Hi all! first question here :D

Okay, so we have a client (print shop) who would like a way for clients to send large files to their existing FTP server.

Does anybody know of any free/open-source (or really good commercial) web-based FTP uploader and file managers we could install on their server so people could upload and manage their files without having to use a desktop-based FTP client?

Alternatively, if FTP is too tricky, are there any other web-based interfaces for storing large file (Amazon S3 is a possibility for sure)

Any help here would be appreciated, thanks in advance!

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I'm a big fan of dropbox:

https://www.dropbox.com/features

which allows for individual folders to be privately shared with clients.

Answered almost 9 years ago by Tony Crockford
  • ahhh I'm a HUGE fan of Dropbox (having an iMac, Netbook, and iPhone and soon an iPad for work it's a lifesaver) but we need a service or script that we can put on the clients actual website, allow them to upload to my clients server somehow. Dropbox, as software-as-a-service, would only allow them to upload and share it with my client. It might work, but it's not a very central location and would force everybody to get their own dropbox accounts, or to have access to our clients :-/ innovati almost 9 years ago
  • Dropbox is good and very handy, but using it may breach your client's security processes/procedures: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/04/19/dropbox-under-fire-for-security-concerns/ danwellman about 8 years ago
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Your best bet would probably be a Java applet. There are several FTP Java applets available:

Answered almost 9 years ago by Josh Mock
  • I'll check those out right away, lets not forget http://bash.org/?338364 hehe this might be the route we end up taking. I'll let you know how my research goes innovati almost 9 years ago
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Dropbox doesn't work for me unless I either demand each client get her own dropbox and teach them to share their files with me, or give them all access to my clients single dropbox

I have a folder in my dropbox for each client and share it with that client. They can't see anyone else's folder.

I was suggesting your client got a dropbox account and did the same (one folder per client, shared only with that client)

I appreciate that this would mean every client of theirs would need a dropbox account too, so I'll have a look at relay, sounds good...

Answered almost 9 years ago by Tony Crockford
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Sounds like Simple2FTP would be perfect for you. Check it out at www.Simple2ftp.com Steve

Answered about 8 years ago by Steve
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Dropbox doesn't work for me unless I either demand each client get her own dropbox and teach them to share their files with me, or give them all access to my clients single dropbox, where they could access each others files as well (I wouldn't want to risk accidental deletion, plus that seems like a breach in customer privacy as not everything printed is intended for public viewing)

Great launching pad @JoshMock, I looked at those and they were much closer to what I wanted, but still 'clunky' it seemed.

What we settled on, I'm posting here for posterity, was an AJAX directory manager called Relay.

It allows you to create different users with different permissions to write in folders. You can upload files, and download files. One neat feature is the ability to queue a number of files for download and then simply download a .zip generated by the server of all of the files you have selected.

http://ecosmear.com/relay/

it's free and worth a check-out for anybody with the same issue. All of the suggestions by @JoshMark and @TonyCrockford were good, thanks so much for your guidance fellows!

Answered almost 9 years ago by innovati
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@Tony ahh, I'm a long-time but infrequent dropbox user and I only use it on the desktop, thanks for the tip - I will look into drop-box on the web a little more. I hadn't realized it had this functionality.

I like how smoothly Dropbox DOES integrate with the desktop, which would certainly be advantageous to a print shop - in theory they COULD all mount the dropbox share on their desktops and that would be even more intuitive than them pulling down files from their own FTP all the time. Perhaps this could be an innovative solution afterall!

Answered almost 9 years ago by innovati