Link to File Action
13th of February, 2013Type of Action: Standalone Action (to use it, either click and hold on the Freeway tool, choose the Action from the list and draw an item on the page OR go to Insert>Action Item and choose the Action from the list).
What the Action can do: This Action lets you do the following:
- It lets you offer a file as a download via an HTML text link.
If the intention is to offer a file so it can be downloaded to the visitor's hard disk, it is important to note that a browser may be able to open certain files, and so it may prefer to display the file in a browser window rather than download the file. Also, some browsers may give the visitor a choice of opening the file or downloading it. To get around this issue, you can either zip up the file you want to offer for download and then choose the zip file in the Actions palette, or you can use an ".htaccess" file on the server to control how files will be treated (see the article on our KnowledgeBase at <http://www.softpress.com/kb/questions/61/> for details of how to do this).
Using a Link to PDF Action item in the flow of text
- Draw an HTML item on your page, enter some text (remembering that the text used by the text link itself will be entered in the Actions palette)
- Click inside the text where you want to use the item, go to Insert>Action item and choose Link to File
- With the item selected within the text, look in the Actions palette to see the options.
- File: Click and hold on this popup, click Select…, then navigate to the file you wish to offer for download and click Open.
- Name: The text entered in this field will be the text that's displayed in the browser for the HTML text link.
Using a Link to File Action item as a standalone itemIf you want to use a Link to File Action item as a standalone item on the page (ie, it is not within the flow of text) you need to make sure nothing is selected on the page, go to Insert>Action item and choose Link to File. This will place an item with the default dimensions of 100px square on your page - so resize it to the size you want.
With the item selected within the text, look in the Actions palette to see the options (which are exactly the same as using the Action within the flow of text).
Styling a Link to File Action item when it is used as a standalone itemAs with all standalone Actions, Freeway will publish the item so the text used in the Text field will be in Freeway's default styling of Times New Roman in the Default size. If you want to use custom styling on it to match the rest of the look of text on your page, you need to use a slightly different workflow.
- Draw an HTML item on the page
- Click inside the item (so you can see the flashing text cursor inside it)
- Type a space
- Go to Insert>Action item and choose Link to File
- Type another space
- Go to Edit>Select All (to select both spaces and the Action item)
- Apply the styling you want to use by specifying a font, size, etc., in the General Settings tab of the Inspector
It is important to note that you shouldn't choose a color for the text inside the Action item - this will always pick up the link styles which are applied to the page (see below).
Note, however, that Freeway Pro users do not need to use this method - they can simply create a new custom text style, select the standalone Action item on the page and apply the style to the item in the Styles tab of the Inspector or in the Styles & Colors palette.
Changing the color and underline attributes of the Link to File's link stylingAs mentioned earlier, the text within the Link to File Action item will use Freeway's default link styles for each of its link states. If you want to use custom colors or custom underline behaviour for the link states, you need to set this up in the Paintbrush tab of the Inspector.
- Make sure nothing is selected on the page and go to the Inspector's Paintbrush tab
- Open the Links panel at the foot of the Inspector by clicking on the disclosure triangle
- Choose the colour and underline behaviour you want to use for each state