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mioan
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Hi,

I found magento yesterday, very impressive product indeed.

I tried the admin panel which looks good but I do not know if it can list products of downloadable software.
The special things about the downloadable software is:

for each product there are some extra URL links that should be displayed:
- there is a Download Trial URL link
- there is a Buy URL link
this link goes to a direct paypal transaction URL or to the affiliate’s link to buy immediately (they do not pass through a cart and checkout)
example: http://www.moonphases.info/starmessage_software.asp
- Free products with zero price
example: http://www.moonphases.info/free_antivirus_scans.asp

General
- no shopping cart required
- no shipping required
- payment is mostly done in the vendor’s site. No need to fulfill the order here.

Would you advice I could use Magento to rebuilt and improve my software site? http://www.moonphases.info/3d_screensavers.asp

Other questions:
is this forum ran win standard magento modules? Or is it a separate software?
I do not see sites with ready made magento templates, Is this because the software is still new?
I believe the magento site should host 3 to 5 such free templates

Guys thank you very much for any help and advice.
Michael

 
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Dan Orsborne
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Magento does not currently have the facility for electronic, subscription or other virtual products. These is all in the development roadmap http://www.magentocommerce.com/roadmap available for Beta 3 which is due Q1 2008.
I would advise waiting until the live release of the software and then using it to re-develop your site.

is this forum ran win standard magento modules? Or is it a separate software?

This forum is not run with Magento, it is a different piece of software

I do not see sites with ready made magento templates, Is this because the software is still new?

I have a demo site http://ocbutcher.igentics.com but there aren’t many other complete sites. Most are just using different headers and footers. This is because it’s new.  I’m sure that there will be free template available, either packaged with Magento or available via this community.

 
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mioan
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Thank you Dan for your answers.

I have played with the options and I was able to put an extra product field called “buy_now_url” as text field with validation of: URL
If I was able to show this product field in the product dettails page, would It appear as a hyperlink or would I need to modify the php pages to do that?

That would solve my problems.
I just need some extra URL fields (with custom url text) for the products table and I will then just need to hide the “add to cart” button.

Thanks
Michael

 
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Dan Orsborne
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The page that controls the product display is this one: \app\design\frontend\OC\default\template\catalog\product\view.phtml
You could try adding it to the page and seeing if it appears, it would be interesting to know if that were the case.

Thanks

 
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