Introduction to NeoFM/FTP
NeoFM/FTP allows you to add sophisticated file management and FTP file transfer capabilities to your publications. Both management of local and remote files are supported in a single comprehensive plug-in. Files may be managed transparently in the background or interactively using an Explorer style file browser component. File browsers can be used to display the contents of local drives or remote FTP servers. Multiple browsers can be opened simultaneously, allowing files to be dragged from one location to another. Files can be dragged between local and remote locations (upload/download) or between two remote locations (site-to-site). You can even drag and drop of files to and from other Windows applications.
What is FTP?
Since NeoFM/FTP is a multi-purpose plug-in, it's certainly acceptable to use it only for its file management capabilities while completely ignoring its FTP side. However, should you decide to someday create an application that requires FTP, it's helpful to know a little bit about how it works. FTP, which stands for File Transfer Protocol, is a standard networking protocol used to exchange and manipulate files over the Internet. Protocol is a fancy word for language or a set of instructions. There are other ways to transfer files over the Internet, but FTP is widely used, reliable and efficient. If you have a website, FTP is the process that you use to upload the content (html pages, graphics, etc.) that make up your site. Fortunately, it's not necessary to understand exactly how FTP works in order to use it. NeoFM/FTP insulates you from much of the complexity and arcane terminology of FTP. Of course, learning the concepts and idiosyncrasies of FTP is a not trivial endeavor so don't expect to master it overnight.