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ET Advanced Compare

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This extension adds some freedom in product comparison management feature.
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ET Advanced Compare

Extension allows to add products to compare without page reloading (AJAX), improves visualization of results and allows to switch compare off on your website.
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Use Cases

Disable product compare on your website
Let's say, you are setting new website, which doesn't require product compare feature. Extension lets you get rid of every trace of product compare with one click.

Disable product compare for specific products
It doesn't make sense to compare products without attributes. Video games are a good example. Most likely, your customer wouldn't want to compare shooter with real time strategy or 2 sport simulators. In this case our extension can also help you. It adds "Remove compare link" attribute to every product, so that you yourself could decide whether to let customer to compare with product, or not.

Add to compare with AJAX
Do you want to speed up website and improve usability from customer's point of view? Adding product to compare without reloading the page - this feature was created exactly for that. So now, when customer will have to compare 12 products, he won't be cursing website owner and administrators, when he will have to wait for not-so-fast Magento website to reload 12 times.

Make product compare more obvious
Product can have a lot of attributes, which can confuse your customers. Our extension can be useful in this case too. With its help you can be sure, that most important information will be more clear. It can be achieved by using the following features of Advanced Compare:

  • It fixes Magento's standard problem - wrong order of attributes. Now on compare page attributes will be displayed in order, you added them to attribute set in admin panel.
  • Our extension contains advanced template, which hides attributes, whose values are equal for selected products. Customer can unhide these attributes in anytime without reloading the page.

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Extension Support

Extension support is available through issue tracking system.
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Please, report all bugs and feature requests that are related to this extension.

If by some reason you can not submit a question, bug report or feature request to our ticket system, you can write us an email - support@etwebsolutions.com.

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Release Notes

ET Advanced Compare v.1.0.5

2014-10-18 12:10:48
  • Version number: 1.0.5
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1, 1.9
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Magento Connect 1.0 change

  • + added attribute sorting in compare window in Magento versions 1.9.x
  • * removed block rewrite, setting template now through observer

ET Advanced Compare v.1.0.3

2014-03-15 11:50:43
  • Version number: 1.0.3
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1
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Magento Connect 1.0 change

  • + added attribute sorting in compare window in Magento versions 1.8.x

ET Advanced Compare v.1.0.2

2013-11-05 10:47:21
  • Version number: 1.0.2
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.8
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Magento Connect 1.0 change

  • * fixed attribute sorting in compare window
  • * fixed typos and grammar

ET Advanced Compare v.1.0.1

2013-02-08 10:24:02
  • Version number: 1.0.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

  • + added attribute sorting in compare window in Magento versions 1.7.x
  • + refactored code for Magento standards
  • + moved template files from default to base (dropped native support for Magento 1.3.x to conform to Magento standards)
  • + moved skin files from default to base (dropped native support for Magento 1.3.x to conform to Magento standards)
  • + it is now possible to limit amount of products to compare
  • + added attribute sorting in compare window in Magento versions 1.6.x
  • * fixed attribute groups sorting in compare window

This extension adds some freedom in product comparison management feature.

2012-02-05 21:05:31
  • Version number: 0.5.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5
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Magento Connect 1.0 change

1. Extension allows to disable comparation on your shop (everywhere or on specified store view)
2. Extension adds attribute remove_compare_link. Depending on its value (Yes/No) the link for adding product to compare is shown or not shown (for example, if you want to forbid adding to compare for products with small attribute amounts - books, video games, etc.)
3. Extension increases shop performance by allowing customers to work with list of products for comparison without reloading page (add/remove product to list, clear list).
4. Extension contains advanced template for product comparison page. By default it doesn't display attributes, which values are the same for every product on the page. Customer can switch this feature off and on without reloading the page.
5. Extension adds sorting by attribute to product compare window (as in attribute set edit form in admin panel).
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This extension was developed by and is supported by niro

