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Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh
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  • 1. Getting Started with Fetch on a Macintosh NETWORK SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION NETDO 09 Updated 9/8/2005 This document discusses how to obtain, install, and use Fetch both on and off campus. This document should be used by faculty, staff, and students at BGSU using a Macintosh computer that supports File Transfer Protocol (FTP). This document contains • an introduction to Fetch • instructions on installing Fetch • instructions on obtaining Fetch • instructions on starting and using Fetch • instructions on using Fetch shortcuts • instructions on using Fetch Help • additional help The conventions used in this document are • + = key combinations • ® = RETURN • bold = in-text prompt references • BOLDCAPS = specific key • Bold Title Case = specific names of boxes, buttons, fields, folders, menus, and screens • italics = client-supplied information • underline = typed key sequence Additional sources include • Fetch Softworks web site: http://fetchsoftworks.com • Frequently Asked Questions about Fetch http://fetchsoftworks.com/Support/faq.html • “Accessing the BGSU Software Server” http://www.bgsu.edu/downloads/cio/file9253.pdf • Tricks using Fetch http://fetchsoftworks.com/Features/tricks.html
  • 2. Table of Contents 1.0 Introducing Fetch ..................................................................................................................................3 2.0 Setting up a Network Connection........................................................................................................3 3.0 Obtaining and Installing Fetch ............................................................................................................4 4.0 Connecting with Fetch..........................................................................................................................5 5.0 Using Fetch.............................................................................................................................................6 5.1 Changing Your Current Directory .............................................................................................7 5.2 Getting Directories and Files.......................................................................................................7 5.3 Putting Folders and Files on the Host Server ...........................................................................8 5.4 Finding Files and Directories ......................................................................................................9 5.5 Using Shortcuts in Fetch ..............................................................................................................9 5.6 Modifying the Fetch Shortcuts List ..........................................................................................10 5.6.1 Creating a Shortcut ............................................................................................................10 5.6.2 Editing a Shortcut ..............................................................................................................11 5.6.3 Removing a Shortcut ........................................................................................................12 6.0 Using Fetch Help .................................................................................................................................12 7.0 Additional Help...................................................................................................................................12 Table of Figures Figure 2.1 Jacks in a BIC .............................................................................................................................3 Figure 4.1 New Connection Window .......................................................................................................5 Figure 4.2 Expanded New Connection Window ....................................................................................5 Figure 4.2 Completed New Connection Window...................................................................................6 Figure 5.1 Active Connection Window ....................................................................................................6 Figure 5.2 Fetch Shortcuts ..........................................................................................................................9 Figure 5.3 Shortcut Editor ........................................................................................................................10 Figure 5.3 Completed Shortcut Editor Window ...................................................................................11 2
