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Sync Shortcuts using Dropbox (20 posts)

  • Started 4 years ago by KevinH
  • Latest reply 2 years ago from Fred
  • KevinH Member

    I use multiple Macs and would like to find a way to keep shortcuts in sync between two (or more) macs. Ideally something using a service like Dropbox. This works great for 1password and CyberDuck FTP but the Fetch FTP client interface I find more usable.

    Any solutions to setup an automatic sync?

    Posted 4 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi,

    Fetch stores its shortcuts in a file named com.fetchsoftworks.Fetch.Shortcuts.plist, in the Preferences folder inside the Library folder. I am not familiar with Dropbox -- would it let you sync a file in that folder?

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 4 years ago #

  • KevinH Member

    Yes think of it like .mec it will let you sync a folder or file. You'd move the folder to the dropbox root and then link it back to the location Fetch needs. Best if we can change fetch to just look in a new place for the shortcuts.

    Can the location be changed and if so will Fetch reload the file/shortcuts if that file gets updated while it's running?

    Posted 4 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    No, the location can't be changed, and Fetch does not expect the file to be changed while it's running. I will file a feature request to make it possible to sync Fetch shortcuts with Dropbox.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 4 years ago #

  • KevinH Member

    Any thoughts on when or if you'll allow Dropbox syncing?

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi Kevin,

    It's still on our list, but I'm afraid I don't have a release date to announce. Thanks for reminding us that people are waiting for this feature.

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Chris Member

    Seriously?, still no syncing plans. I am very disappointed that it has been over a year since this basic feature has been requested, and nothing :-(

    We really NEED some way to sync shortcuts. How hard can it be to move the pref file to a different location, i.e. Dropbox?

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi Chris,

    I appreciate your frustration. I wish that software development were faster, and that we did not have as many different claims on our development time.

    Dropbox shortcut syncing is high on our priority list, and steadily climbing higher as we tackle the items ahead of it. Could you check back in a month for an update? Hopefully there will be more to say then.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Chris Member

    Hi Jim,
    It's been a couple months and I am checking back on sync options. Has any progress been made for syncing shortcuts?

    Alternately I am going to try Yummy FTP as an alternative to Fetch.

    Thanks,
    Chris

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Chris, could you send an email to bugs at fetchsoftworks dot com?

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Luc Boone Member

    I'm having the same issue. Syncing is not a particularly easy thing to program from a software development perspective, but could you at least give users the option to download a backup copy of their shortcut list to ease the transition from Mac to Mac? I have well over 200 shortcuts to all my clients' sites and it's really not going to be fun re-entering all of those on my new Mac. Also, the file com.fetchsoftworks.Fetch.Shortcuts.plist is nowhere to be found in my Library > Preferences folder, or I would do it manually. Did the file location change with a recent update or something?

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Chris Member

    Hi Luc,
    An interim solution is to place your shortcuts file in dropbox and then you can open the file on any device that has access to your dropbox.

    Make sure you are looking for the shortcut file in the correct Library...
    /Users/Library not the Library folder on your root HD. Also worth noting is that if you are using Lion OS, the User Library folder is hidden. You can unhide it by entering the following into terminal.app (change <Username> to your username):

    chflags nohidden /Users/<Username>/Library

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi Luc,

    The location for the shortcuts file has not changed. As Chris noted, Lion hides the Library folder. One way to open it is to hold down the Option key and then pull down the Go menu in the Finder; the Library folder should be listed.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 3 years ago #

  • jshels Member

    Any update on this?
    Thanks,
    Jon

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • jshels Member

    Oops...just saw it does support Dropbox now...thanks!

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Yes, support for syncing shortcuts is one of the new features of Fetch 5.7, released today. You can download it at http://fetchsoftworks.com/fetch/download

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Ben Member

    But *how* do you sync shortcuts with dropbox? It isn't anywhere in the shortcut window, in any of the menus, or anywhere in the help. I've searched the FAQs and forums. It is listed as a major new feature, but is completely invisible. Please advise.

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi,

    Instructions for syncing shortcuts with Dropbox can be found here:

    http://fetchsoftworks.com/fetch/help/Contents/Tutorial/DropboxShortcuts.html

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • KevinH Member

    "Since Fetch stores passwords for shortcuts in your keychain, syncing your shortcuts file does not sync your passwords."

    Hmm that's really just a half solution then. Setting up a new computer means still having to re-enter or copy over the password part. Of course adding a new one is the same problem. 1Password+Dropbox works great and doesn't require this extra step when adding a new url/pass or setting up a new computer.

    Posted 2 years ago #

  • Fred Member

    Have the same problem here. I want to have all shortcut shared on a server but password should also be included. If we have to type the password on each station, it is not really usefull.

    The way I work at this time: I keep a old version of fetch (4.0.3: in this version, password are included in the shortcut list file not in the keychain) and keep shortcut list up-to-date, export it from this old fetch, and import it manually on each station (no mater the version of fetch). It is not perfect but it is faster than enter each ftp password on each station.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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