Applying Dreamweaver 8.0.2 patch on Windows 7 or 8

I’ve been hobbling along with Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 7 and now Windows 8, without the ability to save my FTP settings. It was fixed in the 8.0.2 patch, but the patch won’t install under Windows 7/8. My work around was just FTPing the file manually. Anyways, I found the solution to getting the patch applied in this forum post.

Basically, you manually run the patch using an unwrapped installer file, which you can still get here from Adobe. The trickiest part is that you have to open a Command Prompt running as Administrator. To do this, go to your Windows 8 Start page and start typing Command. You should see Command Prompt pop up eventually. Right-click and choose Run as administrator. Click Yes when prompted with a User Account Control message. Assuming you have administrator rights, the Command Prompt window should appear. (If you don’t, this exercise won’t work.)

So, unzip the patch file to an easy place to get to on your C: drive. In the Command Prompt window, navigate to the patch file directory and type:

msiexec /update patchpackage.msp

Press enter.

That’s it!

Big thanks to CyBrett who posted this way back on September 9, 2009!

Map an FTP site to a drive letter

Mapping an FTP site to a drive letter is very handy. It saves you the lengthy process of saving a copy of the file somewhere, booting an FTP client, logging into a ftp site, navigating to the source file, navigating to the target folder, uploading the file, closing the client, and deleting the original file. Just save the file directly to the FTP-mapped drive and you’re done. Perfect for my blog post pics!

I’ve been using FTP Drive for a while, but iTunes doesn’t like it and spits out an annoying error every time I boot it. Netdrive is a newer product and it’s free for personal use! Documentation is sparce, but set up is not much different than any other FTP client. It supports passive mode, SSL, SFTP, etc. iTunes seems to like it so, so do I.

One trick I learned as that you can add a path to the end of the FTP URL, like ftp.mydomain.com/images and the folder will become the root of the mapped drive. Very nice!

Speed up FTP transfer by disabling SPI on your router

My VOIP phone service ViaTalk recommended I disable SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) on my router for better performance.

I did a little research and it appears that the primary purpose for this is to prevent DoS attacks which seems like overkill on a home router. Anyways, disabling didn’t seem to improve my VOIP service, but I was uploading a file today and was getting a significant upload speed improvement, maybe 20+%. Downloads seem faster as well. Nice!

Of course, if that is all this option is designed to do, it seems kind of stupid to have it on by default in a home-level router.

Note: On my DLink DIR-655 the option is under Firewall Settings on the Advanced tab.

UPDATE:
I should mention it speeds up downloads as well. A friend of mine who lives in Chicago was already getting an astounding 29,877 kbps down and 4655 kbps up. He switched SPI off and it increased to 32, 185 kbps down and 8,328 kbps up!

FireFTP is one hot browser-based FTP client

With the maturing of web technologies like Flash and AJAX, web apps are suplanting the need for desktop apps more and more. PC Mag’s March issue recommended the Firefox extension FireFTP on their Best Free Software list so I decided to check it out.

Well, it has all of the features I need including SFTP support, so I’m going to start using it for my remote FTP needs. Previously I’ve been using a desktop app CoreFTP. (I’ll still stick with TotalCommander for a lot of stuff since I like the integration into that tried and true file manager.) Check out this gem if you do a lot of FTPing.

Turn FTP site into local drive with FTP Drive utility

I you analyze the URL for the pictures I use in my blog, you’d see that they are hosted at dougworld.com. I don’t use the WordPress storage because it’s just easier to upload and backup this way. Plus I have tons of extra storage there. Anyways, I used to save the image locally and then FTP it up to the site. Kinda tedious process.

Well, FTP Drive from Killprog.com lets you mount an FTP site as if it was a local drive. So all I do is save the image to what appears to be a local drive and it automatically gets uploaded to the FTP site. You can download them this way as well. Very cool. It seems to work ok, although I have noticed a glitch here and there, like it will report the file is already there and it wants to overwrite it. Still, in the end it seems to work so I’m not complaining for this FREE app.

I have another utility running, Second Copy, that monitors the FTP folder and automatically downloads any new files so I can keep an archived copy locally.