Getting Started

Step 1: Setup your Network

The first time you start BitKinex, a configuration wizard will help you to specify basic network settings.
This wizard can be recalled at any later time, allowing you to change the settings whenever it is necessary.

Network Setup Wizard

Step 2: Connect to the Server

If you want to access files on your remote server, you can either continue using the wizard or specify all server parameters later.
In any case, you will need to know the protocol which has to be used for the communication with the server, the exact Internet address of the server, and it's login parameters. All these values should be emailed to you by the server administrator (e.g. your hosting provider). If you decide to use the wizard, just fill out all parameters in the appropriate fields.

Data Source Setup Wizard

Step 3: Data Source Management

For your convenience, all remote servers (as well as your local computer) within Bitkinex are simply called "data sources". All data sources, whether if they were created using the wizard or via the menu, are represented by icons in the Control window. This is the main window of the application and all data sources are stored here in a tree-like structure. Their properties can be viewed or edited at any time by selecting the "Properties" menu item.

Data Sources in the Control window

Step 4: Browsing and Transferring

Whenever you want to browse the server content or transfer data, just double click the data source icon or select the "Browse" menu item.
A window displaying the files and directories will be opened immediately. This browse window is very similar to the standard Windows Explorer and you can use it exactly the same way Double-click the files and folders to see their content or use drag-and-drop or clipboard to move or copy files. To simplify the dragging of files from one server and dropping them to another, the contents of both data sources is displayed in a single browse window by default. This doesn't mean that you can use drag-and-drop between these two data sources only. The technology of indirect transfers allows you to drag-and-drop your files between any two browse windows you want.

As soon as you drop selected files fo the destination location or use the "Paste" menu item from the menu, a row representing this transfer request appears in the request pane. If you don't want to perform any other operations on this data source then you can close the browse windows. The involved browse windows can be reopened at any time by selecting the "Browse" menu item from the context menu.

browse window

Step 5: Request Management

The small traffic light symbol informs you about the current status of the request. You can click on this symbol to stop, pause or resume the processing easily.

Traffic Lights Symbol

Double clicking on the request opens the Request Info Window. Here you can see the request status in detail and using the buttons you can skip, pause or resume the processing of particular files or directories.

Request Info Window

Step 6: Request History

A sound alert and an icon blinking on the system taskbar will inform you when the request processing completes. Completed requests are (after a few seconds) automatically moved to the History tab. The content of the request log file is at that time truncated to save your disk space. This means that the detailed information in the Request Info Window is no longer available. This behavior can be changed in the main application settings (you can specify which requests should be automatically moved to the History, how long should they be kept there, if the log files should be truncated, etc.)

Request History