We feel there is a better solution to this. So instead of spending money every time you require a product catalogue you can purchase our Catalogue Generator / Manager and create your own, quickly, easily and any time you need.
Our Catalogue Manager requires our Product Manager so you can select the Categories and Sub Categories of products you wish to include in the catalogue.
To create a catalogue is easy. You have a range of criteria you can use to identify what products to include. The simplest way is to just select the Sub Categories of products you want in the catalogue.
We have tried to make this application as flexible as possible without appearing too complicated. Each catalogue you generate is saved directly as a PDF which you can then print, send to a commercial printer, simply email it as an attachment or make it available for download on your website.
The descriptions and pictures for each product are taken from the Product Manager. So if you need to change a picture for a product, you simply use our Product Manager and upload a new picture for that product, which at the same time will update the picture for that product on your website. The description is managed the same way. The beauty about this system is that anytime you update a product for your website, when you generate a catalogue which includes that product, that catalogue will automatically include all the updated information. There is no need to re-edit a catalogue in order for it to know about any updates.
Each catalogue is updated dynamically. That way it always includes the most up to date product information that is available.
By default the Catalogue Manager will assign 4 products per page and each product will be given equal space on the page. The product description appears on the left and the product picture on the right. Each picture will be resized and centered where possible to ensure consistency of the page layout, but at all times the pictures will retain their correct Aspect Ratio.
You can override this 4 product per page (1 per line) layout by editing products in our Product Manager. You have the additional options to display 2 or 3 products per line, and can select to display with or without picture. This override feature is idea if you have products of a similar type that you wish to include, but have no need to allocate so much space per page for each. With 3 products per line, that will allow 12 products to be displayed per page.
There are a range of other options, such as start a new page on a Category and/or sub category change and you can choose to include Introductory pages for each new Category and/or Sub Category. On Category Change you can include a Full page introduction or a Brief introduction. On Sub Category change you can choose to include a Brief introduction. A Brief introduction occupies the space of a single product on the page (25% of the page) and is colour coded so that it appears differently than that of the products. By using the Product Manager, you can enter descriptions in the Heading record for each Category and/or Sub Category and that description is what the Catalogue Manager will use in these Introduction sections.
Specific Sub Categories
If you just wish to have a catalogue that includes products from a Specific Sub Category, or numerous Sub Categories, you can select which Sub Categories to include from the provided list. Then in the Products to Include option you can select from a range of options such as "All Products", only those products currently being displayed online through to only those products assigned to a catalogue.Advanced Product Management Options: Approved Status, Core Group Status and Catalogue Status
In our Product Manger you have the ability to assign a product to one or all of the three Advanced Status options. Approved provides you the ability to display a logo next to each product to identify it has additional significance. There are 9 settings for Approved Status. Core Group gives you the ability to group products from any category and sub category by a common link. There are 9 settings for Core Group and finally you can manually assign a Catalogue Status which indicates how this product should be displayed in a catalogue. All three options provide you with additional flexibility as to how you manage your products and just as importantly allows you to auto generate catalogues using those status settings very quickly. It means you can adjust the status of any product at anytime and when you next generate the catalogue that is based on that status, it knows instantly of any changes you have made to those products.Override Product Selection
There will be times that you wish to include a Sub Category of products, but at the same time maybe exclude a few of the products which are in that sub category. When you generate a Catalogue it will display a list of all products (product code only) and on what page each will be assigned to. You can now look through that list and simply enter the product codes for those that you wish to exclude in the Exclude List. When you save, the Catalogue Manager will regenerate the catalogue and exclude those products. When you next edit that catalogue you will see those products have been omitted from the list. This provides a quick an easy option, so instead of having to select all the products you want, you can just select the products you don't want (which is often a much shorter list and therefore requires less work for you.)
The front and back covers can include pictures. Now instead of just having any pictures there, the catalogue manager can be configured to randomly select pictures of products that have been included in the catalogue, or you can manually enter the the pictures you wish it to use. You can have no pictures, one picture through to a total of 9 pictures displayed on the covers. So for 9 pictures there will be 3 rows of 3 pictures. The Catalogue Manager will evenly space, resize and center pictures as required depending on the number of pictures you select, but at all times it will ensure the correct aspect ratio of the pictures is retained.
You can choose to include prices in any catalogue, and when you use this Quick Regeneration feature, you can choose to include include prices or not. Even if the catalogue has been configured not to display prices, you can quickly override that setting if required.
When using this Quick Regeneration feature, the output will only be A4 and single sided as it is assumed it will be printed directly and not sent to a commercial printer. So you don't have to worry about whether your printer can support A3 paper, or Double Sided printing, you will always get A4 and single sided when printing in this mode.