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Published on 2023-02-02

You can now export your products to the Google Shopping feed format. This option is available in the 'Export Product Data' section of the app, just choose the Google Shopping Feed format when you are configuring your export.

The generated file will contain tab-separated data (a TSV file) in the format that Google needs to display your products in Google Shopping. The values used in the feed are extracted from your product data and you can customize them with metafields.

You can also take advantage of recurring exports to create a Google Shopping feed that's continously updated and sent to Google Merchant Center.

Learn more about exporting your Shopify products to Google Shopping.

Published on 2023-02-02

Users on the Advanced plan and above can now create product exports that run at a repeating interval. When you are configuring your product export you will see the settings in the "Delivery Options" tab.

Repeating exports can be used with public URLs to create feeds of your products that you can share to Google Shopping or other partners.

Published on 2023-02-02

While our app is called the Ablestar Bulk Editor there's some times you need to quickly edit an individual product. Instead having to wait for the Shopify admin to load, editing the product, and returning to the app, you can now edit most product details directly in the app:

To edit a product simply click on it in the search results. Pressing the back button will return you to your search.

This page also includes price, inventory and edit histories tracked by the app.

Published on 2023-02-02

When we first launched the Ablestar Bulk Product Editor back in 2017 the app supported about 30 basic fields like price, tags, and product title. Since then that list has not stopped growing; we now support metafields, multilocation inventory, Google Shopping and custom actions like sorting variants.

These are a lot of options to fit into a single drop down menu and it can be hard to find the specific field you want. To fix this we've redesigned the way that you can select fields and actions in the app:

The new selector makes it easier to see all the possible options and can quickly be operated 100% by keyboard.

Learn more about the new field selector.

Published on 2023-01-27

We've added a new filter which lets you search for products that do not start with a specific string. This is especially useful for filtering SKUs where you might want to exclude all SKUs that have a common prefix.

Read more search tips for the Ablestar Bulk Product Editor.

Published on 2023-01-25

We added support for Shopify Markets to the Ablestar Bulk Product Editor. Now you are able to:

  • Bulk update fixed price lists for one or more markets with a spreadsheet
  • Map fixed prices for markets to a product when you create them
  • Export fixed price lists to a spreadsheet

You can view your Shopify Markets data by opening up the app and navigating to Settings -> Shopify Markets in the left-hand menu:

Depending on when you installed the app you might be prompted to grant the app new permissions before proceeding. This is required so that we can access the Shopify Markets data through the API.

Learn more about bulk editing Shopify Markets price lists.

Published on 2023-01-25

We've updated the left-hand menu for the WooCommerce Importer app. Now you can directly access the "Manage" and "Advanced" pages for an import from the menu:

If you have multiple WooCommerce sites that you're importing into a single Shopify store they will all appear in this menu so you can easily switch between them.

Published on 2023-01-23

Earlier this month Shopify made a change so you can use metafields as conditions for automated collections.

Since the Bulk Product Editor maintains a copy of your product data in its database we reimplement the logic for smart collections so you can quickly run searches in the app without running into API limits.

We've updated this logic to support automated collections with metafield conditions.

Published on 2023-01-20

You can now access a spreadsheet that lists all your WooCommerce orders and the migrated Shopify order that they map to. To get the file, go to the Advanced section on the manage import page and scroll down to the "Order Mapping" section:

Once you enter your email address the app will generate a spreadsheet with the following columns and send it to you: - WooCommerce URL - WooCommerce Order ID - WooCommerce Order Status - Date the order was placed - Customer Email - Shopify Order ID - Shopify Order URL (in the admin) - Date the order was uploaded

Previously we offered a way to download a mapping of the WooCommerce orders to Shopify orders for each individual import job. This was fine for simple migrations but became hard to manage if you had to do multiple order imports (for example, to keep the orders in Shopify up to date during the migration).

Published on 2023-01-13

We've added a search filter to the Bulk Product Editor to identify products that are completely out of stock:

We already had a search filter for a product's total inventory however searching for "total inventory = 0" might still display in-stock products if you have negative inventory levels on other variants.

