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Offline Elijah Bliss

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Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« on: August 20, 2004, 06:15:24 PM »
I see a legitimate use for this if it doesn't slow things down.
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Re: Download Private Messages in to a readable format.
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2004, 06:20:38 PM »
I don't understand... Readable?

Maybe do you mean printable format/

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a readable format.
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2004, 06:45:06 PM »
I don't understand... Readable?

Maybe do you mean printable format/

Well, yes, also, but that doesn't necessarily mean I will print the PMs as soon as I download them. I mean the PMs are already in the database with html formatting so maybe make them downloadable with an html extension? I get a lot of members asking me how to go about saving their PMs, and I noticed vbulletin had such a function. Now to download PMs individually or per page is the question, or have those options available if it doesn't slow things down.

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2004, 11:33:22 PM »
I've thought of making it download .eml files...

Always kinda had a "mod" smell to it.

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2004, 07:51:37 PM »
I've thought of making it download .eml files...

Always kinda had a "mod" smell to it.

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I think it should be a feature, but just the basics, 2 options only

  • Download this individual PM
  • Download all PMs
in .eml format as you suggested, downloaded as a zip archive and that's it.

For those of use who are tech savvy additional download features should be a mod.

After installing Grudges Advanced PM I have the realization that the more features you give posters, the more that can go wrong. The "show recent PM at top" profile option alone caused pandemonium with quite a few of my members. Everyday they would have me on a wild goose chase telling me about how they are not receiving their PMs when in fact their PMs are staring them directly in the face. Instead of clicking the title of their new PM to take them to the anchored message, they insisted on scrolling to the end of the page, even after I explained this with pictures. Mind you these are college grads I am talking about.

There are those of use who love Grudges Advanced PM and a whole lot others who just don't get it, therefore I duplicated my main theme but with the stock PM to give them an option.

Another recommendation I have is to have have the ability to view each message individually or all instead of anchoring the previews and messages all on one page, provided that this doesn't slow down the forum.
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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2004, 02:38:08 AM »
I really think this goes into the new pm system backend, which is really going to happen I think in 1.1.  I'd personally like to see a move toward the way GMail does it rather than a move toward the way most email clients do it.  The GMail way (which I've seen before, just not implemented as well) just makes more sense for pms imho.

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2004, 03:07:24 AM »
I really think this goes into the new pm system backend, which is really going to happen I think in 1.1.  I'd personally like to see a move toward the way GMail does it rather than a move toward the way most email clients do it.  The GMail way (which I've seen before, just not implemented as well) just makes more sense for pms imho.

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I just checked out Gmail screen shots, looks pretty decent. I'm sure whatever format you guys decide on it will be cool. On a side note, you think you can throw in an "admin is away auto-responder? lol

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2004, 04:11:17 PM »
another idea I had for the download PM feature would be to replace the image tags with their html counter parts in the .eml documents.

for example:
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[img]http://myimages/image.jpg[/img]

would be replaced with

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<img src="http://myimages/image.jpg">in the downloaded .eml document.

The reason why I bring this up is because I can bet you $1000 that people will belly ache about images not showing up when they read their PMs offline in their web browser.

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2004, 04:17:49 PM »
Well, obviously it would parse the bbc.... (no?)

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2004, 04:36:25 PM »
Well, obviously it would parse the bbc.... (no?)

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Web browsers parse bbc? I didn't know that, let me try it out.

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2004, 04:39:23 PM »
Well, obviously it would parse the bbc.... (no?)

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Web browsers parse bbc? I didn't know that, let me try it out.

LOL!  No, I meant it would generate a .eml file (or whatever) with html, not bbc - that is, it would parse it.

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Re: Download Private Messages in to a printable format.
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2004, 04:42:08 PM »
Well, obviously it would parse the bbc.... (no?)

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Web browsers parse bbc? I didn't know that, let me try it out.

LOL!  No, I meant it would generate a .eml file (or whatever) with html, not bbc - that is, it would parse it.

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Oh, that part I didn't know. I'm still new to PHP, but that's cool that it would automatically download as html. Never mind then, you guys have everything covered.