JD_Toims - 11:32 pm on Sep 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
Glad I could help!
do you think there is any way to accomplish this without allowing allow_url_fopen in php.ini?
No, but if you put the script doing the opening/saving in it's own directory EG /for-my-save-script-only/open-save-script.php and also put a php.ini [there are generic ones all over the place online if you don't have access to yours] in the same directory EG /for-my-save-script-only/php.ini you can change the allow_url_fopen setting [or any other] in the specific directory's php.ini file and it should only have any effect on the open-save-script.php and not the whole site.
Note: If you don't have access to the php.ini for your server, you might try contacting your host and letting them know there's a setting you need to change for one of your scripts to work properly and ask them to send you a copy of the one they normally use to put in a specific directory on your site.