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Mount an FTP folder on your desktop
Aaron Vogel, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 5:56 PM on 04.23.07
->> For those of you who like what Laforet and Apple did with automator actions at the Olympics here's some software you might find interesting:

MacFuse & MacFusion can be used to mount an SSH or FTP server on your desktop the same as any other disk image.

They're easy to install and open up some interesting possibilities, especially with that sweet new Canon wireless transmitter.

MacFuse:
http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/

MacFusion:
http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/08/mgorbach/MacFusionWeb/

My interest is using it between a laptop and home computer with Aperture. I keep my library on a portable drive that jumps between computers and contains my current projects and the library so I can view, rank, caption, etc my whole archive on the go. The actual images from most of the archive is on an external at home. I'm thinking that if I ever want to actually export an image from my archive (one that doesn't travel with me) I can just connect it in my library to the file at home through the desktop's ftp mounted on the laptop as a drive. Can't do that with Transmit! Sure it's a little slow, and I wouldn't want to do large edits with it, but to just export an image or two it'd be great.

Anyway, it took me a little bit of effort to research this and ultimately the kindness of other's sharing their knowledge with me to find MacFusion (and obviously the kindness of the guys who coded this stuff). So I thought I'd share my hard-earned knowledge with you all. Hope it helps!

What other uses can you guys think of?
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Julio Cortez, Photographer
TREASURE COAST | FL | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 04.23.07
->> this is helpful.. thank you!
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 10:11 PM on 04.23.07
->> Some alternates to consider:

If you're trying to read from FTP hosts this functionality has been in the Finder in Mac OS for a while.

Check out "Connect to Server..." from the "Go..." menu in the Finder. It supports afp: (Apple File servers), ftp:, http: to WebDav hosts and smb: (Windows) connections. FTP is read-only.

If you want to do uploading via a Mac Finder interface look at Interarchy, which is an extremely fast and powerful FTP client. A lot of people like Panic's Transmit (and I own of a copy of that too) but Interarchy is the champ when it comes to moving data fast.

http://nolobe.com/interarchy/

You can also do it via several command-line apps built into Mac OS X and accessible from Terminal. ssh, scp or rsync can move files around securely. sftp is also built-in and can do it.

To reach your machine remotely you need to enable web sharing (which turns on Apache, but still requires some configuration for safety) or ftp sharing.

You could also use MAMP to serve the file space. With Apache or MAMP a .htaccess file will provide password-secured access to keep out the undesirables.

http://www.mamp.info

There's also the ability to remotely connect and manage the system using VNC. Apple's Remote Desktop protocol can be used that way. Check out VNC on Wikipedia or by searching for "mac os vnc" on "the google" or at Apple's site.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vnc
http://www.google.com/search?q=mac+os+vnc
http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aapple.com+vnc

If you need to do it all securely from a remote location you can add in VPN to tunnel your communication, which is built into Mac OS X also. You might also want to check out Hamachi, which is a cool way to set up VPN through cable modems and for dealing with dynamic IPs like we get with our DHCP connections from our cable companies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamachi
http://www.logmeinhamachi.com/

You might also want the firewall enabled because if you can see the machine remotely, so can others, and enabling any network service opens a potential security hole.
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 10:13 PM on 04.23.07
->> Minor edit:

"To reach your machine remotely you need to enable web sharing (which turns on Apache, but still requires some configuration for safety) or ftp sharing."

Or turn on "Remote Log-in" which allows ssh connections.
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Aaron Vogel, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 4:29 AM on 04.24.07
->> Thanks Greg, but none of those actually do what MacFusion is supposed to do.

Using Connect to Server for an FTP server is Read Only in OS X. So you can't really work with files, just read them.

Interachy doesn't seem to be able to actually mount a disk as volume.

A web server will only allow you to use a third party program to access files, not actually work with them the way you would anything in finder (save dialog boxes, etc).

I use Chicken of the VNC for remote desktop, but again, why when you can mount your home computer's hard drive as a volume.

That's why MacFUSE and MacFusion are so cool. Simple, no command line nonsense and no extra uploading, downloading and potential confusions.

FYI, I'm having some issues, so it might not be as care free as I originally thought. But it's heading that way, and good for watching..
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 8:41 PM on 04.24.07
->> The http support in Mac OS allows WebDAV connections. WebDAV is the underlying protocol Apple uses for the .Mac service, which syncs from your machine to a remote host.



Besides acting as a traditional FTP client, Interarchy can actually put the drive on the desktop for upload and download. The functionality is called NetDisk, previously FTP Disk, and mirrors changes in documents on your machine to the remote system. It also supports WebDAV and Amazon S2, among a long list of other protocols. Demos are available.
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Aaron Vogel, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 12:56 PM on 04.25.07
->> Greg,
Ah yes, I see that now, but for the uses I'm thinking of mirroring would be a bad thing. Interachy requires you mirror files one way or another no matter what. The "volume" it creates doesn't show up in any system dialog box as anything other than another folder. Interachy reads the contents periodically and mirrors them. Big whoop.

MacFUSE and MacFusion are simple, free tools for doing what seems like it should be built in: working with ftp server files just like they're residing on a local volume (like Macintosh HD, or an external hard drive). Save, open and other commands, not to mention the Finder sidebar all show MacFUSE volumes as real Volumes that can be navigated remotely.

Maybe I'm not explaining it well, but this is a huge difference from anything else out there now.
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