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Fetch 5.7.7 Offers High Sierra Compatibility by Jim Matthews

Fetch 5.7.7 is a minor update that offers improved compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Thanks to feedback from Fetch users we have identified and fixed a couple incompatibilities between the previous Fetch release (5.7.6) and macOS 10.13 High Sierra. The fixes are now available in Fetch 5.7.7.

The complete list of changes in Fetch 5.7.7 are as follows:

  • Fixed a problem with the Edit command on macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Fixed a problem with copying URLs on macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • Fixed a problem uploading files over TLS to vsFTPd 3.0.3 servers
  • Fixed a problem with long mirror operations
  • Fixed a -982 font error on Korean systems
  • Fixed a problem with BinHex encoding of files without resource forks

Fetch 5.7.7 is a free update if you purchased your Fetch license after January 28, 2009; otherwise an upgrade is $10, and a new license is $29. Fetch 5.7.7 is compatible with Intel Macs running OS X 10.5 or newer, including macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Please download Fetch 5.7.7 from the Fetch Download page, or by choosing Check for Update… from the Fetch menu in an earlier version. If you purchased Fetch from the Mac App Store, open the App Store application and check the Updates tab for the new version. And please let us know if you run into any problems with the new release.

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  • I totally agree with others.

    Fetch is so easy to use – hope the app will be updated soon with the 64 bit version.

    Glenna Hagerman August 30, 2018
  • as a long time Fetch user, I will also gladly join the crowd of satisfied users, and I am totally with Michael Sweeney with the notion of a charge for a 64 bit version upgrade.
    Also my thanks to you Jim for having done a great job for so long.

    Janusz Walentynowicz September 5, 2018
  • Hi Jim,

    I’ve been using Fetch at work and at home for over 20 years. I don’t know that I’ve ever used a different FTP application and have had almost no problems with Fetch over the years. Fetch has been practically “invisible” to me, which is a great thing.

    As a Macintosh software developer, I feel your pain because I just recently converted a large mature MacOS application to 64-bit.

    Apple likes to sell the 64-bit transition as a simple recompile, but there’s so much more to it than that depending on how you’ve been handling data and what frameworks you’re using.

    Furthermore, when users ask what the benefits of the new 64-bit build are, there’s only one: the ominous warning from Apple no longer appears when the app is launched. Your app is not faster and if file size was not an issue then there’s no benefit there either.

    However there are some drawbacks because some of Apple’s important legacy frameworks have not been updated by Apple as 64-bit. In our case we have to explain to some longtime users why a few older Apple multimedia formats are no longer supported in the “improved” 64-bit build.

    I can only guess what issues you’ve run into getting Fetch to run properly as a 64-bit app and I’m sure it’s not pleasant or even cost effective to have to put so much time and effort into your application just to get it back to where is was as a 32-bit app.

    I do wish you the best with whatever you decide to do with Fetch, as many before me have stated in this thread – we’ve had a great run with your application.

    Thank you!

    Gregg September 14, 2018
  • I send you good wishes that your efforts on the 64-bit version come to fruition. Your doggie has served me faithfully for over 15 years. His repertoire of tricks is exactly what I need. Thank you for all your work.

    Susan Marie Frontczak September 26, 2018
  • I understand it can be a great job to turn a 32 bit app to a 64 bit app.
    I have been a long time (free) user of Fetch, and I do really appreciate it.
    I am ready to forget I am a free licensed school user to pay a licence.
    Please, help us use Fetch for the next years ! because I (we ?) appreciate it : I will pay for it !
    (sorry for my bad English)

    leblue November 3, 2018
  • I’m going throw my pep rally cheer in for a 64bit version as well. My multi-station license works hard every day and we love it.

    Good luck, Jim!

    Mark Fanjoy November 4, 2018
  • Jim,

    I’m a long-time Fetch user (since at least ‘09) and am writing to encourage a 64-bit version. I’d really hate to have to put the little dog down!

    Ken Winterberger November 16, 2018
  • I have been using Fetch since it was a free download from Dartmouth College. I really hope for a 64-bit version!

    Margo Burns January 24, 2019
  • Hey Jim. I’ve supported the Fetch app from a support and deployment standpoint for over 8 years now and know that your customers use it heavily. We have quite a few users at HBO who uses it and I’m in the process of getting everyone on macOS Mojave and saw the prompt come up about 64 bit compatibility today when deploying v5.7.7 out to end users. I know in my past role with Nordstrom that they too used this app heavily. Do you have any kind of ETA on a 64 bit release? I’m happy to be a beta tester and dogfood whatever you’ve got in the works. Assuming Apple holds true to their word, WWDC in June will likely see macOS 10.15 developer beta which is anticipated to be 64 bit only app compatible. Any help or updates is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks for all that you do!

    Adam Martin April 4, 2019
  • I’ll add my voice to the rest for the support of 64-bit and quite willing to “upgrade” after all this time. Like the others I’ve been using Fetch from the 1990s and have NO intention of going elsewhere (have already looked and they’re all horrible imho). That long-awaited v6.0 would be the perfect opportunity for that. Many thanks for your dedication over the past few decades Jim.

    Mark J. Cairns April 10, 2019
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