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Rumpus Tether

Welcome to Tether, a client application designed to improve the workflow of people in organizations that have deployed Rumpus file transfer servers.

Rumpus servers allow clients to connect via FTP clients, Web browsers, WebDAV, SFTP and other standard Internet applications. In other words, your Rumpus server is generally accessible to your outside users without the need of any specific or additional software. For example, the most common way for people to connect with your server, transfer and manage files, and otherwise interact with the system is simply through the Web browser people use every day.

Tether, on the other hand, is a client application designed specifically for people who need access to content on the Rumpus server on a regular basis. Administrators can install Tether on computers within an organization to make it easy to access user content folders, view recently transferred files, manage drop shipments, and more. Essentially, Tether is designed to be run by people within an organization that runs a Rumpus server, while "external users" use standard Web browsers or general file transfer clients.

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Logging In
In an organization where user convenience is more important than ultimate security, your Tether client may be configured to log in automatically, without the need to supply a password on launch. (See the "Setup" section in the Tether User's Guide for details.) However, assuming your password isn't automatically applied, when you first launch Tether, you will be presented with the Tether login window.
If your client and the Rumpus server are on that same local network, then set the "Connect To Server" option to "Locally". If your Tether client needs to connect from a remote location, select "Remotely".
Next, supply your password and click "Connect" (or press return). If you need to change your server connection settings, click the "Setup" button, and see the "Setup" section below for details about connecting to the server.

The Workspace

Once logged in, the main workspace window is displayed.

In the Tether window, at the top left, you'll find 3 views:

File Browser View
Used to manage the content of folders on the server, much like a traditional FTP client.
Recent Files View
View and access recently transferred files to and from the server.
Drop Ship View
Display existing drop shipments and drop ship files directly from your desktop.

The majority of the workspace is filled with a file listing, which will display files and folders either from a particular content folder on the server (File Browser View), that have been recently transferred (Recent Files View) or sent via drop shipping (Drop Ship View). To manage files hierarchically, as you would on your own system or via FTP client, click to File Browser View to flip into that display. To view a list of recently transferred files, or drop shipped files, click the corresponding "View" button.

Along the bottom of the workspace, the "Local Work Folder" is shown. This is a path to a convenient folder on your system that you may want to use to save content downloaded from the server. You can, of course, download content to any folder on your system you like, but the local work folder will serve as a default content folder, simplifying your workflow when you have a preferred local folder for working with recently downloaded files.

To select the local work folder, click the "open drawer" button. To view that folder it in the system, click the "view folder" button.

Along the top of the workspace window are a series of buttons to either perform actions on files or otherwise interact with the server.

Refresh the File List
Tether occasionally automatically synchs the current display with the server, but you can click this button at any time to manually refresh the file listing
Upload a File
This function uploads a file to the Rumpus server. In File Browser View, the file is uploaded to the current remote folder. In Drop Ship View, it creates a new drop shipment.
Download a File
Download the selected file(s) to the Local Work Folder. The function downloads the selected files in all 3 Views, though in "Recent Files" view, may fail if the selected file has been moved from its original location or deleted.
Display a File Content Preview
View a file preview of the selected file(s), when the server is capable of generating an image for the file's content type.
Get Info About a File
This feature is not yet implemented.
Create a Folder
Available only in File Browser View, creates a folder on the server in the current remote folder.
Delete a File or Folder
Delete the selected file(s) or folder(s). In Drop Ship View, this function deletes not only the file, but the record of the shipment from the drop shipments database.

Dragging files into or out of the list is also supported to allow you to upload or download to or from any folder on your system.


File Browser

The file browser, as shown in the screen capture above, allows you to browse your Rumpus content folder in much the same way you would with a traditional FTP client. You can move down into sub-folders by double-clicking the folder name, and move back up using the "Remote Folder" menu.

To download a file or folder, drag it from the file listing to the destination folder on your system, or simply click the download button to have the file downloaded to your local work folder. To upload a file, drag it from your local system into the file listing, or click the upload button and then select the item from the standard file selection box.

Preview, create folder, file info and delete buttons all perform the respective task for the file selected in the listing. Select a single file and then shift-click another to select both files, and all of those in between. Use command-click to select multiple individual files.


Recent Files
The Recent Files View displays files recently transferred to or from the server, with the most recently transferred files displayed first. In Recent Files View, the upload and create folder functions are disabled, because the view does not represent any specific content folder on the server. Download, preview, get info and delete buttons do perform their intended function on selected files.
The file list display can be filtered by either transfer type (uploaded or downloaded files) or by the user who transferred the file. So, for example, if you are looking to see if "Richard" has uploaded a file, set the filter to "View Uploaded Files for Richard".

Drop Shipping
The Drop Ship View displays a list of all drop shipments you have sent. You can download the shipped file(s), display a file preview, get info, and delete a shipment.
To drop ship any file from your local system, simply drag the file into the list, or click the upload button and then select the file using the standard file selection dialog. When sending a drop shipment, common settings, such as assigning a pickup password and the transfer style to be used when the drop ship URL is accessed will be available, based on the Drop Ship administration setup on the server.

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