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Magento World Newsletter (November 9, 2009)

aheadWorks Co. is glad to present a traditional brief review of our month’s work – new extensions, guides and updates. But the most important point we would like to pay your attention at is the license change.

We are also pleased to announce that now you can follow us on Twitter and be informed about all aheadWorks Co. news and changes in no time!

Important License Change

After a number of requests from our customers, and before the next bunch of new releases, we have decided to change the extensions license terms and grant more opportunities to deploy and use aheadWorks products. From now on, we license per Magento installation, not per domain. Hope this change will help you to cut costs and enjoy more top-notch Magento modules by aheadWorks Co.

The whole text of the license can be found here: https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/LICENSE-M1.txt

New Extensions

Extensions releases, news, updates & promotions in aheadWorks Magento Group. One click to join!

Advanced Reports

With the Advanced Reports extension by aheadWorks you can improve the functionality of native Magento reports and create a complete picture of your business situation. Whether you want to run reports by countries, hours, days of the week or other criteria, Advanced Reports can help you get a complete picture of your business situation.

The main features:

  • “Bestsellers” report
  • “Sales by Hour” report
  • “Sales by Day of Week” report
  • “Sales by Product” report
  • “Sales by Country” report
  • Ability to display reporting data by week
  • Ability to display data from various charts

To find out all module features please visit the Advanced Reports page.

Customer Purchases

Customer Purchases incorporates a “Purchases” tab into the Customer Information page. Using the tab, businesses can observe a complete listing of any customer’s purchases. And with the “View Order” button, they can easily check the date and time each order was made; the product title(s); the quantity ordered; the price per item ordered; and the total purchase price.

Features:

  • Addition of “Purchases” tab to the customer information page
  • Comprehensive overview of any customer’s purchases
  • Ability to go directly to the order page
  • Fast two-minute installation
  • Easy-to-use interface

You can view screenshots and get more detailed information about the extension from the Customer Purchases page.

New User Guides

Proper customer care and support is one of aheadWorks Co. main principles. That’s why a considerable part of our efforts is devoted to the development of User Guides. A detailed and well-illustrated Guide saves your time, prevents from possible mistakes and helps to improve the extension functionality.

In October the list of User Guides was enlarged with the Advanced Reports User Guide. It is available in PDF from the Advanced Reports page. In the Guide supplied with numerous illustrations you can find the step-by-step description of the extension configuration and the detailed description of each report making.

Updated Extensions

Please don’t forget to check complete changelog on the product pages.

Follow Up Email

Follow Up Email is a powerful auto-responder and customer relationship tool that helps to keep your site in the customer’s mind always. Use this automated email follow up extension and you’ll never lose track of your customers even if they have abandoned their shopping carts.

Current version: 3.0.2
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new (the main features):
   + New events: ‘Customer birthday’, ‘Customer logged in’, ‘Customer last activity’, ‘Wishlist shared’, ‘Product added to wishlist’
   + Sender details configuration for each rule
   + Sale amount, multiple product type and category condition options for each rule
   + Event can cancel emails generated by other events
   + New options: ‘Send email copy to’, ‘Send test email’, ‘Send to subscribers only’
   + Abandoned carts tracking and restoring for registered customers and guests
   + Email queue with email preview
   + Manual email sending/cancelling/deleting option
   + Links tracking with detailed statistics

You can view all Follow Up Email features on the extension page.

Product Updates Notifications

With the Product Updates Notifications extension you can keep your consumers informed about the changes in your store – new products, stock updates, promotions and anything else you wish.

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Products column to ‘Manage Subscribers’ list
   * Filters and sorting fixed

To get whole list of features please visit the Product Updates Notifications page.

Help Desk Ultimate

Help desk Magento extension by aheadWorks is a perfect customer care and support solution for ecommerce sites based on Magento.

Current version: 2.5
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new (the main features):
   + IMAP and TLS support
   + New contact form integration system
   + Anti-bot and anti-spam protection
   + Admin can link tickets with orders
   + New improved customer selection interface when creating/editing a ticket
   + HTML links are parsed <a> tag displayed
   + Predefined reply templates for admin, allow to choose and edit/submit a ready answer
   + Ticket view/reply for not logged in customers

Please find out all the features implemented in new version on the Help Desk Ultimate page.

Due to the release of the Help Desk Ultimate updated version, the Comparison Guide has been renewed. You can view the article comparing several help desk solutions in the following page: https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/blog/2009/07/help-desk-ultimate-comparison-guide

Promotion of the Month!

This month we have a special bonus offer for you! Enrich you store with just 3 extensions at a time and get a $90 off discount:

Everything you should do to get a $90 discount is to use the following coupon with these 3 products in your cart:

HCMH09OCT

Hurry up! The offer expires 23 November 2009!

That was a brief review of our new and updated modules. We are always happy to get all kinds of feedback. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your business,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (October 8, 2009)

It’s a good tradition to summarize the results of the previous month’s work. Today is October and glancing back we should admit that much work has been done in September – new extensions releases, user guides and updates. Let’s run our eyes over the major events of the last month.

