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Fetch 5.7

Fetch 5.7 is compatible with Intel Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 or later, including OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Upgrades to Fetch 5.7 are free for registered users of Fetch 5.5 and Fetch 5.6 and customers who purchased Fetch after January 28, 2009. Otherwise, registered users of Fetch 5.3.1 and earlier can upgrade for $10.

The major new features in Fetch 5.7 are:

  • Improved Edit command — you can now edit any kind of file using any application and the changes will automatically be saved back to the server
  • Added automatic resume of stalled or failed uploads
  • Added automatic resume of stalled or failed downloads
  • Added support for displaying the overall progress and time remaining of multi-file transfers
  • Added support for syncing shortcuts using Dropbox or a shared file server
  • Added Quick Look support for previewing files on servers (Mac OS X 10.5 and later only)
  • Added support for preserving the modification date of uploaded files
  • Made Get Info quicker by not calculating folder sizes until you ask for them
  • Redesigned Recent Folders menu to improve readability and display of folder hierarchy
  • Added find field for filtering transfer window file lists
  • Added support for gestures on laptop trackpads: in the transfer window, swipe left to go back to previously viewed folder, swipe up to go to the parent folder, and swipe down to open the selected folder
  • Added compatibility with the Gatekeeper feature of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Other fixes and improvements in Fetch 5.7 are:

