog-on-Demand data feed...
If your data source is Google Product Search data feed...
If you are using the Catalog-on-Demand extension for Magento...
Don't forget the product code must be encoded!
Magento Developers — Here's a tip from L.j. Lee of RSAwares about how he successfully created links from his product pages to the PDFs produced via Catalog-on-Demand. Thanks L.j.!
If you need the code for others that need help, this is what I used:
<a href="http://www.catalog-on-demand.com/PDF-e-Link/?AID=[organization ID]|
<?php echo $_product->getId() ?>"><img src="http://www.catalog-on-demand.com/print-catalog.png"></a>
I added this code in the magento directory under: