We use the Shopify API. Here is the documentation on how to import data and images from Shopify.
Yes, product variants are supported. Furthermore, you can manage which variant titles you want. You can enter a list of variant titles, and indicate with a checkbox whether the purpose of this list is to “exclude” or “include”.
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
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.
You can use Private Data Editor to recategorize your products. There is a Catalog-on-Demand setting that prevents the Shopify import from overwriting your categories.
Yes. Catalog-on-Demand automatically handles all the sizing, positioning, and text wrap issues associated with having different shape images for different products.
Shopify offers an API that is well-suited for importing product data into Catalog-on-Demand for purposes of creating print catalogs. It allows you to set up API access on a shop-by-shop basis.
- From the administrator back end, click on Apps > Manage Apps.
- You will see the following: "Are you a developer interested in creating a private application for your shop?".
- Click on "Click Here".
- You will see a new page titled "Private applications".
- Click on the button labeled "Generate new application".
- Copy the API Key and the Password to a text file, or leave this tab open for Part II.
- Sign into Catalog-on-Demand (registration is free if you have not already done so).
- Click on Account (top menu). Click on Data Import Setup.
- Under Import type, select Shopify API import.
- Enter your Shopify store name (e.g., mystore).
- Paste the API Key.
- Paste the Password.
- Normally you will not check "Ignore HTML tables." This is a topic to be covered later.
- Choose at least one day of the week. We recommend you choose every day of the week.
- Click Create Data Import Setup.
- Click Test. You should see a Test Results pop-up. If everything is ok, go to the next step. If not, recheck your entries. Please contact support if you have problems.
- Click Import Now.
- 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.
- When the import is complete, click on Download Report.
- Review the report for errors. If you have any questions or issues, please contact support.
- If all is well, then you are ready to publish!
Catalog-on-Demand offers the following options for importing data from your Shopify 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.