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Chapter 4. Folders and Files > Administering Sitespring Helper

Administering Sitespring Helper

One of Sitespring's main functions is to help you work with your team's folders and files on the production server. A task may require that you edit a file in Dreamweaver or open a document in Word. Web browsers, however, cannot open files and folders on your hard drive. The same security features that safeguard your computer when you surf to a dubious Web site prevent Sitespring, a Web-based application, from interacting with your hard drive or local file servers. Sitespring needs help—hence the name, Sitespring Helper—to make the links in Sitespring open a document in the appropriate application on your machine.

In Sitespring you can link files to tasks, and link folders to tasks and projects. While working with tasks and projects that have linked items, you can click a link to open the linked file or folder. It is Sitespring Helper that causes the files and folders to open in Windows Explorer on a PC or in the Finder on a Mac. The application in which a file opens, however, is entirely up to you. You may want GIF images to open in Fireworks, or you may want them to open in ImageReady. Read on to find out how to configure Sitespring Helper to work with your favorite applications.

To install Sitespring Helper on a PC:

1.
Navigate to the Help page that has a link to download the Sitespring Helper installer. Click the help tab in the main navigation bar.

The Help page opens in a new browser window.

2.
Click Installing Sitespring Helper in the left-hand navigation pane (Figure 4.47).

Figure 4.47. Click Installing Sitespring Helper in the left-hand pane.


Don't confuse this with the Installing Sitespring link above it.

The Installing Sitespring Helper page opens on the right.

There are two sets of instructions, one for Windows and one for Mac.

3.
Locate the Windows instructions, which are listed first.

4.
Click the “download installer” link near the top of the instructions (Figure 4.48). A File Download dialog opens. Select “Save this program to disk” and click the OK button.

Figure 4.48. Click the “download installer” link to begin downloading Sitespring Helper.


5.
A Save As dialog appears. Choose a location to save the installer application, and click the Save button.

6.
Locate the installer you downloaded in step 5. It is called Helper_Installer.exe (depending on how your machine is configured, it may appear simply as Helper_Installer). Launch the installer application by double-clicking its icon (Figure 4.49).

Figure 4.49. Double-click the Sitespring Helper installer icon to open it.


7.
The installation wizard opens. Click the Next button (Figure 4.50).

Figure 4.50. Click Next to advance through the installation wizard.


8.
The license agreement displays. Click the Yes button to accept the license agreement.

9.
The Choose Destination Path screen opens. Most users will simply click the Next button to accept the default installation destination (Figure 4.51). If you'd like to install the application in a different folder, click Browse, locate the folder into which you'd like to install the application, and click the Next button.

Figure 4.51. Most users can simply accept the default installation destination by clicking Next.


10.
The Confirm Selections screen opens. Double-check that the application will be installed into the correct folder, and click the Next button.

The installation process begins (Figure 4.52). The installation is nearly complete when the progress bar fills completely.

Figure 4.52. The installation process begins. The progress bar indicates how much of the installation process has been completed.


11.
If the screen displays “The installation process is complete,” click the Finish button and continue with step 12.

On some computers you may be asked to reboot your machine before the installation process is complete. If this applies to you, select “Yes, I want to restart my computer now” and click the Finish button (Figure 4.53). The computer will reboot, and Sitespring Helper is now installed.

Figure 4.53. Click the Finish button after the application has been installed.


12.
Launch Sitespring Helper (Figure 4.54).

Figure 4.54. Launch the Sitespring Helper by locating it in your Start menu.


The first time you launch the application it will ask you if you'd like to automatically associate other previously installed Macromedia programs to file types they can open. For example, if you already have Macromedia Dreamweaver installed, clicking Yes will cause .html and .htm files to open in Dreamweaver. Most users should click the Yes button (Figure 4.55). If you don't have any Macromedia programs installed, clicking the Yes button has no effect.

Figure 4.55. Click the Yes button to associate Macromedia programs with the file types they can edit.


The installation process is now complete. See “To add a new file type” for information on how to further configure Sitespring Helper.

To install Sitespring Helper on a Mac:

1.
Navigate to the Help page that has a link to download the Sitespring Helper installer. Click the help tab in the main navigation bar.

The Help page opens in a new browser window.

2.
Click Installing Sitespring Helper in the left-hand navigation pane (Figure 4.56). Don't confuse this with the Installing Sitespring link above it.

Figure 4.56. Click Installing Sitespring Helper in the left-hand navigation pane.


The Installing Sitespring Helper page opens. There are two sets of instructions, one for Windows and one for Mac.

3.
Locate the Mac instructions, which are listed below the PC instructions.

4.
Click the “download installer” link near the top of the Mac instructions (Figure 4.57).

Figure 4.57. Click the “download installer” link at the top of the Mac installation instructions.


Sitespring Helper begins to download (Figure 4.58).

Figure 4.58. The download progress is displayed.


5.
When the download completes, locate the file you just downloaded in your default download folder. The file will be called Sitespring Helper Installer.

6.
Launch the installer application (Figure 4.59).

Figure 4.59. Launch the installer application you just downloaded.


The installer program launches.

7.
Click the Continue button to proceed past the opening screen. The license agreement displays. Click the Accept button (Figure 4.60).

Figure 4.60. Click the Accept button to accept the license agreement.


The Sitespring Helper Installer window opens (Figure 4.61). The installer will default to placing the application inside the Applications folder of your system's startup disk. Most users can accept this default location and continue to step 8. If you'd like another location, choose one from the Install Location pull-down menu in the lower-left corner (Figure 4.62). You can select another hard drive in the list or choose Select Folder to specify a particular folder within a drive.

Figure 4.61. From the installer window, you can choose where to install the application, or click the Install button to begin the installation.


Figure 4.62. The Installation Location pull-down menu allows you to choose where to install the application.


8.
Click the Install button to proceed with the installation or click the Quit button to cancel.

Some users may see a dialog box asking them to install CarbonLib (Figure 4.63), a resource file the appli-cation needs in order to run. If you are one of these users, download and install CarbonLib: At the time of this writing you could download CarbonLib from Apple at www.info.apple.com/support/downloads.html.

Figure 4.63. Some users of older Macs may be asked to install CarbonLib, a resource the application needs in order to run.


The installation process begins. You will see a progress bar detailing the installation status (Figure 4.64). When the bar fills, the installation is complete.

Figure 4.64. The progress bar indicates how the installation is proceeding.


9.
A dialog box appears, indicating that the installation was successful. Click the Quit button to exit the installer application.

Sitespring Helper is now installed.

10.
Launch the application. You can locate it in the directory you chose in step 7; users who accepted the default location will find Sitespring Helper inside a folder named Macromedia Sitespring Helper inside the Applications folder of their startup disk.

The first time you launch the application, it will ask you if you'd like to automatically associate other previously installed Macromedia programs to file types they can open. For example, if you already have Macromedia Dreamweaver installed, clicking Yes will cause .html and .htm files to open in Dreamweaver. Most users should click the Yes button (Figure 4.65). If you don't have any Macromedia programs installed, clicking the Yes button has no effect.

Figure 4.65. Click the Yes button to associate installed Macromedia applications with the file types they open.


The installation process is now complete. See “To add a new file type” for information on how to further configure Sitespring Helper.

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