Zip file maximum attachment file size should be increased

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  1. motulist macrumors 601

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    The forum only allows you to post zip files that are up to 244 kb, which is pretty useless, and yet it allows you to post JPG files that are up to 1.14 MB. I was trying to help a guy out in this thread by posting the free flash player that he couldn't find, but the zip file was 600 kb and the forum wouldn't let me upload it to help him out.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For larger attachments, why not use a file upload site or simply exchange emails and send it to them?
     
  3. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    Because that's way too much trouble to just help out some random person with some minor issue, and because if any people in the future read this thread then they wouldn't be able to download the file in the future because a private mail goes only to him, and those file hosting sites sometimes have their file links expire, and because most of those sites are a huge hassle making you jump through crazy hoops just to download or upload the linked file, etc.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Well, since this is a forum and not a file-sharing site, I'm sure bandwidth and storage are issues they're trying to consider.
     
  5. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Plus, zip files can containing anything, can they not?

    Better for the Board to err on the side of caution, IMO.
     
  6. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    ZIP files are already allowed, they're just limited to ~200 kb. All malicious files can easily fit into 200 kb. So there's basically no security enhancement to keeping the zip files size that low. I'm not saying they should up the limit to 20 MB, but I think it should be as high as the image file size cap, which is currently a bit over 1 MB.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Best thing to do with a suggestion like that is to PM one of the "gods"... like MudBug... and make your case. He will get back to you with an answer... and reasons for or against.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. Doctor Q Administrator

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    The limits have been 1.14MB for jpeg and png files and 244.1K for other attachable files. We prefer that people attach files that everyone, especially Mac users, can see or use, as well as compressed formats, so we favor jpeg and png files, which web browsers support nicely, over bmp and doc files.

    psd files aren't a universally displayable format, but they serve a useful purpose for graphic file exchange. gif files are supported by web browsers. zip files are used to package files for sharing. 244.1K is large for a text file. pdfs are handled nicely by Safari and Preview on Macs, but can be a bother for Internet Explorer users on PCs using Adobe Reader.

    Therefore, we have increased the limits for psd, gif, and zip files to the same 1.14MB as jpegs and pngs.

    Up to 1.14MB:
    gif, jpeg, png, psd, zip​

    Up to 244.1K:
    bmp, doc, pdf, txt​
    You can package files with smaller limits inside zips.
     
  9. motulist thread starter macrumors 601

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    Wow! You're making me think that a benevolent oligarchy is better than democracy! I brought up a good point, you considered it wisely, and you immediately put the changes in place! :eek: :)

    Thanks.
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    indeed

    Woof, Woof – Dawg [​IMG]
     
  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    That's great. The old size limit was too small for this day and age.
     

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