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What is FTP?

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Explained:

File Transfer Protocol (FTP), a standard Internet protocol, is the simplest way to exchange files between computers on the Internet. Like the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which transfers displayable Web pages and related files, and the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), which transfers e-mail, FTP is an application protocol that uses the Internet's TCP/IP protocols. FTP is commonly used to transfer Web page files from their creator to the computer that acts as their server for everyone on the Internet. It's also commonly used to download programs and other files to your computer from other servers.

As a user, you can use FTP with a simple command line interface (for example, from the Windows MS-DOS Prompt window) or with a commercial program that offers a graphical user interface. Your Web browser can also make FTP requests to download programs you select from a Web page. Using FTP, you can also update (delete, rename, move, and copy) files at a server. You need to logon to an FTP server. However, publicly available files are easily accessed using anonymous FTP (The Digital Deli's FTP Server is NOT a public, anonymously accessed server).

Basic FTP support is usually provided as part of a suite of programs that come with TCP/IP. However, any FTP client program with a graphical user interface usually must be downloaded from the company that makes it. (See Below for Our Recommendations)

How To Use A Typical FTP Client Program to Access The Digital Deli's Vast Golden Age Radio FTP Holdings.

The Digital Deli FTP Client Tutorial:

Once you successfully sign up to access The Digital Deli Online's FTP Holdings, you'll be sent a unique USERID and PASSWORD, and the Host IP Address for The Digital Deli's FTP Site, as in the following:

USERID: Helen Smith
PASSWORD: helensmith4329
Host IP Address:

After downloading and installing your FTP Client software, you'd be well advised to spend some time learning it's more common functions and capabilities. The first feature you'll need to understand is how to navigate your own file folders and structures with your FTP Client's interface. Here's an example:

This is a typical FTP Client interface common to the vast majority of FTP Client software for Windows PC's, Apple PC's and Unix based PC's alike. Let's spend a few screens learning the four common zones in these interfaces.

The Four Most Common FTP Interface Zones

Commands and Options Zone Detail

Zone 1 (The Blue Zone from above) is the area you'll use to set up new FTP accounts and access profiles, and eventually send site-specific FTP commands to, for example, change your own password, or get directories of target site folders. This area translates to pretty much to the interface you're accustomed to seeing from your Windows, OS/X or Linux file or internet exploring windows.

Zone 2 (The Yellow Zone from above) is the area you'll use to navigate YOUR LOCAL COMPUTER's disk drives, folders and file stuctures. This area translates to pretty much to the file area interface you're accustomed to seeing from your Windows, OS/X or Linux file exploring windows.

Zone 3 (The Green Zone from above) is the area you'll use to navigate OUR SERVER's folders and file stuctures. This is the Zone that will be new in your experience. It's a direct depiction of the actual folders and files we establish for your use on our Server.

Zone 4 (The Pink Zone from above) will also be new to your experience of FTP Client usage and navigation. Zone 4 is available in three views, in most FTP Client applications:

1. The Transfer Manager View (above) - for realtime views of your download and upload sessions' progress.

2. The Transfer History View (above) - for capturing and reviewing all of your previous upload and download sessions. and . .

3. The Connection View (above) - for viewing realtime commands as they are processed on both your end (your Local Computer) and on our end (the command messages, status, and remaining gigabytes, megabytes and kilobytes remaining in your account, decremented in real time for each and every file or action processed)

How to Set Up A New Account.

You'll set up your FTP accounts with the commands in Zone 1, The Commands and Options zone. In this example, we'll use the Connection Wizard to establish an account for The Digital Deli FTP Site:

Where to Access The Connection Wizard

Select the Connection Icon Drop Down, then the 'Connection Wizard' option (as above).

A Typical Connection Pop Up Connection Dialogue

You'll usually be presented with a Connection dialogue similar to the above. You'll be asked to provide a Site Name for your new Account.

Enter the Site Name you wish to assign to this Account

Use an Account Name that will be easy for you to identify--and subsequently find--among your various FTP Connection Accounts (as above).

Provide the Unigue Server Host IP Address to Access the New Site

Enter the unique IP Address provided to you in your sign-up email in the 'Server Address' dialogue box (as above)

Provide A User Name [USERID] and Password Assigned to Your New Subscriber Account

Here's where you'll enter the other two elements of credentials assigned to you in your Sign Up Acceptance email. If you wish, you can change your Account Password as soon as you successfullly log on to our server.

Select A Connection Type

Here you'll select a Connection Type. The correct Connection Type for The Digital Deli FTP Site is 'FTP', so simply use the default in this screen.

