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Editing files automatically instead of downloading (6 posts)

  • Started 7 years ago by swilmore
  • Latest reply 7 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • swilmore Member

    Hi --

    Fetch's instructions for editing files automatically instead of downloading call for selecting "Edit the File" in the "After transferring a file like this" section of the Transfer Options (after selecting the file type and Remote > Get Info).

    I see no such option, only "Save the file" or "Save and open the file".

    What am I missing??

    Thanks for any help!
    Sandy

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Sandy,

    That most likely means that you do not have any of Fetch's preferred editors installed. The Fetch Edit feature only works with certain editors that provide support for the Fetch Edit command.

    For more information, see the Why can't I choose my favorite application for editing files? entry in the FAQ.

    If you are editing a text file, TextWrangler from Bare Bones Software is a good, free text editor that works with Fetch, but the FAQ entry lists a variety of others as well.

    Please let us know if you are still having a problem or have further questions after looking over this information. Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • swilmore Member

    Hi Scott and thanks for the information.

    I downloaded TextWrangler and did see the "Edit with" option appear. After getting an error message from TextWrangler I wanted to try jEdit, but Fetch failed to recognize the application. I tried the instructions at <http://www.fetchsoftworks.com/FetchWebHelp/Contents/Tutorial/FixingLaunchServices.html>, but first options didn't help and the script did not function.

    Please let me know if there's an update on this issue, otherwise I'll make do with TextWrangler!

    Thanks again-- Sandy

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Sandy,

    I suspect the problem with jEdit is that you got the wrong jEdit. Fetch supports the Macintosh-only Jedit X, not the cross-platform, Java-based jEdit. Sorry about that; I hadn't realized there were two text editors with such similar names out there.

    If you were trying to use Jedit X and it wasn't showing up, let us know; I tried it and it seemed to work.

    What error did you get when you tried to use TextWrangler? We can investigate that and try to figure out what the problem is.

    If you are looking for a free Macintosh text editor that is not TextWrangler, you might want to look at Smultron.

    Let us know if you have more questions. Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • swilmore Member

    Jedit X works wonderfully, thanks Scott!

    The error I get from TextWrangler was "Incorrectly formed UTF-8". I saw on the Jedit sight mention of handling UTF-8 files, so I thought it might do better. It's miraculous to me that it did, since I know VERY little about these gory details ;0)

    I will have to check out Smultron as well.

    Best--
    Sandy

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Sandy,

    My guess is that TextWrangler is more strict about how it interprets UTF-8 files than Jedit X, and there may be some slight error in the file that it's warning you about.

    But if Jedit X is working and the file looks fine, then there's probably nothing to worry about.

    Let us know if you have more questions. Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 7 years ago #

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