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Creating a Watched Folder (8 posts)

  • Started 7 years ago by Newzpix
  • Latest reply 7 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • Newzpix Member

    I need a folder to reside on my desktop -- whenever a file is placed in this folder it needs to be FTP'd asap. I can't mirror because a person on the other side of the FTP is constantly removing the incoming files.

    How do I create a watched folder?

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    I can write up instructions on how to do that, but could you please tell us which version of Mac OS X and which version of Fetch you are using? The instructions vary depending on which versions you have.

    You might also want to look into creating a droplet shortcut, which creates an icon that you can drag files to and have Fetch upload those files without needing to enter any connection information, and see if that would meet your needs.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Edited 7 years ago #

  • Newzpix Member

    Thanks -- I have created a droplet but my workflow is such that I don't have the time to be dragging files around. I am a photojournalist and file images on deadline. Once I save the image from Photoshop to the folder, I need that file to fly to the FTP site asap.

    I am using OS 10.6.2 & Fetch 5.5.3.

    I am curious as to why Fetch does not have this ability built-in :-(

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    Okay, thanks for the info.

    First, if you're not familiar with Automator, you may want to first read the "Automator overview" section of our introduction to using Automator with Fetch help topic. (Skip the rest, since I'm including step-by-step instructions on how to do what you want below.)

    The following instructions only apply to Fetch on Mac OS X 10.6.

    1. Create the folder you want to use as a watch folder, if you haven't already.

    2. Open Automator (located in your Applications folder).

    3. When you're asked to "Choose a template for your workflow," click the Folder Action icon and the Choose button to create a new Folder Action workflow.

    4. In the new workflow window, click the "Folder Action receives files and folders added to" menu, choose Other, and select the folder you want to watch.

    5. Click the Internet icon in the Library list on the lefthand side of the workflow window.

    6. Drag an Upload Files action from the Action list to the workflow area. (You may have to scroll the list to find the Upload Files action.)

    7. In the Upload Files action, enter the connection information for the server and remote folder (if any) you want files to upload to, or choose a recent connection or shortcut from the pop-up menus.

    8. Go to the File menu, and choose Save.

    9. Enter a name for the folder action plug-in that will let you recognize it later, such as "Upload to name-of-my-server", and click Save.

    10. You can close and quit Automator.

    Now when you drag files to that folder, or save files to that folder, Fetch will open and upload them. There may be a slight delay between putting the file in the folder and before the upload begins; this is normal.

    Please let us know if this does what you want, or if you have any questions or run into any problems.

    Thanks,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Edited 7 years ago #

  • Newzpix Member

    Thank you Scott, it's working well!

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator

    Hi,

    You're welcome, thanks for the followup!

    Best,

    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Bill Member

    Hi.
    Functionally, how is using automator different than the droplet? Is it just that there will be no folder with all the files in it?

    Posted 7 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Hi Bill,

    Yes, if you use a droplet, you don't end up with a folder full of all the files that you wanted uploaded.

    Thanks,

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 7 years ago #

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