  • Added "Show Fetch.log in Finder" command to simplify support requests
  • Added automatic removal of trailing spaces from the names of uploaded items
  • Added more detailed debug logging of SFTP connections
  • Added preference for skipping over files you do not have permission to download
  • Added support for Bonjour discovery of FTP with TLS/SSL servers
  • Added support for editing remote files displayed with Quick Look
  • Added the ability to upgrade from a serial number for an earlier version
  • Changed default preference setting to ignore file list cache
  • Changed system requirements to Mac OS X 10.5 or later on Intel Macs
  • Changed the meaning of KB, MB, GB, TB units to match the Finder
  • Dropped support for Mac OS X 10.4 and PowerPC Macs
  • Fixed "action could not be loaded because it is not Universal" error when adding Get Specified Fetch Items action to Automator workflow
  • Fixed a problem dragging items from iTunes to Fetch
  • Fixed a problem quitting while hidden
  • Fixed a problem that caused the discrete graphics card in late model MacBook Pros to be activated
  • Fixed a problem where Info windows incorrectly displayed 000 permissions for just-uploaded items
  • Fixed a problem with file lists on some French FTP servers
  • Fixed a problem with special characters in passwords
  • Fixed a problem with stalled uploads
  • Fixed an incompatibility with an unusually verbose FTP server
  • Improved appearance on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Improved compatibility with AS/400 servers
  • Improved compatibility with FTP servers with broken MDTM support
  • Improved compatibility with FTP servers with broken SIZE support
  • Improved compatibility with GlobalSCAPE SFTP server
  • Improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Improved compatibility with Tectia SFTP servers
  • Improved compatibility with Windows NT servers
  • Improved compatibility with some servers by removing automatic use of MacBinary mode transfers
  • Improved documentation of text file character encodings
  • Improved handling of SFTP host key changes
  • Improved reliability of large transfers
  • Improved support for default preference settings on Mac OS X Server
  • Improved user interface for first time SFTP connections
  • Improved warning message for mismatched SFTP host keys
  • Removed the Fetch Dashboard Widget
  • Added View as Text command to display files in text windows directly
  • Changed file list to remember the last sorting choice
  • Fixed missing modification dates in Put, Open, and Save dialogs on Mac OS X 10.5 and later
  • Changed transfer window title bar and Recent Connections menu to show shortcut name instead of hostname when there’s a matching shortcut
  • Changed transfer window title bar to list folder name first, followed by shortcut name or hostname
  • Redesigned and streamlined purchase window
  • Added Edit With menu for quickly editing a file with a non-default editor
  • Improved Edit With command to let you to choose any compatible editing application
  • Added "Remember this editor choice" option to Edit With dialog to permanently set a new editor for the selected kind of file
  • Fixed Edit command to not open a file for editing a second time if that file is already being editing
  • Added automatic retry when certain errors occur while deleting files
  • Improved speed of deleting many files when Fetch is in the foreground
  • Changed Command-O to be the keyboard shortcut for opening a remote folder, instead of opening a saved shortcut or mirror document
  • Fixed a problem where Microsoft Office documents in the new Office XML Formats (such as .docx, .xlsx) were decoded into folders when downloaded
  • Fixed a problem where Adobe Flash (.swf) files would sometimes be uploaded in the incorrect format
  • Fixed a problem where the Back button would sometimes unexpectedly take you to the root folder instead of the previous folder
  • Fixed incompatibilities between Fetch’s Edit command and old versions of BBEdit on Mac OS X 10.5 and later
  • Fixed rare VAT calculation errors in the purchase window
  • Changed Automatic upload format to use Zip Archive instead of StuffIt X Archive for preserving resource forks
  • Disabled the "If a file already exists: Pick a different name" option in the Put dialog for FTP uploads
  • Added support for SFTP through SOCKS proxies
  • Improved compatibility with servers that reset the connections at the end of uploads
  • Improved handling of uploads where the connection is dropped after an hour with certain routers, to avoid unnecessary resume upload attempts
  • Fixed Put, Open, and Save dialogs to have all the features normally found in file dialogs on Mac OS X 10.5 and later
  • Digitally signed Fetch application with trusted certificate, to reduce unnecessary firewall alerts
  • Added "Quit Fetch after upload" option to droplet shortcuts
  • Added option to create droplet shortcuts that upload using a specific format
  • Added support for saving a shortcut in the Fetch Shortcuts window as a droplet shortcut
  • Changed droplet shortcuts to queue uploads if an upload to the same server is already in progress, instead of opening a new transfer window
  • Added server-side serial number verification
  • Added Open Folder item to Go menu
  • Added Command-T as keyboard shortcut for New Shortcut command
  • Improved compatibility of Unicode (UTF-8) preferred encoding
  • Improved encoding handling when editing files with BBEdit or TextWrangler; if a file specifies an encoding, it will be used instead of Fetch's preferred encoding preference
  • Added capability to display file sizes in terabytes (TB), petabytes (PB) and exabytes (EB)
  • Changed Command-double-clicking on folders so that a new window opens only when a single folder is selected
  • Changed list of Bonjour servers to exclude Macintosh that Fetch is running on
  • Fixed a problem where the Fetch widget would not dismiss Dashboard on Mac OS X 10.6 and later
  • Enabled Put command when a folder shortcut is selected
  • Added information to transcript about which upload format or download mode was used to transfer a file
