Not a day goes by where I don’t upload files from here to there; from my Mac to a server online somewhere. To my collection of Mac apps through the years, I’ve added half a dozen Mac FTP (file transfer protocol) apps, and tried out a dozen others.
First, the basics. Transmit is a two-window app. Your local Mac files are on the left. The remote location is on the right. Once connected, all you have to do is drag and drop and files are transferred (either direction).
Second, locations within your local Mac can be customized for easy and quick access. Just click. Transmit offers traditional Mac views, too (icon, list, column, cover flow). The Sync button does what you expect– it syncs files from Mac to remote or back.
File locations, either local or remote, are easy to view in Transmit, always at the top of the left (local) or right (remote) screen. Transfer protocols abound (not as many as CyberDuck, but enough) with FTP, sFTP, SSH commands, WebDAV, Amazon S3, etc.
The progress bar in the lower right indicates how much of the transfer has taken place and how much is left. Transmit is uncommonly intuitive considering the relative geekiness of using an FTP app.
Yes, Transmit includes the common FTP app requirements. Multi-connections transfers, bandwidth limiting, dual progress bar, tear-off tabs, even local-to-local and remote-to-remote connections.
Yes, creating a Favorites list is a breeze, and gives you a single click to connect your Mac to a remote computer.
My absolute favorite function is mostly overlooked by the FTP masses. Save as Droplet. Once you’ve created an FTP connection and saved it, right-click on it and select Save as Droplet.
What that does is amazingly simple. It creates an automatic way to drag and drop to upload a file or folders to a specific location without running Transmit. Just drop a file onto a specific droplet, and Transmit uploads it in the background.
What I’d like to see is a right-click Services menu, so I could select a file or folders, right-click on the mouse, and select from a menu of droplets. That would make Transmit nearly perfect.
Transmit is feature-laden but doesn’t have a geeky, power-user feel, which may be why it’s the most popular Mac FTP app (I’ve been using it since the last century).