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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 downloads, comma separated. Default setting: zip,rar,doc,jpg,gif,png
Options: [Text area]

Show recent files? : Activate the recent files list in the Downloads page.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Show most downloaded/weekly? :Activate the most downloaded files list in the Downloads page.
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Show text-editor? : Choose what text editor will be provided for the upload function.
Options:
  • No
  • Yes, HTML
  • Yes, BBC
Show category descriptions inside file listings? :
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

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

Featured Download : Select which files are to be set as featured in the Downloads page.
Options: [Multi-select list of downloads]



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]

Use the screenshot instead of icon? :
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

Resize screenshot sizes: Set three pre-defined sizes for screenshots to be resized to.
Options:
  • 80   x 80   px
  • 200 x 200 px
  • 800 x 800 px
All uploads must be approved? : This allows you to manage the approval procedure, downloads that require approved follow the submission process.
Options:
  • 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 an 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]

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

Show "latest files" on frontpage of Download manager:
Options:  [Yes] / [No]

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

Visual options: Here you can select what panels you want to have displayed to users in the Download Manager.
Options:
  • 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 [Send] button...

Doc Written 07/07/2006 By: Bloc
Doc Updated 12/24/2015 By: Ken.
Updated 15/08/2018 by @rjen

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