Anybody who has ever bought web hosting knows that web-based file management is severely deficient. I myself almost always give up and just fire up WinSCP. But hope is on the horizon: Relay is a very slick PHP-based directory manager that uses Ajax to streamline file management tasks. It features expanding/collapsing folders, drag-and-drop for moving files, a nice File Information block that, among other things, displays a thumbnail if you select an image, and a progress bar for uploads. My favorite feature, though, is the “Download Cart,” which you can drop several files into and then download them all in a .zip file or get them e-mailed to you. One thing that seems to be missing, though, is the ability to select multiple files at once. Relay requires a server with PHP 4+, MySQL 4+, Apache 2.0, and Perl 5.8.0 (for upload progress). It’s open source and free to download, but you can try out a live demo at the Relay web site.
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