Here at TheFARM we had this problem and we set about solving it, and once solved we thought it’d be a great idea to share it with the community.
To this extent we’ve put together a handy little Umbraco Data Type which you can attach to any media type and then find out its usages.
It’ll look up based on:
- Media Pickers (or DataTypes which store the media node ID)
- Usage within the WYSIWYG editor (based on the file-system path)
Version 1.0 of the package (released today) supports Umbraco 4.0.x.
When Umbraco 4.1 is released we’ll be producing an updated version of the Data Type which will have some nifty new features which it can leverages from the new 4.1 features.
So what can you do with it?
- When the Data Type locates an instance of the media item attached to a media picker you have the option to directly disconnect it!
- This will modify the document, but leave it in a unpublished state, so you can go review your change before putting it live
- When the Data Type locates an instance of the media item in a WYSIWYG field it will allow you to view the full path to the document in the content tree, so you can navigate there and address it
But really, a picture is worth a thousand words, so since there’s a lot of pictures in a video I guess this is worth a hell of a lot - http://www.screencast.com/t/ZDcxNjQ2ND