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Is it posible to view local and remote files in one window? (10 posts)
- Started 2 years ago by scott
- Latest reply 5 months ago from ac
I am used to viewing local and remote files in one window. Think Filezilla, ws_ftp, Dreamweaver, etc.
How do I do this with Fetch?
I used Fetch years a go and just purchased it for security reasons (like the secure connections and keychain aspects). But, I am not used to the default view and am not sure I want to use it this way. I downloaded (get) a file from a server and have no idea where it went.
Scott McGuire Administrator
Thanks for purchasing Fetch!
Fetch does not have a view of local files in its window; it only shows the files on the server.
However, you can open a window on your Mac's hard drive, and then drag files between the Mac window and the Fetch window to transfer them - drag from the Mac Finder window to the Fetch window to upload, and drag from the Fetch window to the Mac Finder window to download.
When you use the Get button or Get command, Fetch will download your files to the folder set as your download folder in the Fetch preferences. By default this is usually your "Downloads" folder. You can check the setting by going to the Fetch menu, choosing Preferences, clicking the Download tab, and seeing what folder the "Save download files to" preference is set to.
But it sounds like dragging and dropping between the Fetch window and a Mac Finder window might be more what you want to do.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
I REALLY wish Fetch would incorporate a local view, too. I like the rest of the Fetch interface so much more than Filezilla (which I recently downloaded for a class), but the local and remote windows of Filezilla/DW. I use Fetch for my non-site managed things. I use DW so much, I'm used to dragging and dropping within one window.
Jim Matthews Administrator
Thanks, TJ, for that feedback.
I'm sorry this is ridiculous that you would not include both local and remote. I'm assisting a friend and told him to forgo this software because it's like working in the dark with one eye open. This is a surprise to me bc I used this software years ago and it wasn't like this. It was my primary FTP and as TJ said, Fetch needs to rethink this bc developers can not afford to waste the time doing what you advised,
One reason I want a dual pane is that I can verify that my site structure is the same in both my local folder and in my remote folder. Yes, I can open a finder window, and blah blah blah, but it's so much better when I can view them in one window, side by side. Almost every other FTP client out there provides this functionality, but Fetch is one of the vey few that doesn't. I would expect the single pane in a free app, but I paid for Fetch. I'm actively looking for another option, even if I have to pay for it.
I used Fetch in the mid-90s and loved it. I've installed Fetch numerous times since but each time have realized the interface doesn't include both local and remote files in the main window. This is a must for me. My company manages over 100 websites and we're constantly flipping back and forth between them making changes. Setting one download folder in Preferences does not work. I'd be willing to forgo some functionality in favour of the great features Fetch has, but showing a remote-only window is an obstacle I can not work with. FileZilla was my second choice; it's faster than Dreamweaver's FTP, but the interface is hideous and now it no longer works properly for me in Mountain Lion. I continue the search ....
It's been a year. No movement on this. So I can't really recommend that my web developer friends drop $30 on the software. In fact, if they talk about the software, I warn them about Fetch's shortcoming and suggest they look elsewhere. Filezilla's interface still sucks, so I pretty much just use DW. I rarely open Fetch. A quick search of Google has revealed 7 free FTP products, and other alternatives to Fetch for about the same price, or much less.
Jim Matthews Administrator
I apologize that we still don't have this feature.
I completely agree with everyone else here. I bought 2 licenses of Fetch (2 macs) and am regretting it. No local view is a dealbreaker. Without it, my productivity has screeched to a near-halt and I'm losing a lot of wasted time and money fighting with viewing files in their proper place, switching between windows to upload/download and confirm tree structure etc.
Come on, folks. If you're going to charge people for software, shouldn't it at least be as functional as the free alternatives out there???
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