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Data
sources

Standard integrations are available for many of the major e-commerce platforms. If yours is not listed, please let us know. We are always adding new integrations. If your content is in an ERP or other enterprise system, please contact us about developing a custom import. We have done this for many customers. Also, you are welcome to create your own data files for upload to Catalog-on-Demand.

Images from
Your e-Store

Your e-store product images (especially if there are zoom images) are well suited for creating catalogs with Catalog-on-Demand. Images are automatically resized and optimally arranged for best fit with text, attributes, and SKU tables. You can have multiple images per product.

Product
Descriptions

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 print publications.

Product &
  SKU Attributes

The product attributes you have made for your e-store will also work for your print catalogs, 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.

Prices

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.

Product Family
SKUs

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.

Variant
  Images

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 — it will automatically carry over to the next page if needed.

Dynamic or Grid
Layouts

You choose whether you want your publication to have: (a) a dynamic layout, where the space given to each product is automatically determined by the amount of product information; or (b) a grid layout, where every product gets the same amount of space. Many businesses use both!

Dynamic Layout
Control

If you choose the dynamic layout, you control the page width for each product, the maximum description length, the maximum image height, which attributes will appear, and more. Each page is optimized to place products in the most efficient way.

Grid Layout
Control

If you choose the grid layout, you control the size of each cell by setting the number of rows and columns. You also control the space between the rows and space between columns. There are many different cell sub-layouts to choose from. You can also use Plug-Ins to compose the content that you want to appear in each cell of the grid.

Categories
or Not

It is up to you whether you want your publications to contain: (a) the categories from your e-store; (b) a different category structure that you create just for your print catalog; or (c) no categories at all. You can have several levels of categories. Products can appear in any number of categories.

Indexes

You choose which indexes you want to appear in your catalog: SKU index, product family index, and/or manufacturer index. You specify the headings to appear with each index. All indexes and table of contents are generated automatically.

Branding

You can brand every publication with your own logo, colors, and artwork. For example, you can have your own background art on every content page. You can choose to specify your own covers, headers, footers, ads, and more.

Covers

Support is provided for front and back covers, both inside and outside. The front cover also supports: (a) publication title; (b) contact information; and (c) logo. You control the placement of each element on your title artwork. Of course, you can put anything else you want on your cover artwork too.

Page Headers

Upload any artwork you like for your page headers. Support is provided for both left facing (even number) and right facing (odd number) pages. Your page headers can be any height up to 2 inches (5.08cm).

Page Footers & Numbers

Upload any artwork you like for your page footers. Support is provided for both left facing (even number) and right facing (odd number) pages. If you want, you can specify two page footers for each side, which will alternate throughout the publication. Your page headers can be any height up to 2 inches (5.08cm). You can also specify the position, size, and color of the page numbers.

Filler Ads

Give your catalog 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. If more than one ad will fit, it will automatically rotate through the ads. Use the “ad test” feature to find out what size ads will work best for your publication.

Interval Ads

For ads or artwork that will appear every x pages, use the Interval ad feature. You can set up the page frequency that you want, with as many different ads as you need. It will cycle through all the ads, and start over when it reaches the end.

Insert Pages

Often it is helpful to add pages to the beginning or end of a publication, such as order forms, reference tables, special announcements, etc. This is handled with front and back insert pages. You can have any number of insert pages.

Private Gallery

Catalog-on-Demand gives you a way to manage all of your covers, headers, footers, ads, etc. in one place — called the Private Gallery. Use drag/drop to add new artwork. It reports back the size and gives a preview. You can then reach into the gallery and use whichever elements you want for a particular publication.

QR Codes Drive
  Mobile Traffic

If you wish, a unique QR code to an individual product page can be published next to every product in your catalog. Alternatively, you can save space and improve the appearance of your publication by having only one QR code per catalog page — which then takes the customer to a mini-web page for choosing which product to view.

