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Integrate Power of MS Word to Your Catalog

 
Catalog making in MS Word can add tremendous power and features to provide tremendous flexibility in catalog making approach. Catalog design settings and theme can be configured at two stages:

Prior to Publishing Catalog in MS Word

After Publishing Catalog in MS Word

Once Catalog making process is done and MS Word document contains Catalog, it can be suitably used for various purposes as well

  • Making Printed Catalog in MS Word document itself

  • Making Printed Catalog in PDF format

  • Using it as digitally distributable catalog for sales campaign, releasing catalog supplement, emailing customer driven mini catalog to customers etc

How to configure Catalog Design Settings Configuration for MS Word  Driven Presentation

From Catalog Management Window, select catalog from catalog browse pane and click Word Catalog Setting button or click Menu - (CatalogMaker - MS Word Catalog Design Settings). Upon clicking, a new window for Design / Theme Configuration Setting for MS Word Catalog Presentation will open.



This window is segregated into 4 panes:

  • Catalog Contents

    Under this pane, user can configure catalog content structure for its catalog presentation. User is required to select / deselect the following content options:

    • Catalog Index (consisting of listing - categorized thumbnail view, catalog item detail page and customer response sheet)

    • Cover Page (User can then edit this cover page from MS Word)

    • Company information Page (created using enterprise information setting)

    • Catalog Collection (thumbnail view) - User can configure catalog collection view on the following two basic criterion through option selection:

      •  list view or matrix view (Rows * Columns) options

      • Catalog item grouping options - User can configure to  view catalog items without any groupings or in category / sub category driven navigation

    • Catalog Products detail view - User can choose to either build catalog item detail page within catalog (available through thumbnail clicking or through catalog index) OR can select to integrate it with web link (wherein, upon thumbnail clicking, it will take catalog viewer to web catalog / respective catalog item detail page). In order to use web catalog integration, user will need to provide web URL for catalog item detail page in catalog item content window..

  • Template

    Under this pane, user can select custom word template file for its catalog. While building custom template user need to set/create the following tags (to be used by application while building catalog presentation in MS Word).

     

  • Thumbnail



    Under this pane, User may configure thumbnail view settings:

    • thumbnail table column numbers for each catalog page

    • thumbnail size

    • catalog item contents to be displayed along with thumbnail graphic (select the catalog item contents to be displayed)

      User must carefully, plan column size, number of columns and contents, for the MS Word page size limitations; and should set it to keep its view proper and meaningful. Application also resets thumbnail size with the number of thumbnail columns provided.

       

  • Item Detail



    1Under this pane, User may configure catalog item's detail page settings:

    • catalog item detail page structure (currently two formats are supported. First one provides contents below catalog item's graphics; and second one provides basic info in RHS column with the large graphic with detailed description below the graphic. Catalog Item's large graphic is automatically resized to fit into MS Word page.

    • catalog item contents to be displayed in catalog item detail page (select the catalog item contents to be displayed). Catalog Item name/title and code/sku is default inclusion in content.

      User must carefully plan  contents, for the MS Word page size limitations; and should set it to keep its view proper and meaningful. Application supports rich text format (including tables) for catalog item description. Please note that this setting will not be applicable, if user has opted for web link to catalog item detail page (read with configuration setting).

     

Configuration of Catalog Design (Colors / Font / Background Graphic), After publishing Catalog in MS Word:

User can conveniently use MS Word editor to configure catalog's design setting. User will require to use simple MS Word formatting tool or for uniform application, can use:

  • Style and Formatting Tools in MS Word (MS Word - Menu - Format - Styles and Formatting)

  • Theme Tools in MS Word (MS Word - Menu - Format - Themes)

  • Edit Word Catalog document's header / footer with MS Word editor to suit its catalog.

User can manually insert its custom content in such MS Word document and explore the power of MS Word to suit its catalog design / contents / theme, for enterprise identity and objective.

 

 
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