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Image Upload Column Version 2.1


Image Upload component is intended to upload and display pictures for list item. It provides ability to directly select a picture in file browsing dialog, upload and display it in the list view.

Image Upload column

Component provides quick mechanism of manipulating picture upload, edit and delete actions. It is possible to setup filtering using predefined or custom extensions.

Feature List

Feature
Direct image uploading
Support any type of Microsoft® SharePoint® list (not only Picture Library)
File extensions filtering (predefined and custom extensions supported)
Ability to upload files on any type (documents, archives and others)
Image thumbnails for list views
Image description support (used as alternative text for the picture)
Customizing image appearance on list view and list item Edit/Display forms (specifying image size, limiting image size, displaying image as a link)
Resize large images after upload
Images stored in separate internal list sub-folder (no conflict with attachments)
Language pack support (desired localization could be added by request)

Why ArtfulBits Image Upload Column?

Default process of associating an image with a list item in SharePoint is not so obvious and comfortable. Default Microsoft® WSS® 3.0 "Hyperlink or Picture" column does not allow uploading images via browsing and requires you to set the URL of the image already existing on the site. In order to associate images with some item in a list in Microsoft® MOSS® 2007 user should create the separate picture list and then set the URL of certain image to picture column via the modal dialog.

ArtfulBits Image Upload Column provides you with easier and flexible way to do this. Image Upload column allows the user to browse their local computer for image of interest. Once the image is selected, column will automatically upload the image and link it to the item.

 Standard Edition
Direct image uploading   
Support any type of Microsoft® SharePoint® list (not only Picture Library)   
File extensions filtering (predefined and custom extensions supported)   
Ability to upload files on any type (documents, archives and others)   
Image thumbnails for list views   
Image description support (used as alternative text for the picture)   
Customizing image appearance on list view and list item Edit/Display forms (specifying image size, limiting image size, displaying image as a link)   
Resize large images after upload   
Images stored in separate internal list sub-folder (no conflict with attachments)   
Language pack support (desired localization could be added by request)   


Image 1: New/Edit Item Form

From New/Edit Item form user can upload, edit or delete image.

Image 2: View Item Form

Display Item form displays the image.

Image 3: List View

List View form displays list of the images.

Image 4: Image Upload Column Settings

These settings determine available extensions for images to upload.

Preparation for Installation

Before installation, please, check that your target server meets Image Upload Column system requirements.

Also, it is recommended to install ArtfulBits License Manager before (if it is not installed).


1. Installation

Download Image Upload Column installation package from ArtfulBits website, unpack the file, and run Setup.exe:

Note:

You must be a SharePoint Farm Administrator for successful installation. Also "Windows SharePoint Administration" and "Windows SharePoint Timer" should be running on the server:

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After system check is finished, click "Next".

After reading License Agreement, click "Accept" and go to next step.

Select one or more web applications and click "Next".

Wait for install to succeed, click "Next" for deployment status details.

2. License Management

Image Upload Column uses Per-Farm License Model (each license is bound to single SharePoint Farm ID). For more details about licensing models please visit License Agreement.

Product works in unlicensed mode for three days from the moment of installation. In this mode all the product features are unlocked same way as with trial license. After these three days either trial license or full license should be entered for product to function.

  • To get Image Upload Column trial license click here.

After ArtfulBits License Manager is installed, go to the SharePoint Central Administration page:

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Choose "Operations".
Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

Click on "ArtfulBits License Manager":

This page shows all ArtfulBits installed products and their license statuses.

Click on product name to view license details.

If product is not licensed you can click "Enter License" link and enter license key (trial or full) into textbox. For upgrading product edition click "Convert License" and enter new license of target product edition.

Pressing "Activate" button will verify the key and in case of verification success license status will be updated.

Note: in trial or unlicensed mode all product features are available for evaluation. This way you will be able to try each and every feature available in the product line which will give you good understanding of what feature set will be necessary for you and it will be easier to come up with the decision which product edition should be purchased. After trial period expiration full license should be purchased which will determine product edition and available (unlocked) feature set.

Special link informing about product expiration is shown in SharePoint pages, where ArtfulBits component is used if product is using trial license or such license is "Expired" or no license is provided at all. Clicking on this link will redirect to product license status details page.

3. Activating / Deactivating Feature

Click "Site Actions" menu in the root site of one site collection, then click "Site Settings":
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Click "Site collection features" link in Site Settings page:
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In SharePoint Site collection feature list, activate ArtfulBits Image Upload Column feature (if deactivated):

4. Product Upgrading

Process of updating Image Upload Column is pretty straightforward - just download latest installation package and execute Setup.exe from it. After system check completes, select an "Upgrade" option and then follow setup wizard instructions.

5. Uninstallation / Repairing

Execute Setup.exe from your installation package. On the Repair and Remove section, select Remove radio button and click "Next", the Image Upload Column will be uninstalled. Or select "Repair" - to repair the Image Upload Column .


