XLEcom Version 4.2 Released

XLEcom Version 4.2 Released

Version 4.2 (4.2.425) released on July 9, 2007

New Features:

  • Remote Product Images Option
    This added feature allows the user to utilize product images that already reside on the internet at a remote location.

    Note: As usual, all other image assets utilized within your website will have to be uploaded to your web server where the website will reside. When using the Remote Product Images Option, only the product images will be served from a remote location.

Remote Product Images Option
If your product images already reside on the internet and you want to utilize these images in your product ads, then check the check box and enter in the full http web address to the remote images folder. Make sure you end the web address with a forward slash "/". For example: http://xlecom.com/images/

With the remote product images option enabled, all the product images in your published website will be served from the remote internet location you specified. There is no need to add the full http web address to any of the product image file names within the XLEcom program. This would include the product image file names on the Product Design, Home Page Design, and Database sheets. Use the program as usual as if you were not using the remote product images option. When the remote product images option is enabled, the full http web address will automatically be added as a prefix to the product image file names during the Publishing routine.

Publishing
When you publish the website with the remote product images option enabled, the product images will not be copied to the Publish\images folder during the Publishing routine. This way your final published website will be smaller in size.

Requirements to utilize the Remote Product Images Option
If you choose to utilize the remote product images option, you must also retain a copy of the same product images on your local computer. The local product images are used in the product image selection dialog boxes, spreadsheet previews, and HTML previews. This is an absolute requirement. If you do not retain a copy of the product images on your local computer, then XLEcom will not function properly and you will get application errors.

Note: After you publish your website, you do not need to re-upload the product images since they already reside on the internet at the remote location you specified in the Setting dialog box. As usual, all other image assets utilized within your website will have to be uploaded to your web server where the website will reside. When using the Remote Product Images Option, only the product images will be served from the remote location you specified.

View a working Demonstration
To view a working Demonstration of the Remote Product Images Option using the XLEcom program, check the check box in the Setting Dialog box (shown above) and then immediately Publish the Demonstration website to you local computer. When you view the locally published website in your web browser, you should see that all the product ad images are served from the remote internet address http://xlecom.com/images/. All the remote product ad images are labeled with a "Remote Image" watermark for easy identification as shown in the image below.


Upgrading from Version 3.9 thru 4.1 to Version 4.2
All the key data form versions 3.9x-4.1 such as the Product Database, Categories, Site Themes, Support Pages, and FTP Account settings can be imported into the new version 4.2 via the Import utility. First export the data from the older 3.9x-4.1 version using the Export utility and then import the data into the new 4.2 version using the Import utility. The Import / Export utilities can be accessed via the Product Design sheet.

Note: the last Database field in version 4.0 thru 4.2 has been changed from "Notes" to "Custom Add-to-Cart Form". This Database field will now be used to store your Multiple Option Add-to-Cart forms.

Upgrading from Versions 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, or 3.8 to Version 4.2
For these older versions, see the instructions for upgrading listed under the 3.91 release section.