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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Jul 20, 2012 11:42 AM CST
I tried doing a search on the site talk but didn't find this so I'll ask and if its a repeat...sorry.

I know we can upload multiple photos into a post by using the img code from photobucket. On some sites they have what they call a "basic uploader" which has several boxes (5 or so) with a box next to each that says "Browse". Click on the browse button and you can search on your computer for the photo you wish to select. Once you've filled in as many of the available boxes, you just upload at one time and then can do a preview of your post before submitting. Something like what Facebook has for their basic uploader.

Is this something ATP can have also? I notice that when we are on the forums and want to post several photos within a post, we have to wait for the photo selected to upload and then go back and select from our computer again, each time waiting for the lighbox upload code to show on the post.

I'm sure this may be a bit more complicated but thought to ask. Thanks for considering it.
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dave
Jul 20, 2012 12:39 PM CST

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I certainly could add such a thing here. The big concern that I have is that it increases the complexity of what is currently a very simple system. Right now, you just have a button, "Upload an image" and when you click it it does just that. You select one image and up it goes. Then click the button to add another one.

There is no way to make that dialog box permit you to select multiple images. So, in order to get that functionality, an entire widget has to be created that lets you select them one at a time and then when you are done, you click an "upload them all" type of button. That's a lot of "stuff" to add to that area of the page.

I agree that uploading multiple images at once would be really convenient, I'm not sure that the extra complexity would be worth it.
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zuzu
Jul 20, 2012 1:01 PM CST

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I love the system we have now. My e-mail program uses the multiple system and I've occasionally selected the same photo twice and not realized it until all of the images have been uploaded. I'd rather find that out right away and not have to wait until the mistake is more difficult to correct.
Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
Jul 20, 2012 2:01 PM CST
dave said:I certainly could add such a thing here. The big concern that I have is that it increases the complexity of what is currently a very simple system. Right now, you just have a button, "Upload an image" and when you click it it does just that. You select one image and up it goes. Then click the button to add another one.

There is no way to make that dialog box permit you to select multiple images. So, in order to get that functionality, an entire widget has to be created that lets you select them one at a time and then when you are done, you click an "upload them all" type of button. That's a lot of "stuff" to add to that area of the page.

I agree that uploading multiple images at once would be really convenient, I'm not sure that the extra complexity would be worth it.


I quite understand. Just a suggestion to speed the process along and not have to keep going back and forth after each one uploads.

Could you, while on the subject of the current system, look into something I've noticed. When I upload, the lightbox code comes up. I then try to do another upload and nothing happens. I have to keep clicking in the message field to get the button to work again. Is there a time delay between uploads? Busy server?
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dave
Jul 20, 2012 2:06 PM CST

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I've never had that happen, actually. Once the lightbox code comes up I can click on the upload button a second time and it works as it should. Confused
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woofie
Jul 20, 2012 6:07 PM CST
I've never seen that happen either. And I just uploaded two photos in quick succession in a thread a little bit ago.
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threegardeners
Jul 20, 2012 6:16 PM CST
The upload an image button doesn't work when it's highlighted yellow. It works when it isn't highlighted...at least for me it's that way and it took me a while to figure that out...maybe that's whats happening with you.
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fiwit
Jul 20, 2012 6:37 PM CST
threegardeners said:The upload an image button doesn't work when it's highlighted yellow. It works when it isn't highlighted...at least for me it's that way and it took me a while to figure that out...maybe that's whats happening with you.


It's that way for me too.... counter-intuitive. Wonder if it's a FireFox thing?


Dave, if the "expanded upload" was an option, would that make it potentially less complicated? We have 3 buttons at the bottom now. Add a 4th that says "multiple uploads" or "expanded upload" or something so that folks dont' confuse it with the standard upload button?

When I was doing my most recent blog post on the antique tractors, it would have been nice to have snagged all those pics at one time.



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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 20, 2012 7:27 PM CST

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At this point I really don't want to add any extra buttons or functionality to that part of the site... Smiling
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JuliaNY
Jul 20, 2012 7:38 PM CST
I do use Firefox and possibly that may be why I have a problem.

Julia
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dave
Jul 20, 2012 7:46 PM CST

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It happens to me, too, where if the button is yellow, nothing happens when I click. It has to be green. It's a VERY long-standing bug whose solution so far has eluded me.
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threegardeners
Jul 20, 2012 8:03 PM CST
dave said: It's a VERY long-standing bug whose solution so far has eluded me.


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chelle
Jul 20, 2012 8:12 PM CST
For me (using FF), I get the box to change from yellow to green by moving the cursor just a tiny bit in another direction (usually lower). It seems to be sensitive to placement.
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Jul 20, 2012 8:18 PM CST
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pardalinum
Jul 20, 2012 8:50 PM CST
What Chelle said... that is my experience. Move the cursor down a little and try again. My settings are such that I don't see the button colors so I didn't know about that.
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Sharon
Jul 20, 2012 9:05 PM CST
Exactly what Chelle and Connie said.
Same thing for me.
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valleylynn
Jul 20, 2012 9:27 PM CST
I've never had any problems with it. I use FF.
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Sharon
Jul 20, 2012 9:38 PM CST
I use FF also.
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pardalinum
Jul 20, 2012 10:14 PM CST
My FF is an older version, maybe that is the difference.

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