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Image Gallery and Powerstore

Thread began 7/22/2011 6:45 am by john70964 | Last modified 7/22/2011 4:49 pm by Ray Borduin | 2395 views | 7 replies |

john70964

Image Gallery and Powerstore

I am looking at the YouTube video.
Adding images Galleries in Powerstore 4
watch?v=kAe9k8WuoO8&feature=player_embedded

In the past when wishing to display a number of images for a products I reference the image path from a db table and the images can automatically show on the detail page. Very quick and easy.

To use The Image Gallery it does seem that a gallery has to be created for each product detail page individually and then the images are added to the gallery.
This seems to be a rather long process.

When updating shopping cart I usually have approx 100 new items that need adding each product using 3 or 4 images.

The creation of 100 new galleries seems rather daunting compared with updating 100 db table rows mainly using copy and paste.


Perhaps I misunderstand the method?

Can anyone enlighten me please.
Many thanks
John

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

You could simply add the product images to the long description of the product. The gallery technique is for users that want one of the gallery designs rather than simply adding images to the page.

We understand that the two-part process is not ideal for users with lots of products and we are considering ways to simplify that process in a future version.

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john70964

Thanks for the answer Ray.
I have used a number of carts and the method I found best was to include a number of fields for image paths in the products table.
This keeps the table structure very simple. It does not allow for an unlimited number of images but the inclusion of say 10 fields for image paths should satisfy most situations.

I have used carts where an unlimited number of images can be accomodated but this needs two tables and causes image additions to be much more complicated.

There are some excellent website product image displays and my favourite is a fashion site is
www.net-a-porter.com/

If you have a look at a typical display page eg
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I think you will agree the display is quick and elegant.

I believe the best image display possible is essential for product sites, after what else is the to show a customer.
Regards
John

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Thanks for the feedback. You can simply include images in the product description fields or use the gallery. We will definitely consider this addition and appreciate the suggestions.

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john70964

"You can simply include images in the product description fields or use the gallery".

Ray I don't understand how this works in a database situation. Mainly in a cart the same detail page is used for most products. The above idea would seem to require a detail page for each product, a static html page?

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

When you insert or update a product you have a page where you can enter the product long description. That field is a WYSIWYG editor that allows you to add images. It is stored in the database in a single field... but that single field can have as many images as you want.

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john70964

Thanks Ray
The light dawns!
I was hoping I could replace a couple of my "old" websites but I need to be able to show images similar to the above website. It appears that Powerstore is not up to the job yet in that area so I guess I will have to wait and watch this spot for a while. Good luck with the developments.
Regards

John

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Thanks for the feedback. We will certainly consider this option as we begin planning for the next release.

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