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[RESOLVED] .pdf data sheets as product attributes? 
 
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It seems wrong to have product data in pdf format, but it looks like that might be a necessary product attribute for one of my client’s vendors. Is that possible?

I have not used magento before, but I am really liking the looks of what you guys have going on here.

 
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If you mean having a link from the product detail description to a PDF file - then yes. If this is not what you mean, please explain.

 
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I guess I hadn’t quite thought this through. I think I’d like to put all the data sheets in a folder and have the link as the attribute. At the very least, I can certainly add a link in the product description during the data import. Thanks.

 
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I’m interested in the same - it is possible from admin panel upload PDF/ZIP file vith more details about product (datasheet, drawnings, schemas, firmware, broshure etc.).
I know how in products description add link to the external PDF/etc file, but it would be great DIRECTLY from admin panel atatch external file (*.zip, *.pdf, or other file type) as product attribute.

For example - i would like to add feature upload newest firmware/software updates to my product from admin panel, instead of manualy uploading ZIP file to FTP, and generating link to this file in products description.

Sorry for my english - i hope you understand my correctly… smile

 
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Hello,

wondering how this post can be RESOLVED without a solution.

Is there any solution to this problem by now?

I don’t want to abuse the IMAGES field..

Best wishes,
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I have a separate folder in the media folder where I save all my pdfs, and I just add a link to the product description. Alternately, you can have a separate attribute, which would just be a textfield containing the path.

As far as how to upload through the magento admin, I’m not sure. I do all the product attribute handling through a bulk import routine that handles the specifics of the company’s product datafile.

 
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Thanks for your reply:

BlueKai - 09 January 2010 02:42 AM

I have a separate folder in the media folder where I save all my pdfs, and I just add a link to the product description. Alternately, you can have a separate attribute, which would just be a textfield containing the path.

As far as how to upload through the magento admin, I’m not sure. I do all the product attribute handling through a bulk import routine that handles the specifics of the company’s product datafile.

Usually I’m in need for a solution which I can pass to the (non-FTP-aware) customer directly. Asking the customer to do any URL / upload magic is 100% not what I want. grin Next problem is that I don’t want to open a FTP-Server on Windows-Server box.. nonono.

Could we get a developer here to enlighten us whether this would be programatically possible? I think about copying the “images” module (within product page) and simply instantiate the flash uploader for newly defined fields.

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Hi,

If you are looking to upload a file that is attached through the backend (e.g. a pdf datasheet) to a product then you could try this plugin here
http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/2733/product-file-upload

It has the option to upload any files you may want.

You can buy it from here
http://magentomechanics.com/magento-product-file-uploader.html

 
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OK I have been trying to solve this formyself for an hour or 2 now. I also insist in taking time to understand the ways in which this problems are always fixed rather just purchasing a module.

This is the easiest, quickest and FREE method I have used.

1 - Create a folder on your server for your downloadable information. I am using Datasheets which begin with code X. Therefore for simplicity I named the folder “x”. I then uploaded ALL of my datasheets to this folder on my server. Whilst doing this, I downloaded a PDF Image and threw this in the folder too.

2 - Go to “Attributes/Manage Attributes” and add a new Attribute. Attribute Code for me was datasheet. I chose yes for available in searches as some customers will know what datasheets they are looking for, or at least the X codes will bring a selection. I also chose Visible on product view and used in product listing. Then go to Manage Label / Options. I named mine Datasheet in the Admin box. Save the new attribute.

3 - Go to Attributes. Manage Atribute Sets and open your Attribute Set. On the right you should now see this new Attribute (again, mine is datasheet. Drag the Attribute and drop it where it is required to show. I already had an Attribute called Manufacturer, so under here was perfect. Click Save Attribute Set.

4 - OK so now when you go to your existing Product in “Manage Products”, you should have the “Datasheet” option. For this part I created some coding in a basic WYSIWYG Editor.  This was the code I used :

<p>
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a href="http://www.MYDOMAIN/x/MYDATASHEET.pdf"><img alt="" src="http://www.MYDOMAIN/x/datasheet.gif" style="width: 25px; height: 23px;" /></a></p>

For you, just replace “MYDOMAIN” with yours of course, replace the “x” with the folder you uploaded your data and image too and of course change the name of the image to the one you uploaded to the folder. The main thing you have to do is link your data, the MYDATASHEET.pdf, just overwrite it with the name of the file you want your customers to read.

When you now view your Products it should say Datasheet (or what you chose) underneath with an image and a link into the file in your folder.

I hope this helps some people and it is worded to help novices and intermediates. If you need more help on this topic, please reply to it and I will help you solve this.

P.S this method will save you at least £55. Enjoy!

 
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Hi,

My client wants us to make an upload location in admin (attribute where it can be done in admin) so that he be able to upload data sheets in produts. I suggested ur method but he wasn’t ok with it. I tried and found something as suggested in this post,

http://www.magentocommerce.com/boards/viewthread/9382/
. The issue is that i am able to see the attribute on back end but its neither visible on front end nor am i able to upload and associate .pdf files in admin section . Please suggest ...have been pulling my hairs since some time now on this. Pls pls pls

Thanks
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@www.HexUK.com
Thanks for the tip. I added

target="_blank”

just to get the pdf into another window and hopefully keep buyers on the page.
It was easy for me because we already have most product specs uploaded.
 
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BlueKai - 04 September 2008 04:47 PM

It seems wrong to have product data in pdf format, but it looks like that might be a necessary product attribute for one of my client’s vendors. Is that possible?

I have not used magento before, but I am really liking the looks of what you guys have going on here.

Here is a extension that i made and allows you to upload document files to any kind of products, is cheaper than others in magento community and i guarantee is 100% compatible with any other extensions.
You can buy it for only $25 here:

Product Attachs

cheers

 
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Hi!
As an alternative, take a look at this extension - Product Attachments module.

 
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