Front Cover
Consignors
Terms Of Sale
Lodging
Events
Reference Ancestors
Lot Input/Edit
Manage Photos
View Catalog
Printer Friendly
Fix Pedigrees
Publish Catalog
Export 2 Excel
Help/Manual
Terms of Use
Log Out
Renumber Lots
  Visitor's Big Sale Catalog
User's Manual

GENERAL

§   What is a "click":
Move your mouse pointer over the appropriate button and briefly press the left mouse button.

§   Selecting an input screen
Note the vertical row of gray buttons at the left of the display. These buttons are used to select which area of your catalog you want to work with or view. Buttons are also included for this help page and to "Log Out" (leave the catalog host).

§   Moving through an input screen
You can go directly to a specific input box by clicking on that box. The general rule is to move from one input box to the next using your keyboard's TAB key, not the ENTER key. The only places to use your enter key are boxes which have multiple rows. Examples are "Introductory Text", "Optional Additional Biography", and the custom "Terms Of Sale". Pressing the enter key when the curser is not in a multi-row box may immediately submit the screen's data for processing.

§   Recording your input
Click the "Save" button located at the bottom right of the input display. Any changes that you made will be recorded in your catalog file.

§   Discarding your input
Click the "Abort" button located at the bottom right of the input display. Any changes that you made will be discarded.

§   DON'T PANIC
Everything in our catalog can be corrected. Simply select the page and item that needs fixed then make and save your corrections.

§   Photos and Your Logo: Refer to the   Photo Instructions   .

§   When Your Catalog Is Complete: Anyone with an internet connection can view your catalog at www.BoerGoats.com/tools/catalog/


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FRONT COVER Your catalog's front cover will be the first thing that prospective buyers see. The least that they'll expect to see are:
 ~ name of the sale
 ~ location
 ~ date & time
 ~ how to contact consignors

§   Address, City, State
These three items together must make up a valid location. They will be used to define a map of your sale's location which will be included in your catalog.

§   Introductory Text
This input box is for "sales pitch" information such as "Six goats purchased at our last sale won Grand Championships for their new owners. Don't miss out on yours!". Refer to the   HTML   section for info on how to spiff up your text.

§   Your Logo
If you have not uploaded your logo click "Browse" to select it from your local computer.
If you have already uploaded your logo a tiny version of it will be displayed. Click "Browse" to replace the logo with a different graphic.
Refer to the   Photo Instructions   for more information about uploading your logo.


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CONSIGNORS
Consignors' names and contact information will be located on page 2 of your catalog. Their biography will be located on a separate page used only for that purpose.

§   Select A Consignor
Buttons at the top of the display
Used to select which consignor's information you want to enter or edit.
These buttons will initially all read "Empty". Selecting an existing consignor's button will display their information for editing.

§   Herd Prefix
Used in the lot list to identify which consignor is offering which lot.
This doesn't have to be their actual herd prefix... as long as it's different from what you entered for the other consignors.

§   Email
This item will display on your catalog front cover as a link to the consignor's email.
Privacy - All email addresses associated with your catalog are encrypted before they are stored on the server. They are decrypted just prior to being displayed. This will decrease the chance that spammers will use them.

§   Web Site
This item will display on your catalog front cover as a link to the consignor's web site.
Include the "http://" and ."www." as they appear in your complete Internet web site address.

§   Biography A separate page telling about the consignors will be part of your catalog if the optional biography box is completed for any consignor.
To keep peace in the family it's best to include bio info on either all the consignors or none of them.


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TERMS OF SALE
Two types of terms are provided:

§   If you select Use These Standard Terms: These terms will become your Custom Terms

§   If you select Write/Edit Custom Terms: A text editing screen will be displayed.

§   It is VERY IMPORTANT that your Terms And Conditions Of Sale include something like

"This catalog is believed to be accurate as of 1:46PM EDT, Apr 23, 2017. Additions, substitutions, and deletions may be posted to any future edition of this catalog. Any future editions of this catalog will take precedence over this edition. Announcements from the ring will take precedence over the material in any printed or on-line catalog."

