finalises e-catalogue project
is in the last stage of its e-catalogue project. After
extensive market testing and application development,
the software application now enters the implementation
"E-catalogue will level the e-commerce playing field,"
says Candor MD Wido Schnabel. "It transfers catalogue
content control from the Web designer/developer to the
end user with an intuitive and user-friendly update
and editing module. Anyone who knows how to use a mouse
and keyboard can list their full suite of products professionally
on the web. All this with excellent migratory components."
These 'migratory components' include a shopping basket,
business-to-business (B2B) ordering module with password
protected access as well as linked pricing and full
business to consumer/customer commerce (B2C).
The Web-centric application is driven by a database
that allows users to design their own catalogue directory.
Under the specific category, users can insert product
pictures, specifications, price and additional information
which is posted to the Web page real-time.
Similar to its e-Property offering, e-Catalogue's central
SQL database is designed to populate thousands of Web
sites with their own domains, posting the data in a
standard format according to each individual site's
navigation structure and look and feel.
Dietmar Frey, Candor.com's Chairman says, "empowering
business to take control of not only their website but
their database as well was the key motivating factor
when we started development two years ago. With the
advent of the Internet, narrowing the time-to-market
frame has become critical and business cannot depend
or even afford lengthy turnaround times currently being
experienced from their Internet service/solution providers."
Features include an imaging optimising module, which
first uploads any image from a scanner, digital camera
or a rendering on the PC, then asks the user to select
picture orientation (0º, 90º, 180º, 270º). After orientation
is selected the user has the option to select the best
brightness/contrast and then the central server automatically
compresses the image to approximately 10 kilobytes for
optimal web downloading and viewing. Another additional
feature is the Specials module where certain products
can be selected for a special on a specific date with
discounted prices. The end user simply selects the products
and the time frame and the server automatically post
the information to a specials page.
Candor.com are currently looking to subsidise 3 companies
with a vast product range as part of their quality testing
and implementation phase. Schnabel concludes, "because
e-Catalogue will form the foundations for B2B and B2C
commerce, it's imperative that we have working solutions
with our future partners."
catalogue solution launched
has launched www.e-property.co.za,
a full Internet database-driven property catalogue listing
solution. Based on the company's Application Service
Provider (ASP) business model, E-Property is claimed
to empower estate agents to take control of their Internet
presence and more importantly to manipulate their own
database easily in real time.
Armed with a digital camera or scanner and an Internet
connection, estate agents can have their own Web site,
domain (co.za) and a secure database solution from as
little as R5 000.
According to Wido Schnabel, Candor.com's MD, E-Property
was developed for the retail, commercial, industrial
and rental property markets. With access via a password-protected
administration module, estate agents can add, edit or
delete a listing whenever they choose.
With 4 pictures per listing (for interior shots, exterior
shots or renderings) estate agents can enter a user-friendly
Web-interface which caters for descriptions such as
selling price, special features, number of bedrooms
and bathrooms, garage/s and provisions for any additional
"The most profound advantage is that anyone familiar
with a mouse and keyboard can easily manipulate the
listings themselves and time-to-market is rapidly diminished,
guaranteeing the most up-to-date dissemination of information
to a prospective client base."
Schnabel confirms that the central SQL database is designed
to populate thousands of Web sites with their own domains,
posting the data in a standard format according to each
individual site's navigation structure and look and
Greg Walton of Rattle Property group, one of the first
adopters of E-Property, says, "E-Property not only answered
all our Internet needs but it has become an invaluable