Drag and drop or multiple select attachments
About half of our users have decided that they can not use the Zimbra Web client because they feel it takes much too long to perform common everyday tasks, like sending an email with a large attachment for example.
After I explained the "alpha" unfinished nature of Zimbra Desktop, many of these users were anxious to give it a try, and here are the top two comments:
1) Yay it has an Outbox!
2) Still painful to add attachments!
Will there be a drag-and-drop attachment feature or at least the ability to shift- or control-select multiple attachments along with a quicker way to navigate to a folder you have open on your desktop?
One user brought me over to show me an open folder on his Mac containing 3 files he needed to attach to an email he was composing, and demonstrated how crazy it is that he had to click Browse and then navigate 6 folders deep to get there.
hoping for a better way to attach files...
I appreciate your thoughts on the subject.
I do understand the restrictions regarding drag-and-drop to the browser, and even the reluctance to have to rely on plug-ins to the various browsers, in order to achieve this functionality.
How about drag-and-drop to an optional task- or menu-bar widget of some sort, perhaps even the Toaster with an expanded purpose? Perhaps the widget could simply collect and pass the file path information back to the email being composed and populate the fields for me. Not quite as glamorous as drag-and-drop to the email directly, but if it means no more manual navigation and multiple clicks of the "Browse" button and repeated scrolling through directory file lists, we would have a lot of happy campers here.
Thanks again for listening,
Firefox drag & drop upload plugin
We recently finished migration from Exchange 2003 to Zimbra in 10 small offices worldwide, we're facing the same complaint but have solved half of it.
We have successfully been using the firefox drag & drop upload plugin for the upload part.
Probably it could be rewritten slightly to give fancier results, but for now it works.
However, this does not solve the download part. I think that what's being asked for should be achievable via a java applet. Look for example at the upload functionality in gallery2.sf.net.
I think this should be split into 2 issues though, 1 is download and then upload is another - very different things from the browser security model to tackle.