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#1 Alex Girin

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 01:51 PM

Avactis Shopping Cart 1.8.1 has been released.

November 27, 2007

Avactis Cart ver1.8.1 online demo:
http://www.avactis.com/demo.php


Screenshots of New Features:
http://www.avactis.c...screenshots.php


Update files from earlier versions:
http://www.avactis.c...?showtopic=2849



In this version we have implemented one of the most wanted features of Avactis Cart – support for Customer Accounts. Now customers can shop your online store in two ways: via Quick Checkout, with no registration needed, or via their personal customer account. Having a Customer Account lets your shoppers place repeat orders without entering the same personal information twice. Customer Accounts also enable your customers to view their order history online.
Version 1.8.1 includes a number of bug-fixes, improvements and added features. See below for a detailed list.

Current customers can download the fresh version 1.8.1 using this link: http://www.avactis.com/support.php
Select User Type “I’m a current customer and I want fresh version”, and enter all the required data. The download link will be sent to your e-mail address.

New Features in Avactis ver 1.8.1


Search Engine Optimized URLs functionality added.
The Search Engine Optimized URLs page is designed for generating HTML URLs for your online storefront. This functionality is optional, because most modern search engines do a good job of indexing the pages of your online storefront, which are generated as .php pages by default. However, this option will be useful if you want your storefront URLs to have the .html extension.

Search Engine Optimization: product and category images.
When uploading images, the software attempts to keep the original file name. This helps with search when search engines index your website.

Checkout Form Editor
You can now completely hide the State listbox on Billing and Shipping Info forms.

States during checkout
You can now hide the State textbox if the country has no states. Previously, this situation would lead to a textbox being shown for manual user input. Now you can customize this by either showing the State textbox or hiding the State listbox completely.

Product Options Inventory: Notifications.
You can now receive notifications when the quantity in stock for a certain product option combination reaches a threshold value. This value is defined for each product on the Options tab, after clicking Settings.

Product Options Inventory: Allow to buying products not in stock.
You can now allow or disallow buying product option combinations whose quantity in stock is zero or less.

Export Customers
You can export the list of your customers in CSV format. Customer attributes can be selected before exporting.

Customer Account functionality added.
An administrator can:
* Edit the customer registration form
* Determine the activation method for created accounts, including: Activation Not Required, User-Activated, or Administrator-Activated
* Reset user passwords
* Determine the checkout type, including: only Quick Checkout without creating Customer Accounts or Quick Checkout with or without registration
* View the order history for any customer
A user can:
* View their order history
* Save and edit their personal information
* Change their password
* Restore a forgotten password

You can now set taxes included in the product price.
This kind of tax is used in Australia, the UK, and many EU countries. They are calculated before checkout is started.

You can now define taxes that do not depend on customer address.
This kind of tax is calculated before checkout is started. The customer can see the tax amount right away.

"Direct Deposit" payment module added.

"Check" payment module added.

"Money Order" payment module added.

"Cheque" payment module added.

"eWay" payment module added.

"CyberBit" payment module added.

"ePDQ" payment module added.

"Cardia" payment module added.

"DIBS" payment module added.

"MerchantPlus" payment module added.

"Protx VSP Direct" payment module added.

"Tranzila" payment module added.

Checkout Form Editor improved.
In the checkout, you can now choose not to display forms such as Billing Info, Shipping Info, Payment method selection, and Shipping method selection.

You can now automatically generate a Small Product Image from a Large Product Image.
This option is turned off by default. You can activate it on the page "Store Settings >> Detailed Product Images".

New feature 'Related Products'.
Now for any product you can now define a number of related products, which will be displayed on the Product Info page in the storefront. You can manage this feature on the Edit Product page (go to Related Products tab).

New feature 'Featured Products'.
For any category you can now define a number of Featured Products, which will be displayed in the storefront on Product List pages. Different categories can have different sets of featured products.

New feature 'Bestsellers'.
For any category you can now display the list of its best-selling products. This list of products can be generated automatically based on sales statistics from the category, or it can be generated manually. You can also combine the two, that is, manually add selected products to an automatically generated list.

Manage Products and Manage Categories pages now let you quickly navigate to any other category in the product catalog.

The Manage Products page now has a redesigned user interface for Move and Copy operations.
Moving and copying products has gotten much easier.

You can now edit the list of credit cards accepted in your store.

BUGS FIXED


General Settings: Paginator Settings:
Added checking for 0 in paginator drop down values list.

Fixed several buxes in Product Export/Import

Fixed bug: The fedex tables were not ignored during backup when the table prefix was not empty.


Fixed a bug in Digital Products functionality.
Sometimes links failed to get unlocked if the payment was made via a real-time payment gateway.

Fixed a bug on the Shipping Methods page.
Clicking the Save button resulted in all selected methods being deactivated.

Fixed a bug on the Manage Products page.
If the category name contained an apostrophe, the Javascript tip for such categories would not display.

If the database tables prefix matched the name of some table, a fatal SQL error occurred.

