File Transfer

TeleFinder supports a variety of file transfer protocols, recovery of broken transfers and drag and drop batch transfer.



Receiving Files

To receive a file you simply drag the file to wish to receive to your hard drive icon.

To receive a file in an area other than the root level of your hard drive, open the hard drive icon first and maneuver to the folder you wish to place the file, and drag the file directly to that folder.


Batch File Transfers

You can send or receive a group of documents at the same time. Select the icons identifying the group of files. Then drag them to their destination. You can select them all at once by drawing a selection rectangle around them, or individually by holding the shift key down while you click on individual icons.

Use the File Basket when you want to make batch transfers from separate locations. First put the different files into the File Basket, then make the batch transfer from the File Basket to your hard disk.



Sending Files to the BBS

Drag a file's icon to the Upload icon in the BBS Desktop window. That is all that is necessary to begin a file transfer using TeleFinder.


After the transfer is complete, there will be an exact copy of the file on the BBS's hard disk. The BBS Sysop decides which folder uploads go into using access group settings. 

You can also transfer files directly to a "Files" area when you have "Write" privileges in that area. See the Folder Privileges section for information about the Write privelege in a Files area.



File Transfer Protocols

TeleFinder supports Backgrround, ZMODEM , XMODEM-CRC, and XMODEM-1K file transfers. The "Background" protocol uses TeleFinder's native communications facilities. Select the file transfer protocol you wish to use from TeleFinder's Special Menu.

Each of TeleFinder's file transfer protocols provides error correction using advanced error detection techniques to insure accurate data transfer.

The Background transfer protocol lets you continue to use the BBS while transfers are in progress. You can also send and receive files at the same time. This is the preferred protocol because of it's combination of speed and convenience.

Both Background and ZMODEM file transfers have the advantage file recovery. If a the file transfer fails to complete, TeleFinder saves the part of the file already received. You can then complete the transfer either on another call, or during the same call. Just drag the file to the same location to continue the transfer where it left off.

TeleFinder/User supports the "streaming" and "windowed" ZMODEM variations. Use streaming to get the fastest file transfers. Use windowed when there is a flow control problem. Switching to windowed ZMODEM can be helpful if you notice a large number of retransmits.

The XMODEM file transfer protocol does not require flow control and has less overhead than ZMODEM. Use XMODEM when you have small files to transfer, or when you have problems with flow control. XMODEM does not support file recovery.



Partial Files

Select the "Show Partial Files" command from the Special menu to display a list of partially completed file transfers. This is the list that TeleFinder uses to make it possible to resume interrupted file transfers.

This window shows the location of partially completed transfers, what BBS they came from, and how much of the file has been transferred.

TeleFinder will keep no more than 50 entries in this list, and the oldest items will be removed to make room for new items when a file transfer is interrupted. You can remove items manually from the list using the Trash button.