  • 3. Using Fetch on a Macintosh 1.0 Introducing Fetch Fetch is a Macintosh program for transferring files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) on a TCP/IP network. It allows a networked Macintosh to exchange files with any FTP server on the same network. Fetch has been a popular choice to transfer files to and from FTP hosts like the BGSU campus web server or the personal server. Fetch 4.0 is fully compatible with Mac OS from 7.0 to X. It is easy to use, with many features that make it an FTP favorite. Some of these features include: The ability to save hosts, usernames, and passwords under its shortcut menu. The ability to drag and drop files into the Fetch window for easy uploading and downloading, adding shortcuts, etc. See Drag and Drop in the Fetch Help. The ability to keep the sever connection alive for a long time, even when you are not continually transferring files. The running Fetch dog to watch while you're waiting for file transfers to finish. See the Fetch web site at http://www.fetchsoftworks.com for more details about the product and its history. 2.0 Setting up a Network Connection Fetch assumes a network is set up and active. All Information Technology Services (ITS) computer lab systems and most microcomputers in campus offices are already connected to the campus network. If your microcomputer on-campus is not already connected to the network, you need to determine if your system is connected to a jack in a BIC (Bowling Green Information Connection) (See Figure 2.1) or your computer can receive a wireless connection. Wireless connections are available in many areas of the campus. Use the following URL for a map of buildings with wireless access: http://www.bgsu.edu/its/network/page10298.html Figure 2.1 Jacks in a BIC 3
  • 4. Using Fetch on a Macintosh For general questions regarding the campus network or information on setting up a wireless connection, check the ITS – Networking site at the following URL: http://www.bgsu.edu/its/network If your computer in a campus office has a wired or wireless connection and you are unable to access the campus network, consult the Technology Support Center (TSC) in person at 110 Hayes Hall or by phone at 419-372-0999. You can also report problems using their online form at URL: http://www.bgsu.edu/its/tsc/page9500.html If you live on campus in one of the residence halls or houses and need help setting up a wired connection, contact the Residential Computing Connection. See URL: http://rcc.bgsu.edu From off campus, you can also use Fetch if you have a network connection. Consult the yellow pages of the Bowling Green City telephone directory for Internet Service Providers in this area. Your ISP should provide you with configuration instructions. 3.0 Obtaining and Installing Fetch Fetch is a licensed application. It is installed in all ITS labs at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Clients using a personal computer will have to install Fetch. The versions available on the BGSU Software Server and the Anti-Virus Internet CD are the licensed versions provided to, and may be used by, all faculty, staff, and students of BGSU, free of charge. Under the terms of our license, those copies must be removed from client machines upon graduation from, or termination of employment with, BGSU. If you have a direct connection to the campus network, a jack-in-a-BIC connection, you can download Fetch from the BGSU Software Server. Clients can use an internet browser can to access the software server from this web address: http://software.bgsu.edu/ Click on “Macintosh Software”, then click “Macintosh Internet Applications”. To begin downloading, click the link “Fetch 4.0.3”. For more information about the BGSU Software Server, see: http://www.bgsu.edu/downloads/cio/file9253.pdf Off-campus clients can obtain Fetch 4.0 by checking out the Anti-Virus Internet CD at the Jerome Library Circulation Desk, Math Science Library, or the Firelands Library. For more information see URL: http://www.bgsu.edu/its/software/page10377.html Registration information is available in the readme file on the CD. 4
  • 5. Using Fetch on a Macintosh 4.0 Connecting with Fetch To establish an FTP connection using Fetch, follow these steps: 1. Open Fetch (On ITS lab computers, this is done by clicking Fetch 4.02 in the Internet Apps folder of the Apple pull down menu). 2. Select the New Connection option under the File menu. A dialog box will appear on your screen (see Figure 4.1). Figure 4.1 New Connection Window Note: This login window requires the following pieces of information: Host (name of the network or server you wish to transfer files to or from) User ID (for your account on that system. Some FTP sites allow you access under the userid anonymous.) Password (for your account on the host system the password will not appear on screen for security reasons) If you need to specify additional information about your connection (e.g Initial Directory, etc.), click on the arrow under the word Password to display an expanded version of the New Connection Window. See Figure 4.2. Figure 4.2 Expanded New Connection Window 5
  • 6. Using Fetch on a Macintosh 3. You can now enter the Host, your User ID and Password or select from the pre- defined connections from the Shortcuts pop-up menu. 4. When all of your data is filled in and you are ready for Fetch to attempt to make a connection, click OK . (see Figure 4.3). Figure 4.2 Completed New Connection Window Note: For more information about the shortcut mechanism used to supply the information for some or all of the New Connection fields (refer to Section 5.5, Shortcuts). 5.0 Using Fetch After you have successfully connected to the FTP site, you will see directories and files stored on the Host that you specified. The next sections discuss how to get files or directories and go through the process of transferring and retrieving them from the Active Connection Window (see Figure 5.1). Figure 5.1 Active Connection Window 6
