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File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an easy way to transfer files between computers using the Internet. FTP is often used to transfer files back and forth when developing web pages and is commonly used to download software or other files to your computer from other networks. In the print communications industry, FTP is a standard tool used by customers to deliver project files to the printer for PostScript output, and for the printer to deliver PDF "soft proofs" back to the customer.
When using FTP, you use a client software application to connect to the server from which you want to download, or to which you plan to upload. Many web browsers, including Microsoft's Internet Explorer, can act as FTP clients, providing you with easy-to-use interfaces to login, provide a password if required, and select the files to upload or download.
If you want to deliver files to Holland Litho, just call. We can provide you with the links, log-ins, and know-how to get you up-and-running with FTP file delivery in just a few minutes. We would be happy to help!
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol HTTP is mostly used as a method of transmitting information. Most URLs (a.k.a. Uniform Resource Locator, the location of an Internet destination) start with http or its more-secure sibling, https. Just look at the URLs of just about every website, and you will most likely find http or https at the beginning. HTTP is the primary protocol used to access web pages and submit forms and other information via the web.
As an aside, while acronyms such as HTTP are usually typed with all-uppercase letters, you should use only lowercase letters when typing a web URL. We therefore refer to the protocol's acronym as HTTP, but type it http://www.google.com/ when accessing the Google search engine, for example.
Since FTP maintains a connection throughout the transfer, it can be a more reliable, and faster way to deliver a large file or set of files than just posting it to a file directory on a web server. You also eliminate the need to do periodic clean-up of your own file server by just FTPing your files to ours! If you have any questions or are a little confused, just call us. We would be happy to help you determine the best way to deliver your files online.