New Extensions

Extensions releases, news, updates & promotions in aheadWorks Magento Group. One click to join!

Product Updates Notifications

The Product Updates Notifications extension helps your customers to stay in touch with your store and the products they are interested in. Customers can subscribe and receive email notifications every time new products appear in your store, the prices or items quantity are changed, the promotions are held.

Some features are:

  • Adds “Notify me about updates” link with admin configurable position
  • Fast loading AJAX layer with subscription form for guests
  • Configuration of notification defaults
  • Optional message signatures
  • Macro fields containing all attributes of the product
  • Ability to include any content that Magento CMS can involve

To get more information about Product Updates Notifications please visit the extension page.

Facebook Link

Facebook Link makes it easier for customers to invite their friends to your store as there is no need to send emails – posts like “Hey! I’ve just purchased a great stuff at (your store link)” appear automatically on the customer’s wall. You can set the module up so that if a customer logs in your store using Facebook account, every time this person makes a purchase, a post about the order with the full product title, its price and link to this product is automatically left on the wall.

Some Facebook Link features are:

  • Login and signup using Facebook API
  • Automated updates on customer wall
  • Custom wall post template, action link template
  • Ability to include custom number of products from the order in the post
  • Template variables detailing purchased products

The whole list of the Facebook Link features you can find on the extension page.

New User Guides

Our customers and those who are only thinking over aheadWorks extensions purchasing gain a new advantage – User Guides in the PDF format. All Guides include the detailed description of each step of extension configuration.

Everyone can set up the module in accordance with his/her own needs without much time and effort expense. A considerable number of interface screenshots make the process of setting up easy and fast. As a bonus we included various examples of extensions’ applying.

You can download User Guides for the following extensions:

Updated Extensions

Please don’t forget to check complete changelog on the product pages.

Booking & Reservations

Booking and reservations extension allows you to create all kinds of bookable products – tickets, tours, attendances, all kinds of scheduled services, rentals, workshops, lectures, hotel rooms etc.

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Flexible price rules
   + Gradual pricing (ascending and descending)
   + Flexible exclude days rules
   + Reservation details in cart
   + Ability to switch off shipping per product
   * Back button in admin area fixed
   * JavaScript errors in IE8 in admin fixed
   * Date&time product adding for one day fixed
   * “Duplicate button” removed

Find more information about Booking and Reservations on the extension page.

On Sale

This extension allows you to add graphical labels to images of any products – new, products with special price or any custom-defined product. The labels can be displayed in catalog view as well as in product.

Current version: 2.0.1
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Customizable label for each product
   + Specific label for new products
   + More values (calculated automatically) for label text
   + Possibility to insert any product attribute in a label text by the attribute code
   + CSS styles become more specific

Find more features on the extension page.

Who Bought This Also Bought

Providing such kind of additional content for your product pages this extension not only enriches your store – it gives valuable and unmistakable ideas for additional and future purchases. By putting several items to shopping cart your customers transparently share their thinking between each other, proposing highly targeted set of related items for people considering the same purchase.

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Installation procedure improved, the relations are analyzed after product page request
   + Layout with extension’s own CSS improved

To get more information please visit the Who Bought This Also Bought page.

Refer a Friend

“Refer a friend” stimulates your customers to invite their friends to your store. As a result the customers who referred their friends get % or flat rate discount and you gain more clients and more benefit.

Current version: 1.2.4
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   * HTTPS backend
   * Discount usage fixed
   * Behavior in some multi-store configurations fixed
   * “Cannot add to cart” error for referrer after a purchase with a discount had been made fixed
   * Discount usage limit for values over 1 fixed
   * Complex combined (percent + fixed amount) discount rules under some circumstances on the checkout fixed
   * Strings are available for translation now
   * Priority works more obviously

View the extension features on the Refer a Friend page.

Product Questions

The extension adds a questions page to each product and helps you to stay in touch with your visitors and customers.

Current version: 1.1.2
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   * Global Record Search in the backend fixed
   * Incorrect visibility filling fixed
   * “Save and continue edit” button action fixed
   * Sorting by Yes/No in the backend fixed

Find more details on the Product Questions page.

AJAX Cart Pro

AJAX Cart Pro extension removes annoying page reloads on add to cart and delete from cart user actions. Items added instantly with animation effects.

Current version: 1.4.5
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Cross operation of “www.domain” and “domain” support
   + Default, blank and modern themes are supported
   + Easy custom configuration (custom.js)
   * Out of stock products fixed
   * The extension turns off for IE6 users automatically

Please visit the extension page for more detailed information.

Blog

Current version: 1.0.14
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Parsing CMS tags functionality is added
   * Google sitemap fixed
   * evil .13 release skipped

The more detailed information is on the Blog page.

That was a brief review of our new and updated modules. We are always happy to get all kinds of feedback. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your business,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (September 8, 2009)

aheadWorks never lets the grass grow under its feet. August was a productive month and we would like to bring to your attention a short summary of the results of our intensive work. Extensions releases, news, updates & promotions in aheadWorks Magento Group. One click to join!

