Mac users have a handful of choices to move files from here to there, or there to here. Most such apps use the ancient File Transfer Protocol (FTP) with more secure options and features, but they all have one thing in common.
Files get moved; either uploaded from a Mac to a server somewhere else, or downloaded from somewhere else to the Mac. One of my favorites for years is Yummy FTP Pro. Uh huh. Yummy. The app is what you’d expect from a 21st century FTP app, including the traditional Source and Target, left and right, drag and drop method, but with cool features not found elsewhere.
Speed, Meet Comfort
Thanks to my day job as a Mac and PC system administrator, I have the privilege and pleasure of moving files all over the place, and mostly from different machines. A Mac now, a PC later, and so on. FTP apps like Yummy come with options for the most widely used protocols– FTPS, sFTP, FTP, WebDav, and others, plus options for zipping and unzipping files, syncing up bookmarks, remote and local editing, and the one option everyone wants– speed.
If you’ve used an FTP app to transfer files from your Mac, then you’ll be home with Yummy’s familiar interface. FTP seems to be somewhat problematic about connections, an issue that dates back to the last century, but Yummy has good control for resume and automatic reconnect, and it’s an excellent way to sync up files on your Mac to files on a remote Mac or server.
Quick Look is built-in so you can view most remote and local files, browse in fullscreen mode, and edit files using popular Mac text editors. In other words, just about everything you need arrives in Yummy FTP Pro, but there is a Lite version with a few fewer features and a much lower price tag.
Yummy’s developer updates the app frequently so you’re not getting abandonware, you’re getting a mature utility with many satisfied customers, so beyond the basics for file transfer I wanted to focus today on a companion app which has become more useful over time. It’s called Yummy FTP Watcher. Yes, this is almost exactly what you think it is and in many cases of file transfers, can automate basic processes.
Whether you move files using FTP, sFTP, FTPS, WebDav, such efforts have similar steps. Select the files to move, select the destination, and click or drag and drop to move the files. There is an easier way. FTP Watcher watches specific folders and when files change, performs an automatic sync between the folders. That is some powerful stuff. Simply set up a folder to watch and whenever a file changes in the folder, it gets transferred automatically.
FTP Watch comes with all kinds of options, too.
- Menubar-app background mode
- Unified watcher monitor + editor window
- Built-in local/remote folder browser
- Automatic reconnect & resume
- Filtering & specific exclusions
- Bandwidth limiting
- Fine-grained logging
- Notification Center, Growl, email notifications
Folder sync can be scheduled, too, and the notifications mean you get a list of what actually happened during a sync. This is one of those companion add-on applications that pays for itself quickly and one I use regularly to keep specific files on one machine updated on other machines.
As usual, all the Yummy Apps come with a trial and can be purchased from the developer or the Mac App Store, and I don’t have a Mac app that has been support and it deserves all those four and five star reviews.