ET Advanced Compare 4.1 5 51 51
Compatible with Magento 1.9 is it fully compatible with Magento 1.9.0.1 ? I tested it, some functions such as "Remove Compare feature" works fine; but when set "Sort attributes" to yes, do not sorting attributes. also when set "Replace Popup template" to yes, no attribute show in compare page only image, price and add to ... links shows. October 10, 2014
working on 1.9 works out of the box on 1.9. Exactly what I was looking for to remove the "no and n/a" attributes. It won't remove them, but upon setting it to show only the differences, they are hidden by default and shown when "show all" is clicked. Ajax is smooth. Features to add in future release: -option to default to show all rather than hidden -style changes highlighting differences (choose text, or cell bg color via backend) July 9, 2014
Superb extension Works very well to remove Add to Compare function. You can also easily enable it in the future. Great work! July 2, 2014
ET Advanced Compare the extension worked great! It removed all compare with ease. December 11, 2013
Nice extension Very good extension. Easy to use . Easy to understand November 6, 2013
Yes it work!!! Sorry for the unfair Review last week... You are great and the extension are great!!! I recommend to anyone... October 21, 2013
Not working after a number of attributes in the beginning was right. After some device that I imported everything collapsed. Nothing is in position while the tab is properly. Unfortunately I lost a lot of time to fix the problem but now ι abandoned... October 17, 2013
Does what it says This extension does what it advertises and was easy to install. If you're using Magento Connect to install, remember to log out and back in (from admin) to activate, otherwise you might get a 404. Simple, easy, and just works - and free on top of it all. Thank you October 16, 2013
Great extension! Very good extension. I used it to disable the compare function in my webstore. September 28, 2013
Excellent I was getting a headache trying to remove comapre feature from store completely. This extension became my savior. One click, and goodbye to compare :-) September 3, 2013
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When I navigate to Configuration > ET Extensions > Advance Compare, Everything is disappeared on page and I see

404 Error Page not found.

Can someone help me to sort out the issue?

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After any extension installation you should relogin to admin. This reloads ACL (access control list) and Magento knows if you have access to this extension.

Quote from installation instruction:
5. Log out from the admin panel
6. Log in to the admin panel with your login and password
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Unique attributes

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Question 1: our product types have unique attributes. For ex.: comforters have 'weight, fill material', etc.; blankets have 'material, electric Y/N', etc. Can we utilize unique attributes for the various product types?

Question 1) We use one attribute sequence for navigation. For ex: Comforters begin with warmth, then special feature 1, then weight, then fill material, thread-count, etc. Butt we need a different attribute sequence for Product Comparisons. For example, beginning with fill material, then thread-count, then special feature 1, then warmth and weight, etc.
Can we use a different sequence of attributes to generate the comparison table?? Can we eliminate, by product category, attributes that are insignificant (ie. care instructions for comforters are the same)??

Question 2) involves comparing items that are different product types and therefore have different unique attributes. For example, wool blankets have 'material' (ie wool, cotton, etc.), heated y/n but down blankets have 'fill material, thread-count', etc.
How will you generate the comparison table when the product types have different attributes? (Note this is a rarer situation, an alphabetical sequence is okay, but we need the ability to use two sets if attributes.)

I look forward to your soonest reply, thank you.
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Answer: 
We're sorry, but what you are asking is way outside of this extension current or planned features. Moreover some of that things are really impossible even in theory.

For example, switching off some attributes for specific attribute. Since product can be in different categories, we can't tell, on what category should we base our decision, what attributes to compare. The same goes for different sequence of attributes for comparison table. Our extenstion doesn't implement its own comparation process - it just allows to tweak standard one.

About your second question:
As I said above, our comparison process isn't really different from Magento. If you compare products belonging to different attribute sets, comparison table consists of all comparable atributes of all products in comparation - in your case "material", "heated", "fill material", "thread count". But for wool blankets "fill material" and "thread count" values will be N/A. The same will be for "material" and "heated" values of down blankets.
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Thank you. Your answer to question #2 is exactly what we need: for wool blankets the "fill material" and "thread count" values are N/A; for down blankets the "material" and "heated" are N/A. Perfect!

Also: we won't switch off some attributes. We just need to show some of them lower in the comparison table. This is an important preference but not an absolute requirement.

So further to question #1, please advise:
1a) For products in the same category (identical attributes): what sequence of attributes will generate the table, and can we set a special sequence per category? Or is the table sequenced alphabetically?
1b) For products in different categories (different attributes, keeping in mind your answer to question #2): can you combine attributes from two categories? For example: the first set of attributes for the first category would display above the second set of attributes for the second category. We greatly prefer a mix of the two categories' attributes -- an alphabetical mix is fine -- and if there were common attributes between both categories (for example, both wool blankets and down blankets have "product dimensions"): those values would display side-by-side. We need to avoid "product dimensions" at the top (for the first category) and "product dimensions" again at the lower part (second category) of the table.

