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    Default Easy populate tutorial

    The only tutorial I was able to find is here

    http://www.zen-cart.com/wiki/index.php/Easy_Populate

    however it's only for TAB-DELIMITED TXT files

    Is there a tutorial for CSV files ?

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    Default Re: Easy populate tutorial

    No
    The tab delim is the only free version that has proven to be stable to access & update the Db correctly

    Once in excel, what is the difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kobra View Post
    No
    The tab delim is the only free version that has proven to be stable to access & update the Db correctly

    Once in excel, what is the difference?
    Does the tab delim work with large blocks of HTML in product description fields?

    It has been a while but I seem to recall that the CSV version worked fine with those but the Tab Delim did not.

    All I have used since then was the CSV version but it has been about a year and only with v1.3.8x. I now have 1.3.9h and need to use Easy Populate to update thousands of inventory items. Should I avoid using the CSV version?

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    Default Re: Easy populate tutorial

    I do not use EP as it is too restricting
    Maybe one who does can give their experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by kobra View Post
    I do not use EP as it is too restricting
    Maybe one who does can give their experience
    Is there a better add on to upload large quantities of inventory?

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    Default Re: Easy populate tutorial

    Is there a better add on to upload large quantities of inventory?
    How adept are you with mysql?
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    Default Re: Easy populate tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by kobra View Post
    How adept are you with mysql?
    Enough to be a danger to myself and all bystanders.

    Am I asking for trouble with My Populate CSV?

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    Default Re: Easy populate tutorial

    Well I use navicat
    But one must understand the DB indexing or can make a real mess of things
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    Default Re: Easy populate tutorial

    I use EP 1.2.5.4 on ZC 1.3.9h and have no problems. I also have content-rich product descriptions - some with a lot of HTML.

    I have found that if the TXT file is error-free, then EP works a treat. The big problem is that MS-Excel (and to some extent OpenOffice) do NOT save a spreadsheet as 100% clean unformatted text.

    What I now do (that seems to help check the integrity of the TXT file) is:

    Create the spreadsheet file in MS-Excel, or OpenOffice.

    While still in excel, HIGHLIGHT all data and <ctrl+c> (copy) it.

    Then <ctrl+v> (paste) it into a blank file in Emerald Editor (you can use any good Plain Text Editor).

    This seems to retain the integrity of the data - even if there are large amounts of HTML in the description field.

    One caveat... MS-Excel has a cut-off point with the quantity of text/data in a cell. I generally open my EP files in OpenOffice.
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