New Extensions

Minimum Advertised Price

The minimum price set by the manufacturer isn’t the bottom line any more! With the Minimum Advertised Price extension by aheadWorks you can sell products at the price you want.

Suppliers and retailers quite often stipulate the lowest price an item is allowed to be advertised at. But sometimes in-store prices can be really lower than allowed by the suppliers, but may not be displayed in online advertising. The Minimum Advertised Price extension helps you to escape the conflicts with the manufacturers and sell products at the prices you wish.

Minimum Advertised Price adds a special Check Price button instead of the product price. Having clicked this button, you add an item to the shopping cart, and only then the required price becomes visible.

Some features are:

  • Fast loading AJAX layer
  • Completely configurable layer text, images and buttons
  • Configurable independent category/search/product page views
  • Supports direct HTML embedding
  • Fully customizable buttons and actions
  • Ability to include any content that Magento CMS can involve
  • 100% meets Minimum Advertised Price implementation standards
  • Comes with detailed setup and configuration documentation

To learn the whole list of Minimum Advertised Price features please visit the extension page.

Advanced Reviews

A highly customizable Magento review system – Advanced Reviews by aheadWorks Co. – significantly improves the functionality and importance of this one of the most powerful online marketing tools.

According to Avenue A/Razorfish “Digital Consumer Behavior Study”, a review is #1 resource for product research. 86% of the consumers read online reviews before making purchasing decisions. The Advanced Reviews extension enlarges the functionality of native Magento solution.

Features:

  • Possibility to restrict adding reviews to logged in customers only
  • Review helpfulness rating
  • Helpfulness voting can be restricted to logged in customers only
  • Configurable ability to allow adding reviews to customers who bought the reviewed product only
  • Social bookmarks bar for sharing reviews
  • Report abuse feature – let your visitors inform you about inappropriate reviews
  • Pros and Cons list configurable by admin, can be set up per store
  • Customer-defined Pros and Cons
  • “Would you recommend this product to a friend?” block

To observe the whole list of features please visit the Advanced Reviews page.

Updated Extensions

Please don’t forget to check complete changelog on the product pages.

Refer a Friend

The buzz marketing module Refer a Friend stimulates your customers to invite their friends to your shop. The customers, who referred a certain number of friends, get a % or flat rate discount. You can set any conditions and if they are met, the rule is triggered and the referrer is qualified for a discount. Both sides win – the customer gets a discount and the store owner gains more clients and more benefit.

Current version: 1.2.1
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Discount usage limit
   + Limitation per rule execution
   * HTTPS links in secure customer areas
   * IE8 behavior
   * Invitation without being logged in
   * Storecode fix in some multistore configurations
   * Some strings weren’t available for translation
   * Under some circumstances, referrer could not add products to cart
   * Priority works more obviously

Find more information on the product page.

Z-Blocks

Z-Blocks extension allows creating unlimited number of static blocks and content items.

Current version: 2.0.3
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + ‘Show in subcategories’ block option added
   * ACL fix
   * Product with empty category page crash fix
   * SQLSTATE[42S02]: Base table or view not found: 1146 MySQL error fix
   * Product More Views page crash fix

To observe Z-Blocks features please visit the extension page.

AJAX Cart Pro

AJAX Cart Pro extension removes annoying page reloads on add to cart and delete from cart user actions. Items are added instantly with animation effects.

Current version: 1.4.5
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + Cross operation of “www.domain” and “domain” support
   + Default, blank and modern themes support
   + Easy custom configuration (custom.js)
   * More stable work
   * Out of stock products fixed
   * IE6 is not supported any more

To observe AJAX Cart Pro features please visit the extension page.

RSS Reader

RSS Reader is the software for organizing and displaying RSS feeds. This data exchange solution was thoroughly adapted by aheadWorks Co. for Magento-based stores. Now you can install RSS Reader onto your online store and display the news interesting for your visitors.

Current version: 1.2.0
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   * Magento caching enabled fix

Find more information on the RSS Reader page.

Promotion of the month!

The following crushing trio makes a revolution in online business doing:

Review Rotator
Follow Up Email
Advanced Reviews

This powerful combination enriches your store content, improves store functionality and helps you to stay in close contact with your customers without much efforts, time and money applying.

Buy these 3 extensions at a time and get a 25% discount.

Please use the following coupon with these products in cart:

AUG25REJRM

The offer expires 22 September 2009!

That was a brief review of our new and updated modules. We are always happy to get all kinds of feedback. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your business,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (August 3, 2009)

This is July newsletter of aheadWorks Magento World store — the storage of the most popular Magento extensions and themes. Below you’ll find the summary of the results of our development efforts in Magento extensions sphere — the releases of new and updates of existing products, new services and offers. We invite everyone who wants to be informed about these events immediately to subscribe to our blog.

