For most of us who cut our internet teeth back in the early days of the public internet, file transfers from a Mac to a remote server are simple and mostly painless. That was not always the case, of course. Way back in the day Mac users were treated to all sorts of FTP and sFTP file transfer apps, often complicated little beasts that confused and confounded more than they pleased.
In the early days Transit was the Mac FTP app that made life easier for those of us who pushed and pulled files from here to there and back again. Transit made the transition from Mac OS Classic to OS X, and survived a name change to Transmit.
Along the way the app became the thoroughbred app for file transfers with a simple and straightforward interface, but with plenty of options built in. Transmit uses the standard Source and Target screen so you can see which files are on your Mac and which are on the remote server.
These days file transfers are not just from a Mac to a Mac or a remote server using FTP. sFTP is a better alternative, but Transmit also delivers and receives files from WebDAV and Amazon’s S3 service. Files can be synchronized between a local and remote device, and Transmit even allows remote-to-remote file transfers, bypassing the Mac.
I once used Yummy FTP regularly because it was faster at transferring files than Transmit. No more. This is about as fast as it gets without owning your own internet backbone. For remote servers that handle it, Transmit can send SSH commands, view secure certificates, and compare file sizes.
Even remote files can be viewed using Quick Look in OS X, and the progress bar is the way it should be– a single bar which displays current file transfer, and overall progress of the files transferred. In case you find transfer apps to be daunting and complex, Transmit Disk function lets Transmit look like a part of the Finder. Custom droplets make it easy to transfer files from here to there with drag and drop.
Not only is Transmit the prettiest Mac utility you’ll use, it’s fast, loaded up with useful user-oriented features, and affordable. Any nits? A few. The Mac App Store version of Transmit can sync files from iCloud (the non-App Store version cannot). I’d also like to see an auto refresh of remote folders, but those are minor issues.
Otherwise, Transmit is the recommended way to move files from here there and back.