This Wizard will help you to update your database by selecting appropriate action.
First of all prepare a .csv file for Import. Make sure it contains all necessary fields and all data you need.
Select "Import" in the Import/Export Wizard and click "Next >" button to continue.
Enter the .csv file you need to import or use browse button to select one.
Also you can Save Import Settings for future products import to Pinnacle Cart or load one to use now.
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 field 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 next page.
Usually it is enough to see first line, no need to investigate entire
Also you can enable and set the row # you want to start import from.
Select fields delimiter and quote character page contains some
important settings. If you specify wrong values, Pinnacle Cart product
import may not work.
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.
On previous sample page we have noticed that semicolon symbol was
used as delimiter and values were quoted with " symbol. Specify two
first settings as shown above.
Category delimiter character 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.
Images - Default images path is the place where store
manager will look for images when importing products - image names
specified in .csv file whereas image files stored here. When store
manager is unable to find an image it will not import image
information to a product and will remove existing image information if
The next Import Wizard page includes Base Formats and separators. They can be set by default.
Import options page settings may affect Import results. Please read and check your selection carefully.
- Add and Modify - will add new product if it is not available in database yet and modify those products that were found
- Add Only - only add new products
- Modify Only - only update existing products and do not add new entries, even if current product was not found
- Just Add - this option may produce product duplicates, since
Store Manager will not try to find existing products but will only add
all products as new
Also you can:
Delete products that are not listed in .csv file
Disable products that are not listed in .csv file
Set product quantity to 0
Create Impore log file: Specify any file to replace or specify new file name to create new one.
Save Import Configuration. All import settings can be
stored under some configuration. You can load it next time you decide to
import products to Pinnacle Cart from a file with similar formatting,
column names etc.
The next page allows you to Link columns from .csv file to appropriate database fields.
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 checked if
first row of .csv file contains data, otherwise uncheck this option.
Next option is Identify products by. Import will search for a
product using selected method of identification. The product will be
modified if found, if not - new product will be added.
Source .csv file can contain multiple records with identical Name
values. All these products will be considered as one - currently
imported to Pinnacle Cart product 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" shows the list of fields in your database that can receive import data.
Database Fields contains such columns:
- 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.
- # - 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 a field,
similar to Set Null, but in this case some value can be assigned to a
- Default - 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.
Products were not imported to your database yet. On Import
Preview page you can see how .csv file was processed using import
settings, which you specified at previous steps. Check whether all
columns that you want to be imported are filled with data: some of them
may be blank. This means that either you haven't 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.
Red blinking arrow will be shown to draw your attention if any errors occurred.
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 Pinnacle Cart Import Products Wizard will be shown if any errors occurred during import process.
Most frequent import errors are date, time and number conversion
issues, caused by invalid format settings (specified at previous pages)
or improperly assigned column (i.e. if you assign column containing
category ID to parent_category database field).
Date/time conversion errors might be ignored whereas other errors
like this one (Could not find image: image_name.gif) has to be fixed.
Now products import to Pinnacle Cart is finished.