Joomla flash uploader extension button

Since JFU 2.13 there is also an editor extension of JFU available. It does fully replace the existing "Image" button below the artice editor and gives you the full power of JFU:

  • Full integration of JFU in the editor. You can upload multiple files instead of only one file like in the Joomla implementation
  • You can use groups and profiles - this makes it possible to define exactly where each user can upload files.
  • Use the server side to select images you want to insert.
  • Add a link target by simply selecting it in the server side view.
  • Create thumbnails of existing images and include them.
  • Define the size of the image you want to include
  • Support for Lightbox, Lytebox and Highslide
  • A nice ruler - because I don't know how much 300px are :).
  • Caption support! You can create automatically a div or span that in includes your image + your text. Please see the description below!
  • JFUploader Editor extension can be configured.
  • Links can be inserted
  • Thumbnails of pdf's can be created.
  • Google doc viewer can be used directly.
  • Html and css was optimized to work with different templates (some templates destroyed the divs)

Screenshots:

file upload editor example button

Additional screenshots please look below.

Installation: Install the package and activate the 'Button - JFUploader Editor Plugin' plugin in the plugins manager. Disable the 'Button - Image' plugin because it is now not needed anymore.

Configuration: Please go to Extensions -> Plugin manager. Search for 'Button - JFUploader Editor Plugin' and set the parameters on the right side. You have to use the same parameters as for the component or the plugin. For the editor extension you can only specify one group or profile! You can enable/disable most of the available options. So feel free only to use the one you like.

file upload editor howto image

Usage: Select the image you want to add. If it is too big enter a smaller size and click on 'Create thumbnail'. Then a thumbnail is created. Please select the thumbnail and enter an alternative text if you like. If you like to add a link go to the 'link properties'. There you can add a link directly or select one above. The interesting part is the addtional link attributes where you can easy add lightbox or lytebox support. Currently the code you have to add for lightbox, lytebox and highslide can be selected. Please read the documentation of this lightboxes to e.g. make a slide show. Many templates already have a support of a lightbox. So you can use it without installing anything. If you don't have lightbox support you only have to include the required libraries to your template.
Editor buttons are not desinged to edit elements you have already inserted. So please delete the image if you want to midify an existing one with the JFUploader editor button or check ifyou can do the modifications with the image editor of your editor.

Caption: Next to the alt text/ titel you have the option to use this text as caption. This will render a div or span (depending how the plugin is configured) where the image is included and below it the text you have inserted. You have also the option to style this div/span. The following two styles are available you can to add to your Joomla template:

  • jfu_caption_div - this is the container around the image and your text. Here you can add e.g. a nice border, padding or a margin. I normally add a default margin in the style sheet of the templete. I also recommend to define the text color, text size and text font here. Because you never know where the caption div/span is added!
  • jfu_caption - Here you can style the caption text. You can define the size or the distance to the image.

Most Joomla editors do not handle spans/divs really nice. So if you use this, the image/text will not be shown properly in the editor but will look o.k. in the final page.

Alignment: Here I have added something that looks strange: It's the "+ clear". If you use this the included element will have a "clear" defined. If you don't define this all images will be shown in e.g. the right next to each other. If you choose the "+ clear" the images will be displayed on the right but one below the other!

Horizonal space/Vertical space: By default "Template default" is shown. This means that for images the default margin for images is used (which is normally 0) and for the caption the margin defined in jfu_caption_div. If you have a jfu_caption_div like in the example below you shold define a default margin because this simply looks better. If you define your own marigin the one from the template is overwritten.

div/span: In the configuration of the editor plugin you have the option to include the caption by div or by span. You have tho check at you editor you use, which ist the better supported one. If you choose div you have to check if e.g. <p> tags are added automatically and if you like this. This often thid leads to an new line you might don't like. But in the editor itself divs often can be display while spans can't. So please check what is the better way for you.

Insert links: Since 2.14 you can also insert links. If anything except an image is selected the view is automatically switched to the link tab and "Insert Link" is enabled. For images you can also insert a link only.

Thumbnail creation of pdfs: If you want to enable the creation of thumbnails when selecting a pdf (or enable the preview of pdfs in the flash) you need the following:

  1. Check if image magick is available
  2. Enable image magick
  3. Create a folder called thumbs in the tfu folder. (administrator/components/com_jfuploader/tfu/thumbs). If you select a pdf and a preview is shown in the flash everything is configured right!

Google doc viewer: If you select a supported file extension (see http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1189935) the file of the link is shown in the google doc viewer.

Example: Below you see a image with the following style set in the template.css (jfu_caption is not used - I use the default padding for the text). I also recommend to define the text color, text size and text font here. Because you never know where the caption div/span is added!

.jfu_caption_div {
   text-align:center;
   border: 1px solid #aaaaaa;
   padding:3px;
   color: #333333;
   font-size:11px;
}

joomla flash upload caption image

Tested with: IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari

Have fun using this extension.

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