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Note: Episerver uses the Episerver asset system by default. If you want to enable the legacy asset management system, set the UseLegacyAssetSystem configuration setting to true in the web.config files of both the Commerce Manager and the front-end sites. 

You can customize asset information because it is stored as a Business Foundation (BF) object. You can store general fields for assets, to store the display text associated with each asset. You also can create asset extensions for different document types. These extensions store information unique to that type of asset. For example, the built-in extension class for images, ImageFolderElementExtension, stores height and width information for images. These fields would not be stored for PDF documents otherwise. Another example: create an MS Word document extension that stores the word count associated with a Word doc.

Classes in this topic are available in the Mediachase.Commerce.Assets namespace.

Customizing asset information

Do the following to customize the asset information from the Episerver Commerce administration interface:

  1. Go to the Administration section of Commerce Manager.
  2. Go to System Settings and select Business Foundation.
  3. Select FolderElementEntity. This is the BF object that represents assets.
  4. Add or edit properties as necessary and save your changes.

Creating asset extensions

Create asset extensions in two parts: create the extension in BF (steps 1-5), and implement the extension in code (steps 6-13).

  1. Go to the Administration section of Commerce Manager.
  2. Go to System Settings and select the Business Foundation node.
  3. Select New/Extension.
  4. Enter names for extension, set the parent business object to FolderElement, and save.
  5. Add whatever fields you want to store for that asset type.
  6. Create a new project or one separate from the source code.
  7. Add the following references to the project:
    • System.Configuration
    • CommerceLib/Mediachase.Commerce
    • Mediachase.BusinessFoundation
    • Mediachase.BusinessFoundation.Data
  8. Add the following using statements in the extension class definition:
    using System;
    using System.IO;
    using Mediachase.BusinessFoundation.Blob;
    using Mediachase.Commerce.Assets;
    using Mediachase.Commerce.Assets.Configuration;
  9. Create a new class which inherits from Mediachase.Commerce.Assets.IFolderElementExtension.
  10. Create your implementation of the class.

    There are two methods required by this interface: Initialize() and Process(). The Initialize method is called during the asset creation process, by the FolderElementEntity.Create() method, which is called when new assets are being added. Use this method to do any initialization required for the extension. It is called before the Process() method by the FolderElementEntity.Create() method.

    The Process() method includes an input parameter of the FolderElementEntity object, which contains information about the file.

    Example: extracting file information and adding to the asset extension instance

    public void Process(FolderElementEntity element)
              element.Card = cardName;
              BlobInfo blobInfo = element.GetBlobInfo();
              if (blobInfo != null)
                BlobStorageProvider provider = BlobStorage.Providers[blobInfo.Provider];
                if (provider != null)
                  using (Stream stream = provider.ReadStream(blobInfo))
                      Image img = Image.FromStream(stream);
                      element["Width"] = img.Width;
                      element["Height"] = img.Height;
                    catch (ArgumentException)

    Find information about the file with the GetBlobInfo() method, which provides a BlobInfo object. Use this object to return the BlobStorageProvider from the BlobStorage providers collection. Finally, the provider creates an instance of your object from a stream. From there, you can inspect the file and set custom properties associated with the file. Update to properties of the FolderElementEntity passed in, and the API saves the data to the database.

    Note: The Card value of the FolderElementEntity instance is the place where you can store the name of the asset extension associated with the file. The Card value is useful for database queries but is not used for programmatic purposes.

  11. Add a reference to the B2CSampleSite and Commerce Manager (may be the same).
  12. In the ecf.asset.config file, add a new element under the ElementTypes (see also MimeType, below).

    Example: adding an element type in the asset configuration file

    ...existing types..
    <add mimeType="text/plain" type="CustomAssetExtension.TextFolderElementExtension, CustomAssetExtension" />
  13. Build the project. You can add documents of the type you specified with your extension and see the custom data for that asset type stored separately in the BF object.

Associating assets with catalog entries

This is useful, for instance, when importing a catalog and want to link items to assets, such as images or documents. For each object in the catalog, you can have a list of assets, mapping, for example, product 123 to assets 345 and 567.

Example: creating an ItemAsset for each asset linking the asset and catalog item together

int assetId = 123;
        int entryId = 456;
        var entryDto = CatalogContext.Current.GetCatalogEntryDto(entryId);
        CatalogEntryDto.CatalogItemAssetRow assetRow = entryDto.CatalogItemAsset.NewCatalogItemAssetRow();
        assetRow.AssetKey = assetId.ToString();
        assetRow.AssetType = "file";
        assetRow.CatalogEntryId = entryId;
        assetRow.GroupName = "default";
        assetRow.SortOrder = 0;

ContentType and MimeType

When assets are added to the system through the API, or the Episerver Commerce administration interface which uses the API, most major file extensions are mapped to the correct content type. The content type is also known as a mimeType, which is critical to mapping a file imported into Episerver Commerce to the correct asset extension. However, not all file types are mapped, so you need to check if they are and register additional file types as necessary.

Below is a list of the mapped extensions. If the extension you are creating an extension for is not listed, add your own mapping of file extension to content type. To do this, use the Mediachase.BusinessFoundation.Blob.ContentTypeResolver.ContentType.Register() method, passing in the extension (without the ".") and content type.

Note: The .docx file extension does not appear in the following list. You can support current MS Word Document formats using the following method call in your Initialize method. This method registers the content type only once. Subsequent calls will simply update the existing registration. You can add this to the Commerce Manager Global.asax Application_Start() method.