Trust you understand. Please let me know your comments. We may be able to work this out. Thanks again!
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1a) Right now there are only 2 ways - either sequence is generated by Magento (attributes are sorted in some uncertain and mystical way) or our extension can sort them to the order they are shown on attribute set edit page. Sorting attributes alphabetically is possible in theory, but we don't plan implementing this in our extension.
1b) This needs some research. Even if this is possible we don't plan implementing this in our extension, since such feature is pretty unique to your situation.
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Thank you. Magento attributes sorted in "mystical way" -- haha!!!! I'm glad you can sort attributes in the order they are shown on the attribute set edit page.

Not to repeat myself but we use Categories (for ex.: Sheets; Comforters; Pillows & Pads; etc.) Now each Category has different attributes (ex.: Sheets has 'Thread-count'; Comforters have 'Fill material'; etc.)

So Question (#3?): can you sort attributes in the order they are shown on the attribute set edit page and BY CATEGORY?
Don't be concerned about sorting attributes for 2 Categories. Let's keep this simple and use just one Category. Let me know soonest, thanks!
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I'm sorry, but I don't quite understand what you mean by your third question. And I think you're confusing category and attribute set. Let us review 3 possible situations when we compare 2 products:

1) Products are from the same category and the same attribute set
Magento takes all atributes from this attribute set and shows them in either that "mystical" order, or in the order they are shown in attribute set edit page (if you switch such way of sorting on in extension settings)

2) Products are from the same category, but different attribute sets
It is hard to predict what will happen since it usually doesn't make sense to compare pillow, sheet, tv and fridge. The result will depend on what sort order is set for every attribute group in both attribute sets. So you may want to play with that setting to understand how that table will look in result.

3) Products are from different categories and attribute sets
the same as in 2nd situation

So as you can see categories don't influence comparison table in any way, only attribute sets do. And this is a right way, since one product can belong to only one attribute set and to many categories. So if we would base our comparison on category, we could bump into conflict of settings for each separate category. Also, attributes are linked to attribute sets, not categories.

Anyway, it will be much easier and faster for you to just install our extension and see if this is what you need.
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The ajax compare button most of the time doesn't work. Sometimes it does but rarely. Not really sure whats wrong, maybe a js library conflict..
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We don't guarantee that our free extension will work with every 3rd party extension and theme.

If you believe that there is a problem in the extension, you can create a ticket in our issue tracking system. You will find a link to it on the extension configuration and the extension description pages.

If you know how to fix the problem, you can give us the patch and we will include it in the future versions of the extension. That is if the patch doesn't break any current features. You can find the link to the source code repository on the extension's page.

If you aren't able to fix the conflict by yourself, you can order our paid services to customize the extension. In this case you should write us an email with more details (link to the theme, link to the website with a problem and a step-by-step description to reproduce the problem).
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If the item is not adding to compare list how to display custom error message like

Mage::getSingleton('catalog/session')->addSuccess(
$this->__('The product %s not possible to add in comparison list.:(', Mage::helper('core')->escapeHtml($product->getName()))
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if i am using ET Advance compare this won't display because of ajax.

How to over come this.

Thanks in advance.
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Answer: 
Thank you for feedback.
At this moment our extension does not allow to show any messages. We have planned to realize this feature in next release (if product cannot be added to comparsion list we should reload current page to display this error message).

Please, use next time our ticket system to get support from our team.
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Attribute sets

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Thanks for you extension that is really usefull.

I'm wondering if there's a way to show attributes in comparison page grouped by Attribute Set.
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At this moment - no.
You can request new feature in our support ticket.
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I would like to ask you if your extension allows limiting the number of compared products. By default, Magento allows as many as you can add, which is really stupid. I can limit the number of shown products in side block, but Magento adds tons of products there. Need a solution for this.
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No. This extension cannot limit number of compared products from the box.
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Hi,
I am trying to install this extension on Magento 1.9.0.1. However, after installation, when I click on configuration, I get the following error:

Fatal error: Class 'ET_AdvancedCompare_Helper_Data' not found in /home/satvacar/public_html/satvadev2/app/Mage.php on line 547

Can you please help
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Answer: 
Hello.
Please, next time use our ticket system to get help from our support team. Link is available on extension page on our site.

Your described error can appear if you do not followed installation instructions: cache and compilation disabling before install, or some files was not copied to neccessary folders.

If you will not able to resolve your issue, please, provide additional information in ticket.
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