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  • Started 10 years ago by motorchicked
  • Latest reply 10 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • motorchicked Member

    I'm wondering if I use this FTP program in OS9... Will I be able transfer Freehand 10 and 8 files without corruption?
    I have had a problem transferring from my OS10.3.6 in Captain FTP 3.3 to my place of work where they use Mac9 and Freehand 8. The files seem to transfer ok, then do not open.

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    You should not have any trouble, provided that the files are transfered in the right format and mode.

    If your office uses Macs you might consider transfering the files in MacBinary III format. That will preserve all Mac-specific information (such as the file type and creator). It will mean that the files will have to be decoded on the receiving end (e.g. by dropping them on StuffIt Expander).

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • motorchicked Member

    Well I tried Fetch... the files still could not be opened. I did make sure they were transferred in MacBinary.

    I am sending to my company in another state, to a non-mac FTP which then gets transferred to a mac, eventually. They donb't have MAC OSX, they are still in 9.

    One freelancer can send a Freehand 10 file created in OS X (earlier than mine). He transferrs by FTP from MAC 9, or Classic, I'm not sure.

    A third freelancer has just upgraded his MAC and now his Freehand 10 files cannot be opended after transferring by FTP.

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • motorchicked Member

    More info? .....What can I tell you?

    I am on a MAC PowerPC G4 800 MHz, Memory 512 MB SDRAM, I mostly use Photoshop 7, Freehand 10, Illustrator 10, Safari 1.2.4 (v125.11), Mail 1.3.9 (v619).
    I tried Captain FTP 3.3, and Fetch and now Transmit 2.6.2 and still cannot read those freehand 10 files. I have tried exporting them to Freehand 8 which didn't work.

    A co-worker told me the fTP has a lot of viruses floating around in the FTP.

    I am in no way geek. I am an artist. My husband has given me advise, as has my son...both of them do pretty well in the geek department. But we are coming up short here.

    ! I was able to FTP a Freehand file to Ohio, then transfered it back to me, and I COULD open it.
    So that may be a clue.

    Karen

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Just to clear one thing up, I don't know of any viruses that affect FTP transfers, so I would not worry about that.

    Let's take this step by step. If you upload a file to your company in MacBinary III format, does the file get a name ending in .bin? (it should)

    When the file eventually gets to a Mac at that location, does the name still end in .bin? If so, if the person on that end drops the file on StuffIt Expander do they get a file they can open in Freehand?

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • motorchicked Member

    Here's a question.
    I have a more updated version of Stuff-It because of using Mac OS 10.3.6, than do the people where I work. They have OS 9 so they have Stuff-It 9.2.2, I don't know if this makes a difference, does it? The files do have to go through the non-mac based part of our company first. All I know about is through the FTP system. None of the Macs there are able to get mail.

    Also, I was able to "Archive Zip" (I just learned about this) a Freehand 10 file that was exported to .fh7 AND send it to them by email! The were able to opne it!! WOW. I had tried emailing before, and they couldn't open them when thet were just sent without compressing. Also I had tried Stuff-It. Interesting huh.

    Thanks for your post. I will definately use MacBinary lll. I'll try it and let you know.

    Posted 10 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Any version of StuffIt can decode MacBinary, so that should work. I don't know why emailing StuffIt'ed files did not work (or why emailing Freehand files did not work).

    Let me know how it goes with MacBinary,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 10 years ago #

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