§  You can "spiff up" your terms using HTML "tags".
The easiest method for doing this is to highlight the text you want the effect to apply to and then click on one of the effect buttons located just above the text input area - The appropriate tag will be automatically inserted into your Terms page. Here's what you can expect the inserted tags to result in.

underlinetext between <u> and </u>
boldtext between <b> and </b>
italicstext between <i> and </i>
sizetext between <font size=n> and </font> where n is a number between 1 and 7
align paragraphtext between <p align=tttt> and </p> where tttt is:
    left - line text up on the left border (default)
    right - line text up on the right border
    center - center text on the page
    justify - line text up on the left & right borders

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LODGING
Six multi-row text boxes are provided for listing lodging facilities available in the area of your sale.
Example:
Betty's Bed Barn
1213 North Easy St
Yuma, AZ 12345
876-123-4567

This same page also allows for listing of up to six restaurants, theme parks, recreation areas, lakes, museums, etc.


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EVENTS
Describe events that you will be sponsoring in conjunction with your sale.
Events could be seminars, meetings, vendor booths, raffles, whatever.


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REFERENCE ANCESTORS
Your prospective buyers are very interested in the genetics represented in your offerings. Up to 20 reference ancestors can be specified. Their information will be located in a special section of your catalog.
Reference ancestor photos are entered using the "Manage Photos" screen.

§   Select An Ancestor
Buttons at the top of the display
Used to select which ancestor's information you want to enter or edit.
These buttons will initially all read "Empty".
Selecting an existing ancestor's button will display his information for editing.


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LOT INPUT/EDIT
An unlimited number of lots can be entered.

§   Select a lot
The display initially includes 100 lots from which to select.
Additional lots may be added by typing the lot number in the "Lot Number" box.
The lots do not have to be entered in numerical order. Click on the lot number you wish to enter or edit or type a lot number in the box provided.
Lots with colored buttons represent empty lots. Selecting a colored button will bring up a blank form with nothing but the lot number entered.
Lots that you've worked on have white buttons. Selecting a white button will load the form with that lot's information for you to edit.

§   No Pedigree
This check box is provided to allow non-pedigree lots such as equipment, vehicles, etc.
If this box is checked only the Lot Number, Consignor, and Notes will be recorded for that lot.

§   Removing/Deleting Lots
You can remove the information for a lot that you've already posted by selecting the check box next to "Check this box to remove this lot's info".

§   Lot Number
This box will contain the selected lot number.
You may type in any lot number you wish.
If the lot already has information it will be overwritten when you click "Save".

§   Consignor
Be consistent in your use of consignors - use the same characters as you entered for that consignor's herd prefix. To do otherwise will confuse your buyers.

§   Sire and Dam
Select the sire and/or dam from the list(s) if they have been previously entered into the catalog.
Select "New" if you have not previously entered this sire or dam into the catalog (after saving this screen you will prompted for the sire and/or dam pedigrees).

§   Notes
Type additional information about the lot here. Be consistent... if you have notes on any lot it's best to include notes for every lot. One or two sentences will usually be enough to describe the lot. DO NOT write a giant paragraph about the lot - too much text in the "Notes" sections will throw off the page breaks and you'll end up with a lot split between two pages.


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RENUMBER LOTS
If you don't know the final item order you can input the items using any available blank lot number and then renumber them when the order is established.
Or, you may simply need to move an item from one lot number to another.
1... determine the existing and new (target) lot numbers. If the target lot number is currently blank (no item assigned do it) skip to step 2.
  1a... find a blank lot number and remember it.
  1b... place your cursor in the box containing the target lot number and replace that number with the remembered blank lot number.
  1c... scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Post Changes".
2... place your cursor in the box containing the existing lot number and replace that number with the target lot number.
3... scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Post Changes".


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MANAGE PHOTOS
Photos of your offerings greatly enhance the usefulness and appeal of your on-line catalog.
You can include a photo for each lot or just for selected lots.
Use this screen if your catalog will have photos of either the Reference Ancestors or any of the lots.
The ancestor or lot must have been previously created using the appropriate screen.

§   Photos may either be uploaded directly to your catalog or you can link the lot or ancestor to a photo hosted on another web site.

§   Select A Sire
Ancestors with gray buttons have not had a photo uploaded yet. Select a gray button and use the "Browse" button to select a photo to upload.
White buttons indicate that a photo has been uploaded for that ancestor. Selecting a white button will load the form with that ancestor's photo. Change the photo using the "Browse" button (see below).

§   Select A Lot
Lots with gray buttons have not had a photo uploaded yet. Select a gray button and use the "Browse" button to select a photo to upload.
White buttons indicate that a photo has been uploaded for that lot. Selecting a white button will load the form with that lot's photo. Change the photo using the "Browse" button (see below).

