With the latest release of Direct FTP, we made a few changes based larger in part by feedback from you, our customers. In previous versions of the software, the FTP activity took up a large portion of the overall interface. To streamline the software and make it easier to use, transfer activity has been given its own window so that you can keep it open while working in other areas of the software. Therefore, when uploading/downloading large amounts of files, this arrangement allows you to keep the Transfer Activity Window open while you continue to edit your documents.
So how does it work?
You can access the Transfer Activity in one of 3 ways:
- Press Control-T
- Go to the View menu and select "Open Transfers Activity Window"
- Click anywhere in the status bar at the bottom of the Direct FTP window
The leftmost pane displays a list of transfers or error messages: An up arrow indicates an upload while a down arrow indicates a download. The rightmost pane displays detailed information about a selected transfer.
When a file is done transferring, it will remain in the transfer list until you remove it by selecting the transfer and clicking the red X button. Now you can view the file on your server. You can pause and resume transfers using the Pause and Play buttons to the right of the X. There is also a preference to automically delete successful transfers which can be set by going to Edit > Preferences and checking the box next to "Remove completed transfers from the Activity list."
Downloading files from your server is basically the same as uploading. First, select the file(s) you wish to download from the remote pane. Next, click the download button on the toolbar or just drag the files to the Local pane. You can also select a folder or drag and drop files onto a folder to select it as the destination. The file and transfer will appear in the Activity list just as the files you uploaded did; the only difference is that the arrow icon under status is pointing down.
Note also that you now have more control over the dimensions of the Transfer Activity window; you can make it as big or as small as you like.
Once you get used to this new arrangement, we're sure you're going to love it. ;)