Admin Panel Demo

This month we are happy to present you Admin Panel Demo. It is a remarkable opportunity to look at the work of our extensions — Booking & Reservations, Follow Up Email, Help Desk Ultimate, Grid Manager, Refer a Friend — from the inside. The extensions in the Admin Panel Demo can be used practically without any restrictions as if they have been installed on your store. Demo allows to work with different data including products, users and their orders. That’s why we strongly recommend to input only fictitious titles, names, addresses, dates and any other information.
Take a test-drive of Admin Panel

New Extensions

Refer a friend

According to the investigation conducted by Forrester Research 83% of North Americans rely on the opinion of a friend who has used the product or service when only 60% trust consumer reviews on a retailer’s site. Use the power of word of mouth!

Our new buzz marketing module “Refer a friend” stimulates your customers to invite their friends to your shop. As a result the customers who referred their friends get % or flat rate discount and you gain more clients and more benefit. Let your customers promote your on-line store for you!

Some features are:

  • Flexible rules basing on targets: signups quantity, purchased items quantity, purchase amount.
  • Rules actions: apply discount percent, or fixed sum percent.
  • Customer can trigger several rules at once and get a combined discount.
  • Rules work per each referred customer, or for all referred.
  • Rules priority.
  • Statistics module for admin.
  • Advanced tracking – customers will never loose their referrals.
  • Customer panel in the user area with statistics and notifications in case a discount has been earned.

To have a clear idea of all the features please have a look at Refer a friend page.

New services

Migration to Magento Shopping Cart

We are happy to inform you that now we provide a new service – Migration to Magento Shopping Cart – a turnkey solution for converting your different from Magento online shop to Magento or moving all the data from one Magento store to another. We move all important information (products, customers, orders, images and other data) without data loss and in limited period of time.

To observe the list of shopping carts we switch to Magento please read the whole article.

If you are interested in our proposal please contact us.

Updated Extensions

Don’t forget to check the complete changelog on the product pages.

Z-Blocks v.2.0

The release brings the extension to a new level of controlling static blocks in your store. So for a better visualization we have prepared a number of use cases demonstrating some Z-Blocks features:

Current version: 2.0
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   + New GUI added
   + Unlimited number of blocks inside each position
   + Unlimited number of content items inside each block
   + Customizable block and item sorting
   + Independent items rotation inside each block
   + Powerful block view scheduler
   + Per-category and per-store view

Find more information on the product page.

Grid Manager

The extension allows you to choose which columns you’d like to display, and also their size, position, title. All displayable data can be selected and inserted into a grid. Grid Manager gives you the opportunity to view all your customized tables in one place with ability to reset the changes to the default table view.

Grid Manager features:

  • Add/remove columns
  • Editable column titles and sizes
  • Quick editor which opens without page reload
  • On-the-fly column design
  • 2-ways grid customization
  • Ability to explore grid data source
  • Easy 2-minutes installation
  • Meets Magento programming practices for most versions and customizations compatibility

Current version: 1.0.2
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
   * Grid requesting by AJAX
   * Column filtering improved

To observe Grid Manager Demo please visit the extension page.

New offers

We have a special offer for you. Buy 5 most demanded products and get 20% discount!

  1. Help Desk Ultimate
  2. AJAX Cart Pro
  3. Z-Blocks
  4. Product Questions
  5. Follow Up Email

Power Pack cost: $428 (Original price: $535, you save $107)

Find more information at SPECIAL OFFERS page.

That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget to stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds of feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your business,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (July 9, 2009)

Hope you’ve gladly appreciated new features of our products last month. This time we are to make you happier than before! Below you’ll find the summary of our month’s thorough work. As you know every month we release new products for a wide range of Magento ecommerce sites. So to stay well informed, please don’t forget to check product page of the extensions that might interest you — FAQ, changelog, demos, – or subscribe to our blog if you haven’t done it yet.

New Extensions

Blog

“Blog” version 0.5.9 created by “Lazzymonk” is a notable extension valuable for the community. The considerable number of downloads vividly demonstrated its’ relevance and importance. We have come to a conclusion to concentrate a part of our efforts on the community sphere and have agreed with the previous developer on moving the ownership rights to our company. According to our heart-warming tradition the extension remains FREE! Taking into consideration this extension popularity we have made the upgrade compatible with your old version.

What’s in the new release?

  • Excerpt field
  • Ability to show blog menu on blog page only
  • Settings menu shortcut
  • .html rewrite added to post link

Especially we’d like to emphasize the main features complemented by aheadWorks Co.:

  • Switchable WYSIWYG. Rich Text Editor (RTE) a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” interface aims to reduce the learning curve associated with users trying to express their formatting directly as valid HTML markup.
  • Tags. Tags help describe an item and allow it to be found again by browsing or searching. Tags are chosen by the Magento store owner informally and personally by the item’s creator or by its viewer.

You are welcome to estimate new FREE version of the “Blog“. This is not a beta — the release is stable and for live stores use. We would likely receive and take into consideration all your advices over “Blog” improvement.

Booking & Reservations

Are you a hotel/restaurant/theatre owner? Do you sell any kind of tickets? So our first extension is exactly for you! “Booking & Reservations” is a new product type, which allows you to create all kinds of bookable products — tickets, tours, attendances, seminars, all kinds of scheduled services, rentals, workshops, lectures, hotel rooms etc.

