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Live Ingest from FTP server

Reposting this request in the new system here:

During MLB playoffs this year it became apparent just how useful this feature would be since very often the photographer, editor and server are in three different geographic locations. Photo Mechanic already has FTP code built-in to upload, it'd be nice to see it be able to download photos as well.

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Thanks for your suggestion, Kevin. I'd be interested in seeing how many others are interested in this request. Please let us know if you could also use this feature. 

Would be great, combined with a smartphone and WiFi transmitters this could also be used for real-time ingesting whilst on the field, allowing photographers working alone to immediately start culling and editing after they return to their computer without first having to wait for ingest

That is also another way to work with 2 computers in sync via FTP (Laptop + Desktop)

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this would be pretty great. closest workaround i've found so far is to mount an FTP as a drive and have PM's live ingest watch it, or use a service to sync an FTP server folder with a folder on a computer.

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A good idea! Even better would be “Live ingest from any server” by including cloud storage. Or an open approach by allowing ftp command line arguments that allow an automatic transfer one way or sync.

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Hi all, since Yummy ftp is no longer working on Catalina Os, it be wonderful to be able to do it all in PM. To be able to have PM monitor a remote ftp server an download new images to a local folder.

Thank you for you great work!

Alessandro, Keystone-SDA, Switzerland

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@Kent - This is what I'm testing at the moment.

I mount a FTP server via WebDav and watch that folder for Live Ingest.

It's a but inconsistent, testing is ongoing.

I'm using an FTP server at

And they use a WebDav mapping tool as as shown in the screenshot.


Building an FTP server into PhotoMechanic would be tremendously useful.

I use a separate ftp server program and a watched folder.  But there are some rough edges.

One solution would be to bundle a separate FTP server with Photo Mechanic.  The ftp server could store files in a temporary location, and alert PhotoMechanic whenever a file is uploaded.   This would eliminate the current delay as Photo Mechanic waits until the file hasn't changed for awhile, and then guesses that the upload is complete.

We share photos in and out of a shared Google Drive. To ingest from that cloud drive would be very helpful.

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