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• From your Dashboard, click on Catalog Automatically

• You will be brought to a page that displays all your collections in your Shopify store, check which collection(s) you would like to include in your catalog (you can select all if you would like to include all your collections)

• Click Submit

• You will be prompted to add a catalog Title and choose Options to customize your catalog

• Choose which Filter you would like to use for your catalog (a Filter applies one Template across all pages of your catalog)

• Click Create

• Your catalog will automatically create and you will be brought to the Studio where you can make edits to your catalog – to learn how to manually edit in Studio click here 

• Your first product image will by default become the image on your Cover Page (you can change this image by clicking on “Change Image” on the Cover Page

• Your collections (if you have selected more than one) will be separated in your catalog (they will be on their own respective pages)

• You can add Lifestyle pages anywhere within your catalog by scrolling to the spot in your catalog you would like a Lifestyle page to be added, and clicking the Add a New Page icon and choosing one of the Lifestyle Templates

• When you are satisfied with your catalog, you can either share the catalog link with customers by clicking on Publish or you can download the PDF of your catalog to print by clicking on PDF – to learn more about Publishing and Sharing, click here

Zination Catalog Maker

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  • ZINation is the most innovative publishing platform for commerce where you will create catalogs, flyers, lookbook and linesheets to professionally present your products. Our innovative and powerful publishing technology will give you 100% product placement automation coupled with a manual editing experience allowing you to break through design limitations.
  • Anyone can use ZINation – Go to Get Started to sign up for the App and subscription that is right for you

Requirements

• If you have a Shopify store you can install the Shopify ZINation Apps here

• If you have a Magento store you can install the Magento ZINation Apps here

• If you don’t have a Shopify or Magento store you can Get Started with a free ZINation account here

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  • “Zine” is short for Magazine
  • A Zine in ZINation is any form of sales collateral such as a catalog, flyer, lookbook or linesheet
  • A Zine Page is an individual page in a catalog, flyer, lookbook or linesheet

• My Dashboard is space that presents you with important information regarding your ZINation account

• You can find information pertaining to your analytics, your subscriptions, your settings, Importing & syncing products as well as help & support

• My Zines is a space that holds all your catalogs, flyers, lookbooks and linesheets regardless if they are Private or Public

• This is where you can find anything you’ve created in ZINation

  • My Storefront is a space that holds all your Public catalogs, flyers, lookbooks and linesheets
  • Studio is where you create and edit catalogs. When you begin creating a catalog or open a catalog by the edit icon, you are brought to your Studio.

Your Storefront is your public space to display your Zines (catalogs, flyers, lookbooks and linesheets). A Zine will be in your Storefront once you make it Public. You can brand your Storefront with your logo, a banner and a background image

• From your Dashboard, click on the three white dashes in the top left of your screen to open the Menu

• Choose Account Settings then Branding and add your own logo, Storefront Banner and Storefront Background image

When your account is created, some of your products will be imported from your Shopify store automatically, but not all. To import the remainder of your products:

• In your Dashboard scroll down to Import / Sync Products

• Choose Shopify and click Import Products

• If you have Collections in your Shopify store that you want to Sync, choose Import Collections as well

• In your Dashboard scroll down to Import / Sync Products

• Download the Sample CSV Template and add all your products to the template, save your CSV file

• Choose CSV File and Browse your computer for the correct file

• If you want to overwrite all the products that are already in your account with the products on the CSV that you are uploading, check “Overwrite existing products that have the same handle.

• You can also add one product at a time to your account by going to My Products from your Dashboard and clicking on Add Product

Be sure to Sync All Products BEFORE you create a new catalog. This will ensure all changes made to your products in your Shopify store carry over to your current and future catalogs. Syncing can be done from your Dashboard or in your Studio.

Syncing All Products from your Dashboard

• In your Dashboard scroll down to Import / Sync Products

• Click on Sync Now

Syncing All Products from your Studio

• While creating or editing a catalog in your Studio, open the My Products tab on the right then click on Sync All Products on the top right

In some cases you may have used an App in your Shopify store to create variants you do not want to show in your ZINation catalogs such as wholesale pricing. To prevent certain variants from showing in your catalogs:

• From your Dashboard click on the three white dashes at the top left and choose Apps

• On your ZINation App click on the down-facing arrow and choose Settings

• Add any tag words you don’t want ZINation to recognize as Variants such as “Wholesale”

Be sure to Sync All Products BEFORE you create a new catalog. This will ensure all changes made to your products in your Shopify store carry over to your current and future catalogs. Syncing can be done from your Dashboard or in your Studio.

