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Getting Started

Initial password dialog

When FtpVC opens, the first dialog allows you to specify a user name and password, which are used only to identify you within the version control environment.
Project Options: General

The Project Options dialog next asks for your FTP settings to connect to the server (required fields are highlighted in the screenshot). To set the local and remote directories you wish to connect to, go to the Startup tab.
FtpVC main window

The main FtpVC window, showing the File List, Folder View, and Output panes.

Actions

Add command

The Add command adds local files to version control and uploads them onto the remote server.
Attach command

The Attach command adds existing remote files to version control.
Get command

The Get command retrieves the latest versions of files from the remote server into a local directory.
Check Out command

The Check Out command copies files from the remote server into a specified local directory and marks them as checked out on the remote server.
Check In command

The Check In command copies local files to the remote server, and marks these files as checked in.
Undo Checkout command

The Undo Checkout command undoes the check out of files on the remote server.
Rename command

The Rename command renames a file or directory on the remote server, and optionally renames stubs and/or previous versions of files as well.
Move command

The Move command moves a file or directory on the remote server, and optionally moves stubs and/or previous versions of files as well.
Delete command

The Delete command deletes a file or directory on the remote server, and optionally deletes stubs and/or previous versions of files as well.
Label command

The Label command assigns a label to files on the remote server.
Lock/Unlock command

The Lock/Unlock command is used to prevent version control operation on remote files.
Subscribe command

Use the Subscribe command to subscribe to version control events for remote files.

Tools

Find Checkouts

The Find Checkouts feature filters the File List so that only checked out items are shown.
Find By Status

Similarly, when Find by Status is enabled, only files of a certain version control status are displayed.
Find mode

When a Find option is enabled, FtpVC enters Find mode (denoted by special folder icons), where all directories are filtered. To exit Find mode, simply refresh.
History

The History dialog enables you to easily access past versions of files.
History filters

The History display is very customizable, and history items can be filtered by date, version number, label, and user.
External diff

FtpVC lets you specify an external diff tool to compare different versions of a file. ExamDiff is used by default, and is included with FtpVC.
Properties dialog

The Properties dialog shows file details, including status, labels, and comments.
Properties: Subscriptions dialog

The Properties dialog also shows which users are subscribing to email updates for a specific file.

Options Panels

Project Options: General

Project Options: General

This options panel establishes the FTP connection, and cannot be modified while connected to a server.
Project Options: Startup

Project Options: Startup

From this options panel, you can specify the local and remote directories for FtpVC to connect to.
Project Options: Options

Project Options: Options

This options panel lets you specify additional project options, such as backing up local files, automatically refreshing, and filtering for file names.
Project Options: Advanced

Project Options: Advanced

This options panel provides advanced options, such as using encryption or compression, and establishing a master user account.
Settings: ASCII Extensions

Settings: ASCII Extensions

From this panel you can set which files (determined by extension) are transferred in ASCII mode, rather than binary mode.
Settings: Sending Mail

Settings: Sending Mail

This options panel establishes the SMTP connection used for sending email notifications from FtpVC.
Settings: Mailing Lists

Settings: Mailing Lists

This options panel lets you set up mailing lists, composed of email addresses, to which email notifications can be sent.
Settings: Misc

Settings: Misc

This options panel provides miscellaneous options, such as selecting the external diff tool and saving the FtpVC log to a file.
Settings: Double-click

Settings: Double-click

From this panel you can specify what actions take place when files are double-clicked.
Settings: Dialogs

Settings: Dialogs

This options panel allows you to select version control operations for which you want to see option dialogs.
Settings: Viewer

Settings: Viewer

This options panel lets you select the file viewer application spawned by FtpVC.
Settings: Keyboard Shortcuts

Settings: Keyboard Shortcuts

From this panel you can set keyboard shortcuts for FtpVC commands.