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Drag and Drop uploads

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#55435 (In Topic #12058)

In Firefox 3.6 alpha, or any browser with the Google Gears addon installed, we now support Drag and Drop uploading.

Here's what you have to do:
  1. Install Google Gears / Firefox 3.6 alpha (we can't recommend alpha software, so Gears is probably the way to go for now)
  2. Go to the Add Reply screen (or any posting screen in ocPortal 4.2.1, such as Add News)
  3. Make sure the WYSIWYG editor is off (we currently can't support dragging into it, as the WYSIWYG code interferes with the drag events)
  4. Drag the files into main text field
That's it! Once you have dragged them you'll see them start to upload and the attachment Comcode insert into your post :).

This is cutting-edge stuff, but it's likely that HTML5 or a related standard will be incorporating this upload support and all browsers will then eventually support it. It's about time in my opinion, browsers should have been able to do this years ago, I've been thinking about it since ocPortal v1.
This ocPortal support is currently to be considered experimental, but it is working for me perfectly on the test environments I've tried.

I dragged three files in to this post, the result…

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