For SharePoint 2013 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2012
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Browser:
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
For SharePoint 2010 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 x64
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.5
Browser:
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
For SharePoint 2007 products:
Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003 x86/x64
Windows Server 2008 x86/x64

Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003/2008
(Please read about limitation)
Server: SharePoint Release:
  • Windows SharePoint Services v3 or SharePoint Server 2007
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.0
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+ is recommended for Advanced Administration features

Also compatible with:
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome

Questions List


How to get my "FarmID" value?

There are several ways how to get your SharePoint Farm ID.

Method 1:

  • Make sure ArtfulBits License Manager is installed on SharePoint Server and activated
  • Go to your SharePoint Central Administration site
  • Open Operations page (for SharePoint 2007 only)
  • Click on ArtfulBits License Manager link under ArtfulBits Solutions Configuration group
  • Click on Enter License button for certain product
  • FarmID will be displayed on License Management page under License Information section

    NOTE: By clicking on "Click here to get license" link you will be redirected to "Get Trial License" page with auto-filled FarmID


Method 2:

  • Download FarmInfo.zip (ArtfulBits utility for retrieving SharePoint FarmID)
  • Run it on your SharePoint Server

The application dialog will look like this: Retrieving SharePoint FarmID using ArtfulBits SharePoint Farm Info Tool

Method 3:

  • Run Windows PowerShell on your SharePoint Server as administrator
  • Type in the following command to set minimal reqired execution policy:
    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
  • Hit "Enter" key to confirm default choice
  • Enter following commands one by one:
    [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint")
    $spFarm=[Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPfarm]::Local
    $spFarm.Id
Output of commands execution will look like this: Retrieving SharePoint FarmID using Windows PoweShell script commands

How to convert ArtfulBits column to standard SharePoint column and back?

ArtfulBits Progress, Follow-Up, Category, DateTime and all ArtfulBits Lookups columns have "Conversion" feature.

ArtfulBits column can be converted from an existing SharePoint Column and can be converted to the standard SharePoint Column.

Convert from standard:
  • Try to add needed ArtfulBits Column as usual
  • On settings page expand "Column Conversion settings" section
  • In drop-down control choose which standard column will be converted to ArtfulBits Column (will be empty when list doesn’t have proper columns)
  • After selecting existing standard Column and clicking on “Covert” button - warring message will be shown
  • Click "OK", and standard Column will be converted to ArtfulBits column

Convert to standard:
  • Open settings page of existing ArtfulBits Column
  • Click on "Convert" button in Column Conversion section
  • Warring message will be shows, click “OK” button
  • ArtfulBits column will be converted to standard SharePoint Column

How to enable Datasheet view support?

To enable Datasheet view mode support, make sure that ArtfulBits Column site collection feature is activated.

For DateTime, Progress, Category and Follow-Up columns editing in Datasheet is enabled by default.

To enable column editing for Parent Selector, Cross-Site Lookup and Cascaded Lookup do the following:

  1. Open column settings page
  2. Go to "Datasheet Compatibility Mode" section
  3. Choose "Allow Editing" option to enable column content editing in Datasheet view

I received error: Unable to cast object of type
'System.Web.Configuration.ScriptingScriptResourceHandlerSection' to
type 'System.Web.Configuration.ScriptingScriptResourceHandlerSection'...

Possible reason of this issue is conflict in versions of System.Web.Extensions assembly.
To fix the problem, do the following steps:
  1. Backup web.config of your web-site
  2. Add following code into assemblyBinding section of your web.config file:
    <dependentAssembly>
       <assemblyIdentity name="System.Web.Extensions" 
          publicKeyToken="31BF3856AD364E35" 
          culture="neutral" />
       <bindingRedirect 
          oldVersion="1.0.61025.0" 
          newVersion="3.5.0.0"/>
    </dependentAssembly>
  3. Restart IIS service

How to upgrade ArtfulBits SharePoint product to newer version?

  1. Just download new version of product from our site
  2. Unzip files and run "Setup.exe"
  3. Follow wizard steps and select "Upgrade" option

NOTE: Upgrade operation is safe and doesn't affect on existing user data.


Is ArtfulBits SharePoint product update free of charge?

Yes. You can upgrade to newer version within the same major version number completely free of charge. For example, if you've purchased a license for any 1.xx product you can upgrade to any higher 1.yy version. Higher major version will be licensed separately. So, version 2.0 will need a new license.

How to check if AJAX is installed on a server?

  1. Open Global Assembly Cache (GAC)
  2. Find System.Web.Extensions assembly

Which Lookup Column do I need?

