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Need Program to Search/display Images that reside on a webhosting server

I have 20,000+ jpeg images which reside on a VPS server with a webhosting company. I am looking for a program (with functionality similar to Windows Photo Gallery) that will allow my users to search into this folder on the web and display thumbnails of files in this folder which meet any filename criteria input (exact or partial filename, without having to enter the .jpg). It is important that this software cannot alter the images on the VPS server but will allow an image to be saved/downloaded to the local computer.

If Windows Photo Gallery would allow you to specify a folder on the web to search into, that would be perfect. But it does not. Can anyone suggest to me a piece of software like this? My O/S is Windows Vista.
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Jackie ManCommented:
Picture Viewer Max may help but I have not yet tried it.

http://www.accessoryware.com/pictview.htm
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you will have to create your own photo gallery and pre-create the thumbnails. Why pre-create the thumbnails because in order to create a thumbnail you have to access the complete original image.

gallery, coppermine photo gallery,
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mfhptAuthor Commented:
From what I can tell, Picture Viewer will only allow a specific image display from an internet location. Internet Explorer will do the same thing. I need a product that will allow search capability into the entire folder based on a partial filename query. Access to this folder requires ftp.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
I realize what you want but it is NOT possible for the reasons that I stated
(1) for any local software to generate a small image / thumbnail it has to download the ENTIRE image to create this file.

what are you supposed to be searching on? EXIF data? dimensions? filename?

You could create a set of contact sheets (collections of thumbnails) and have the user download this contact sheet, then from their ftp client download the appropriate files, using the pattern matching capabilities of the ftp client.
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