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Elestore and EleFamily products and module definitions

Elestore and all EleFamily products are very comprehensive and highly modular and available in many different versions and configurations serving even the complex requirements of a large group of companies like Philips just as well as the small family business with less requirements and a much smaller budget.

Here is a list of the EleFamily products and modules.

Elestore – Product Content Management System (PCM)

ES101

Elestore base package (single user)

This base package contains all needed software to run Elestore on one PC with a local database. It is also available as a multi-user system (ES102-108) with a database on a central server within your LAN (local area network). This base package includes these core features:

  • Storage and administration for article, address, customer and supplier data objects
  • Data inheritance via mother objects and user-definable dynamic object attributes and attribute sets (option)
  • Support for the eCl@ss product grouping system and for the user’s own product grouping system
  • Storage of and support for files in ASCII, MSExcel, PDF, RTF, MSWord and several image formats
  • Many different link types connecting different articles and other data objects
  • Import and export managers for easy data import and export based on re-useable projects

All optional modules mentioned below are not included in the base package unless otherwise listed.

ES102->
ES108

Elestore server with Elestore clients (multi-user packages)

These multi-user packages consist of the database server running on a server PC within your LAN and of the given number of Elestore clients. The clients have all the features of ES101.
ES201

User access rights administration

This module comprises of the server part needed for the administration of users and user access rights. Additionally, every client must be equipped with the module ES301.
ES202

Article number database

This module comprises of the article number database for storing autonomous article number objects and cross-references between different article number objects as well as between article number objects and article objects. If this module is part of your Elestore server the article number browser will be automatically available to all your Elestore clients. This module is also a precondition if one wants to make full use of the Elepub module EP203 for automatically exchanging article numbers in existing layouts. This is for article numbers related to customers or suppliers. See also module EP203.
ES205

Data change history database

This module comprises of the change history database, which stores data changes to most data objects in Elestore. If this module is part of your Elestore server the change history browser will be available automatically for all of your Elestore clients.
ES206

Data upload to EleAIS web server

This module comprises of the logic and the interface needed to upload Elestore data objects to the EleAIS Web server acting as server database for Elestore AIS – the Product Information System, which makes Elestore data available to your business partners in an Internet browser. This module does not include EleAIS itself. See EleAIS.
ES220

Accessing data in foreign DB

This module supports the access to foreign user databases via virtual DataLink objects, which access data in foreign databases and which are also able to temporarily cache foreign data. This includes the database interface to MSAccess (requires ES203). Direct interfaces to other databases must be ordered separately.
ES221

MSAccess Interface

This module establishes the connection to MSAccess databases for importing and exporting data from and to MSAccess. This module does not include the MSAccess software itself, of course.

Product classification systems

ES300

eCl@ss

Support for the eCl@ss product classification system is part of the Elestore server and of all Elestore clients. This includes the use of group level specific attributes defined by eCl@ss.
ES301

UN/SPSC

This module supports the UN/SPSC product classification system. It includes the user interface for UN/SPSC for all of your Elestore clients.
ES302

Etim

This module supports the Etim product classification system. It includes the user interface for Etim for all of your Elestore clients.
ES303

proficl@ss

This module supports the proficl@ss product classification system. It includes the user interface for proficl@ss for all of your Elestore clients.

Industry standard data formats for data exchange

ES310

BMEcat

This module supports the BMEcat industry standard data exchange format for exporting article data in the XML structure defined by BMEcat.
ES311

Datanorm

This module supports the Datanorm industry standard data exchange format for exporting article data in the ASCII structure defined by Datanorm.
ES312

Edifact Pricat

This module supports the Edifact Pricat industry standard data exchange format for exporting article data in the ASCII structure defined by Edifact Pricat.
ES313

Eldanorm / Zvehnorm

This module supports the Eldanorm and Zvehnorm industry standards data exchange format for exporting article data in the ASCII structure defined by Eldanorm and Zvehnorm, which refer to one another.
ES314

