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10:06 pm on Mar 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have a couple of questions about Interchange:

- Does it interact with Quickbooks?
- Can it print UPS labels from its database?
- Can metadata such as meta description and meta keywords be added to each product page?

I was told that the above is not possible. But figured that other who has used the software might have some suggestions on how to proceed.

1:53 am on Mar 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You might have better luck asking on the Interchange mailing list.

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6:03 am on Mar 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Interchange does:

1) Interact with QuickBooks. There is a module available that will export a day's transaction details into a QuickBooks file you can import.

In the same theme, it also integrates with SQL-Ledger in real-time, as opposed to batching up transaction details like the Quickbooks module does.

2) I'm not sure about printing UPS labels. I wrote code once for Interchange that produces FedEx labels by using FedEx's Ship Manager API (and even then, FedEx makes the label images themselves, and the code just downloads the file for you). UPS makes a similar internet API, but I haven't tried integrating Interchange with it yet.

Printing UPS labels from the database would be possible given a UPS account and some developer time to write the code.

3) Metadata can be added to any page, including product pages. Interchange can either generate a page for a SKU from a template, or you can build a custom page with the HTML laid out exactly as you want for a specific SKU (and you can mix both methods, too).

Adding metadata to the template-built pages would work something like the following. Editing "flypage.html" in an Interchange catalog's directory:

<html>
<head>
<meta name="keywords" content="[item-data keywords]">
<meta name="description" content="[item-data description]">
</head>
...

The tags in brackets are IML (Interchange Markup Language). In order to do the keywords you'll need to add a "keywords" column to your product database, because it doesn't have one by default.

9:06 am on Mar 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The thing to remeber about Interchange is that everything is possible! No, it really is. It is infinatley extenable and customisation is available on many levels.

I havn't once come across a feature that is impossible to implement using Interchange.

1:41 pm on Mar 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I use IC for two ecommerce sites and I wouldn't trade it for anything. You can do +anything+ with it because its not so much a shopping cart but more an ecommerce engine.
 

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