If you know all the abbreviations in the article title, then you’re automatically included in the Mac geek category. What better way to do the heavy lifting of moving files from your Mac to other Macs or remote file servers than with a forklift-like app named ForkLift?
12 Ways To Love ForkLift
ForkLift falls into the file transfer category of Mac utility apps, probably mid-range on price, but high-end on the feature set.
Not only does ForkLift connect to other Macs or Windows PCs using AFP and SMB, but it connects to remote servers using all the basic protocols.
There’s the standard FTP and more secure SFTP, and WebDAV, but an option to connect to Amazon’s popular and inexpensive Amazon S3 storage service.
What I like about ForkLift is the attention to little details which save a lot of time.
Here’s an example. ForkLift can sync source and target folders, but you can create a Synclets and Droplets and place them on the Desktop or Dock and automatically drag and drop and upload files to a remote server.
ForkLift is familiar, too, so even if you’re not an experienced Mac geek but simply need to transfer some files from here to there, it’s easy to setup and configure.
You might expect ForkLift to come with more than the usual array of bells and whistles and you wouldn’t be disappointed.
Here’s an example. ForkLift can edit remote files, browse through both local and remote archives (and use Quick Look to view file contents), and rename files– even by the hundreds.
The Disklet options lets ForkLift mount a remote server, Mac, or Windows PC as if it was on the Desktop and visible in the Finder. ForkLift has the basic ways to view files by List, Column, Icon, and CoverFlow, even on remote servers. But there’s also a Get Info and Inspector so you can see more about remote file attributes.
One feature that is oh so handy is the FXP Copy feature. If two remote servers are FXP-enabled, ForkLift can run on your Mac, and get the two servers to send or receive files without downloading them back to the Mac first.
ForkLift is also available on the Mac App Store for $10 less than from the developer’s store, but is missing the valuable Disklet feature and some privileged file operations (a problem with Apple sandboxing apps in the Mac App Store).