Yahoo's BrowserPlus web development technology was updated late last week to enable web developers to add better in-browser uploading and desktop notifications to their own websites.
In a blog detailing the improvements, Lloyd Hilaiel, a member of the BrowserPlus team at Yahoo, cited drag-and-drop capabilities for files and folders.
"What's better about the upload? To start, it's easier for end-users to select the files they want to upload," Hilaiel said.
"You can drag-and-drop files or folders directly into your web browser. An enhanced 'File Browse' implementation supports file multi-select as well as folder select."
Desktop notifications in BrowserPlus offer websites an unobtrusive hook to inform users about important events or content changes, Hilaiel said.
For the uploading of photos, Yahoo has added a component to manipulate images on the client before uploading.
"Once the content is selected and the image is ready to upload, our service includes a progress bar that shows accurate upload progress," said Hilaiel.
Other new capabilities include client-side storage and "playful" support for motion sensors on specific laptops.
BrowserPlus was described by a Yahoo representative as an attempt to make time spent in the browser more efficient and fun. It is focused on making weWeb plug-ins easier and safer to develop and use. Yahoo has set up an online developer centre for Yahoo BrowserPlus.