The ftrack Connect desktop service is an application that you download and install on your computer. It acts as the bridge between your local desktop and the ftrack web service, and its use offers many advantages:
- Launch ftrack-integrated applications in the correct environment. E.g., set frame in/frame out for a video sequence.
- Use it as a standalone publisher in situations where there is no integration with ftrack. If you use custom location plugins, it is possible to modify the paths where your assets are stored.
- Run automation scripts like ftrack Actions and Event listeners that can interact with your computer. See more about Automation with actions and events later in this section.
You can install many integrations, location plugins, actions, and event listeners as plugins to ftrack Connect.
Advanced users can also install and run ftrack Connect from source if they so wish.