Review the Summary Screen for Your New FTP Account Connection Settings

This is your Review Screen. It's the 'Finish Line' for your Connection Wizard. If everything looks OK and you wish to go on to Log On to the site for the first time, simply leave the 'Connect To This Site' checkbox as is. If you wish to connect later, or set up more accounts, uncheck the 'Connect To This Site' box and close this Pop Up dialogue.

How to Connect and Navigate The Digital Deli FTP Server

Select 'Site Manager' or One of the Drop Down Site Choices to Connect to Your Chosen Site

The Digital Deli FTP Site, Highlighted

A Successful Connection Shows the Target Server's Folders in Interface Zone 3

Select the 'Connection Log Tab' to See the Target Site Messages and Status Codes

Use Zone 2, 'Your Computer', to Navigate to the Area You'll Download 'TO'

Let's Review The Digital Deli's Server Folders for a Moment:

The Digital Deli FTP Server Zone 3 Interface Window (once Connected)

Folder Holdings Contents
Golden Age Radio Scripts The Digital Deli's growing Collection of over 1700 Radio and TV Episode Scripts from The Golden Age of Radio
Golden Age Radio By Genre Still under development, The Digital Deli's 'By Genre' Collection will eventually serve as a separate mirror of the entire Collection, arranged by Genre, instead of Aphabetically or by Country of Origin.
Golden Age Radio Film The Digital Deli's Collection of over 2700 Public Domain Film Clips, Kinescopes, Industrial Films, Educational Films, and Historic Clips and NewsReels from The Golden Age of Radio Era.
Radio USA 1 The Digital Deli's U.S.A. origin Golden Age Radio Holdings organized Alphabetically from '0' [Zero], to 'F'.
Radio USA 2 The Digital Deli's U.S.A. origin Golden Age Radio Holdings organized Alphabetically from 'G' to 'R'.
Radio USA 3 The Digital Deli's U.S.A. origin Golden Age Radio Holdings organized Alphabetically from 'S' to 'Z'.
Radio Non-USA The Digital Deli's NON-U.S.A. origin Golden Age Radio Holdings organized Alphabetically by Country of Origin
New This Month These folders (currently contained within the Radio USA 2 folder structure) are where you'll find the Newest Recordings to have entered The Collection during the previous Month
Star Showcase These folders are an innovation of The Digital Deli. They Showcase, by folder, a respective Folder Artist's body of work from The Golden Age of Radio
Subscriber Uploads These folders--accessible by only those subscribers with Upload Privileges--contain Fills and Upgrades to The Digital Deli Collection, contributed by subscribers wishing to add to, or enhance the quality and breadth of our existing holdings. We select our Contributing Upload Subscribers from Subscribers with both established reputations within the Collector Community as well as significant holdings of their own from which to draw upon to further enhance our own growing collection. The existing Subscriber Contributors have over 150 years of Golden Age Radio Collecting expertise and experience between them.

Now let's tackle your first successful download transfers. We'll connect to and open the Radio USA 1 folder, then navigate our way to the Abbott and Costello Holdings folders. Once there, we'll review the sub-folders you'll encounter within most of our Show or Programme folders. Finally, we'll transfer an Abbott and Costellow episode to your Local Computer, check and verify your download status, and Log Off of the Session.

The Zone 3 [Server] Window, with Radio_USA_1 Selected

Select 'Radio_USA_1', then either double-left-click your mouse to open it, or right-click over the highlight and select 'Open' to open the folder on our Server.

The '0' to 'F' Folders Under Radio_USA_1

That takes you to the '0' to 'F' Holdings folders under Radio USA 1, depictied above.

Select and Highlight the A-C Holdings Folder

Select 'A-C Holdings', then either double-left-click your mouse to open it, or right-click over the highlight and select 'Open' to open the folder on our Server.

The 477 Show and Programme Holdings Folders under 'A' to 'C'

This opens the 477 sub-folders under 'Radio USA 1 - A-C Holdings'. Next you'll need to highlight and select the 'Abbott and Costello' Show folder.

Select the 'Abbott and Costello' Folder

Select 'Abbott and Costello', then either double-left-click your mouse to open it, or right-click over the highlight and select 'Open' to open the folder on our Server.

