RBrowser is a full featured graphical FTP/SCP/SSH/SFTP client, originally written for Mac OS X Server (and OpenStep), and now available for Mac OS X. RBrowser allows the user to manage/browse files on the remote host with an easy-to-use graphic interface. File management includes move, copy, duplicate, compress, delete,set permissions, make links, etc.:
While other SFTP clients typically connect to an SFTP server and use whatever is available under that protocol, SFTP has some key limitations:
RBrowser combines all the secure tools available on both the local and the remote system. The SFTP, SSH, DITTO, the Bourne Shell, and SCP clients are all part of OS X. Other UNIX systems do not have DITTO but have the rest. Each have their strong points and their limitations as well. SFTP is better for file transfers because unlike scp it can hold a continuous connection and create links. Ditto is used if both hosts are Macs, so fork data is preserved during file transfers. SSH is used for file operations on the remote hosts, since SFTP has major limitations: for example it cannot make a copy of a file from on folder to another on the remote host! Also, SFTP does everything file-by-file, which takes a long time if it operates on a big file system. ssh, using a remote shell can do recursive file operations like rm, chomod very fast. Direct remote-to-remote operations require SCP. RBrowser automatically selects the best available tool for the job, so you do not even have to think about it.
Version 4.4.8 - the latest release for Mac OS X 10.4 - adds/changes the following:
Version 4.5.2 - the latest release for Mac OS X 10.5 - adds/changes the following:
Version 220.127.116.11 - the latest release for Mac OS X 10.6 - adds/changes the following:
RBrowser is available in several different licensed versions; more information is available on the licensing terms page.
In its unlicensed (free) mode, RBrowser will be a full featured FTP client, including Remote Editing (SaveBack). A single user license costs $35, and provides unrestricted operations for all protocols (Local, FTP/SSL/TLS, SFTP-SSH), including Folder Sync.
"I've been testing every FTP client for Mac OS X I can find, and RBrowser is, in many ways, the most promising one, except for one deal-breaking problem: I can't seem to preview my HTML files in Internet Explorer after selecting BBEdit as the editor for use with RBrowser. The (BBEdit) Ctrl+Command (or menu) Preview function works in every other FTP client I've tried that supports this feature, so it seems unlikely that it's a BBEdit or IE problem. When editing remote docs hosted on my FTP server with RBrowser 3.0.8, I just get a 'file not found' error -- even though the downloaded / edited file is sitting there open in BBEdit right behind this error dialog. All competing FTP clients work as expected. It seems as though one or more characters embedded into the path for the temp files (on my system -- your results may vary) built by RBrowser's remote edit feature is causing the problem. As a workaround to this problem, I use Dreamweaver as my editor. It works properly with RBrowser."
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