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For more details see the Product Manager Toolkit extension page.

Product Manager Toolkit

The success of your online store largely depends on how quick and efficient product management operations are. If you spend lots of time and efforts while managing the products – it’s high time to use Product Manager Toolkit.

  • Extend product grid with any attributes like brand, cost, etc.
  • Edit product data on the product grid
  • Effective product management actions
  • Add any attachments to product page
  • Fast and user-friendly upload of product images

If you have a lot of products in your store, the process of product management may become really slow. As the result, you are forced to employ more managers and spend your time on dealing with the mess and complete frustration. Read on to find how to avoid such unpleasant situations.


Guide to the product grid

General Settings

Please go to Admin Panel → System → Configuration → Extended Product Grid with Editor to manage the extension settings.

'Allow to sort columns' - Choose “Yes” to be able to sort attribute columns on the product grid.

'Default number of records per page' - Choose how many records per page will be displayed on the grid.

Editing Settings

Choose ‘Multi-Cell’ mode to save multiple edits in one go and ‘Single Cell’ mode to save modifications automatically one by one.

Grid Attribute Columns

This setting allows adding different attribute columns to the grid for different admin users. It is very convenient if you have several product admins – each of them can add the columns that are necessary for him or her.

Additional Grid Columns

Enable category filter

It is possible to show product categories on the grid and enable category filter. Please be aware that enabled category filter increases server load.

Show child categories

You can make visible products of the lower categories on the Product Grid.

Product quantity

Specify how many related products, up-sells, cross- sells will be displayed on the grid.


Product quantity sold for specified period

To see product quantity sold during the certain time period on the product grid you need to specify the required calendar scale.

The example of the product grid:


Quantity based availability & product images

When ‘Quantity Based Availability’ option is set to ‘Yes’, availability will automatically change to 'In stock' when quantity is positive and to 'Out of stock’ when quantity is zero or negative. Please set to ‘No’ if you prefer to indicate availability status manually.


Edit products right on the product grid

Go to Admin panel → Catalog→ Manage Products

At the moment single cell editing is enabled. To edit some information (e.g. price) just click on the field you would like to edit. After you’ve entered the necessary info, please click any spot outside the field for the data to get saved.

Now multiple cell editing is enabled. To edit some information(e.g. quantity) just click on the fields you would like to edit. It's more convenient when you edit large amount of information.

After you’ve entered the necessary info, please click ‘Save’ button and all the modified data will be saved.


Products Creation Date

Choose 'Creation Date' option to track products creation date. Sorting and filtering for this option is also available.


Add product attributes to the product grid

To specify which attribute columns will be displayed on the grid and create a new grid template, click the ‘Grid Attribute Columns’ button.


Add product attributes to the product grid

Specify standard columns that will be displayed on the grid and choose which of the columns will be editable.

You could add attribute columns.

Specify additional columns that should be added to the grid.

You can edit current grid template or create a new one.

Easily switch between Grid templates.

‘Manufacturer’ and ‘Price View’ attributes have been added to the grid. Now it is possible to filter and sort products by these attributes. Also, you can edit the attributes right on the product grid (if set accordingly at the configuration page).


Add product attributes to the product grid

You can display product thumbnails on the grid.


JS validation based on attribute class

In case you leave the field empty or enter wrong characters (e.g. letters in the price field), the extension will ask you to fill in the field correctly.


Guide to the mass product actions

Please go to Admin panel → System → Configuration → Mass Product Actions to manage the extension settings.

General Settings

Price Rounding

You can use two rounding algorithms for ‘Update Price’ and ‘Update Special Price’ actions. If you indicate 0.99 in this field, updated prices will be rounded to n.99, for example, 3.57 and 8.32 will be rounded to 3.99 and 8.99 respectively. If you specify 0.5 here, prices will be rounded to n.50, so 3.57 and 8.32 would become 3.50 and 8.50.

Show Categories as Tree

For categories-related actions you can either display the drop-down tree of categories or a text field for entering category ids (id option could work better for catalogs with very large number of categories; also with this option you can remove/assign products to several categories at once, with dropdown – only one category at a time).

Copy Attributes

In this field, you can specify the attribute you want to copy for a certain product (for instance, description).

Product linking algorithms

There are also settings for ‘Relate’, ‘Up-sell’ and ‘Cross-sell’ actions, which allow you to choose linking algorithms for these actions. There are three possible algorithms: Default, 2 Way and Multi Way:

‘Default’ means, that relations between products will be built by the standard Magento functionality (that is when you have to manually indicate related, up-sell and cross-sell items for each product).

