Best design approach for attaching/uploading multiple files?
28 Feb 2012 - 12:26pm
It seems the best approach for providing the capability to attach or upload multiple files at once is to make it automatic (that is, the files upload automatically, as soon as you select them--as Google does when attaching files in GMail), but the solutions I've seen are built in Flash. Of course, if you want for people to use their mobile tablet or phone to select multiple files at once, Flash won't work on iPads and iPhones.
I found a demo of a jQuery file uploader (http://blueimp.github.com/jQuery-File-Upload/) that allows you to select multiple files, and displays thumbnails (good!), but doesn't upload automatically.
Is there a better cross-platform solution for selecting and uploading multiple files out there? Is there a better interaction design? Is there something coming in HTML5 that will help?