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11 Checking Out and Downloading Files

This chapter describes how to check out one or more content items from Oracle WebCenter Content Server.

11.1 About Manual File Check-Out

Check-out is the process of locking a content item so that no other users can revise it. You must have write permission to the content item to check out a file or undo a check-out. Only one user at a time can check out a file; however, multiple users can continue to view the released file.

There are two approaches to checking out files manually:

After you have checked out a content item, you can either check in a revision or undo the check-out.

You can check out files automatically through your desktop application by using Oracle WebCenter Content Desktop. For more information, see "Checking Out Content Files" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Using Oracle WebCenter Content: Desktop.

11.2 Checking Out Single Files

To check out single files from a Content Information page:

  1. Display the Content Information page of the content item you want to check out.

  2. Choose Check Out from the Content Actions menu.

  3. If applicable, on the Check-Out Confirmation page, click Native File Link to get a copy of the native file.

  4. If a dialog window opens before the Save As window, choose to save the file to disk.

  5. In the Save As dialog box, navigate to the location where you want to save the file, and click Save.

  6. Start the native application (for example, Word or PowerPoint) and locate the file where you saved it in Step 5.

  7. Edit the file in its native application and then save the file.

To check out single files from a Search Results Page:

  1. Search for content to view a search results list.

  2. Choose Headline View or Thumbnail View from the Content Actions menu.

  3. Click the Actions icon, and choose Check Out from the contextual menu.

  4. If applicable, on the Check-Out Confirmation page, click Native File Link to get a copy of the native file.

  5. If a dialog box opens before the Save As window, choose to save the file to disk.

  6. On the Save As window, navigate to the location where you want to save the file, and click Save.

  7. Start the native application (for example, Word or PowerPoint), and locate the file where you saved it in Step 6.

  8. Edit the file in its native application, and then save the file.

11.3 Using Check Out and Open

With the Check Out and Open component, you can open content items from Content Server directly in a WebDAV-compliant native application. The Check Out and Open component is enabled by default and adds the Check Out and Open option to the Item Actions menu on a Search Results page and to the Content Actions menu on a Content Information page. Before using Check Out and Open, verify with your system administrator what WebDAV-compliant applications are in use, and that the content item you are checking out is associated with a compliant application.

This section covers the following topics:

11.3.1 About Checking Out and Opening Content

When you check out and open a content item, the content item opens in its native application if the application is WebDAV-compliant (for example, Microsoft Word). You can edit the content item and check it back into Content Server using that application. Each time you save the content item in the native application, a new revision of the item is checked in to Content Server.

Important:

Pay close attention to the status of a content item you attempt to check out using Check Out and Open, both in Content Server and in the native application you are using to edit the file. If you open the file and notice that the title bar designates the file is read-only, you are prompted to save the file as a new item on a local file system.

A file is read-only if it is in a workflow process. As with a read-only file in a conventional file system, you can view the file or edit a copy as a new item. You cannot open a content item if it is checked out by another user.

Figure 11-1 Check Out and Open Option on Search Results Page

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Figure 11-2 Check Out and Open Option on Content Information Page

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11.3.2 Opening Content from Content Server

To open content from a Content Information page:

  1. Display the Content Information page of the content item you want to check out.

  2. Choose Check Out and Open from the Content Actions menu. The content item is checked out from Content Server transparently and opened in a WebDAV-compliant native application, such as Microsoft Word.

  3. Edit the content item, save the changes and close the file. The content is checked in to Content Server as a new revision.

To open content from a Search Results page:

  1. Search for content to view a search results list.

  2. Choose Headline View or Thumbnail View from the Content Actions menu.

  3. Click the Actions icon and choose Check Out and Open from the contextual menu. The content item is checked out from Content Server transparently and opened in a WebDAV-compliant native application, such as Microsoft Word.

  4. Edit the content item, save the changes and close the file. The content is checked in to Content Server transparently as a new revision.

    Note:

    The Check Out and Open options are available in the Content Actions menu of a content item's current revision only.

11.4 Checking Out Multiple Files

This section covers the following topics:

11.4.1 About Multiple File Check-Out

To get copies of multiple content items, use the download applet. When you download files, you also have the option to check out the content items and uncompress any compressed ZIP files.

11.4.2 Download Applet Requirements

You can use the download applet to check out multiple files if the following conditions are true:

The system administrator has enabled the download applet on Content Server.

  • You selected the Enable download applet check box in your User Profile page.

  • You are using a Java-enabled Web browser.

The download applet requires permission to access the local drive. When you run a search for the first time after enabling this applet, you may see a Java security warning:

  • If your system is using the Oracle Java plug-in, when you encounter this message box, click Run. If you do not want to be prompted again with this message box, select Always trust content from this publisher, then click Run.

  • If your system is using the Microsoft plug-in for Internet Explorer, click Yes to give full permissions. If you do not want to be prompted again with this message box, select Always trust software from Oracle Incorporated, and click Yes.

11.4.3 Download Options on Search Results Pages

When the download applet is enabled, it adds the following features to search results pages.

Element Description

Download

This link downloads the selected content items.

Select All check box

Selects all items in the search result list.

Select check boxes

Selects content items to be downloaded when you click the Download Selected button.


11.4.4 Downloading Multiple Files

To download and check out multiple content items using the download applet:

  1. Browse or search to locate the files to download. For more information, see Chapter 8, "Finding Documents."

  2. To download all content items on the Search Results page, click Download All.

  3. To download selected content items, select the corresponding Select check boxes, and click Download Selected.

  4. In the Download Files window, select the type of file to download: Web Viewable or Native.

  5. To uncompress ZIP files during the download process, select the Extract zip file contents check box.

  6. If you selected the Native option and you want to check out the content items upon download, select the Check out file check box.

  7. In the Download Location field, enter the path where you want the files to be copied. You can click Browse and navigate to the directory to select it.

  8. If you want a different file name for the downloaded file, change the file name in the Download Location field. This applies only to the current file. If you click Download All, all other files retain their default file names.

  9. Click a button:

    • Download: to download the current file only.

    • Download All: to download all selected files that have not been skipped (you are not prompted for each file that was selected).

    • Skip: to not download the current file and go to the next selected file.

    • Cancel: to cancel the download.

  10. If a file with the same file name exists in the target location, you are asked whether you want to overwrite it. Click a button to indicate whether you want to overwrite one or more files.

  11. In the Download Results Summary, click OK.