One of the oldest protocols still in use by many connected to the internet is called FTP. It comes in various forms which range from not to secure to very secure, but it’s a mainstay method to move files from here to there and back again.
Mac users have many ways to connect to other Macs on a local network and Apple builds in a rather simple and straightforward method. Most connections made to remote servers to store files, move files, or copy files use FTP. One of the Mac’s most used and useful file transfer apps is Yummy FTP Pro, which I’ve used for years; partly because it’s as fast as FTP gets, and partly because it’s straightforward to use despite a long list of features, and partly because when I recommend Yummy FTP to friends, family, or co-workers, I don’t regret it. Here’s why.
Yummy FTP uses the time honored local source to remote source screen layout.
What that means is what you think it means, even though it can be done in reverse. Select the files on your Mac that you want to upload to a remote site (usually situated on the left side of Yummy’s window). Then login and select the remote destination. Then, drag and drop.
Actually, the drag and drop works both ways. From your Mac to a remote server somewhere else in the world, or from the remote server back to your Mac.
That’s about as easy as file transfers can get.
Yummy FTP uses a Finder-like display of local and remote files so you can easily navigate through nests of folders. FTP itself is less used today than in the past but Yummy FTP also handles the more secure sFTP which is FTP over a secure shell (SSH) connection.
Bells and whistles remain the name of the game even with a protocol as old as FTP. Yummy has bookmarks so connecting to a remote server takes a click. It even handles Dropbox syncs.
Let me give you an idea of some of the bells and whistles I used regularly. Yummy FTP has a built-in text editor so making text file changes locally or remotely is also just a click, but it integrates nicely with other popular Mac text editors, including favorites BBEdit, TextWrangler, TextMate, and others.
One of the things I’ve always hated with traditional FTP is the dropped connections or arcane server error messages that would pop up and hang the upload or download while I was busy doing something else. Who wants to babysit file transfers?
Yummy FTP has automatic resume and reconnect and knows what to do when it receives an error message from the remote device. In other words, set it and forget about it. You can also create aliases for the Finder or Dock and then grab some files that need to be uploaded, drag and drop them on top of the alias, and Yummy FTP takes care of the connection and uploads automatically while you do something else.
That also means you can sync files from your Mac to a remote server and do it automatically. The app keeps a log of everything so you’ll be able to track down the few issues that do come up. Now, get this. Yummy FTP does notifications. And not just a beep or an alert in the Notification Center. Email. There’s all kinds of useful functions built-in to Yummy FTP but a test drive is all you’ll need.
Caveats? Few. That explains the many four and five star reviews. I’ve used Yummy for many years and the developer responds to queries and issues as you would expect of a mature, useful, highly recommended utility. If you’re needs are more geeky you might appreciate the automatic file transfers with Yummy FTP Watcher which actually, well, watches a folder for file changes and then syncs automatically.