Gaeb

This module supports the Gaeb industry standard data exchange format for exporting article data in the XML structure defined by Gaeb.
ES318

Arua

This module supports the Arua industry standard data exchange format for exporting article data in the ASCII structure defined by Arua.
ES319

SAP OCI

This module supports the proprietary data exchange format called OCI (Open Catalog Interface) for exporting article data in a private SAP XML structure defined by SAP for import into SAP systems.
ES350

bizzTainer

This module supports the bizzTainer data standard, which is an enhancement of the openTrans industry standard XML data format covering all business transactions from offers, via orders to bills.
ES351

openTrans

This module supports openTrans industry standard XML data format covering all business transactions from offers, via orders to bills.

Accessing CATpool

ES401

CATpool server DB access for data vendors

This module enables Elestore to exchange data with the CATpool server database as a data vendor. This module is available only to CATpool data vendor members. For CATpool data consumer this module is neither needed nor available. The same is true for non-CATpool members. This module is an amalgam of Elestore and the CATpool-PCM software and it allows CATpool members to communicate with CATpool through the Elestore software as though they were using the respective CATpool software.
ES402

CATpool server DB access for data consumers

This module enables Elestore to exchange data with the CATpool server database as a data consumer. This module is available only to CATpool data consumer members. For CATpool data vendors this module is neither needed nor available. The same is true for non-CATpool members. This module is an amalgam of Elestore and the CATpool-PCM software and it allows CATpool members to communicate with CATpool through the Elestore software as though they were using the respective CATpool software.

Elestore client modules

These client modules are required for each Elestore client separately unless otherwise mentioned.
ES501

User log-in

This client module enables an Elestore client to require a user log-in when starting to work with Elestore. The module ES204 must exist in your Elestore server as a precondition for ES501.
ES502

QuickEditing in MSExcel

This module comprises of the QuickEditing feature for using MSExcel as an editor from within Elestore. Elestore data can be exported very quickly for editing in MSExcel and it is then automatically re-imported into the Elestore database. This module does not include the MSExcel software itself, of course. It requires MSExcel version 2003 or newer on every PC where this Elestore client is running.
ES530

QuickPublish layout preview in Elestore

This module comprises of the QuickPublish feature, which allows a quick preview of a selected article in an Elepub page from within Elestore so that the user can immediately see how a particular article will look in the selected layout module. This module requires the Elepub base package as part of your server installation. This module is available for single Elestore clients (i.e. not required for all existing clients).
ES531

SequenceBrowser to define publication content

This module makes the Elepub SequenceBrowser available inside Elestore clients so that these clients can edit publication sequences, which define the number and the order of article, text and image objects for publications as well as the product layout types to be used. Although the SequenceBrowser is part of the Elepub base product it will often make sense to make the sequence browser available to product managers and other Elestore users so that they can edit the content of publications without necessarily needing access to the full Elepub software. This module is available for single Elestore clients (i.e. not required for all existing clients).

Elepub – Database Publishing System

EP101

Elepub base package (single user)

This single user package contains all needed software to run Elepub on one PC with its own publishing database and with access to the Elestore database. This version can be enhanced to a multi-user installation with access to a central server within your LAN (local area network). This base package includes these core features:
  • Repository database with re-useable page objects such as containers, frames, tables, layouts etc.
  • PublicationBrowser
  • SequenceBrowser for creating and editing data sequences defining publication content and its order
  • PageGenerator creates layout and places it on pages in the publication database
  • PageEditor for viewing and editing page objects in close co-operation with the PublicationBrowser
  • Direct output of generated pages to printer or to PDF
All optional modules mentioned below are not included in the base package unless otherwise listed.
See
EP301
below

Elepub multi-user versions

The Elepub base package can be enhanced to a multi-user system by adding additional Elepub clients as defined by module EP301. Just add one or more clients EP301 to module EP101 to get a multi-user system. In this case the publishing database must be placed on a server within your LAN (local area network), which is accessible by all Elepub clients.
EP201

