Easy Populate (EP) was designed to provide a vehicle for moving products from
one shop to another or as a means to store product sets for developers.
EP as progressed to a tool for exporting product details for easy editing
in text or with Excel. After, we can import the product detail back into
the Phoenixcart database with changes.
Easy Populate lets you quickly populate and update thousands of products
in many categories for an Phoenix store with data from an; Excel spreadsheet,
OpenOffice spreadsheet, Filemaker database, Access database. Any delimited
text file (you can now set a configuration var for the separator character).
Easy Populate can also export sets of products based on a category, manufacturer, or
the product's status (visible/not visible) for editing, moving to another
site or storing.
Easy Populate supports multiple categories, multiple languages, creates Categories
and Manufacturers on the fly, unlimited levels of categories/subcategories
are supported, products without pictures can be defaulted to a standard
"no picture available" image and file uploading via browser or grab a
file from the temp directory.
So far, EP does not handle attributes well. When viewing product export, it
may be difficult to understand how it works. As such, I'do not recommend
that anyone use EP for managing attributes. But is can be done if you are patient.
EP does not handle "download" attributes.
The default behavior of EP is to Add & Update. If you download a product,
change its category, then upload, EP will add the product to the new category.
EP will not remove it from the previous category. EP does not move products from one category to another either.
The code will read the entire
product database into server memory before producing the export. New features
improve the export file building to avoid loading the entire export file
in memory also.
Note that Easy Populate is not multilanguage. All text entries are hardcoded in English in the main files.