Track Customers with
QR Codes

Every scan by a customer is recorded. Reports reveal product preferences. The more catalogs you send, the better your market data. Learn more about your customers by sending each one a unique publication.

Languages and
Currencies

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.

Page Size

For the grid layout, choose from standard US and European page sizes, or enter your own custom page size. If you need a custom page size for the dynamic layout, please contact support and let us know what you need. Most likely we will be able to accommodate your requirements.

Unlimited Publications

There is no limit to the number of unique catalogs and brochures you can create. For each publication, you choose the configuration and which products you want to include. Create custom publications for market niches, seasons, prospects, partners, and special customers.

Ready to Print

Contact us about your particular printing requirements. We can accommodate just about any special need you might have. Catalog-on-Demand is used for to create press-ready publications for Fortune 500 companies, which include bleeds, crop marks, etc.

High or Low
Resolution

By default all publications are created at 150dpi, because that works great for most on-demand publications that are printed on desktop printers, and it makes publications that are fast for your customers to download. If you need higher resolution, no problem. Just let us know your requirements and we’ll be happy to work with you.

Configurations

In order to save time in creating new publications, you can save all your settings in “configurations”. Give each one a useful name, and use it whenever you want. If you have a multi-user environment for sales people and dealers, you can control which users get to use which configurations.

Rebuild from Previous
Publishing Jobs

If you want to update a publication, or make some changes, the Rebuild feature is for you. Just click on the Rebuild button in your Job History. Then you can tweak the settings or product selection in any way you want.

History

Your publishing job history is always available to you. It the place where you go to: (a) view past jobs; (b) make publications Always Fresh; (c) use the Rebuild feature to create a similar publication, or (d) designate the job to be tracked for Analytics.

Always Fresh®

Any catalog or brochure can be designated as Always Fresh —  a powerful way to ensure that the publication is always up-to-date. This feature is essential if you want to put links to your PDFs on your website. Each PDF is auto-updated every day with latest content. The link on your site remains the same. This feature is perfect for product categories, recommended products, sale items, etc.

Cloud-Based - SaaS

Catalog-on-Demand is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). That means there is nothing to install on your computers, high reliability, available 24x7, and scalable to any number of publications and users. Additional servers to handle more throughput are started up in a matter of minutes. If a server fails, another is ready to take its place at any time.

 



Making Brochures — Getting Started

Here are the steps to getting started making brochures in Catalog-on-Demand.

I: Make Your First Publication

A. Choose the style

  1. Sign in to Catalog-on-Demand
  2. Click "Start a New Configuration"
  3. Choose Brochure, then click on "Ironwood Brochure A".

B. Make a short brochure with default settings

  1. Click on Configure to return to the configuration settings
  2. Click on the help icons to learn about each setting.
  3. Alternatively, you can read about each setting in the tutorial "How to Make Brochures with Ironwood Dynamic Style".

C. Download the publication

  1. Your new job will appear in the history list. It's status will be "Rendering".
  2. When it is finished its status will change to "Rendered".
  3. You will also see a PDF icon. Click to download the publication.

D. Review the publication

  1. Look for obvious data errors, such as missing text or images.
  2. Make sure that clicking on any product image takes you to that product web page.
  3. Do not hesitate to ask for help if needed. Be sure and provide the job number (e.g., 157441).

II: Configure your brochure appearance and features

A. Make your first configuration

  1. Click on Configure to return to the configuration settings.
  2. Click on the help icons to learn about each setting.
  3. Alternatively, you can read about each setting in this chapter of the user manual.

B. Frequently save your configuration

  1. Click on Save Configuration.
  2. Give your configuration a meaningful name.
  3. Click Save
  4. Save often.
  5. If you are going to make lots of changes, save as a different configuration.

C. Run lots of test publications

  1. The best way to learn is to experiment.
  2. Make lots of publications with different configuration settings.
  3. Be sure and test with different products.

 

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