  • Added connection error messages to Fetch Transcript
  • Improved descriptions of transfer results in Fetch Transcript
  • Disallowed getting info on a shortcut
  • Removed Get Quick Info command because the Get Info command no longer calculates folder sizes automatically, and thus is quick by default
  • Disallowed pasting an item into itself when using copy and paste to transfer files
  • Fixed Mac OS -8905 errors when opening Fetch or saving shortcuts on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Fixed a problem where selecting and then uploading nested items in Mac OS X’s list view would cause them to be uploaded twice
  • Fixed a problem where the info window and file list cache date sometimes did not honor the date and time format settings from System Preferences
  • Fixed a problem displaying the size of extremely large files in DOS-style file lists
  • Improved scrolling performance in folders containing hundreds of different file kinds
  • Fixed crash when trying to list files with extremely long names
  • Fixed a problem where file lists wouldn't be displayed when connecting to certain Windows servers and the "Use LIST -al" preference was selected
  • Fixed a problem where folders would display as files when connected to certain Microsoft DFS servers
  • Fixed a problem downloading folders that appear to contain files beginning with "._" from certain servers
  • Fixed a problem saving edited files with CSSEdit on Mac OS X 10.5 and later
  • Fixed a problem that caused certain PageSpinner files to be stuffed on upload
  • Fixed a problem that caused certain disk images (.dmg) to be stuffed on upload
  • Fixed a problem that caused certain AIFF files created by Logic to be stuffed on upload
  • Fixed a problem that caused certain AppleWorks/ClarisWorks files to be stuffed on upload
  • Fixed a rare problem where certain kinds of font files were uploaded as zero length files
  • Fixed a rare problem where the Option key would be ignored when choosing from the Shortcuts menu
  • Fixed failure to launch on Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard"
  • Fixed problem adding Get Specific Fetch Items action to Automator workflows on Mac OS X 10.6
  • Fixed crash on launch when Desktop folder does not exist
  • Fixed rare crash when uploading folders
  • Fixed rare stalls when downloading small files from certain servers
  • Fixed rare case where SFTP downloads would stall with certain servers
  • Fixed problems loading widget on certain systems that have StuffIt Deluxe installed
  • Fixed very rare hang connecting to certain servers
  • Fixed rare freeze when resizing transfer window with certain toolbar configurations
  • Fixed rare stalls when connecting to certain FTP with GSSAPI servers that don’t support data encryption
  • Improved warning dialog when connecting to an FTP with TLS/SSL server that doesn’t support encryption
  • Fixed transcript window so that it doesn’t unexpectedly scroll to the bottom
  • Improved recognition of URLs and paths entered in the Hostname field
  • Fixed a problem where extra white space wasn’t removed from end of hostname and username fields in the New Connection dialog
  • Made sure SFTP uploads and downloads transfer items in alphabetical order
  • Changed name of Open command in file list and shortcut list window contextual menus to Open Folder
  • Added Paste command to file list and shortcut list window contextual menus
  • Added Put command to shortcut list window contextual menu
  • Removed Get Info for Other command
  • Added support for converting AppleScript objects to Fetch Items objects in Automator
  • Changed "immediate return" AppleScript property to queue uploads if an upload to the same server is already in progress, instead of opening a new transfer window
  • Fixed a problem where the Fetch Shortcuts contextual menu would not work when Fetch was in the background
  • Fixed a rare problem where shortcut list window contextual menu choice would operate on transfer window instead of shortcut list
  • Fixed a problem where clicked shortcut would not be selected when clicking on the Fetch Shortcuts window in the background
  • Updated transcript to reflect new labels for firewall status in Mac OS X 10.5.1 and later
  • Fixed a problem where the file list would sometimes not refresh correctly after Duplicate or copy/paste upload to an SFTP server
  • Fixed a problem where filenames beginning with a period could still appear in the file list after checking "Omit filenames beginning with a period" preference
  • Fixed a problem where items moved to a parent folder would sometimes not appear in the parent folder's file list
  • Fixed a problem where transfer window wouldn’t accept drags from certain applications (including iTunes and Address Book)
  • Improved some error messages, including ones for SSL errors and POSIX Error #51
  • Changed handling of download stalls — Fetch now retries or displays an error instead of waiting forever
  • Fixed rare crashes when uploading ClarisWorks files with Automatic upload format
  • Fixed a problem detecting folders on certain VShell SFTP servers
  • Improved compatibility with certain versions of the VanDyke VShell server that send non-standard TYPE replies
  • Improved compatibility of automatic passive mode with certain servers
  • Improved compatibility with Chyron character generators
  • Fixed problem displaying file lists with Norwegian month names from vsFTPd servers
  • Enabled proxy password field for USER fireID@remoteHost proxy type
  • Fixed disappearing hostname when Proxy hostname field contained leading spaces
  • Fixed incorrect Proxy port setting when Proxy hostname field contained leading spaces
  • Changed Fetch debug logging to use our own log file (~/Library/Logs/Fetch.log) instead of system.log, and to include transcript as well as debugging information
  • Fixed Automatic Passive Mode to immediately honor changes to "Use passive mode transfers" preference
  • Changed preferences to default to not sending MACB probe
  • Revised unknown item icon
  • Fixed rare -108 error after upgrading from Fetch 4.0.3

For information about changes in older Fetch releases, please see the full Fetch release notes.