§   Browse button
Click this button to select a photo to upload for the above selected sire or lot.
A small window will open within which you can navigate to the location of the photo.
Once the photo is located, double click on its file name and then click the "Upload It" button.

§   Link - External photo
Type the complete url (http://www.[whateversite/whateverphotofile]) then click the "Create Link" button.

§   Photo/Logo specs

  • File format: jpg (jpe, jpeg, jpg, JPE, JPEG, JPG)
  • Maximum file size: 700 Kilobytes

    §   Re-sizing of photos
    Uploaded lot photos are automatically scaled in size to approximately 250 pixels wide (350 for the logo).

    Example size of

    landscape orientation
    Example size of

    portrait orientation

    §   Photo tips
    1. Keep the lens of the camera at or below the animal's eye level. If you are standing upright when you take the photo it will make him appear shorter to the ground than he might actually be (unless you're under four feet tall). Take a bucket to sit on or squat down until the camera lens is at or below the goat's eye level.
    2. Avoid taking pictures in full sunlight, especially between 10AM and 2PM. The harsh sun can wash out all of the shadows on a white animal, making him appear smooth and devoid of muscle definition. Also be sure to keep the sun to your back or off to one shoulder. If the animal is between you and the light source shadow will prevent muscle definition from being shown.
    3. Catch the animal's attention prior to taking the shot. An easy way to accomplish this is to take something the animal is not used to along with you. When your goat is standing in a way you want, take the object (a hat works great) and toss it out to the side and in front of the goat. His head should snap to attention as he focuses on what just flew by, and you'll have a few moments to get a great photo. Be sure to throw it to the side rather than at him... you want him to pose, not run off!
    4. Be aware of your animal's body condition when you take the photo. If your buck just finished breeding 50 does or your doe just weaned triplets he/she may have lost a great deal of weight and will not look as good as an animal during it's off season. This goes back to seeing what the camera sees and not what your memory sees. Be sure to take the photo when your animal is at it's best, not at it's worst.
    5. Be patient and wait for that shot! We have received photos of animals grazing, lying down, chewing a hind leg, facing completely away from the camera, and belly deep in grass. If he's in deep grass, herd to him a bare spot. If she's facing away, move to her side. It only takes a few more minutes to get a photo that will let everyone see what a great animal you're offering.


    PRINTING YOUR CATALOG
    Warning... selecting "Printer Friendly" will require that you log in again if you wish to continue working on your catalog. Not a problem, just an annoyance.

    Printing instructions are displayed at the top of the "View Catalog" and "Printer Friendly" displays.
    §  General - This service is optimized for Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 6 (MSIE6). My references to print functions here may be slightly different for you if you are using a different browser. The print function of MSIE6 is accessed by clicking on "File" at the very top left of your display.
    §  Page Count - The number of pages in your catalog can be found by selecting "Print Preview..." from the MSIE6 File/Print window.
    §  Cover - To save time and printer ink it might be best to print the cover separately, in color, on glossy paper. Select "Pages:" under your browser's print menu then type the number 2 in the box next to that.
    §  Other Pages - Change your printer back to Black & White then select "Pages:" under your browser's print menu then type the number 3 followed by a dash followed by the page count (see above) in the box next to that.
    §  Pages Too Long For Printer - This shouldn't be a problem except on the cover page or the lot list - The other pages can run over to a second or greater page and still produce a nice catalog. The lengths of all pages except the lot list are determined by the amount of information on each page. The lot list is formatted for 3 lots per page. Eliminate run-over of lot list pages by decreasing the amount of information in the description of the goats.
    Easy ways to reduce the amount of information on the cover page are

    Use a logo that is shorter vertically.
    Type fewer words in the highlighted introduction area

    YOUR CATALOG'S ON-LINE ADDRESS

    §   When Your Catalog Is Complete
    Anyone with an Internet connection can view/print your catalog at www.BoerGoats.com/tools/catalog/


    "But I Have Changes And Substitutions"

    §   Not to worry... Log on to the catalog site just as you did to build the catalog originally and make your changes.
    Changes, additions, deletions, and substitutions are the reason that it's VERY IMPORTANT that your Terms And Conditions Of Sale include something like

    "This catalog is believed to be accurate as of 1:46PM EDT, Apr 23, 2017. Additions, substitutions, and deletions may be posted to any future edition of this catalog. Any future editions of this catalog will take precedence over this edition. Announcements from the ring will take precedence over the material in any printed or on-line catalog."

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