downloading images from website

  chesterfield 21:55 03 Jul 05

Does anyone know how you can prevent images that you download from a webiste from opening in the browser window?

I'm building a photo archive which I want people to be able to download images from onto their computers and I think that having to right click on the image in the browser and then select save looks a bit unprofessional.

With other file types you always get a pop up asking if you want to save to disk or open the file directly.


  Forum Editor 23:02 03 Jul 05

by the time you see an image on your screen, it already has downloaded - into your browser.

Most people who offer images put thumbnails into a table, so people can take a look. What you can do then is add a hyperlink to a second, much larger filesize image which is in a folder in your web structure. Then, when a visitor clicks on the hyperlink the browser will automatically open the download dialogue box.

Is that what you mean?

  chesterfield 10:09 04 Jul 05

Thanks for the advice and my plan is exactly as you outline but the problem is that when a user clicks on the hyperlink the image will automatically appear in the browser window - the download dialogue box does not appear as an option when it's an image file that you're downloading!

I want to bypass this default mechanism and give the user the opportunity to save the file without it opening in the browser.

I I were to zip every image this would solve the problem but its just an extra hassel for the user to have to unzip it once downloaded.

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