The document upload dialog we rolled out in January allowed users to upload multiple documents at once and incorporated some nice touches like a progress bar that tracked progress of your documents. The Flash uploader was a great move forward for us but a handful of our users were having trouble with it, so we’ve rewritten it in open-standards based HTML5.
Today, we just pushed out an update to the file uploader. Here’s a before screenshot:
Notice anything different? You shouldn’t: even though the code running file uploading is very, very different, you shouldn’t see anything change. Behind the scenes, however, we are now using open-standards based HTML5 technology to handle multiple files. Before we were using a Flash-based uploader, which would cause issues on computers using an older version of Flash, as well as with certain edge-cases that could not easily be resolved.
This move, should give all DocumentCloud users a smoother experience when uploading files. Because this file uploader is running on an open-standard, the file dialog to feel more like the file selector you’re used to.
Internet Explorer users will find that they can only upload one file at a time, because that browser doesn’t yet support HTML5. Internet Explorer 9, scheduled for release later this year, may not support multi-file uploading, but if it does, we will update the uploader to support it.
If you encounter any issues or notice anything going wrong, please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We want to make sure file uploads work flawlessly for everybody.