files & product lists. can be uploaded directly
through the Netstores Merchant Administration
Area in the upload item file. If you need to send it
to us it should be sent in a spreadsheet format, or any rtf
text format or ascii text, tab delineated. Files can be sent
by mail on a 3.5in diskette or via e-mail as an attachment.
Large files (over 1.4MB) should be sent by mail on a ZIP
Your Catalog Data for use with NetStores
Preparing Your ASCII Catalog File
- itmfil.asc is a variable length "flat" ASCII
file, field separated by '|' and record separated by NL (x0a).
- All records must conform to
the same field layout.
- The catalog file should (for
performance reasons) consist only of fields that will appear
in the search form or order form.
- Each record needs a key (can
be combination of fields) to uniquely identify it.
- Key fields cannot contain any
double quotes '"'.
- All search fields defined in
the search form must appear as fields in the itmfil.asc.
- All fields to appear in the
order form must appear as fields in the itmfil.asc and must
be mapped to the generators allowable 5 fields (and lengths)
to be defined as:
|Generator's generic field name
||Example field map to itmfil.asc
|1) keyfield-1 (required)
||field-1 in itmfil.asc
|3) description-1 (required)
|4) description-2 (optional)
|5) price (required)
- Fields may be combined in the
itmfil.asc to "extend" the limits of the generator (ie. artist
and title my be combined as a single field in the itmfil.asc
then mapped to description 1).
- Fields may appear twice to allow
for singular searching and combination printing.
- Logical booleans can be included
in the itmfil.asc as a fixed series of 0's and 1's comprising
a single field(ie field #9=00010) and mapping to a series
of checkboxes in the search form (in this example 5).
Images in Your Item File:
be submitted in ".gif" (for non photographic images such as
web graphics or animated gif's) or ".jpg" (for photographic
images such as product photos). Please use a higher quality
of ".jpg" or exact colors for ".gif", This will make the file
size larger but it will give us more to work with and give
an overall better look for your website. Please use lower
case file names with NO Spaces. Name the image files the
same as its product number (i.e. product#.jpg - example 10045.jpg).
Images can be uploaded through the Merchant
Sending an attachment via email.
to "Message" choose "Attach file" or "Ctrl+H", browse your
hard drive for the file you wish to send, click "Open" then
your ready to send.
Netscape: go to "file" choose "New mail message" or "Ctrl+M",
click on "attachment", browse your hard drive for the
file you wish to send, click "Open" then your ready to
Outlook Express: In the new message window,
enter any text you wish in the body of the letter.
From the file menu choose Insert -- File Attachment
(There is also a "paperclip" icon on the tool bar
that is the same as Insert -- File Attachment), then
browse your hard drive and choose the photo you want
to attach. Click Attach. Then send as you normally
would. Thats it!
Outlook: In the new message window,
enter any text you wish in the body of
the letter. From the file menu choose Insert
-- File (There is also a "paperclip" icon
on the tool bar that is the same as Insert
-- File Attachment), then browse your hard
drive and choose the photo you want to
attach. Click OK. Then send as you normally
Layouts & designs
should be sent
by fax or by mail. When giving directions please use exact
file names (i.e. coming_attrcts.html, flowers.gif).
Fishbone Communications Inc.
1462 W 8th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402