Welcome Mass Importer Pro: Price Importer Ver 1.1.0 with new features

August 8, 2014  |  1 Comments  |  by Raj (MagePsycho)  |  Latest, Magento, Updates

Mass Importer Pro: Price Importer is the fastest price import tool available for Magento CE/EE.
Recently MagePsycho team released the most awaited features in Mass Importer Pro: Price Importer Ver 1.1.0

ChangeLog (0.1.5 – 1.1.0)

  • Compatible with Magento CE 1.3.x – 1.9.x & EE 1.12.x – 1.14.x
  • Added cron job based price importing with logging feature
  • Added shell/command line based price importing with logging feature
  • Added price rounding feature (normal rounding, rounding to nearest)
  • Added relative(fixed & percentage) pricing for special, tier & group prices.
  • Changed store view based pricing import to website based(as prices have either global or website level scope)
  • Added store wise price export
  • Added option for deleting special_price, special_from_date, special_to_date by marking the value with ‘x’ or ‘X’
  • Added button for checking csv file format (beside of Price Import button)
  • Added Change log file: Changelog.txt
  • Added Uninstallation file: Uninstall.txt
  • Refactored the code

New Features

1. Cron Job based price importing

To configure this, go to Mass Importer Pro > Manage Settings > Price Settings
You will see the following setting:

Price Importer: Cron Settings

Price Importer: Cron Settings

FieldDescription
Enable CronYes
File Import DirectoryPath from where CSV files will be imported via cron.
Default: var/magepsycho/massimporterpro/price_importerr/cron
Process Imported FilesWhat to do after the files are imported?
Available options are:
No Action
Move To Archive Folder
Delete
Start TimeAt what time cron will run.
If ‘Start Time’ = 00 00 00 and ‘Frequency’ = Daily then equivalent cron expression will be 0 0 * * * (which means cron will be run once a day at midnight)
REF: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cron
FrequencyFrequency at which cron will run. Options:
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Error Email RecipientError email will be sent to this address in case of failure
Error Email SenderError Email Sender
Error Email TemplateEmail Template

Notes:
Make sure that cron is enabled for your Magento store.
Refer to the following article for more info:
http://www.magentocommerce.com/wiki/1_-_installation_and_configuration/how_to_setup_a_cron_job

2. Shell/Command line based price importing

There is no any backend settings for Shell based price importing.
You just have to open the terminal and run the following commands.
1. Go to Magento root directory:

cd /path/to/your/magento/root

2. Price Importer help command:

php -f shell/priceimporter.php --help

3. Run price import (without reindexing)

php -f shell/priceimporter.php -- -import "path/to/csv/file.csv"

4. Run price import (with reindexing)

php -f shell/priceimporter.php -- -import "path/to/csv/file.csv" -reindex
Command line price import (with reindexing)

Command line price import (with reindexing)

Command line price import (without reindexing)

Command line price import (without reindexing)

So far in Mass Importer Pro, Prices can be imported via Web Forms, Cron Jobs & Command Line. From wherever you run import, You can view the import history from menu ‘Mass Importer Pro’ > ‘Price Importer’ > ‘Import History’ Tab > Filter the results by ‘Imported Via’.

Price Importer: Import History

Price Importer: Import History

3. Price rounding feature

There are three types of options for price rounding:

Price Importer: Price Rounding

Price Importer: Price Rounding

Rounding TypeDescription
No RoundingNo action with the price
Round NormallyUses php’s round() function. Examples:
9.43 -> 9.00
9.63 -> 10.00
Round to NearestYou have to set Rounding value for this. Examples:
9.43 -> 9.00 + (If Rounding Value = 0.99) = 9.99
9.43 -> 9.00 + (If Rounding Value = 0.50) = 9.50
This option is useful if you want to update your prices ending with .99, .50 etc.

4. Relative(fixed & percentage) based price importing

You can self increment or decrement the prices by fixed value or percentage. Also you can set ‘special_price’, ‘tier_price’ & ‘group_price’ to be certain percentage of ‘price’.
Valid Examples:

ValueDescription
10Fixed Value
+10Increment current value by 10
-10Decrement current value by 10
10%10% of base price (note that there is no any sign in front)
Note: This applies only for price types: special_price, tier_price & group_price
+10%Increment current price by 10%
 -10% Decrement current price by 10%

5. Option to validate your CSV data

You can validate the CSV data before importing any prices.
Go to menu ‘Mass Importer Pro’ > ‘Price Importer’ > Select the import file > Click on the ‘Check Import’ button which will give you the check results.

Price Importer: Check Import Data

Price Importer: Check Import Data

6. Website wise price Import

Before Ver 1.1.0 You had to use combination of sku + store_id as unique identifier to update prices. Since Magento has either global or website level scope for prices, we have replaced ‘store_id’ by ‘website_id’.

In order to find the website_id, go to System > Manage Stores > Click on the related Website > Note the website_id from URL.
By default website_id = 0 (global)

7. Website wise price Export

You can export prices in format compatible with Mass Importer Pro from menu ‘Catalog’ > ‘Manage Products’.
How to export prices is clear from the below screenshot:

Price Importer: Export Prices

Price Importer: Export Prices

Also see: Importing regular, special, tier & group prices using ‘Mass Importer Pro: Price Importer’ Extension

Those were the major updates on newer version. Besides we have fixed some bugs & improved the functionality.
If you have any queries/issues regarding the extension, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

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About Raj (MagePsycho)

Raj, the guy behind MagePsycho is a Zend PHP5 Certified Engineer, Magento Certified Developer, Magento Moderator / Freelancer with specialization in web applications (CMS, E-Commerce, ERP etc.). Catch him on: Twitter: @magepsycho Skype: magentopycho
  • Jill

    If you’re looking for a simpler cron job solution, you might consider webcron services which will load a specific URL at a given time, like https://www.easycron.com/