Here the main features turning your store to a powerful solution for any e-shop operations:

  • Day or hour billable periods
  • Date/time/date and time based products, e.g. hotel room/consulting attendance/rental
  • Specify available time frame, e.g. 8 AM – 6 PM, all reservations can only be in this period
  • Specify date period of product availability
  • For admin: instant orders review on the product edit page using the calendar widget; separate orders page with all bookings and reservations

To get more information about this extension please have a look at “Booking & Reservations” page.

Grid Manager

Are you tired of numerous useless columns in a table in store administration section? We have a perfect solution of this problem! “Grid Manager” is a nice helper for store owners and administrators. All available columns for any standard grid are at your disposal — any displayable data can be selected and inserted into a grid. You can view all your customized tables in one place with ability to reset the changes to the default table view.

“Grid Manager” is up for you in:

  • adding/removing columns
  • opening it without page reload
  • exploring grid data source
  • designing on-the-fly column

Find out more features of “Grid Manager“!

Updated Extensions

Please don’t forget to check complete changelog on the product pages.

Help Desk Ultimate

Help Desk Ultimate (HDU) is an integrated Magento customer support solution by aheadWorks Co. This useful extension has an optional feature to convert initial e-mail messages sent to parser mail box into new support tickets. We’d like to distinguish the main features of Help Desk Ultimate here if by some reason this extension has slipped from your attentive view.

Current version: 2.4.4
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions, highly recommended for non-English speaking customers
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ Departments stats on a separate page
+ Ticket Notes
+ Link tickets to orders
+ Tickets tab at customer edit
+ Include name and email of customer in ticket reply email template
+ Added number of ticket messages
+ “Assign to customer” with search autosuggest
+ Auto-setting status to “open” when undetected address is used
+ aheadWorks updates feed support
+ New e-mail template sent when ticket is reassigned
* Minor bugfixes
* Improved filtering by date
* Interface improvements

Checkout Promo

This extension entices your customers to spend more to receive this or that benefit.

Features:

  • Multiple configurable blocks positioning on checkout and shopping cart pages
  • Rules priority, start and expiration dates
  • Websites and customer groups based rules
  • Customizable blocks defined in CMS Static Blocks section
  • Multiple promo blocks on page

Current version: 1.0.3
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
* Fixed creating table during module installation
* Coupon functionality improvements

Advanced Menu

The extension makes your store menu looks as you wish in just 2 clicks. You can have a look at “Advanced Menu Demo”.

Current version: 1.7.4
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ AW All 2.0 extension integrated
* Native menu style affecting fix
* Left folding menu type top categories without children now clickable

AJAX Cart Pro

“AJAX Cart Pro” extension allows customers to do shopping without page reloads. Items can be added instantly with animation effects.

Current version: 1.4.4
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ Confirmation dialog hides when redirecting to checkout
+ Configurable confirmation dialog
+ Add-remove functionality on cart page
+ AW All 2.0 extension integrated
* Internet Explorer compatibility improved
* Non UTF-8 characters support
* JS performance optimization
* HTTPS support improvements

Featured Products

“Featured Products” is a wonderful possibility for original displaying of your Magento store products. Any products of your choice will be displayed statically or with animation effects and draw visitors attention.

Some essential features:

  • One product can be added to multiple categories
  • Added option to display product slideshow only on main page
  • Shows warning message if no products found
  • Ability to use custom image instead of the product image

Current version: 2.2.3
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
* Import no more crashed with aw_fp_category attribute
* Bundle products displayed with correct price
* Disabled products are not shown

Product Questions

“Product questions” module bonds you and your visitors by means of questions page added to each product. The idea is simple — visitors ask questions regarding the product, then store administrator reviews and answers the questions. Approved questions and answers appear on the product questions page enriching your site content and providing it with additional information about your products. Observe the whole list of “Product Questions” features.

Current version: 1.0.11
Upgrade: recommended from any previous versions
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
* Updated e-mail templates to be more compatible with Help Desk Ultimate

Promotion of the Month!

This month we have a special bonus offer for you! Enrich your store content pack with 4 best selling modules and get 45% off:
Product Questions
Review Rotator
RSS Reader
Who Bought This Also Bought

Please use the following coupon with these products:

JUN45RKCND

The offer expires 15 July 2009! No time for doubts. Hurry up!

That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your business,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (June 3, 2009)

This is May newsletter of aheadWorks Magento World store – the largest stock of commercial and most useful Magento extensions. In this message we highlight our new modules and updates for the old ones.

New Extensions

Please do not forget to check product page of the extensions that might interest you – there is much more information like tips, FAQ, changelog, demos, videos etc.

Follow Up Email

Follow up emails is powerful tool for any ecommerce site. It gives a comfortable and flexible way to automatically reach your customers by email on day X after an order had been placed.

