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text editor selection (8 posts)
- Started 9 years ago by mollytheduck
- Latest reply 1 year ago from Jim Matthews
I'm "trying" Fetch, but hven't purchased it yet. I tried to designate a text editor and an image editor in the "Obscure" section of Fetch Preferences (i.e., "Edit text files with" and "Edit images with"), but it doesn't give me any options except "None." Is this because it's the trial version? Would appreciate a quick response.
Scott McGuire Administrator
First some background on the editors in Fetch...
Fetch makes a distinction between editing and opening a file in another application. When you edit a file with Fetch, Fetch opens the file in the selected application so you can make changes to it, and then when you save the file in the application, it saves your changes back to the server automatically, instead of to your local hard drive.
Only certain applications support saving files back to the server via Fetch, so Fetch only lists those applications as choices for editing applications. It's possible that you don't have any of those installed. An example of a supported text editor is BBEdit; the only supported image editor is GraphicConverter.
If you are just looking for a way to automatically open documents in an application after you download them - instead of saving them back to the server after editing - then you can choose any application to do that, but you set those preferences elsewhere.
For further information about setting up editors, see the Why can't I choose my favorite application for editing files? FAQ topic in Fetch Help.
For more information about how to open any kind of file in any other application when you download it or double-click on it in Fetch, see the opening files automatically after downloading topic in Fetch Help.
Let us know if you still have more questions. Thanks,
Thanks Scott --
That partially answered my question. Using the "Edit" feature will be sufficient for my purposes (a client wants to make simple text changes to web pages), but I'm trying out the trial version of Fetch right now. When I select a file from the server and then select "Edit," I get the message "No image or text editor is available. You can choose a text editor and an image editor in the Obscure panel of the Fetch Preferences."
The drop-down lists in Preferences for selecting a text an image editor don't allow me any choices except "None." Is this because it's the trial version? If so, does the full version allow you to browse for the application or does it appear automatically in the drop-down list if you have it installed? What other text editors are supported other than BBEdit? I'm looking for the simplest one that Fetch supports.
I'd like to know this before recommending Fetch to my client.
Scott McGuire Administrator
First, just to clarify - the trial version of Fetch is not limited in any way. It is has identical functionality and behavior to the purchased version.
So no, the text and image editor pop-up menus in the Obscure preferences pane do not offer an "Other" option even after you purchase Fetch because they require a specific feature in the editor application, so even if you could choose any application, most would not work correctly (in that they would not automatically save your changes back to the server). We decided it was better to not offer the option to choose an unsupported editor.
Yes, there are several other text editors that support the Edit command besides BBEdit. Most notably another one is TextWrangler, which is a free (and simpler) text editor made by the same company that produces BBEdit. The other supported text editors are: AlphaX, CSSEdit, Jedit X, mi, Page Spinner, Pepper, Smultron, Style, SubEthaEdit, Tag, Tex-Edit, and TextMate.
If none of those are suitable, your client can set Fetch to open text files in any application using the Transfer Options section of the info window in Fetch. But they'd have to remember to re-upload the files when they were done editing.
Let us know if you have other questions during your evaluation. Thanks,
[This message has been edited by ScottMcGuire (edited 10-06-2005).]
It's a shame that Fetch can't use OSX's TextEdit. I updgraded Fetch for this reason. Now, with the way I operate, I don't see a difference between version 4, which was FREE and this one which now it looks like I have to pay for.
Scott McGuire Administrator
Fetch cannot use Mac OS X's TextEdit as an editor helper because it does not provide the necessary support to work with the Fetch Edit command. Fetch 4 could not use TextEdit as an editor either. Unfortunately this is not something we have control over. Fortunately, there are several other free text editors - listed above - that do work with the Fetch Edit command.
You can set files to be opened in TextEdit after downloading, you just cannot have them be saved back to the server automatically.
We're sorry if you feel that Fetch 5 is not worth the upgrade price - we feel we have added many useful features and improved the user interface. However, Fetch 4.0.3 continues to work with even the latest version of Mac OS X, so if you feel that Fetch 4 suits your needs, you can continue to use it.
George Thengummoottil Member
I don understand why even dreamweaver is not supported by fetch. I used to use dreamviewer to edit files from cuteftp and fireftp.
Jim Matthews Administrator
You should be able to use Dreamweaver to edit files with the latest version of Fetch. Have you tried it?
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