Templates are best developed locally, meaning you simulate the Enstore service on your own computer. This way, when creating templates, you don't need to upload every change you make to Enstore to see it in your browser. Enstore Designer allows you to locally run templates and preview them before you upload everything. You'll still need an internet connection and an Enstore account, because Enstore Designer populates your local web shop with products from your real Enstore web shop.
Enstore Designer is a Mac application, you'll need Mac OS 10.5 or later. If you're on Windows please read this tutorial.Download Tool
Installing the app
To install the Template Utility just drag the icon from your download folder to the Applications folder.
Step 1. Link to an Enstore account
For a template to run, you'll need to link to an Enstore account. Enstore Designer will fetch all the product information from your account and use it to populate your local template. The advantage of this is that you can work with real data, so you can see what the store will actually look like when it's live.
Open Enstore Designer and click the Account icon on the top left corner of the toolbar. Fill in your credentials and click link to account.
Step 2. Add a template
To run a template you can either choose one of the default Enstore templates or start from scratch. Click the green Add Template icon. Enstore Designer shows you a sheet with templates you can choose from. If you pick a default template Enstore Designer will install the template on your hard disk in a folder of your choosing. That template can then be customized by you. If you already have a template somewhere on your hard disk, click Import Existing on the templates sheet. Select the folder you want to add. Such a folder must at least have a templates and assets folder in it. We recommend using one of the default templates, everything you'll need is already in there, and you just have to customize the looks.
Step 3. Run the template.
To run a template simply hit the big green start button. If something's wrong, Enstore Designer will tell you in the log on the bottom of the window. You can view the template in your browser by clicking the Preview icon in the toolbar.
Step 4. Editing the template.
You can now edit your template. We recommend TextMate for editing.
Step 5. Deploying a template.
When you're satisfied with the new look of your template, you can select it and click the Deploy toolbar icon. Enstore Designer will now upload your template to Enstore. Use the Enstore admin's template chooser to preview your deployed template or make it the default template for your store.