Feature request, iOS Beta: option to download all files at sync time
It would be great to add the feature to download all pdfs to Zotero iOS at sync time. I have tens of thousands of PDFs and I’ve gotten used to having them all downloaded on my iPad via iCloud/zotfile. I don’t at all mind switching to Zotero storage but it would be great not to have to download all 34,601 pdfs manually. I think some other users may have the same request. Thank you for a great app!
(We'll also need to add some support for handling of low storage conditions when it's supposed to download gigabytes of files.)
My vote would be to implement full sync/download even during the beta. I wouldn't mind deleting everything and re-downloading once the App Store version is released.
We also may be able to add a context menu when multiple items are selected, so you'd always be able to do a Select All (e.g., for a search) and trigger downloading.
Yes, just the manual download all PDFs of a collection. Also nailed the download option for all items of a search/filter. Thanks in advance
EDIT: I see that I can filter for "Downloaded Files", but the number of items that shows up with the filter seems to be remaining static, which would seem to suggest that my 1500 attachments are not actively downloading.
Fwiw, discovery of this ability by the user is nearly impossible. I spent 5 minutes rooting around in the settings very confused why there was no "download all attachments" option under Settings > Local Storage. (This would be a very natural place for it, seeing as this is where one deletes all attachments from local storage.) Had to come to this thread to discover what to do.
Downloading all files in a collection is a different feature.
As you probably know, after one selects a library one can long-tap on "all items" and there is a "download attachments" option, which seems like it should download all attachments for all items in the library. However, consistent with lucas's comment, this doesn't work for me. It causes the zotero app to hang for a few seconds (perhaps because my library os 7GB) and then items in the view to the right get the enqueued-to-download symbol (a thin blue circle with dot at center), but they never seem to download. The amount listed in "local storage" for the library also doesn't increase.
I of course completely understand that the ability to download all attachments for a library won't be available until a future version, but you might consider removing the "download attachments" option from the long-tap menu for "all items" until that feature is implemented correctly, just to avoid user confusion.
You can reinstall the release version from the App Store at any time.
It still takes a long time to respond after tapping "Download attachments", which is probably due to the size of library, ~18k items and PDFs.
- Tapping "Download attachments" has a ~1 min wait even after downloading all the PDFs.
- The number of items after I select "Downloaded Files" in Filters is slightly less (17546) than the number total items (17563). Every item has a PDF and the total number of PDFs is 17569 (counted using a saved search in the desktop app). I can't tell yet if some PDFs are actually missing or which ones they might be.
Any chance of getting an "Items without downloaded files" option in Filters?
thanks for the *great* new app, loving it! I am really glad this "download all" feature exists so I can read on trains etc. However I only found the UI for that by googling it and finding this thread.
I searched for it in Settings > Local Storage, and I understand that it would not fit in there. But maybe one paragraph of text explaining the feature right there would help!
To add to the other issue, I long tapped "All items" and downloaded all 500 items, totaling 1GB, no problem. (I use v1.0.2 b2)
Love the work you do, thanks again!