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ARE FILE UPLOADS POSSIBLE? IF YES HOW TO GO ABOUT IT?
By: admin
at: 16-05-2006 04:44am
First you need a form which contains a file upload box. Here is sample HTML coding of such a form:

<form method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="http://XXXXXXXX">
<p>Name:<input type="text" name="name" size="20"></p>
<p>Email:<input type="text" name="email" size="20"></p>
<p>File: <input type="file" name="myfile" size="20"></p>
<p><input type="submit" value="Submit" name="submit"></p>
</form>

It shows the user two textboxes for filling his/her name & e-mail address and one file upload box. Clicking on the browse button of the file upload box, the user finds and selects the file to be uploaded. Then the last item in the form is the submit button which obiviously submits the form.

The most important thing to note in the above coding is the address "http://XXXXXXXXX". This is not the real address of the form processor to which the form submits its data. It is only given as a sample. You get the actual address of the form processor when you create one on AllForms. To create a new form processor follow these steps:

1. Register & Login into your AllForms account.
2. Proceed to Advanced Forms section.
3. Click on the link "Create New" to create a new form processor.
4. Select the e-mail addresses to which the form goes on submission.
5. Optionally you can also change many other settings also.
6. Save

You will be given a proper form processor URL after you complete the above steps successfully. Just replace "http://XXXXXXXXX" with that address in above HTML coding and you will be having a ready to e-mail file upload form on your desk.

Note:- The attribute: enctype="multipart/form-data" inside the form opening tags (see above coding) is necessary for a file upload form to work properly. The presence of this attribute is the major difference between a normal form and a form which does file uploads.

Regards
AKB

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Support
By: Geoff Olney
at: 08-02-2007 09:22am
Sorry! I should have looked closer at FAQ. This has solved it for me.
By: Dave Rautenkranz
at: 30-03-2007 03:30am
Thanks, now it works! I really appreciate the help. Your service here is much appreciated and a huge asset to our non-profit web-site.
By: Jen Kelland
at: 04-09-2007 11:26am
I've tried doing this, but I don't know how to make the Browse button actually browse rather than submit. I'm using Dreamweaver 8. Can you advise?
Thanks,
Jen
By: Jen Kelland
at: 04-09-2007 12:31pm
I've done exactly as this post directs, but for some reason, when I test the form, I keep getting my error page. I've filled in all of the fields properly, so I don't understand what's going on. Can you help?
Thanks,
Jen Kelland
By: admin
at: 04-09-2007 03:21pm
Where is your form located?

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Support
By: Adrian
at: 14-05-2008 07:17pm
Hi, I just set up my form for file upload. It works great except when I actually receive the submission, I can't unarchive the zip file. The exact error is "Unable to unarchive '*******.zip' into 'Mail Downloads'. (Error 1-Operation not permitted.)" I'm using a mac. Not sure if that makes a difference. Please let me know what I can do to solve this. Thanks.
By: admin
at: 15-05-2008 02:35am
Yes we have heard that MAC's inbuilt unzipping program is not able to decompress certain types of zip files. We advice you to use a 3rd party freeware/shareware unzip program such as:

Stuffit Expander http://www.tucows.com/preview/206997
Zipeg http://www.pickfiles.com/index.php?id=18353&t=details&cat=1278&n=Zipeg
MacZip http://www.haase-online.de/dirk/maczip/

Few more programs at: http://www.tucows.com/software.html?t2=559

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Support
By: Mitchell
at: 13-06-2008 06:37am
Hello,

I have followed all the steps in here, and done everything the same way I have done before. But this is the first time I have tried to use the file uploader and every time I fill out the form, it takes me to the error page that I set up for this form. Everything looks like it should be in working order.

To view the form goto http://www.echucamoama.com/calofevents/2007/submissions.html

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mitch.
www.echucamoama.com
By: admin
at: 14-06-2008 05:37am
When form uploading is used, the form data goes through multipart encoding which is a bit strict about the input field names you can use in a form. You have used field names such as Brief Description:, Brochure/flyer etc with special characters and spaces in it and also marked some of them as required in the form processor settings. Please try to avoid special characters and spaces in the names of form fields which you intend to mark as mandatory. For example instead of "Brief Description:" use "Brief_Description" and like that.

