The Mac App Store is your friend. If you have self control, or no money, it’s a great place to browse for Mac apps. This week I came across a couple of tools in the MAS that I already have on my Mac.
Not every Mac user needs an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) app, but if you want to connect your Mac to a server online, or other computers, FTP is the quick and dirty way to go.
I wasn’t surprised to see Yummy FTP on the Mac App Store. It’s a fast, popular, multi-window FTP app that’s loaded of features.
Both of these FTP apps will give you nearly, but not all, every function you’ll need to copy or move files from your Mac to a remote source.
CyberDuck’s interface is more complicated than Yummy FTP. For me, file transfers have always been a little slower in CyberDuck, too. But it handles FTP, FTP/TLS, SFTP (SSH), WebDAV, Google Storage and Google Docs, Rackspace Cloud storage, Windows Azure, and Amazon S3– far more options than in the speedy Yummy FTP.
What I don’t like about CyberDuck is the hierarchical file view. Drag and drop works OK, but would be better with multiple windows panes (left and right) as found in Yummy FTP.
On the other hand, Yummy FTP is remarkably fast, features both single and dual window panes, a column view like the Mac’s Finder, a built-in text editor, a scheduler, Quick Look, a good bookmark manager, Growl support, and some remote file editing functions.
Which of the two you should choose is dependent upon your needs. CyberDuck connects to more remote sources. Yummy FTP has more user friendly features, such as the dual panes, and a useful connection recovery system. Prices are different, too. CyberDuck from the developer is donation ware, but has a hefty price tag on the Mac App Store. YummyFTP is similarly priced from the developer, unless you buy it on the Mac App Store, and it’s only $10.