You can import catalog pages or other marketing materials into Active Merchandiser™ using PDF files. PDFs are recommended, because they allow you to import several pages in a single operation. PDF files also provide the best results when customers use text terms for searching.
Some users may opt to design their pages with Adobe InDesign for its rich editing capabilities. The files that are exported from InDesign may sometimes contain elements that are difficult for Active Merchandiser to process. Fortunately, there is a way to export these files in a way that will leave them more suitable for easy upload to the web.
Things to check before you import
Please keep in mind that Active Merchandiser™ will create catalog pages directly from the files you import. If there are cut lines or other layout marks showing when you view your PDFs, these marks will be visible in your Active Merchandiser™ catalog pages. Please make corrections before attempting to load your PDF catalog.
Optimizing a PDF through Adobe InDesign can help to ensure that the work that you’ve put into your page designs translates over into your Active Merchandiser project. To optimize, open the file in Adobe InDesign, select Export under the File menu. When prompted, choose to export the file in the form of an Adobe PDF (Print) and click Save. Finally, you will be asked to select your export options. You will want to choose the following before selecting Export:
- Make compatible with Acrobat 5.0 or later
- General: Embed page thumbnails, Optimize for fast web view and Create tagged PDF
- Compression: High Quality Print defaults
A note about upload speed
On top of making the PDF more easily to process, optimizing your InDesign PDF and compressing some of the more data heavy elements could results in smaller file size and, as a result, faster upload times.