The following is a Tab by Tab description for each of the CSFtp Routing Software settings for a Transfer Only configuration. Select Properties item from the File Menu to access the configuration windows. Once the configuration is entered, click OK to update the settings.

The “Save New FTP Site” command will create a new configuration file as CSFTP##.SYS where ## is a new configuration filename allowing for 100 separate configurations from CSFTP.SYS to CSFTP99.SYS.

You may use this name in the CSFTP command line argument where multiple FTP sites will be updated from a single PC.

Workstation Settings

The workstation running CSFtp, CSSync and/or CSRename should use the Always On power setting with Hibernate set to no. This can be found from Start--> Control Panel  --> Power Options. If there are problems connecting to the FTP site and the URL, Login Name and Password are correct, check the Internet Settings for Passive FTP. This can be found in Internet Explorer--> Tools-->Options-->Advanced and scroll to Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility).

General Tab

FTP Transfer
If desired, you can create multiple CSFtp configuration settings and either select the configuration after starting CSFtp or use a command line argument to start CSFtp with the correct configuration. The FTP Transfer should be used as a descriptive name for this particular configuration. This name will appear in the log indicating which configuration was used.

FTP Access

Enter the FTP address for this configuration.

Enter the login name required to access this site.

Enter the password for this login.

Verify the password by re-entering the password a second time.

FTP Folder
This is the directory on the FTP site where the files will reside. You will need the necessary access rights to the directory and it is strongly recommended that this folder name be 8 characters or less and in upper case.

Run Schedule

Update Every
Enter the number of minutes to wait between FTP updates, or select a number from the dropdown list.

Daily at
Use this area to select a time for a daily update instead of a scheduled update. If used, the CSFTP router will only check the site once each day.

Working Directories

Temporary Working Directory
Create and select the location where CSFtp will save files for transfer, Log files and other internal working files. This is the directory where CSMonitor, CSSync and CSRename should also point for log and update information.

Installation Directory
Enter the full path to the directory where CS Interactive was originally installed. This is
necessary for licensing, help and other files necessary to run CSFtp.

Local ID

In addition to files selected in an “AD Folder”, the local ID window is used to download files specifically addressed to this site.

Enter a unique identifier for this location. Since this name will be used in
downloads and as reference by other sites, it should be kept short and easy to
remember with no spaces or special characters in the name. Usually we use the
stations call letters or city name. You only need a single ID for the entire site even
if several stations run from this location.

This area is used for CSWrite script copy transfer and is not required for download only configurations. Leave the area blank and click the Add command. The name will be added to the list as a FILE TRANSFER ONLY ID.

Since CSWrite may send scripts to multiple studios you can add any number of ID’s. However, a Transfer Only installation should only require a single entry.


The Studios Tab is used to define the specific CSProducer Studios that can receive CSWrite Scripts and two special Studio names for remote copy processing such as school bus delays and closings as well as remote show prep material.

For a Transfer Only Installation, these entries are not required.

If using CSWrite to send copy to remote production studios, enter the name of the Studio in the Studio area and the full path to the location of the files for this studio. If unsure of the path, use the browse command to find the “RECORD.IDX” file for this studio.

In the sending location, this is the Studio where CSWrite writers will send their CSWrite Copy. In the Receiving location, this is where CSProducer will access the schedule and copy.


This tab is used to authorize specific writers to send copy to remote studios. Again, for Transfer Only sites this information is not required.

If we are using CSFtp to send CSWrite scripts to remote production studios, we would enter the authorized writers in this tab. This setting is the same as the CSWrite Writer configuration. Enter the writer’s name in the Writer area and the full path to the writer’s client and copy files in the Writer File area. If un-sure of the path, use the Browse command to find the files.

Before the writer can actually send copy, you will need to add the Studio defined in the Studio tab in that writer’s CSWrite configuration. Once added, the writer will see this studio in the CSWrite Send command and may select and send CSWrite copy to that remote studio.