For example, if a product has two variants and one variant has 1 unit in stock and the second variant has a stock level of -1, the total inventory for the product will be 0. (Shopify treats this situation the same way.)

The Product is completely out of stock filter however, will only match on products where none of its variants have an inventory level greater than zero.

Published on 2023-01-06

Previously you could sort Shopify variants by clicking on the 'Sort Variants' link in the left-hand menu. We've moved this functionality to an action for an in-app edit.

To sort variants you can filter for the products you want to reorder, click on 'Edit Products', and then choose 'Sort Variants' from the 'Field to Edit' dropdown.

We've made this change so you can sort variants on any set of products instead of being limited to filtering by vendor.

Learn more about sorting Shopify variants.

Published on 2023-01-02

We've released several changes which improve how we download products from the WooCommerce API. Previously there were some situations where products might be skipped, depending on how some versions of the API handle pagination.

It's still possible that third-party Wordpress extensions might interfere with how we retrieve products from WooCommerce. Please contact us if you continue to notice missing products in a WooCommerce import.

Published on 2022-12-26

You could already use the Bulk Product Editor to search for blank values (for example, to find products with no SKUs) but now you can also search for products that have a value set:

In technical terms, this will match on fields that are neither null nor an empty string.

This can be useful for filtering for which products to export or for edits where you want to use a field as a placeholder value.

Published on 2022-12-26

We've updated the way we calculate refunds in our email reports to correctly exclude refunds that did not succeed. Most refunds process correctly but occasionally they'll fail. Prior to this fix some of the failed refunds were still being included in the calculations.

This affects the Return metric and all metrics that depend on it, like Net Sales or Total Sales.

Published on 2022-12-19

After you import products to WooCommerce you can download a spreadsheet that contains the new Shopify IDs for your products along with all the WooCommerce product data. This file is useful if you need to map additional data from the WooCommerce products to metafields or other custom fields using our Bulk Product Editor.

Before you could download the exports directly from the app however they would occasionally time out if you had a large number of products. Starting today we'll email the results to you, avoiding the timeouts.

After the export completes you'll receive an email with a link to download the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is zipped and in the CSV format.

To export your product data in the WooCommerce Importer app click on the Advanced button at the top of the page and scroll down to the Export WooCommerce Data section.

Published on 2022-12-15

You can now use the Bulk Product Editor to edit product recommendations for Shopify's Search & Discovery app. No more manually setting up related or complimentary products one at a time.

To edit the data in bulk, choose one of the fields in the "Search & Discovery" section of the "Field to Edit" dropdown:

Then you can proceed to configure the edit as usual.

Learn more about bulk editing Shopify's Search & Discovery fields.

Published on 2022-12-14

We added two new ways to edit text that will make it easier to remove words from the start or end of HTML product descriptions:

  • Remove text from a word to the end
  • Remove text up to and including a word

With these options you can specify a word (or HTML tag) and remove everything before or after it, including that text.

We've seen lots of merchants include some generic information like shipping times in each product description. Previously we recommended using the Search and Replace edit to remove this kind of text however the presence of HTML tags and invisible characters can make it hard to get right.

Learn more about editing HTML descriptions in Shopify

Published on 2022-12-13

Today we're launching our changelog, a site to keep everyone up-to-date with new features and changes across Ablestar. When we make a change to one of our apps or launch a new feature, you'll be able to read about it here.

In addition to checking this site, you can also receive updates by:

As we continue to grow we've realized the importance of having a single place to publish our updates instead of trying to remember who to reach out to for each new feature. We hope this site is useful to the community and, as always, please reach out if there's anything we can help you with.

Published on 2022-12-09

We've made several improvements to the autocomplete functionality in the Bulk Editor. These affect product searches for tags, vendors and product types.

New tags, vendors, and product types will show in the autocomplete list almost immediately after they're first added to your Shopify store. We've also increased performance of autocompleting for stores with a large amount of unique tags.

Published on 2022-12-05

You'll notice a new layout when you go to the page to generate a spreadsheet of your product data. The file format options have been moved up and the options below will change depending on which format you choose.

This change was made to support additional file formats (like Google Shopping) that have a different set of configurations that the current formats.

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