Need help to test FTP component
- Hi everyone,
I'm putting the final touches to my next Album Express release. The beta
version has a new FTP component in it, which is used to upload files to a
remote host. I've only got a few more days left to test this and hope some
of you might be interested to help me.
The current beta release (#8) is very stable. You can download it from the
The FTP component becomes available once you have built an album. It is
displayed on tab #4.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
Eric G.V. Fookes
Author of NoteTab, Mailbag Assistant, and Album Express
http://www.fookes.com/ and http://www.notetab.com/
- Hi Eric,
I downloaded and installed AE beta to test FTP utility.
I upload to Apache webservers configured for virtual hosts. I usually
use WS_FTP, so that is the interface I am familiar with.
It took me about half an hour to learn exactly how to use the FTP
utility included with AE beta. The method I usually use (and did in
this case) is to try to intuit how from the interface, at least a few
tries, and if unsucessful then try to understand the help docs. I am
thinking most *consumer* users operate this way, so I try to design
interfaces that make the help docs auxillary rather than essential.
I believe this is your goal as well, judging from your work which I
have followed for awhile. I like your straightforward interfaces, and
your *signature* tab method (notice which way the web is going...).
My suggestions regard (Tab 4) HTML folder and Media folder:
These were the most confusing to me. It took a few tries to determine
that these need full paths entered, especially when using a UserID
and password assigned to someone for folder access way down from the
root (WS_FTP allows to use root IP for HostName, then ID and pw for
anyone with some access, and then opens to the folder they have
access to. I could not get the AE FTP utility to do this.).
That being the case, I believe it would work better to have each on
its own line (row) with a full-width textbox (e.g. Profile name).
Loading to a virtual host can require a long path.
If the above is used, I would go ahead and use the extra label width
to clarify their use, e.g.:
Remote HTML folder (full path required)
Remote Media folder (full path required)
I would then add appropriate notes to Help docs with examples:
Remote HTML folder: Full path required, for example:
Remote Media folder: Full path required, for example:
It would also be helpful to add the above to the Information Panel
content for Tab 4 (when FTP is active).
I hope this helps.