Use this sub action to transfer your file selection to a preset FTP server.
The FTP Upload sub action is used to upload files to an FTP server. Since there is a difference in the FTP implementation in Windows and Mac OS, the available features vary slightly depending on whether you are running FotoStation for Windows or Macintosh.
General FTP Upload Options
Enter the FTP server name or the IP address to the FTP server in the Host field and specify the port number. The default port number for FTP access is 21, but your FTP server may be configured differently.
Normally, the FTP server will require you to log on to be able to upload files. To be able to log on to the server, enter a user name into the User name field and a password into the Password field. If you need more information regarding how to log on to the server, please contact the server administrator.
Destination directory: In the Destination directory field you may enter the path to the folder on the FTP server where you want to put the files.
File Name Prefix: If you wish, you can add a prefix to the file name of all the files you are uploading using this sub action. It may be a good idea to add a separator (such as a dash or an underscore) to the end of the prefix to separate it from the filename. If you would like to perform more advanced renaming of the files (such as adding a running number to the uploaded files), use the Rename sub action prior to using the FTP upload sub action. (See the Rename sub action topic to learn more.)
Passive FTP Mode (Windows Only): If you wish to use a passive FTP connection, select the Use passive FTP mode checkbox.
Note: On the Mac, FTP runs in passive mode by default.
Keeping the Connection Open (Windows Only)
You may also keep an FTP session open, i.e. not log off after a successful upload, by selecting Keep connection open between batches. This will help save time if you upload files in several batches, as FotoStation doesn’t have to log in and verify the username and password every time files are uploaded. The FTP session will be closed when you exit FotoStation or when the FTP server closes the connection (server timeout).
Using an FTP Proxy (Mac Only)
To set up an FTP proxy, select the Use FTP Proxy checkbox. Then enter the host name or IP address of the proxy and the port number. If your proxy server requires you to log on, you can enter a user name and password and optionally enable tunneling by selecting the Use Tunnel mode checkbox. Finally, if the server supports the socks5 protocol, you can select the Use socks5 protocol checkbox.
Using a Secure FTP Connection (Mac Only)
On the Mac you have the possibility of using a secure FTP connection (the Use Secure FTP (FTPS) mode option) if your FTP server supports this functionality. Keep in mind that there are two secure FTP standards, and that FotoStation only supports the one referred to as FTPS.
Testing the Connection
Having configured the FTP settings you can click the Test now button to see if you can successfully connect to the server. A window will display the response from the FTP server and indicate whether or not a connection was established.
Resuming incomplete file transfers
For both the FotoWeb Upload sub action and the FTP Upload sub action, FotoStation keeps a simple database that records the state of assets that are queued for transfer.
After a successful transfer a little green icon is shown on the original asset. This marker is based on the presence of metadata in the Transferred by field (metadata field #363) and is automatically populated with the successful transfer of each asset. The marker can be be cleared by removing the contents of this field. If such editing is not desired, make sure the field is not exposed for editing in any of the included metadata editors, and that it does not appear in any drop down menus.
If a file fails to transfer, it will be marked with a red icon. To retry/resume the transfer, open the Actions menu and choose Resume Uploads, where you find a list of incomplete transfers. Simply choosing the job from this list will initiate a new transfer of the assets that failed to transfer last time. You can also clear the state of any pending uploads in this list.
Tip: If you exit FotoStation before a transfer is completed, you will be asked to resume the upload the next time it starts.