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Preview for files on MySql Query

Posted on 2012-03-29
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Hello Experts,

I'm running a simple query to display data from forms onto HTML pages.  

I'm looking for a way to display a "preview" of the file that's getting uploaded using the forms. Forms have these fields: Date, name, author, description and upload file (files are stored on database).  The type of files that are getting uploaded are: PDF, DOC, XLS, JPG, GIF, MPG4 and SWF.

The idea is that on the HTML pages, other than the other info,  visitors are also able to see a small "preview" of the uploaded file.

How can I do this? Thanks!
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Ray Paseur earned 250 total points
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There is not any really good answer for this question, especially if you want to accomplish this in real time.  If you have a web page that displays the information you may be able to get something from this site.  It has worked for me in the past, though not in real time.
http://www.shrinktheweb.com/

My general recommendation for something that can provide a fairly good UX would be to have 32x32 pixel icons that represent the different types of files.  You can display the icon and make it a link to a new window that access the uploaded file.  The client already knows what she uploaded, and the icon and link serve to provide an easy way to verify that the upload worked correctly.

Failing that you might be able to try to stuff the uploaded file into a small <div> or iframe.  But I do not think I would be comfortable with that approach.

Best of luck with it, ~Ray
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Maybe generating a thumbnail images per upload with PHP or any other server side script would be an alternative?

CyanBlue
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by:Jacko_Pinto
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Thanks Ray_Paseur,

I'll look into the options.
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by:Jacko_Pinto
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Thanks CyanBlue,

Can you please suggest a script that might work best for this?

Regards.
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As far as I am aware, there is no one script that can do all that, and honestly, I am not sure if you can create thumbnails from all those file types you've mentioned.

My suggestion is google for something like 'php create dynamic thumbnail from image' and learn the techniques that you need to do the job and then find other classes that supports other file formats.

CyanBlue
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