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Fetch and Mavericks by Jim Matthews

Mac OS X Mavericks

We are pleased to report that based on our testing to date, Fetch 5.7.3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), aside from one minor issue.

That one issue, reported by a user and confirmed in our testing, is that the path popup menu sometimes does not appear when the Path button is clicked. Clicking the Recent button appears to fix this problem, at least temporarily. Command-clicking the window title to display the path menu is not affected. We will continue to investigate this issue to determine the cause.

In other news:


  • Another issue is that when transferring large files, fetch seems run up the inactive memory usage very quickly.

    Cody Crewson November 7, 2013
  • Thanks for bringing that to our attention. Inactive memory is memory that the system is free to re-use, so that should not create problems. Apple changed OS X memory management in Mavericks, and you may be seeing one consequence of those changes.

    Jim Matthews November 7, 2013
  • Is there an update to this post, Jim? Am holding off on 10.9 until my “mission critical” apps are ready to go, Fetch being one of them.

    Love this app!

    Cinda Baxter November 21, 2013
  • Yes, we have an update. The issue with the Path button has to do with where exactly you click. If you click in the middle of the icon, or in the lower left or upper right, it works correctly. Apple seems to be flipping the icon upside down before checking the click location in Mavericks. The problem isn’t very noticeable with other affected icons (Recent, Mode, Format) because those icons have about the same shape upside down as they do right side up.

    So I would not hold off on upgrading to Mavericks on Fetch’s account. This bug is a minor annoyance at worst — most users will never notice it.


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews November 22, 2013
  • I’ve also found that since I updated to Mavericks Fetch doesn’t automatically remember the last folder I uploaded from. I’d love to have this feature back!

    Julia Salisbury November 28, 2013
  • It’s actually OS X that manages the “pick a file” dialog, and remembers what folder it was viewing last. Please contact support and we’ll see if we can help fix the problem. Thanks!

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews November 28, 2013
  • I’m finding that the new Fetch adds custom icons to the files I download from my server so that simple txt or xml files are 1.4mb in size. When I remove the icon the file size reverts.

    rowbot December 4, 2013
  • Hi rowbot,

    That’s been the case for a number of years. Fetch adds the custom icon when you’ve told Fetch that you want to open the file in an application that isn’t the default application for that type of file. For example, if .html files usually open in Safari, but you want .html files downloaded by Fetch to open in BBEdit, Fetch adds the BBEdit document icon to the .html files it downloads so that you can tell at a glance that they will open in BBEdit.


    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Jim Matthews December 4, 2013
  • When I edit files in TextMate it opens a new window for each new file I edit and then I have to drag the file to a new tab in TextMate. A Pain. Is there a workaround on this?

    Peter Phelps January 8, 2014
  • Hi Peter, thanks for that feedback. What version of TextMate are you running?

    Jim Matthews January 8, 2014
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