• In your Dashboard scroll down to Import / Sync Products

• Choose Shopify and click Import Products

• If you have collections in your Shopify store that you want to Sync, choose Import Collections as well

• At the top of your Dashboard, choose Create a Catalog Manually 

• You will enter the Studio and a sample catalog comprising of a Cover Page, 2 Product Pages and a Back Cover Page will be created for you using some of your products

• You can edit the products in your catalog by deleting, moving or adding products

• You can edit the Layout of your pages by clicking on the “change layout” icon to the right of each page 

• You can change the Filter across your entire catalog by opening the Filter tab on the far right – changing the filter applies one Layout to all the pages of your catalog

• To add a page to your catalog, click on the “add page” icon on the right of the page you wish for your new page to come after – here you can toggle between Product or Lifestyle layouts

• NOTE: The Layouts highlighted in green are editable using Drag & Drop

• At the top of your Dashboard, choose Create a Catalog Automatically

• You will be brought to a page that displays all your collections in your Shopify store, check which collection(s) you would like to include in your catalog (you can select all if you would like to include all your collections)

• Click Submit

• You will be prompted to add a catalog Title and choose Options to customize your catalog

• Choose which Filter you would like to use for your catalog (a Filter applies one Template across all pages of your catalog)

• Click Create

• Your catalog will automatically create and you will be brought to the Studio where you can make edits to your catalog – to learn how to edit in Studio click here

• Your first product image will by default become the image on your Cover Page (you can change this image by clicking on “Change Image” on the Cover Page

• Your collections (if you have selected more than one) will be separated in your catalog (they will be on their own respective pages)

• You can add Lifestyle pages anywhere within your catalog by scrolling to the spot in your catalog you would like a Lifestyle page to be added, and clicking the Add a New Page icon and choosing one of the Lifestyle Templates

 • After adding a Product page to your catalog, open the My Products tab (If you have a Shopify store, be sure to Sync All Products BEFORE you create a new catalog) and check which products you would like to include in the catalog

• Note: you can select all products or choose Collections of products

• Once you’ve chosen the products, click Apply Now

• You can change the Layout for each individual page by clicking the “layout” icon to the right of your page, OR you can change the Filter across your entire design by opening the Filter tab on the right side of your screen (Changing the Filter will apply the Layout to all of your catalog pages)

• Customize any Drag & Drop enabled Layout to suit your catalog and branding needs (resize images and elements, change colors and fonts)

• Click on the Page Layout icon to the right of the page you’ve completed customizing

• Click on the Manage icon in the My Custom Layouts section

• Give your Custom Layout a name and choose “Save current page as new custom layout”

• If you’re just making an adjustment to a previously saved Custom Layout, choose “Update the current custom layout”

• You can now either manually change any of your catalog pages to your new Custom Layout or click on the Filter tab and apply your Custom Layout to your entire catalog in one click

• When in your Studio creating or editing a catalog, click the arrow to pull out the tab that manages your catalog pages

• Click on the trash can icon or the three white dots (…) beside the trash can icon 

• You can also move and resize a product image using Drag & d=Drop right in your catalog when you’re in your Studio editing or creating a catalog

• When in your Studio creating or editing a catalog, you can resize or move any image, text or variant right in your catalog page using drag & drop

• You can also change the content of any text or variant right on your catalog page by clicking on the content and editing it

If you dragged an image or element off the catalog page and cannot find it, you can reset that page back to its original design by doing the following:

• Change the layout for that page (only that page) by selecting the “Change this page layout” icon to the right of the page and choosing any other layout – this will bring your images and elements back to the page

• Once the new layout has loaded, you can change the layout again, back to the original layout you were working on

When in your Studio creating or editing a catalog, click on an element you want to change then click on the color block at the top right to edit the color

• When in your Studio creating or editing a catalog, an empty Cover Page will be created for you automatically

• To choose the Layout of your Cover Page click on the “layout” icon beside the Cover Page and choose your desired Layout

• To add an image to your Cover Page, click on the arrow to pull out the tab that manages your catalog pages

• Click on the camera icon on the thumbnail of your Cover Page image and upload an image

• When in your Studio creating or editing a catalog, click on the arrow to pull out the tab that manages your catalog pages

• Choose the Back Cover icon at the bottom of the page

• You will be prompted to choose the Layout of your Back Cover Page

• To add an image to your Back Cover Page click on the grey box that says “No Image” and upload an image

• To add text to your Back Cover Page click on the text below your Back Cover Page image and edit the text

• While creating or editing a catalog in your Studio, click on the arrow to pull out the tab that manages your catalog pages

• Click on the default Title on the Cover Page and edit your Title

• You can also edit your Title right in your catalog Cover Page by clicking on the title text

  • While creating or editing a catalog in your Studio, click on the “move this page” icon to the right of the catalog page and drag the page to a new spot in your catalog
  • You can have a maximum of 256 pages per catalog
  • Each Zine page has a format of 748 x 960 – any other combination of the same ratio will work

To customize your catalog for wholesale prices, you can either change the price of each product to the wholesale price you would like to offer, or apply a bulk percentage discount across the entire catalog

Bulk Discount

• While in Studio creating or editing a catalog, click on the More Options tab to the right of your catalog

• In Zine Options scroll down to Bulk Discount

• Enter your percentage discount and click Apply Now

Change Individual Product Prices

• Click on the Title of the product while in your Studio and scroll down to Variants

• Click on Edit and change the price to the wholesale price

• Click Save

• You can also edit the price of your products right in your catalog when creating or editing a catalog in your Studio

IMPORTANT: If you are using an App for your Shopify store that offer Bulk and Automated Price Changes, there is an action you must take in your ZINation App to prevent all your customers from seeing your Wholesale prices.

