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Creating a Catalog on a CD


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Hi all, I am new here and enjoy reading the posts..... I searched and did not find anything about making an electronic catalog that I can burn to a CD.... I have looked at some software, but it's too tricky for me to figure out.....

 

Has anyone done this? If so, do you have any pointers on how I could do this?

 

Thanks

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Why would you want to have it on Cd if i might ask?

 

To put it onto CD you need to make the right tree on your harddisk before you can burn it.

 

If you are working in linux I would say that it should be possible to make a symboliic link to your

cd and have it work that way. I don't know options for windows.

 

The path for the catalog you can of course also update in the configure.php

 

Richard

 

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Hi,

 

The reason that I would want it on a CD is that it is too expensive getting printed catalogs made..... and the postage to send a CD is cheap, and perhaps, you could put your specials, featured and/or new items to promote your site........ I have seen this done with a lot of companies.... so I thought it may be a good idea...

 

Especially on a limited budget.... it's not within my means to market my items with printed catalogs.....but a CD, I could do.....

 

Any help is appreciated......

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I'd says it's impossible without creating a static HTML version of your entire site and products. Otherwise the recipient of the CD is going to need a webserver, PHP and MySQL installed.

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If you install the Printable Catalog contribution; browse to the page; save as HTML; that might work for you. You also might be able to find a web crawler that could make a cache of your site for you. The problems are that it might have links going to the wrong place and that you wouldn't want the Add to Cart and other functionality.

 

Hth,

Matt

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You could make an HTML page that tells them to "click here to view our catalog" and it takes them to your store. It's the cheaters way out, but it would work  :D

Why bother with that route though?

If the recipient of the CD has an Internet connection then surely they can view the site anyway? Seems a bit pointless to me.

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Check out the contributions for catalog_products_with_images_1_6 . You can add this contribution, generate the catalog yourself and then save it to a file....then burn to CD. I've had request for catalogs from people with sloooowwww and this fits the bill.

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Hello,

 

I haven't tried this myself yet, but it is possible to have URLs embedded in PDFs, if the PDF catalog contribution supports this (or could be enhanced to support this), you'd probably have the best free solution around.

 

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There is a stand alone Linux boot disk that will allow you to load Linux and run any of the programs on it, you simply boot your PC from CD and Voilla! you could try this solution. Check it out at http://knoppix.com/ :D

The solution is never too far away ...

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There is a stand alone Linux boot disk that will allow you to load Linux and run any of the programs on it, you simply boot your PC from CD and Voilla! you could try this solution. Check it out at http://knoppix.com/ :D

As much I am in favor of Linux, don't you think it would be expecting a bit much of customer to go and look at linux. The catalog needs to start up right away. It is the products that needs to be sold. If that is linux fine other wise...

 

 

Richard

 

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:rolleyes: How's it going, I got knoppix dvd and remastered into psycloptix. It's a kiosk disk, opens firefox with a kiosk module, the disk starts an apache server, has a splash page, goes to apache docs and then to oscommerce shopping cart. I scripted mysql to start on boot, and import oscommerce sql. Can download to check it out at http://www.xtux.com. Be good to have speakers on festival runs on startup and has some messages you'll want to hear. Let me know if I can help, if you like the way it works etc ...

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:rolleyes: How's it going, I got knoppix dvd and remastered into psycloptix. It's a kiosk disk, opens firefox with a kiosk module, the disk starts an apache server, has a splash page, goes to apache docs and then to oscommerce shopping cart. I scripted mysql to start on boot, and import oscommerce sql. Can download to check it out at http://www.xtux.com. Be good to have speakers on festival runs on startup and has some messages you'll want to hear. Let me know if I can help, if you like the way it works etc ...

 

All fair for a kiosk application running within your store or as a tradefair demo, but ...

 

Just wondering, so you run your shop from the CD , does it contain your standard osCommerce based shop and data so that your savy customer can look at your order history and customer data in the mysql database ?

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

I do not use the responsive bootstrap version since i coded my responsive version earlier, but i have bought every 28d of code package to support burts effort and keep this forum alive (albeit more like on life support).

So if you are still here ? What are you waiting for ?!

 

Find the most frequent unique errors to fix:

grep "PHP" php_error_log.txt | sed "s/^.* PHP/PHP/g" |grep "line" |sort | uniq -c | sort -r > counterrors.txt

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My suggestion is to use pdf file format and offer both a link and a simple form to have the CD mailed to the customer. PDF is probably one of the most widely used formats (HTML will work too ;) )

 

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All fair for a kiosk application running within your store or as a tradefair demo, but ...

 

Just wondering, so you run your shop from the CD , does it contain your standard osCommerce based shop and data so that your savy customer can look at your order history and customer data in the mysql database ?

 

I didn't exactly create the dvd to run oscommerce, it just happened as an option. It was more geared towards a video, flash pic display for an event where you would have a projector or big screen. The original oscommerce data is loaded on boot, and the mysql server is started, which would automatically record visit data, and if someone logged in through the guest account and place an order that too will be recorded.

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All,

 

I have created a CD Catalog using the "WinHTTrack" application (Freeware) to go to a website and pull down the site onto a local disk. This application changes the links to point to the local copy.

 

I have used it several times to download Documentation websites and put on CD for times that I could not access the internet.

 

Here is the site: http://www.httrack.com/

 

Let me know if it works for you.

 

I also used a shareware application (AutoOption) to build a menu system and auto-launch capability that way I could add mulitiple sites / installation programs etc... to the CD and have an all inclusive CD.

 

Regards and Happy CD'ing,

David

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