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Fetch 5.6 for the Mac App Store by Jim Matthews

Etna, NH — Fetch Softworks is pleased to announce that Fetch 5.6, the latest version of the original Mac file transfer program, is now available from the Mac App Store.

Ever since pioneering the graphical Mac FTP client with its first release in 1989, Fetch has delivered unmatched simplicity and reliability to millions of users. The Mac App Store makes discovering and buying Fetch easier than ever before.

Fetch 5.6 supports FTP, FTPS and SFTP, the most popular file transfer protocols on the Internet, for compatibility with thousands of web hosting companies, publishers, pre-press companies and Internet service providers.

Fetch features include automatic restart of failed or stalled transfers, one-click editing of remote files with any application, Quick Look previews of remote files, folder mirroring, droplet shortcuts, automatic support for Zip, Tar, Gzip, StuffIt, and other common file formats, automating repetitive tasks with Automator actions and AppleScript recording, as well as extensive online help.

Pricing and Availability

Fetch 5.6 is available from the Mac App Store for US $28.99.

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  • Love Fetch… not sure about buying it on the Mac App Store though. Curious how the upgrade path will work. I do like the idea of updates being pushed down to me via the App Store though, and easily re-downloading programs if my computer crashes or I get a new one. $10 upgrade on the site is nice though… hmmm… choices, choices…

    Nick R. January 6, 2011
  • Hmmm…wonder why the App Store doesn’t recognize my Fetch installation like other apps I have. ???

    Jeff H. January 6, 2011
  • The App Store definitely offers a convenient purchase and update experience. We aren’t sure how the upgrade path will work for major upgrades; currently the App Store does not give us a way to offer a discount to customers who bought a previous version.

    Jim Matthews January 6, 2011
  • Hi Jeff,

    The App Store does not recognize your copy of Fetch 5.6 because its version number does not exactly match the version in the App Store (5.6.3).

    The only functional differences between the two are that the App Store version (5.6.3) uses the App Store for licensing and updating, and the App Store version does not include the Dashboard Widget (because it would not be allowed under App Store rules).

    In other words, if you already have Fetch 5.6, purchasing 5.6.3 from the App Store won’t get you any new features or bug fixes [other than being able to use the App Store to install future updates].

    Jim Matthews January 6, 2011
  • I love fetch, use it weekly and have version 5.6. I also love the idea of updates getting pushed automatically to me via the app store. Is there any way to rectify this situation? I never use the widget and really don’t want to pay for the app all over again.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Jonathan Kingston January 6, 2011
  • Unfortunately, we have no way to turn an existing Fetch license into an App Store purchase, so that you could get future updates through the App Store. It would be nice if Apple made that possible.

    Jim Matthews January 6, 2011
  • I love your program and I especially love your attitude, bravo!

    Richard Clark January 8, 2011
  • My company (small ad agency) is embarking on learning & using WordPress to build websites for clients, as opposed to farming this out to programmers. We will do our own SEO. Starting with 2 sites and will grow. I’ve been told we do need to “get & learn” an FTP client. But never have used an FTP. We are Mac OSX. Objectively, is Fetch a good way to go, and how is learning curve? Thanks.

    Joe H. March 15, 2011
  • What the devs of Cinch did, was let people buy the Mac App Store version, then show proof of purchase then reimburse the money. No harm done, but somewhat painful.


    Jden Redden March 15, 2011
  • Joe H.:

    Yes, Fetch is a good way to go. I’d recommend getting a free trial copy from and following the tutorials in Fetch Help.


    Thanks for that information about Cinch. That’s a very generous policy, since they are trading a full refund for 70% (their share of the app store sale).

    Jim Matthews March 15, 2011
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