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Step 3: Set FTP Server Options

Now I’m assuming that you have access to an FTP server, such as the one that hosts your Web site or blog. This is the easiest way to set up EvoCam (or any WebCam software, for that matter) since it doesn’t require you to have a fixed IP address or mess with software that will keep track of your IP address on the Net. If you prefer to use your iDisk, skip this entire step. You’ll find instructions for saving to iDisk at the end of the next step.

Click the Server button to display its options (see Figure 4). Enter the ftp information for your server, including the location, username, and password to access it. Be sure to enter a valid path for a plain old WebCam file, including the name of the file followed by .jpg. Don’t use what you see here. First of all, it won’t work. Second, even if it did work, do you think I want your WebCam pictures on my server?

Figure 4

Figure 4 The Server options for setting up a plain old WebCam. (You see that bookshelf? I wrote all those books. Can you believe it?)

If you need to use passive or secure FTP, you can click the Advanced button to set additional options.

Here’s a tip. If you want a plain old WebCam to go with your timelapse movie—you may as well since EvoCam is already taking pictures—go back to the Refresh pane (refer to Figure 3) and turn on the Upload image to server check box. Then click the Now button. You can click the Status button to see the status of your most recent upload, including a thumbnail image of the picture that was actually sent (see Figure 5).

Figure 5

Figure 5 A successful upload looks like this in the status area, but with your picture, not mine.

If there’s an error in the status area, it’s time to troubleshoot. Make sure that the information you entered in the server pane is correct and try again.

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