Some features:

  • 3-tiers follow up system
  • Ability to setup tiers in dependence on order status
  • Unlimited number of rules
  • Native Magento templating and mailing systems
  • Integrated into standard Magento template – looks and acts like a native code

Frequently Bought Together

Frequently Bought Together extension continues our line of Amazon’s innovative techniques adaption on Magento platform. This module has been created to substitute and significantly improve functionality and usability of Magento core module Related Products.

During the installation Frequently Bought Together turns off Related Products block and allows you to choose where to display its content by inserting a simple code in your CMS. Once embedded, the extension displays related products in a neat, comfortable and modern way, employing smooth and eye-catching AJAX and JavaScript effects. Frequently Bought Together does not only enrich your store content and make it look web 2.0 – it also attracts and encourages your customers to put additional products in their cart, increasing your cross sells and total purchase amount.

From AJAX side the module is powered by Pico JavaScript library – an in-house project of aheadWorks Co.

Frequently Bought Together takes its honored place in our set of perfectly crafted Magento sale motivation extensions.

On Sale

This extension allows you to add graphical labels to your special products images.

Attract your visitors to special items – the labels can be displayed in catalog view as well as in product. The label image and text are easily customized: you can use a label that comes into the package and upload you own; you can not only write your text on the label but also use the following variables: Discount Amount (calculated automatically), Regular Price, Special Price, Save Amount (calculated automatically). So it’s possible to label your products with texts like “Save $10 on this item today”, or “Buy for $29 save $10!” – all price values are calculated for each product individually. Label appears only when there is a special price for the product.

This way you save a lot of time when running e.g. seasonal discounts campaign, with a simple 3-minutes setup you can put labels on a category or the whole store.

Some features:

  • Separate catalog and product view labels setup
  • Ability to upload your own images for catalog and product labels
  • Labels appear when special price is set
  • 6 predefined label positions
  • Special variables to use in your label texts
  • Ability to disable labels for catalog or/and product
  • Compatible with all major browsers (IE6, IE7, IE8, Safari, Opera, FireFox 2, FireFox 3, Google Chrome)
  • Separate CSS files for catalog and product labels

Updated Extensions

Don’t forget to check full changelog on the product pages.

AJAX Cart Pro

Current version: 1.2.1
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ Language files added
* Configurable and grouped products render fix
* Progress bar position fix
* Default values fix

Frequently Bought Together

Current version: 1.1.2
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
* Structure corruption during clicking flood fix
* Currency delimiter fix
* Product with required options displaying fix
+ Considering product special price
+ Related products section hiding upgrade

Help Desk Ultimate

Current version: 2.3.1
Upgrade: Recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ Auto-assign to departments on e-mail reply
+ Ability to hide departmnents selector from customers
+ One-click Contact Form integration
+ One-click Product Questions integration
+ Improved parsing mechanism for html emails
+ Per-store default department
+ Ticket Lock
+ Ability to hide departments selector from customers
* catalogrule_apply_all cron job conflicting rule
* No back link when viewing closed ticket
* Parsing of text emails

On Sale

Current version: 1.0.2
Upgrade: Recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
* Getting image size fix
* Extension CSS layout change
+ Clickable label

RSS Reader

Current version: 1.0.10
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ “Summary max chars” and “summary max words” configuration parameters added

Promotion of the Month!

This month’s promotion is something what would make you pleasantly surprised. Now we offer 5 best selling modules with 30% off! Meet today the whole “Sales motivation” serie and bonus:
Follow Up Email
On Sale
Who Bought This Also Bought
Frequently Bought Together
Review Rotator
The unbeatable five for outstanding ecommerce results!!! No reasons to wait, this is a very short offer expiring 10 Jun 2009 – only 1 week. Use the following coupon with those products in cart:

SMS09MAY

That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your busines,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (May 5, 2009)

This is April newsletter of aheadWorks Magento World store – the place to look for the best Magento extensions. We have more and more products, so try to use our renewed extensions map in order not to get lost. As always, we recommend to subscribe to our blog or to any specific tag or category to stay tuned.

One more introduction – we officially launch 3 programs:

  • 30 days money back
  • 6 months free customer support
  • Lifetime bugfree guarantee

Now you just don’t have any chances to be unsatisfied with any purchase from our store, so why wait?
This month wasn’t full of new releases since we are concentrated on sophisticated booking module which must come out in a private beta very soon. Hope to finish it in May, so everyone who are going to sell tickets, hotels, car rentals and such – stay informed.

New Extensions

Please do not forget to check product page of the extensions that might interest you – there is much more information like tips, FAQ, changelog, demos, videos etc.

AJAX Cart Pro

AJAX Cart Pro extension removes annoying page reloads on add to cart and delete from cart user actions. Items added instantly with animation effects. Simple and attractive way to improve your customers experience.

  • Progress animation – defines progress block position
  • Cart animation – defines cart update animation effect
  • AJAX activity indicator – you may override activity image with your own using this option

An absolute must have for all modern shopping carts.

