SoftSlate Revamps Java Shopping Cart Application with a Focus on Easy Administration

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SoftSlate has released version 3.0 of SoftSlate Commerce, a Java shopping cart application in use by hundreds of sites. The focus of the major upgrade has been on revamping the application's web-based administration to make it easier to use, among other new features.

SoftSlate, LLC is pleased to release version 3.0 of SoftSlate Commerce, a powerful and highly flexible shopping cart program written purely in Java and JSP. The focus of this major upgrade has been on revamping the application's web-based administration, with non-technical users in mind. Now, managing an online store's products, customers and orders with SoftSlate Commerce is easy than ever. Along the way, SoftSlate has added a number of other new features as well.

"We have been continously improving SoftSlate Commerce based on feedback from our clients since we released version 1.0 in 2004," said SoftSlate president David Tobey. "This release is a new step forward for us in terms of usability for store administrators. With the new features we've added really I think just about anyone can take the program and run with it, and really create a special ecommerce site."

Among the new features of 3.0 include:

  • Order management features
  • Viewing and working with abandoned carts (incomplete orders)
  • Cloning Products and their Attributes
  • New sales reports
  • An integrated "Contact Us" form
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Inventory imports and exports
  • Drop shipping features
  • Estimated shipping costs displayed on the cart page
  • Several new merchandising features, including:
  • Upselling on the cart page
  • Get x number of y items free discounts
  • Buy x, get discount
  • Strike-through pricing for discounted products
  • Numerous new display settings for controlling the customer experience

About SoftSlate Commerce:
SoftSlate Commerce is a powerful and highly flexible shopping cart program written purely in Java and JSP. A Free Edition of SoftSlate Commerce is available for stores selling 100 products or less. The Standard Edition has no restrictions of any kind and also includes the complete source code for the application for just $495.

In addition to selling licenses, SoftSlate offers a full range of support and custom development services for SoftSlate Commerce. The Standard Edition license includes the full source code for the application, and many clients choose to take the code and run with it, to create their own unique ecommerce solution. In other cases, allowing SoftSlate to handle all or part of a project can can be extremely valuable.

About SoftSlate, LLC:
In early 2003, SoftSlate founder David Tobey began searching for a shopping cart application written in Java, and he was surprised to find nothing in the open-source world, or on the market that was affordable. To fill the niche, he began writing one himself.

In late 2004 he brought SoftSlate Commerce to market. Since then it has been implemented by dozens of companies taking advantage of the first affordable, full-featured Java shopping cart designed for small to mid-sized businesses. In late 2006, David moved SoftSlate's office from the Boulder, Colorado area to Schenectady, New York, and began to provide a suite of customization and support services for SoftSlate Commerce. In 2009, with the release of version 3.0, numerous improvements in the web-based Administrator made it easier than ever for anyone to manage their online store using SoftSlate Commerce.

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