Creating Droplets


To create a new droplet, double click on the DropDat master application.

You will then be presented with a blank configuration screen like the one below.

DropDat Creation Interface

Fill in the details about the droplet you wish to create.  The window can be widened if you need more room.

Name This will be the name of the droplet executable.  It must be different than DropDat's name.  For example, "To Home Office".  The new droplet will be created in the same folder as DropDat.  You must have permission to that folder and modify the droplet.
The DNS name or IP address of the host or the host group to which files will be sent.  The port number of the server can also be specified using a colon.  For example:  The server name or address will be evaluated on the system running the droplet at the time of each file transfer.  If you use an internal name or private address, the droplet will not work on systems outside your network.
The path to the folder on the server where files will be uploaded.  Remember that ExpeDat servers always use forward slashes ('/') to delimit path names.  Leave this blank to deliver files to the home directory.  See the Home Directories section of the server documentation for details.
Username If the server requires authentication, enter the username here.  Usernames must be less than 32 characters and should consist of only ASCII letters, numbers, and symbols.  When targeting a Windows server, you may specify an Active Directory name as "username@ad_domain".
Password When authenticating with a username, enter the matching password here.  The password will be AES encrypted prior to storage in the droplet.  Passwords must be less than 32 characters and should consist of only ASCII letters, numbers, and symbols.
Leave this blank for regular file uploads.  If the server has been configured to accept data for an Object Handler, enter the Object Handler's action code here.  For example, if you are uploading to the ExpeDat Gateway for Amazon S3, enter "S3" here.  An Object Handler cannot be used with Streaming Folders.
Encryption Checking this box enables AES encryption of the file content while it is in transit.  Request information, including usernames, passwords, file paths, and meta data, are always encrypted.  Using content encryption will increase the CPU load of both the server and the client and may cause a slight reduction in performance.
When enabled, folders and their contents will be sent as a real-time data stream, instead of one file at a time.  This may be faster for large numbers of small files, but if the transfer is interrupted it will have to start over from the beginning.  See the ExpeDat Desktop Moving Directories section for more details.
Help Click the "Help" button view instructions as well as program license and version details.  This information may be required if you are seeking technical support.
Version The version of DropDat you are using.  Click the "Help" button for complete version, package, and license information.

Enter the droplet configuration as described above.  When you click create, DropDat will create a droplet file with the given name and configuration details.

If a file with the same name already exists in the directory containing DropDat, that file will be replaced with the new droplet.  If a droplet with the same name is already running, you may need to quit that droplet before it can be replaced.

Droplets are self-contained applications.  You can copy, move, and rename them just like any other application.  You can also customize the icon using the operating system or third-party icon tools.

Droplets can copied, downloaded, or emailed, subject to any restrictions normally placed on an executable.  Droplets do not require any installation other than copying them onto a compatible system.  See the Distribution section for details.

Droplets can be changed.  Drag a droplet onto a DropDat master to change its configuration.  An alternative to creating them from scratch is to duplicate an existing droplet, then drag the copy onto DropDat to change its configuration.

Operating Systems

Because droplets are executable applications, you must use a Windows system to create Windows droplets and you must use a macOS system to create macOS droplets.

Anti-Virus Software

Some anti-virus software may prevent DropDat from creating or modifying droplets.  If you receive an error that DropDat is unable to create a droplet or unable to modify its resources, you may need to create an exception for DropDat in the anti-virus software.