I tried the dir FAQ. it needs to be rewritten. you don't leave the directories page to go to the sessions tab in the dialog like it says. stay in directories and clkick the Save... button at the bottom.
OK, done. Saving session has changed since the FAQ was written.
besides, winscp decided to "forget" the directories settings I saved every time. this is a bug!
I do not understand. When does it forget them?
when I save to a session.
here is the problem. when I save to a session, either the directory or the session info is blanked, or both. what I tried, not knowing how the program worked, was
1. starting winscp
2. clicking on the session I wanted
3. clicking on the directory tab.
this does not work. the directories are then empty. I see in hindsight what I did wrong.
what should be in the manual is:
1. if you haven't created a session already, create a session by clicking on Session|Stored sessions tab in the tree, then click the N
ew button, name the session and fill in the parameters.
2. click on Session|Stored sessions tab in the tree.
2. click on a session.
3. click the E
4. click the Environment|Directories tab in the tree.
5. edit the parameters.
6. click the S
7. save as the session you picked earlier using the drop-down list.
If you design the program correctly, you won't need to refer hardly anyone to a FAQ. it will be intuitive. The only thing you will need to do is define terms.
So how would you design it?
- directory settings moved from separate panel to session parameters panel.
- automatic recovery from connection failure as the default (it happens a lot on WiMAX, sattelite, dialup, and other internet connection types)
- ability to pause queue and resume later
- visible queue and automatic background mode as default
- show filesize as part of upload/download stats (no surprises)
- automatic resume connection+transfer on failure, no questions asked as an option (I think your program kind of does this, but it throws up a dialog, and says "connection failure, software abort" and then starts your download/upload all over again from scratch if you do anything about the dialog, but resume is happening in the background anyway if you don't)
- button for queue pause/resume
- save or restore queue. this means the session too.
- double-click uploads/downloads by default.
- I shouldn't be forced to exit the program to start another connection. this shouldn't be a 1-connection pony. If this is not the case, reword your preferences.
essentially, the program should be as automatic as possible. I shouldn't have to play around with it to get it to work the first time. and it should be as easy to use for everyone as possible (at least as far as an FTP program goes).
but in all seriousness, this is so user-unfriendly and counter-intuitive to have the directories disassociated from the sessions. the directory entries should be within each session's dialog page.
It is. I do not understand where do you see disassociation.
having the directories parameters page completely separate from the session parameters page, and having to jump through hoops in order to get the directories for a session saved. bring them together into one parameter page. I know I am repeating myself a lot.
so just out of curiosity, why is it when I save session info, that the program exits?
It does not. At least not for me. And noone has reported this before. Can you describe step by step how to achieve this?
It's not something I can reproduce. I probably made some mistakes, being new to the program.