Pity this reviewer didn't trouble with any research before criticizing an application that gives excellent service to many users. During a download (and nowhere else) Remository is capable of displaying a message, and by default it displays advertising which makes a small contribution to the Remository project. Remository is one of very few major applications that is so far still completely free in all respects.
It is not difficult to find out that the download message is admin configurable through the standard Remository admin interface, and anyone who thinks advertisements are not appropriate can change them to something else or nothing at all. Although I would ask people who do that to make some contribution to the project.
The Remository HTML uses semantic markup, and a Remository CSS file. You can easily customize it, as has been done by many users. I don't doubt some things are missing, but Remository offers a huge range of functionality. It has also been consistently developed over many years and Remository 3.53 was released earlier this month. If progress is not fast enough for you perhaps you could make some contribution to the project.
I would like to see more plugin features for the extension, but overall a very nice option for those looking to manage large amounts of documents. We are looking at the "quick download" plugin now.
Although it was a little confusing at first, I sent Martin an email and within 30 minutes he got back to me. I stopped by the forum and searched for a couple of answers and had the whole thing up and running within a couple of hours.
It installed super-duper easy, looks great and was a cinch to get the permissions to work exactly as described and exactly as needed.
This was truly a joy to find and employ - excellent work!
*Does not do a clean install/uninstall, nor can it install or update all its extensions in a single package.
*Does not use the Joomla menu manager system properly and has no menu views to create. Appears to have major itemID issues which cause pain with common menu systems, core SEF and other SEF systems.
*Non-MVC and default views are extremely poor HTML/CSS.
*Backend interface is extremely cumbersome and poorly designed, making it difficult to manage a big repository with moderately complex permission rules.
*By default files are stored in the database as BLOBs. This is a unique feature, but for various reasons it should not be the default.
*Default icon set is unattractive old Mambo icons.
I would dispute much of this, and note that the author declined to reply to my email request for more and better details of his claims. A lot of this is opinion and ignores the fact that very many people find Remository a highly functional and valuable application. If the author has specific problems, I can only wonder why they have not troubled to raise them, since Remository has a busy forum as well as a robust ticket system for support.
Here are some of its features :
1- organize files into categories (containers)
2- Make special user groups
From joomla groups or selective users
3- set auto approve roles per category
4- set who can Download , Upload , Edit
5- auto link to data already on server
6- save files to file system OR DataBase
7- set allowed extensions
8- set extensions To play with plugins (audio - video) in light box or other way
9- set maximum uploads for users
and maximum upload space
10- set maximum downloads for users
And the Best feature :
You can edit the component to look as you want through editing php files trailing with (HTML)
which are optimized to be edited by users who has No experience with php .. Just 5 minutes of reading you can change the whole look of Remository
Finally the support is great
I was able to take out the "user upload" option (don't want that) and the "search files" option (don't need that). The only thing i want now is to take out now is the RSS option, but need to look at documentation on how to do that. Hopefully that is a quick change.
thanks for making a great product.
Had a slight issue with config file not saving properly but the developer responded within the same day and the issue was sorted within an hour, with an email communication trail all the way.
Thanks to the developer again for swift efforts - greatly appreciated.
And thanks for keeping Remository FREE!!
Thank you for the grudging praise. But the central comment here is simply wrong. I have just used "Add Files Already on Server" to add all the .jpg files from the Joomla /images directory structure. The results are visible in "Selected Images" folder at http://j15.joomlaguru.net. The operation ran flawlessly, using the current release of Remository, and took a few seconds. There is an extensive FAQ on this topic at http://remository.com/faq/remository-general/add-files-already-on-the-server/. I hope you will consider revising your review.