Products

Product – the item in physical, virtual or cyber form as well as a service offered for sale. Every product is made at a cost and sold at a price.

There are several types of products in the AtroPIM system, and each product, irregardless of its type, can be assigned to a certain Classification, which will define the attributes to be set for this product. A product can be assigned to several categories, be of a certain brand, described in several languages and be prepared for selling via different channels. A product can be in association of the certain type with some other product, and thus within different associations and with different products. It is possible to set different attribute values for different channels and upload product images.

Product Fields

The product entity comes with the following preconfigured fields; mandatory are marked with *:

Field Name Description
Name * Product name
SKU * Unique identifier of the product that can be used only once within the same catalog
Type * Product type that defines the product nature
Catalog * The name of the catalog to which the product belongs
Classification * The name of the Classification, within which the product is created

If you want to make changes to the product entity, e.g. add new fields, or modify product views, please, contact your administrator.

Product Types

The only type of products available in the AtroPIM system by default is Simple Product – a standalone physical item or service sold as one piece.

The list of products may be extended along with the installation of additional modules to your system. To learn more about available modules and their features, please, visit our store.

After the "Product Variants" module is installed to your system, the following product types are added:

  • Configurable Product – a product with different variants that has multiple options for each variation. Each possible combination of options represents a separate, simple product, which makes it possible to track inventory for each of them. This product type creates for the user endless flexibility in product configuration.

  • Product variant – basically a product with a complete set of its properties.

Please, visit our store to learn more about the "Product Variants" module and its features.

In order to add custom types of products, please, contact your developer.

Creating

To create a new product record, click Products in the navigation menu to get to the product records list view, and then click the Create Products button. The creation pop-up will appear:

Product creation

Here enter the desired name and SKU value for the product record being created and define its type via the corresponding drop-down list. Assign the catalog and Classification to the given product record, as well as product owner and assigned user via the corresponding select action buttons. Defining the team is an optional parameter.

Click the Save button to finish the product record creation and get redirected to the product editing page, described below, or Cancel to abort the process.

Alternatively, use the quick create button on any AtroPIM page and fill in the required fields in the product creation pop-up that appears or click the Full Form button to get to the common creation page:

Creation pop-up

Listing

To open the list of product records available in the system, click the Products option in the navigation menu:

Products list view page

By default, the following fields are displayed on the list view page for product records:

  • Name
  • Catalog
  • SKU
  • Type
  • Active

To change the product records order in the list, click any sortable column title; this will sort the column either ascending or descending.

Product records can be displayed not only as table list items, but also as plates. To switch to the plate view, click the plates icon located in the upper right corner of the list view page of product records:

Plate view

To view some product record details, click the name field value of the corresponding record in the list of products; the detail view page will open showing the product records and the records of the related entities. Alternatively, use the View option from the single record actions menu to open the quick detail pop-up.

In order to view the main image preview in a separate pop-up, click the desired one in the Main image column on the product records list/plate view.

Mass Actions

The following mass actions are available for product records on the list/plate view page:

  • Remove
  • Mass update
  • Export
  • Follow
  • Unfollow
  • Add relation
  • Remove relation

Products mass actions

For details on these actions, refer to the Mass Actions section of the Views and Panels article in this user guide.

Single Record Actions

The following single record actions are available for product records on the list/plate view page:

  • View
  • Edit
  • Remove

Products single record actions

For details on these actions, please, refer to the Single Record Actions section of the Views and Panels article in this user guide.

Search and Filtering Types

Product records can be searched and filtered according to your needs on their list/plate view page. For details on the search and filtering options, refer to the Search and Filtering article in this user guide.

Besides the standard field filtering, two other types – by attributes and by categories – are available for product records.

By Attributes

Filtering by attributes is performed on the basis of attribute values of the attributes that are linked to products:

Attribute filters

For details on this type of filtering, please, refer to the Custom Attribute Filters section within the Search and Filtering article in this user guide.