Automatic language exchange in layouts

This module enables Elepub to automatically exchange the language of existing layout via one central switch. The layout itself remains unchanged. Only the content is exchanged to another language, which is loaded from the same data objects in Elestore.
EP202

Automatic price and field exchange in layouts

This module enables Elepub to automatically exchange data field references in mother objects for existing layout so that the frame content in all child frames is automatically replaced with the content of a different data field without a new layout generation. This exchanges all price and other data fields from the article object with the exception of article numbers and languages, which are handled differently. The layout’s size and position remain intentionally unchanged. This module also closely co-operates with Elecalc so that customer specific prices from Elecalc can be visualised and exchanged in existing layout.
EP203

Automatic article number exchange in layouts

This module enables Elepub to automatically exchange article numbers from the article number database in existing layout. This module creates links to the article number database and it enables you to modify such links in mother objects, which results in a change for all its children in existing pages so that a different type of article number will be displayed in the existing layout (no new layout generation needed). This requires that the Elestore installation contains module ES202, the article number database.
EP231

Generate HTML

This module expands Elepub to act as an HTML page generator in that it converts pages in Elepub to HTML fully preserving the original layout, which is within the limits set by HTML and inherent to Internet browser technology.
EP232

Export of pages to InDesign

This module converts pages in Elepub to InDesign. InDesign is opened and driven from this module and pages are created interactively by this Elepub module and finally stored in InDesign files. This module acts on chapters, sections or single pages. Various settings define details of the generated InDesign pages and files. The pages produced in InDesign correspond very closely to the original Elepub page layout. This module requires the presence of an installed 2005 version of InDesign on the same client computer where it runs. The InDesign software itself is not part of this module, of course.
EP233

Re-import of pages created by Elepub from InDesign

This module enables the re-import of publication pages created by Elepub from InDesign so that modifications made in InDesign to frames created by Elepub or to their content are re-imported into the Elepub database. This allows the use of InDesign as a WYSIWYG editor for Elepub.
EP234

Generate CDF files for Elecat

This module exports publications in Elepub to the CDF format supported by Elecat. CDF files contain page views, article data and links. This enables Elepub users to distribute Elepub publications in CDF files to their business partners who use these CDF files in their Elecat readers (free). The CDF format is different from and more comprehensive than PDF and it had been introduced much earlier than PDF.
EP235

Export of Elepub pages to XML

This module exports Elepub publications to XML giving Elepub users the freedom to export their entire publications to this industry standard data format for subsequent use in other software systems.
EP236

Export of Elepub pages to QuarkXpress

This module exports Elepub publications to the special XML format, which is used by a QuarkXPress Xtension, which is part of this module, for importing Elepub pages from XML into QuarkXPress. Note that due to the technically primitive and very limited interfacing capabilities of QuarkXPress the result of this data transfer is very limited compared to the integration of InDesign with Elepub. We strongly recommend you to use InDesign instead. QuarkXPress is not only technically a very old software but their authors also refuse to open it up for modern interface technologies like the COM interface, which would enable a much better and easier data transfer. Sorry, these limits are imposed by QuarkXPress alone!
EP237

Export of Elepub pages to Framemaker

This module is available upon special request only. It needs some changes to the XML export of Elepub to make this XML compatible to the import requirements of FrameMaker, because FrameMaker does not understand the standard XML format exported by Elepub.. There has not yet been a request for an export to FrameMaker and this is to indicate that we can supply this if required.

Elepub client modules

The following modules apply to each Elepub client beyond the Elepub base package.
EP301

Elepub basic client

This module comprises of an additional Elepub client with all features of the Elepub base package except for the generator (EP303). This client allows manual editing of Elepub publications on one additional client PC and it thereby extends the base package to a multi-user system.
EP302

InDesign as Elepub editor

This module supplies a very close integration of InDesign as a WYSIWYG editor into Elepub so that InDesign can practically be used as a page editor for existing Elepub pages as well as for designing new layout structures in InDesign with subsequent import into Elepub.
EP303

Additional Elepub generator in an Elepub client

This module comprises of an Elepub generator and it adds to the basic Elepub package all the modules needed to upgrade this client to the same state as the Elepub base package. This module is only needed if the one Elepub generator in the base package is insufficient and if one wants to generate layout and pages simultaneously on two or more computers.

