[SOLVED] HTML Attachment Rendering from Mac OS X Server

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[SOLVED] HTML Attachment Rendering from Mac OS X Server

Postby dpmchris » Wed Jul 22, 2009 3:29 pm

I am having a hard time finding the answer in the forums or the wiki, so I will just ask it here:
Every once in a while my boss comes back to me and asks me if "Attachment Previews" are available. Since our server platform is Mac OS X Server, this feature has not been available. It is hard to test compare or evaluate, since the only thing that will render is bitmap graphics.
1) How accurate are these previews and what documents are supported?
2) What is the technical limitation that keeps Mac OS X Server from generating these previews?
3) What settings are there for turning it off so it doesn't look broken?
Keep in mind, we are almost exclusively using the web client, so cheating in Outlook or Mail.app is not applicable.


Thanks,

Chris at PN


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[SOLVED] HTML Attachment Rendering from Mac OS X Server

Postby putt1ck » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:10 am

I'll answer what I can :)
1) The previews seem pretty accurate for the files I view. Not print perfect and not a substitute for opening the doc properly - but for reading for content e.g. checking a quote the previews are great. Not sure of the restrictions, but for the common attachments I get it works fine. Legacy doc and xls, PDF, ISO26300 (ODF). Even that MS failed attempt at an XML format (did I say that out loud :D) renders fine.
2) I would surmise that the inclusion of the feature only in the closed source version of the product is because it is a third-party app that does not support that most rare of server platforms, Mac OSX. Considered changing to a cheaper and better server platform? Shouldn't be a particular challenge or break anything unless you're using the server for other special Mac roles like looking good ;)
3) Login to the admin console, goto your COS, in Advanced and change the settings to "Attachments can be viewed in their original format only" or "Disable attachment viewing from web mail UI".
Hope that helps.
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[SOLVED] HTML Attachment Rendering from Mac OS X Server

Postby dpmchris » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:37 am

Yes I get it, OS X Server has no value, and I got ripped off by standardizing on Xserves. Never mind that they perform flawlessly so I can support EVERYTHING here alone with barely any outside support. And they weren't that expensive. Apple sucks. Fine. At least they are pretty.
I did get the feeling that the rendering pieces were from a third party, but Zimbra only has a grid that says 'feature not available' which is not enough information to explain it to my boss. Do you know what 3rd paerty it is?
Thanks for tip #3, by the way. Don't think I noticed that before.
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[SOLVED] HTML Attachment Rendering from Mac OS X Server

Postby rharms » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:15 pm

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[SOLVED] HTML Attachment Rendering from Mac OS X Server

Postby dpmchris » Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:54 pm

Interesting. Thanks all, I got what I need, and moreso.

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