Moving files from Mac to Mac or Mac to someplace else is easy. It’s easy if you know which buttons on which apps to click and when to click
My Mac is loaded with a number of apps that store, manage, transfer, copy, upload, and synchronize files from here to there. Mac to Mac. Mac to PC. Mac to server. Mac to someplace in the cloud. Only one Mac app does it all.
The Protocol Harem
Many Mac users don’t know about protocols to connect Macs to other Macs, PCs, or online. Apple and app developers make it easy. Add a login ID and password, select an upload type, click and it’s done.
Behind the scenes all kinds of complicated things are happening.
Forklift is a Mac file transfer utility which knows the protocols, knows the methods and gives you a dozen or so ways to manage the file transfer process—even if you don’t know what it all means.
In an age of specialist tools that do one thing in the circus of one-trick-ponies, Forklift is a Swiss Army Knife of file transfers.
Sync, Edit, Archive, Copy, Connect, Drop, Etc.
Here’s the deal. You want to move or copy or sync files from your Mac to someplace else. Another Mac. A Windows PC. A server somewhere online. A cloud-based storage service. Wherever the files or folders need to go, Forklift has a point and click to get ‘em there.
Take a look at how it works. It’s a Mac app that uses tabs for easy Target to Source, left to right, navigation. That makes it easy to grab files to send where you want them to go.
Forklift looks and acts like the Mac’s Finder so you can do drag and drop with ease.
12 Ways To Forklift Files And Folders, Here To There
Moving files from Mac to anywhere else can be very complicated. Or, it can be drag and drop easy, depending on the situation, the devices, the protocols, and other variables.
#12 – Protocols: Forklift handles FTP, sFTP (more secure), WebDAV, Amazon S3, Apple’s iDisk, SMB, AFP, NIS so your Mac can connect to other devices across the internet or local network.
#11 – Sync Browsing: Synchronizing files from one folder to another may isn’t rocket science. But it’s a one click deal in Forklift. Browse the here and now or the files over there.
#10 – Sync To: Syncing and comparing folders requires file matching, checking which files were modified last, and deleting unnecessary or duplicate files.
#9 – Remote Editing: Get your geek on. sometimes you need to edit remote text or configuration files in an editor. Forklift does it for you and uploads and saves changes.
#8 – Archives: Archiving means zipping up files or folders. Forklift understands Zip, RAR, Gzip, and more, and treats them as folders so you can see what’s inside.
#7 – FXP Copy: Not all copying is equal. Forklift lets you copy files from one location to another location (FXP-enabled servers) completely bypassing your Mac. Can you say, faster?
#6 – Droplets: Instead of using Forklift to perform the same function again and again, Forklift lets you create Droplets which do the repetitive work. Drop files and folders on a pre-built Droplet and it automatically moves them to wherever they’re supposed to go.
#5 – Synclets: Think Droplets but it’s really synchronization instead of copying. Drag and drop a folder to a Dock icon and it gets synced remotely.
#4 – Disklets: Think Droplet and Synclets but with remote storage volumes which connect to your Mac like a local disk drive.
#3 – Stacks: These are virtual containers to keep files in one place while you need them, then disappear when you don’t. Very handy.
#2 – Split And/Or Combine: Some files are so large they need to be split and combined to transfer. Forklift uses two major standards: .sfv or .crc. Geeky, no?
#1 – Search, Filter, Rename, Delete, Look, List And Inspect: This item is everything else. Forklift uses Mac technology to give you a QuickLook into every file, locally or remotely.
You can also search within archives or remote servers, and view everything in detail using List, Column, Icon views.
There’s also a built-in Get Info and Inspector command so you can see file or folder details, permissions, and change it all from one location.
Finally, Forklift comes with a Terminal window app, queues for file transfers and customizable keyboard shortcuts. I don’t know of a single Mac app that does all that Forklift does. If you can only afford one app that does all the above, this is it.