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Batch-converting Images

I'm helping a friend getting up and running with her brand new Yahoo Store, and we have a ton of high definition, high res product images. Besides the fact that images that are over 3 or 4,000 pixels tall or wide are really not very practical on screen, they are also way over the maximum parameters allowed by the Yahoo Store editor (parameters are: no more than 2,000 pixels in width or height, no more than 2 million pixels total, and no more than 2MB in size).

Luckily, I found a freeware image viewer/batch conversion utility called InFanView. This utility allows you to select a batch of files (or directories) and rename them , resize them, crop them, recolor them, pretty much anything you would ever want to do to product images in bulk.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have to manipulate your product images in bulk, you should definitely give InFanView a try.

Istvan Siposs
Y-Times

Upgrading to Merchant Solutions vs. Upgrading from V2 to V3

I get these questions from time to time about upgrading from legacy store to Merchant Solutions, vs upgrading a V2 template set to V3, so apparently this is still a confusing topic.

The two are two completely separate issues/topics.

First of all, how can you tell if you have a legacy store?

This is pretty easy, when you log into your store manager, it will say "Store" next to your store's name in the upper left corner in the blue band. If you have Merchant Solutions, it will say "Merchant Starter", "Merchant Standard" or "Merchant Professional".

Upgrading to Merchant Solutions

For the most part, this is only a question of money, because there is a different price structure for legacy store vs. the various Merchant Solutions packages. You can see a comparison of the various Merchant Solutions Plans here: http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/ecommerce/compare-plans

So what do you get with Merchant Solutions that you don't have with legacy store?

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