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Fetch 5.5 adds editing with any application, Quick Look, and rock-solid reliability by Jim Matthews

Etna, NH -- Fetch Softworks is delighted to announce Fetch 5.5, the new version of the original Macintosh file transfer program. Fetch 5.5’s improved editing support lets you edit any sort of remote file using any application.

You can also now use Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard's Quick Look technology to view many more kinds of remote files without leaving Fetch. Fetch's industry-leading file transfer engine has been upgraded to upload websites and other large collections of files with unprecedented reliability, completing users' vital tasks under conditions where other programs will stall or fail.

John Casey, head photographer at Casey Imaging and Fetch 5.5 beta tester, reports that “Our files must meet deadlines! The files can be big, and we can do without the frustration of FTP software stalling after three-quarters have been uploaded. Only Fetch allows us to be sure the files will get there each time, every time, on time.”

Fetch Softworks is simultaneously launching a completely new website at Created in collaboration with the acclaimed designers of Happy Cog Philadelphia and Joe Finocchiaro Design, the new site delivers easy navigation for an abundance of information and support options, along with a new company blog. Not to be left behind, the Fetch dog mascot has joined Twitter, posting helpful tips and answering questions at

Fetch 5.5 is a Universal binary, compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, including Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, and can be downloaded from

Fetch 5.5 is free to try for 15 days, and a single-user license is $29. Upgrades are free for customers who purchased Fetch after January 28, 2009; otherwise, upgrades are $10. Free licenses and upgrades are available for educational and charitable use.

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  • I take care of 3 websites including my own and Fetch is a rock solid programme, the newest features in 5.5 are amazing,being able to edit files or a Quick Look is awesome, thanks for a very reliable and safe programme.

    BryanOz June 3, 2009
  • I love Fetch (since Classic II days, though I started with Anarchie)!!!

    Quick Look – amazing.

    The background “woof” -still a favourite.

    Today I have been bamboozled by the update! Every time I right-click on an item to edit it, Fetch uses the “default” app it has assigned to the filetype. (Dreamweaver opened no fewer than 8 times – every time I forgot to navigate to the submenu).

    RCDefaultApp makes it possible to change my systemwide preferences (including Fetch’s default app association) but not on a per-file basis (like in the Finder). If there is to be an update to this release, please bring back the ability to set a single default editor or some method to select what the default should be per file.

    Fetch is still reliable and a delight to use. I almost wish I had server troubles to experience the thrill of the new engine!

    Jimmy June 3, 2009
  • Jimmy:

    You can hold down Option to be asked what editor to use, and you can check the “Remember this editor choice” to change the default for that file type. Currently there is no way to set a per-file editor; I’ll add that to our list of feature suggestions.


    Jim Matthews, Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews June 3, 2009
  • Thanks for the email announcement of Fetch 5.5. I have downloaded and installed it. Two questions: (1) I was never asked for my serial number that was granted for my educational/charitable purposes. Everything is OK I assume?!
    (2) During my first run of 5.5, I was not asked about installing the Fetch Dashboard widget – whatever that is. Did I miss something?
    Many thanks for the use of this creative software.

    Lawrence Matthews June 4, 2009
  • Hi Lawrence (we must be long-lost cousins!),

    Regarding your serial number, yes, everything is okay. If you choose About Fetch from the Fetch menu you should see it.

    Fetch will not ask about installing the Dashboard widget if you have a previous version installed; it will just update it. If you don’t have it installed, you can choose Install Dashboard Widget from the Fetch menu.

    Jim Matthews June 4, 2009
  • can i set fetch to sutomatically put a file to my website, i.e. everynight as a backup?

    thank you
    barry panter md

    barry panter June 8, 2009
  • Barry: yes, you can. I’d recommend reading this help topic:

    Scheduling automatic transfers with iCal on Mac OS X 10.5

    Contact support if you have any questions.

    Jim Matthews June 8, 2009
  • I use Fetch 4.0.3 and find it incredibly frustrating that fetch does not have a normal linear PROGRESS BAR, or any way of showing me that the internet connection has hung. The little dog icon needs to be animated and woof and say “hey, buddy you’re sitting there like an idiot looking at that blue ring – and wondering if your file is being uploaded – sucker!”

    chris everard June 16, 2009
  • Chris:

    I recommend trying Fetch 5.5. It will automatically resume stalled uploads, so you should not see that situation any more.

    Jim Matthews June 16, 2009
  • How do I change the default editors used for various file types? It is defaulting to Textdit for .php files and I need it to open in another editor (without having to use the Edit With menu, which doesn’t seem to have any keyboard equivalents?).

    David F July 26, 2009
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