The Contents of the 'Abbott and Costello' Holdings Folder

This takes you to the contents of the Abbott and Costello folder. The additional sub-folders are fairly representative of most of the more popular Show and Programme folders. The 'Ephemera' folders will usually contain logs, .pdf files, provenances for the dates and episode numbers, and possibly scripts and other supporting documentation or historical documents relating to the principal stars, technicians, sponsors, or notable events of the era. The 'Extras' folders will usually contain graphics, folder or album art, cast photos, sponsor photos and illustrations, or CD Art relating to the Show or Programme selected. The 'Unresolved' or 'Suspect Dates' folders will contain show episodes still being identified or catalogued, or episodes as yet unidentified or provenanced by the Collector Community.

Now let's select what we wish to download. We can do this one of four ways:

1. By Individual episode

2. By A Range of episodes

3. By Entire Show or Programme folder

4. By Multiple Show or Programme folders

O.K. We're almost done. Now let's see how to get an episode from the right side of the screen (our Server) to the left side of the screen (YOUR computer). Let's take another look at Zones 2 and 3 as well as the two arrows between them:

Go Back to the Abbott and Costello folder, Open It, then Highlight Your Selection

Open the Abbott and Costello Holdings folder, find and highlight 'Abbott and Costello 43-11-25 041 Costello's Pet Turkey with Jane Wyman.mp3', as above.

Locate the GREEN LEFT ARROW between Zones 2 and 3.

Now locate and Single-Left-Click the Green Arrow Pointing to the Left, between Zone 3 (Our Server) and Zone 2 (YOUR Computer).

Clicking the Left Green Arrow Begins the Download to YOUR Computer from OUR Server

You Can Check the Status of Your Download in the 'Connection Log Tab' View in Zone 4

Your Download Finishes, Updating the Connection Log Automatically

Once your download transfers successfully, the Connection Log Tab View will update automatically, decrementing your account balance, and showing the resulting download within Zone 2, on YOUR Computer. VOILA! You've successfully downloaded your first Golden Age Radio Episode from The Digital Deli Online's FTP Collection. Let's hope it's the first of thousands more you'll find in our holdings in order to enhance and build your own timeless Golden Age Radio Collection.

Now let's Log Off the Server:

Simply Find and Single Left Click The 'Disconnect' Icon in Zone 1

All Done! Congratulations!

FTP Clients:

. . . for Windows Machines (Windows OS's with Intel or AMD Processors

Ipswitch's excellent FTP Client, FTP Pro, new Version 9.0 is just about the state of the art now. You can connect to us with either FTP Pro, or it's built-in Browser.

Or try Ipswitch's FREE FTP Lite (unsupported)

Cute FTP has been an excellent shareware product for years and now offers a stable, cost-effective, and simple FTP interface. One of the best File Transfer Protocol clients available on the 'Net.

FTP Voyager is a Windows Explorer-like FTP client with an unrivaled set of features.

An enticing FTP client with a variety of customizable features.

An impressive FTP client from the developers of Mail Control.

Fetch from Softworks is one of the only FTP Clients we've tested that seems to unerringly connect to both Mac and Windows-based FTP Servers. Fetch 5.1 is a Universal application, compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, including Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" on Intel and PowerPC Macintoshes. Not running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later? Fetch 5.0.5 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.2.4 or later and Fetch 4 is compatible with Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Mac OS 8, and System 7

Softworks Fetch FTP Client Site

Transmit3 from Panic looks to be one of the most significant Mac OS X software updates of 2005. The look and feel and numerous additions to Transmit 3 are sure to make it a favorite among users.

Softworks Fetch FTP Client Site

CyberDuck from David V. Kocher is "an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licenced under the GPL with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain and AppleScript. If you need help, there is an introduction, a list of common problems and a FAQ."

Softworks Fetch FTP Client Site

Hefty FTP from Black Diamond is a queue based FTP client for the Mac that:

  • Automatically retries connections
  • Automatically retries downloads and uploads
  • Automatically resumes transfers if possible
  • Can be transferring queued files to/from FOUR FTP servers simultaneously while browsing a fifth
  • Can download files off the Web using HTTP, with full reconnection/resumption capabilities
  • Gives you extensive control over your FTP sessions and transfers.

Softworks Fetch FTP Client Site

InterArchy from Stairways Software is "the standard in file transfer software for Macintosh users running Mac OS X. Interarchy has received two Macworld Eddy nominations, many glowing reviews, and is the most powerful software of its class. Interarchy is Mac FTP software at its best."

Softworks Fetch FTP Client Site

OsXigen from JomoSoft is "a fully featured FTP/SFTP client application with lots of advanced features. All this power is hidden under a beautiful and easy-to-use UI that can be customized with 4 different icon sets".

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