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TPdownloads - or Download Manager - is a built-in module for TinyPortal that let you offer files for your members to browse and download. It works by having the downloadable files placed in categories. These categories have permissions on them, letting you restrict  membergroups access level per each category.

Settings for the Download manager can be made from the TPdownloads Admin screen, found via menu "Tinyportal > Settings > Modules"

This is the main 'switch' for the modules: the [On] / [Off] switches de-activate the modules completely.

To access the Admin screen click on the link "Downloads Admin".

When you enter the DL Admin screen, you are presented with an overview over what categories you have currently, how many files they contain and a set of tool icons to edit/delete them. Note that on the first page you will actually see all categories, even child categories! This was made to make it easy to find the one you want quickly. If you press one of the names, you will be taken to a new screen displaying what files are in it - and any child categories it may have. In this screen you can further press each file name and be taken to Edit Item screen.

To go to the settings page click the [Settings] button.

Here you find all settings relevant to the Download Manager.

Allowed file extensions:
here you can specify a list of file extensions allowed for files in the downloads, comma separated. The default setting is: zip,rar,doc,jpg,gif,png
Options: [Text area]

Max upload size:
Maximum allowed size of a file to be uploaded into TPDownloads in Kb.
Options: [Entry field] Kb

Show filesize in format:
Set the display of filesizes for downloads.
Options: [Kb] / [Mb] / [Gb]

Use the screenshot instead of icon? :
When uploading a file the use can choose an icon for the download, but also a screenshot picture. This settings controls which of those is used in the overview of files in TPdownloads. Yes sets the screenshot (is available), No sets the icon.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Resize screenshot for thumbnail:
Set pre-defined size for screenshots to be resized to when used for a thumbnail for the download.
Default: 80 x 80  px

Resize screenshot for featured:
Set pre-defined size for screenshots to be resized to when the download is used as featured download on the main page for downloads.
Default: 200 x 200  px

All uploads must be approved? :
This allows you to activate the approval procedure: downloads that require approved will follow the submission process.
  • Yes, except the membergroups that can manage downloads.    
  • No, but permission to upload will still be needed
Create new topic? :
Activate the creation of an announcement topic when uploading a new download file.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Boards to use for support topics:
Here you define which board may be selected for announcement topics for files.
Options: [Multi-select list of boards]

Show text-editor? :
Choose what text editor will be provided for the upload function.
Please note: switching the editor after downloads have already been created may cause previously created descriptions to be displayed incorrectly!
  • No
  • Yes, HTML
  • Yes, BBC
Text for introduction:
Here you can write an introduction text for users of the Download Manager. This text will be displayed on the main DL page when visiting "TinyPortal > Downloads"
Options: [Text area]

Show featured file?
Activate the featured file display in the Main TPdownloads page.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Featured Download:
Select which file is to be set as featured in the Main TPdownloads page.
Options: [Single-select list of downloads]

Show recent files?
Activate the recent files list in the Downloads pages. On the main TPdownloads page this will show files from all categories. On category pages it will only show files from the active category.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Show most downloaded/weekly?
Activate the most downloaded files list in the Downloads page. On the main TPdownloads page this will show files from all categories. On category pages it will only show files from the active category.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Show category descriptions for child categories?
Setting this to Yes will make the category descriptions appear on the category list sections in the TPdownloads.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Visual options:
Here you can select what panels you want to have displayed to users in the Download Manager.
  • Show left panel
  • Show right panel
  • Show upper panel
  • Show top panel
  • Show bottom panel
  • Show lower panel
  • Show header top
Use only this theme:
With this settings you can force the Download Manager to always use one theme, regardless of the rest of the forum.
Options: [Selection field with available themes]

That's it! Don't forget to Save your settings using the [Save] button...

Doc Written 07/07/2006 By: Bloc
Last updated 01-12-2018 by @rjen

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