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Downloading, Carts and Java

February 22, 2011 - 1 Comment

More than a year ago, we introduced a feature in the download flow that allows you to download multiple images at once, which are stored in a cart.  This feature was created at the request of customers and partners, some 42% of whom told us they really needed multi-file downloads.  At the time, the cart feature only used Java, which was a challenge for some users. But back in October we introduced a “non-Java” setting for the cart.  Even though this has been active for a few months, I thought I would point it out in case you haven’t noticed it yet.

Here’s how it works.  If you want a simple list – rather than the Java-based Download Manager – just look for the “Non Java Download” option when you get to the download cart screen:

If you select this as your default, you’ll see the following screen instead of the download manager.  No Java needed. This is all customizable by you!

We’re continuing to work on the download flows in order to support a wide range of download scenarios. I know the download team would like to hear from you about specific needs you have around the download experience, and if you leave a (polite, honest and thoughtful) comment here they will read your comments and can follow up with your directly.

P.S. Just so you don’t complain that I’m a complete Java-hater of some kind, here is my coffee cup 🙂

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  1. Love the new download cart, especially the non-java option. I like to save files in particular file folders locally, and the Java option didn’t allow for that (at least, not conveniently).

    One change I’d love to see is on the cart “review” page, under the “cart details”. It would be nice to be able to expand more the details on more than one item simultaneously.

    I need to save off the MD5 checksum for each file, so it becomes a little cumbersome when there are more than a couple of items in the cart. Actually, a more convenient method of saving the checksums for ALL files in the cart, all at once, would be even better! 😉

    But for now, it’s been a great improvement so far. Looking forward to more!