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sending links (I'm new to Fetch and ftp) (6 posts)

  • Started 8 years ago by gary
  • Latest reply 8 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • gary Member

    I recently switched from PC based system to MAC. I'm on Tiger 10.4.8.

    I was wondering how to send a link to clients from the Fetch client that would allow them to view a QT movie without them having to enter a password or anything. Just a simple link they click on that would open the movie in QT or WMV. Is that possible to do?
    Thanks, Gary

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Gary,

    If you upload your files to a server that acts as a web server as well as an FTP server, you should be able to send them a web link to the files that do not require a password.

    Currently Fetch copies only FTP links, which usually require a username and password, and you want a web (HTTP) link. For now, you'll have to use a web browser to get the web links, although we are looking into ways to do that with Fetch.

    The problem is that you cannot automatically turn an FTP link into an web link, because usually the format of the links is different, even though they refer to the same files on the same server. And not all servers turn FTP links into web links the same way.

    So our best advice for now is to upload your files to a web server, and then use a web browser to get the links to those files to send to your clients. If you are unsure of the proper web address to get to those files, your hosting provider can probably tell you what it is.

    Out of curiosity, did you used to do this on the PC? And if so, how did you solve the problem, or what software did you use, on the PC? We'd like to know so we can investigate offering a similar function in Fetch.

    Let us know if this helps or if you have more questions. Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • gary Member

    Thanks, Scott-

    I have my movie segments currently mounted on the PC client FileZilla. I simply type a web link in the http://(domain name/movie seg) fashion and email the link. I currently subscribe to server space on GoDaddy.
    I worked at a company where we subscribed to server space on Playstream which was MAC friendly and they had a function where the web links were a a simple click to make and send. Loved it.
    So you're saying I should be able to do the same thing with Fetch in the future? Looks like I'll have to mount the movies on the PC client for now.

    Gary

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Gary,

    Thanks for the information.

    Just to clarify, when you used FileZilla on the PC, did you upload your files to another server (such as GoDaddy), or did you just point it at files already on your hard drive, and you didn't need to move them anywhere?

    And I read about Playstream (now called VitalStream, apparently), and I believe you could use Fetch to upload your files to it.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • gary Member

    Scott

    I had to move the files.
    I drag and drop into FileZilla the movies from a folder on my PC hard drive that I want to upload to the server space on GoDaddy. Simple as that. I have a couple GBs of server space and that's where the movies live for web link access. They're QT and .wmv formats as well as .pdf files.
    I used Fetch to upload to Playstream a few years back for a particular project. That's how I became familiar with the Playstream interface. I didn't know they had a name change...probably got bought. i'll have to check them out newly.
    If you can get your code writers to add web link capabilities to Fetch, that would be a real plus (at least for this one editor).
    I'm still a little unclear how to convert ftp links to web links. thanks....

    Gary

    Posted 8 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi Gary,

    From your description, you should be able to use Fetch exactly as you used FileZilla - connect to GoDaddy with Fetch, drag and drop your files from the Mac hard drive into Fetch, and then they'll be available in your web space for web links, just as they were before.

    Perhaps I'm misunderstanding, and if so, my apologies - but please let me know what Fetch isn't doing that Filezillia did; perhaps what you want is already in Fetch and we just haven't done a good job of communicating how to do it.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 8 years ago #

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