Mediachase.BusinessFoundation.Blob.ContentTypeResolver.ContentType.Register("docx", "application/msword");

Mapped extensions

FileExtension Type
323 text/h323
acx application/internet-property-stream
ai application/postscript
aif audio/x-aiff
aifc audio/x-aiff
aiff audio/x-aiff
asf video/x-ms-asf
asr video/x-ms-asf
asx video/x-ms-asf
au audio/basic
avi video/x-msvideo
axs application/olescript
bas text/plain
bcpio application/x-bcpio
bin application/octet-stream
bmp image/bmp
c text/plain
cat application/vnd.ms-pkiseccat
cdf application/x-cdf
cer application/x-x509-ca-cert
class application/octet-stream
clp application/x-msclip
cmx image/x-cmx
cod image/cis-cod
cpio application/x-cpio
crd application/x-mscardfile
crl application/pkix-crl
crt application/x-x509-ca-cert
csh application/x-csh
css text/css
dcr application/x-director
der application/x-x509-ca-cert
dir application/x-director
dll application/x-msdownload
dms application/octet-stream
doc application/msword
dot application/msword
dvi application/x-dvi
dxr application/x-director
eps application/postscript
etx text/x-setext
evy application/envoy
exe application/octet-stream
fif application/fractals
flr x-world/x-vrml
gif image/gif
gtar application/x-gtar
gz application/x-gzip
h text/plain
hdf application/x-hdf
hlp application/winhlp
hqx application/mac-binhex40
hta application/hta
htc text/x-component
htm text/html
html text/html
htt text/webviewhtml
ico image/x-icon
ief image/ief
iii application/x-iphone
ins application/x-internet-signup
isp application/x-internet-signup
jfif image/pipeg
jpe image/jpeg
jpeg image/jpeg
jpg image/jpeg
js application/x-javascript
latex application/x-latex
lha application/octet-stream
lsf video/x-la-asf
lsx video/x-la-asf
lzh application/octet-stream
m13 application/x-msmediaview
m14 application/x-msmediaview
m3u audio/x-mpegurl
man application/x-troff-man
mdb application/x-msaccess
me application/x-troff-me
mht message/rfc822
mhtml message/rfc822
mid audio/mid
mny application/x-msmoney
mov video/quicktime
movie video/x-sgi-movie
mp2 video/mpeg
mp3 audio/mpeg
mpa video/mpeg
mpe video/mpeg
mpeg video/mpeg
mpg video/mpeg
mpp application/vnd.ms-project
mpv2 video/mpeg
ms application/x-troff-ms
mvb application/x-msmediaview
nws message/rfc822
oda application/oda
p10 application/pkcs10
p12 application/x-pkcs12
p7b application/x-pkcs7-certificates
p7c application/x-pkcs7-mime
p7m application/x-pkcs7-mime
p7r application/x-pkcs7-certreqresp
p7s application/x-pkcs7-signature
pbm image/x-portable-bitmap
pdf application/pdf
pfx application/x-pkcs12
pgm image/x-portable-graymap
pko application/ynd.ms-pkipko
pma application/x-perfmon
pmc application/x-perfmon
pml application/x-perfmon
pmr application/x-perfmon
pmw application/x-perfmon
pnm image/x-portable-anymap
pot application/vnd.ms-powerpoint
ppm image/x-portable-pixmap
pps application/vnd.ms-powerpoint
ppt application/vnd.ms-powerpoint
prf application/pics-rules
ps application/postscript
pub application/x-mspublisher
qt video/quicktime
ra audio/x-pn-realaudio
ram audio/x-pn-realaudio
ras image/x-cmu-raster
rgb image/x-rgb
rmi audio/mid
roff application/x-troff
rtf application/rtf
rtx text/richtext
scd application/x-msschedule
sct text/scriptlet
setpay application/set-payment-initiation
setreg application/set-registration-initiation
sh application/x-sh
shar application/x-shar
sit application/x-stuffit
snd audio/basic
spc application/x-pkcs7-certificates
spl application/futuresplash
src application/x-wais-source
sst application/vnd.ms-pkicertstore
stl application/vnd.ms-pkistl
stm text/html
sv4cpio application/x-sv4cpio
sv4crc application/x-sv4crc
t application/x-troff
tar application/x-tar
tcl application/x-tcl
tex application/x-tex
texi application/x-texinfo
texinfo application/x-texinfo
tgz application/x-compressed
tif image/tiff
tiff image/tiff
tr application/x-troff
trm application/x-msterminal
tsv text/tab-separated-values
txt text/plain
uls text/iuls
ustar application/x-ustar
vcf text/x-vcard
vrml x-world/x-vrml
wav audio/x-wav
wcm application/vnd.ms-works
wdb application/vnd.ms-works
wks application/vnd.ms-works
wmf application/x-msmetafile
wps application/vnd.ms-works
wri application/x-mswrite
wrl x-world/x-vrml
wrz x-world/x-vrml
xaf x-world/x-vrml
xbm image/x-xbitmap
xla application/vnd.ms-excel
xlc application/vnd.ms-excel
xlm application/vnd.ms-excel
xls application/vnd.ms-excel
xlt application/vnd.ms-excel
xlw application/vnd.ms-excel
xof x-world/x-vrml
xpm image/x-xpixmap
xwd image/x-xwindowdump
z application/x-compress
zip application/zip