One of the benefits of modern computing is to get your device to do things for you. Automatically. That’s the case with many Mac backup and sync apps which can do their deeds according to a scheduler. Unattended utilities are fine with me.
Despite being a protocol that dates back to before the public internet arrived on the scene in the early-to-mid 1990s, FTP has come along way. Not so much the file transfer protocol itself, but applications which transfer files with less user interaction. I like that. Here’s a favorite.
It’s All Just Yummy
One of my favorite Mac utilities through the years is the famous Yummy FTP app, but specifically the Yummy FTP Watcher version. This is the way file transfers between Mac and wherever remote should be done. Automatically.
Mac users who regularly upload or download files to and from their Mac to and from remote computers know the value of Yummy FTP. Fast, secure, simple to setup and use, and rock solid. The Yummy FTP Watcher version brings the added benefits of automating transfers between a Mac folder of files and remote folder of files, based upon changes to the files on the Mac.
Whew. That’s a mouthful.
But if you can spell FTP and you’ve used FTP then you know the value. Settings are straightforward and typical of Mac FTP apps.
Basically, Yummy FTP Watcher actually watches folders on your Mac and when changes are made, initiates a remote connection and syncs up the matching folder on the remote server. The Mac local and remote browser window makes it easy to select which files and folders need to be watched and synced.
The app, like all good FTP utilities, comes with bandwidth limiting options, logging, auto reconnect and resume transfer, and this one has built in Notification Center and… insert drum roll here… email notifications of what happened and when.
Files from your Mac’s folder can be auto uploaded, auto downloaded, and even archived, depending upon your settings. Syncing can even be scheduled if you prefer, but it’s all handled in the background.
I don’t view Yummy FTP or the Watcher version as backup tool as much as a file or folder sync tool, but one that syncs the Mac files to folders on a remote server somewhere out there on the inter webs.