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IP.Downloads 2.1 Wrap-Up

As we near the release of IP.Downloads 2.1.0, we wanted to take a moment just to summarize the changes in this release and to point out the new features you can expect to see upon updating.


Friendly URLs

Friendly URLs have been implemented into IP.Downloads starting with version 2.1.


Ability to shut off "Resume breakpoints"

Most download accelerator clients support downloading multiple pieces of a file simultaneously. While this means that the file can download faster for the user, it also means that you can have multiple connections open from one user downloading a single file. Beginning with IP.Downloads 2.1 you can disallow requests for individual file parts to help control the number of open connections to your server.


Download sessions

Beginning with IP.Downloads 2.1, you can enable functionality that will cause IP.Downloads to create a unique URL for each file download request. The URL will expire once used (or after 24 hours, whichever comes first), helping to prevent users from sharing direct download links to the files.


Global settings

IP.Downloads 2.1 will allow you to configure maximum file size and screenshot dimension settings globally, while still allowing you to override those settings on a per-category level should you need to. This can help simplify updates to your download manager configuration for these particular settings which are commonly configured the same across all categories.


Support for link "types"

When submitting screenshot and file links, you will now be able to select what type of link you are submitting. The link types are configurable in the ACP so administrators can add and alter link types to better suit their site.


Upload progress meter

Through integration with the flash uploader used for uploading attachments to IP.Board posts, the download manager now supports a true progress bar for all uploads (if the user is using the Flash uploader as specified in their user control panel).


One record, many files

To date, IP.Downloads was designed to allow you to submit one file at a time (and one screenshot, depending on the configuration). IP.Downloads 2.1 takes the next step and allows you to submit multiple files and multiple screenshots per record.


Interface updates

The interface for the download manager has been tweaked and updated to provide a more polished feel, while distinguishing the user interface from the rest of the board.


Wrap Up

The primary focus of IP.Downloads 2.1 was expansion of the file storage methods to include support for important new functionality: multiple files per record and support for the flash uploader tool used by IP.Board. To that end, we decided to focus development on this core functionality in order to provide a solid foundation for future functionality changes in IP.Downloads. We hope you find the updates useful, and we look forward to your feedback to continue improving the product.

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I very happy to see the apps getting some love but i do have a question.

Beginning with IP.Downloads 2.1, you can enable functionality that will cause IP.Downloads to create a unique URL for each file download request. The URL will expire once used (or after 24 hours, whichever comes first), helping to prevent users from sharing direct download links to the files.

Would this not be a bad idea because of SEO reasons or am I misinterpreting the functionality.

Download sessions



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[quote name='Sledgemoto' date='07 January 2010 - 11:52 AM']
I very happy to see the apps getting some love but i do have a question.



Would this not be a bad idea because of SEO reasons or am I misinterpreting the functionality.


It's the link you're redirected to when someone actually clicks "Download" for a file. It's to protect people from sharing the file download link.

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about time
the downloads mod was very much left without anything new being added or issues sorted BUT you still wanted cash from us for it when the due date was up i shall renew mine when this new ones available
thanxs

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Is this a global setting or a per member group (or download category) setting?

This would make a really nice feature for sites that want to allow someone to use an accelerator if they have a certain membership level. Also, is there any way to make it so that the number of sessions could be set to a limit (such as 2 or 3) instead of either allowing resume or not allowing it?



Will the time be configurable (like being able to set it to 12 hours or 1 week)? Could be useful for busy sites that need to 'flush' the links faster or slow sites that want to use the feature but aren't as urgent about changing the link as quickly.

Would also be nice if this setting were per category, so if a site wants to have static links for certain files (categories) then they can do it.

Ability to shut off "Resume breakpoints"

Download sessions

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[quote name='.Wolfie' date='11 January 2010 - 12:09 AM']
Is this a global setting or a per member group (or download category) setting?


It's a global setting.


[quote name='.Wolfie' date='11 January 2010 - 12:09 AM']
Will the time be configurable (like being able to set it to 12 hours or 1 week)? Could be useful for busy sites that need to 'flush' the links faster or slow sites that want to use the feature but aren't as urgent about changing the link as quickly.

Would also be nice if this setting were per category, so if a site wants to have static links for certain files (categories) then they can do it.


It happens through a task, so you could edit the task to run it more or less frequently. As soon as the user uses the link, however, and the file finishes downloading, it's flushed right then.

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I just updated and first thing I hate is that the copyright stamp now also stamps all thumbnails. All my thumbs look horrible now as they are only 120x120.
The copyright note takes the space on those thumbs of apx 120x60 :(

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