That's too bad. Now I have a new project on fooling RM7 into thinking that an URL is really a local file on the hard drive.
Intrigued by that thought, I looked into some possibilities although they are not exactly what you might be suggesting ("an URL is really a local file on the hard drive").
Map Network Drive
I had read that a FTP server or website could be added as a Network Location so I tried that with a FTP server. No matter what I tried in the URL, I kept getting the error "The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another." Digging further, this was determined to be a misleading message and the fault lay with Chrome having removed key Windows Registry entries for ftp. These are readily restored with a script downloadable from this discussion from 2011, the last post of which related that the same issue had been seen in Win 10 and fixed the same way. I succeeded then in establishing the Network Location but it is not one that can be mapped to a drive letter within Windows itself. Also there is no preview, no drag'n'drop into the RM Media Gallery. One can add a new media item through the Gallery but the resulting path is to the downloaded file in the Internet Explorer cache, e.g., C:\Users\Tom\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\KAB0PATB\CitationSort.png Hardly a step in the right direction
I had already dabbled with Cyberduck so I was aware of this related product:
Mountain Duck lets you mount server and cloud storage as a disk in Finder on macOS and the File Explorer on Windows. Open remote files with any application and work like on a local volume.
So I installed it. It used the established connection bookmark from Cyberduck and generated a G drive from the FTP site (+ an H drive from another FTP and an I drive from a Google Drive bookmark). The UI is a simple menu accessible from the Task Bar or system tray. In Win File Explorer, preview and thumbnail icons are (slowly) generated but for fast operations they should be turned off. Drag'n'drop from Win Explorer to the Media Gallery does work. The resulting path is, e.g., G:\public_html\wsfiles\files\ColorCode-byConsanguinityColorTable2.PNG
That's better and I think I could have set the mount-point for G to the "files" folder itself instead of the FTP root folder. Mountain Duck can also mount Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive hosts to virtual drives without having a local sync folder.
Just for fun, I put a RM database onto it. Forget it! The performance hit on access to static files is bad enough; SQLite was never designed for network drives, let alone those with the latency of the Internet.
MD is available for trial for a couple of weeks and costs US$39 for a single-user license on as many computers as that user uses. https://mountainduck.io/
Edited by TomH, 30 December 2018 - 10:27 AM.