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4.0 - IP.Downloads Category Management

Copying Settings

Sometimes you need to change the same setting across multiple categories. For example, let's say up until now I've not allowed comments on files and now I want to enable it for most categories. In IP.Downloads for 3.x, I'd have to go into each category one by one and toggle the setting on.

In 4.x, when editing a category, each setting has a "Copy" button next to it, when opens a window asking which categories to copy that setting value to, so I can make the change to one category and then copy it to others (or all) quickly.





This feature is also available when editing things in other applications, such as forums in IP.Board or products in IP.Nexus.


New Settings
We've moved some settings which were previously global settings into per-category settings to give you even greater control over your community:

  • "Require approval of comments"
  • "Log all downloads" and "Prune download logs" - we also added a new per-category setting: "Allow file submitter to view log?"
  • "Allowed file extensions" (this used to be managed using complicated "Mime Type Masks" - now you can just provide the extensions which are allowed in that category, or allow any file type).
  • "Enable versioning control" and "Number of revisions to keep"

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There's no way, I have to ask: will the 'copy setting' be present across the suite or only for IP.Downloads ? It is boring to change same setting in hundred forums, for example.

 

Sorry... I didn't read it all before posting. :D

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Well, that's a huge usability improvement. But I have to ask a quick question: in the text itself you mention that it opens a window asking to which categories the setting must be copied to but in the second screenshot all I can see is a dropdown chooser and not a multiselect one. Does clicking on the dropdown open a multi-select panel? A little video of how it works or at least a better screenshot?

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Well, that's a huge usability improvement. But I have to ask a quick question: in the text itself you mention that it opens a window asking to which categories the setting must be copied to but in the second screenshot all I can see is a dropdown chooser and not a multiselect one. Does clicking on the dropdown open a multi-select panel? A little video of how it works or at least a better screenshot?

 

Yes it's a custom form widget which allows you to select multiple items (if allowed).

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So here's my $20,000 IP.Downloads/IP.Content question...

 

  • I love that IP.Downloads supports versions, download tracking, allowed file extensions, etc.
  • I love that IP.Content allows flexible field configuration and metadata and also allows for versioning at the metadata/record level
  • While I love both of these things, what I really need is a COMBINATION of the two!!!

For customers who want more advanced, IP.C style metadata for their downloads, or more advanced download tracking for their IP.C entries that are file-centric, does IPS4 present a solution?

 

I'm not the only one looking for this - see http://community.invisionpower.com/resources/projects/_/port-2-features-from-ipdownload-to-ipcontent-r405

 

I cannot overstate how valuable this synergy/crossover between IP.C & IP.D would be... any luck?

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That thing that copies settings across categories is so great...is it this super simple method that can easily be implemented by any other application? Seems to be how things are going for the framework so I expect so. That's just too cool.

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Can the same thing be done with permission settings as well? I hate having to copy permissions across a ton of different categories manually, then having to tripple check them all to make sure they've been configured right every time.

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That thing that copies settings across categories is so great...is it this super simple method that can easily be implemented by any other application? Seems to be how things are going for the framework so I expect so. That's just too cool.

 

Yep.

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Don't suppose there will be an option to copy all (changed) values to multiple categories? Could still be tedious if you change five values and then have to copy them to say 30 or so (but not all) other categories.

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Don't suppose there will be an option to copy all (changed) values to multiple categories? Could still be tedious if you change five values and then have to copy them to say 30 or so (but not all) other categories.

 

That would be the Holy Grail!

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Don't suppose there will be an option to copy all (changed) values to multiple categories? Could still be tedious if you change five values and then have to copy them to say 30 or so (but not all) other categories.

 

You choose which 'nodes' (forums, categories and so on) to copy to:

 

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Right, but what he was asking is if we change 5 settings for a forum and can select the forums for those 5 settings at once instead of re-selecting the forum for each separate setting. From what I've seen the answer is no.

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It is great to see that the process of changing section(?) settings in multiple sections is made easier than it was. As per my feedback topic: http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/369590-please-provide-a-better-way-to-edit-settings-across-multiple-forums-groups-etc/

 

I still feel there is room for improvement. As personally I would also deem it useful to retrieve the current value for each "section" for a specific setting.

 

For example in the case of giving more upload space to user groups. You want to improve the space for all user groups, but you don't want it to be the same for all groups. 

 

Or let's say you want to review (and update if needed) all section titles (like forum names) or descriptions. 

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Right, but what he was asking is if we change 5 settings for a forum and can select the forums for those 5 settings at once instead of re-selecting the forum for each separate setting. From what I've seen the answer is no.

No, each setting is separate.

Maybe for 4.0.5 or 4.1.x, have an extra option to copy changes upon saving, then select the nodes to copy the changes to?  One or two settings to copy to a bunch of nodes is one thing, but each additional change makes it even more tedious.  Overall it's still a great new enhancement and I'm sure it will be used rather extensively from time to time on many boards, so kudos adding it in.

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That's actually a lot more challenging than it sounds once you realize you don't want to copy "everything" (for instance, you probably don't want to copy title and description).  Having a form that lets you select what to copy and where to gets tedious and difficult to build and interact with from a UX perspective.  Not that it can't be done, I'm just saying it's not as simple as "show a form to choose where to copy all changes to".

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