One of my all time Mac FTP apps was about as good as FTP could get. Back in the last century. Vicomsoft’s FTP Client app had an excellent dual pane local and remote window with plenty of tools to move files from or to remote servers to the Mac. It was stable, fast, and oh so Mac-like to use.
Alas, the early years of OS X were not kind to Vicomsoft FTP Client’s stability, and I moved on to others before settling down on the much improved Transmit. While checking the Mac web for new or updated apps I ran into Vicomsoft FTP Client 5.0; the latest and greatest (and still in need of a more memorable name). The latest version follows up on the look and feel and capabilities of the earlier versions.
All the standard FTP features are built in, including FTPS (FTP over SSL), FTP, and SFTP (FTP over SSH), plus a few useful goodies. For example, you can edit users and groups on files (take that, Transmit), create symlinks, even zip and unzip files on the remote server.
There’s a built-in text editor but also support for BBEdit, TextMate and other popular Mac editors. The new Diff utility compares local and remote files and displays the differences. Taking a cue from Transmit’s ability to sync bookmarks, Vicomsoft FTP Client (See? It needs a new name) syncs with Dropbox.
In my tests file transfer were fast and you can setup and use multiple connections at the same time. The list of Transmit-like features is lengthy, including Droplets, and an option to apply recursive permissions (owner, user, group) to files and or folders.
Much has changed since Vicomsoft’s hey day back in the day, including other online services such as Amazon S3, Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive. An option to connect to Amazon’s popular S3 service would be a good start, so in that sense Transmit still reigns as my FTP app to beat.