• From your Dashboard click on the three white dashes at the top left and choose Apps

• On your ZINation App click on the down-facing arrow and choose Settings

• Add any tag words you don’t want ZINation to recognize as Variants such as “Wholesale”

While creating or editing a catalog in Studio, open the More Options tab on the right and choose ZIne Page then change Product Price to Hide

• When creating or editing a catalog in your Studio, open the Display Options panel on the right

• Scroll down to Zine Currency and choose your currency

• Click Apply Now

• To view your catalog while editing in your Studio, click on View at the top of the page

• To view a catalog that has already been completed, go to My Zines, click on three white dashes on the catalog you want to view and choose the view icon (eye)

• While in your Studio editing your catalog, open the Display Options tab on the right side of your screen and select your Zine View Mode

• While creating or editing a catalog in your Studio, click on “PDF” icon in the top right of your screen and click Generate PDF

• A PDF will begin generating for you and will be available for you to Download PDF shortly in the same “PDF” icon – an email of your PDF will also be sent to the email address you use for your ZINation account

  • 300 DPI print-friendly PDF (high quality)
  • In My Zines, click on the 3 white dashes on the catalog you want to duplicate and choose the “copy” icon – this will make an exact copy of this catalog

Publishing

• While creating or editing a catalog in your Studio, click on Publish in the top right of your screen and switch your catalog from Private to Public, this will put your catalog on your Storefront and be available to anyone on the web

Sharing

• To share your catalog with customers, make your catalog Public then choose 1 of 2 options:  

1 – Anyone With the Link – copy the Link To Share and share this unique URL

2 – Specific People – Invite People to see your catalog using their email address, then Fill Code Name to provide them with an access code to view your catalog (secure sharing)

  • From My Zines, click on the three white dashes on the bottom right corner of the catalog you want to edit and choose the edit icon (crayon) – you will now been in your Studio where you can edit your catalog

• While editing your catalog in your Studio, click on Publish at the top of your screen and choose Public

• Choose Public on the web (Anyone on the Internet can find and access. No sign-in required.)

• Select the catalog you want to embed from your My Zines and click on the edit icon within the image of the catalog

• Click the “share” icon at the top of the screen and decide if you want your catalog embedded as an iFrame or Popup (iFrame will allow customers to stay on the original web page with the catalog loading inside an iFrame – Popup will load a popup window – If customers close the popup window, they see the previous web page again)

• Customize the the dimensions of the embedded catalog in percentage or pixels (We recommend keeping 100% of the resolution for a quality viewing experience)

• Check off “Force one page navigation”

• Check off “Transparent background”

• Copy the code and Paste it into your website builder

  • Go to My Zines and click on the three white dashes on the catalog you wish to delete and choose the delete icon (trash can)

• From your Dashboard, click on the 3 white dashes in the top left and choose My Products – this is your PIM (Product Information Management system)

• To edit any component of a product, click on the Product Name

• Here you can edit the Product Name, Description, Type, Vendor or Image

• You can also edit or add a Variant (SKU, Weight, Weight Unit, Price and Compare at Price)

  • While in your Dashboard or My Zines, at the top of your page the App you are currently using will be stated – click on the App title and a drop down menu will appear to choose another App

To create a LookBook you require the Easy LookBook Creator App from ZINation.

• From your Dashboard, click on “Create a…” LookBook

• Choose what kind of LookBook you want to create (Magazine LookBook, Web Embedded LookBook or Social LookBook)

• You will be prompted to create your Cover Page by adding an Image and Zine Title

• Once you choose Create, you will be to add the rest of the pages of your LookBook by choosing Add Page at the bottom of your screen

• Add an image to your page by choosing Select Image, Upload Image or Add URL

• After you add an image to your page, you can tag your image with a product from your PIM (Product Information Management) by choosing Tag Image and clicking anywhere on the image to add a tag

• Choose a product from your PIM and click Apply

• Your tag will be clicked on by customers allowing them to see the product details and will have a Buy Now button that link back to your eCommerce store

  • On your Dashboard you will see Your Subscription – Here you can see what plan you are subscribed to, the number of Zine Pages you have created, how many Zines you have created, and how many more Zine Pages you can create under your current subscription
  • On your Dashboard you will see Subscriptions – to upgrade to a subscription that allows you to create more Zine Pages, click Upgrade Now

• From your Dashboard, click on the three white dashes in the top left corner and choose Account Settings then Your Login

• Scroll down to Password, enter your Current Password then your New Password and click Change Password