First of all prepare a .csv file for Import. Make sure it
contains all necessary fields and all data you are going to import is
listed in table.
Select "Import" in the Categories Import/Export Wizard and click "Next >" button to continue.
Enter the .csv file directive and name or use browse button to select one.
Select fields delimiter and quote character page contains some
important settings. If you specify wrong values, categories import to
Pinnacle Cart may not work.
Source file preview shows a part of .csv file selected to import.
There are no options to set, but you should pay some attention to this
page. What's so important to look for on this page is fields delimiter
and quote character, if some is used.
If you carefully check the very first line of the example, you'll
notice that some words enclosed in quotes (") and are separated by
semicolon (;) symbol. That are two important options you have to pay
attention to - you will have to setup these settings on the next page.
Usually it is enough to see first line, no need to investigate entire
First option is delimiter character. Most popular delimiters are comma (,), semicolon (;) and tab character ( ) however other symbols can be used as well.
Note: CSV file contains data in row-column format and
delimiter character is used to separate one column from another. If you
specify incorrect delimiter, file will not be parsed properly and
categories will not be imported.
Quote string values delimiter will be used to separate strings in .csv file. This delimiter can be disabled if none are used.
On previous sample page we have noticed that semicolon symbol was
used as delimiter and values were quoted with " symbol. Specify those
settings as shown above.
Third setting is category delimiter. This is not native
.csv setting, it is used only in Store Manager. As you know categories
are organized in a form of tree, where parent category can contain one
or more subcategories, and subcategory can contain one or more other
categories. Category delimiter character is used to separate category
names and specify full category tree path for given category. Category
path is very similar to directory path used to specify full file name in
Windows, where every directory separated by backslash (\) character
like this one C:\Program Files\eMagicOne\Store Manager for Pinnacle
As for example category path for "Sample Subcategory" (see image
below) will be Hardware|Graphics Cards|Sample Subcategory. Pipe (|)
character was used as separator.
Base Formats and Separators parameters are used to convert text
values from .csv file to numerical and date values. You can just set
default formats with appropriate button.
The next page allows you to Link columns from .csv file to appropriate database fields.
The left pane "Database Fields" shows the list of fields in your database that can receive import data.
The topmost option on this page is first row in .csv file contains field names but not values. Obviously it should be unchecked if first row of .csv file contains data, otherwise check this option.
Next option is Category Identification Method. Import will
search for a category using selected method of identification. The
category will be modified if found, if not - new category will be added.
Source .csv file can contain multiple records with identical Name
values. All these categories will be considered as one - currently
imported categories to Pinnacle Cart will overwrite previously imported
with the same key field values. Note that sometimes one of key fields
may be blank. Obviously blank fields contain the same value for all
records. It is required to assign .csv columns to key fields.
Database Fields contains such columns:
- Rec ID - contains database field ID.
- Name - contains database field name. Some values in this
column contain actual field name, whereas other are "translated". Anyway
these names are clear enough to figure out how to use them.
- csv col # - the number of the column in .csv file corresponding to this field - the link between database field and .csv column.
- Set Null - indicates that this field should not contain any
data but should be set to Null. You can either specify column name or
check this option, but not both of them at the same time.
- Set default - used to set some default value to the field,
similar to Set Null, but in this case some value can be assigned to the
- Default value - enter the value assigned to a field.
To assign .csv column to database field you should select a field at the left pane and then click a column at the right pane.
[Auto Fill...] button - try to set correspondence automatically
for all fields. Auto fill option will work only if .csv column name is
the same as database field name ("translated").
[Clear] button - clear all "csv col" values at the left pane
Click "Next" if you're done.
Categories were not imported to your Pinnacle Cart database yet.
On Import Preview page you can see how .csv file was
processed using import settings, which you specified. Check whether all
columns that you want to be imported are filled with data: some of them
may be blank, and have you assigned .csv column or it is empty in source
(.csv) file. Columns that were not assigned will not be imported
whereas empty values will overwrite existing.
Also you can select categories to import using custom filters -
see column heading drop-downs. Only those categories that are displayed
(filtered) will be imported.
Red blinking arrow will be shown to draw your attention. Check out all errors and fix them.
Attention! Import process will start, when you press
"Import" Button! Proceed only if all settings are made, otherwise press
"Back" Button and check settings once more!
In the last window of Import Categories Wizard you can see if any errors occurred during import process.
Now Pinnacle Cart categories import procedure is finished.