URL for SFTP capture

edited December 2012 in Voila Discussions
It would be highly advantageous to not have the URL for the SFTP captures be the designated web prefix in the preferences box + the full local path to the file. Further illustration…

SFTP is setup to be "sftp.example.com" with user "alice" and remote directory navigated to "/home/alice/sc" and the name prefixes for captures is set to "vc".

The "Web Address" is set to "http://example.com/cap/" which is mapped via the web server config to the above "sc" directory.

The URL copied to the clipboard is "http://example.com/cap/home/alice/sc/vc_1.png", which is – in effect – almost entirely useless.

Adding some type of URL formatting variable options would make this feature much more usable.


  • Hi Hrbrmstr,

    Regarding your query, we have noticed the issue and our developers will be notified about the same. Thank you for reporting the issue.

  • Having the exact same problem. The little file browser makes assumptions about the server path that it shouldn't. This is a serious issue that cripples the FTP and SFTP sharing feature. I was so excited about Voila until I ran across this deal breaker of an issue.

    My hopes were further dashed when I found the issue was reported back in December but still persists.

    - -

    I love the idea of allowing an account to specify multiple destination directories, however each directory should be able to specify its own "Path" and corresponding "Base URL" — and these should be simple text fields, no need for the browser.

    For example, let's say I add an FTP account for server: "assets.example.com"

    I could add one destination labelled "SRC" with the following values:

    Path: "subdomains/assets/httpdocs/src"
    Base URL: "http://assets.example.com/src"

    If I share a file named "Voila-20130410-025406.png" using the "SRC" destination, the corresponding URL copied to the clipboard would be:


    But I could also set up an Amazon CloudFront instance that uses assets.example.com as its origin. Then I could create a second destination under the same server, but labelled "SRC-CDN" and specify these modified values:

    Path: "subdomains/assets/httpdocs/src"
    Base URL: http://d2y5148zydrfxs.cloudfront.net/src

    Then I could share the same exact file via the "SRC-CDN" destination which would copy the following URL to the clipboard.


    Best Regards,
  • Hi Zach,

    Regarding your query, we are working on the issue and it might take sometime for us to push an update for the same.
  • I believe I am following @zach around now. I was going to create a new issue but there is no need. I am experiencing the same issue.
  • To re-iterate, for your developers and the way it is designed now, the generated URL for an image should simply be the Web Address + image file name, separated with slash if the web address does not include a trailing slash.
  • One work around is to do all of the annotation and changes, etc., in Voila (very nice by the way), select the image in the toolbar, copy it making a complete copy of the image in the clipboard including annotations, and then… paste it into Skitch for posting.

    I may make a simple Alfred App workflow to strip the offending directory path out of the copied URL but since I can post to my 1and1 host via skitch (a different issue) I'll stick with that for now.
  • Hi Michaelangela,

    Regarding your query, that seems like a pretty good workaround.
    In Voila, could you please click on '+' under 'Directory paths of folder' and do not select anything under the drop down window and select "Add" as shown in the screenshot below and check if it helps.
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