Drop Folders

A drop folder is a directory on your network where files to be sent to specific locations are saved in preparation for transfer. When CSFtp starts the update process, the program will check these directories for files. All files in the directory will be sent to the FTP site addressed to each ID in the list and deleted from the drop folder location. If necessary, you may create multiple drop folders with different routing ID for each folder.

Directory (Drop Folder)
Enter the full path and directory name where the files will be stored.
Location ID
Enter the Location ID as entered at the remote CSFtp site. (This
name MUST match exactly to the Local ID setting the
configuration at the remote site).

Once all ID’s have been entered, click the Update Folder to add the drop folder. To remove a folder, select the folder from the drop down list and click Delete Folder.

If you are sending and receiving files from non-CSFtp sites, use the Ad Folder configuration. If desired, you can use both ad and drop folders where the Drop Folder contains settings for transferring files to CSFtp sites and the Ad Folder is used for non-CSFtp sites.

Ad Folders

Ad Folders are used to send and receive files from locations not using CSFtp. CSFtp uses the Ad Folder Settings to move files from a local network to an FTP site and move files from an FTP site to a local network. Since moving the files transfers the files from one location to another and then deletes the files, the "From and To" locations MUST be different.

Ad Folder
If desired, you may have multiple Ad Folders and the Ad Folder name is used to identify the transfer in the CSFtp Log. Enter a unique name for this Ad Folder.
From Directory
Enter the path to the directory where the files to upload are located. All files in this
directory will be copied to the FTP site and deleted from this directory.
To FTP Folder
Enter the Directory (folder name) on the FTP site where the upload files are to be saved.
Note: Unlike a Drop folder, these files will remain on the FTP site until manually
removed at the remote site. CSFtp DOES NOT maintain AD Folder FTP sites.
Web Default HTML File
If you are using CSFtp to update your web pages, you can specify a default web page to be uploaded the first run after midnight. This is used to eliminate school bus closings and delay information from today events. That is, the updates from today are
automatically cleared for the next day eliminating the need to manually remove outdated items.
To Directory
Enter the directory on the local network where files downloaded from the FTP site are
to be saved.
From FTP Folder
Enter the FTP directory containing the files to be downloaded. After the download is
completed, these files will be deleted from the FTP site.

Note: If you have a licensed version of WinZip with the command line modules, you can have CSFtp automatically compress and uncompress files as they are transferred.
Again, to ensure all sites can access the site properly it is recommended the FTP Folder names be 8 characters or less and in uppercase.

File Locations

The File Locations tab is used to define specific information used in the transfers. In addition to directing specific file types to a different location (audio files) the File Locations tab contains information for the CSISend module and the WinZip parameters.

Audio File Extension
Use this area to route specific file types to a special download area regardless
of the download settings. I.e. Drop Folder, Ad Folder, or default. Normally
used for audio files but it can be used for any file type. That is, spreadsheets,
presentations, entire databases, etc.

Files with audio extensions are saved in
Enter the location where these files will be saved.

Files for transfer are saved in.
In addition to drop folders and ad folders, files from CSWrite, CSProducer,
CSRemote, CSLive and CSISend can be scheduled for a CSFtp transfer. This
location is used by these programs to save files until the next CSFtp transfer.
With very few Center Stage Live items, the Delete After Send should be

Files downloaded from FTP site are to be saved in
Other than files directed by an Ad folder, or Audio File Extensions, this
location is the normal download directory and will contain all downloaded

WinZip Installed In
If you are using the automatic compression process, you will need to specify
the location of the WinZip command line files. Note: Media files are already
in a compressed format and zipping these files is not beneficial. Since
WinZip will need to add its compress code to the file, the compressed file
can actually be larger than the uncompressed file.


Since CSFtp is for the most part by-passing your existing filters you may, if desired, restrict the types of files that can be downloaded. In most cases, you are downloading from your own restricted sites so the filters may not be necessary but they are available.

To add a filter, enter the extension in the Filter extension area and press TAB. To remove a filter, double click the entry in the list.

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