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Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #62220] Sun, 17 February 2013 05:59 UTC Go to next message
avatar TinyMtn  is currently offline TinyMtn
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I find that the major chore in creating a new model (and I put out 20-25 at a time) is in turning off the 5-10 materials that aren't appropriate for the models. It currently involves a lot of tedious scrolling and clicking in the "Select Materials" section of the "Edit Model" pages. And if I mis-aim a click, I reset the default material. Arm hurty.

Maybe there's a faster way to do this that I am not aware of. Does anyone know?

Ideally, I'd be able to do it using the CSV markup tool (I process the CSV file with a custom Perl script). If I could simply remove the line for the material that I do not want to offer, that'd be the best.

Speaking of the CSV tool, why do we have to set the model to "Offer for sale to others" *before* we can use the CSV tool to edit prices? Shouldn't it be the other way around? I'd put up more models if these processes were a bit more streamlined.

And just to make sure that I don't come off as a curmudgeon, I find it truly marvelous that Shapeways allows me to ramp up a side business with such little effort. This simply wasn't possible a decade ago. Thank you!


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Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #62226 is a reply to message #62220 ] Sun, 17 February 2013 08:11 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Bathsheba  is currently offline Bathsheba
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It's not curmudgeonly to want this. Before the last big rewrite there was a mass price/materials tool, in which you could set markup across all materials for a model with a click, and see all materials and markups for lots of models, on one screen, without scrolling.

Vote early and often to bring that functionality back.

For my part, I won't be editing any CSV. I lived through the 1980's once already, thanks.


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Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #62238 is a reply to message #62226 ] Sun, 17 February 2013 15:36 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar TinyMtn  is currently offline TinyMtn
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I'll take any functionality that lets me do what I'd like with fewer clicks. But if the 2013 way is either "click on a lot of stuff" or "edit XML", then I'd rather put on The Bangles and start moonwalking.


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Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #67866 is a reply to message #62238 ] Mon, 13 May 2013 01:58 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar CreativeColor  is currently offline CreativeColor
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I'd even accept editing XML (I've got BBEdit to automate a lot of that).

But there really should be some bulk way to edit the materials, or a preset system so you can apply an existing list of allowed materials to new models.

FYI - my designs so far are all full color. So I have to turn off everything and set the default to color sandstone for each and every model...
Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #68031 is a reply to message #67866 ] Wed, 15 May 2013 05:51 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Bathsheba  is currently offline Bathsheba
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Recommend bug-reporting this.

A much-needed tool.


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Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #68225 is a reply to message #68031 ] Fri, 17 May 2013 12:51 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Tresob  is currently offline Tresob
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I confess, I confess...I'm terribly lazy about settings. If I were wise, I would make sure to disable anything I don't want customers trying every time I upload a model. It would only take a few extra seconds. But I don't. Then I end up sitting for long stretches of time doing nothing but clicking, clicking, and clicking.

I guess the most tedious part, for me, is that I haven't found the best way to navigate my items. I have over a hundred listings right now, so when I want to edit everything on page four, there is a lot of waiting for pages to load. (When I click "back" it takes me out of Shapeways, And clicking on My Models takes me back to page one. Maybe there's a faster approach that I haven't discovered yet.)

I know nothing of your CSVs and XMLs. I'm just a humble point-and-click hobbyist.
Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #68232 is a reply to message #68225 ] Fri, 17 May 2013 14:10 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar stonysmith  is currently offline stonysmith
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I know this is NOT a proper answer, but when you're on the models page.. right click and select Open in New Window when you go to edit a model.
That way, when you click "Finish Editing", (close the window) then you're back to page 4 of your models.


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Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #68236 is a reply to message #68232 ] Fri, 17 May 2013 14:25 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Tresob  is currently offline Tresob
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Yeah, opening a new window or tab would do it, wouldn't it. Thanks!

(Man, I must revert to my lizard-brain when I'm in shopkeeping mode. I bring great shame upon my house.)
Re: Disabling materials is a chore, why not use CSV tool? [message #69079 is a reply to message #68236 ] Sun, 02 June 2013 10:33 UTC Go to previous message
avatar woody64  is currently offline woody64
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I would like to see 3 changes in the Mymodels tab:

I. Adding materials and sections to the search options:

Move the existing one in dropdowns:
- Public/Private
- For Sales/Not for Sale
- Downloadable/Not Downloadable
- available in WSF, .... / not availabel in WSF, ...
- in User Section 1, .... / not in User section 1, ...

II. Add two buttons in the Edit page to move forward/backward in this selection (thus allowing to simple edit the options of the found/selected items in the list)

III. Allowing to do some mass changes based on the found list:
- set to public/private
- add material/remove material
- add to section/remove from section

In my opinion not a big implemention task but would make shop owners life so much easier!!!

Woody64

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