Safari browser
In Safari browser, the payment modules management page contained a JavaScript error (now fixed).

JavaScript error on the customer registration page
Fixed a JavaScript error which popped up in the storefront on the customer registration page when the a State listbox was hidden but the Country listbox was shown.

Bugs related to handling option strings
Fixed all bugs related to handling option strings – option names, descriptions, texts and so on. Previously, HTML generation errors were caused by problematic symbols in these strings, including quotes, parentheses, apostrophes, and so on.

Fixed the design of the search form for MS IE 6 on the page Admin Area->Customers.

Fixed the error "Call to undefined function: apache_get_modules()"

Fixed an error related to adding a new category.

Fixed the bug related to storing Product Options Combination Rules.
The database field was limited to 255 characters, and when a formula failed to fit into the field, it would become corrupted. The field has been changed to text format.

Fixed the bug in displaying DIV blocks on the page Product Options Combination Rules.
When there were too many options, the DIV element would not fit on the page.

IMPROVEMENTS


"Select product quantity" control added to storefront Shopping Cart page (in default package)

Improved the mechanism for blocking buttons on all pages in the Admin Area.
Now you can easily see which buttons are turned off in the interface.

Improved the product search algorithm
Now the search engine looks in Product Name, SKU, Description, Meta Description, and Keywords. Search has also been optimized for displaying the most relevant results first.

Checkout
If a customer navigates to checkout, but their registration is required, they will be redirected to the account registration page. After registering on your website, the customer will be redirected back to checkout to continue their ordering process.

Bouncer. Some improvements for SOAP support by libcurl

Digital Products. You can now add large-size files for a product.

Product Add/Edit, Category Add/Edit. WYSIWYG editor loads faster.

Product Quantity Discount.
You may now define a discount not only for a quantity range, but also separately for specific quantities. For instance, one discount for 2 units, another discount for 3 units, etc.

Product Import.
If the product type selected during import contains Product Options, all imported products will have these options.

Notifications.
Now all notifications in the body of an e-mail support all basic product attributes.

NavigationBar.
Moved the hard coded div element from the view NavigationBar to the new template

Product SKU now displays on the following pages: Product List, Order Info, Invoice, and Packing Slip.

Optimized memory usage when displaying product lists on all pages.
This allows you to display more than 300 products per page without using too much memory.

#2 bondpix

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:11 PM

Looks great, can't wait for the update files to be released. Any idea when they'll be available?

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:22 PM

and what do we need to do to upgrade?

#4 Alex Girin

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:40 PM

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiries.

We will prepare updates from the older versions within 2-3 weeks or less. The update process is not easy. This is mostly because of template issues. Anyway, we will help everyone with their updates from old versions to new one.

Best Regards,
Alex Girin
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:41 PM

Awesome list of improvements Avactis Team. I look forward to the Upgrade.

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Posted 18 November 2007 - 04:34 PM

These upgrades are always terrific. Thank you!

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 03:22 PM

I am about to purchase the product. Will I get the new version or 1.7.2?

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 06:21 PM

Amit, You would get the new version.

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:09 AM

Could you please instruct how to upgrade from var1.7.2 without destroying what I have?

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:12 AM

The Free version still gives 1.7.2 version for download. Please update it :)

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:16 AM

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiries.

Could you please instruct how to upgrade from var1.7.2 without destroying what I have?

The update script to the version 1.8.1 is under implementation and will be available by the end of the next week.

The Free version still gives 1.7.2 version for download.

The free version 1.8.1 is available.

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:20 AM

Hi, Just downloaded the update (thanks), but there is no readme file or any instructions on how to perform the update! Am I being thick or has this been omitted? Thanks in advance Al

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:00 AM

Hello poisoner, Update files from earlier versions to 1.8.1 and update instructions will be available within 7-14 days. Best Regards, Steve Irwin Avactis Shopping Cart Team

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:16 PM

Hi Steve, Thanks for the reply. What have I downloaded then, the whole new version & not the update files? (I'm easily confused :rolleyes: ) Al

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 04:12 PM

you have downloaded the whole new version. Best Regards, Steve Irwin Avactis Shopping Cart Team

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:15 PM

What is the difference between 1.8.0 and 1.8.1? Does this version have an order exporter? Does it retain image names when importing? thanks!

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:24 PM

Hello, >What is the difference between 1.8.0 and 1.8.1? > Does this version have an order exporter? NO. >Does it retain image names when importing? YES Best Regards, Steve Irwin

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:11 PM

What about the quickbooks add on. I was reading another post and said it was going to be in the next edition. Is that the next one or did I miss it and it is already in there?

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:55 PM

I'd like to get our existing 1.7.2 store updated to the latest version asap. I believe that support was going to have to help with this update as it was more complicated than the update from 1.6. Please let me know how soon this can be scheduled. Thanks.

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 02:23 PM

Hello, Update files will be available with 7-10 days. Best Regards, Steve Irwin