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Creating Presentations

ArticleDescription
Quick StartCreate presentations, summary
CreatingCreate presentations, step-by-step 
EditingChange format, content layout, and image quality
SharingHow to share your PDF, CSV data & Excel with photos

Overview #

Use eCat to create beautiful PDF presentations for dealers, builders, and designers in different formats, ranging from one to fifteen items per page.  Also export product data in Excel format with embedded product photos.  Personalize presentations with titles for specific programs or customers.  Select specific pricing for the catalog, or hide pricing altogether.  Organize items and page breaks as needed.  Presentations can be emailed, printed, saved, shared with file sharing services, or opened in other apps on your iPad.

Your company's eCat administrator can create as many customized presentation layouts as needed, with the information you need to serve customers.

Here are examples of some of the many types of catalogs you can create for your customers.  Each took less than a minute to create!

Catalog Formats
Export Data Formats

Quick Start #

Create beautiful customized PDF presentations in just a few steps.  

  • In Settings (gear), select the price level to show in the catalog, or hide prices
  • Select a catalog format from the list to clear the previous presentation and start a new one
  • Tap photos to select items to include in the catalog, then tap 'Done' to show the presentation preview
  • Personalize the catalog with a title and sub-title
  • Tap 'Edit & Reorder' button to edit and rearrange items in the presentation, if desired
  • Tap 'Change Format' button to select different formats and see which work best for you
  • Tap the Action icon (box with arrow) to share and/or save your presentation

Scroll down for detailed instructions and illustrations.

How To Create PDF Presentations #

 Set price level #

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PDF presentations display pricing at the same price level currently selected for the eCat catalog.  To set the price level, tap the Settings gear in Quick View, then select the price level to show in the catalog.  Or hide pricing altogether.

Start presentation #

Catalog Start 500W



To begin presentation creation, tap the actions icon in Quick/Grid View.  Then tap 'Create Catalog'.  The menu will slide to the left and reveal a list of available formats from which to choose.

Select format #

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Tap a format name to select the desired presentation format.  (This can be changed later.)  Note the item count limits shown under each format selection.  Image quality will be automatically adjusted based on the format and items selected.  Your company can provide presentation layouts customized with the information needed to best serve your customers.  So if you don't see exactly what you need in the format selection get in touch with your eCat administrator!

Select items #

Select the items to include in your presentation by tapping images in grid view or using 'Select All' while viewing the desired product selection.  Hint: If your presentation contains a large number of items, save them in a stack before starting.  This will make it easier if you are interrupted and must start over.

Catalog Select 1000W


After selecting all items for your presentation, tap 'Done'.  eCat will then open the Presentation Creator and display a preview image of your presentation.


Catalog Preview 1000W

Personalize the presentation  #

Tap the 'Title' blanks at the top left of the Presentation Creator to reveal the keyboard.  Then enter a custom title and sub-title to tailor the presentation to a specific program or customer.  By default, the PDF file name will be the presentation title followed by the current date.  To change the file name, tap the 'Advanced' button to reveal the file name blank, then specify a different file name.

Edit & reorder items #

Tap the 'Edit and Reorder Items' button to remove items from your presentation and change the display sequence.  If desired, you can also add page breaks to group similar items on single pages. 

Catalog Edit Reorder 1000W

Change the Presentation Format #

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The presentation format selected when starting the presentation can be changed.  Just tap the 'Change Format' button and select a different format.  You may find it useful to change the format to improve its appearance, or when it's necessary to create presentations with the same items, but for different purposes, or when switching to a different format enables publishing higher resolution product photos.

About product image quality #

When setting up presentations, eCat automatically adjusts image quality to maintain a reasonable PDF file size and ensure reasonably fast performance.  This is done based on the number of products in the presentation and the size of the images in the selected layout.  Tap the 'Change Format' button to see what the limits are for the formats made available by your company.   The 'Change Image Quality' button can be used to change the image quality for the currently selected format.  This is not normally used, but may be useful in cases where you may want to print a draft version PDF in low resolution to save printer ink.

Catalog Quality Name

There are three quality thresholds.

  • High Quality photos are suitable for printing the PDF's for formal presentations
  • Medium Quality photos may be indistinguishable from high quality when view on the iPad or a computer screen, but may print less clearly.
  • Draft Quality photos are recognizable and suitable for quick reference, but shouldn't be used for presentations.  Draft Quality is provided primarily for internal company use when it's necessary to print reports with large numbers of items.

Sharing, Saving, and Exporting #

When finished setting up your presentation, use the email and print buttons or or tap the Action icon to generate and share it. 

Before closing the Presentation Creator, you can print or share the presentation as many different ways as needed, usually with just one or two taps.  For example, you could print a copy, save a copy to iBooks, and email a copy to a client. 

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Use built in eCat and iPad features to save and share your presentation as many ways as needed.  Here are some ideas.

  • Save it to iBooks for future reference
  • Use iCloud to access on your Apple devices 
  • Share with a service like Dropbox
  • Use iMessage to text it to a phone.
  • Annotate it with an app like PDFXpert
  • Airdrop it to a nearby iPad, iPhone, or Mac
  • and of course, email or print it!

How to Export CSV or Excel Format Data #

Exporting CSV Format Data #

Select a CSV presentation format to export product data without photos.  CSV data files can be viewed in spreadsheet programs and imported into databases.  They can be useful for merge-printing showroom tags, sending product data to eCommerce partners, sending data from orders and quotes to customers, and a variety of other applications.  Your eCat administrator can create as many CSV data export formats as necessary to meet your specific needs. 

To export data in CSV format, simply select a CSV format either before or after selecting a set of products in the normal way.  The data file will display in preview mode with column headers/field names at the top.  Scroll horizontally and vertically to preview the file.  Then share it in the same ways as the other presentations.


Exporting Excel (xlsx) Format Data #

To export data in Excel format with product photos, create a CSV format report, verify that your iPad is online, then tap the 'Export to Excel' button at the bottom right.  Within seconds a link will be emailed to the address associated with your eCat user account.  Tap the link to download your Excel spreadsheet.

Email Excel