Macintosh owners! If you have OS 9, you, too, can
do drag-n-drop FTP.
Well, maybe. This works for me three out of five
times. One out of
it crashes MacOS 9. And it was not available in OS
8.0. On one
it converted all files to HQX format, so my Website had to be
If you still have OS 9 and want to take the risk.....
- Select Network Browser under the Apple Menu (if
you've moved it, find it).
- If the box comes up to fill in your password to
connect to your ISP, do so.
- Click the left, "pointing hand" icon, and
select "Connect to server."
- Fill in the following URI (for freepages):
Note that you must include the protocol prefix. If you try to
just put the hostname, your Mac will start searching all the AppleTalk
zones in your chooser.
- You will either get a keychain access or a user
ID & password box. If keychain, I hope you know what to do. If
you get the "user ID / password" box, put in the ones given you by
rootsweb for your freepages account. (Or whatever, for
- You will get a view that looks a lot like a
Macintosh list view. Opening and closing folders by clicking the
triangle works the same (only slower). Dragging something from any
folder on your hard drive (or floppy) into a folder in the Network
Browser uploads a copy of it to rootsweb (or whereever). Reverse works
for downloading. If the item dragged is a folder, all of its contents
are uploaded/downloaded as well, and the directory layouts are
Drag and Drop FTP
for MacOS9, © 2000-2004 Wes
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