For the most part when I review an app for the Mac, I tend to be praiseworthy. The idea is to highlight Mac apps I would use myself, or would recommend to others (even if it’s not an app I use). Recently I came across an inexpensive app (albeit with a great icon) that does quickly and easily what many Mac users need to do from time to time. Upload or download files from a remote computer.
The industry standard protocol for doing just that is FTP. File transfer protocol. The clever little app that does that is FTP Bot, which makes setup and transfer between your Mac and another computer rather straightforward.
FTP Bot features drag and drop support to transfer files back and forth. It uses a dual window pane approach so you can see what’s on your Mac in one pane of the window, and what’s on the remote computer in the other pane.
While not the most full featured of FTP applications, FTP Bot has a few useful options. Enter the URL or IP address with login ID and password and the connection is automatic. Connections can be saved as a Favorite. Modifying file and folder permissions is simple, too.
Since FTP Bot doesn’t cost much and is a good starter FTP app for Mac newbies why shouldn’t you like it? No secure FTP. FTP is extremely insecure (passwords are sent in the clear). Secure FTP, also knownn as sFTP, makes file transfers more secure. A few dollars more gets you Yummy FTP or CyberDuck (free version available), either of which is far more robust and full featured and secure than FTP Bot.