Friday Feature - An Abundance of Attachments

Friday Feature LogoWay back in the spring of 2009, I wrote a blog about attachments, giving you the history of how the Superintendent of Placer COE and our very own Bob Towery came up with the idea of attaching files to the records in Escape Online. Well, attachments have come a long way since then.

Almost every record in Escape Online now supports attachments. And, almost every type of file can be attached.  Here is a comprehensive list of the types of files you can attach to a record:

  • Adobe PDF
  • Microsoft Word (rtf, doc, docx)
  • Microsoft Excel (xls, csv, xlsx)
  • Report/Documents (eodf, rpt, xps)
  • Text files (txt)
  • Graphic files (jpg, gif, png, bmp)
  • Video files (swf, flv, mpeg, mpg, mpe)
  • Audio files (mp3, ra)
  • Emails (eml)
  • HTML files (htm, html, css)
  • Script/App files (xap, xbap, js, vbs)
  • XML files (xml, xaml)
  • Help files (chm)


Now that's an ABUNDANCE of file types.

But, that's not all.

Attachments are smart, too.

Attachments can  be viewed by anyone (except for employee attachments, which have permissions), but only edited by the user  who attached them.  They can be deleted and updated. They can be generated automatically (like change notices for vendor requisitions or using the new Mass Attachment feature for employees).

Our customers love the ability to attach files. Every single one of our customers uses this feature, no exception!

And, just like the Superintendent at Placer COE, our customers keep giving us great ideas for how to improve them. So, we are currently looking into adding the ability to print and email attachments, and to provide a "quick-link-like" access for easy viewing from a list.

Now that's an abundance of smart thinking.