Whenever a query, a warehouse group, or a structure query node is clicked in the PIM tree, the matching products are shown in the content pane using one of the three overall view modes:
- The List view mode shows key data, e.g. the product name and number, in a list
- The Thumbnails view mode shows a grid view of the products, with focus on product images
- The Multi-Edit view mode provides you with editing access to the fields included in the view
When starting a new session the view mode will be List – but for the duration of the session, PIM maintains remembers the last view mode used so you can switch from one query or group to another with a minimum of hassle.
Individual products can be clicked to open the details view mode – from this view you can work with variants/family members, depending on the use case.
The List view mode (Figure 2.1) is optimized for showing product data in a list format – this is especially useful when looking for a particular product, or when comparing field values across many products.
By default, the fields shown are Image, Number and Name – but you can add or remove fields from the List view mode by using the Visible fields button to open the field selector – see next section.
The Thumbnails view mode shows products in a grid view (Figure 3.1), and provides you with a more visual view of key product data. You cannot change the visible fields for this view mode.
The Multi-edit view mode is optimized for editing products. In this mode, the fields and language selected are rendered and can be edited directly from the list - in this screenshot, the Name and Description fields are selected for two languages (Figure 4.1).
As you can see from the screenshot, the Multi-edit view mode has some information available by default – the Product ID, the default image (if set), and the creation date and last update date.
From each of the other view modes (List, Thumbnails and Multi-Edit) you can click a product or product container to open the details view mode (Figure 5.1). Like the other view modes, the details view mode has:
- A ribbon bar where fields and languages are selected (1)
- A content pane where fields and languages are rendered (2)
- If the product is a product container or contains variants these can be accessed using the variant menu (3)
As a unique feature for the details view mode, you can use the Previous and Next buttons to move between the products in the current list.
Which fields are available on the main product and the variant depends on your field settings:
- Fields which can not have different values across variants are shown on the main product
- Fields which can have different values across variants are shown on each variant
- Fields which can not have different values across languages are greyed out in the non-default language columns
If included, the Name, Number, and Active fields are always present on both main products and variants, but will be greyed out where they cannot be edited.
From the details view mode you can also use the preview icon next to the language indicator to preview the currently selected product (main product or variant). In order for this to function properly, you must disable two settings under Settings > Web and HTTP > Customized URLs, namely 404 for products not in website shop and 404 for products not in website language.
The Visible Fields selector (Figure 6.1) is used to specify which fields to show in a given view mode or query – this is incredibly useful as it allows you to concentrate on the fields needed for the task at hand, without distractions.
If you are translating descriptions, for instance, you only really need to see the Description and Teaser Text fields across language, and not, say, the price field.
The visible fields selector can be used from the List, Multi-edit, and Details view modes:
- Click the Visible fields button
- Find the fields manually or using the search filter
- Move the field you want to include from the left side column to the right side column
- Sort the included fields in the order you want the columns to occur in
- Click OK
You can also create field groups and use them as visible field presets as in Figure 6.2.