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  • Started 8 years ago by Eliza-westover
  • Latest reply 8 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • Eliza-westover Member

    Hi there. I just purchased fetch, and wonder if it is compatible with my system. I have text edit 1.2 (v185) and when I open my webpage with it, the content is read-only. It does let me enter text at the bottom, but the content that is already there is locked. when I try and save, it says I can't save html, and when I save it as is, and change the extension to html, that doesn't work at all. I wasn't planning on buying more software...

    Eliza
    Westover Heights Clinic

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    The problems lie more with TextEdit than Fetch.

    While we don't know why your HTML files are opening as read-only in TextEdit (I tried and couldn't duplicate that), the message about being unable to save in HTML in TextEdit is normal.

    While TextEdit can read in HTML, it cannot write it back out. It can only save things as plain text or RTF (Rich Text Format). So when you save your file with a new name, it saves it in RTF format, which web browsers cannot understand. So even if you could make changes, there would be no way to save them properly using TextEdit.

    Since TextEdit cannot save files as HTML, you should probably use a different editor to make changes to your webpages. TextWrangler is a nice, and free, text editor from BareBones software. You can learn more about it and download it from <http://www.barebones.com/products/textwrangler/>.

    However, TextWrangler is not a graphical HTML editor; you'd need to be comfortable editing the HTML code directly. There are also a variety graphical HTML editing programs for the Macintosh out there, however most of them are not free.

    If you decide to use TextWrangler (or another editor), see the Changing the application a file opens with topic in Fetch Help for information about making your downloaded files open in the new application.

    Please let us know if this does not help. Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • Eliza-westover Member

    Thanks Scott. This looks great. Hadn't realized from the BB website that they offered Wrangler. I've got MacOS 10.2.8, but it requires 10.3 or higher. Any suggestions other than upgrading the operating system?

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Eliza,

    I'm sorry, I didn't realize that TextWrangler required Mac OS X 10.3.

    BareBones does still offer their previous free product, BBEdit Lite, for download, although they kind of discourage you from using it since it has been superseded by TextWrangler. Nevertheless, you can download BBEdit Lite from http://www.barebones.com/products/bblite/index.shtml and it will work with Mac OS X 10.2.8, and shouldn't mangle your HTML files.

    Let us know if that works for you.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 8 years ago #

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