The overriding philosophy we use on Mac360 to review apps is simple. We prefer to review apps we use ourselves, apps that are good enough to use, or apps that we’d recommend to others (which may result in personal customer support issues; so we’re careful).
From time to time we’ll highlight a Mac app that just isn’t what it pretends to be. Here’s a look at why ‘ultimate’ just doesn’t mean what it used to mean.
Ultimate? Basic? Or, Worse?
Not every Mac user needs a file transfer protocol app. FTP, for short. Those are the apps that connect your Mac to a remote file server so you can upload or download files.
Web developers, system administrators, programmers all have their favorite FTP apps, of which there are many available for the Mac, and they range from free to not-even-expensive.
At the low end of the range is inexpensive FTP Client Ultimate, a Mac FTP utility that’s thin on even the most basic of features, hence the low, low price.
The problem we see with this poorly named app extends beyond the name. Ultimate, apparently, isn’t what it used to be.
If you’re thinking of a feature rich FTP tool, one with many options, you’re looking in the wrong place. Ultimate?
There was Windows Vista Ultimate. Windows 7 Ultimate. Anything ultimate would seem to be better than average or containing more than ordinary. That’s NOT FTP Client Ultimate.
FTP Client Ultimate isn’t even a basic FTP app. There’s no option for a secure FTP connection. When it does connect, file transfers, both up and down are remarkably slow.
While you can set up and save connection configurations to multiple remote sites, there’s no option for drag and drop, file names can’t be changed, and neither can file permissions (common for the least expensive Mac FTP apps).
There’s no progress bar to tell you how much of a file has been uploaded or downloaded. In other words, this ultimate app might really be the ultimate in very poor FTP apps. For a little fun reading, check out the negative reviews on the Mac App Store and be glad you didn’t fork over money for this wretchedly poor excuse for a Mac app.