Magento Themes and Magento Extensions

Product Image Preview module in magento

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Posted on August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by admin

This extension will install a wonderful and ready-to-use product image preview widget in your Magento store. This is an impressive script that allows your visitors to conveniently zoom out an product image that they want to view. Installation is very easy via FTP and no coding experience is required to have module up-and-running.
FEATURES

  1. Allow customers zoom out product images they want to view
  2. Allow admin to configure the following parameters: Image Preview size, Border Image Preview, Border Color for Image Preview, Text Image Preview, Text color
  3. Our modules include one year of free updates/upgrades.
  4. Seperated HTML/CSS, W3C validated
  5. Support Magento Version 1.4.x and 1.5.x
  6. 100% open source
  7. Support free guarantee
  8. Live support is always ready

How to modify existing extension without fear?

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Posted on July 25th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Today I’m going to give you an real life example on how to modify commercial extension in painless manner. If you know how to modify it – great, but is your approach best one? I’ve added functionality and modified behaviour of OSC’s OneStepCheckout extension without any fear of what will happen if client decides to upgrade it to newer version. And finally – here’s how!

First of all, exact thing I had to do is to implement Cdyne’s Address Verification to the checkout over their API. Now, since OneStepCheckout is commercial (and probably upgradeable) I couldn’t just open it’s files and modify them, since all that work would be gone in matter of seconds if client decides to install newer version, so I’ve decided to create an extension of my own that will depend on OneStepCheckout.

How you could serve static content files from your Magento extension folder

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Posted on July 21st, 2011 | Posted by admin

As a part of my personal ongoing “unobtrusive Magento extensions” campaign. I will show you another “hack”/approach you can apply in order to squeeze your static files under the main extension folder.

When I say static, I am mainly referring to images, CSS and JavaScript in this case.

For example, imagine you are coding an extension called “Sociable“, which will display several links to various web services like Twitter, GoogleBuzz, etc. Links that you can click and the publish a short message about a product/category on that web service. Something like on the image shown below. Logical question is, where do you store your images?

Usually images are stored within the root /media/ folder. So it might seem perfectly fit to store them under the /media/mycompany/mymodule/ folder.

Create configuration for your Magento extension

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Posted on July 19th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Today I’m going to give you and quick HOW-TO for beginners on how to create simple configuration for your extension inside Magento’s configuration section.
If you’re interested, read on:

Well, fist you need an extension that you’re going to build configuration for. If you’re new to Magento and you don’t know how to create an extension of your own, there’s a bunch of articles on this site about that, but my suggestion is to start on fresh extension, for testing..

And now, on to the fun stuff. First, you need to add (or edit) your system.xml file.

Magento PDF invoice with product images extension

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Posted on July 19th, 2011 | Posted by admin

Hello everyone, short while after I wrote article Add custom attribute to Magento’s PDF invoice I received quite a number of requests for explanation on how to add products images to PDF invoice. As I had some time, I’ve created an extension that will do just that.

So, this extension is based on old one with custom attribute. It’s tested on Magento Professional 1.9, and will show thumbnails of product images (if those images exist, and Magento can read them) together with products on invoice.

Here’s a screenshot of one of my last tests:

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