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.
Plus the populate plugin is a lifesaver.
I tried upgrading DOCman version 1.5x to 1.6x with the export/import tools provided by Joomlatools but encountered a database error.
It turned out that the problem was with my old database, not the extension, and Johan had a fix for me in an hour.
It would be nice if all extension developers would respond within hours (not days or weeks).
Kudos to Johan and the Joomlatools team.
Is rather complex and not so polished as other extensions
We are in search of a non-commercial replacement
Thanks for your review. We believe DOCman is a very easy to use document manager for Joomla. DOCman could be a little bit too complex if you are just looking to offer file downloads.
To solve this problem. We are working on FILEman, a file and download manager for Joomla. FILEman alllows you to quickly and easily upload and manage your files and make them available for download through your websites. All with a few clicks.
FILEman is currently in beta and is available as part of our Joomlatools subscription. More info : http://blog.joomlatools.eu/2011/11/under-the-hood-of-fileman.html
Thanks for your review. I would like to clarify the change to a subscription model.
Previously customers bought an individual version of DOCman and got updates and support for that version. For example if you bought DOCman 1.5, you got support and updates for all DOCman 1.5.x versions.
With the new subscription service customer buy a subscription for a year 12 months and that subscription includes access to all our products and support service within those 12 months.
DOCman 1.5 customers continue to receive updates and don't need to upgrade to a subscription unless they want to get access to DOCman 1.6 for Joomla 1.7/2.5.
I hope this helps to clarify.
Joomlatools Managing Director
I recommend to check long track records of non-comercial activity before trapping yourself with a component. You will never be sure, but long experience may help in make a choose. If you are prepared to pay, I recommend it.
I thought I wouldn't be wanting to pay for many Joommla! items; but this was definitely worth it!
I give this DocMan tool a complete and unreserved recommendation.
I have just launched a site - its a resource Kit for teachers with over 360 downloadable files in doc and pdf format in over 20 categories.
This is a document management system not a file management system which means the file repository is held in one folder. I have had no issues with this, although it took me a while to feel comfortable doing it this way.
I found the Docman Populate feature invaluable in categorising the files for the Document management.
The ability to embed the file pathways into article and modules using Doclink was also invaluable.
This module enabled us to efficiently deploy the site in a cost effective way for the client.