If the package you downloaded is a .dmg, double click to mount the disk image. Open the new disk, and drag the NetFinder icon into your Applications folder. You now have NetFinder installed.
If the package you downloaded is a .zip, double click the file to decompress it. Drag the resultant NetFinder application icon into your Applications folder. You now have NetFinder installed.
3.2 Running NetFinder
Double click the NetFinder icon to launch the application.
The first time you run NetFinder: You will be prompted whether or not you wish NetFinder to automatically check for updates upon launching the application, thus ensuring you have the latest version with the latest features and fixes. If you do not wish to do this automatically you can disable it. You can still enable it from the NetFinder preferences if you change your mind later, or you can manually check for updates from the NetFinder menu under "Check for Updates...".
Additionally, when you first run NetFinder, you will be informed that you have a 15 day trial period to demo the application.
Subsequent launches of NetFinder: NetFinder will (by default) restore your session to what you had prior to quitting NetFinder. If you do not wish to have this functionality, you may disable it in the preferences.
If you have not purchased and registered NetFinder, then after you have exceeded the 15 day trial period, you will only be able to use NetFinder for a maximum of 10 minutes, after which you will be asked to quit the application.
3.3 Connecting To Servers
Create a New Connection window. You can do this by going to the menu File > New Connection. Or use the keyboard shortcut command-N.
Select the protocol you wish to connect to the server as, eg ftp, sftp etc.
Enter your server name. eg "ftp.linksys.com".
Enter your username/login name. Or leave this field blank if it is an anonymous login server.
Enter your password. Or leave blank for anonymous logins.
Optionally enter a path. For webdav and file protocol, you must enter a path. eg "/" without the quotes.
Finally, click on the Connect button. NetFinder will now establish a connection to your server, and if all goes well, you will see a listing window appear.
3.4 Transferring Files
The fastest/easiest way to transfer files to a server is to select files/folders in the OSX Finder and drag them into a NetFinder listing window you have already opened.
The fastest/easiest way to transfer files from a server is to select files/folders from a NetFinder listing window and drag the items to your Desktop.
Alternatively, you can go to the Tools menu and use the "Upload" and/or "Download" menu items.
3.5 Other Actions
Renaming: Select a single item in a listing then press the return key to enter rename mode, type in a new name and press the return key again (or click outside the edit box)
Deleting: Use the menu item File > Delete, or drag the file/folder to the Trash icon in the Dock, or use the command key shortcut command-backspace (or command-delete or apple-delete on some keyboards)
Moving files/folders around: Simply drag and drop the files you want to another location in a NetFinder listing window and have your selections move to the new location
Getting More Information: You can get more details on a file or folder when you get more information on a selected item using the File > Get Info menu command. From here you can even get the size of a folder, or change permissions of a file or folder, including recursively on a folder.
Duplicate: You can duplicate your selection by using the command File > Duplicate.
There are many more actions you can perform, so please read through all the documentation. Some features include: labels, comments, creating archives, previewing, editing and many more automation tasks.
3.6 Saving Your Server Details
New Connection Window - select the "Add to Shortcuts" checkbox, then when you press Connect, the details will be saved to your Shortcuts menu.
Whenever you connect, your last visited places are automatically saved in the File > Recent Places menu
If you are someone who like to organize your bookmarks in a nice orderly fashion and label things and add notes/comments, you can use NetFinders Bookmark Lists. To create a new Bookmark List use the File > New Bookmark List menu command. Once you have created one, you can create new entries and folders using the File > New List Entry, and File > New Folder commands respectively. You can even drag files/folders from an opened Listing Window into your bookmark list or even the URL text from a New Connection Window. In fact, you can drag from just about anything that has a URL, like a browser (Safari), a URL from an email.
When you want to connect to your saved details, you can select from the Shortcuts Menu, Recent Places menu or simply double click on an entry in your Bookmark List Window.
3.7 Quitting NetFinder
In the menu bar, select NetFinder > Quit NetFinder.
It should be noted that if you have unsaved bookmark or mirror lists opened, NetFinder will prompt you to save any changes before the application quits. All transfers currently in progress will also be aborted.
3.8 Uninstalling NetFinder
This is as simple as installing NetFinder, simply drag NetFinder into your Trash to delete the application.
You may also wish to delete the NetFinder preferences. ~/Library/Preferences/com.ortabe.netfinder.plist and the folder ~/Library/Preferences/NetFinder 3/
If you turned on logging in NetFinder, you may also wish to delete the logs from ~/Library/Logs/NetFinder XXX.log