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Feature Request - External Editor Integration (3 posts)

  • Started 17 years ago by andyleppard
  • Latest reply 17 years ago from andyleppard
  • andyleppard Member

    It would be really nice to be able to choose different editors for different filetypes.

    I currently use BBEdit for HTML, PHP, TXT and CSS, but I'd love to have the ability to set CSSedit as the default CSS editor (on Double-Click) and even MS Word for .doc files.

    Actually, while I think about it I'd love to be able to edit PDF files directly in Adobe Illustrator or Acrobat too!

    Fetch is still the most friendly and fully-featured FTP client I have ever encountered. Keep up the good work.

    Posted 17 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    In Fetch 5 and later, you can set different editors for different file types, using the Transfer Options pane in the info window.

    Here's how to do it:

    1. Connect to your server, and find a file with the extension whose editor you want to change.
    2. Select the file.
    3. Click the Get Info button, or choose Remote > Get Info .
    4. Click the disclosure triangle next to the Transfer Options label at the bottom of the info window to display the Transfer Options pane, if it's not already displayed.
    5. Click the pop-up menu labeled "Edit files like this with".
    6. Choose an application from the menu.

    However, there is one limitation - Fetch's Edit feature only supports certain applications as editors (ones that support a special communications protocol), and only those applications will be listed in the "Edit files like this with" menu. BBEdit and CSSedit are both supported editors, so you can easily set CSSedit as your default CSS editor. However, Word and Acrobat are not. (We hope to eventually provide support for using any application as an editor, but we're not there yet.) For a complete list of supported editors, and other information about the Edit feature of Fetch, see the Edit topic in Fetch Help.

    You could, however, set .doc files to automatically open in Word when they're downloaded by choosing an application from the "Open files like this with" pop-up menu in the transfer options pane and selecting the "After transferring a file like this, Save and open the file" button. (And likewise for .pdf files and Acrobat.) The files will then automatically open in those applications when you double-click on them; the difference is that any changes you make won't be saved back to the server automatically - you'll have to re-upload the changed file yourself.

    Also, you can set editing as the default action when you double-click a certain kind of file by selecting the "After transferring a file like this, Edit the file" button in Transfer Options for that kind of file.

    And a final note, since BBEdit is the default editor, you do not need to set it as the editor for each kind of file you want to use it for; you just need to go change the editor for the files you want to use a different editor for, such as .css files.

    For more information about the Transfer Options pane, see the Transfer options topic in Fetch Help (or click the link here).

    Let us know if you have further questions or feedback.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 17 years ago #

  • andyleppard Member

    Brilliant! I was just looking in the preferences panel.

    Thanks Scott.

    Posted 17 years ago #


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