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Make PDF Catalogs From PrestaShop

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

 

2

Auto-Update PDF Catalogs On Your PrestaShop Site

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




3

PDF for Every Product Page On Your PrestaShop Site

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

Instantly downloadable

Uses your artwork & colors

Free up to 1000 product families

 

4

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

 

5

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 PrestaShop?

We use Prestashop webservices. Here is the documentation on how to import data and images from Prestashop.

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

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 PrestaShop store?

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

The product images on my PrestaShop store 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.

Sorry! Prestashop is no longer supported by Catalog-on-Demand.

Part I. Check your configuration

  1. Select 'Tools' tab from back office then select 'Configuration Information'
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and address any errors found in the 'Required parameters:' section

Part II. Activate Webservice

Before activating the webservice, you must be certain:

  1. That URL rewrite is available on this server
  2. That the 5 methods GET, POST, PUT, DELETE and HEAD are supported by this server

Once you have confirmed the above:

  1. Select 'Webservice:' (also within the 'Tools' tab)
  2. Under 'Configutration' select the 'Enable PrestaShop Webservice:' radio button labeled 'Yes'
  3. Hit 'Save'

Note info above save button for possible troubleshooting

Part III. Regenerate the .htaccess file

  1. Select 'Generators' from within the 'Tools'tab
  2. Hit the 'Generate .htaccess file' button in the 'Htaccess file generation' section

Part IV. Create an API

  1. Return to the 'Webservice' option in the 'Tools' tab
  2. Click on the 'Add new' link (a)
  3. Click on the 'Generate' button (b)
  4. A key will be generated and displayed in the 'Key' field (c). At this point type a name for the API in the 'Key description' field.
  5. Select the following items in the 'View (GET)' column only (d)
    • categories 
    • combinations 
    • image_types 
    • images 
    • languages 
    • manufacturers 
    • product_feature_values 
    • product_features 
    • product_option_values 
    • product_options 
    • products 
    • stores
  6. Once you have done this, hit the 'Save' button.

Your API is created and live.

Part V. Test Your API Key

  1. Go to http://mystore.com/api/  (where mystore.com is your site URL)
  2. You should be prompted for a user name and password
  3. Enter the API key in User Name — there is no password
  4. You will access the list of resources that you configured in your Back Office with all permissions granted.

Part VI. Set Up Your Catalog-on-Demand Account Page

  1. Sign into Catalog-on-Demand (registration is free if you have not already done so).
  2. Click on Account (top menu). Go to the Data Import Setup section. 
  3. Under Import type, select PrestaShop import.
  4. Enter your site URL (e.g., http://www.lequi.co.uk)
  5. Enter the API key (e.g., 3a55r4fx41f72428e96657175m7d3cy7)
  6. Enter the language code (e.g., en-us)
  7. Choose at least one day of the week.
  8. Click Create Data Import Setup.
  9. Click Import Now.
  10. After a few minutes, click on History (in the Data Import section). You may need to click refresh, because the import does not start for about 2 or 3 minutes.
  11. When the import is complete, click on Download Report. 
  12. Review the report for errors. If you have any questions or issues, please contact support.
  13. If all is well, then you are ready to publish!

Part VII: Import Options

Catalog-on-Demand offers the following options for importing data from your Prestashop database.

  • 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.

Part VIII: Instructions (screenshots)

1. Tools tab options you will use.

 

2. Check your configuration.

 

3. Activate webservice.

 

4. Regenerate the .htaccess file.

 

5. Create an API (a).

 

6. Create an API (b).

 

7. Create an API (c).

 

8. Create an API (d).

 

9. Your API is created and live.