By Categories

To search product records by categories, enter the desired category name into the corresponding search field or use the auto-fill functionality:

Search by category

As a result, the defined category will be highlighted in the catalog tree, and only products belonging to this category will be displayed in the product records list.

Editing

To edit the product, click the Edit button on the detail view page of the currently open product record; the following editing window will open:

Product editing

Here edit the desired fields and click the Save button to apply your changes.

Please, note that by default, deactivating a product record has no impact on the records of associated products.

Besides, you can make changes in the product record via in-line editing on its detail view page.

Alternatively, make changes to the desired product record in the quick edit pop-up that appears when you select the Edit option from the single record actions menu on the products list/plate view page:

Editing pop-up

Removing

To remove the product record, use the Remove option from the actions menu on its detail view page

Remove1

or from the single record actions menu on the products list/plate view page:

Remove2

Restoring

After deleting PIM records, they are stored in the database for 90 days (by default). The Restore function allows you to restore any record from any entity. If you want to return a deleted product, select the filter Deleted, select the desired product(s) and click the Restore button. Such an option exists both for a separate record and as a mass action.

Restoring

Duplicating

Use the Duplicate option from the actions menu to go to the product creation page and get all the values of the last chosen product record copied in the empty fields of the new product record to be created. Modifying the SKU value is required, as this value has to be unique within the catalog.

Working With Entities Related to Products

In the AtroPIM system, the following entities are related to products:

They all are displayed on the corresponding panels on the product record detail view page. If any panel is missing, please, contact your administrator as to your access rights configuration.

To be able to relate more entities to products, please, contact your administrator.

Product Attributes

Product attributes are characteristics of a certain product that make it distinct from other products, e.g. size, color. Product attributes are to be used as filters.

Product attribute values are predefined by the attributes assigned to the Classification to which the given product belongs.

Product attribute records are displayed on the PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES panel within the product record detail view page and are grouped by attribute groups. Product attributes data is shown in the following table columns:

  • Attribute
  • Value
  • Is required
  • Scope
  • Channels

Product attributes panel

It is possible to add custom attributes to a product record, without previously linking them to the Classification of the product by selecting the existing ones or creating new attributes.

To create new attribute records to be linked to the currently open product, click the + button located in the upper right corner of the PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES panel:

Creating attributes

In the attribute value creation pop-up that appears, select the attribute record from the list of the existing ones and configure its parameters. By default, the defined attribute record has the Global scope, but you can change it to Channel and select the desired channel (or channels) in the added field:

Channel attribute

Click the Save button to complete the product attribute creation process or Cancel to abort it.

Please, note that you can link the same attribute to the product record more than once, but with different scopes (Global / Channel), and same channel can be used only once:

Attribute scope

Use the Select option from the actions menu located in the upper right corner of the PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES panel to link the already existing attributes to the currently open product record:

Adding attributes

In the "Attributes" pop-up that appears, choose the desired attribute (or attributes) from the list and press the Select button to link the item(s) to the product record. The linked attributes have the Global scope by default.

AtroPIM supports linking to products not only separate attributes, but also attribute groups. For this, use the Select Attribute Group option from the actions menu, and in the "Attribute Groups" pop-up that appears, select the desired groups from the list of available attribute group records.

Please, note that attributes linked to products are arranged by attribute groups correspondingly. Their placement depends on the configuration and sort order value of the attribute group to which they belong.

Attribute records linked to the given product can be viewed, edited, or removed via the corresponding options from the single record actions menu on the PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES panel:

Attributes actions

The attribute record is removed from the product only after the action is confirmed:

Removal confirmation

Please, note that only custom attribute records can be removed, but for the ones that are linked to the product via the Classification there is no such option in the single record actions menu.

Product Categories

Categories that are linked to the product record are shown on the PRODUCT CATEGORIES panel within the product detail view page and include the following table columns:

  • Category
  • Scope
  • Channels

Product categories panel

It is possible to link categories to a product by selecting the existing ones or creating new categories.

