Staging is organizing a database and building a catalog with sPearCat Publisher. You may preview locally your catalog to verify layout templates, template plug-ins, database content, and to fine-tune catalog behavior. Once everything is ready, your catalog is published onto a hosting Internet server.
Publishing is launching a live catalog on-line using a remote Internet server. A live catalog includes a live database and is the complete on-line catalog, designed to run on an Internet server and be available to the public on the Internet or on an intranet.
Staging and published, live catalogs share the same data, templates, and option settings. sPearCat replicates information from the staging database to the live database, and runs on different computers. At all times, the staging catalog is independent of the live catalog.
The advantage is that no software needs to be installed on any client machine and that any maintenance or editing can take place from any machine connected to the network. There is only one license per Merchant. With that license, any number of catalogs can be created, and any number of people can have varying permissions and access rights.
The images are stored linked to items, categories or customers. They are part of the organized data.
This allows for very low cost laptop and desktop computers because only a browser is required. It also allows for off site maintenance, after hours administration, and any kind of flexibility. With one sPearCat license, one single Merchant can create as many catalogs as required.
With the quality of programming put into the product and the additional features added daily, optimized Web Server performance is at the forefront of the developing teams minds.
Any SQL database can be used with sPearCat. We recommend to medium sized businesses the use of FrontBase, because it is a remarkable database at a relatively low price and high performance. A product of sPearCats quality with a very good, fast and reliable help line.
The program is totally written in Java on top of WebObjects. Some Java Script can be then used for template creation.
Yes it supports both.
At present, sPearCat runs on MacOSX, Linux, Windows, Solaris and HPOX. We recommend MacOSX for its better price/performance ratio.
Client requirements are a functional browser with IE5 and over, Netscape 6 or similar.
The sPearCat softwares open architecture and SDK allow us to connect to almost any existing system through the API. We can also import delimited files from other databases into sPearCats Publishers staging database. This means that we can use your existing database and still get the benefits of the sPearCat catalog.
JDBC saves you the expense and time of database conversion. Using JDBC, you can talk to an existing database you are already familiar with. If youve invested in a high-end database like Oracle, you dont have to purchase a new one. Also, because JDBC talks to databases from a variety of manufacturers, your Internet catalog can pull items from multiple databases in various formats.