The 'Attachments' extension for Joomla! allows files to be uploaded and attached to articles and other types of content. URLs can also be attached. 'Attachments' includes the ability to attach files and edit attachments from the front end as well as from the administrative back end. There are options to control who can see the attachments and who can upload them, along with many other options to increase its flexibility and usefulness.
INSTALLATION IS SIMPLE: Use the Joomla installer with the single installation zip file. The component and all plugins are installed in a single step. Attachments uses the Joomla "upgrade" capability and can be installed over previous versions of Attachments.
There are two versions of Attachments:
* Version 3.1 for Joomla 2.5.7+ or 3.x
-- The 3.x versions will NOT work on Joomla 1.5
-- See demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMzOVNfYJIo&hd=1
-- DOWNLOAD: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments3/frs/
-- FORUMS: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments3/forum/
* Version 2.x for Joomla 1.5
-- The 2.x versions will NOT work on Joomla 2.5 and later
-- See demo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nCbRbfJ9io&hd=1
-- DOWNLOAD: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments/frs/
-- FORUMS: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/attachments/forum/
If you would like to subscribe to an email list for announcements about the Attachments extension, please visit: http://jmcameron.net/attachments/email-list.html
Releases 3.1+ and 2.2+ give you several ways to add, edit, and delete your attachments on the front end, back end, and in article editors on the front and back ends (including during article creation). There are many options to control who can see attachments. When you add or edit attachments, page updates are done quickly without full page reloads.
If you plan to use this extension for sensitive files, use the 'Secure' mode. This provides secure storage of attachment files and prevents access by anyone without logging in.
Attachments 3.1 includes many new features:
--- Supports both Joomla 2.5.7+ and 3.x!
--- Improved permissions handling for backend users with limited permissions.
--- New option to display attachments to the public that require logging in to download.
--- URL attachments are now handled in a secure way (download count works for both).
--- Now supports Joomfish (with additional plugin).
--- Refactored to allow template overrides of all CSS files and images.
--- More robust file downloading.
--- Many fixes and improvements.
However, I found I was having a problem with the article selection so I contacted Jonathan and in less than an hour he identified the problem (a clash with mootools upgrade plugin) and sent me a modified file, which solved the problem.
Now that's what I call support - better than many provide for commercial products.
Well done Jonathan and thanks again.
Why did i choose Attachments? Because it is usable and intuitive for the average user. I needed a simple way to share and update files and related documents in FRONTEND. I think i have tried almost any possible download component out there... finally i came back to Attachments. Only DOCmans simple upload steps come close to this.
The ability to use the Joomla articles for categorization and descriptions is real fun. (in v2 also for categories and sections)
The frontend upload and edit is as easy as it can be.
Thank you very much for this great piece of software.
Easy customising: Different CSS classes (even for the little picture that dispays the attachement)
You can notice this comp has been made with a lot of love! Hence I'm going to see if you made any other comps ... Sure wanna check them out to!
Keep up the good job J! (saw your name on the youtube help file)
Being fairly new to Joomla, I had some minor problems with the initial setup. When I contacted Jonathan, the author, he was very helpful and got me up a running. Since then, he has released a new version of the enhancement. During the testing, he was very responsive to suggestions and quick to resolve any problems. All in all, this is a very useful, workable enhancement.
I've been using this since 1.3.4. The version 1.x.x component didn't quite meet my needs, but the improvements since 2.x.x are dramatic. This is now one of my most used extensions, and I have very few complaints. The only feature I'd like to see added right now is some additional control over sort ordering. Even a simple approach like allowing an up/down arrow ordering like a Joomla article would be nice. The included sorting options are very nice and functional, but sometimes automated ordering just doesn't work.
That said, I couldn't live without this component. Thank you!
This problem was discussed on the forums of both contradictory extensions without any satisfactory result.
Therefore, I had to uninstall Attachments due to this conflict and used another solution instead (not so pretty but working).
But I am really frustrated because of the Lack of Front End DELETE OPTION.
Imagine, a simple author not autorized to access Backend! How could he delete what he attached if needed!
Glad you like Attachments! Attachments does support deleting attachments from the frontend by users with appropriate permissions. If you log in as the article author or as an admin, you should see a little red X on the right end of each line of the attachment list. Click on the red X to delete the attachment. If you do not see the red X, there must be some problem and I encourage you to contact me directly. -Jonathan
- Missing automatic correction of file names – removing spaces, eastern special characters… during attaching file in article must be automatic (not going to back-end an fixing these things manually)
- This should be for regular people - users (not only for webmasters) – mean one click during article editing and everything is OK (filenames…)
- do not use tables (files are organized in table) – use divs!
- after installation and attached first file to article there is no chance to see if you added something to article or not – should be displayed automatically in article (not only after “apply” or “save” buttons)
- it will be nice to have possibility to move attachments across the article
- missing freedom in styling of attached articles
- missing possibility to remove (edit, change…) attached file in article – doing this from article (not only in back-end in comoponent)
It would have been nice to hear some of this issues in the Attachments forums or feature requests on joomlacode before posting them here!
I disagree that using tables for a list of attachments is wrong! All tables are not evil. Using tables to do page layout is bad, but I am using tables appropriately in Attachments to construct a tabular list of attachments. In any case, the lists of attachments are constructed using a view so template overrides can be used to convert to some other layout, if you wish and are willing to write the PHP. The help page also describes how to change the styling using CSS.
Finally, if you are interested in testing a new version that addresses some of the other issues you mentioned, you can send me email: jmcameron a-t jmcameron d-o-t net
Only lacks form Edit/delete attachments in backend capability.
You can certainly edit and delete attachments in the back end (on the Attachments component page). The issue here is not being able to do it while editing an article. I intend to add that capability soon. -Jonathan
Fantaastic; keep up the good work.
This works great for this. Easy to use and manage.
I ran into a problem and emailed the developer. He quickly jumped in and found the problem (an error on my part) and got things fixed. Fastest support I have seen so far.