  • 7. Using Fetch on a Macintosh 5.1 Changing Your Current Directory The directory structure in Fetch is similar to the way folders and files are structured in the Macintosh operating system. Once you are connected to the host computer, the current directory is displayed above the file menu list in a pop-up menu form (see Figure 5.1). There are several ways to change directories: • Double click on the name of a directory within the file list. • Select an ancestor directory (a directory you have already been to) from the pop- up menu above the file list. • Choose the Change Directory... option from the Directories menu. • Select a directory within the file list and press RETURN. • Select an ancestor directory from the list in the Directories menu. 5.2 Getting Directories and Files Drag and Drop is the most popular method for downloading directories and files to your desktop or other storage device. You just have to click on the folder or file you want to download, hold down the mouse and drag the item to the file or folder of your choice on your desktop or other storage device. The file transfer will begin when you release the mouse. You can also use the following menu items or buttons to retrieve files and directories from a host computer to your computer: Get Directories and Files (menu item) The Get Directories and Files command under the Remote menu allows you to download multiple files and/or directories. Select the files or directories you want to download in the file list by highlighting them. After highlighting the first file or directory, hold down the SHIFT key to add files listed in a row or the Open Apple ( ) key to select files or directories that are not grouped together. Then choose Get Directories and Files from the menu. If no files or directories are selected when the 7
  • 8. Using Fetch on a Macintosh Get Directories and Files command is issued, you will be prompted to enter one. At that time you can also enter a URL (the web address) of a file or directory you want to download from any web server without even being connected. After you click OK, you will then be prompted for the location in which you want to save the files and directories on your computer. Get... (button) The Get... button appears below the connection window when neither a file or directory are highlighted. It retrieves files from the host computer. To download a single directory, highlight the directory you want to retrieve, and select the Get... button. If you highlight a file instead of a directory, the text on the button will change to Get File... Get File... (button) The Get File... button appears below the connection window when a file is highlighted. It retrieves files from the host computer. Click on the Get File... button to initiate the download. Get Files... (button) Multiple separate files can be selected by holding down the Open Apple ( ) key while clicking on the names you wish to transfer. If you want to select a series of files listed in a row, hold down the SHIFT key while selecting. In either case, the button will be titled Get Files... and the client will be asked in a save dialog box for the folder into which the files will be downloaded. The setting you use for the download mode will often determine the success or failure of the operation. There are three options you can choose from in the download mode pop-up menu directly below the Get... button: Automatic, Text or Binary. The Automatic setting will be sufficient most of the time. You may, however, have to change the Mode if the name of the file does not give any indication of the file’s type. 5.3 Putting Folders and Files on the Host Server In order to put a file on an FTP server you must have an account. This will permit you to create, rename, and delete files in a specific directory on the host server. Most anonymous FTP sites give guests read-only permission. When you upload files, you also need to be aware of proper naming conventions. That includes using legal file names and watching for name conflicts so a file is not accidentally overwritten by the file you upload. Drag and Drop is also the most popular method for uploading directories and files to a server. You just have to have the connection window opened to the directory where you want to upload your folder or file, click on the folder or file you want to upload, hold down the mouse and drag the item into the connection window. The file transfer will begin when you release the mouse. You can also use the Fetch menus or buttons to put or upload files. Put Folders and Files (menu item) The Put Folders and Files command is in the Remote menu. To upload multiple files and/or folders with one command, select Put Folders and Files within the menu. You will then be permitted to choose folders and/or files to put on the server. 8
  • 9. Using Fetch on a Macintosh After you have made your selections and clicked the Done button, a dialog box will appear on your screen. This lets you choose from the following six formats to distinguish which type of file is being put on the server: Automatic, Text, Raw Data, MacBinary III, BinHex and AppleSingle. The Automatic format is usually the preferred format. Put File... (button) The Put File... button under the main connection window transfers a file from your Macintosh to the host computer. Pushing this button prompts you to choose the file you want to send. To upload multiple files or folders, hold down the Option key while pressing the Put File... button. After making your selection and clicking on the Open button, a dialog box will appear that names the file that will be used on the server as well as the format in which it will be stored. Make sure that the file format is correct by choosing one of the following from the pop-up menu: Automatic, Text, Raw Data, MacBinary III, BinHex and AppleSingle. The Automatic format is usually the preferred format. The Status panel on the far right of the Fetch window shows the progress of the file transfer, including the file name. When the transfer is complete the name of the file you put will appear in the file name list in the left portion of the main connection window. To cancel a time-consuming transfer while in progress, press the Stop button or press Cmd-. 