Review Rotator

Review Rotator displays random set of product reviews from your store. A random review intrigues visitors and entices them to learn more about subject of the review. With “Consider category” option enabled Review Rotator would take reviews from the current category only, helping customer make a wiser choice or attracting their attention to alternatives. Current features are:

  • Unlimited number of extension instances within a Magento installation
  • Can restrict reviews to the products from current category and subcategories
  • Configurable number of reviews
  • Ability to set minimum rating for reviews to show
  • Ability to display last X added reviews
  • Ability to display only specified reviews
  • Ability to display reviews of specified products only
  • Reviews rotation to avoid displaying the same results
  • Flawlessly integrates into any design and layout

A good solution for creating automated related content, increase time on page and attract cross-sells.

Who Bought This Also Bought

Who Bought This Also Bought module is a Magento implementation of a well known Amazon.com invention. This is the very first version, we’ll release a number of free updates soon. Everyone is welcome with ideas to the future release, the roadmap is still open. Never the less right now we’ve got a lot:

  • No occasional items – we display only items with the highest rate of cross selling, creating a perfect and mistake-free related products set
  • Considers all your existing orders during the installation process – you can see the results immediately after copying the extension files!
  • Super-fast extension cache which excludes page load time penalty
  • Integrated into standard Magento template – looks and acts like a native code
  • Easy 2-minutes installation
  • Meets Magento programming practices for most versions and customizations compatibility

Enrich your store content for a less and attract more cross sells – this could be a kinda slogan for this extension 😉

Updated Extensions

Don’t forget to check full changelog on the product pages.

Advanced Menu

Current version: 1.7
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ Magento 1.3 flat catalog compatibility
+ Left folding menu view mode
* Layout troubles for IE8 in “plain” mode
* Bug with partially incompatibility with flat catalog

AJAX Cart Pro

Current version: 1.2
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
+ plain add to cart links support
+ Magento 1.2.1 support added
+ JS code size optimized
* setAttribute bug is fixed
* IE tabs focus bug fix
* Multi-select processing fix

Help Desk Ultimate

Current version: 2.2
Upgrade: Recommended from any previous version, highly recommended for non-english speaking customers
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ E-mail Headers storage
+ SSL support for POP3 service
+ UTF-8 characters support
* Fixed key length install causing troubles on some servers
* E-mail binary attachments fixed
* Non-text attachments now are sent
* HTML tags in customer’s area
* Minor security bugs
* New e-mail parsing mechanism
* Correct MS Outlook 2007 support
* Double-escaped characters in quotes
* Fixed signatures parsed from emails format

Help Desk

Current version: 2.2
Upgrade: Recommended from any previous version, highly recommended for non-english speaking customers
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ Minor DB changes
+ UTF-8 characters support
* Minor bugfixes
* Fixed key length install causing troubles on some servers
* HTML tags in customer’s area

Product Questions

Current version: 1.0.10
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
* Layout troubles for IE8 in “plain” mode
+ Magento 1.3 flat catalog compatibility

Review Rotator

Current version: 1.2
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ Ability to specify IDs of review which should be displayed
+ Ability to specify IDs of products which reviews should be displayed
+ Now reviews being displayed of visible products only.
+ Restriction to reviews with average rating less than
+ Two model of review sorting: random and recent
* Bug with one default option (was undefined)
* Bug with review numbers
* Bug with ignoring parameter ‘count’
* Some minor changes and memory usage optimization

Z-Blocks

Current version: 1.2
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:
+ a number of new blocks added
* customer-content-top block for address page fix

Promotion of the Month!

Enrich your store content with our Review Rotator and Who Bought This Also Bought extensions, today we give 30% discount when purchasing them both. Please use the following coupon:

WBABRR30AP

 

The offer expires 17 May 2009!

That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your busines,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (April 8, 2009)

This is March newsletter of aheadWorks Magento World store – the house of market-demanded Magento extensions and themes. Below is the summary of the results of our development efforts in Magento extensions sphere – new releases and updates of existing products. We invite everyone who wants to be informed about these events immediately to subscribe to our blog. If you are interested in a particular product(s) information only – please use the product(s) tags for your subscription.
We’d also like to point to our store improvement – the visual extensions map. We are getting more and more products and sometimes it becomes difficult to understand at a glance which one you could be interested in. Just move your mouse pointer over an extension title on the map to see a short information, click to go to the product page.

New Extensions

Please do not forget to check product page of the extensions that might interest you – there is much more information like tips, FAQ, changelog, demos, videos etc.

Help Desk Ultimate

This is a new much improved version of our Help Desk extension. It includes all the features of standard Help Desk extension plus:

  • Departments – now you can add unlimited number of support departments with their own attributes – email address, templates, etc.
  • POP3 fetching and parsing – the extension gets all correspondence from a defined email address parsing the messages into tickets. It’s able to keep threads and add messages to the existing tickets by ID.
  • Create new tickets from e-mail – any message sent to the parser email address without ticket ID can be automatically transformed into a new ticket, followed by admin and customer email notifications.
  • Auto-expiration – automatically sets “Closed” status to tickets inactive for a defined number of days.

Don’t forget to check the product page for other features, these are not all.

