I used Vicomsoft FTP Client for years because it was fast, feature packed, and very Mac-like; even better than the popular Transmit from back in the day. For whatever reason Vicomsoft FTP client didn’t make a smooth transition to OS X and once I began using Transmit that was the end of that. The name might be goofy, but it’s back and better.
What’s A Client?
One gripe I have about Vicomsoft FTP Client that I’ll get off my chest right up front is the name. Client? That is so 1989. Today we use app. Or, a memorable name.
The name Vicomsoft FTP Client at least describes what it does and that’s file transfers, and the latest version is as fast as claimed.
It weighs in with almost all the bells and whistles. It transfers files to and from using FTP, FTPS, SFTP, but oddly, not Amazon S3 or WebDAV. Go figure.
Otherwise, transfers back and forth are fast and feature automatic re-connect and resume in case a connection is lost. There’s a built-in editor for local and remote editing. Quick Look lets you view files locally and remotely.
Bandwidth usage can be controlled, and Vicomsoft FTP Client (doesn’t that just roll off your tongue and bang onto your toes?) features two-way mirror directory sync, integrated bookmarks which can be saved and synced using Dropbox (much like Transmit).
You’ll appreciate the customizable Toolbar and the dual pane Local and Remote windows. Also valuable are Droplets which make it a drag and drop process to transfer files from your Mac. Also greatly appreciated are the options to zip and unzip files and create symlinks on remote servers. The app also imports bookmarks from other FTP apps and pulled in from both Yummy FTP and Transmit (but not the passwords).
Vicomsoft FTP Client (please, change the name to ZippyFileTP or something else) also has a scheduler built in, color labels, Growl notifications and file difference and compare options.
In other words, it’s a modern, mostly full featured FTP client. Uh, sorry. File transfer app. What’s missing, other than a name that rolls off the tongue, is the aforementioned and increasingly important Amazon S3 and other file transfer protocols that are not FTP or SFTP.