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Can't choose text editor (2 posts)

  • Started 17 years ago by JoshG
  • Latest reply 17 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • JoshG Member

    When I go to "edit" on a text file I get a pop up that says "no text editor available" When I go into the obscure pane I get "none" under "edit text files with" with no options to choose. My webmaster who normally runs my page says I should be able to edit text with textedit.

    Posted 17 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    The "Edit" command in Fetch has a specific function - when you edit a file, Fetch opens it in the selected editor 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 instead of to your local hard drive.

    Only certain applications include support for saving the file back to the server via Fetch, so Fetch only lists those applications as choices for editing. TextEdit does not support saving the files back to the server via the Fetch "Edit" command, so Fetch does not list it as a choice in the "Edit files like this with" menu or in the Obscure pane. If you do not have any of the supported editors installed, Fetch will tell you that no text editors are available.

    TextWrangler from BareBones software is a good, free text editor that supports the Fetch "Edit" command, but there are many others. They are: AlphaX, BBEdit, CSSEdit, Jedit X, mi, Page Spinner, Smultron, Style, SubEthaEdit, Tag, Tex-Edit, and TextMate. If you have any of those installed, Fetch should list them as choices for the text editor.

    However, you can tell Fetch to open any kind of file in any other application when you download it or double-click on it in Fetch. The difference is that any changes will be saved locally. This may do what you want.

    To do this:

    * Select a file of that type (e.g. select a .html file).
    * Click Get Info.
    * In the Transfer Options section, select "Save and open the file" in "After transferring a file like this" section.
    * Also in the Transfer Options section, choose the application you want (e.g. TextEdit) from the "Open files like this with:" menu. If the application you want is not listed, you can choose "Other" to find it.

    Please let us know if you have further questions.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 17 years ago #


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