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Strategies for many user-added photos

What are some strategies for users to add many photos to a PowerApp with a Sharepoint backend?

 

Example

  • 60 form fields in PowerApp (built from Sharepoint custom list)
  • Each form field may require multiple photos

I don't want to add any more columns to the Sharepoint list but DO need a way to connect each photo to its respective column.

 

Example:

  • Form field/Sharepoint column: Floors
  • Image 1: Floor from east perspective
  • Image 2: Floor from north perspective
  • Image 3: Floor from south perspective
  • Etc.

Any help is appreciated. 

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Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: Strategies for many user-added photos

Hi @ericonline,

 

In SharePoint list, one Picture column can only add one URL of the image. I just tested and I cannot add the 2nd one. If this cannot even be achieved in SharePoint, then I'm afraid that you cannot use PowerApps to do this too. 

 

 

Regards,

Mona Li

 

 

Community Support Team _ Mona Li
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Super User
Super User

Re: Strategies for many user-added photos

Thank you @v-monli-msft for looking into this. Do you know if PowerApps can add columns to a Sharepoint list for each image? 

 

Example: 

  • User1 clicks "Add Photo" and column "image1" is added to the Sharepoint list
  • User1 continues to add photos up to "image5"
  • The next user of the PowerApp, User2, clicks "Add Photo" and if "image1" to "image5" columns exist, photos are added to those columns
  • When User2 adds a 6th image, another column "image6" is added to the Sharepoint list
Super User
Super User

Re: Strategies for many user-added photos

No, is my answer to your question. 🙂 

 

Does SharePoint have to be the data source? What if you store the photos somewhere else, give them all a name that you can easily query, then just store in a column this is the name of the files that go with this record? Something like that. SharePoint is a terrible data source in the grand scheme of things. 🙂  

Shane - Microsoft MVP, YouTube, and PowerApps Consulting for when you are in a bind to get this fixed quickly. And finally we now have PowerApps Training
Super User
Super User

Re: Strategies for many user-added photos

I hear ya! 🙂 I'm working through your Azure SQL Video and Paul Flaherty's SQL Image video to get something more "enterprisey" setup. Even though I create PowerApps for my employer, I've even gone as far as personally paying for O365 Business and Azure plans to get experience with Azure SQL. In a large enterprise env, there is a huge amount of effort and approval to "just spin up an Azure SQL instance". But thats another topic altogether!

 

Another consideration is, moving beyond Sharepoint as a data source also moves the bar on PowerApps being a "low code" solution (requires more expertise, increases complexity, loops in other departments, etc.). IMHO, developing killer apps as a one-two person team, without all the hooplah, is the number 1 benefit PowerApps has over every other app dev tool out there. 

 

Thanks for the awesome videos and engaging conversation!

Re: Strategies for many user-added photos

Display SharePoint Images Powered Up Style In PowerApps

Display any image stored anywhere in SharePoint Online, rendered within an app in any resolution / quality as you so desire and highly compressed in size vs. the original image actually stored in SharePoint.

Desktop Video Demo
Mobile Video Demo

 

 

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