‘2 Way’ algorithm. For example, you have ‘product 1’, ‘product 2’ and ‘product 3’. If you add ‘product 2’ and ‘product 3’ as up-sells (or related/cross-sells) for ‘product 1’, only ‘product 1’ will become an up-sell (or related/cross-sell) for ‘product 2’ and ‘product 3’. ‘product 3’ will not become an up-sell (or related/cross-sell) for ‘product 2’ and ‘product 2’ will not become an up-sell (or related/cross-sell) for ‘product 3’.

‘Multi Way’ algorithm. Let’s say you have soap, shampoo and toothpaste. If you add shampoo and toothpaste as related (or up-sells/cross-sells) to soap, all these products will become related to each other – soap and shampoo will become related (or up-sells/cross sells) to toothpaste; toothpaste and soap will become related (or up-sells/cross sells) to shampoo.


New Product Actions

With the extension you get a number of new actions at the product grid (Admin panel → Catalog→ Manage Products): Assign Category, Remove Category, Update Price, Update Special Price, Modify Special Price using Price, Relate, Up-sell, Cross-sell, Copy Custom Options, Change Attribute Set, Fast Delete.


‘Copy Attributes’ action

Step 1: Mark the products which will get the duplicate attributes.

Step 2: Choose the action ‘Copy Attributes’

Step 3: Specify the product the attribute of which you want to copy.

Step 4: Please, don’t forget to press the ‘Submit’ button after the performed actions.


‘Assign Categories’ and ‘Remove Categories’ actions

‘Assign Categories’ action will let you assign any number of products to a certain category.

Please select the necessary products, choose the category and then click ‘Submit’ button. All the products that you’ve selected will be assigned to the category.

For ‘Remove Categories’ action you take the same steps, but this time the selected products will be removed from the category that you choose.

You can remove/assign products to several categories at once, if you turn off tree-like category view in configuration. Please enter ids of the categories in the ‘IDs’ field and click ‘Submit’.


‘Update Price’ and ‘Update Special Price’ actions

‘Update Price’ action will let you increase and decrease prices either by a flat amount or by percent.

To decrease prices by 20%, indicate -20% in this field. To increase prices by 10%, indicate +10%. Specify +10 to increase prices by 10 dollars/euros/etc., and -10 to decrease prices by 10 dollars/euros/etc.

‘Update Special Price’ action works on analogy. Please be careful with price operations, as there’s no way to revert them, unless you have a backup. Therefore we recommend creating a backup of your site database before doing major price modifications.


‘Modify Special Price using Price’ action

‘Modify Special Price using Price’ action enables you to create special prices based on regular prices.

To make special prices 20% smaller than regular prices, indicate -20% in this field. To make special prices 20 (e.g. dollars, euros or pounds) smaller than regular prices, indicate -20 in this field.


‘Update all Types of Price’ action

‘Update All Types of Price’ action enables you to modify all price types including group prices and tier prices.

To make all prices 15% higher than regular prices, indicate +15 % in this field. To make all types of prices 15 (e.g. dollars, euros or pounds) higher than regular prices, indicate + 15 in this field.


‘Relate’, ‘Up-sell’ and ‘Cross-sell’ actions

‘Relate’ action enables you to make products related.

First, select the products which you would like to relate. Then indicate ID of the product to which you would like these products to be related and click ‘Submit’ button.

The products will become related based on the algorithm that you choose on the configuration page (see page 5 of this user guide).

‘Up-sell’ and ‘Cross-sell’ actions work on analogy. They enable to you quickly assign up-sell and cross- sell blocks. You can choose linking algorithms for these actions at the configuration page.


‘Copy Custom Options’ action

‘Copy Custom Options’ action will enable you to quickly copy custom options from one product to many others.

Use ‘From Product ID’ field to specify ID of the product, from which custom options should be copied to the products you’ve selected. Then click ‘Submit’.


‘Change Attribute Set’ action

‘Change Attribute Set’ action will enable you to change attribute set of products (by one and in bulk).

Pick the necessary products, select the action, then choose the attribute set, which should replace the current one and press ‘Submit’.


‘Fast Delete’ action

‘Fast Delete’ action will let you delete any number of products very fast. In comparison with standard Magento ‘Delete’ action, it works a lot faster and also allows to delete a much larger number of products in one operation.

Once you’ve chosen the action, please select the necessary products and click ‘Submit’ button. Please be aware that the action can’t be reverted, therefore please create a backup before using it.


‘Replace Text’ action

Step 1: Select the required action.

