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    View/Edit option during ftp session

    I'd like to have the ability to view a jpg file during an ftp session without having to download it back to pc to open it. Is this possible? Is it just a matter of associating a photo program on the pc to the view/edit option while I'm connected to my files via ftp? Thank you. Rich

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    Re: View/Edit option during ftp session



    This typically is a function of the FTP client you are using, but as a general rule in order for the FTP client to view the file it has to download a local copy. 


    The other option is to have a web browser open and type in the path / file name and then you can preview it that way.



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    Re: View/Edit option during ftp session

    Hi @dick6jane,


    As @PL281  mentioned the FTP program typically does not have any sort of built in viewer since the protocol itself is for "File Transfer".  If you are looking at files and then deciding on the fly to upload/download that is a bit of a different application.  Some of the paid programs (CuteFTP,  the old FTP Voyager) have nice interfaces that do allow for "opening files on the server", but do so via temp copy on download.  Just like @PL281 mentioned.   I use IrfanView for quick viewing and it will open the "download copy" automatically.  If you edit it or want to save it you have to use a "Save As".


    Hope this helps,


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    Re: View/Edit option during ftp session

    Thank you both for the perspective...very helpful.