To create new categories to be linked to the currently open product, click the + button on the PRODUCT CATEGORIES panel and enter the necessary data in the category creation pop-up that appears:

Creating categories

By default, the defined category has the Global scope, but you can change it to Channel and select the desired channel (or channels) in the added field:

Channel category

Click the Save button to complete the category creation process or Cancel to abort it.

Please, note that you can link the same category to the product twice, but with different scopes – Global or Channel.

To assign a category (or several categories) to the product record, use the Select option from the actions menu located in the upper right corner of the PRODUCT CATEGORIES panel:

Adding categories

In the "Categories" pop-up that appears, choose the desired category (or categories) from the list and press the Select button to link the item(s) to the product.

Please, note that you can link both root and child categories to the product. The only condition is that their root category should be linked to the catalog to which the given product belongs.

Product categories can be viewed, edited, or removed via the corresponding options from the single record actions menu on the PRODUCT CATEGORIES panel:

Categories actions

Channels

Channels that are linked to the product are displayed on its detail view page on the CHANNELS panel and include the following table columns:

  • Name
  • Code
  • Active

Channels panel

It is possible to link channels to a product record by selecting the existing ones or creating new channels.

To create new channel records to be linked to the currently open product, click the + button on the CHANNELS panel and enter the necessary data in the channel creation pop-up that appears:

Creating channel

Click the Save button to complete the channel record creation process or Cancel to abort it.

To assign a channel (or several channels) to the product record, use the Select option from the actions menu located in the upper right corner of the CHANNELS panel:

Adding channels

As soon as the channel is linked to the product, it is added to the filtering by scopes list, located in the upper right corner of the product record detail view page:

Channel filter

Select the desired channel in this list to filter the product record data display on the PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES, PRODUCT CATEGORIES, and IMAGES panels by the defined channel.

Channels linked to the product record can be viewed, edited, unlinked, or removed via the corresponding options from the single record actions menu on the CHANNELS panel:

Channels actions

Associated Products

Products that are linked to the currently open product record through the association, are displayed on its detail view page on the ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS panel and include the following table columns:

  • Related product image
  • Related product
  • Association

AP panel

It is possible to link associated products to a product by creating new associated product records on this panel. To do this for the currently open product record, click the + button located in the upper right corner of the ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS panel. In the associated product creation pop-up that appears, select the main and related product, define the association for their relation and whether it should be in both directions:

AP creating

Click the Save button to complete the associated product record creation process or Cancel to abort it.

Associated product records can be edited or removed via the corresponding options from the single record actions menu on the ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS panel:

AP actions

Images

Images that are linked to the currently open product record are displayed on its detail view page on the IMAGES panel and include the following table columns:

  • Image
  • Name
  • Scope
  • Channels

Images panel

On this panel, you can link images to the given product record by selecting the existing ones or creating new image records.

To create new image records to be linked to the currently open product record, click the + button located in the upper right corner of the IMAGES panel and enter the necessary data in the image creation pop-up that appears:

Creating images

The following image uploading types are available in the AtroPIM system by default:

  • File / Files – image files that are stored locally (on your PC or other device). When the File type is selected on the image creation step, the desired image file is uploaded as an attachment. To attach several image files at the same time, the Files type is to be defined accordingly.
  • Link – the URL to the image file, which is stored on the external server. When this type is selected on the image creation step, the image link must be entered in the corresponding field:

    Image URL

By default, the defined image has the Global scope, but you can change it to Channel and select the desired channel (or channels) in the added field:

Channel image

Click the Save button to complete the image record creation process or Cancel to abort it.

Please, note that once the image record is created within the product, it is displayed on the IMAGES panel as a common image file (irregardless of its uploading type).

To assign an image (or several images) to the product record, use the Select option from the actions menu located in the upper right corner of the IMAGES panel:

Adding images

In the "Images" pop-up that appears, choose the desired image (or images) from the list and press the Select button to link the item(s) to the product record.

To see all image records linked to the given product, use the Show full list option:

Show full option

Then the "Images" page opens, where all image records filtered by the given product are displayed:

Images full list

To open the pop-up with the preview of the images that are listed on the IMAGES panel, click the desired one in the Image column in the image records list.

