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Make PDF Catalogs From Aten Software Data Feed

Make catalogs for every purpose: events, seasons, segments, etc.

Use the same content as your online store — including HTML, variants & more

Choice of dynamic or grid layouts, with many options

Brand with your colors, logo, & artwork

 

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Auto-Update PDF Catalogs From Your Aten Software Data Feed

Always Fresh® means catalogs are updated every night

Create a link to your site one time — the link remains the same

Post an Always Fresh catalog or brochure for every category



 

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PDF for Every Product Page On Your Site

Creates a PDF for every product on your site — updated nightly

Instantly downloadable

Uses your artwork & colors

Free up to 1000 product families

 


 

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Lite Edition for Sales Reps & Dealers

For sales reps, dealers, distributors, etc.

They select the template & products —  you control the design and content

Perfect for 1:1 sales, wish list reminders, abandoned cart follow-ups, including with shipments, trade show handouts

 

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Flexible Job File (FJF) for Batch Processing

Run publications with no human intervention

Launch jobs with any configuration and any combination of products

Generate Job Files with any tool, or from any system (CRM, etc.)

 

How do I integrate Catalog-on-Demand with data feeds from Aten Software?

Aten Software provides a Standard Data Feed that is compatible with Catalog-on-Demand. Here is the documentation onhow to import data and images from Aten Software data feed.

Is it possible to make the product description or image in my print catalogs different than what is in our Aten data feed?

You can use the Private Data Editor (PDE) to change product data. This includes the description, images, and attributes. If you do this, you will want to use the Locked Product feature, which prevents your edited data from being overwritten by the next import.

For some publications (such as niche catalogs) I want to be able to add or override attribute values and prices. Is this possible?

Yes, you can do this and more with the "Override and Supplementary Data" capability, documented here. Here are the available features:

  • Price overrides — Publish a price that is different than the price contained in your database
  • SKU number override — Publish with a SKU number that is different than the SKU numbers in your database
  • Attribute value override — Publish attribute values that are different than the attribute values in your database
  • Attribute supplements — Publish attribute labels and values that are in addition to what you have in your database

Is there a way to automatically strip out, replace, or otherwise change content before publishing?

Yes, by using Catalog-on-Demand Plug-Ins. This is a powerful capability to apply JavaScript in just about any way you can imagine to transform your content for publishing. You might use it to publish or suppress prices, combine attributes in a separate field, pull data from another source, or almost anything else. You can create your own Plug-Ins, or we can make them for you.

I have extensive formatting and HTML in my product descriptions. How is this handled?

Catalog-on-Demand supports simple HTML for print publications, such as bullets and some styling. Other HTML, such as complicated embedded tables or extensive styling, does not transfer well from web to print. Such HTML may be easily stripped out with simple checkboxes.

In addition, Plug-Ins can be created to handle just about any other clean up or formatting replacement that you can imagine.

How can I make the product categories in my print catalogs different than in my Aten data feed?

You can use Private Data Editor to recategorize your products. There is a Catalog-on-Demand setting that prevents the Aten data feed import from overwriting your categories.

The product images in my Aten data feed vary in size and shape. Can I still use them for print catalogs?

Yes. Catalog-on-Demand automatically handles all the sizing, positioning, and text wrap issues associated with having different shape images for different products.

How to Automatically Import Product Data and Images from Aten Software Data Feed into Catalog-on-Demand

Part I: Catalog-on-Demand Setup

Aten Software provides a Standard Data Feed that is compatible with Catalog-on-Demand. Please click here for instructions on setting up your data feed for Catalog-on-Demand. 

Once you have the data feed URL, please proceed as follows:

  1. Go to your Catalog-on-Demand Account page > Automated Data Import Setup.
  2. Choose "Catalog-on-Demand data file".
  3. Paste the URL provided by Aten Software.
  4. Check at least one of the "Auto Start Days of Week" (most users set it to run every night).
  5. Click Save Changes.
  6. Test the import.
    1. Click on Import Now.
    2. After a couple minutes, click on History. Your new import job should appear in the history table. 
      (Note: This refers to the History button found in Data Import Setup.)
    3. When the import is finished, click on Download Report. You should see a value for "Items created" that is the number of SKUs in your database.

You're ready to start publishing! If you have any question or problems, please contact support.

Part II: Import Options

Catalog-on-Demand offers several options for importing data from your Aten Software Data Feed.

  • Ignore HTML tables — If checked, then any HTML tables in your product descriptions will not be imported. Sometimes this is necessary if you have complex HTML tables that do not appear correctly in your print catalog.
  • Remove color tags — This is useful if you have color formatting in your HTML that you do not want to appear in your print catalog.
  • Remove all styles — This is useful if you have font formatting in your HTML that you do not want to appear in your print catalog.