5.4 Finding Files and Directories In order to retrieve a file, you first need to go to the proper directory. Fetch displays the name of the current directory above the list on the left side of the window. This list has the names of the files and sub-directories in the current directory. Once you are in the right directory, Fetch can begin the search for information with the Find command, located in the Edit menu. Type the word or part of a word that you are looking for in the Find box. To make sure that Fetch matches capital or lowercase letters, select the Case Sensitive box. To make sure that Fetch only matches an entire word, select the Whole Word box. 5.5 Using Shortcuts in Fetch Shortcuts are Fetch’s way of saving the information needed to connect to sites you may use frequently so can get a connection quickly. The application comes with some pre-configured shortcuts to popular archive sites. You can see that list in Figure 5.2. There are several ways to connect to one of the sites listed: • Go to Open Shortcuts under the File menu and select the appropriate shortcut. • Choose the site from the Shortcuts pop-up menu on the New Connection Window. See Figure 4.1. • Display the Fetch Shortcuts Window as shown in Figure 5.2 by going to the Window menu and selecting Fetch Shortcuts. Then double click on the site that interests you. Figure 5.2 Fetch Shortcuts 9
  • 10. Using Fetch on a Macintosh 5.6 Modifying the Fetch Shortcuts List You can customize the Fetch Shortcuts List so it also includes sites you access frequently. To edit the list of shortcuts, choose Fetch Shortcuts from the Window menu and use the New Shortcut, Edit Shortcut, and Remove Shortcut commands from the Customize menu. 5.6.1 Creating a Shortcut To create your own shortcut, 1. Select Fetch Shortcuts from the Window menu. 2. Select the Customize menu 3. Highlight New Shortcut. This window will ask you for your Name, the Type (either file, folder, or unknown), Host, User ID, Password, and Directory (see Figure 5.3). If the server to which you are creating a shortcut accepts anonymous logins, you may type anonymous in the User ID field. No password is necessary. For example, you may want to create a shortcut to access your account on the Personal Server. Follow the instructions above and fill in the data. For Password, you may skip that item and supply that every time you want a connection so you are sure no one else can use your shortcut to get access to your account when you are not available. The Directory to use for the Personal Server is “public_html”. See the Completed Shortcut EditorWindow in Figure 5.4. If you do not have an account on the Personal Server and are currently a BGSU Faculty, Staff or Student, you can get an account by going to the My BGSU web portal. In the My Computer Accounts module, select Add Server Account. Figure 5.3 Shortcut Editor 10
  • 11. Using Fetch on a Macintosh Figure 5.3 Completed Shortcut Editor Window After you create a new shortcut, it will appear in the Shortcuts pop-up menu in the New Connections Window (see Figure 4.1) 5.6.2 Editing a Shortcut 11
  • 12. Using Fetch on a Macintosh To edit a shortcut, 1. Select Fetch Shortcuts from the Window menu. 2. When the Fetch Shortcuts Window is displayed as shown in Figure 5.2, click on the shortcut you want to edit so it is highlighted. 3. From the Customize menu, select Edit Shortcut. The Edit Shortcut Window for the shortcut you want to edit is now displayed so you can modify an element within it. 5.6.3 Removing a Shortcut To remove a shortcut, 1. Select Fetch Shortcuts from the Window menu. 2. When the Fetch Shortcuts Window is displayed as shown in Figure 5.2, click on the shortcut you want to remove so it is highlighted. 3. From the Customize menu, select Remove Shortcut. A message asking you if you want to remove the selected shortcuts appears. Click OK to remove it. 6.0 Using Fetch Help Fetch comes with extensive online documentation. You can find Fetch Help on either the Window or Help menu in Fetch. It will help you learn about the many advanced features of Fetch that cannot be covered in this document. Another important source for information about Fetch is the Fetch Softworks web site at http://www.fetchsoftworks.com. 7.0 Additional Help For questions associated with BGSU hardware, software, campus telephones, voicemail, network connections, BGNet accounts, class accounts or other computer accounts, clients can consult the Technology Support Center Self-Help web pages at URL: http://www.bgsu.edu/its/tsc/self-help/ Clients can also contact the Technology Support Center (TSC) in person at Hayes Hall, room 110, or by phone at 419-372-0999. Problems can be also reported to the TSC by using the TSC Online Submission form at URL: http://www.bgsu.edu/its/tsc/page9500.html Comments, corrections, or suggestions concerning this document can also be reported to the TSC. Photocopying of this document is encouraged. Reprints of the document’s content are permitted if credit is given and a copy is sent to ITS Documentation, 265 Hayes Hall, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. 12

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