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Submitting Your Catalog Item File

Item 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 disk.


Preparing Your Catalog Data for use with NetStores

Preparing Your ASCII Catalog File (itmfil.asc)
  • 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) field-2
    4) description-2 (optional) field-3
    5) price (required) field-4

  • 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:

Images should 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 Administration Area.

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Sending an attachment via email.

Eudora: go 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 send.
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 would.

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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).


Mailing Address:

Fishbone Communications Inc.
1462 W 8th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402
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