We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.4.0 of our Feeds Generator extension, which brings numerous fixes to the Google Shopping products feed generation and some other minor improvements.
Included in this release are the following changes:
- The Google feed will only set a configurable product as a variant if it varies by one of the official attributes - color, size, material or pattern. This avoids problems with Google rejecting products from the feed that don't use one of these attributes.
- A configuration option has been added to the admin panel to make it easy to disable generating the feeds as part of the Magento cron run. This is useful if you want to generate the feeds as part of your own system cron jobs, without needing to manually remove the corresponding cron entries from the extension's config.xml file. Since the feed generation can take a while for larger catalogs, it's often preferrable to run it on its own outside of Magento, which gives you greater control over when and how the feeds are updated.
- When checking for valid image URLs in the Google feed the extension now accepts HTTPS in addition to HTTP. Previously the URL would be incorrectly rejected and rewritten to a path which would result in a 404.