Also we noticed a small glich which though doesn't affect the functioning of form but may cause problems for the users submitting it. You have put a red star with address field which hasn't been marked as required in the settings while you have marked brief description as mandatory in the settings but havn't put a red star with it in the form.

--Regards,
Support
By: Mitchell
at: 15-06-2008 11:30pm
Thank you for that. I just ran a test subbmission and worked fine.

Keep up the great work and quick replys to our questions :)

Regards,

Mitch.
By: Angela
at: 27-12-2008 02:57am
What is the file size limit on the file upload and what type of files are accepted? I would like to know so I can let my guest know before they try to use this feature. Thanks
By: admin
at: 27-12-2008 04:52am
A total of 3 MB of files can be uploaded in a single form submission. There is no restriction on file types.

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Support
By: Jamil
at: 07-03-2009 12:08pm
Dear sir,
i make a user registration form at your site including picture uploading option, all form is working but picture uploading not working, pleas tel how to setup this. tel me cearly and setup by setup. plz plz
By: admin
at: 07-03-2009 12:10pm
Where is your form located?

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Support
By: Tammy
at: 21-04-2009 01:02pm
I also have some concerns about attachments. I used the upload/browse button on my form. What is the best format to minimize virus issues? Attached Zip files download directly into my c: drive, in Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\ before I can scan for viruses. How do I scan for viruses before the file gets placed into my computer? I also tested a GIF file and after unzipping, the file could not be read. Windows pops up program suggestions and the photo viewer programs still cannot open the file. Is there a format issue here?

I have to determine if it is worth keeping the upload button on the form and your input on these security issues will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the help.
By: admin
at: 22-04-2009 04:16am
allForms doesn't perform any virus checks on its own. And thus we advise our members to do it before extracting the zip file containing the files uploaded through their forms. If you have a modern anti-virus program on your system with real time protection on, you need not worry about manual scanning. The files may be getting placed automatically in your outlook's temporary folders but that is not a concern until you extract the zip file and launch a virus infected file within it. If you don't have a real time protection on your system, you can scan the folder where you extracted the zip file before launching/view any file in it.

--Regards,
Support
By: Terry
at: 22-10-2009 02:24pm
If one can upload files is it possible to download them with the auto response?
Thanks
By: admin
at: 22-10-2009 07:30pm
Do you mean attaching a file to the auto-responder message?

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Support
By: Terry
at: 22-10-2009 10:51pm
> admin wrote:

> Do you mean attaching a file to the auto-responder message?

Thanks for your reply ... Yes that is what I mean - thanks
By: admin
at: 23-10-2009 02:59am
Unfortunately that is not allowed or supported to prevent chances of abuse through email attachment viruses etc. You can include a link in the auto-responder to download your file but cannot have the files attached with the message itself.

--Regards,
Support
By: Brian
at: 28-07-2010 10:31pm
Hi is there a way to opt out of having zip files created when someone uploads a artwork file on my forms, It is causing problems viewing it on my iphone as it does not support .zip files :(
By: steve
at: 23-08-2010 08:46pm
Is there a way to batch uploaded files into a single zip file? Or to select those uploads to be included in a single zip?
By: admin
at: 27-08-2010 03:58am
@Brian: Yes that is possible but you will have to contact us using our contact form with your form's http:// address for it.

--Regards,
Support
By: admin
at: 27-08-2010 03:59am
@steve: Do you mean the uploads of all submissions going into single zip?

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Support
By: Angie
at: 12-11-2010 07:07pm
Hi there is the image uploader only available for plus subscriptions?
By: Angie
at: 13-11-2010 01:39am
Hi seem to have it working.
By: Jerry
at: 28-03-2011 04:26am
Can the upload file box work for large files, i.e. I have a graphics, print web site that I want to upload customers graphics files? Some of the files can be large and will be illustrator, photoshop, pdf.......etc. Will this work?
By: admin
at: 28-03-2011 06:32am
How large? The free account has a upper limit of 3 Mb per submission and same is 8 Mb for our Plus accounts.

--Regards,
Support
By: Marcus Koll
at: 28-03-2011 06:57am
I am a plus account. Some files may be larger than 8 Mb as I do a lot of large vinyl banners. Thanks.

Marcus
By: admin
at: 31-03-2011 02:20pm
I am afraid in that case you need a custom solution as our system keeps the upper limit at 8Mb for Plus accounts for a reason. A 8Mb file when sent as a attachment crosses the 10-15Mb mark imposed by almost all email services.

