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greenislandtim
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Media downloads don't open within browser

Aug 3, 2012 12:55 PM

Tags: #media_downloads

I recently noticed a strange quirk with the media downloads. On the home page of the site thecompass.net, the first rotating image is linked to a folder/PDF file which was uploaded via FTP, and when you click it, the file opens within Safari and Chrome.

 

However, a link in the lower left corner that says "Download The Guide" is linked to a literature item, which is also a PDF, but was uploaded via the Media Downloads feature, but when you click it, it automatically downloads the file...it doesn't open it in the browser.

 

Any clue why these two links to PDFs cause the browser to behave differently?

 
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  • Liam Dilley
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    Feb 28, 2012
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    Aug 3, 2012 1:37 PM   in reply to greenislandtim

    Supposed to be like that, because they are media items if you look at the URL it is a reference and no file extension so the browser does not handle it. This then allows a straight download and thus can record the stats for the download.

    This is itended and wanted feature because in cases of media downloads you want them to do just that, download the item not view it in the browser

     
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  • Liam Dilley
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    Aug 3, 2012 2:06 PM   in reply to greenislandtim

    NP

    If it comes to the streaming options you see that will keep the file extension so you can create something like a playable podcast.

     
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