Step 2: Specify the attributes that you’d like to change in the 'Replace in Attributes' field.

Step 3: Use ‘Replace Text’ action to easily change a text in different product attributes such as name, description etc.

Step 4: Insert current attribute text and the text that should be replaced. You should enter text in the following format: old attribute text→new attribute text.

Step 5: Once you’ve chosen the action, please select the necessary products and click ‘Submit’ button.

Change products' visibility

Mass Actions include an option to change products' visibility. Display selected products particularly in the catalog and search, or hide them.


‘Copy Images’ action

Use ‘Copy Images’ action to copy the image of one particular product to other products.

Step 1: Please select the ‘Copy Images’ action from the actions dropdown.

Step 2: Specify product ID of the item you want to copy an image from.

Step 3: Once you’ve chosen the action, please tick the necessary products and click ‘Submit’ button.

As a result, the image form the product with ID 164 has been copied to product ID 165.


Guide to the AJAX Image Uploader

In the product editing settings you could find a new tab - ‘Product Images’ and replace the old product images to the new.

Now to upload images for a product you just select the necessary images in your file browser on your computer, then drag them to this area of ‘Product Images’ tab and drop there.

You can track the progress of the image upload.

Once the images get uploaded, you can choose which of them should be used for a thumbnail, small image and base image. You can also add labels for images, enable/disable images and delete them.

IMPORTANT! Don't forget to click ‘Save’ or ‘Save and Continue Edit’ button after the edits.

If for some reason you don’t want to or can’t use drag-and-drop functionality to upload images - click ‘Browse’ button, then choose the images (either one or multiple in one go) and press ‘Open’ button to upload them.

You can change a sort order of an image by just dragging it to the appropriate position.

Go to the Admin panel → System → Configuration - > Image Upload.

You can choose the surface by which images should be dragged when their sort order is changed. It can be the whole image block, only the images surface itself or just the header of the image block.

Here’s a front end example of a product with images uploaded using ‘Express Image Upload’. Upload of images took less than half a minute.


Guide to the product attachments

General Settings

Please go to Admin panel → System → Configuration → Product Attachments

Specify Attachments Block default visibility settings for different customer groups.

Block Title On Product Page field

Specify the name of the product files block, which will be displayed on the product page.

'Autodetect File Mime Type on Download' field

Enable 'Autodetect File Mime Type on Download' option to let customers open files right in the browser window instead of downloading them. The files will be open in a new tab.

'Customer Group to Show Attachments Block' and 'Display Attachments Block if a Product Has Been Ordered' fields'

Specify Attachments Block default visibility settings for different customer groups.


Add Product Files – Default Values

To start adding product files go to Catalog > Manage Product > choose any product > Product Attachments tab

Specify the Title (visible on frontend), File Name. Choose the file which should be uploaded to the product attachments section.

There are 3 ways to upload the files: choose them from your computer, use drag-and-drop option or to specify the file URL.

Use ‘Sort Order’ field to manage the order in which files are shown on front-end.

Set up file visibility (it can be visible on a product page or hidden when not needed).

In the 'Customer Group' field specify a group of customers to whom the attachment will be shown.

In the 'Show only if a Product has been Ordered' choose ‘Yes’ to show product attachments only for ordered items.

Choose store view

Product Attachments module fully supports multi-store functionality, it means that you can have a different configuration for each store view.

Each option can have a Default value or can be modified for a specific store view.


Add New Icon

You can add your own icons for the attached files (visible on frontend). To add new icons, go to: Catalog > Product Files > Icons > Add Icon.

10 icons are supplied with the module. If needed you can replace or delete them.

Step 1: Specify the type of files, for which the new icon will be applied. You can specify several file extensions separated by a comma.

Step 2: Upload the icon image.

Step 3: Activate or deactivate the icon on a product page.


Download Report

To view download stats go to: Catalog → Product Files → Download Report

You can analyze reports individually for each store view, or for all store views at once.

A report can be presented for a specific time period. Use 'From – To' fields to set up the time period.

The reports can be exported to a CSV file.


Mass Actions: Copy Attachments

Step 1: To copy attachments from one product to other items please select the ‘Copy Attachments’ option from the Actions dropdown.

Step 2: Tick the products to which you want to copy the attachments.

Step 3: Specify the product id from which you want to copy the attachments.


Bulk Attachments Upload

Please go to Admin panel → Catalog → Product Attachments→ Mass File Import

Step 1: Upload product attachments via FTP, then create a CSV file to get uploaded documents match the right products.

Step 2: Upload CSV file to get uploaded via FTP product attachments match the right products.


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