Adding content to and getting content from the server

Uploading fileS

You can very easily add any kind of file to the Alfresco repository, by dragging and dropping the file from the desktop application into any folder within the Fred window.

The file will be uploaded into Alfresco. You can drag and drop multiple files simultaneously, or drag and drop multiple single files. While the documents are uploading, you can continue to navigate and work in Fred.

Uploaded documents are listed in the upload pane. Once uploaded, you will need to complete the metadata of the file. Where the document is of a general nature, you can use the base document type selected by default.

Based upon the document type selected, a set of metadata fields will appear. According to the rules defined by your organization, some fields might be mandatory and others might be optional. In the example below, the document type is a Proposal and the required fields (*) are Proposal Reference and Proposal Status.

At the bottom of the metadata field related to a document type, a list with optional groups of metadata fields is listed. The user will decide if these optional metadata fields are relevant to the document, and if any of them should be added to the document.

  • Click “Save” to finish the uploading of the file into the Alfresco repository.


  • Mandatory metadata fields are indicated by a “*”

  • Metadata fields with format restrictions are coloured red when the input does not comply with the restrictions

  • You will not be able to save the document if the metadata fields with restrictions are not filled in correctly

The following applications allow drag and drop of content into Fred, and are tested and supported by XeniT:

  • Desktop

  • MS Explorer

  • MS Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010

Other applications might also support the dragging and dropping of content, and could interact with Fred. By checking if the application allows dragging and dropping of a file (including content) into MS Explorer or onto your desktop, you can test possible compatibility. If the initial test is successful, attempt dragging and dropping into Fred.

Uploading folders

You can upload folders from your desktop or Explorer by dragging them into Fred. An upload process will start, which indicates the number of subfolders and files that need to be/have been uploaded. During this process, the user does not receive an alert that metadata needs to be edited to complete the upload process.

Important: you can only extend a folder structure whilst uploading a folder. It is not possible to refresh/update the structure and content from a folder you have already copied to Fred.

Adding documents (whether individually or collectively) to an existing folder structure is supported, and you are able to extend the folder structure whilst dragging a new subfolder structure into Fred.

Compress documents and folders to a container on your local drive

You can select one or multiple documents and/or folders and compress then into a container, which will be saved to your local drive.

  • Select the files you want to compress

  • Right mouse click and select “Compress and Save as”

  • A browser window will pop-up, asking you to select the folder and name under which you want to save the container

  • Fred will provide a message “Successfully Saved Compressed Files”

  • The container with the compressed files will be available in the location it has been saved to

Selecting a folder will compress all contents of the folder; that is, including the sub-folders and their content.