Updates Posts

Refer a Friend 1.1 released

We are happy to present you the update of our module “Refer a friend”. A new feature brings the extension to a higher level of rule management. The updated version allows you to limit the number of the rule applying. You can define the number of times a rule can be triggered, what allows you to create such options as giving a discount for every referral who made at least one purchase.

To get more detailed information about this module please visit the extension page

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

Z-Blocks 2.0 released!

Z-Blocks — is a unique solution to control static blocks in your store.

Now with graphic interface!

You don’t need to change template and layout files manually every time when you want to add an advertising banner or some specific information. 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.

Features:

  • New GUI added
  • 10 predefined block positions on each page
  • Ability to place any block in any position by easily changing CMS page layout
  • Unlimited number of blocks inside each position
  • Unlimited number of content items inside each block
  • Block items can include any content that Magento CMS can involve
  • Powerful block view scheduler
  • Per-category and per-store view
  • Enabling/disabling of any block and its items
  • Customizable block and item sorting
  • Independent items rotation inside each block
  • Easy 2-minutes installation
  • Meets Magento programming practices for most versions and customizations compatibility

Use cases:

Magento custom blocks

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

Follow up Email 2.0.0 released

The release brings the extension to a new level of follow up emails control and performance.

Follow Up Email becomes an irreplaceable “must have” extension for any ecommerce store.
Its unlimited email tiers system and variety of triggering events make it a flexible and easy to use tool for store owners – now your chances to get  purchases from returning customers are as high as never before!

Add Rule interface

Add Rule interface

In this release:

  • Track and send notifications to abandoned carts
  • Unlimited number of tiers in mail chain
  • Product type in rule condition
  • Product category in rule condition
  • Flexible rules – send as many follow ups as needed basing on specified criteria
  • Mail log that can be accessed from admin area

Find more information on the product page – https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/extensions/follow-up-email.html

More Info
The next generation of this extension Magento 2 Follow Up Email is compatible and perfectly suitable for newly created Magento 2 stores. The functionality is fully automated as before and doesn’t require any additional supervision, except for initial configuration. Still, the module is able to increase your sales and establish really valuable connections with your customers.

Checkout Promo 1.0.1 released

Bug fix release:

  • Bug with not working coupons is fixed

Custom checkout for Magento

Help Desk Ultimate 2.4

This new release introduces a number of new features that make the solution even better!

Find in the package:

    • Departments stats on a separate page, displying total number of tickets, and number of tickets per status. A timeframe for the stats can be defined.
    • Link tickets to orders – you can allow your customers to select an order they’d wish to have support on
    • Tickets tab at customer edit for easier data access and management
    • Included name and email of customer in ticket reply email template
    • Added number of ticket messages so you see at a glance the length of communications
    • “Assign to customer” with search autosuggest so that you don’t have to wait for long select box with all your customers to render – just start typing and use the autosuggest

      More information on the product page – https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/extensions/help-desk-ultimate.html

      Product Questions 1.1 released

      Release features:

      • Complete breadcrumbs
      • Customer-defined status
      • Ability to insert PQ blocks via layout
      • Link to admin area from e-mail
      • Bugfixes

      More information, demo, screens are on product page: https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/product-questions.html

      Booking and Reservations extension – finally available!

      Booking and ReservationsWe are glad to announce the release of our most complicated and anticipated by many users module – Booking and Reservations. Despite there are many things are to be implemented in the future versions, the first release is stable and suitable for many industries.

      Booking and reservations extension introduces a new product type, which as follows from its name allows you to create all kinds of bookable products – tickets, tours, attendances, all kinds of scheduled services, rentals, workshops, lectures, hotel rooms etc.

      Some of current features are:

      • Integrated admin interfaces – new “Booking” tab when editing a product, orders overview page, orders overiew calendar widget
      • Integrated customer interfaces – visual calendar and busy/free time periods for easy ordering, customer orders view page
      • 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
      • Quantity for the same time, e.g. car wash with 3 boxes would allow 3 reservations on the same time period
      • For admin: instant orders review on the product edit page using the calendar widget; separate orders page with

      Extension page: https://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/extensions/booking-and-reservations.html

      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

      Booking and reservations extension – first demo

      OK, here are the demos. Please do not order long ranges, let others see it in action 🙂

      1. Hotel room – available for a year ahead.
      2. Theatre (or any other attendance) – 1000 tickets for the event on 26 June.
      3. A specialist accepting – consulting, services, anything
      4. Car wash – can wash 2 cars at once!

      Please do not request more information and admin demo – we’ll publish everything as soon as it becomes available.
      Booking and reservations Magento extension – $249

      Advanced Menu 1.7.3 Released

      Release details:

      • Native menu style affecting fix
      • Left folding menu type top categories without children now clickable

      Magento Menu

      Help Desk Ultimate and Follow Up Email – new versions

      Minor versions released, it’s recommended to upgrade. A major version of Folow Up Email must come out the next week .

      RSS Reader 1.1.0 Released

      This feature had been requested by many Magento RSS Reader customers:

      • “Summary max chars” and “summary max words” configuration parameters added

      AJAX Cart Pro 1.4 released

      AJAX Cart Pro Magento extension

      Release features

      • Configurable confirmation dialog (view screen for demo)
      • Add-remove functionality on cart page
      • Some JS speedups

      AJAX Cart Pro Confirmation Dialog Pop Up