Advanced Menu

This extension allows you to change your store navigation look easily. No need in PHP or HTML knowledge – just go to the configuration page and choose from one of the predefined looks and see how does it fit your store. It’s absolutely XHTML 1.o Strict compatible and has an all-browsers-valid CSS. In this version you can choose from the following modes: default, dropdown boxes, plain, advanced plain and static.

RSS Reader

Looking for an easy blog or a feed integration? Then RSS Reader extension is for you. It fetches and parses any RSS feed and integrates it into your Magento store. No troubles, fits any style and design, can be placed in any block, sidebar, header or footer. Besides other features we can highlight:

  • Unlimited feeds – create any number of feeds in different locations of your store.
  • Cache – instead of fetching the content from a remote server each page load the RSS Reader stores the data into its own cache.
  • Custom CSS and templates – RSS Reader uses its own CSS file and custom template. In fact you may create as much output patterns as needed and use them on per instance basis.

Please go to the product page to know more about other options.

Browser Search

Give your visitors another comfortable way of searching in your catalog – integrate your store search directly in the browser! With the help of a simple XML you can add your search engine to the visitor’s browser, the search suggestions will be handled by the extension PHP code. Simple and effective.

Updated Extensions

Don’t forget to check full changelog on the product pages.

Featured Products

Current version: 2.2.2
Upgrade: Recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Completely compatibe with XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • All CSS Warnings fixed
  • Invisible products are not shown any more
  • One product can be added more to one category
  • Added option to display product in slideshow only on main page
  • Shows warning message if no products found
  • CMS block syntax is shorter now
  • Dropped support for magento 1.1.x due to magento layout bugs

Help Desk

Current version: 2.0
Upgrade: Highly recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • New kernel
  • Quoting
  • Attachments are sent through email
  • External CSS files
  • Tickets can be created from admin area
  • Upload files limit
  • Re-order replies, newer first
  • Status can be set w/o posting reply to ticket
  • “Waiting for customer” auto-status

Z-Blocks

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: Recommended
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Ad rotation function!

Promotion of the Month!

Enrich your customers experience with our Z-Blocks and Help Desk Ultimate extensions, today we give 40% discount when purchasing them both. Please use the following coupon:

ZBLKSHDU40

The offer expires 17 April 2009!

That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your busines,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department

Magento World Newsletter (March 3, 2009)

aheadWorks is happy to send out the first newsletter for subscribers of Magento World store. In our monthly newsletters we are going to inform you regarding new releases of our current products as well tell about new new ones. Also, each newsletter will contain a featured product or a pack of the month with a really significant discount.

We would like to invite you to visit our blog. Besides all kinds of interesting and valuable information it would contain current development spotlights and product updates keeping you informed about your product releses. You are able to subscribe to your product(s) RSS feeds and download the updates as soon as they are available. Please visit https://blog.aheadworks.com/

February 2009 was quite a rich on releases, so let’s start!

New Extensions

Please do not forget to check product page of the extensions that might interest you – there is much more information like tips, FAQ, changelog, demos, videos etc.

Help Desk

Nowadays we cannot imagine an online business without good customer support and case tracking and resolution system. This becomes a crucial point for online merchants and service providers. According to our recent studies up to 78% of respondents put customer support on the first places for consideration when choosing a merchant or provider on the Net.
Help desk Magento extension by aheadWorks is a perfect customer care and support solution for ecommerce sites based on Magento.

Z-Blocks

Z-Blocks – is a unique solution to control static blocks in your store. Now you don’t need to change template and layout files manually every time when you want to add an advertising banner or add some specific information. Now all the administration of static blocks is available in admin panel.
Z-Blocks extension uses native Magento functionality – you can create different static blocks for different Store views.

Updated extensions

Don’t forget to check full changelog on the product pages.

Featured Products

Current version: 2.0
Upgrade: Highly recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Variety of new configuration options in the administration interface
  • New slideshow type – slider
  • Ability to define category per product

Help Desk

Current version: 1.1
Upgrade: Highly recommended from any previous version
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Ability to attach files
  • A bunch of minor bugfixes
  • Minor interface improvements
  • French and German localizations

Product Questions

Current version: 1.0.9
Upgrade: Highly recommended from 1.0.6 and below; recommended for all others
Upgrade cost: free for all versions
What’s new:

  • Multiple stores support
  • HTTPS connections improvements
  • Many minor bugfixes

Promotion of the Month!

aheadWorks itself is a company dedicated to provide not only a quality service and products but also a good customer care. Since the very launch of our store we are receiving a good volume of feedback from our customers and visitors. Our valuable assistants in this task are Help Desk and Product Questions modules, which being combined create a powerful customer care solution for Magento stores. Use the following coupon to get both Help Desk and Product Questions with 40% discount:

HDPQNSLT40

The offer expires 17 March 2009! That’s all what were going to inform you about. Do not forget stay in touch, leave ratings and all kinds feedback, we are always happy to hear your thoughts. If you need a new feature in our product – just let us know – it has good chances to be implemented.

Thank you for being with us and good luck to your busines,
Sincerely yours,
aheadWorks Magento department