Product Information Manager : Preview


To open the product Preview, you can use the following options:

  • Click the Preview option from the drop-down list on the Product Search page to open the selected preview directly.
  • Click the Product Name on the Product Search page to open the Preview page.
  • Open the selected product in the editing mode and click the  button in the upper-right corner of the page.


Preview provides a snapshot or an on-screen view of the product content as it will appear in the Product catalog.

On the Preview page, as well as in the PDF document generated from the Preview page, the header, multi-language attribute values and attributes/classification descriptions (when available) are provided in the Content Language.

Terms and product references in multi-language markdown and text-table attributes, as well as attribute values with expressions are resolved.

Terms and product references in non-multi-language markdown and text-table attributes are also resolved for the content language on the Preview page and in PDF. However, they are not resolved in external product exports. See details on Export Products and Prices.

The following info is displayed on the Product Preview page:

  • View is a drop-down menu to select a product preview template, this menu is available if multiple templates exist, otherwise the default preview template is used.

Preview templates are stored in the Customization Area under the following path: /webapp/views/previewPageTemplates. They allow determining what product data/variables are displayed on Product Preview page.

The selected Preview will be saved and stored in the user-specific configuration attribute.

  • Channel is a drop-down menu that allows to restrict the attributes' visibility on the preview page depending on the selected channel. See Channels for more details.
  • Hide empty values check box allows to show/hide the multi-language attributes, the value for which in the currently used language is not defined (but it exists for other languages).

Non-multi-language attributes with empty values will be hidden automatically. However, the attribute values defined by expressions, which result in 'null' values after the execution of expressions, are not automatically hidden.

  • Product View section contains a set of product's pictures. Details link below the picture opens a DAM page describing the image document details (if DAM is installed) or opens the external link in a new browser tab.

Preview section shows language-specific documents of Preview and Product Image type in the content language (or images without language defined, which are used for all languages).

  • Product Information section gives general product information such as product type, short product description, Supplier & Manufacturer name etc.
  • Contract / Price section contains  details of contracts and prices.
  • Further Documents section includes links to product documents (other than Preview and Product Image type). Click on the link to open the Document Details page in DAM (if it is a DAM document), or open the external link in a new browser tab.
  • Classification / Classification Group section lists classification details.
  • Long Description of the product in the Content Language (if available) is displayed.

Hovering the mouse over any part of the long description displays the text frame with  icon in the upper-right corner. Clicking the icon or the gray area below it opens a modal window with the attribute value editor. Edit the value and click .

If there is no long description for the product in the content language (or no long description used for all languages), it is not possible to create it from the Preview page.

  • Attributes section  gives details of features and other characteristics that are an inherent part of the product. Attributes are grouped according to the attributes' sections they belong to. Click  or (or the section's name) to expand or collapse the relevant attributes section.

Attributes are assigned to Attribute Sections on the Attributes - Setup page.

Clicking the  icon by the attribute opens a modal window with the relevant attribute value editor. Edit the value and click .

Saving an empty value in the pop-up editor, deletes the relevant attribute value.

If the user has no permission and responsibility to edit attribute values (see Permissions and Responsibilities in PROV), the icon which opens attribute detail pop-up window is displayed.

Find more details on string, markdown, expressions and other attribute value editors on the Attributes page.


For multi-language attributes, users edit the values they see on the Preview page: the value in the Content Language (if the language was specified) or the value for all languages (if no language for the multi-language attribute was specified).

See the language of the attribute value you are editing in the section header of the relevant multi-language attribute value editor.

  • Variants section is available, when the product has variants. It gives the Variant ID, Variant Status and name and provides the attribute values for the variants. The  icon for the variant opens the Attributes tab of the Product Editor with the attributes filtered by the relevant Variant.

In order for the attribute to be treated as a variant attribute and displayed in the Variants section:

  • The attribute should belong to the Classification Group of the Classification defined in the configuration attribute.
  • This classification group should be assigned to the product.

The maximum number of variant attributes displayed in this section is 10.

  • Related Products section explicitly demonstrates products, related to the currently previewed product with different  Product Relation Types and can have the following tabs:
    • Related Products: here products connected by direct relation (source-to-target) are listed, e.g. Asus ZenPad (source product) has accessory (relation type) named Asus Zen Case (target product).
    • Referenced in: here products connected by reverse relation (target-to source) are listed, e.g.  Asus Zen Case (target product)  is accessories for (relation type) Asus ZenPad (source product).

In this section you can see the preview of the related product, manufacturer, manufacturer ID, product ID and item description. Clicking on the product ID opens the Preview page for the relevant related product. If the product has a relation to some specific variant of the listed product, the Variant ID is displayed in a separate column.

The Related Products section shows the relations of a master product to other products/variants and does not show variant-to-variant relations.

Use button to open the Product Editor or select the relevant section of the Product Editor from the drop-down menu to edit product information. Select Show Versions, Show Assets and Show Terms links from the same drop-down to view product versions, documents and terms , assigned to the product  respectively.

Show Versions option is unavailable in case product versioning is disabled (the configuration attribute is set to 'false').

Click to start the download of product Details PDF-file. If the product has variants, select a variant from to export the relevant Product Details into PDF-file.

The PDF drop-down list contains master Product ID, IDs and names of available variants.

Variant Name is a Short Description attribute value for a particular variant. If there is no variant-specific short description, the short description of the master product is used.