14. Quick Edit Simple Product Variants Before Applying
Since the version of Store Manager 3.3.0 (Build 1802), you are able to preview and then apply products variations before their final generation.
Go to the "Products" page of the program and on the lower menu bar of the configurable one select Associated Products -> Create Associated Products.
You should specify necessary values on the right and check the attributes of the variations on the left in the form.
The [Next] button helps display generated variations in the tabular form with the editable data, such as "Name", "SKU", "Status", "Visibility", "Weight", "Price", "Quantity", "Stock Status" and "Manage Stock".
Once you fill the necessary fields, press the button [Generate] to display the associations.
Let's create variations for the configurable product with the SKU - CH-0536 from the test store database. In the lower menu select the "Associated Products" tab and press [Create Associated Products] on the top toolbar.
The "Create Associated Product" form represents the fields with the main product parameters in the right and attributes section in the left. Use the attribute "Color" to create variations. Check the color positions that will be used to generate, and press the [Next] button.
The generated variations are displayed in the tabular form. Columns, which values can be modified, either contain the arrow to call the drop-down list with the embedded variants or the calculator tool (for digital parameters like "Weight" and "Quantity").
Note: the columns with IDs cannot be changed, since the program generates these values automatically, therefore they cannot be edited!
After all modifications are done, press [Generate] to launch the generator.
Take into account the modified details in the table, as shown below, are displayed in blue, and null values are displayed in red.
All associated products will be visible on the Products page of the front-end with the details you have assigned before.
New possibility is available in the updated version of Store Manager. The program allows to generate SKU for the combinations during associated products creation.
This option is located on the right side of the generator form.
The drop-down list consists of the possible options of "Combination SKU":
"Parent SKU + Attribute Options Label" - forms a combination number based on SKU of the parent product (configurable product) and the label of the relevant attribute option.
You can see the generation process with the current type in the example provided below. The configurable product with the SKU CH-0536 was taken as the basis, marked with the corresponding color labels: black, gray.
"Parent SKU + Attribute Option ID" - forms a combination number based on the combination SKU of the parent product and adds the ID of the attribute option:
"Parent SKU+Attribute Option ID+Attribute Option Label". The third options allows to form a combination number by adding parent product SKU, attribute option ID and attribute option label.
In order to discard associated products that already exist, if necessary, press [Clear associated products before creation]: