All from within an intuitive and simple to use administration interface. DOCman makes offering downloadable documents on your Joomla site a breeze!
» Documents Listing. Easily create a list of downloadable documents for your site users using the build-in list and table layouts.
» Nested categories. Documents can be organized across infinite categories and subcategories.
» Easy Document Linking. Easily insert links to documents into articles using the DOClink editor plugin, you can even insert links to categories and menu items.
» Private documents. DOCman allows to share documents privately and securely with individual users using the build-in document ownership permissions.
» Joomla ACL support. DOCman makes full use of the Joomla permission system. You can set add, edit, delete, upload and download permissions for categories and documents.
» Access Level Inheritance. You do not need to set access permissions for each document and/or category. Access levels are inherited. This makes managing your access permissions a lot easier.
» Remote or Local Storage. Files can either be hosted locally or you can easily link to files stored on a remote server or external network drive.
» Drag & Drop Upload. You can upload multiple files at once or upload remote files from a URL. The file uploader has a built-in drag and drop area.
» Large file support. DOCman is capable of handling very large files (> 1GB). It can automatically resume interrupted downloads.
» Thumbnail Support. Generates thumbnails for every image, cache them and loading them all at once. Saves bandwidth and computing power.
» Internationalised. Full support for international filenames and folder names running on Joomla. Your files can now be named in your own language without any worries.
» Security. The built-in security measures avoid direct linking to files. Real paths to files are never displayed to users.
» Download Logging. Log downloads from logged in by time/date and track IP address, through our LOGman extension.
» Google Analytics. Keep track of document downloads and image views with our build-in support for Google Analytics.
» Document Submissions. Use DOCman to setup a file dropbox from the frontend of your site.
» Video streaming. DOCman has build in support for video and audio streaming.
» Document preview. DOCman leverages the PDF reading support in modern browsers and includes support for Google Document Viewer.
» Integrated Search. Documents can be searched by name and/or description. The search system integrates with Joomla standard search and smart search out of the box.
Snap! Crackle! Pop! Done.
I highly recommend. Support is awesome as well!
Thanks for the wonderful review and for being a long standing DOCman user and customer!
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This process takes a bit more time, but results in more simple to use extensions that really match the needs of our customers.
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I think this version is still a bit of a work in progress, and some things that were under 1.5 will hopefully still be included, but otherwise this continues to be a great product. It is one of the few extensions I have paid for, but it is worth it.
The extension worked fine and as I had set the permissions wrongly, the support team were more than eager to solve the problem for me.
The other thing is that DOCman is a great extension and I'm excited to see all the additional features of DOCman 2.0. It's worth all the work to upgrade.
I met a minor problem of layout. This is not due to DOCman but to the tool I used to make the template (Artisteer is not using Bootstrap unlike DOCman and Joomla). I contacted the team which was very active to analyse the problem and to try to find a solution. It seems that they might not find something reliable to overcome the Artisteer limitation (which is not under their control) but they committed to try to do so.
To summarise, the support service is really excellent. It may be considered as a normal thing for a commercial component but this is not seen everywhere.
I did have some issues migrating a couple hundred documents from a Joomla 1.5 site to a 3.2 site, mostly because of my haste and failure to understand the differences in the old and new components. But I received very prompt and correct support for my questions. I would highly recommend this component.
One part I was dreading was having to redo my entire document library from scratch.
Fortunately, the DocMan team have an "exporter" function for DocMan 1.5 (Joomla 1.5.x) and greater, and then an "import" function for the latest version.
Unfortunately, it didn't work, but within about two days of reporting the issue on their forum, the development team had diagnosed the problem, installed a patched version on my site and the export/import then worked flawlessly; all that remained was to copy across all the document files themselves. Many, many hours of work saved. This patch will apparently be in the next release, so hopefully everyone should have a smooth experience. All my categories and documents and descriptions seem to have come across flawlessly.
In terms of the component itself, it does pretty much exactly what you'd expect it to; it integrates well within Joomla and manages my documents very nicely.
Yes, it costs money, but you tend to get what you pay for...
The support from the Joomla Tools team has also been excellent. They've answered my questions quickly and jumped in to provide a patch where needed. This extension is well worth the money. Thanks for building a high quality product!
The DocMan 2.0 UI is even more user friendly. I enjoy the batch assignment of many files into one category, it is so much easier than in the old DocMan!
The support of the developers is also worth mentioning. I use DocMan 2.0, which is in state of RC right now (Dec 2013). Though it is really much better than DocMan 1.x, some features are still missing. The staff really took care of my issues and fixed them within 24 hours. This is what I call a support!!
I also managed to upgrade my DocMan content from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 3.x with their great migration tools.
If you handle with a lot of documents, buying a subscription will save you time and nerves ;).
I discovered a small bug in the DocLink editor plugin. The developers were very quick in answering, finding the bug, fixing it, and then providing instructions as to how to fix it before the next release.
As a Joomla developer, I know what good customer service looks like - and this is it! Great job guys on a great new version and incredible service.