See the following features comparison chart of ArtfulBits Lookup columns that helps you make the right choice:

SharePoint
Lookup
 

Parent
Selector
$75,00

Cross-Site
Lookup
$150,00

Cascaded
Lookup
$200,00
Lookup data from lists cross-site within site collection
Lookup data from lists on the same site
Lookup data from the same list
Single and multiple lookup
Parent-child relationships
Support lookup data from subfolders
Picker Dialog for searching items in lookup lists
Filtering retrieved data using existing list views
Supported default values
Adding items to source list via new item form
on the fly
Adding lookup items via inline entering
on the fly
Adding lookup items via New Item form
on the fly
Editing lookup items via Edit Item form
on the fly
Excluding own item from lookup list during item editing
Checking whether hierarchical data is non-cyclic
Datasheet view support, including edit mode
Conversion among "ArtfulBits Cascaded Lookup", "ArtfulBits Cross-Site Lookup", "ArtfulBits Parent Selector" columns and standard SharePoint "Lookup" column
Download Download Download

Item Version Size
SharePoint 2013
ArtfulBits_Image_Upload_v2.1_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Image-Upload Column install files for SharePoint 2013, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.1 2078 Kb
ArtfulBits_Image_Upload_v2.1_FullPack_SP2013.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Image Upload Column and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2013, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.1 4019 Kb
SharePoint 2010
ArtfulBits_Image_Upload_v2.1_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Image-Upload Column install files for SharePoint 2010, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.1 2078 Kb
ArtfulBits_Image_Upload_v2.1_FullPack_SP2010.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Image Upload Column and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2010, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.1 4019 Kb
SharePoint 2007
ArtfulBits_Image_Upload_v2.0_SP2007.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Image-Upload Column install files, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.1 2054 Kb
ArtfulBits_Image_Upload_v2.0_FullPack_SP2007.zip
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Image Upload Column and License Manager install files, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
2.1 3971 Kb
Documentation
Image_Upload_UserGuide.pdf
Image Upload column user guide.
770 Kb
Image_Upload_InstallGuide.pdf
Installation guide describes installation and licensing steps.
988 Kb


Note: FullPack is not required if you already have installed or download ArtfulBits License Manager.

Release Notes

Version Notes
v2.1
(April 09, 2014)
Bugs fixed:
  • Fixed minor issues
v2.0
(April 22, 2013)
New Features:
  • Added SharePoint 2013 support
  • Added RTL support
  • Added German, Russian and French localizations
v1.76
(May 22, 2012)
Improvements:
  • Improved TIFF/TIF files support
v1.75
(May 18, 2012)
Improvements:
  • Improved TIFF/TIF files support
v1.74
(February 6, 2012)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed site images relocation
v1.73
(January 26, 2012)
Improvements:
  • Added Spell Checker support for image description

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed minor issues
v1.72
(November 23, 2011)
Improvements:
  • Added Portuguese (Brazil) localization
v1.71
(June 09, 2011)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed column settings update
v1.7
(June 03, 2011)
Improvements:
  • Added support for new licensing model (ArtfulBits License Manager v1.4)
  • Added "Save site as template" support
v1.64
(May 11, 2011)
Improvements:
  • Added Dutch localization
  • Added "Save site as template" support

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed image tooltip
  • Fixed minor issues
v1.63
(March 30, 2011)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed image uploading for Document Library
v1.62
(December 10, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed image rendering for Announcements list
v1.61
(November 26, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed PNG, BMP image resizing
  • Fixed minor issues
v1.6
(November 16, 2010)
Improvements:
  • Added Russian and German localization

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed minor issues
v1.5
(September 02, 2010)
New Features:
  • Ability to upload files of any type (documents, archives, etc)

Improvements:
  • Added image thumbnail caching
  • Improved column view in Display Item form (renders as link)
v1.43
(July 06, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed item editing in Datasheet view, when list has Image Upload column
  • Fixed error with 6622 Event ID in Event Viewer (Field type DummyField has duplicated definition)

Improvements:
  • Improved performance
v1.42
(June 15, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed image uploading issue on external web site
v1.41
(June 11, 2010)
Improvements:
  • Improved Setup Wizard
v1.41
(June 2, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed ImageUpload behavior in custom New/Edit and display forms
  • Fixed "Resize large images" feature and small images uploading (image was not uploaded in some cases)
v1.4
(May 13, 2010)
New Features:
  • SharePoint 2010 support added

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed GetFieldValueAsHTML() and GetFieldValueAsText() methods
v1.32
(March 16, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed image uploading from Internet site (image URL is server relative now, not absolute)
v1.31
(March 16, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed thumbnail displaying (was not shown in list view for users with Read permission and for anonymous users)
v1.3
(February 22, 2010)
New Features:
  • Added image thumbnails
  • Added image resizing

Bugs Fixed:
  • Fixed Image upload column deleting from list when list has 2 or more Image Upload columns
v1.21
(February 02, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Problem when image was uploaded by user with Contributor permissions
  • Problem with attachments (after Image Upload upgrade)
v1.2
(February 01, 2010)
Bugs Fixed:
  • Problem with product version (Setup Wizard only)
v1.2
(January 25, 2010)
New Features:
  • Added options to restrict image size on list item Edit/Display forms
v1.1
(January 12, 2010)
New Features:
  • Added options to restrict image size in list view
  • Added Show As Link option to show image in list view as link to image with original size

Improvements:
  • Improved Setup Wizard
v1.0
(November 02, 2009)
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