So I just upgraded my computer and I know it’s always a pain. When I say “upgraded”, it wasn’t an in-place software upgrade or moving to the God-forsaken Windows 8 OS, I mean, “replaced computer from barebones.” This means that there is always a whole lot of pain reinstalling software, transferring files and settings, making sure everything is “just so.” If all this is beyond you, you can always contact us for Raleigh computer repair. Since I do this all the time, it wasn’t a huge stretch, but still… I don’t care how easy the “Easy Settings Transfer Wizard” tries to make it sound, unless you’re running nothing more than a browser, you’re going to have some work to do.
I actually went from a Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit on an AMD Phenom II x6 to a shiny Intel i7-3770 with 8 cores packed into a Dell XPS 8550. I couldn’t be happier. Except of course, for the getting everything “just so.” When your computer IS your business, it’s not just a one day operation. I’m on day 10 or so and have just now gone to use the FTP features on my also shiny brand new version of UltraEdit v19.10.
Granted, on THIS app, I did NOT have 150 some accounts like the CuteFTP upgrade, but I had enough where hunting down all the usernames/passwords would have been really annoying. So enough blathering, here’s what it takes to upgrade/import your FTP sites from UltraEdit v15 to UltraEdit v19 – and I suspect most versions are just some variation on this process.
In order to see and do all of this, you will need a couple changes to your folder view settings. Go to Windows Explorer. Go to the “Tools” => “Folder Options…”. Click the “View” tab and click the “show hidden files,…” radio button. Then “Apply” and “OK”. You can change them back to what they were before you started after you are done. This allows you to see these settings files.
Source Computer (Old Version of UltraEdit)
UltraEdit v15 – there is an option to save your FTP files to a user-defined text file under Advanced => Configuration => FTP. Naturally I didn’t do that. So where ARE the FTP settings? They’re under this file – adjust to your particular settings
There is a whole LOT of information in the INI file. Don’t bug yourself trying to figure it all out. You only need a couple different areas. What YOU are interested in are two particular types of information – the individual account information groups and the [FTP Account List]. Unfortunately, the individual accounts are scattered throughout the whole INI file.
Your individual accounts will look something like this
SSH Authentication Type=0
SSH Compression Level=0
SSH Key Requires Passphrase=0
Sync Clock Skew=300
Use Extended FTP Commands=0
Use Full Path When Saving=0
Use SSH Compression=0
FTP Account List
[FTP Account List]
Destination Computer (UltraEdit v19)
On this computer, after discovering the whole “Save FTP Setitngs in user selected file” thing, I created a file by checking the little box. Go to the Advanced => Configuration => FTP and check the box. “OK” out on the dialog box. Close the app. At least I think that’s when it created it. Your computer should have this file if that box is checked (or something real similar…
Now what we’re going to do is simply copy the appropriate data sections from the OLD computer .INI file to the new FTP Settings text file. We will create a new file, paste all the info in there, save it, close our UE, rename the IdmFTPAccounts.txt file and pop in our new file. Then when we open up our UltraEdit AGAIN, we’ll have our old list back in place – wooHOOOO!
The Actual Steps to Create the New File
- Old Computer/Version – Open up UEdit32.INI from your old version
- New Computer/Version – Open the IdmFTPAccounts.txt file. At this point it’s probably going to be just about blank. Save it as “-IdmFTPAccounts.txt” in the same directory. We’re going to be doing all our work in UE while we’re doing this. I hate using Notepad.
Start at the top of the UEdit32.ini from the old version and grab every entry that looks like the individual entry above and paste it with a blank line following it into the -IdmFTPAccounts.txt file. You’re going to end up with series of individual account entries and then grab the [FTP Account List] as above and paste it in there too. It really doesn’t seem to make ANY difference what order you paste it in as UltraEdit seems to adjust it to its’ own likings when you close. I put all of my individual entries in and then put the FTP Account List part at the top.
- Save the -IdmFTPAccounts.txt.
- Close UltraEdit.
- Open up Windows Explorer and go here –
C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataRoamingIDMCompCommonFTP Accounts. On the new version, rename the ORIGINAL IdmFTPAccounts.txt to anything else – I used two dashes “–” before the name.
- Now rename the new created file to IdmFTPAccounts.txt by removing the dash.
What you have now done is created a new text file to replace the default FTP accounts file. You have saved the original in case something goes wrong. You have told UE to use your new file and you should NOW have all your FTP accounts showing with ALL the proper information in place. Yeah!
Open up UltraEdit and BAM! You should be good to go. It took all of about 5 minutes.
Now go back and change back your Folder view settings so you don’t have a desktop full of “desktop.ini” files.
You may want to try to be a little lazier by trying to import all the data or something along those lines from the Uedit32.ini file – I did NOT as I didn’t want to clutter or possibly corrupt anything. I made a 4 version jump when I bought the new version of UltraEdit, so there is no telling what has deprecated over that time and what may cause issues if brought forward. Just bring what you need and it works like a champ.