Do you have a Mac app that you use regularly, daily perhaps, but haven’t bothered to sing its praises to anyone else? Ever? I don’t have many apps that I’m not willing to share and one of those high on the list is one that gets used daily.
Panic’s Transmit has been around the Mac a long, long, long time. Think of it as a file transfer app. You know, like FTP or sFTP, but it does more these days and, with one hiccup, works flawlessly, which, if you understand the inherent problems with the file transfer protocol, is remarkable.
At the basic level, Transmit sends files to remote servers and retrieves or downloads files from remote servers. For many years that was the standard way to upload and download files. Think FTP. sFTP is more secure, of course, as it uses SSH instead. Transmit uses the time honored Source and Target, drag and drop method to upload and download files but there is much more to the package these days.
While uploading and downloading files is somewhat arcane to most Mac users, Transmit aims to make the process somewhat simpler for the average Mac folk. Just enter a remote servers login credentials– username and password– and most of the time you’re good to go.
You’ll see remote files in one Transmit window and local files in another. Navigation on either is point, and click or double-click.
I counted a dozen and a half different cloud services that Transmit can connect to with ease. These range from the standard FTP and sFTP to Amazon S3 to Google Drive, Box, Microsoft, Dropbox, and many others.
While Transmit is simple enough for an average Mac user to connect to a remote cloud server, the application can get all geeky rather quickly with Rules for files and permissions settings (based on files), SSH Keys storage, specific Headers for cloud file uploads, and options to get through most proxy servers.
Transmit has a built-in editor, but it can also open Terminal.app on a Mac. Files can even be copy and pasted. Yes, it handles local-local synchronization, too, and it’s my primary method to muck around with Amazon S3.
The new activity status displays how an overall upload or download is progressing– in total and file-by-file.
Transmit has options to sync files in folders, locally or remote, sorts well in Column View (my favorite), and does a good job (now) of copying a remote URL from a specific remote file.
The only issue I’ve ever had with Transmit is one I have with other Mac applications after a major upgrade. Bugs. With Mac apps that are critical to my daily workflow– Transmit is– I usually wait a version or three before putting the new one into use.
Oh, one thing I forgot but I love– account sync. Or, more appropriately, Panic Sync, which allows you to keep multiple remote accounts in sync on Transmit between Macs so you don’t have to re-enter account information on a different Mac. The only other issue I have yet to figure out is how to widen the Server list in column view (which worked on the previous Transmit version).
Nicely done. A must-have. Good support. Priced about right.