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LauraS

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FTP Clients
Posted: 22-Aug-2003 09:13
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I'm interested in what FTP programs people use to upload their albums outside of jAlbum. Why do you use those applications and why are they better than the rest?

Names and URLs please -- inquiring minds want to know!
freckles

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Registered: 23-Jul-2003
Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 22-Aug-2003 16:55   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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I haven't tried using the FTP feature in jAlbum yet, so I'm not sure what my "preference" for album uploading will be.

FlashFXP http://www.flashfxp.com used to be my favorite FTP program. I was very comfortable with the layout, options and ease of use. I would definitely still be using it today if I hadn't made a conscious effort to look for and use freeware instead. That being said...

SmartFTP http://www.smartftp.com is what I use. It's the only FTP app other than FlashFXP that was able to correctly connect (passive mode, through router and firewall, etc.) to my remote FTP. It has taken a while for me to like it, but the main factor is that its free (for non-commercial use) and it works. I probably un/re/installed it a few times before I was finally able to finally give up FlashFXP. There is one nag screen that pops up (only between Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm) after you've used it after 30 days, but I use a little tiny tray app called PTFB (Push The Freakin' Button) to close it right away so it doesn't bother me. If only the developers would add a few more features (retain window size, auto disconnect after file transfer finishes, simpler up/download queue operations, etc.), it would be one of the best freeware apps like jAlbum!
Makis

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 22-Aug-2003 19:22   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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I have the classic WS_FTP LE. It's made by a company called Ipswitch, but they don't make a lot of noises about this free version (they have also a Pro version).

Some information at their site: http://www.ipswitch.com/Support/ws_ftp_le_support.html

Why do I use it? It's simple, and does what I need. I can't think of anything I'd need that is lacking (and bear in mind, this is a simple program).
davidekholm

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 22-Aug-2003 20:01   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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By now (Windows 2000/XP) I'm happy with the FTP function built into Explorer. I just type
ftp://<username>:<password>@<ftpservername>/<directory> to log into a site and then it's just a matter of dragging and dropping files. The ftp site feels just like a desktop folder.

I then bookmark the path I've written so I don't have to log in again manually.
LauraS

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 23-Aug-2003 23:35   in response to: davidekholm in response to: davidekholm
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I use the following:

BlazeFTP - http://www.flashpeak.com/blazeftp/

This is a basic, but solid freeware FTP client. It has a number of features, but I find the "Hierarchical transfer job definition, management and access" function quite handy. FlashPeek, the group that make this also have a number of other handy freeware programs, like SlimBrowser (an IE overlay), InstantGet (a download manager) and SlimList (a simple editor for lists).

TreeComp - http://www.xs4all.nl/~lploeger/TreeComp3.htm

This is a freeware utility to compare the contents of two directory trees. It also has an FTP component, so you can compare what you have on your hard disk with what's up on on your internet host (syncronisation, isn't that?).
freckles

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 24-Aug-2003 09:03   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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Thanks for the info on BlazeFTP. It looked promising, so I downloaded it and tried it out. Unfortunately, it won't login to my remote FTP. Oh well!

If you like SlimBrowser, you might be interested in trying out MyIE2 http://www.myie2.com if you haven't already. I was a long-time user of NetCaptor and tried other IE shells before settling on MyIE2. It's actually very handy when I'm testing and comparing small changes to my JAlbum albums.

Speaking of, how does everyone else test their templates? For example, I usually have an HTML editor open (HTML-kit) and/or UltraEdit to make changes, hit "Rebuild All" in JAlbum, then Peek or Preview to see what it looks like. Is this what most people typically do or is there a way to integrate the JAlbum scripting into an editor? I know nothing about JavaScripting (other than what I cut/paste from this site :) !) or compiling (huh?) so if there's a better way than what I'm doing, please share the info!!
LauraS

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 25-Aug-2003 01:13   in response to: freckles in response to: freckles
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I hope your FTP isn't like one I signed up for -- no problem signing up (it was free) but I could never log in. I finally realised that it was probably a "spam trap" -- a free service that's really there just to cull email addresses.
LauraS

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 29-Aug-2003 06:49   in response to: freckles in response to: freckles
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Freckles said...
"you might be interested in trying out MyIE2 http://www.myie2.com if you haven't already."

I had a look at this, downloaded the browser and love it! I'd been using SlimBrowser and Avant, but My IE 2 seems slightly more handy, and they've done the auto-hide feature right.
freckles

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 31-Aug-2003 07:09   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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I had a look at this, downloaded the browser and love
it! I'd been using SlimBrowser and Avant, but My IE 2
seems slightly more handy, and they've done the
auto-hide feature right.

I'm glad to hear that MyIE2 has won you over :)
The forum there is pretty active and there are all sorts of handy plugins and skins that other users created and have made available online. Also, the MyIE2 forum is a great place to pick up awesome tips and shortcuts (I guess software forums are generally good for that sort of thing anyway!)
mark_ransom

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Registered: 5-Mar-2003
Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 02-Sep-2003 14:55   in response to: Makis in response to: Makis
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I have the classic WS_FTP LE.
...
Why do I use it? It's simple, and does what I need.

I also use this & have been very happy with it, however my webhost has recently been bought out & put in a max space allocation so I need to delete loads of stuff.

As my albums are within a folder structure I'd just like to be able to click on a folder & delete it along with all contents sub folders etc. - sadly it won't allow this.

Mark
LauraS

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 02-Sep-2003 22:59   in response to: mark_ransom in response to: mark_ransom
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Blaze (see above) will do that, though it takes a while at deleting each file individually for you.

Be careful whenever you use a program that allows such mass deletes, and be ABSOLUTELY sure before you do it!
mbr

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Registered: 10-Oct-2003
Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 25-Oct-2003 23:30   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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Leechftp in combination with Smartftp;

Leechftp:

http://stud.fh-heilbronn.de/~jdebis/leechftp/downloads.html

Smartftp:

http://www.smartftp.com/

Both FTP programs are very userfriendly.
LauraS

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 03-Dec-2003 10:53   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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I've found another freeware ftp client. This one's called "FileZilla" and it's opensource, and very quick. The homepage is at http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla .
Dave Smith

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Registered: 28-Dec-2003
Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 28-Dec-2003 17:26   in response to: LauraS in response to: LauraS
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Another thumbs up for FileZilla on Win32. If only there was a Mac version :(
LauraS

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Re: FTP Clients
Posted: 28-Dec-2003 23:27   in response to: Dave Smith in response to: Dave Smith
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Well it is OPEN SOURCE, so there is hope. Maybe you could find someone to port it accross to a Mac platform.
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