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Fetch on Lion by Jim Matthews

We are pleased to report that Fetch 5.6, the current release, works well with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

We have identified two compatibility issues that may affect some users:

  • The Fetch Dashboard Widget does not work under Lion, and we recommend that users use droplet shortcuts instead.
  • Due to a bug in Automator in Lion, users may see -1708 errors when opening or saving Automator workflows including certain combinations of Fetch Automator actions. We have reported this problem to Apple, and hope it will be addressed in a future system update.

In other news:


  • Hi Melanie,

    What version of Fetch are you running?

    Jim Matthews August 11, 2011
  • Version 5.6.

    Melanie Quintana August 12, 2011
  • I have upgraded to Lion and decided to check for Fetch updates and it seems like the process never completes. It just sits there searching until I cancel it, a bug?

    Noel August 17, 2011
  • Hi Noel,

    I just tried checking for updates a couple times, and it took about a second. Could you try again? If it still takes a long time, could you contact support at ?


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews August 17, 2011
  • Hello.

    It’s come to my attention that in terms of performance and UI appeal Fetch is decisively behind the pack.

    Are there any plans to overhaul the UI for the next major release? Will there be new features introduced such as auto-file sync and online bookmark synchronization in the near future?

    Any other features unique to Fetch that we can look forward to??

    Thanks for your answer.

    George Knapp September 9, 2011
  • Hi George,

    I make it a policy not to comment on future releases until they are ready, but I can say that we are aware of and are working on the issues you mention.

    I would like it if you could provide more specifics on what you’d like to see in the way of “auto-file sync”. That could help us as we set our priorities for future versions. You can reply here, on our message board, or by email.


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews September 9, 2011
  • Dear Jim,

    Thank you very much for your answer. Glad to hear that your company is working on some of these issues as I’ve been a fan of your app for many years and would very much like to upgrade my license when the next major version is out.

    In terms of auto-file sync, I meant the ability to synchronize a folder on one’s desktop with a folder online through FTP of course. Transmit does this, and I have to admit I’ve had to cheat on Fetch in the past in order to take advantage of this feature as it makes certain extremely tedious tasks (such as updating a Joomla site with hundreds of folders) much easier.

    In other words, it would be nice if we could select an FTP folder, then select its corresponding folder on our local hard drive, and be able to synchronize the items inside each folder. Newer items would be copied from our hard drive and would replace their older counterparts on the server. I hope this makes sense.

    There is also an area where I feel Fetch has a chance to leap forward and leave its competition trailing behind: bookmark synchronization. Let us have shortcuts sync’d across multiple computers, so that we can work from home, at the office, or on the go, and always have access to them without having to think about it.

    These are just some ideas from a loyal customer. Thanks for responding to me!


    George September 9, 2011
  • Hi George,

    Thanks for that additional feedback. For file sync take a look at the Mirror command ( Does that do what you need?

    We definitely want to support shortcut synchronization between computers. If you would like to volunteer to test that feature please email and we’ll contact you when it’s ready for testing.


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews September 9, 2011
  • Hi, I was running snow leopard and fetch without a problem. I upgraded to Lion without really thinking of the issues it would cause (there have been lots with various things I run). However I just tried to log on to Fetch to update my website and it won’t recognise my password and says it doesn’t match the server? I have no idea what this is about, I have tried every password it could possibly be. I was actually still running and older Fetch, but I am now using 5.6 but still have the problem. Have you heard of this before?
    Thanks Nancy

    nancy September 17, 2011
  • Hi Nancy,

    Fetch just sends the password to the server; it’s the server that decides whether it is correct. So you should contact the company that runs the server — i.e. your web hosting provider — and have them reset the password.

    These problems happen from time to time. It’s just a coincidence that it happened to you at the same time that you upgraded to Lion.


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews September 17, 2011
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