Elecalc — the pricing management and calculation system

EA101

Elecalc

Elecalc is an optional software product enhancing the Elexxx family with everything needed to autonomously administrate, calculate and store pricing information far beyond prices. Elecalc supports pricing rules as well as user-defined calculation formulas using MSExcel spreadsheets resulting in a very sophisticated and user-definable logic to individually store and calculate pricing data and prices. Elecalc incorporates 15+ years experience from developing a wide-spread ERP system for the automotive industry where differentiated pricing logic has been cultivated to the highest level. Elecalc is for users whose ERP system is not or not well capable of exporting prices for use by the Elexxx products, which is very often the case. Elecalc stores prices and pricing information for customers and from suppliers. Elecalc turns Elepub into a price list generator without any need for data import from an ERP system and it enhances Elestore to act as a price data exporter using any of the many supported industrystandard data norms for supplying prices to customers and/or receiving pricing information from vendors. Elecalc closely co-operates with Elequote. It requires the Elestore base package. Elecalc will be available during the II. Q. 2006. It is currently under development.

Elequote — quotes administrator & quotes catalog generator

EQ101

Elequote

Elequote is an optional software product combining data and features from Elestore and Elepub for use as a quotes entry, editor and administration system. A special generator uses content from Elestore and frame layout objects from Elepub to automatically generate special "quotes catalogues", which presents the items in quote in the form of a special page based product catalogue (individual layout possible). Prices from Elecalc can also be used. Elequote works autonomously or in co-operation with your ERP system importing offer entities from you ERP to create additional "quotes catalogues". Quotes imported or entered into Elequote can also be exported via any of the industry standard transaction data norms supported by Elestore for electronic data transfer to your customers and/or to your own ERP system. Elequote will be available during the II. Q. 2006. It is currently under development.

EleAIS — the Internet based Product Information System

AIS101

EleAIS – Internet server software

EleAIS is the Internet based Product Information System, which presents most of the content stored in your Elestore PCM to your business partners who can access this data from any MS IE Internet browser (5.5 or later). EleAIS has been in use since 2003 in the Intranet of a very large international group of companies supplying several thousand users with detailed data of roughly 1 million products. EleAIS offers very comprehensive selection and searching capabilities including the searching for dynamic product attributes. The user’s own product grouping system is supported as well as a selection for suppliers or manufacturers. The product data can optionally be linked bi-directionally with product catalogue pages in HTML. EleAIS requires Elestore with ES206 or AIS150 or ES151 and possibly AIS161.
AIS102

EleAIS user and user rights administration

This module allows users of your EleAIS to apply for a registration directly inside an Internet browser. Users need a user name and password to excess EleAIS. The user registration must be approved by your system administrator who can also grant or deny accessing rights to users for various parts of EleAIS.
AIS150

EleAIS setup service for hosting on our common server

This is the service needed to set up an EleAIS web server, which stores parts of your Elestore content for presentation in a Web browser to your business partners on the Internet. Here “your server” means the software operating your database and running on our physical server PC together with other applications. There is no hardware and no additional server housing needed in this case (except for AIS161).
AIS151

EleAIS setup service for hosting on your private server

This service is applicable if you wish to operate your own private server, which can either be operated by us (server housing) or which can alternatively be located in your own office or at your provider.
AIS161

EleAIS monthly server operating and support service

This service is needed to operate and support your EleAIS web server running on our common physical server PS, which stores parts of your Elestore content for presentation in a Web browser to your business partners on the Internet. This includes the costs for server housing and server support.

Elecat – electronic product catalog

Please refer to the website www.elecat.com for a detailed Elecat price list.