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Depends what you want and how much you can/want to put into it.
Storefront is a fairly sophisticated out of the box solution. You can get a functioning site complete with Affilate scheme up in a hour or so, once familiar with it.
Its also open sourced code so you can redesign it...BUT you have to get to grips with code. It is misleading of LaGarde to call it an extension. The set up and admin is hardwired but if you expect the design elements to show up in UD or FP for that matter - forget it. I don't know the UD variant, I started with FP one (the original). This one is actually a bit better than the UD, funnily enough. $279 to $679 (I think) plus £129 for the Merchant Tools.
UcartII: written by Joe Scavitto who is a C man. Runs a family chocolate store. He started by updating the original Ucart (free still from Powerclimb). Then he rewrote the whole thing for UD4 and added bits (stock control, shipping etc).
This is TRUE extension. You can use the UD stuff to the full. Unlike SF you get the full visual display in design mode. Very flexible. Steeper learning curve. $99.
You could always download UCart1 and play with it. UC2 is much more sophisticated and powerful, but you'll get the idea.
On line procesing: yup. SF comes with an Authorize.net COM object built in.
There is UD Extension for AN you can use for UCart(s).
So, in summary they are slightly different beasts.
If you want to know more and can cope with my typos, give me a shout :)
BTW, I assume you are talking ASP on Win. ASP on Linux is a no-no for SF and UC2, but UC1 works.
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it is a true extension that is well integrated into ultradev,
the help files he supplies are good (especially now they just been rewritten with the latest version)
it took me a while to get to grips with how it worked
but once you've got it, then its great
i've found it versatile
also a BIG plus - i've had to email joe a couple of times when i've been stuck and he has been prompt and helpful with his replies.
i'm totally unaffiliated and don't know him personally
Can you do online card processing via authorize.net with UCartII as well?
<added>I also noticed that are certain platforms that will not support ASP or the Cart. Where would be a good place to host a site that utilizes both?</added>
I haven't used AN with UCartII but i don't don't see why you shouldn't be a ble to. The AN extension is a stand alone. Look at www.macromedia.com/exchange it under e-commerce, I think.
Any windows environment will be OK. Stay away from Apache::ASP or Chili!soft on Linux.
I can let you have say 50Mb of space 5Gb of Transfers for $15 pm if you like :). Usual stuff plus PHP.