There’s sneaker net and a USB flash drive. There’s AirDrop (doesn’t work on older Macs). There’s Mac-to-Mac connections on a local network. For the rest of us, there’ a variety of Mac FTP/SFTP apps that do the dirty work of file transfers. Here’s a quick look at one of the best and fastest.
Yummy Is The Name, File Transfers The Game
Mac users who know how to use the internet’s standard protocols for uploading and downloading file use any one of a handful of FTP/SFTP apps. One of my favorites is called Yummy FTP.
The claim to digital fame here is two-fold. First, there’s the blistering file transfer speed. If there’s a Mac app that can transfer files over FTP/SFTP faster, I don’t know about it.
Secondly, there’s the long list of basic connectivity and management features in Yummy FTP, so it goes well beyond merely transferring a file from here to there.
There are all kinds of logon and transfer protocols to manage, features for folders that need to sync with a local Mac folder of files, automated scheduling of uploads and downloads, and even options to edit files on a remote server.
These are the things that make up FTP and SFTP apps, and Yummy FTP has been around long enough to collect the features we use most to transfer files. Take a l ooh at the dual pane (local and remote) setup.
I won’t even bother with an FTP/SFTP app that doesn’t do dual window panes for easy source and target file transfers. Yummy handles most, but not all, the basic file transfer protocols I use these days (missing is an option to connect to Amazon S3) from FTP to SFTP (SSH) to FTPS (SSL/TLS).
As noted, Yummy excels at file transfer speed from your Mac to another server, thanks to a multi-connection function that’s built-in. Also built-in is bi-directional file and folder sync and mirroring.
Yummy FTP can upload or download files based on an automated schedule so you can leave it to do the deed unattended. FTP connections are notoriously flaky and sometimes drop, but Yummy picks up where it left off the make sure the transfer takes place.
Some of the little things that make it a better choice than most include the built-in viewers so you can see text, video, audio, graphics stored on remote devices, bookmark management and import, Growl notifications, and file editing (local or remote). The dual window pane for local files and remote files can be viewed in both List and Column view (my favorite). Login ID’s and passwords are stored on the Mac’s keychain.
Yummy FTP connects to just about everything (except the aforementioned Amazon S3 and other online storage sites) so it remains stuck in the basics, and ignores the growing number of Mac users who don’t just do FTP. But if fast transfers is what you want, this is the app to get. The interface isn’t as user friendly as the popular Transmit, but the price tag is a bit less. I just wish it also had Amazon S3 and other online cloud storage connection options.