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Upload Files - Drag and Drop

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  • Upload Files - Drag and Drop

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    V10 now through V11, we have continually built up the ability to attach (upload) files to pretty much any kind of record in our app... Pretty nice.

    This may be the edge of dreaming and not worth the effort, but I was wondering if anyone has utilized a 3rd party plug-in of some sort to allow drag and drop file upload to their server.

    Box.net has a neat widget, but it does not provide that tight integration at the record level.

    Just curious if someone has blazed this trail... Or gone down it and turned around.

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    Re: Upload Files - Drag and Drop

    I have used Image Uploader (http://www.aurigma.com) to upload including drag-drop files for upload. After they are uploaded, an Xbasic script processes the records. Box.net is a little different (similar to dropbox.com that I use, but with more data-management features). It just places the uploaded files in a central "cloud" location, and any authorized computer can access that data. So for Alpha to respond, you have to let it know the data has just been placed in box.net and should now be processed. Box.net might have an API for that but you can also use a folder watch program.

    Folder watch - I just tried this so I know it works. On my server I have both Directory Monitor from deventerprise.net and dropbox. I configure Directory Monitor to watch for new files in a specific subfolder of my dropbox, and to run a particular process if a file arrives. That works perfectly.

    Now, you need to run a routine on your server to process whatever file you just uploaded. That requires using CURL.EXE to execute an A5W page. It runs the page just as if someone was sitting there and opened the A5W page, except there is no browser involved.

    CURL.EXE is as old as dirt; the Help is detailed but looks difficult. But the simple syntax is just:

    curl.exe -k -d "A5W_SESS_ID=1" http:// mydomain.com /mypage.a5w?pwd=xxxxx

    Where password is used to keep just anyone from firing that page by accident. The A5W_SESS_ID is required to fake that a person is firing this A5W page. The mypage.a5w would contain xbasic to grab your file from dropbox folder, and process the records.
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      Re: Upload Files - Drag and Drop

      I'm looking to do this exact thing. Have a drag-and-drop uploader and saving the relevant data in the database. Steve, do you have a completed script for this? Or can you direct me to the correct style with Aurigma? It looks pretty powerful and does what I want. Let me know. Even if you have a completed script for sale, I'd be interested.

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