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Using File City Interactive

Overview

File City Interactive provides a drag-and-drop experience with advanced features such as live editing of image and text files and an adjustable workspace.

Filecity can be accessed from any location using the web portal.

If you are on campus, you can set up a Network Drive to access your File City home folder directly.

NOTE: You can click the screenshot images to see them in larger view.

NOTE: File City Interactive relies on javascript - if you are using an assistive technology that does not support javascript, or if javascript is disabled in your browser, you should use File City Web.

Logging into File City

1. Go to https://filecity.brockport.edu/ : The window shown below will appear. Click File City Interactive. If you want to use the old web interface to File City, please see Using File City Web.

2. Enter your NetID and password and click the green check mark.

3. You should now see an expanded list of your folders listed on the left and a directory style listing of files and folders on your right.

Logging out of File City

1. Click “Logged in as (your NetID)” button and click “log out” from the drop-down list.

Working In File City Interactive

Creating a new folder

1. With the desired folder location selected in the left panel, Click the “new dir” icon.

2. Type in the folder name desired and click the green check mark.

Renaming a file and/or folder

1. With the desired file/folder selected, click the “Rename” icon.

2. Type in the desired name and click the green check mark.

Deleting a file and/or folder

1. With the desired item(s) selected, click the “Delete” icon. You can perform this action on multiple items at once see Selecting Multiple Items.

2. If you are sure you would like to delete the item(s) click the green check mark, otherwise click the “x”.

Copy a file and/or folder

1. With the desired item(s) selected, click the “Copy” icon. You can perform this action on multiple items at once see Selecting Multiple Items

2. Select the folder you would like to copy the item(s) into and click the green check mark.

Move a file and/or folder

1. With the desired item(s) selected, click the “Move” icon. You can perform this action on multiple items at once see Selecting Multiple Items.

2. Select the folder you would like to copy the item(s) into and click the green check mark.

Selecting Multiple Items

1. To select contiguous items press and hold the SHIFT key and select items.

2. To select non-contiguous items press and hold the CONTROL key and select items.

Search for a file/folder

1. Select the folder to be searched and click the search icon on the navigation bar. (If you want to search the entire home directory select “FILECITY” in the list at the left before searching).

2. Type in the folder/file name you would like to search for and click the “binoculars” search icon. Once the search has finished the “binoculars” icon is greyed and the “x” button becomes active. Click “X” to quit searching. You can also search using only a portion of the item's name.

3. Items found will be listed below the search box, to make the list taller drag the separator below. To go to any file you can click it within the list.

Bookmark/Favorite a folder

1. You can easily bookmark folders that you use often. Click the yellow star icon in the navigation bar.

2. Then click “bookmark” and the current folder open will be added to the list. Whenever you return to the bookmark menu and click the folder it will open up that folder for you.

Upload a file

1. Click the “Upload” icon.

2. In the new window click the “Browse” icon and select a file to upload.

Note you can upload more than one file at a time by repeating this step.

Also Note: the “Options” button to view Options available for upload.

–Overwrite: Overwrite existing file within File City with same name.

–Rename: Create a second file and keep existing file by renaming new file.

–Alert: Software will alert you and give you the option to overwrite or not.

3. Click the “Send” icon to upload files listed as ready.

Download a file

1. Click the “Download” icon.

2. Your web browser will prompt you to save or open the file with a compatible program available on your computer.

NOTE: Double-clicking a file will cause it to open or download, depending on the file type. Please see “View/Edit Files”, below, for details.

Display Options

1. Hide left pane with folder expanded list by clicking the “Left Pane” icon.

2. Change between Thumbnail and List view of files and folders in right pane by clicking the Display drop down list and selecting a view.

3. Show file/folder details by dragging the “dots” upward; details also includes action buttons available based on file/folder selected.

Icons circled in red from left to right:

1) Go up to parent folder in directory.

2) Refresh current folder.

View/Edit Files

File City Interactive provides the option to view and edit some file types within the program, without the need to download the file to your computer first. What you can do will depend on the type of file you want to work with.

1. Select desired file and click the “Open In” icon to view drop down list.

- The contents of the drop down list depend on the type of file you have selected.

- If File City Interactive has a reader or editor that is made to work with the file, one or more items will show at the top of the list, above a horizontal line. If you select one of these items, File City Interactive will open a new window with the file content ready for editing or viewing. Readers/editors are available for text, image, and pdf files, among others. There are not editors for Microsoft Office documents at present.

- At the bottom of the drop down list, two options are always available:

— External Window - this will pass the file off to your web browser. If the browser can display the file (a pdf or image file, for example), it will do so, in a new tab or new browser window. If the browser cannot display the file, it will download it.

— Choose Other… - this will give you a list of readers/editors available in File City Interactive other than those that File City Interactive thinks would be appropriate for this file. In general this is not recommended, but may be useful when you have a file with an unusual extension that you know could be edited by a text editor, for example. Use this option with caution!

NOTE: Double-clicking a file will cause File City Interactive to open it in the best reader/editor that it believes will work for that file. If there is no reader or editor, it will send the file to the browser as in the “External Window” option described above.

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filecity/web_interact.txt · Last modified: 2014/06/11 15:55 by dhoenk