You may contact us using: http://allforms.mailjol.net/contact.php in case you need a custom solution through us.

--Regards,
Support
By: Alyssa
at: 08-06-2011 10:59pm
Hi,
I have my form set up as it should but for some reason when the form is submitted to my e-mail the files are not attachments (using this to upload photos) and only show the file name/location so I can't get the photos (but the rest of the form is just fine.) I'm using this for a Facebook tab and the uploading-photos part is essential and I need it to stay with the rest of the form. I have looked all over online trying to figure out what the problem is but can't seem to find anything. I've tried everything I can but it won't show me the files. Could it be because I have a G-mail account? I did see something about G-mail having some issues with these things. Should I make another e-mail account? Or do you think it's something else? Thanks so much!
Alyssa
By: admin
at: 09-06-2011 05:05am
@Alyssa : Please provide your form's URL.

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Support
By: Alyssa
at: 09-06-2011 01:39pm
I'm not sure which you need and I'm busy at the moment so here's the one from your site that my form goes through: http://free.allforms.mailjol.net/u/13973502.php
and here's the link from Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mylilsquirmy-Designs/135896863153222#!/pages/Mylilsquirmy-Designs/135896863153222?sk=app_130834273651281.
And I did try changing and sending it to a different e-mail address but it didn't change anything.
Thanks!
Alyssa
By: admin
at: 09-06-2011 02:11pm
@Alyssa: Your form opening tag has syntax errors. Presently it is:

<form method="POST"enctype-"multipart/form-data" action="http://free.allforms.mailjol.net/u/13973502.php">

It should be:

<form method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="http://free.allforms.mailjol.net/u/13973502.php">

--Regards,
Support
By: Alyssa
at: 09-06-2011 02:20pm
Thank you so much! Lol I didn't even notice that. And none of my family who knows html had a chance to check over. It works now, however, only one file went through even though I had 4 spots and I know I saw someting about this but I forgot--is this because I have the free account or is it something with my html or just file uploading in general. I thought I saw something about uploading multiple files (I need it to get up to 4) but I don't remember where. Thanks again so much! I'm such an airhead! LOL
Alyssa
By: admin
at: 09-06-2011 02:30pm
@Alyssa:

Try changing:

<input type="file" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" size="20"/><br>
<input type="file" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" size="20"/><br>
<input type="file" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" size="20"/><br>
<input type="file" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" size="20"/><br>

To:

<input type="file" name="file1" size="20"/><br>
<input type="file" name="file2" size="20"/><br>
<input type="file" name="file3" size="20"/><br>
<input type="file" name="file4" size="20"/><br>

--Regards,
Support
By: Alyssa
at: 09-06-2011 02:39pm
Oh, HA! I'm so silly. I should have realized that since I had a similar problem elsewhere that I fixed. It works now. Thanks so much! You are extremely helpful!!
Alyssa
By: pakyoungers
at: 07-09-2011 11:04am
Sir, thanks for great service.

I want to ask that how I can see the space consumed by attachments? And how it can be empty i.e. deleting old attachment that were received with forms.
By: admin
at: 17-09-2011 04:19am
@pakyoungers

Older attachment files are automatically removed from the server after a period of time. So it doesn't require manual cleaning up.

--Regards,
Support
By: Thomas Fletcher
at: 03-11-2011 04:15pm
http://www.ragtopvideo.com/submission.html

It seems to be submitting and I can see the submission under Form Processors: (Advanced Forms)/Forms Submissions Database viewer, but the uploaded file is just listed by name. How do I actually access the file itself?
By: Thomas Fletcher
at: 03-11-2011 04:24pm
Whoops. Sorry. I get it now.
By: Clem Warren
at: 16-03-2012 03:25am
Hi, my image upload form works fine on the webite but when i download the image file, it comes with numbers and percentage symbols attached to the file names, can i receive the image and its file name as it was entered by the sender? Here is the page http://www.parklandsphotoclub.org.au/Upload.asp
By: admin
at: 16-03-2012 03:39am
@Clem Warren: The symbols are used to escape only those characters which are generally not recommended for file names such as spaces. This is essential to maintain cross system compatibility (ability to open files on any type of system be it windows, mac or linux).

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Support
By: Clem Warren
at: 16-03-2012 06:58am
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