The company I work for produces magazines and brochures. In this processes, we receive images from photographers and advertisers, usually through one of our FTP servers. The numbers of images transfered can range from a just few, to 300+.
For a small percentage of clients, FTP works just fine. It also works well for our designers who can access the uploaded files through our network, instead of having to connect to the FTP server to download the images.
The remaining clients struggle with setting up and using FTP. This brings me to my question.
Does anyone know of a file transferring service that will provide the following:
- An easy web based interface that support uploading a large amount of files. I'm not looking for clients to have to zip up a group a files, even though it isn't that difficult, and saves transfer time.
- An easy way for our designers to grab the files from the transfer service, i.e. not a bunch of download links in an email, which can be very cumbersome depending on the number of files; imagine doing this with 100 or more files.
- Does not depends on a roundabout method that increases overhead, such as a php script on a webserver that uploads files to a dropbox account, e.g. PHPDropBoxUploader http://wiki.dropbox.com/DropboxAddons/PHPDropboxUploader
I've looked at a few services, such as YouSendIt, but they do not provide what I am looking for, and don't seem to support a large number of files. The closest that I've come across is http://streamfile.com/, which provides FTP access to uploaded files, but lacks the upload interface I am looking for.
Although I could program something myself, I would rather save some time and use a service.