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FTP for secure file distribution (2 posts)

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

    Hello, 1st I know very little about ftp, and therefore don't even know what to ask about or search for; but here is what I would like to be able to do.

    Select a file, group of files or folder (easiest from the finder, but from within an application would be ok). Have the application automatically compress them, upload and password protect the download, generate the ftp address or a link that will download the file(s) create an email containing the link and password. (would be nice if the link contained the password). Will Fetch do this? An automator script? New feature? or just wishfull thinking on my part.

    I would like all of this to happen rather transparently I just want to pick the files, address and write the email (not the links the utility should do that) and push go. It would also be nice if the program could generate the passwords for me, and have the option to password protect the compressed archive as well as the D/L link. tight integration with .mac/mail/addressbook would be a plus. And finally an easy way to manage & delete prior uploads.


    Posted 17 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    Fetch can be automated via AppleScript (and soon, Automator) to do some of those things, and probably by using AppleScript, Automator, and some other programs, you could do the rest of those things.

    Fetch 5 can be automated to automatically upload and compress files from the Finder, and generate an FTP URL. It cannot create password protected archives at the moment, but we'll put that on our list of feature requests. Instead, possibly StuffIt could be automated to create password protected archives. You could then use AppleScript/Automator to pass the URL from Fetch to an email program, and create an email. You could also probably use AppleScript/Automator to generate passwords.

    You can learn more about AppleScripting Fetch in the Scripting Fetch topic in Fetch Help. We also have a set of example AppleScripts that you can download from . Some Automator support is available in the Fetch 5.1b2 beta release, and we will be adding some more in the Fetch 5.1 final release.

    You might want to look into hiring an AppleScript or Automator consultant, who could help you set up such a system.

    We also appreciate the feedback about the sort of thing you'd like to do with Fetch, and we'll consider what features we can add to future versions to help accomplish this sort of task simply.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 17 years ago #


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