The edirectory feed creates a feed file that contains the products from your shop. edirectory contains up to 43 pieces of information about each of your products, the majority of this information is taken from the Actinic database. Any additional information can be defined on a shop basis (for all products) or on a product basis (using custom vars).

Output Filename

Type in the name of the file to store the edirectory information to (including the directory). This is the name of the file that edirectory will be expecting on their website (name registered when your edirectory account was set-up). This file must end with .csv (e.g. edirectory.csv).

Products to Include
You can choose which products to include based upon a custom variable. This is very similar to the Exclude from Froogle Feed/Google Product Search Data Feed setting within Actinic.If you tick Check value before including you can choose a custom variable (clicking on the Set button) you are shown the following dialog:

You can then select the custom variable to use to determine if you want to include this product in the feed. You can set the default value to True (include in feed) or False (don't include in feed). This value will be used if a custom variable value has not been assigned to a product.

Note: When you create a custom value you should set its type to True/False.

Server to upload edirectory feed to

The default server and the main edirectory server is ftp.edirectory.co.uk. Leave the connection type as Use passive FTP unless you have problems connecting to the server.

The Username and Password are the name and password that were created for you when you set-up your FTP access on the edirectory website.

Delivery Costs

Delivery costs are an optional value to send to edirectory. If you want to send delivery costs add the UK Shipping charge property with a value of !!DeliveryCost!!.

The options in this section are used to define the possible shipping costs for each item. There are 3 main categories of delivery options.

††††††††††† Free Delivery

††††††††††† No additonal amounts are added to the itemís price.

††††††††††† Fixed Price Charge

††††††††††† You always add this amount to each itemís price. You can enter a price at which the

†††††††††† delivery is free.

††††††††††† Calculated Delivery Charge

The delivery charges are calculated using the settings that you specified within Actinic. You must select a single option for Calculate by, Zone, Class and any Free delivery.


You can Add, Edit or Amend your property. When you Add or Edit a property the following dialog is displayed :


The property type can either be a standard edirectory type or you can specify your own. In the example, a shop is selling items from different manufacturers so the manufacturer is picked up from the productís Manufacturer Custom Variable.

NOTE : If you want to override the default values generated from your Actinic product details you can do this by supplying your own values (fixed or from a CustomVar). You can override the following values by selecting the relevant Standard Variable (in the Variable section). For example,† to use a different image for the product when displayed in edirectory (from your Actinic shop) you would select the Main Graphic filename Standard Variable. You would then define a fixed value or use a CustomVar to get the image to display (for example, http://www.ObeliskHoldings.TV/graphics/house3.gif).

Short Description

Name of product. This defaults to the product name provided in Actinic.

Long Description

Description of product. This defaults to the main product description defined in Actinic.

Main Graphic filename

Image to use for the product. This defaults to the image defined in Actinic for the product.


Cost of the product. This defaults to the calculated price within Actinic.


To have the same value for all of your products select the Use Text option. To have a different value for a shop section select Section under Type. To have a different value for each product select Product as Type. If Use CustomVar has been selected you should select a CustomVar (defined within Actinic and values assigned for each product) to retrieve the information from.

If you are using Actinic V8 you would create CustomVars by creating Variables in the Design Library. You would normally create these in the General Group. Also add in a Default value to use for the product. This will be used if a Custom Var hasnít been used for a product.

There are more advanced ways to include information from Actinic (or from different fields). See the Advanced Features section for more details

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