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External File Pro v5+

External File Pro v5+ by Advanced Development Solutions

Seamlessly integrate external files and scripts into any of MM pages, evaluating MivaScript expressions, built-in functions, and assigning variables at run-time, right from your templates.

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Now you can have ultimate control of Merchant functionality by seamlessly integrating external files and scripts into any of MIVA Merchant pages, evaluating MivaScript expressions and built-in functions, and assigning variables at run-time, right from your templates. This module provides store administrators and developers an ability to insert and manage content and/or execute scripts outside the Merchant system, and use built-in MivaScript functions to create and modify content. You can even insert content from another server or domain connected to the internet. The module provides a way to insert/execute files in various ways; by inserting a content file(HTML or TEXT)) located in a script or data directories, executing a compiled MIVA Script(.mvc) file directly or with a required function, and calling a file or script located on the same server or another server. If you are familiar with MIVA Scripting language, this module gives you an ability to access and control Merchant arrays, global and local variables, data files, etc., without creating a custom component module. Just plug-in your Item Call to a file into any Merchant Template and customize the execution inside your file. Checkout Great New Features available in v5.02.

The ADS External File Pro Module Features:

  • Module automatically creates and configures the necessary item, when installed.
  • Smart Item monitoring provides quick access to Pages where the Item is used.
  • You can insert an appropriate Render Token in any page related template(s) to utilize module features.
  • Render Tokens can be used in Page Templates, Product List Layouts, Messages, Headers, Footers, etc..
  • Module includes twelve Render Tokens in order to provide various methods for embedding and/or executing the external files, scripts and built-in MivaScript functions. Depending on a type of Token, additional information such as Parameters may also be included.
    • "readscript" Token provides a way to read and render an external file located in the script directory, on the same server as Merchant installation. The inserted file may contain HTML or TEXT content, but does not have to use a specific file extension.
    • "readdata" Token provides a way to read and render an external file located in the data directory, on the same server as Merchant installation. Since an external file is located in the Data directory, it would normally not be accessible by the public. You can use this functionality to display content not directly available. You can also use this feature with Merchant Availability Groups to insert specific content only available to that Availability Group members.The inserted file may contain HTML or TEXT content, but does not have to use a specific file extension.
    • "run" Token provides a way to execute an external, compiled, MIVA Script file (.mvc) located in the script directory, on the same server as Merchant installation. There are no Function requirements in this method and only Global Merchant variables will be available.
    • "function" Token provides a way to execute an external, compiled, MivaScript file (.mvc) located in the script directory, on the same server as Merchant installation. A Specific Function with parameters is used. Merchant Global, All_Settings, Settings, Module, Item and passed Parameter variables will be available to this function. An uncomiled MIVA Script file containing example Function is included with Module distribution. This function also contains an example Breadcrumb Navigation script which can be used on Category and Product Pages.
    • "call" Token provides a way to call(read/execute) and render an external file located on any server, accessible through an HTTP call. You can also use this functionality to execute external script files. These files can be MIVA, PHP, ASP, FLASH, Perl, JAVA, CFM, etc..

  • New in v5.02 - Expanded External File functionality with new MivaScript Parameter Functions(MvASSIGN & MvEVAL). These functions provide an ability to pass variables directly to external files, render external files based on Merchant variables, and evaluate or assign new variables, from any template, using built-in MivaScript functions, at template run time. This can be very useful in rendering external files based on merchant variables, creating short titles or descriptions, checking for existence of an image on the server, or making a quick discount calculation, all by executing built-in MivaScript functions at run time, right from the template. This is done by passing Merchant variables, by reference, and executing MivaScript expressions and build-in functions.
    • "mvreadscript" Token provides a way to read and render an external file located in the script directory on the same server as Merchant installation. File path can contain available Merchant variables, MivaScript expressions and built-in functions.
    • "mvreaddata" Token provides a way to read and render an external file located in the data directory on the same server as Merchant installation. File path can contain available Merchant variables, MivaScript expressions and built-in functions. Since an external file is located in the Data directory, it would normally not be accessible by the public. You can use this functionality to display content not directly available. You can also use this feature with Merchant Availability Groups to insert specific content only available to customers in that Availability Group.
    • "mvrun" Token provides a way to execute an external, compiled, Miva Script file, named by the Product Code, located in the script directory on the same server as Merchant installation. File path can contain available Merchant variables, MivaScript expressions and built-in functions. No specific Function requirements. Only Global Merchant variables will be available.
    • "mvfunction" Token provides a way to execute an external, compiled, Miva Script file located in the script directory on the same server as Merchant installation. File path can contain available Merchant variables, MivaScript expressions and built-in functions. A Specific Function with parameters is required. Merchant Global, All_Settings, Settings, Module, Item and additional Parameter variables will be available to this function.
    • "mvcall" Token provides a way to call(read/execute) and render an external file located on any server, accessible through an HTTP call. You can also use this functionality to execute external script files and pass parameters. These files can be MIVA, PHP, ASP, Perl, JAVA, CFM, etc.. The called file path can use Merchant variables, MivaScript expressions and built-in functions
    • "mvassign" Token provides a way to assign and use new variables at run-time right from your template. The variable assignment can utilize MivaScript expressions and built-in functions. Variable values can then be used as SMT entities for display or in the IF statements and FOR loops.
    • "mveval" Token provides a way to evaluate MivaScript expressions and built-in functions at run-time right from your template. It works just like the mvassign token, except the expression result is rendered, not assigned to a variable.

    NOTE: Caution should be taken in using MivaScript parameter Functions, since they allow you to directly create and modify Merchant Variables, Arrays, and Execute Built-In functions, right from the template, at run time.

Please Contact Us with any questions about module features.

Module installation and functionality has the following requirements:

MIVA Merchant Version 5.0

Settings and control this module provides are used in conjunction with a pre-installed "ads-extfile" Item, any Merchant related templates and an external customer supplied file.

MIVA Script Compiler is required to create and use executable MIVA Script files(.mvc). The compiler is available for a free download from MIVA.

HTML and Merchant template scripting knowledge is required to make template modifications. MIVA or other Scripting language knowledge is required to create executable files. If you do not have these skills it is recommended you contact ADS representative to get assistance with template design and customization.

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Advanced Development Solutions

Since 1998, ADS has developed web and media design projects. We specialize in customizing MIVA Merchant and creating custom MIVA apllications. Our success comes from providing and upholding true commitment to development innovations, customer communications and guaranteed service. The belief that customer satisfaction and trust are the key factors to our success makes ADS the premier web and media design choice for consumers and businesses. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, ADS provides web design, e-commerce, web applications, CD-ROM interactive media and other business presentations.

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