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!
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.
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).
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?).
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.
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.
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!)