Images linked to the given product record can be viewed, edited, or removed via the corresponding options from the single record actions menu on the IMAGES panel:

Images actions

On the IMAGES panel you can also define image records order within the given product record via their drag-and-drop:

Images order

The changes are saved on the fly.

Please, note that the first image record in the list is automatically considered as the main product image.

To view the product related image record from the IMAGES panel, click its name in the images list. The detail view page of the given image will open, where you can perform further actions according to your access rights, configured by the administrator.

How to select unfinished products quickly?

How to select unfinished products quickly?

It is not always possible to describe a product immediately from start to finish, as this process is not linear and several employees can take part in it simultaneously or one after the other. Therefore every user needs the possibility to quickly select the products which on his part are not yet of sufficient quality and which can still be processed.

In AtroPIM there are various options for selecting the products whose product information is still to be edited.

Use of the search function

The search function can be very useful for finding the products you need. To do this, you have to enter the search query in the search bar and click on the search button. You can configure which product fields are to be searched. All product attributes will be searched automatically, no configuration is necessary.

If the search query applies to the product name, you can insert an asterisk (*) before or after this query. So if you search for “name *” it will show products “name123” and “name35”, and if after “* name” it will show products “123name” and “35name”.

Use of filters in AtroPIM

AtroPIM has flexible filters of the following types:

  • built-in filters,
  • configured filters.

To use filters, you have to open the menu with filters to the left of the search field. You can also save custom filters here after the filters have been set.

To select configured filters, click on Add Filter. The fields that are configured for filtering in the Layout Manager are displayed in the popup. To add a filter, you have to select the appropriate option and enter the required values.

Built-in filters

These are the following filters:

  • Without Associated Products - show all products that have no associated products
  • Without Any Category - show all products that are not assigned to any category
  • Without Product Attributes - show all products that have no product attributes
  • Without Image Assets - display all products that have no images

If necessary, new customer-specific filters can also be programmed.

In order to select a built-in filter, you have to set the checkbox next to the required filter, the products will be filtered automatically. The user has the option of selecting the products that are assigned to him, for example to make certain changes. For this you have to select Only My in the filter.

Configured filters

Using the options Add Filter andAdd Attribute Filter you can configure any filter. For data filtering you have to click on the Search button. All configured filters can then be saved.

Use of dashboards

For quick navigation to products that still need to be edited, we also recommend using the dashboard. For convenience, you can set the dashboard to display the General Statistics dashlet. All summarized information about your products can be viewed here. The information according to built-in filters is displayed on this dashlet. To see the respective products, you simply have to click on the corresponding position in the dashlet.

If you don't have this dashlet, click the icon in the top right corner of the dashboard, below the taskbar.

Use of status and other fields of type enum or multi-enum

The product has the Product Status field, which shows the extent to which the product is prepared for publication. Each system user can configure their own status according to their product workflow. These statuses represent the readiness of the product or the current state of the description, if it is provided for in your product workflow.

By filtering by status, each user can understand what information needs to be provided for filtered products. For more information about the use of status and other fields of type Enum or Multi-Enum read our article “How can you use the workflows?“.

The use of multi-enum fields, e.g. Tags, is a very flexible tool for specifying certain product or workflow characteristics. Filtering by tags makes it possible to filter products according to a certain characteristic in order to complete their information.

The use of filters by tags and status (or similar fields) helps different employees to do their work faster and more qualitatively.

The use of Enum and Multi-Enum fields makes the work of your employees easier and helps to find incomplete, finished and other required products faster.

Use of values completeness

We recommend that you use our Completeness module, which enables you to check the degree to which mandatory fields have been filled in. For more information about the use and setting of the module, read the module description.

After the module has been installed, percentage information about the degree of completion of mandatory fields and attributes is displayed on the product page, for on each existing channel. The completeness values can also be viewed on the product list page; they can also be used as configured filters. This module simplifies your work and saves your time.