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Shareware; $44.95

Current Version: 1.2 (October 23, 2007) / 1.7.8 (January 6, 2010)

ForkLift is an FTP and SFTP client for the Mac that features a tabbed dual-pane view that provides live previews, spring loaded folders and any-to-any workflows. Features include:

  • Dual-pane view
  • Any-to-any - Copying between local hard drives, iPod, FTP, archives even your mobile phone
  • Tabs
  • Live preview & thumbnails
  • Edit - Edit your files with your favorite applications even on an FTP server
  • Application Deleter - Completely remove applications with a mouse click
  • Spring-loaded folders
  • Filters
  • Spotlight integration
  • Favorites
  • Smart folders
  • Amazon S3 support
  • Bluetooth
  • Archives - Zip, GZip, Tar, Rar - as if they were folders
  • Leopard ready
  • Growl support

Version 1.2 - the latest version for Mac OS X 10.4 - adds/changes the following:

  • WebDAV - ForkLift now connects to WebDAV servers and iDisk. Copy, move, rename, preview, remote view, remote edit. Connect to WebDAV servier or iDisk from the Go menu.
  • Select Panel - Select items using a filter string or select files with matching/different filenames in the two panels. The select checks only the filename and extension, not the size nor the date of the file. Access the panel from the Edit/Select... menu.
  • SFTP text encoding - setting different encoding now works
  • Leopard fixes - ForkLift 1.2 is ready to run on Leopard
  • A couple of small bug fixes

Version 1.7.8 - the latest version for Mac OS X 10.5 and later - adds/changes the following:

  • Move to bug: we hope to catch this one in time. Several users reported this bug, that ForkLift (and the filesystem) fails to report it when an error occurs on the target volume during a Move operation on Snow Leopard. This could potentially cause loss of files, so this is the most important fix of this release.
  • Invert selection: the keyboard shortcut assigned in the Commander set didn't work properly.
  • Get info owner: the get info dialogue failed to correctly display file owners after the ownership was changed on a file.
  • Move to menu item: the Move to menu stayed active for local-to-remote transfers, although the operation is supported. This is now fixed.
  • Open enclosing folder: the operation was broken on Spotlight search results. Fixed.
  • Typos: corrected some UI typos

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Download the Mac OS X 10.4 (Cocoa / Universal) version (1.2).
Download the Mac OS X 10.5+ (Cocoa / Universal) version (1.7.8).

ForkLift version 2.0 beta 2 (May 27, 2010) is available for Mac OS X 10.6 and later, which is a complete rewrite, making the following changes:

  • ForkLift is getting a serious visual overhaul that resulted in a much cleaner, lighter interface and a set of beautiful new icons.
  • But that's just the looks. Underneath the shiny new skin lies a brand new, supercharged V2.0 engine that we've spent the better part of the past 12 months designing and building from scratch.
  • Disklets - Disklets let other OS X applications access the servers connected via ForkLift, as if they were local disks. You can mount existing favorites as Disklets, or create a new Disklet directly from the Connect... panel. The feature works with all our supported protocols. The mounted server appears as a local disk in the Devices section of Finder and other apps' file dialogues. The Disklet feature requires the third-party extension MacFUSE to work and ForkLift will prompt for your confirmation to install the component.
  • Several bugs fixed from beta 1.

See the ForkLift blog for more information.

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