Perth, Western Australia – 19 Aug 2001 – It was announced today on
interarchy.com that Interarchy 5.0 with FTP Disk (the new version of
Anarchie) has been completed and is ready for download.
Interarchy is award-winning Internet file transfer software for the
Macintosh. It enables a Macintosh user to access files on other computers
over the Internet. Interarchy uses the standard Internet protocols FTP and
HTTP, so Interarchy can access files on virtually any type of computer or
Version 5.0 introduces a major new feature called FTP Disk. This feature
allows you to access files on frequently-used servers with any application
in exactly the same way you access files on your hard drive. Furthermore,
an FTP Disk gives you instant access to files even over a slow connection
or while offline. It requires no proprietary software on the remote
computer, as it works via the standard FTP protocol. The FTP Disk feature
makes the process of accessing an FTP server automatic, transparent and
Interarchy 5.0 with FTP Disk runs natively on Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 or Mac OS 8.
Interarchy was formerly known as Anarchie. The name change came during the
transition from version 3.7 to version 3.8, and was the result of a failed
legal dispute with a party that had registered the domain name anarchie.com.
Interarchy is the most popular software of its class. Interarchy has won
numerous awards throughout its 10 year history including two nominations
for the 1999 and 2000 MacWorld Editors Choice Award. Interarchy has an
estimated 650,000 users and the Interarchy User Group has a highly active
population of over 1000. Interarchy was given rave TV reviews as early as
1994 on the McNeil/Leher show.
Interarchy 5.0 with FTP Disk is engineered by Stairways Software Pty Ltd
and distributed by Kagi. Interarchy 5 is currently available for free
evaluation and licensed on a per workstation basis.
New customers can purchase Interarchy from http://purchase.interarchy.com.
For licenses larger than 500 seats lodge a sales enquiry at
A fully-functional unlicensed version of Interarchy will be available until
the 1st of October 2001. It can be downloaded from either
The major changes between version 4 and version 5 were:
* FATCarbon. Interarchy is a single application that will run natively on
Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 and Mac OS 8.
* FTP Disk. The FTP Disk caches a remote folder over FTP and transparently
and automatically queues up local changes for background upload and remote
changes for background download.
* Mirror Both Ways. Make a local folder look exactly the same as a remote
folder by transferring only things that are different between the two
* Mirror Download. Make a local folder look exactly the same as a remote
folder by downloading changes from the remote folder over the top of the
* Mirror Upload. Make a remote folder look exactly the same as a local
folder by uploading changes from the local folder over the top of the
* Manual Upload. An input dialog that allows a connectionless manual
uploading of a file or folder to a remote server without first calling up a
remote listing. This operation can be bookmarked.
* Tunnel via SSH. All FTP username and passwords can now be securely
encrypted for security via SSH. This feature works for FTP Disks, This
feature is only available under Mac OS X.
* Drag Browser Links. You can now drag and drop links from your web browser
to Interarchy, rather than having to copy and paste them.
* Transparent Interfaces. Custom Interarchy interface windows (aka wands)
now support multiple levels of transparency by using the alpha channel of
the PICT resources that make up their four frames. This feature is only
available under Mac OS X. More info at .
* Hierarchical main menu. To reduce the clutter and complexity of the main
menu (the File menu under Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9, the Interarchy menu under
Mac OS X) it has been factored into command sub-menus called FTP, Web and
* Manual FTP. The traditional Anarchie-style FTP listings and dialogs were
renamed to “Manual FTP” to give them context from the new automatic FTP
Disk feature and the mirroring features.
Some developers notes from the version 5 beta testing cycle follow
– Fixed Export Listing bug
– Saved ftp disk passwords – use keychain only
– Dont keep asking for correct password
– Fixed bad header crash bug
– Use less CPU while idling FTP connection
– Balloon help
– Fixed transcript lockup
– Save disk mount/unmount location
– Auto remount preference
– Reduced startup time somewhat
– Updates http proxy when location is changed ( Mac OS X )
– New Icons
– Cannot minimize about window to the dock.
– History window correctly displays FTP Disk events
– Correct error if remote server has two files names that are case
insentive the same.
– Added Pepper to list of supported editors
– Fixed Assertion if hit return or enter in FTP Disk Manager window
with no disks selected.
– Handles existing MacBinary files for FTP Disks better
– Support for double clicking with cmd/shift
– Changed the text of the Mirror Warning
– Use a little less memory for mirroring
– Dont relist directory for mkdir when mirroring
– Fixed mirroring to path ”
– Changed Warning for FTP Disk creation
– Changed text of warning for Edit with Editor failed uploads
– Dont lock up during long list parse
– Dont lock up when lots of stuff is dumped to the transcript window
– Disk location on desktop remount goes to normal disk location
– Open window for new ftp disk after first mount
– Resolve alias files for upload
– Mac OS X Crash if key was held down while Interarchy was launched.
– Preferences window doesn’t jump when opened.
– Spelling of unmounted in FTP Disk Manager.
– Copying FTP Disk entry returns a url.
– Canceling the Setup FTP Disk dialog works.
– Spelling of ‘About SSH Support’.
– Crash if disk was unmounted while it was mounting.
– Compatible with Mac OS 8.1.
– MenuSharing turned back on.
– If Interarchy quits while a disk is being mounted the disk is not mounted.
– Switch Netscape works.
– Change “Show Startup Items” to “Refresh Startup Items”
– Improved sort order preferences
Interarchy will build a default Interarchy preferences folder upon first
installation. The default startup item is the FTP Disk Manager window, but
this is completely configurable as is the contents of the Home menu and
Bookmarks listing. This is accomplished by modifying the Interarchy
preferences folder. You can navigate to this folder by selecting the
“Preferences Folder” item in Interarchy’s Settings menu. Interarchy is
modular, allowing you to hide features that you do not use, and make the
ones you do easily accessible.
Customers that purchased Interarchy 4 after 25 June 2001 will be issued a
free upgrade to Interarchy 5. To claim your free upgrade look up your
Interarchy 4 purchase at http://enquiry.interarchy.com/.
Customers that purchased Interarchy 4 before 25 June 2001 will be able to
upgrade to Interarchy 5 for a discounted amount. For instructions on
claiming your discount upgrade to 5 look up your Interarchy 4 purchase at
The developers of Interarchy produce a casual monthly newsletter reporting
on the status of the project and other matters of interest to Macintosh
Internet users. It is called Total Interarchy and is distributed via email
and the web at http://total.interarchy.com.
The Interarchy User Group is an online community consisting of the
developers and users of Interarchy. It is located on the web at
Extensive online documentation of Interarchy edited by Chris Pepper can be
found at http://documentation.interarchy.com.
For sales enquires, customer service, technical support, complaints or to
contact a specific member of our team we prefer to be contacted via email.
Our current email addresses are listed at http://www.interarchy.com/email